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Full Board Eco-Tour at Johor

Full Board Eco-Tour at Johor

Highlights

  • Participate in an eco-tour along the Johor River with activities like stand-up paddling, bird-watching, obstacle course, and cycling.
  • Enjoy complimentary use of facilities for mahjong, table tennis, chess and more.
  • Obstacle course and escape room games available.
  • Lunch, BBQ dinner, and breakfast included.

[Grab it now with 150.00 @ Groupon]

The deal

  • Package A: 2D1N stay for 1 person in a family room with team-building activities for RM150 instead of RM375
  • Package B: 2D1N stay for 1 person in a family room with stand-up paddling and biking for RM220 instead of RM515

Itinerary

Day 1 (L, D)

  • 12pm: Check-in
  • 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Adventure-based learning games, escape room, or egg drop (Package A) / Stand-up paddling along Johor River (Package B)
  • 5pm: Wash up
  • 6.30pm: BBQ dinner
  • 7.30pm: Mahjong, chess, table tennis, etc. (subject to availability)

Day 2 (B)

  • 6.30am: Sunrise and birdwatching
  • 7.30am: Breakfast
  • 8am: Obstacle course or bridge building (package A) / mountain biking around estate (package B)
  • 11am: Return and check out

Outdoor activities subject to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

Colonial Styled Eco-Resort on the Banks of the Johor River

Even from a distance, you can see the three clerestories that soar above the sprawling ivory mansion topped with a brick-red tiled-roof, former home to an estate manager during colonial times. Although the building has been refurbished, the original stairway and flooring made of cengal wood still remains, and you can enjoy additional facilities like conference rooms, dining area, and dorms equipped with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The retreat is located away from the bustle of the city so you can expect a stay surrounded by nature with the tranquil sight of the Johor River and outdoor activities like stand-up paddling and cycling tours to the banana plantation nearby.

Ulu Tiram, Johor: Cascading Waterfalls and Bird Watchers Retreat

Ulu Tiram is located near Kota Tinggi, a quiet city blessed with natures bounty and site of historic royal tombs. Fans of bird-watching will know the Gunung Panti Recreational Forest as a good location to spot over 250 species including rare and protected birds like the Wallaces Hawk-eagle, Helmeted Hornbill, and Great Slaty Woodpecker. The Kota Tinggi Waterfall is situated towards the north-west and is made up of multi-level cascades which make it a relaxing place to unwind amidst its rocky ledges while the shallow wading pool with water slides is suitable for families.

Family Room

  • Max. occupancy: 4 guests
  • Air-conditioning
  • En-suite bathroom with hot shower

Facilities

  • Meeting and conference rooms
  • Hall and dining area
  • Water and outdoor activities

Add-Ons (payable to retreat centre)

  • Transfer from Johor Bahru town to Kulim Eco-TRAIL Retreat: call to enquire.

KL/KD/JB: Budget-Friendly Stay

KL/KD/JB: Budget-Friendly Stay

Highlights

  • Centrally located boutique hotels.
  • Facilities include air-conditioning, public Wi-Fi, roof garden, and more.
  • Complimentary upgrade to Deluxe Room available for KL hotel (call to enquire room availability).

[Grab it now with 68.00 @ Groupon]

The Deal

  • 2D1N stay for 2 for RM68 (up to RM108 value)

Budget-friendly Stay near Suburban Malls and Entertainment Spots

i-Hotel is a privately owned group of boutique hotels that has branched out throughout Peninsular Malaysia from its first hotel in Kota Damansara. With warmly lit rooms that beckon one to linger, this no-frills hotel draws you in with her intimate spaces which are complemented by retro-inspired dcor and art.

Superior Room

  • Queen bedding
  • Max. occupancy: 2 adults per room

RM10 for upgrade to Deluxe Room available for Kota Damansara and Johor Bahru hotels payable upon check-in (call to enquire room availability)

Hotel facilities

  • Roof garden
  • Taxi service
  • Public Wi-Fi

KL: Hotel near KL Sentral Station

KL: Hotel near KL Sentral Station

Highlights

  • Boutique hotel located a 5-minute walk to the Tun Sambanthan Monorail station and less than 10-minute walk to KL Sentral station.
  • Facilities include rooftop bar and restaurant, complimentary parking, shuttle service to KL Sentral, public Wi-Fi, and more.
  • Take the neighbouring public transport line and visit KLCC, Sungei Wang, Times Square, and Mid Valley.

[Grab it now with 188.00 @ Groupon]

The deal

Deluxe Plus Room

  • 2D1N stay with dinner for 2 people for RM248 (up to RM534 value)
  • 2D1N stay for 2 people for RM188 (up to RM398 value)

Hotel at a glance

Leave your car at the complimentary parking space of this downtown KL hotel and explore the neighbouring area of KL Sentral and Brickfields. Located off Jalan Tun Sambanthan 3, Royce Hotel keeps you connected to the pulse of the city via its location of less than half-an-hours walk to the main public transport hub.

  • Take on the complimentary shuttle service as an alternative to your Brickfields adventure, and get on the LRT and Monorail lines to the easily-accessible shopping malls of KLCC, Sungei Wang, Times Square, and Mid Valley.
  • Pamper tired limbs at the hotels spa centre with your choice of massages or manicure-pedicure, or go for something special with an Ayurveda treatment.
  • Nibble on the Western selections of the in-house Bricks Diner, before heading up towards the rooftop location of Fire & Ice bar and restaurant for a city-view nightcap.

Deluxe Plus Room

  • 19.8sqm room
  • King bedding
  • Max. occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child aged 5 and below per room. 3rd guest subject to additional charges.

Hotel facilities

  • Restaurant and coffee shop
  • Massage and spa
  • Laundry service
  • Complimentary parking
  • Airport transfer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Add-ons (payable to hotel)

  • Extra bed with breakfast for adult aged 13 and above: RM120 per person per night
  • Extra bed with breakfast for child aged 6 12: RM80 per person per night
  • Stay without extra bed with breakfast for child aged 1 5: Free

Kuala Lumpur: What to see and do

Taking the TripAdvisor throne as the current favourite for a Malaysian getaway, the capital of Kuala Lumpur is BBC Travels ode to ingenuity, as the little town-that-could demonstrates her rise from a humble tin-mining district to a destination for culinary conquests, cultural experiences, and retail therapy.

Home to your choice of souvenirs, street food, and fashion goods, the heavily hyped night market of Petaling Street stands only a train rides away from your spot for the night out at Bukit Bintang. Proffering your choice of pubs, clubs, or lounge restaurants, Frommers choice of one of the main entertainment strips in the city is peppered with cut-rate bargains and upscale boutiques worthy of its name as a temple of consumerism.

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Langkawi: Tube-Shaped Rooms

Langkawi: Tube-Shaped Rooms

Highlights

  • Stay in tube-shaped rooms.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • 10-minute walk to Pantai Chenang and 6-minute drive to Underwater World.

[Grab it now with 148.00 @ Groupon]

The deal

Garden View Tube Room

  • 3D2N stay for 2 for RM148 (up to RM334 value)
  • 3D2N stay for 2 with island hopping tour for RM208 (up to RM424 value)

Hotel at a glance

Peel away wisps of curtains and wake up to soft stretches of grass and blue sky from your whimsical barrel-shaped room capsule lining the Chenang beach of Langkawi. Streams of sunlight fall upon king-size beds propped against full glass fronts offering green garden views and nature scents at the foot of your bed before traipsing down to lounging coffee shops.

Garden View Tube Room

  • 6.25sqm room
  • King-size bedding
  • Max. occupancy: 2 adults per room
  • Communal bathroom

Hotel facilities

  • Restaurant (only breakfast and pizza (after 11am) available)
  • Public Wi-Fi

Add-ons (payable to hotel)

  • Upgrade to Seafront View Room (subject to availability): RM50 per night
  • 48-hour bicycle rental: RM20 per bike
  • Breakfast: RM15 per person – Coffee / tea, eggs, home baked bread, and juice

Langkawi: What to see and do

Taking its inspiration from both the earth and skies, the name Langkawi is commonly thought to have arisen due to the profusion of Lang Merah eagles on the island, along with the abundance of marble kawi in Sanskrit found within its confines. Having come under both British and Thai rule during its lifetime, the influences of the latter remain apparent in both the local culture, and the cuisine that feeds it. The post-war era saw an influx of pirate activity, with the archipelagos dense foliage providing nooks and crannies with which to seek refuge.

Legs aside, wanderers traverse the circumference of the island via bicycles, taxis, rented cars, and the occasional water buffalo emblematic of the idyllic village life that juxtaposes itself against the urban faade of tourist-laden sites. Shopping malls abound in Kuah, amongst other destinations, with the establishment of Langkawis duty-free status in 1987.

Cable car rides proffer a glimpse of murky jungles and cascading waterfalls like the Telaga Tujuh in Gunung Mat Cincang, along with the chance to observe a menagerie of flora and fauna within the confines of the UNESCO-declared Geopark, where Palaeozoic sedimentary sequences reveal themselves amongst the agglomeration of mangroves, tidal flats, and estuaries.

Amateur historians revel in the Makam Mahsuri, the tomb of a maiden who cursed the island for seven generations after being executed for infidelity. Evidence of the malediction is said to lie in Padang Matsirat, where burnt grains of rice still reside almost two hundred years after angry villagers led a revolt against the Siamese. Less malicious locales allure from afar; waves ebbing like a heartbeat against the dazzling sands of Pantai Cenang, Pantai Kok, and Pantai Tengah.

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KK: Boutique Hostel Stay

KK: Boutique Hostel Stay

Highlights

  • Boutique hostel with pod-style beds with views of the mountains.
  • Facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi, mall and city shuttle service, bicycle rental, and guest pantry.
  • Located 15 minutes drive to the city centre, 20 minutes to Kota Kinabalu International Airport, and 6 minutes to 1Borneo Hypermall.

[Grab it now with 39.00 @ Groupon]

The deal

Single Pod (mixed or female-only dorm)

  • 2D1N mixed dorm stay for 1 for RM39 instead of RM52
  • 2D1N female-only dorm stay for 1 for RM39 instead of RM52
  • 3D2N mixed dorm stay for 1 for RM75 instead of RM104
  • 3D2N female-only dorm stay for 1 for RM75 instead of RM104

Hotel at a glance

Tucked within the 1Sulaman commercial centre which boasts a handful of dining spots and convenient stores within its complex, SKYPOD Hostel enjoys a close proximity to 1Borneo Hypermall which is a six-minute drive or half-an-hours stroll away. Spearheading the pod-style backpackers stay in the city, the Likas property hosts a common area and guest pantry which is equipped with bean bags, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a view of the Kota Kinabalue streets below.

Single Pod (mixed or female-only dorm)

  • 300sqft
  • Single capsule bedding
  • Max. occupancy: 1 person per pod

Hostel facilities

  • Guest pantry
  • Common lounge area with bean bags
  • Laundry service
  • Airport transfer
  • Personal locker
  • Bicycle rental
  • Complimentary daily shuttle to city centre and 1Borneo Hypermall
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: What to see and do

One of the cities in the world to be discovered after an arson incident, Kota Kinabalu received her first official moniker after the local word for fire (Api-Api). Privately-owned by the British North Borneo Chartered Company, the small fishing village was an unexpected bleep in the Companys radar after their administrative office burned down in 1897.

Expanded into a colonial trading hub soon after, the Northern strip then switched hands from Sir Charles Jessels Chartered Company, to the Japanese during the Occupation, and finally to the British Crown when World War II ended. On the way, the small strip of land, which snuggles between the South China Sea and the mountainous terrain of Mount Kinabalu, has survived piracy as a growing port, the introduction of the Commonwealth estates, and the odd tribal upheaval or two, before arriving as Borneos second largest city only after Sarawaks Kuching.

Discover the local UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kinabalu National Park, the dense forest park that covers an area of up to 754 square kilometres and hosts a myriad of flourishing flora and exotic wildlife. A cooling highland destination for the locals, and a must-see destination for the throngs of tourists who laboriously scale the summit of Mount Kinabalu, the centrepiece of the park stands unperturbed and awaits for the usual fare of on-lookers who arrive for a rewarding glimpse of dawn, a peek at the oak-chestnut forests, or a sighting of the Nepenthes Rajah, the worlds largest pitcher plant.

Then, move out further to shore and find your spot amongst the sandy stretches of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, resort-gazetted zones, or hidden gems of a Sabahan beach. Consider a snorkelling trip via a private charter to the five-island group of Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik, and Sulug, as you traverse the western portion of the worlds Coral Triangle and past her collection of vivid reefs and sea fauna. Alternatively, spread a blanket over the sands of Rasa Rias Dalit beach, where on-site Orangutan Education Centre calls home, or the hour-long drive destination of Mantanani beach, where sighting of dugongs and dolphins are whispered amongst locals.

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Langkawi: Tube-Shaped Rooms

Langkawi: Tube-Shaped Rooms

Highlights

  • Stay in tube-shaped rooms.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • 10-minute walk to Pantai Chenang and 6-minute drive to Underwater World.

[Grab it now with 148.00 @ Groupon]

The deal

Garden View Tube Room

  • 3D2N stay for 2 for RM148 (up to RM334 value)
  • 3D2N stay for 2 with island hopping tour for RM208 (up to RM424 value)

Hotel at a glance

Peel away wisps of curtains and wake up to soft stretches of grass and blue sky from your whimsical barrel-shaped room capsule lining the Chenang beach of Langkawi. Streams of sunlight fall upon king-size beds propped against full glass fronts offering green garden views and nature scents at the foot of your bed before traipsing down to lounging coffee shops.

Garden View Tube Room

  • 6.25sqm room
  • King-size bedding
  • Max. occupancy: 2 adults per room
  • Communal bathroom

Hotel facilities

  • Restaurant and coffee shop
  • Public Wi-Fi

Add-ons (payable to hotel)

  • Upgrade to Seafront View Room (subject to availability): RM50 per night
  • 48-hour bicycle rental: RM20 per bike
  • Breakfast: RM15 per person – Coffee / tea, eggs, home baked bread, and juice

Langkawi: What to see and do

Taking its inspiration from both the earth and skies, the name Langkawi is commonly thought to have arisen due to the profusion of Lang Merah eagles on the island, along with the abundance of marble kawi in Sanskrit found within its confines. Having come under both British and Thai rule during its lifetime, the influences of the latter remain apparent in both the local culture, and the cuisine that feeds it. The post-war era saw an influx of pirate activity, with the archipelagos dense foliage providing nooks and crannies with which to seek refuge.

Legs aside, wanderers traverse the circumference of the island via bicycles, taxis, rented cars, and the occasional water buffalo emblematic of the idyllic village life that juxtaposes itself against the urban faade of tourist-laden sites. Shopping malls abound in Kuah, amongst other destinations, with the establishment of Langkawis duty-free status in 1987.

Cable car rides proffer a glimpse of murky jungles and cascading waterfalls like the Telaga Tujuh in Gunung Mat Cincang, along with the chance to observe a menagerie of flora and fauna within the confines of the UNESCO-declared Geopark, where Palaeozoic sedimentary sequences reveal themselves amongst the agglomeration of mangroves, tidal flats, and estuaries.

Amateur historians revel in the Makam Mahsuri, the tomb of a maiden who cursed the island for seven generations after being executed for infidelity. Evidence of the malediction is said to lie in Padang Matsirat, where burnt grains of rice still reside almost two hundred years after angry villagers led a revolt against the Siamese. Less malicious locales allure from afar; waves ebbing like a heartbeat against the dazzling sands of Pantai Cenang, Pantai Kok, and Pantai Tengah.

Facebook: Tubotel Langkawi