You have to be nuts to drive 2 hours, then hike another 2 just to see a rock, right?
Sometimes you’ve got to want something really badly. Jeram Perlus is one of those things. It takes between 2 1/2 to 3 hours to hike the nearly 8 kilometres to get to this hidden cascade. In less time and with less effort you could be at another waterfall, swimming and catching fish with your teeth. But unlike Jeram Perlus, you won’t have the place all to yourself.
After a two-year hiatus, Khairul was having trouble on the trail up towards Bukit Sapu Tangan’s 204 metre peak. That’s probably how “Handkerchief Hill” got its name I joked – he’d need one to wipe away his tears. But it could just as likely reference the surrounding forest’s diminishing size….
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!
A stay in a heritage building is a rare opportunity to experience historical architecture from the inside, admire ingenious adaptive reuse, and imagine what life may have been like for its former dwellers. Melaka has ample opportunity to do just that, with homes and former business premises in its UNESCO Heritage Zone that date as far back as the Dutch colonial era.
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.