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A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Ayam Panggang 5 Bintang

Ayam Panggang 5 Bintang, many call it the best chicken place in Kuala Lumpur. It might not be so easy to find but once you get there you will never forget the location. It’s part of Nara Seafood Restaurant, a Thai restaurant where they mainly serve seafood, but are widely known for their fantastic roasted chicken. A chicken costs RM19 (2011) and during weekdays they prepare 180 chickens per day, 300 in the weekend. 8pm is the time everybody goes there to buy chicken, with a line of people waiting as a result.

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The secret of this place’s success is the way they prepare the chickens; they are marinated with special herbs and spices and then roasted on slow fire with real charcoal. This gives their chicken that signature sweet herbal taste you can’t get anywhere else. Together with the really nice sweet chili sauce this is a chicken people will be fighting about (though often each has their own chicken) :).

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The negatives

When it is really, really crowded they sometimes tend to serve (and sell) the roasted chicken a bit too fast. There was one occasion where we got served a chicken that was not really roasted well enough. As a solution the chicken was put in the microwave (as it is not possible to roast it a bit more after it has already been chopped into pieces) and this didn’t really solve the problem. Of all the times we went to the chicken place, this only happened once.

Negative but understandable; though officially it is opened daily; they have varying opening hours, especially around Ramadan. We got there a few nights when the restaurant was closed. Also, if you arrive late during weekends there is a chance that all the chickens of that day are sold (“finish”) already.

The positives

Ayam Panggang 5 Bintang is a great local place. As many people drop by for take away, there is usually enough space. It is a popular place among locals to celebrate birthdays or just get together with a group of friends; as there are big tables that can accommodate whole groups.

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Verdict

Delicious chicken! Not many places in Malaysia where you can find roasted chicken this nice. Tourists visiting the place will experience a very nice local atmosphere. For them RM19 per chicken is nothing :). Taxis usually know how to find the place, but if they don’t know it immediately you should say “Chicken Place, Jalan Bukit Angkasa, near Pantai Hill Park”. Besides chicken there is a nice Thai menu and also a friendly guy who sells pretty nice satay (70 sen per skewer). A well deserved 8/10.

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Contact details

Ayam Panggang 5 Bintang (halal)
Jalan Bukit Angkasa
Taman Bukit Angkasa
Pantai Dalam
Wilayanh Persekutuan
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily from 6pm to 10pm

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Note: Reviews are subjective in nature. What we find fantastic others may find atrocious. Some don’t mind waiting for a few minutes, others would have left by then. Some don’t care about a minor mishap in service; others don’t visit the place ever again. Try to read through the subjective parts and decide for yourself whether you do or do not want to visit the place!

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