Seeking Peace and Serenity in Tropical Taiping

  Malaysia is a tropical country, with a dry season and a rainy season. The country averages 2,000mm to 2,500mm of rain a year. If you are visiting Taiping, expect about double the rainfall as they experience around 4,000mm of rain a year. That does not mean that the area is a downer, with rain all the time. In fact, it is the perfect place to find peace and serenity when you want a break from the urban sprawl and hectic work lifestyle. Taiping is located about 300 kilometers north-northwest of Kuala Lumpur. Although it is not as famous as the Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands, it does have impressive views, and forest reserves. This is the main attraction of Taiping: greenery, lakes, and unspoiled nature. Places to Visit For the traveler opting to go off the beaten track, here are some sights which Taiping has to offer: — Maxwell Hill. Also called Bukit Larut, the British established Maxwell Hill in the 1870’s. Private vehicles are not allowed entry to the hill resort. You would have to hire a Land Rover or take the 13km trek. The trek may take up to 5 hours, however, there are a lot of other people who take the time to walk up the 1,250 meter hill. — Lake Gardens. This was the first public garden in Malaysia (called Malaya before Independence in 1963). Covering almost 26 hectares, it has 10 man-made lakes. The Angsana trees along Residency Road are a treat on their own. — Taiping Zoo. The Taiping Zoo was established in 1961 and is the first zoo in Malaysia. It...

Traveling to Kuala Lumpur: A Guide to the Best Family-Friendly Hotels

We all know that planning a vacation for the whole family can be a hassle sometimes. From planning the destination to choosing the right hotel for your family, it can become extremely time-consuming. If you are planning a vacation around Kuala Lumpur, your troubles and frustration has come to an end. This guide is meant to assist you pick the best family-friendly hotel around the Kuala Lumpur area. Hotel #1: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa features Nickelodeon resort. Located in Malaysia, this fun 10-acre attraction includes a Rain Fortress, a Water Spray Area, Giant Aqua Tube Rides, daily signature slime deluge, and a variety of other water slide attractions (Sunway Hotels, 2016). This water park in Malaysia contains retail shops and food services that has a Nickelodeon theme, and gives off the most family-friendly experience with its SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, along with others. In addition, the hotel itself is home to 439 smoke-free guestrooms. It contains a restaurant and bar and lounge, a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and access to valet parking. Your family is sure to enjoy their vacation staying at this hotel. Hotel #2: Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences is a 4.7 star hotel with 150 guestrooms. Your whole family has access to free parking, an outdoor pool, fitness center, and business center (KL Hotels, 2016). And that’s not all! If you want to enjoy an evening away without the kids, there is even in-room childcare. No need to search for a sitter. You can also enjoy the luxuries...