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Malaysians are renowned to be big on travelling. If you are the savvy and well-heeled Malaysian jet-setter who has globe-trotted to famous landmarks in major cities and are yearning for more authentic travelling experiences, fret not. Here are four fabulous gems near home in the Southeast Asian region that are probably less well-known or considered but promise eye-opening and indelible adventures you can add to your travel bucket list. What’s more, you can be sure that you are well-rested during your travel exploits to these locations with Hotels.com, the one-stop destination for all your accommodation needs across the world.
Tsavo Lion Restaurant
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If you are lion-hearted and have an appetite for lions, Tsavo Lion Restaurant which is situated in Bali Safari and Marine Park is just the place for you. The first African-themed restaurant in Asia, Tsavo Lion, provides diners with an up close and personal encounter with the species of the beast touted as the “King of the jungle”.
Patrons get to enjoy a selection of international gourmet cuisine from Asia, Africa and South America while admiring prides of lions roaming in the park through well-secured glass panels. Additionally, this fine dining restaurant with its warm orange lighting and rustic décor promises an intimate and cosy dining experience for its customers. So, if you appreciate good food in romantic settings and are a lover of felines, particularly lions, be sure to stop by the Tsavo Lion Restaurant the next time you travel to Bali for your holidays.
Kopi Luwak Farm
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Coffee is one of the all-time favourite beverages of Malaysians, evident from the mushrooming of established international coffee chains and local cafes around Malaysia. But would you be willing to pay RM 150 to RM 420 for a cup of coffee made from cat poop? Kopi Luwak, also known as civet coffee or crap coffee (pun intended), originated from Indonesia and is arguably the most expensive coffee in the world. Thanks to the digestive enzymes of the civets that penetrate the coffee beans, Kopi Luwak is purported to be richer in taste but less acerbic than most other types of coffee.
If you are a coffee lover and intrigued by what goes inside this exotic coffee, treat yourself to a tour around the Kopi Luwak Farm in Ubad, Bali, where you will get to see how the Arabia and Robusta coffee are being grown, consumed by the civet cat, harvested, roasted and finally powdered. Most importantly, you will get to taste a cup of freshly-brewed Kopi Luwak at a “nominal’ price of about RM 15. Love it or loathe it, you will know it after you take this exploratory coffee tour in Bali.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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With changing attitudes towards exploring into the supernatural realm and the idea of death preservation in the recent decades, dark tourism is slowly but surely gaining traction among international travellers. Dark tourism is a broad-ranged and often controversial form of tourism which has existed for decades. It involves how host countries “package up” and exhibit relics of death and suffering to attract intrepid souls who are raring to explore the macabre and underworld.
The Cambodian government is certainly no stranger to using dark tourism as a means to attract international visitors. After Angkor Wat, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is arguably its most famous or rather infamous tourist attraction. The museum located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, was the former site of the S-21 prison and killing fields during the Khmer Rouge Regime from 1975 to 1978 where a reported 1.7 million Cambodians were tormented and murdered.
The museum exhibits consist of horrific pictures of mutilations and executions of the casualties and instruments of torture used on them. The most disturbing and grisly display in the museum is plausibly the Skull Map made by 300 skulls of the victims during the Khmer Rouge massacre.
For less than RM 30, you can take a guided tour around the museum and explore the most evil side of human nature and you may emerge from the tour, enlightened, having gained a wiser perspective about living after “encountering’’ the spectre of war and death at close quarters. If you are considering Cambodia as one of your pit stops this holiday, perhaps you can make a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum for an extraordinary and thrilling travel experience of another kind.
Khao Sok Tree House Resort
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Love to rub shoulders with nature’s royalty while snugging in bed? You can do exactly that with a tree house resort stay by the jungle! Indulge in a perfect combination of jungle-style luxury living with a hotel stay at Khao Sok Tree Houses. The tree houses are tucked away in the heart of Khao Sok Jungle in Southern Thailand and can be as high as 15 metres above the ground. Built and decorated organically in nature-themed style, these tree houses are also furnished with amenities like air-conditioning and water heaters which the Malaysian urbanite can scarcely do without.
What’s more, most of the tree houses have balconies equipped with comfy seats for you to unwind and reconnect with Mother Nature. And if you are the gung-ho and adventurous sort, you can try your hand at trekking, tubing, kayaking or even riding on the Land of Smiles’ most revered animal, the elephant. The call of the wild beckons so don’t wait up and book your tree top hotels in Khao Sok Tree House.
For this holiday, unleash the venturesome side to you and ditch that itinerary of popular but predictable and crowded tourist hotspots! Buck the trend and explore these adventurous travel destinations for yourselves. If you want to live large this holiday, book away and cherry-pick the hotel of your choice with Hotels.com. Furthermore, enjoy up to 6.0% cashback when you book your stay now through ShopBack Malaysia. An extraordinary and exciting holiday experience awaits, so hurry and book your tickets and hotel reservations today!
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