Makan Road Trips

Hungry? Good news! From Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia has some of the finest street food on the planet. With the help of Makan Road Trips, you can now try the tastiest local delicacies in the country and plan your next Malaysian road trip at the same time. Use the Makan Road Trips map to find your destination, local dishes, stopover suggestions, attractions and hotels.

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Rawang

Sedap Gila: Steamed Tilapia with Ginger & Bird's Eye Chillis

36km 0h 37m

Destination Information

Northwest of Kuala Lumpur, Rawang is an inland retreat near the Batu Caves. It's an up and coming town, and from 2026 onwards the biggest mall in Malaysia will open here. That mall, The Two, will come complete with its own theme park and boutiques of all kinds. Even today though, Rawang promises community spirit and flavours aplenty.

Best local dishes in Rawang

  • Steamed Tilapia with Ginger & Bird's Eye Chillis

    A delicately prepared whole fish is dotted with delicious mashed Bentong ginger, and quality restaurants will let you choose how spicy you want the added cili padi kampung. If you're trying it for the first time, the signature medium blend of these spices offers the best mix of kick and flavoursome fish.

    To eat this dish where it first found fame, check out Restoran Jan Le, 45, Jalan Setia Rawang 1, Taman Setia Rawang, 48000 Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia.

  • Kung Pao Chicken

    Locals in Rawang have added some local spice to this Chinese favourite. The Kung Pao Chicken served all over Rawang features local peanuts and poultry that add a rich and earthy texture under the spices. Certain restaurants pour the Kung Pao Chicken into a yam-bowl for added rustic flair.

    Experience that yourself at Restoran Chin Hiong, Medan Bayu, Batu 21, (nearby Caltex), Jln Kawasan Perindustrian Rawang, Sungai Bakau, 48000, Selangor, Malaysia.

Hotels in Rawang

  • Hotel Sahara Rawang

    Hotel Sahara Rawang

    This modern hotel features WiFi and a 24 hour front desk, together with daily housekeeping and a TV in every room. For RM129 you also get a complementary breakfast, although travellers can pick up a room here for RM70 or so during special offers. It's a 15-minute walk from Rawang Railway Station.

    Address: No. 105, Pakar KPJ Rawang, Jalan Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia.

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  • Seri Rawang Hotel

    Seri Rawang Hotel

    RM40 goes far at this smoke-free property. Rooms cover the basics tastefully, keeping you close to the action at just a 10-minute drive from Templer Country Club. With free WiFi access, laundry facilities on-site and good accessibility, this is a good fit for a fast stopover.

    Address: No. 3A, Jalan Bandar 10 Rawang 48000, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Rawang

  • Templer Park

    Templer Park, or Taman Rimba Templer, sprawls through natural rainforest with gorgeous waterfalls on all sides. Little trails weave through the undergrowth, featuring forgotten huts and zig-zagging wooden walkways over gentle streams. A swimming pool filled with natural river water and a plaza with barbecue pits makes this a good day trip.

    Address: Taman Rimba Templer, Highway 1, 48200 Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia.

  • Commonwealth Forest Park

    Refurbished in recent years, this is the park for those who like to venture off the beaten track. It's become a big deal for team-building trips thanks to quadbiking and hikes, but the real serenity rests in the rushing brooks and waterfalls. Some well-tended landscape gardens await by the picnic gazebos too, making this well worth seeking out.

    Address: Kilometer 23, Jalan Kuala Lumpur - Rawang, 48000 Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia.

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Kuala Selangor

Sedap Gila: Mentarang

68km 1h 0m

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Taking its name from the Selangor river, Kuala Selangor is where some of the best seafood west of Kuala Lumpur can be found. The town is enriched by an idyllic bustle and wears its love of history on its sleeve. There's a lively, modern feel to the area too though – the Sri Shakti Devasthanam Hindu Temple in nearby Bukit Rotan was finished in 2013.

Best local dishes in Kuala Selangor

  • Mentarang

    Seafood in Kuala Selangor was put on the map thanks to mentarang. The distinctly fresh aroma makes these sea snails very appetising, while the taste is surprisingly sweet and versatile. You'll find it in soups, deep-fried or roasted.

    For the best taste, go just out of town to Restoran Faridah Mentarang Bakar, Pasir Panjang, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia.

  • Mee udang

    Mee udang as found in Kuala Selangor has a clear rather than a creamy broth. There's a sweeter flavour to the soup itself, while fresh herbs, vegetables and often a hard-boiled egg are commonly added to this prawn dish. You'll find the most popular choice is udang galah, which features little lobsters for a local twist on this traditional recipe.

    Try it yourself at Restoran Mee Udang Banjir Selangor, 587, Jalan Batu 2, Pasir Penambang, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia.

  • Cendol bakar

    Cendol is usually an ice cool treat, but cendol bakar sees the sugar they add to this traditional dessert burnt to a caramelised crisp. You'll likely pay about RM3.50 for cendol bakar, and it's become enough of a local speciality that it won't be hard to find at street stalls.

    Try the famous drive-thru for your Cendol Bakar fix at Cendol Bakar Kuala Sengor, Lot 1195-1196, Batu 1, Kampung Assam Jawa, Jalan Bukit Rotan, 47000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia.

Hotels in Kuala Selangor

  • Sun Inns Hotel

    Sun Inns Hotel

    This affordable stay factors in free WiFi access and a 24-hour front desk. Each of the 72 rooms come with the use of a telephone and satellite TV as standard, while you're 30 minutes' walk from Kuala Selangor Natural Park. Rooms begin at under RM60 per night for a double bed room sleeping two.

    Address: G-16 Jalan Bendahara, Taman Bendahara, Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia.

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  • The Melawati Hotel

    The Melawati Hotel

    This is a smoke-free zone, with a dry cleaning service, together with free WiFi in every room. At under RM32 for a basic room, it keeps you close to the action with Bukit Melawait a 45 minute stroll away. The banks of the Selangor River can be enjoyed en route.

    Address: No 18, Jalan Rhu 1, Taman Rhu, Kuala Selangor, Kuala Selangor 45000, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Kuala Selangor

  • Taman Ikan Air Tawar

    Taman Ikan Air Tawar is a freshwater aquarium featuring a range of species. The star of the show is the Toman, or Giant Snakehead, who's starred in more fishermen’s tales to count. It also boasts an idyllic lotus pond and a museum of local fishing paraphernalia.

    Address: Majlis Daerah Kuala Selangor, Jalan Semarak, Selangor, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Malaysia.

  • Taman Alam Kuala Selangor

    Taman Alam Kuala Selangor was originally planned to be a golf course in the 1980s, but the Malaysian Nature Society instead preserved it. These 800 acres by the sea feature sprawling landscapes, together with a watch tower and a mangrove forest. Various trails let you see butterflies, monitor lizards, monkeys and otters.

    Address: Taman Alam Kuala Selangor, Jalan Klinik, Kuala Selangor, 45000, Selangor, Malaysia.

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Melaka

Melaka

Sedap Gila: Char Siew rice

151km 1h 49m

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Set on the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, Melaka is known as the historic state. Its location between Johor and Negeri Sembilan once made it the perfect trading destination and brought Indian, Chinese and Asian traders in large numbers over the 15th century and beyond. Today the city is diverse in its historic architecture, and the mix of cultures is evident throughout.

Days in Melaka can be spent on foot, as the vast majority of major attractions are all within a 1 kilometre radius. Walk your way through the Sultanate Palace Museum, Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum, little India sector and Melaka's own Chinatown. The historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008.

Best local dishes in Melaka

  • Char Siew rice

    Char Siew is a Cantonese dish that made its way to Malaysia thanks to the large influx of Chinese traders. Today you can find variations at many stalls in Melaka's Chinatown. The dish consists of slices of char siew, or barbecued pork, on top of white rice and cucumbers. The dish is then drenched in a sweet gravy or drizzled with dark soy sauce.

    Char Siew can be enjoyed at Medan Makan Boon Leong: Jalan Bunga Raya, 75100, Melaka, Malaysia.

  • Nasi Lemak

    Nasi Lemak is one of Melaka's most renowned delicacies and is considered Malaysia's own national dish. It consists of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. Normally eaten at breakfast time, this creamy rice is served with small fried anchovies, roasted peanuts and hard-boiled or fried eggs.

    Try some Nasi Lemak at Nasi Lemak Eso Corner: Jalan Tanjung Kling, 76400, Tanjung Kling, Melaka, Malaysia.

  • Duck Noodles

    Duck noodles are particularly popular in Melaka, and consist of a hot soup with mixed herbs, slim white noodles and a hearty amount of shredded roasted duck on top. Some variations also include boiled hen or duck eggs and spring onions to garnish.

    Enjoy Duck Noodles at Restoran Tengkera Duck Noodle: No. 33, Jalam Kota Laksamana 1/2, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia.

Hotels in Melaka

  • Casa Bonita Hotel

    Casa Bonita Hotel

    This modern hotel is situated near the water in Klebang Kechil. It has all the must-have amenities including free WiFi, coffee makers and LCD TVs with cable channels. This 123 property hotel boasts an outdoor pool and free breakfast, as well as being less than a kilometre away from the Geok Hu Keng Temple. Rooms start from RM190 per night.

    Address: 1103, Jalan Limbongan, Klebang Kecil, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia.

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  • Casa del Rio Melaka

    Casa del Rio Melaka

    Located right in the historic downtown centre of Melaka, this luxury hotel has 66 rooms, all boasting deep soaking bathtubs and furnished balconies. Rooms also come complete with iPod docking stations and LCD TVs with satellite channels. The hotel itself is just a 10-minute walk from the Bana Nyonya Heritage Museum and St Paul's Church. Rooms start at RM500 a night.

    Address: 88, Jalam Kota Laksamana 75200, Melaka, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Melaka

  • Jonker Street

    Deep in the historic centre of Melaka, Jonker Street is a vibrant area full of pedestrians eager to visit its night market. Wander through the stalls and taste the culinary masterpieces while you browse the authentic Melaka souvenirs, handmade clothes, and local craft shops.

    Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka, Malaysia.

  • Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum

    Located within Melaka's UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum can be found in three traditional terrace lots. The house is beautifully maintained and holds a fascinating history of Chinese, Malay, English, Dutch and Portuguese traders. Guided tours take you through the rooms on an hour-long historical trip.

    Address: Nos. 48 & 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia.

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Ipoh

Ipoh

Sedap Gila: Nasi Lemak

205km 2h 0m

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Once a small village by the Kinta River, Ipoh began to grow expediently thanks to the huge deposits of tin discovered in the 1880's. Even so, its bustling streets and colonial architecture come second place to the city's natural attractions.

Ipoh is renowned for its limestone hills and caves, which have had Buddhist temples built within them. Today you can wander around the stunning outside gardens and explore inside the caves, which is said to be almost 570 million years old. The city is also famed for its fantastic Chinese food, driven by its majority Chinese population.

Best local dishes in Ipoh

  • Nasi Lemak

    Nasi Lemak is one of Ipoh's most famous meals. It consists of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. Normally eaten at breakfast time, this creamy rice is served with small fried anchovies, roasted peanuts and hard-boiled or fried eggs.

    Address: Medan Selera Stadium: Jalan Ghazali Jawi, Ipoh Garden, Kompleks Sukan Ipoh, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

  • Ais Kepal

    Also known as an iceball, this sweet treat is made up of compacted shaved ice and comes in bright colours with different fruit toppings. Other variants serve the iceballs with evaporated milk on top, red rose syrup or chocolate syrup and ice cream. This refreshing ball of sweet ice rose up to fame as street food, but now can be found in several hip cafés around the city.

    Address: Bits and Bots: 99 Jalan Sultan Yussuf, Kong Heng Square, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Hotels in Ipoh

  • M Boutique Hotel

    M Boutique Hotel

    This boutique hotel is located right in the centre of Ipoh. All 93 rooms in M Boutique Hotel boast modern amenities including free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. The hotel also has its own restaurant, fitness centre and coffee shop. Rooms start at RM150.00 a night.

    Address: 2 Jalan Datuk 5, Ipoh CIty, Ipoh, 31650, Malaysia.

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  • The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

    The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

    Located right in the Ipoh mountains, this luxury hotel has 25 rooms, all with their own private plunge pools and spa tubs. Located 10 kilometres from Lost World Tambun and Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is a paradise getaway with unbeatable scenic views. Prices start at RM1,000 a night.

    Address: No. 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Ipoh

  • Lost World of Tambun

    This adventure theme park is located in the middle of the North-South corridor in Perak, and is set within the incredible natural scenery of Ipoh's forests and limestone features. The Lost World of Tambun has seven main sites including its Water Park, Amusement Park, Lost World Hot Springs and Spa, Tiger Valley and Lost World Petting Zoo.

    Address: No. 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Ipoh 31150, Malaysia.

  • Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens

    The natural limestone formations and caves in Ipoh are the city's main tourist draw, and are just a 15-minute drive from the city centre. The caves are beautifully kept and surrounded by a neatly maintained lake, garden and a lush green backdrop. Monkeys and turtles can be spotted around the limestone formations adding to the magical atmosphere. Admission to the cave temple is free but donations are encouraged.

    Address: Gunung Rapat, Ipoh, 30450, Malaysia.

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Gua Musang

Sedap Gila: Nasi dagang

225km 4h 0m

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Located deep in the jungle of southern Kelentan, Gua Musang is a small town that packs plenty of punch. This once humble railway village has undergone significant modernisation over the last few decades, particularly in the town centre. Despite this, many areas on the outskirts of Gua Musang have retained much of their rural, small-town charm.

Surrounded by vast limestone hills and situated at the foot of the Bukit Gua Musang peak, the town is naturally popular among rock climbing and caving enthusiasts. It also serves as a gateway to one of Malaysia’s most famed National Parks, Taman Negara.

Best local dishes in Gua Musang

  • Nasi dagang

    Nasi dagang is one of Kelentan’s most popular dishes, and is served at stalls and by street food vendors throughout Gua Musang. The dish consists of rice steamed in coconut milk, and is usually served alongside fish curry and topped with coconut shavings.

    Nasi dagang can be enjoyed at Restoran Kak Zah: Pekan Gua Musang, 18300 Gua Musang, Kelantan, Malaysia.

  • Nasi kerabu

    Nasi kerabu is a traditional Malay dish that can be easily identified due to its distinctive blue rice. The rice achieves its colour through the use of so-called ‘butterfly-pea’ petals, which are added during cooking, and is typically served alongside fish or fried chicken.

    Nasi kerabu can be enjoyed at Restoran Kak Zah: Pekan Gua Musang, 18300 Gua Musang, Kelantan, Malaysia.

  • Nasi tumpang

    Designed to be enjoyed on the move, nasi tumpang consists of layers of rice, rolled and wrapped in a banana leaf. Beef, fish, gravy and cucumbers are commonly added to the mix, giving this dish its distinctive flavour.

    Nasi tumpeng can be found at market stalls throughout Gua Musang, serving many of the region’s delicacies.

  • Nasi minyak

    Traditionally eaten at weddings and other formal celebrations, nasi minyak is another rice dish complete with the flavours of ghee, star anise, cinnamon and garlic. Known locally as ‘oil rice’, this unique blend of spices makes for a fragrant, flavourful dish that can be enjoyed alone or served as an accompaniment to curries and salads.

    Enjoy nasi minyak at Kedai Makan Kim Kee: Pekan Gua Musang, 18300 Gua Musang, Kelantan, Malaysia.

Hotels in Gua Musang

  • My Home Hotel

    My Home Hotel

    Located in the heart of Gua Musang, My Home Hotel boasts 16 spacious rooms across two floors. Complimentary WiFi access is available throughout, while each room plays host to an LCD TV with satellite service, air conditioning and a private bathroom with shower. Rooms start from RM40 per night, with the hotel situated a convenient 15-minute walk from Gua Musang train station.

    Address: PT7746, Jalan Persiaran Raya, Taman Mesra, 18300 Gua Musang, Kelantan, Malaysia

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  • Moonriver Lodge

    Moonriver Lodge

    Further west of Gua Musang, just a stone’s throw from the Cameron Highlands, is Moonriver Lodge. This picturesque lodge offers sublime views across rural Malaysia, while highlights include a family-friendly pool and on-site play area. Options range from twin rooms to family accommodation, each including access to shared amenities and a continental breakfast served each morning. Rooms are priced at RM90 per night.

    Address: Jalan Gua Musang, Cameron Highlands, 18300, Kelantan, Malaysia

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Top attractions in Gua Musang

  • Taman Negara National Park

    The town is situated close to the Taman Negara National Park, which can be found at 27000 Kuala Tahan, Pahang. This tropical rainforest is home to some of Malaysia’s rarest and most endangered species. Choose to explore this hub of biodiversity and you could come face-to-face with an Indian elephant, sun bear or Malayan tiger.

    Address: Kuala Tahan, 27000 Kuala Tahan, Pahang, Malaysia

  • Guanyin Temple

    A visit to the Guanyin Temple is a must. Said to be the oldest temple in Malaysia, it’s known locally as the Water and Moon temple. Its location in the heart of the town centre makes it a natural focal point for local festivals and events, including cultural celebrations and religious worship.

    Address: Pekan Gua Musang, 18300 Gua Musang, Kelantan, Malaysia

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Kota Tinggi

Sedap Gila: Dim sum

39km 0h 50m

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Kota Tinggi is a quaint historical town located in Malaysia’s south. The area is renowned for providing breathtaking views of the natural world, with both bird-watching and hiking proving to be popular pastimes here. In fact, Koti Tinggi’s spectacular waterfalls are famous across the country.

The town also boasts a selection of beaches, which are popular with locals who frequently take to the shores and enjoy a light swim. A plethora of restaurants and eateries help to secure Kota Tinggi’s status as one of the most culturally diverse towns in the district.

Best local dishes in Kota Tinggi

  • Dim sum

    Kota Tinggi is a perfect place to pick up the South East Asian speciality of dim sum. Open your basket to find perfectly-steamed, bitesize filled dumplings, spring rolls and steamed buns, accompanied by hot Chinese tea.

    Enjoy dim sum at Loong Foong, 23 Jalan Berlian Utama 1, Taman Daiman Jaya, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Malaysia.

  • Glutinous rice

    Otherwise known as ‘sticky rice’, this indulgent dish can be found at Kota Tinggi’s street food joints. Rice is steamed in coconut milk and served with thick, sticky mango slices. It's a filling rice dish with a perfect balance of sweet and salty flavours.

    Glutinous rice is served at Snuk Thai Street BBQ, Bandar Penawar, 82200 Kota Tinggi, Malaysia.

  • Koo chai mushroom mai & siu mai

    Mushrooms are a common ingredient in Johor cuisine, and the restaurants of Kota Tinggi typically use them in steamed dumplings alongside chicken or pork. Often enjoyed as a breakfast food, what results is a rich, wholesome dish that is perfect to savour dipped in soy sauce.

    Enjoy koo chai mushroom mai and siu mai at Yik Loong, Kota Tinggi, Malaysia.

Hotels in Kota Tinggi

  • Gest Inn Hotel

    Gest Inn Hotel

    The Gest Inn Hotel and Hostel has comfortable accommodation options to suit just about every budget, with rooms starting from RM50 per night. There’s free parking and complimentary WiFi throughout, while the hotel’s location at the heart of Kota Tinggi makes it the ideal base from which to explore the local area.

    Address: 30H, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Malaysia.

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  • Zen Boutique Hotel

    Zen Boutique Hotel

    Just outside of Kota Tinggi, in Ulu Tiram, is Zen Boutique Hotel. Opened in 2016, the decor here is chic and modern, with a sleek, stylish finish throughout. 48 spacious rooms are spread across three floors, with prices starting from RM100 per night.

    Address: Jalan Kota Tinggi, Lot LG45, Floor LG, Today's Mall, Ulu Tiram, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Kota Tinggi

  • Kota Tinggi Waterfalls

    The waterfalls in Kota Tinggi are renowned the world over, and can be found at the foot of the Gunung Muntahak mountain. For a small fee, you’ll have the opportunity to watch these cascading falls in action, while it’s also possible to take a dip in the natural pools that form below.

    Address: Sungai Pelepah, Gunung Panti Recreational Forest, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Malaysia.

  • Desaru Fruit Farm

    Sample some of the region’s homegrown fruits at Desaru Fruit Farm, located close to the town centre. The farm's petting zoo is sure to be a hit with the little ones, while scheduled tours allow you to learn about the fruit production from experienced guides.

    Address: Sungai Cemaran, Desaru, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Malaysia.

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Batu Pahat

Sedap Gila: Chicken Satay

118km 1h 55m

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Steeped in local history, Batu Pahat is a charming town on the western coast of Malaysia. The town is highly regarded as a haven for traditional Malay food, peppered with influences from the growing Chinese community that exists here.

Batu Pahat boasts lush greenery and ample opportunities to indulge in a little jungle trekking, making it a popular choice for hikers the world over. It’s also one of the key towns for industrial manufacturing in the area, producing textiles, electronics, porcelain and plastics. Shopping is another popular pastime here due to the wide selection of malls and outdoor markets on offer.

Best local dishes in Batu Pahat

  • Chicken Satay

    Chicken satay is a mainstay of Malay cuisine and is served at various food stalls across Batu Pahat. Chicken is typically marinated in spices and peanut sauce and skewered, before being grilled and served with rice or salad.

    Chicken satay is served at street stall with seating, Long Tong Satay, Peserai Kecil Simpang Lima, 83000 Batu Pahat, Malaysia.

  • Fried mushrooms

    Fried mushrooms are served at restaurants and by street food vendors across the region. Commonly shredded and fried in a crispy batter, these mushrooms make for a flavoursome, crunchy dish that can be enjoyed as a light snack or an accompaniment to mains.

    Fried mushrooms can be found at Daddy Village Restaurant, 18 & 20 Jalan Kundang 3, 83000 Batu Pahat, Malaysia.

  • Mee racun

    Mee racun has all the base elements of a typical noodle dish, but comes with lamb shank or beef and is presented in a spicy red sauce flavoured with chilli. A straw is typically served alongside the meat in order to savour the rich taste from inside the bone marrow.

    Find the dish at Mee Racun Tulang, TL1 Jalan Rotan Tungal, Taman Sri Jaya, 83000 Batu Pahat, Malaysia.

Hotels in Batu Pahat

  • Pinetree Hotel

    Pinetree Hotel

    Located in Batu Pahat’s business district, Pinetree Hotel offers spacious accommodation alongside a selection of function rooms and business facilities. Rooms start from RM150 per night and include complimentary WiFi, free car parking and entertainment.

    Address: 36, Jalan Mengkudu, Off Jalan Bukit Pasir, 83000 Batu Pahat, Malaysia.

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  • Summit Signature Batu Pahat

    Summit Signature Batu Pahat

    If you’re looking for comfortable accommodation in the centre of Batu Pahat, look no further than Summit Signature. Located a short distance from Batu Pahat Mall and Wet World waterpark, this is family-friendly hotel truly is at the heart of the action. Rooms here start from RM130 per night.

    Address: No 88, Jalan Bakau Condong, 83000 Batu Pahat, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Batu Pahat

  • Batu Pahat Mall

    Shopping is one of the most popular activities in Batu Pahat, and nowhere more so than at Batu Pahat Mall. Boasting a huge variety of shops and its own fast food court, here you can find the very best retail and dining opportunities all under one roof.

    Address: Jalan Kluang, Kampung Beroleh, 83000 Batu Pahat, Malaysia.

  • Wet World

    Wet World is Batu Pahat’s very own waterpark, with thrilling features including a wave pool, tube tower and a vast selection of water slides. It’s particularly popular with families thanks to the child-friendly atmosphere throughout the park, yet a fishing pond and spa pool help to make it just as attractive for adults in search of some much needed R&R.

    Address: Jalan Bukit Pasir, 83050 Batu Pahat, Malaysia.

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Kuala Rompin

Sedap Gila: Seafood

250km 3h 52m

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Situated along Malaysia’s eastern coast is Kuala Rompin. Just three hours from Kuala Lumpur, the town is regarded as the main gateway to Tioman Island, yet the restaurants here are worth the visit in themselves. Owing to its coastal location, each is stocked high with fresh seafood caught at nearby Sungai Rompin.

Kuala Rompin is one of the most renowned fishing regions in all of Malaysia and is steeped in maritime history. The sailfish is held in particularly high regard here, with the area even hosting the annual Royal Pahang International Billfish Challenge, a world-class fishing competition.

Best local dishes in Kuala Rompin

  • Seafood

    Freshly caught seafood can be found at just about every restaurant across Kuala Rompin, and is included in soups, curries and a vast array of rice and noodle dishes. Many stalls and street food vendors in the area also specialise in preparing seafood to be enjoyed on the go.

    A wide range of local seafood can be found at Fu Man Lou, Kampung Tanjung Gemok, 26820 Kuala Rompin, Malaysia.

  • Salty crispy minnows

    One of the region’s delicacies is fried minnows, which are complimented by a crisp, salty skin and typically served alongside vegetables.

    Crispy minnows can be enjoyed at Rompin River Seafood, Kg Kelebur, depan Rumah Murah, Sg Puteri, 26800 Kuala Rompin, Malaysia.

  • Nasi lemak telur

    Known as the national dish of Malaysia, nasi lemak typically consists of rice steamed in coconut milk and finished with pandan leaf. Nasi lemak telur sees the dish wrapped in egg, and is a popular breakfast dish in Kuala Rompin.

    Find nasi lemak telur at stalls across Kuala Rompin.

Hotels in Kuala Rompin

  • Lanjut Golden Beach & Golf Resort

    Lanjut Golden Beach & Golf Resort

    Just a stone’s throw from the sea is Lanjut Golden Beach & Golf Resort. This sprawling hotel complex features its very own golf course, alongside an outdoor tennis court and swimming pool. Rooms start from RM165 per night, each fully air conditioned and with a private bathroom.

    Address: Kg Lanjut, 26800 Kuala Rompin, Malaysia.

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  • Hotel Seri Malaysia Rompin

    Hotel Seri Malaysia Rompin

    Located less than five minutes' walk from Tanjung Gemok Ferry Terminal, you’ll find Hotel Seri Malaysia Rompin. Boasting an outdoor pool and it's own restaurant serving complimentary breakfasts, prices here start from a reasonable RM180 per night.

    Address: Tanjung Gemok, 26820 Kuala Rompin, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Kuala Rompin

  • Endau-Rompin National Park

    Trek past rivers and waterfalls at Endau-Rompin National Park, located south of Kuala Rompin. There’s a wide range of wildlife living at the park, and a night safari is the best way to catch a glimpse of rare species such as the endangered Sumatran rhinoceros.

    Address: Taman Negara Rompin Peta, Mersing, Endau, Johor, Malaysia.

  • Pantai Hiburan

    Kuala Rompin’s location on the east coast of Malaysia means that there are many beaches to enjoy – one of the most breathtaking being Pantai Hiburan. Head here to enjoy peace and quiet by the water, with views across the South China Sea.

    Address: 26800 Kuala Rompin, Malaysia.

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Sedap Gila: Banana leaf in Bangsar

331km 3h 32m

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Malaysia’s capital and largest city, Kuala Lumpur is a hub of culture and history and one of the fastest growing cities in South East Asia. Famed for its vast skyline dotted with skyscrapers, both modern and traditional features help to define this vibrant city and fill its streets with colour and life.

Here, ancient mosques and houses of religious worship exist peacefully alongside bustling shopping malls and wildlife parks. This multicultural city has variety at its heart, with traditional Malay dishes typically served alongside exotic world cuisine.

Best local dishes in Kuala Lumpur

  • Banana leaf in Bangsar

    Banana leaf is served throughout Kuala Lumpur, yet it’s in the city’s entertainment district, Bangsar, where this classic Malay way of dining really comes into its own. Pile your banana leaf high with steamed rice, exotic curries and a vast range of sides, including thick mango chutney and fried bitter gourd.

    Banana leaf is served at Devil’s Corner, Cnr Jln Telawi 1 & Jln Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur 59100, Malaysia.

  • Char kuey teow at Rocky

    Flat rice noodles and fresh prawns are the highlight of any good char kuey teow – a popular stir-fry dish commonly served on a flat banana leaf. Soy sauce, chilli and shrimp paste help to give this dish its wholesome, hearty flavour.

    Enjoy Char Kuey Teow at Rocky, 15 Jalan Telawi 5, Kuala Lumpur 59100, Malaysia.

  • Signature braised rice at Sin Kee

    Braised rice is one of the most popular dishes in Malaysia, and is commonly prepared with fresh onion and vegetable stock. At Sin Kee this staple is elevated to a signature dish with the addition of crushed garlic, pork, seafood and vegetables in a delicious sauce.

    Sin Kee restaurant serves its namesake dish at 194 Jalan Tun Sambathan, Kuala Lumpur 50470, Malaysia.

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

  • Shangri-La Hotel

    Shangri-La Hotel

    Located in Kuala Lumpur’s entertainment district is the family-friendly Shangri-La Hotel. Free WiFi is available throughout, while an on-site pool, spa and restaurant make it the ideal choice for a truly indulgent stay in Malaysia’s capital. Rooms start from RM395 per night.

    Address: Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia.

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  • ZEN Rooms Grid 9 Hotel

    ZEN Rooms Grid 9 Hotel

    Situated in the heart of the city are the ZEN Rooms at Grid 9 Hotel. From RM44 per night, enjoy spacious accommodation with complimentary internet access, head to the on-site restaurant or relax in the welcoming communal lounge.

    Address: Located in Grid 9 Hotel, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur 50150, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Kuala Lumpur

  • Batu Caves

    Batu Caves

    The Batu Caves are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur, consisting of a selection of caves located along a vast limestone hill. Filled with statues and colourful religious monuments, it’s a unique temple complex that’s definitely worth a visit.

    Address: Gombak, Batu Caves 68100, Malaysia.

  • KLCC Park

    Located right in the city centre is KLCC Park – a 50-acre garden providing a welcome touch of greenery at the heart of Malaysia’s capital. Lake Symphony is an impressive feature, while highlights for families include a play park and children’s public pool.

    Address: Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Taiping

Sedap Gila: Char Kuey Teow

69km 1h 0m

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Taiping is the second largest town in Perak and was once the state capital. Today it's famous for its weather, and is known as the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. All this rain has done some good and attributes to Taiping's beautiful flowers and century-old rain trees in the Taiping Lake Gardens – a public garden established during the British rule in Malaysia.

Although likely raining during a visit, there's still plenty to do including visiting the Perak State Museum, Taiping Zoo and the Lake and Tulip Gardens.

Best local dishes in Taiping

  • Char Kuey Teow

    Char Kuey Teow is a popular noodle dish in Taiping and is made up of stir-fried rice cake strips. Flat rice noodles are stir-fried over a very high heat with soy sauce, chilli, belachan, whole prawns, de-shelled blood cockles, bean sprouts and chopped Chinese chives. Other variations include sausage and beef strips.

    Char Kuey Teow can be enjoyed at Gerai Koay Teow Goreng: 8 Jalan Chung Thye Phin, Taiping 64700, Malaysia.

  • Roti Sayur

    Roti Sayur is a dish specifically made in Taiping and consists of sautéed vegetables laid over thick toast with a sunny side up egg placed on top. The toast soaks up all the juices from the vegetables, and the sautéed onions match perfectly with a runny yoke.

    Roti Sayur can be found at Yut Sun: 78, Jalan Pasar, 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.

  • Taiping Cendol

    Cendol has become an institution in Taiping, and is sold by roadside vendors, in market stalls and some cafes. This cold dessert contains green rice flour jelly, shaped into worm-like droplets and topped with sweetened red beans, and sometimes jackfruit or durian. The cendol sits in a bowl and floats in coconut milk, palm sugar syrup and shaved ice.

    Try Taiping cendol at Bismillah Cendol: 151, 139, Jalan Barrack, 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

Hotels in Taiping

  • Novotel Taiping Perak

    Novotel Taiping Perak

    Located right in Taiping's historic district is this modern and impressive 197 property hotel. The Novotel Taiping Perak is just a 15-minute walk from the Perak Museum and only 3 kilometres from Zoo Taiping and Night Safari. Amenities at the hotel include a restaurant, outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness centre. Rooms start at RM200 a night.

    Address: NO 1 Jalan Tupai, Perak Darul Ridzuan, 34000 Taiping, Malaysia.

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  • Sentosa Villa

    Sentosa Villa

    Surrounded by the Taiping forest is this luxury boutique getaway. Just 27 properties are situated here in the garden cottages, with modern necessities including coffee makers and LCD TVs. This resort is just a stone's throw from the Burmese Pool and near the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve. Rooms start from around RM600 a night.

    Address: Jalan 8, Taman Sentosa, 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Taiping

  • Taiping Lake Gardens

    Stroll through the gardens built during the British rule in Taiping. Surrounded by a lake, this gorgeous setting is home to a large variety of birds including hornbills, kingfishers, hawks and herons. Stroll through the garden to take in the lush greenery, or hop aboard a swan paddle boat to enjoy the lake.

    Address: Jalan Taman Tasik, Taiping 34000, Malaysia.

  • Zoo Taiping & Night Safari

    Filled with beautiful greenery, this zoo gives a garden-like atmosphere to its fascinating creatures. A free coach ride takes you through the zoo as you learn about some of their most beloved animals including lions and giraffes. The night safari stays open until 11pm so you can watch the nocturnal bird display.

    Address: Jalan Taman Tasik Taiping, Taiping 34000, Malaysia.

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Sitiawan

Sedap Gila: Sang Yuk Pau

80km 1h 30m

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A coastal town in northwest Malaysia, Sitiawan has good transport links to Kuala Lumpur, around 20 kilometres south. Although a small town, Sitiawan is busy as it’s close to Malaysia’s largest naval base at Lumut.

As well as rubber production, fishing and prawn farming are key industries here, so you’ll find plenty of seafood on the menus. Pau steamed dumplings and Chinese braised noodles are also popular here. Sitiawan has a grand Chinese temple, as well as the waterfront area where you can watch the boats, visit a maritime museum, or take a trip over to Pangkor Island, for its excellent beaches.

Best local dishes in Sitiawan

  • Sang Yuk Pau

    Although pau are common all over Malaysia, the Sitiawan locals prefer their light and fluffy dumplings filled with minced pork seasoned with garlic, ginger and coriander. Once steamed, you should eat them hot, preferably with a soya-based dipping sauce.

    You’ll find Sang Yuk Pau at Restoran Yee Si, 80 Jalan Lin Chen Mei, Kampung Koh, Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia.

  • Multi-layered Crushed Peanut and Sugar Pau

    Known as Mou Mou, this type of pau is slightly different as, instead of the peanut filling being inside the dumpling, it’s layered through it. This means you get an even distribution of the sugary peanuts and fluffy dough.

    Head to Restoran Yee Si at around 3pm for your Mou Mou, 80 Jalan Lin Chen Mei, Kampung Koh, Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia.

  • Loh Mee

    This Chinese style dish of egg noodles is served in a rich gravy made of stock thickened with cornstarch and egg, plus bamboo shoots. It can be topped with anything from meat to fish cake, egg or bean curd.

    You’ll find Loh Mee at Kampung Koh Loh Mee, Kampung Koh, 32000 Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia.

Hotels in Sitiawan

  • Hi Star Hotel

    Hi Star Hotel

    This small but centrally-located hotel is RM65 per night for a Queen room. You get free high-speed internet and there’s a 24-hour front desk for all your needs. Rooms come with LCD TVs with cable channels, free bottled water and toiletries.

    Address: Jalan Sejahtera 4 Sitiawan Perak, Malaysia.

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  • Mornington Hotel Sitiawan

    Mornington Hotel Sitiawan

    Another central hotel, this one has free self-parking and a choice of 50 rooms, from deluxe twins to family rooms or suites. As an example, a deluxe queen room is RM98 per night, which comes with free WiFi, LCD TVs with cable channels, tea and coffee makers, free toiletries and a hair dryer.

    Address: 27 Jalan Jaya 1, Medan Jaya Sitiawan Perak, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Sitiawan

  • Tua Pek Kong Temple

    The outstanding features of this Chinese Temple are the huge white statues that face out to sea, depicting Chinese deities. The temple also has a landscaped garden with fountains and ‘Monkey Garden’ for sunset views. Plus there’s a separate area where you can buy refreshments and even let the kids play in water zorbs.

    Address: Jalan Pasir Panjang, 32000 Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia.

  • Lumut Waterfront

    Head to the north of Sitiawan for Lumut Waterfront – the place to sit and watch boats come and go from the jetty, and buy something to eat from the food and drink stalls, like satay fish. This is the starting point for ferries to Pangkor Island, and you can let the kids run loose on the big children’s play area while you wait.

    Address: 32200 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia.

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Tanjong Malim

Sedap Gila: Curry Wild Boar

123km 1h 37m

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Located 70 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, you can take the high-speed electric train to get to Tanjong Malim in no time. The small town has been designated one of four youth towns in Malaysia, and its young energy is displayed through stylish street art and art cafes.

Tanjong Malim is a food hub, famed for its Pau steamed dumplings perhaps even more than the fact it’s home to Proton City. Malaysia’s number one car manufacturer has an assembly plant, residential area and recreation hub at Embayu Lake Garden on the town’s outskirts. Water plays a big part in Tanjong Malim’s attraction, with waterfalls and hot springs to visit, as well as water rafting and tubing for the more active.

Best local dishes in Tanjong Malim

  • Curry Wild Boar

    This gamey, wild boar meat makes a nice change from the usual pork curry, and is served in a rich, thick Chinese-style sauce. Curry Wild Boar has a similar consistency to a Rendang curry, but isn’t as spicy. The best places cook the boar on the bone and use half fat, half lean cuts to give the sauce a depth of flavour.

    You’ll find curry wild boar at Son Wun Nam Restaurant, No 2, Jalan Loke Yew, Taman Bunga Raya, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

  • Deep Fried Salted Pork Belly

    Another Chinese dish, deep Fried Salted Pork Belly is a moreish and indulgent treat using lightly marinated pork belly, which is cooked before being deep fried to make it deliciously crispy. It’s often served with a sweet and fruity sauce, and spicy garlicky sauce, such as the ones at Fu Man Restaurant.

    Deep Fried Salted Pork Belly can be enjoyed at Fu Man Restaurant, No 39, Jalan U1, Taman Universiti, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

  • Pau Kari Ayam

    Savoury steamed Pau dumplings are a favourite in Tanjong Malim, and can be found across town with fillings from beef, to red bean and kaya (coconut and egg). However, one of the best variations is the Pau Kari Ayam with aromatic minced curried chicken. The mixture is drier than a standard curry so the dumplings hold together, and sometimes comes with potato.

    You can find Pau Kari Ayam at Yik Mun Tanjung Malim Pau Coffee Shop & Restaurant, 3 Jalan Besar, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Hotels in Tanjong Malim

  • Hotel Sri Malim

    Hotel Sri Malim

    Close to the centre of Tanjong Malim, stay at Hotel Sri Malim to immerse yourself in the town’s art scene. A twin room costs RM126 per night with free WiFi, LCD TVs with satellite channels and bottled water included. The hotel also provides free self-parking and has a 24-hour front desk.

    Address: No. 47/48, Jalan U1, Taman Universiti Tanjung Malim Perak, Malaysia.

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  • Shahzan Inn Fraser Hill

    Shahzan Inn Fraser Hill

    Just outside of Tanjong Malim in the green Fraser Hill area, Shahzan Inn Fraser Hill provides easy access to the local golf club, bird-watching sights and nature trails. A twin room with a garden view costs RM120 per night including breakfast, and all rooms come with balconies, tea and coffee makers and room service.

    Address: Jalan Lady Guillemard Bukit Fraser Pahang, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Tanjong Malim

  • Ulu Slim

    The Ulu Slim hot springs reach 104⁰C, so people bring eggs to boil and rest in the shaded areas to eat them, or walk along the raised walkways around the steaming water. The Slim River is also a great place for white water rafting, with over 30 rapids across seven kilometres.

    Address: 35800 Slim River, Perak, Malaysia.

  • Environment Natural Element (ENE) Ginger Farm

    This farm gives you a fascinating insight into how the local bentong ginger is grown, which is used in so many delicious recipes. They’ll show you how they commercially produce ginger and make it into powder form, and you can stop for a cup of ginger tea.

    Address: ENE Ginger Farm (TM1), Lot 12097, Rizal Jalan Kawasaki, Industri Behrang 2020, Peti Surat 59, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

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Kulim

Sedap Gila: Kulim Asam Laksa

140km 2h 0m

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Heading off the beaten track to Kulim offers some small town charm well worth the trip. The local point of pride is the Merdeka Clock Tower, a tall white tower with blue accents.

A stroll around the Hi-Tech Park and its gazebos shows the locals enjoying food from around the globe. It's just one of the reasons why Kulim's beloved reputation among foodies is so deserved.

Best local dishes in Kulim

  • Kulim Asam Laksa

    Asam Laksa is enjoyed a little differently up north, and in Kulim they take it one step further. Kulim Asam Laksa is a spicy sour broth full of noodles, ginger and fish like anywhere else, yet the key difference is the addition of crackers. These flaky, savoury treats are either crunched up into the soup or dipped into the main bowl.

    Try it yourself at Laksa Kelang Lama, 43, Kampong Baru, Kilang Lama, Kampung Tunku Putra, 09000 Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia.

  • Ice Kacang / ABC

    Whichever name you know it by, it's a definite hit in Kulim. This classic shaved ice dessert is a solid favourite here, whether you go for beans, nuts, attap chee or candy corn mixed in. Yet what really makes the ice kacang of Kulim stand out is the portion sizes, with towers of the sweet stuff piled high to help beat the heat.

    Check it out yourself at Laksa Tempurung Kulim, Jalan Bukit Kukus, K812, 09000 Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia.

  • Kelang Lama Chai Kuih

    Healthy snacks on the go don't get much better than chai kuih, but even if you've eaten it from almost every stall and snack bar in Malaysia, give Kulim's a try. The locally grown veggies are extra crispy and flavoursome in the right hands, and the dumplings made by some family businesses in Kulim have had over 10 years to perfect their flavours.

    Try some at Laksa Kelang Lama, No. 1, Jalan Kelang Lama, Taman Kejora, 09000, Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia.

Hotels in Kulim

  • Tune Hotel

    Tune Hotel

    Striking red and white walls make it hard to miss this hotel, and inside it's clean and modern. It's a no smoking zone, with 50 rooms and the Landmark Central Shopping Centre right next door. RM115 gets you a double room with free WiFi and satellite TV.

    Address: Tune Hotel Kulim, No.4, Jalan KLC Satu, Kulim Landmark, Kulim, Kedah, 09000, Malaysia.

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  • Hotel Seri Malaysia Kulim

    Hotel Seri Malaysia Kulim

    With a convenience store on-site and breakfast included, RM192 for a twin room is pretty good value at this stylish hotel. Free WiFi and coffee shop amenities help you plan the next phase of your journey, while laundry facilities and minibar options keep the perks coming.

    Address: Hotel Seri Malaysia Kulim, 2 Taman Tasik Putra, Kulim, Kedah, 09000, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Kulim

  • Kulim Hi-Tech Park

    On the outskirts of town you'll find Malaysia's first integrated Hi-Tech Park, together with a host of joggers and cyclists enjoying its paths and wooded trails. Feel free to join them, or instead dine under a gazebo and enjoy the well kept landscapes.

    Address: Kulim Hi-tech Park, 09600 Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia.

  • Paya Besar

    The Little India district is where you can pick up handmade jewellery and shop for gorgeous silks and fabrics. There are plenty of spices and Indian dishes to try, plus it's nice and close to Kulim Lake Garden. Expect to see a good deal of bustle here at all hours.

    Address: Paya Basar, K812, 09600 Lunas, Kedah, Malaysia.

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Temerloh

Sedap Gila: Ikan Patin Buah at Gobang Maju Patin Tempoyak

315km 3h 50m

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This central Malaysian town is surrounded by mountains and rainforests, where you can visit animal parks and an elephant sanctuary. It’s well connected by a main road to Kuala Lumpur, 130 kilometres away, but feels like a world away in lifestyle.

Situated at the junction of the Pahang River and the Semantan River, Temerloh is known for its abundance of freshwater fish and prawns, particularly catfish, or ikan patin. You can try the fish in local restaurants as well as head to the river to watch the catfish farmers at work.

Best local dishes in Temerloh

  • Ikan Patin Buah at Gobang Maju Patin Tempoyak

    You can find ikan patin, or catfish, on the menus of almost every restaurant in Temerloh. One restaurant that specialises in the fish is Gobang Maju Patin Tempoyak, which serves their speciality Tempoyak Ikan Patin in the traditional tempoyak broth. It’s made of fermented durian paste with tamarind and chillies, giving an explosion of creamy, spicy and sour flavours. Alternatively, order the ikan patin fried to really sample the sweet meat of this ultra-fresh fish.

    You’ll find Gobang Maju Patin Tempoyak at 1/4 Mile Jalan Triang, 28000 Temerloh, Malaysia.

  • Baung at Pekan Sehari market

    Another freshwater fish very similar to ikan patin is baung, or the bagrid catfish. It’s most often cooked in a spicy yellow curry with coconut milk, called lemak, or masak asam green bean curry with shrimp. One of the best places to enjoy this fish is at the stalls of Pekan Sehari Sunday market.

    Enjoy baung at Pekan Sehari market, Taman Kenangan, 28000 Temerloh, Malaysia.

Hotels in Temerloh

  • Merrinton Hotel

    Merrinton Hotel

    The bright purple front of the Merrinton Hotel gives a cheery welcome, which is fitting as it’s a perfect place for a family stay. Two kilometres from attractions like the Kubang Gajah Waterpark, the 24-hour front desk will help you with local and hotel services. Rates from RM206 per night include LED TVs with cable channels in each room.

    Address: No. 29-31, Jalan Dagang 1 Dynation Bukit Angin, Temerloh, Malaysia

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  • Hotel Jelai Temerloh

    Hotel Jelai Temerloh

    This affordable hotel close to Temerloh’s centre has free WiFi and complimentary breakfast, plus a coffee shop selling snacks. For RM119 a night you can book a deluxe room sleeping three, while a family room sleeping four is RM140. There are LED TVs with satellite channels in each room, as well as coffee makers.

    Address: C29 & C30 Jalan Tengku Ismail, 28000 Temerloh, Malaysia

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Top attractions in Temerloh

  • Pekan Sehari Sunday Market

    This Sunday morning bazaar is made up of stalls set out under colourful canopies. It runs for a couple of kilometres along the banks of the Pahang River, making it Malaysia’s longest market. Traders arrive by riverboat and sell everything from delicious fish dishes, fruit and vegetables to sweet treats and hand-crafted souvenirs and clothing.

    Address: Taman Kenangan, 28000 Temerloh, Malaysia.

  • Kubang Gajah Waterpark

    A perfect place to cool down on a hot day and keep the kids amused too, Kubang Gajah Waterpark is just outside Temerloh. It has a lazy river that winds below waterfalls and through tunnels, a splash pad with children’s slides and water playground. Plus for adults there are larger slides and a main pool for swimming.

    Address: No.1 Public Park Kubang Gajah, 28000 Temerloh, Malaysia.

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Melaka

Melaka

Sedap Gila: Char Siew rice

350km 4h 0m

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Set on the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, Melaka is known as the historic state. Its location between Johor and Negeri Sembilan once made it the perfect trading destination and brought Indian, Chinese and Asian traders in large numbers over the 15th century and beyond. Today the city is diverse in its historic architecture, and the mix of cultures is evident throughout.

Days in Melaka can be spent on foot, as the vast majority of major attractions are all within a 1 kilometre radius. Walk your way through the Sultanate Palace Museum, Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum, little India sector and Melaka's own Chinatown. The historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008.

Best local dishes in Melaka

  • Char Siew rice

    Char Siew is a Cantonese dish that made its way to Malaysia thanks to the large influx of Chinese traders. Today you can find variations at many stalls in Melaka's Chinatown. The dish consists of slices of char siew, or barbecued pork, on top of white rice and cucumbers. The dish is then drenched in a sweet gravy or drizzled with dark soy sauce.

    Char Siew can be enjoyed at Medan Makan Boon Leong: Jalan Bunga Raya, 75100, Melaka, Malaysia.

  • Nasi Lemak

    Nasi Lemak is one of Melaka's most renowned delicacies and is considered Malaysia's own national dish. It consists of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. Normally eaten at breakfast time, this creamy rice is served with small fried anchovies, roasted peanuts and hard-boiled or fried eggs.

    Try some Nasi Lemak at Nasi Lemak Eso Corner: Jalan Tanjung Kling, 76400, Tanjung Kling, Melaka, Malaysia.

  • Duck Noodles

    Duck noodles are particularly popular in Melaka, and consist of a hot soup with mixed herbs, slim white noodles and a hearty amount of shredded roasted duck on top. Some variations also include boiled hen or duck eggs and spring onions to garnish.

    Enjoy Duck Noodles at Restoran Tengkera Duck Noodle: No. 33, Jalam Kota Laksamana 1/2, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia.

Hotels in Melaka

  • Casa Bonita Hotel

    Casa Bonita Hotel

    This modern hotel is situated near the water in Klebang Kechil. It has all the must-have amenities including free WiFi, coffee makers and LCD TVs with cable channels. This 123 property hotel boasts an outdoor pool and free breakfast, as well as being less than a kilometre away from the Geok Hu Keng Temple. Rooms start from RM190 per night.

    Address: 1103, Jalan Limbongan, Klebang Kecil, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia.

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  • Casa del Rio Melaka

    Casa del Rio Melaka

    Located right in the historic downtown centre of Melaka, this luxury hotel has 66 rooms, all boasting deep soaking bathtubs and furnished balconies. Rooms also come complete with iPod docking stations and LCD TVs with satellite channels. The hotel itself is just a 10-minute walk from the Bana Nyonya Heritage Museum and St Paul's Church. Rooms start at RM500 a night.

    Address: 88, Jalam Kota Laksamana 75200, Melaka, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Melaka

  • Jonker Street

    Deep in the historic centre of Melaka, Jonker Street is a vibrant area full of pedestrians eager to visit its night market. Wander through the stalls and taste the culinary masterpieces while you browse the authentic Melaka souvenirs, handmade clothes, and local craft shops.

    Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka, Malaysia.

  • Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum

    Located within Melaka's UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum can be found in three traditional terrace lots. The house is beautifully maintained and holds a fascinating history of Chinese, Malay, English, Dutch and Portuguese traders. Guided tours take you through the rooms on an hour-long historical trip.

    Address: Nos. 48 & 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia.

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Kota Samarahan

Sedap Gila: Curry Mixed Pork Rice

30km 0h 50m

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Officially known as the 'Town of Knowledge', Kota Samarahan is the main hub for education in the Sarawak State, and the home of Malaysia's first public university. Before this city's focus turned to education, Kota Samarahan was known for its peat soil and flat, low-lying topography, ideal for coconut, oil palm and pineapple plantations.

Today this growing, modern city sees a wide range of visitors, from those wanting to check out its university campuses and educational facilities, to those who would rather visit its newly built, three-storey shopping centre, The Summer Shopping Mall.

Best local dishes in Kota Samarahan

  • Curry Mixed Pork Rice

    Always popular with the university students, curry mixed pork rice is a go-to lunch in Kota Samarahan. This dish consists of thin strips of pork, cooked in a curry sauce and then laid over rice with hard boiled eggs and a side of soy sauce. Curry mixed pork rice is famous for its larger than life portions, often taking the place of two meals instead of one.

    Curry mixed pork rice can be found opposite The Summer Mall in the Siang Siang Corner: No 11 & 12, Jalan Dato Mohd Musa, Desa Ilmu Phase 1 Stage 2, 94300 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia.

  • Coconut Shake

    Rich and creamy coconut shakes are the best way to cool down on a hot day in Kota Samarahan. It's a simple recipe of fresh coconut, coconut water and ice cream blended together, leaving small bits of shredded coconut to munch. A large scoop of vanilla ice cream is then placed on top of the shake. Variations from this include different forms of ice cream, and various fruit and coconut jellies.

    Coconut Shakes can be enjoyed at Sumoado: Jalan Datuk Mohd Musa, Desa Ilmu, 94300 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Hotels in Kota Samarahan

  • My Inn Hotel Kota Samarahan

    My Inn Hotel Kota Samarahan

    Located near Friendship Park and City One Shopping Mall, My Inn Hotel Kota Samarahan is a great base for anyone looking to explore the city. All 46 rooms here offer free WiFi, have coffee makers and free bottled water, as well as LCD TVs with satellite channels. The hotel offers 24-hour front desk service and free parking. Rooms start at RM90 a night.

    Address: Sub lot 11, Lot 1508, Block 26, MTLD Jalan Kuching, Kota Samarahan Expressway, Kota Samarahan, Sawarak, Malaysia.

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  • Place2Stay Campus Hub

    Place2Stay Campus Hub

    Located in the university district, near Friendship Park and within walking distance to the Sawarak River is Place2Stay Campus Hub. This hotel encompasses 88 rooms over two floors, each with air conditioning, their own private bathroom, free bottled water, WiFi and wall-mounted TVs. Rooms start at RM58 a night.

    Address: 11, Kuching Outer Ring Road Campus Hub Commercial Center, Kota Samarahan, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Kota Samarahan

  • The Summer Shopping Mall

    The Summer Shopping Mall is the first large 'everything under one roof' mall in the area. It comprises over 335 retail lots, including fashion and lifestyle stores and food and beverages. It also houses the region's largest Lotus Five Star Cineplex, with nine cinemas, two 3D movie halls and an elegant theatre room. The adjacent Summer Lagoon Water Theme Park will be all new for 2018.

    Address: Jalan Datuk Mohammad Musa, 94300 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia.

  • Samarahan Country Club

    Located next to the Unimas Campus, the Samarahan Country Club is home to an 18-hole golf course set within a rainforest jungle, with beautiful scenic views as you play. Not only that, it also has a 35,000 square foot clubhouse, 25-bay driving range, Olympic sized salt water swimming pool, children's swimming pool and spa. Samarahan Country Club has hosted numerous golfing championships including the BMW Golf International Cup and the World Golfer's Championships.

    Address: Lot.4954 Block 26 MTLD, Kuching-Samarahan Expressway, 94300 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia.

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Lundu

Sedap Gila: Fresh seafood

91km 1h 40m

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The sleepy town of Lundu, located in southwest Sarawak, was once a quiet fishing village, which retains its peaceful vibes as a retreat from busy neighbouring cities. Lundu comprises of just a few rows of shops, houses, government buildings and a small market.

The road north out of Lundu leads to the popular attraction of Gunung National Park, making this town an ideal base for exploring the rainforest. It also has a few attractive beaches nearby including sandy Siar and surfing favourite Pantai Pandan, with beachfront huts selling drinks and Lundu delicacies.

Best local dishes in Lundu

  • Fresh seafood

    The town's market stalls and restaurants sell an array of seafood dishes, from prawns, crab and varying fish species. The dishes are all cooked up with simple ingredients, letting the sweetness of the seafood take centre stage. Buttered prawns and stir-friend chilli squid are always a favourite among locals and visitors, and make for a great snack as you walk around the town.

    Lundu's fresh seafood can be found at Flower Scent Seafood: Jalan Seketi, 94500 Lundu, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Hotels in Lundu

  • Place2Stay Business Hotel @ Metrocity

    Place2Stay Business Hotel @ Metrocity

    Place2Stay Business Hotel is located in Kuching, Sarawak, two hours from Lundu. It's next to the Kuching Boulevard Shopping Complex and Boulevard Shopping Mall, ideal for those who are after the perfect Sarawak souvenir. All 34 rooms provide free WiFi, electric kettles, bottled water and LCD televisions. This hotel also offers 24-hour front desk service and free parking. Rooms start from RM58 a night.

    Address: SL 129-130, Section 65, Kuching Town Land District, Jalan Matang Kuching Sarawak 03 7724 9556.

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Top attractions in Lundu

  • Gunung Gading National Park

    Gunung Gading National Park is by far the most popular tourist attraction in Lundu. This park is full of walking and hiking trails, waterfalls, rugged mountains and a lush backdrop of trees and flowers. Gunung Gading is home to the world's largest flower, the rafflesia. Rafflesia's grow up to one metre in diameter, take nine months to mature, and only have four to five days of flowering. Finding this allusive flower is the highlight of any trip to the national park.

    Address: 94500 Lundu, Sarawak, Malaysia.

  • Siar and Pandan Beaches

    Just west of Lundu on the South China Sea are the Siar and Pandan Beaches. The water at both these coasts is warm and clean, ideal for swimming and splashing in the shallows. Pandan beach is one kilometre long with a backdrop of rugged hills, cliffs and a myriad of beach cafes serving cold drinks and snacks. There are also public toilets and showers to clean off after your swim.

    Address: Accessible via Lundu-Pandan Road, 94500 Lundu, Sarawak, Malaysia.

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Sri Aman

Sedap Gila: Kiam Bak

198km 3h 30m

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Located in East Malaysia, Sri Aman is both a market and port town, famed for trading in timber, oil palm, rubber and pepper. Sri Aman means the 'town of peace', exemplified by its quiet streets, open air market and waterfront Chinese temple.

Sri Aman has always seen a good number of tourists come its way, thanks to the nearby attraction, Batang Ai National Park. It's also located on the Batang Lupar River, which is the only river in the world where a tidal bore, or fast rising water, occurs every single day.

Best local dishes in Sri Aman

  • Kiam Bak

    Kiam Bak is a type of salted pork that can be found in Sri Aman and all around Malaysia. The pork is left overnight to marinade in wine, fish sauce, pepper and salt, and then deep fried, sliced and served with white rice or porridge.

    Kiam Bak can be enjoyed at The Kompleks Sri Aman Food Court in Pekan Sri Aman, 95000 Sri Aman, Sarawak, Malaysia.

  • Petai with Prawns

    The classic Malaysian dish of petai with prawns consists of petai, or bitter beans, peeled and cooked in a paste of red onions, chillies, shrimp paste and water. Fresh prawns are added to the frying pan as well as tamarind juice and palm sugar. The Sri Aman version of petai with prawns is slightly spicy, but it comes in a variety of flavours, served alone or as a side with rice.

    Petai with prawns can be enjoyed in the S Tea C food court: Sri Aman 95000, Malaysia.

  • Prawn Curry

    Prawn curry can be found in a variety of forms, usually with fresh spicy flavours, fried onions, ginger and garlic. In Sri Aman, these ingredients are blended with tomatoes, creamed coconut and curry powder to make a thick gravy. Prawn curry can be found served with noodles or vegetables.

    You can enjoy prawn curry at the S Tea C food court: Sri Aman 95000, Malaysia.

Hotels in Sri Aman

  • Seri Simanggang Hotel

    Seri Simanggang Hotel

    Located just 2.5 kilometres from the Sri Aman Stadium, Seri Simanggang Hotel is the tallest hotel in Sri Aman and makes for the ideal sightseeing base. The 158 rooms each have their own air conditioning, free WiFi and guest phones and desks. The hotel offers a complimentary buffet breakfast in their restaurant, so you can fill up before visiting the town's sights. Rooms here start at RM125 a night.

    Address: Lot 1518, Block 2, Plot 49, Simmanggang Town District, 95000 Sri Aman, Sarawak, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Sri Aman

  • Fort Alice

    Fort Alice was constructed in 1864 and was listed as a historical monument by the Sarawak State Government in 1971. The fort was restored to its former glory in 2015 and reopened as a heritage museum. Today you can walk around the compound, take in the architecture and check out the cannons pointing out towards the Batang Lupar River. There's no entrance fee but visitors must take their shoes off before entering the Fort exhibition area.

    Address: Jalan Kuching/Serian 95000 Pantau, Sri Aman Sarawak, Jalan Sri Aman, Pekan Sri Aman, 95000 Sri Aman, Sarawak, Malaysia.

  • Sri Aman Chinese Temple

    Sitting beside the Batang Lupar River is the Sri Aman Chinese Temple. The outside of the temple is decorated with mythical creatures including a phoenix and dragon, with red and white embellishments on the outside and a uniquely green roof. This peaceful temple is an ideal spot to pray, meditate and gaze out towards the beautiful river.

    Address: Pekan Sri Aman, 95000 Sri Aman, Sarawak, Malaysia.

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Tuaran

Sedap Gila: Beef Tuaran Mee

33km 1h 0m

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For a small town, Tuaran certainly has plenty to say. And while it's become appealing to tourists in west Sabah, thanks to the Ling Sang Pagoda and the nearby Crocker Range National Park, it's also home to some of the state's best food and drink.

Tuaran saw its beginnings as a trading post, and some say that's where it got its name. Either way, today it's a laid-back community that thrums with life every Sunday market day, and the town today also hosts a superb mix of activities. Tuaran Crocodile Farm and Dalit Bay Golf Club are just two examples.

Best local dishes in Tuaran

  • Beef Tuaran Mee

    For foodies, this is the dish that put Tuaran on the map. The handmade egg noodles that form the basis of this dish are usually fried to bring out the best flavour, and although lashings of hot beef make a good addition, you'll also find slices of pork belly or diced egg on other kinds of Tuaran Mee.

    Try it at Tuaran Mee Restaurant, Jalan Lama Tuaran, 89200 Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia.

  • Sweet & Sour Pork Rice

    This dish is well known and beloved across Sabah, but in Tuaran their sweet and sour sauce recipes tend to have a distinct tangy flavour. This brings out the richness of the pork and the light fluffiness of the rice beautifully.

    Try it at Yun Onn Food Court, Lorong Pekan Tuaran 4, 89150 Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia.

  • Beef Mee Hoon

    While Tuaran Mee gets all the attention, Beef Mee Hoon is a more secretive local speciality, favoured by those in the know. The noodles are thinner and often diced finely, while the beef cutlets on top are drenched in a rich dark sauce that's mouthwatering.

    Try it at Chan's Restaurant Tuaran Mee, Lot 16, Jalan Teo Ee Teh, 89208, Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia.

Hotels in Tuaran

  • TD Lodge Tuaran

    Located in Kampong Tambalugu, a little south of Tuaran proper, this hotel offers 45 rooms. They each come with free bottled water, an electric kettle and TVs, and the hotel has free WiFi throughout. TD Lodge Tuaran is also fully air conditioned, and close to quirky local attractions like the Upside-Down House. Rooms start from RM35.

    Address: TD Lodge Tuaran, Kampung Panjut, Jalan Tuaran, Tuaran, Sabah, 89200, Malaysia.

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  • Kiulu Riverside Chalet

    Kiulu Riverside Chalet

    These cute huts in the middle of wide open greenery let you enjoy your stay close to nature. With breakfast available for a small extra surcharge, rooms here feature fans, kettles and desks, as well as free bottled water. There's also zip-lining and rafting to enjoy on-site. Prices start at RM300 per night.

    Address: Kiulu Riverside Chalet, Kiulu Valley, Kampung Rangalau, Tuaran, Sabah, 89250, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Tuaran

  • The Upside-Down House

    Unique in all of South East Asia, this pink house perched on its roof has been ingeniously put together and draws in crowds from across Malaysian Borneo. Tours cost RM18 for adults and RM5 for children and students. It's just 15-minutes outside Tuaran.

    Address: Upside-Down House, Mile 21, 89250 Tamparuli, Sabah, Malaysia.

  • Ling Sang Temple

    The striking reds and intricate architecture of this Chinese temple and nine-storey pagoda make for breathtaking sights. There are quiet spaces to pray or make wishes if you choose. Head to the top of the tower for astounding views - you can see the entirety of Tuaran, as well as the summit of Kinabalu off to the east.

    Address: Ling Sang Temple, A4, 89200, Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Kota Belud

Sedap Gila: Dry noodles

77km 1h 45m

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Kota Belud is a town on the west coast of Sabah State, enjoying a breezy, tropical climate. With a population of around 10,000, it's got a small town feel but also plenty to offer, especially in its cuisine.

While the water plays a big role in life in Kota Belud - from fishing to swimming - its mosque and bustling Sunday market make it worth visiting. You'll find cows wandering free in the streets here too, adding a rustic charm. Kota Belud is also close to beaches like Mantanani, which helps keep local tourism healthy.

Best local dishes in Kota Belud

  • Dry noodles

    Sabah has been called the noodle capital of Malaysia and has a couple of unique ways of serving them. While traditional noodle soups are easily found in Kota Belud, you can also enjoy dry chicken, beef or pork noodles. In this variation, the broth is served on a bowl on one side, with the noodles presented on your plate. At RM5 per portion, this makes a good appetiser or quick meal. A popular option, especially in Kota Belud but also wider Sabah, is to enjoy either a noodle soup or dry noodles with crispy fried shallots. The ones grown in the region surrounding Kota Belud make for particularly strong scents and flavours, and many visitors ensure their noodle bowls are piled high with shallots as well as their chicken, beef or pork staples.

    Try it at Mee Sup Kota Belud, 89150, Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia.

Hotels in Kota Belud

  • Manana Borneo Resort

    A reasonably new hotel, built in 2008, rooms here come with showers, balconies and private bathrooms, and offer sea views on clear days. The 10 rooms are complemented by a bar, lounge area and coffee shop. The Longhouse Dorm costs RM40 per night, while private rooms cost RM120 per night.

    Address: Manana Borneo Resort, 89150 Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia.

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  • TD Lodge Kota Belud

    TD Lodge Kota Belud

    This is a smoke-free hotel, located in the northern suburbs of Kota Belud. There are 61 rooms here, each air conditioned and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel also offers free WiFi and bottled water, as well as satellite TV. Rooms start from RM105 per night.

    Address: TD Lodge Kota Belud, Block D, Lot D20-D24, Kompleks Alapbana, Kota Belud, 98157, Malaysia.

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Top attractions in Kota Belud

  • Tamu Market