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  1. SkyBridge is a must-visit attraction of Langkawi - it attracts tourists from all around the world, throughout the year and is the busiest tourist attraction of Langkawi. So, you better plan to go early in the morning. SkyCab opens at 9:30pm during normal operation days. Do not forget to checkout their up to date timing calendar on the day of your visit here.As mentioned in previous episode the entrance to SkyBridge and all other Sky* attractions are through the Oriental Village and you might get distracted with other attractions :), so even if you want to spend some time exploring other attractions and Oriental Village itself, we recommend to go straight to SkyCab first because the queue at SkyCab grows very quickly. You will have all the time to come back and visit rest of the attractions, the same day.Please note that you are not allowed to carry along any food & beverages with you. You will have to submit these at the entrance and can collect them back on your way out.Ticket prices for foreigners are as follows:Adult: - Normal Lane - RM 85 & Express Lane - RM 135Child (2-12 years): Normal Lane - RM 65 & Express Lane - RM 115(Shared) Glass Bottom Cable Car or Gandola - Per Person - RM 105 - Shared mode with Express Lane (inclusive) and complimentary entry to SkyDome, SkyRex and 3D Art LangkawiPrivate Glass Bottom Cable Car or Gandola - RM 550 - Private with Express Lane (inclusive) and complimentary entry to SkyDome, SkyRex and 3D Art Langkawi(Private) VIP Cable Car or Gandola - RM 550 - 3 Sofa-type extra comfy seats. Inclusive of Meals, Express Lane, and complimentary entry to SkyDome, SkyRex and 3D Art Langkawi.The SkyCab Cable Car or Gandola boarding happens periodically after every 15 minutes and throughout the day, back and forth.The SkyCab station at Oriental Village, from where you'll start your journey, is called Lower Station. Once you reach almost 90% of the height, you will see the Middle Station, and if you like you can stop by and explore the viewpoints at Middle Station and then from the same point hop on to incoming Cable Car or Gandola to reach to the Top Station. It would take less than 10 minutes for you to reach to top station, non-stop from lower station and for the record, this is the world's steepest cable car with highest slope angle of 42 degrees!At the top station, you can do sight seeing from wonderfully designed view points. You can also get some healthy snacks, juices, confectionaries, etc from the SkyMart. There's also a restaurant/cafe called SkyBistro where you can enjoy your lunch or supper, offering both local and continental meals.From the top station, you will have two options to reach SkyBridge (1). Use SkyGlide, which is like a tram and will take you down to the SkyBridge entry point. The ticket price (two-way back n forth) of SkyGlide (which includes SkyBridge fee as well) is RM 16 per person (2). Trek through the Nature Trail called Sky Walk - free of cost and then pay fee for SkyBridge at entrance - RM 6 for adults and RM 4 for children.Skybridge is known to be the longest free span and curved bridge in the world. The bridge is suspended from a 82m high single pylon, hangs at about 100m above ground and it can accommodate up to 250 people at the same time. It swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique spatial experience, and to bring them into otherwise unattainable locations, above virgin jungle with spectacular views.
  2. Emerald blue, crystal clear water, white powder-fine sand, dense jungle on one side and islands at a distance - Tanjung Rhu Beach is without any doubt the best among the beaches of Langkawi. And, a cherry on top, it's not crowded! the area is absolutely secluded and the atmosphere is silent and peaceful.At around 11 am in the morning, we went to visit the beach and it was too hot at that time. Generally, the weather in Langkawi is hot throughout the year, and on such a sunny day with scorching heat from top, it became too difficult for us to even attempt a maiden stroll at the shoreline ๐Ÿ˜žSo, recommendation for all of you, who can not bear the heat and hot temperature, please do visit this amazing beach at early hours of the day i.e. early morning or just before sunset. And, OMG! can you imagine how it would be like to witness sun-set on a scenic beach view like this ๐Ÿ™‚We wish, we had that in mind and scheduled our visit accordingly ๐Ÿ˜ž but nevertheless, more reasons to comeback to Langkawi again ๐Ÿ™‚Tanjung Rhu Beach is a public beach, open 24 hours and entry is free for everyone. Part of the beach is private and separated by a fence, belonging to Tanjung Rhu Resorts. There are few shops, cafe's and restaurants on the beach and you can find small huts, umbrellas, bean bags and benches there with all sort of hot and cold beverages, smoothies and shakes, snacks and local Malaysian cuisine.We recommend you to try the delicious Coconut Ice Cream Shake at this beach, because that was one of the best shakes we had in Malaysia.
  3. It was quite interesting to know that Night Markets in Langkawi are setup throughout the week i.e. all seven days, however, each night of the week they are setup in different locations: (Click on the links top open Google Maps in a new window) Sunday @ Padang Matsirat Night Market Address: Kampung Padang Mat Sirat, 07100 Langkawi, Kedah Monday @ Ulu Melaka Night Market Address: 2, Taman Wawasan Indah, Kampung Padang Gaong, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia Tuesday @ Kedawang Night Market Address: Kampung Chenek Kura, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia Wednesday @ Pekan Kuah Night Market Address: Lencongan Putra 3 Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia Thursday @ Temonyong Night Market Address: Kampung Lubok Buaya, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia Friday @ Ayer Hangat Night Market Address: Jalan Padang Gaong, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia Saturday @ Pekan Kuah Night Market Address: Lencongan Putra 3 Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia The timings of these night markets are from 6pm in the evening till 10pm in the night. Because we were happen to be in Langkawi on Sunday, we got the chance to explore Padang Matsirat Night Market. The market is comprised of several stalls setup alongside the street and in the open lot. We saw both locals and tourists in great numbers sprawling over stalls/booth selling all kinds of pickles, biscuits & confectionaries, snacks, local food and juices, clothes & drapery, souvenir items, watches & sunglasses, wallets & handbags, artworks, DVDs, small gadgets, etc.. If you haven't tried the King of Fruits i.e. Durian, you can try these here ๐Ÿ™‚ and also the huge Jack Fruits (checkout the video) weighing, I think around ~ 10-15kg. We tried a number of food items from these stalls (checkout the video), including: Mee Goreng (RM 3) :- made with (spaghetti) noodles, (scrambled) eggs & (stir fried) vegetables, topped with green chillies in some black sauce (soya?) - didn't like the sweetness in it ๐Ÿ˜ž Biji (RM 1 for 2 pcs) :- Deep fried crispy rolls & triangles with mashed potato filling - again sweetness killed it ๐Ÿ˜ž Ayam Goreng (RM 2) :- Deep fried (lightly battered) chicken pieces - batter used for coating lacks taste. Won't recommend ๐Ÿ˜ž Murtabak Ayam (RM 4) :- Fried flat bread with filling of mince chicken, scrambled eggs, chopped onion, chopped green chillies and some light spices - tastes good ๐Ÿ™‚ but lacks wow factor Nasi Kukus (RM 5) :- Sticky coconut white rice, deep fried chicken piece, sambal sauce, spicy curry (made from chicken/beef stock), sliced cucumbers - Didn't like it at all ๐Ÿ˜ž specially the curry, although it looked quite similar to the curries made in Pakistan/India, but it tastes very differently in a negative way. May be it's because our taste bugs are not accustomed to such taste. Cucur Bilis (RM 1 for 3 pcs) :- Spinach and bean sprouts fritters - Oil alert! Doughnuts (RM 1.5) :- Best snack/desert among the ones we tried in this market. Different flavorful fillings of chocolate, blueberry, lemon cream, durian, date, strawberry, etc. Other doughnuts include plain ones and sugar coated, chicken floss coated and chocolate glazed. Very fresh and very tasty. Highly recommended ๐Ÿ˜„ Dorayaki (RM 1 for 3 pcs) :- Small pan cakes with different varieties - Sri Kaya (coconut milk) and Nenas (pineapple) - Lacks taste and spongy ๐Ÿ˜ž We weren't disappointed because in our experience you won't necessarily find all quality items in food streets, there are good and bad, and expect both. However, one recommendation is to always try fried, snacks, hot food items then and there; don't parcel them and carry along to eat them afterwards, because they will loose the warmth, freshness and become soggy.
  4. We left from Bangkok at round 4:00 am because we knew that we had to cover a distance of almost 980 kilometers to reach the border town of Padang Besar in Perlis, Malaysia. The total travel time alone (without any stopovers) is around 14 hours and if you add a minimum of 4 stopovers of around 30 to 45 minutes each then it would become a total of 16 to 17 hours road trip, quite an exhaustive one ๐Ÿ™‚If you like long drives and are a fan of doing road trips then you'll enjoy that, like I did. But, if it is too exhaustive, you can break it down into two and stop for a night stay in between, sleepover and then continue your journey next day. My goal was to keep as much time as possible for rest of the trip itinerary and cover the distance as quickly as possible and within a day.Road conditions throughout the way was very good, except for a very few places where either road maintenance or extension work was going on. However, there were quite a few patches where there was no street lights at all and it might become dangerous to drive at night if you are not a seasoned driver.Gas or Petrol stations are available throughout the route and the gasoline or petrol prices varies from station to station as well as from location to location. In our experience, the best prices are of PTT Station. Moreover, PTT Stations have the most facilities that you might look for a stopover, like, spacious and clean toilets (men, women, disabled/senior, baby/infants), ATM machines, 7-Eleven, Amazon Cafe and many other shops including fast food, fresh fruits and juices, etc.Law and order situation in general all-over Thailand and Malaysia is quite good and are considered to be safe travel destinations for both local and foreigners. So, no safety concerns or issues throughout the route.Halal options are quite limited along the route as you will see very few halal food stalls or restaurants. All popular fast food chains are not Halal in Thailand, like KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino's, Burger King, Mc Donalds, Subway, etc.. However, you can get some ready-to-eat snacks like sandwiches, burgers, noodles, hot dogs etc., from 7-Eleven. They have microwave(s) as well. Besides that you can grab some fresh bakery items, chips, biscuits, hot and cold beverages as well. If you still feel like that it's not enough, then we recommend pack some thing home-made and carry along. We did the same and it helped a lot.The border crossing at Padang Besar opens daily at 5am and closes at 9pm according to Thailand time zone (Malaysia time zone is one hour ahead +1). And, we missed this bit of information. It took us 17 hours to reach the border and the border gates were closed right in front of us and we had to layover for a night on this side of the border although we had a booking for a rest-house on the Malaysian side, which we booked via Agoda. So, just because we didn't knew that border crossing have timings as well, we thought they are opened 24/7 :), we end up wasting one night's rent and a bit of a disappointment of not making it to Malaysia the same day ๐Ÿ˜žFollowing are the necessary documents that are legally required to cross Thailand-Malaysia border by road on your private vehicle: Original valid passport - should have more than 6 months of expiry Malaysian tourist e-visas - printed copy Thailand original driving license (accepted in Malaysia for driving) International Transport Permit - or purple book Vehicle Inspection Certificate Malaysian Car Insurance Policy Car Registration or Number Plate Stickers as per Malaysian standards Malaysian currency i.e. Ringgit (RM or MYR) Next morning, we woke up early and were able to reach the border immigration at around 5:30am. We (me and wife) parked our car at the designated parking area, locked our car, didn't carry along any of our luggage items and walk across to the immigration building. We joined the queue of people who were lined up for the immigration process. When our turn came, we stepped towards immigration counter and handed over following to the immigration officer: Our original passports (along with TM6 cards) Malaysian e-visas Blue Book or Car Registration Book Fees One Vehicle Driver = THB 25 One Vehicle Passenger = THB 5 Total THB 30 Immigration officer asks where we are coming from and where we are heading to. Company where I'm working in Bangkok (showed him my Work Permit as well). Then he stamped our passports with exit stamps, and handed over back our passports and e-visa printed copies back but kept the TM6 card. We will have to fill a new TM6 form/card when we will re-enter Thailand from Malaysia on our way back from our tour. After crossing the immigration counter, there were luggage scanning machine and because we had not carry along any of our luggage items, I asked the office that our luggage is on our car and she said no need to bring that and you are good to go. So, we exit the immigration building, get back to our car and drove straight through the border gates, exiting from Thailand and entering into Malaysia ๐Ÿ™‚ The road leads us to the drive-through Malaysian immigration booths and we stopped at one of the booths and handed over following documents to the immigration officer: Our original passports Malaysian e-visas The immigration office did the fingerprints scanning of both of us and then referred us to another booth, for which I had to park my car and we walk towards that second booth around 20-30 steps away from drive-through booths. They told us that they are trying to verify the e-visa and ask from where we are coming from and where we are going to, where we will stay and which places we are planning to visit and when we will return. We showed them our complete itinerary (a printed paper of places to visit and stay). After getting confirmation over the phone, they made entries on their registers and stamp our passports with entry stamps and stamp our e-visas (printed copies) with "used" stamps and return them back to us. We get back to our car, and drove it to the JPS or Malaysian Motor Transport office, right next to the immigration checkpoint, to get ICP. We again parked our car and this time my wife stayed in the car and I go to the JPS office and handover following documents to the officer there: Original passport Malaysian e-visa Car Blue Book or Registration Book International Transport Permit or purple book Vehicle Inspection Certificate The officer asked for car inspection and we walk towards the car park and he inspected the car, checked chassis number, etc.. He said that the car should have registration or number plate stickers at the front and back. He also inquired whether I have the car insurance policy or not. I didn't had it at that time and because I read it online that you can get the stickers and insurance policy from same shop once at the border. But unfortunately, we reach the border at night around 8pm and by that time all shops are closed because in these border towns, shops are closed early. So, make sure you get your car stickers and Malaysian car insurance policy during normal business hours i.e. from 9am to 5pm from cities/towns that are close to border. The JPJ officer told us that in order to get ICP, we should have number plate stickers affixed at the front and back side of the car in required Malaysian format/pattern (white letters/digits over black background). Also, we have to get the Malaysian car insurance policy before applying for ICP. Now, the bad luck for us was that, first when we reached the border last night, it was too late and all shops were closed, secondly the next day was Sunday, so all shops on Malaysian border dealing with car stickers and Malaysian car insurance policy were closed, except for one: Wakil Insurans - Padang CT SDN BHD Address: No. 83, Jalan Besar, Perlis, 02100 Padang Besar, Malaysia Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/9wVBzfhn6mQzznvU6 We purchased the Malaysian car insurance policy from above at a price of RM 63 and it took almost half an hour. We then went to JPJ again and told them that we got the insurance policy but no stickers shop is open today because of Sunday, is it possible if you allow us to go and we will get the stickers tomorrow when market opens on Monday, but officers, said that ICP is necessary and without that you are not allowed to take your car inside Malaysia. They suggested to request the Malaysian Immigration Officer that we want to go back to Thailand to purchase the stickers and will come back again. So, we did the same and requested the office, she nods in approval and (without exit stamp, because we have to come back again) we went straight back to border gates and entered into Thailand. The closest sticker shop we found on Google Maps was: MK. Sticker Car Address: Phetkasem Soi 20, Hat Yai, Hat Yai District, Songkhla 90110 Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/jkpVVSRQAWo8Lme66 We reached above shop in about an hour and 10 minutes and it took additional one hour to get the stickers printed and affixed on car front and back. It costs us THB 200 for these stickers. The requirements for Malaysian JPJ is that the your Thailand car should have stickers on front and back with white font on black background and should contain the official english translation of Thailand car registration number (which contains Thai characters) from Department of Land Transport of Thailand. You will have the translated english version mentioned in International Transport Permit or purple book and also on the Vehicle Inspection Certificate mentioned above. We head back to Padang Besar, border crossing of Thailand, crossed the border again without going through the immigration process, head straight to Malaysian Immigration booths, go to the same booth and the immigration officer recognizes us and let us pass through. I parked the car besides JPJ parking area and went inside JPJ office, fill out and submit the form, provide all the documents mentioned above and waited for few minutes and they handed over the ICP to me finally! The JPJ officer told me that if I will enter Malaysia again next time on the same vehicle than this ICP will be used again, therefore keep it safe somewhere and bring along next time as well. Finally, we fulfilled all the legal requirements and now we can move freely inside Malaysia on our own vehicle ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. Genting Highlands has a lot to offer when it comes to outdoor activities. In our last episode we explored the indoor activities and today we will going to visit the outdoors of Genting Highlands.Metro City is free for all visitors and hosts a number of popular activities like:Star Lake - an artificial lake with fountains and laser lights to perform the synchronized fountain show. It also has a large movie screen, where screenings are scheduled throughout the day.Food Trucks - a variety of colorful food trucks with popular local and international cuisine offeringsWinter Wonderland - has very well crafted stalls and surroundings, giving a wonderful feeling of winterland snow all around. It also has an Ice Skating Rink and scheduled performances and shows.GohTang Walk - Follow the footsteps of the founder Lim Goh Tong in a 12-stop story trail around the resort. Recall the days before Genting's inception to its rise in becoming Malaysia's top holiday destination today. Apart from these, there are a number of other stalls all around metro city offering interesting activities, food and beverages.
  6. Skytropolis is one of the best indoor theme parks of Malaysia and is a featured attraction of Genting Highlands. It spans over 400,000 square feet and is a fun filled treat for everyone in your family!Skytropolis indoor theme park is at Level 1 of First World Plaza and is opened daily from 10 am to 10 pm. There are a number of rides that both children and adults can enjoy:Children rides - Jumping Spurs, Loop de Loop, Boo Boo Bump, Whirly Bugs, Ride'Em roundFamily rides - Skyscraper, Tea Cups, Royal Carousel, Balloon Race, Copper Express, Space CadetsThrill rides - Music Express, Bumper Boss, Power Surge, Disco!, Sky Towers, Spin CrazyYou can either buy tickets for each individual rides as in Pay-per-ride or buy Preview Pass or Saver Combos.Pay per ride: - RM 10 per ride on weekdays - RM 15 per ride on weekends & holidaysPreview pass: - from RM 60 for 1 day unlimited ride pass - from RM 78 for 2 days unlimited ride passSavor Combos: - Combo A : From RM 82 - Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park (1-Day Unlimited Ride Pass), Sky VR (1 Game Play), SeniKome Pรฉng Hฤ“ng (Arts & Cultural Centre) - Combo B : From RM 90 - Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park (1-Day Unlimited Ride Pass), SnowWorld, SeniKome Pรฉng Hฤ“ng (Arts & Cultural Centre) - Combo C : From RM 160 - Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park (1-Day Unlimited Ride Pass), The VOID (Hyper-Reality Experience), SeniKome Pรฉng Hฤ“ng (Arts & Cultural Centre)SkySymphony - is a free-to-public performance showcasing an extraordinary orchestra of audio, visual and motion graphics programming. Get ready to immerse in spellbinding stories told through a dynamic transformation of 1,001 winch balls suspended from a four-storey high ceiling. Each performance is accompanied by larger-than-life cinematic visuals and original music mix. Showtimes : Every hour, 10am โ€“ midnightThat's not all ๐Ÿ™‚ there's more than enough to entertain you for many days:The VOIDSky VRTrain to Busan Horror HouseRipley's AdventurelandRipley's Believe It Or Not OdditoriumJurasic Research CenterZombie OutbreakJungle GymARV Augmented RealityHealing TouchKissing Fish Spa4D Trick Art MuseumToy World
  7. At 6 o'clock in the morning - we are out to spot a cool restaurant where we can try the local Malaysian cuisine breakfast. Yes, we are here at Ampang Point, a downtown area of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Today we are going to experience first hand the Malaysian cuisine breakfast, and we are hoping to try one of the most recommended local Malaysian breakfast dish called Roti Cenai.That's not all ๐Ÿ™‚ we are going to try Tosai as well, along with Teh Tarik, which literally means "Pulling Tea". So come on, ride along with us and let us enjoy the local Malaysian cuisine breakfast together!
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  9. Road trips have always been close to my heart and I strongly believe that road trips on one's private conveyance is the best form among others (air, bus, train, etc.). And, if a road trip includes crossing into the border of neighboring countries and exploring the new landscapes for the first time, then the excitement level reaches to new heights ๐Ÿ™‚So, me and my wife, were planning to do such a trip for quite sometime. We do had experience of doing road trips within Thailand and we had been to Phuket, Krabi and Koh Chang, Trat, all by road from Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. However this trip was one of a kind for us because we never did a road trip all the way to another country, which also means that we had to do a lot of legal preparations as well like visas, vehicle permits, license, insurance, etc.The whole tour was a great learning experience for us and we believe its worth sharing for others as well, who can benefit from our learning, the unique facts and figures of the places we visit, some wonderful traveling tips and tricks that will help you in planning yours. Although first 6 episodes/videos are in Urdu language but it has sufficient English captions of all important information and tips. All other episodes/videos are in English language. Please do not forget to provide your feedback and comments. If you have any questions please feel free to ask and we will be glad to provide answers.
  10. Hello to the community here! I'm working/living in Bangkok, Thailand. I'm an avid traveller/explorer and would like to know your travel experiences in Thailand and around the region. Looking forward to learn from the community and share my two cents where ever needed. Thanks and stay blessed!
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