Not to be mistaken for the district of the same name, Muar or Bandar Maharani as it’s called, in honour of Maharajah Abu Bakar’s consort, Maharani Fatimah, this charming town is located at the estuary of Sungai Muar. Though conferred this special title in 1887 and made a royal town in 2012, Muar has a long and complicated history pre-dating the founding of Melaka, and it’s having a bit of resurgence. Most come for its culinary specialities but there’s more to Muar than satay breakfasts and mee bandung brunches.
If you’re passing Seremban at the weekend, make a detour for some home-cooked Nogori food and luscious cakes whipped up by Malaysia’s first local Masterchef winner, at this friendly family-run kitchen. Sodap!
When the sun goes down, the coastal town of Kuala Selangor is descended upon by tourists, not for its nightlife, but its firefly colonies. April, Richard and I were there recently and checked out the former state capital’s daytime draws.
There’s something raw and primal about the Tengger Caldera in East Java. To look across its vast barren sands and smouldering complex of active volcanoes is to imagine our planet before we arrived.
Often mistaken for Gunung Bromo in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, the charismatic Gunung Batok is frequently photographed but seldom scaled. Which is a darn shame because its aerial view of Bromo is unbeatable.
From Gunung Penanjakan’s view point, Gunung Bromo pales in comparison to the striking form of Gunung Batok next to it and the commanding outline of Gunung Semeru in the far distance. But Bromo’s manageable altitude gain and accessibility make it easily scalable, provided that it doesn’t try to kill you….
The highest peak in Java and third highest in Indonesia after Sumatra’s Kerinchi and Lombok’s Rinjani, Gunung Semeru made me cry. Here’s why….