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#JOM! STAY: Plan away with Airbnb Stays - September 15, 2021

WITH a travel bubble to Langkawi kickstart this Thursday and travel gradually opening up in other states, Malaysians are starting to daydream about finally getting to go on that elusive holiday. Whether you're looking to enjoy some R&R in nature with your loved ones, or indulge in a cozy staycation in the city, here are some stunning Airbnb Stays in Langkawi and more Phase 2 states to help you start planning.


From lush green hills to crystalline seas, Malaysia offers an amazing variety of nature escapes. Nature lovers will find these Airbnb Stays their ideal retreat, whether in the scenic highlands or by the beach.

The Resthouse in Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu

A wooden house by the sea, entirely on its own, on a promontory, hidden amongst the trees. Artist Hayati Mokthar moved this house from where it was originally located near Ipoh, some 250km away. Built by the British Government between the wars and still in its original form, the house is furnished according to the period. Staying here, guests are required to partake in volunteer work to support the conservation work of the marine life in Pulau Perhentian and Lang Tengah through few options such as a quick beach cleanup at Pulau Rawa, half day tour to Lang Tengah to visit sea turtles conservation site and many more.

Garden Villa in Langkawi, Kedah

Nestled at the foot of Gunung Matchinchang, Villa Tiga @ Datai Valley is a haven for bird watchers and cycling enthusiasts. It is just five minutes drive to the Telaga Harbour, Cable Car, Telaga Tujuh and Temurun waterfalls. The villa is the perfect modern bohemian styled family getaway set amidst a tropical farm and is equipped with a private swimming pool, WiFi and 24 hour security.

Riverside Cottage in Cameron Highlands, Pahang

This Riverside Cottage is hosted by Heahtitude, a Cantonese slang that celebrates the joy of simply chilling around without a care in the world. Housed in a former Farm Worker’s Abode built in the 1970s, with its unique vernacular architecture and interior preserved, the cottage has a modern twist to provide you comfort. It boast a setup of vintage furnishings such as a triptych mirror and old-fashioned cushioned bed frame to exude a feeling back in time.


Stylish and cozy, these Stays combine modern aesthetics with comfort, with easy access to restaurants and amenities such as an indoor garden, swimming pool, gym and suite rooms making them perfect for a quick weekend getaway.

Lorong One Homestay in Malacca

This modern industrial-inspired homestay is located in a quiet neighbourhood of Ujong Pasir in Melaka, boast an indoor garden, two en-suite rooms, four rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and two fully equipped kitchens. A perfect Instagramable staycation for the hip and young at heart, this is an affordable stay.

Rustic Chic Suite in George Town, Penang

This is another Instagrambale staycation ideal for a girls’ getaway. Embrace the contemporary bohemian aesthetics of this updated residence located in George Town. The private space features an en suite bathroom, neutral gray tones throughout, herringbone wood flooring, and access to shared spaces including a garden and living room.


Inspired by the post-pandemic shift in how people travel, Airbnb introduced more than 100 upgrades earlier this year that give guests even more flexibility when planning for future getaways.

These new upgrades include curated Wishlists at - inspirational collections of Stays and Experiences created by Airbnb that travellers can refer to when planning their next vacation.

Airbnb's new Wishlist sharing feature now also enables guests to easily share their personalized Wishlists with friends and families.

Here are the simple steps on how to create your own Airbnb Wishlist

* On the Airbnb app, click the heart icon on the Stay you like. Click "Create new wishlist" or add it to an existing Wishlist already created.

* To "Create a new wishlist" simply add a name (e.g. "Favourite Beach Villas") and click "Create".

* You can view your wishlists, add to them or create new ones anytime.

* Send an invite to your friends and family to join your Wishlist to make it even easier to plan trips together!

Source: NST

Fairly good turn out as tourist destinations in Pahang come alive - September 6, 2021

KUANTAN: After months of restrictions, visitors are slowly trickling back to several tourist destinations in Pahang, offering a glimmer of hope for industry players ahead of the monsoon season. Operating under new norms, Pulau Tioman in Rompin, Fraser's Hill in Raub and Kampung Kuala Tahan near Taman Negara in Jerantut are among tourist spots which have reopened to travellers in the state who have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations. Tourism operators describe it as "small steps" towards reviving the industry and returning to the good old days as they hope to see an increase in bookings ahead of the one-week school holidays which begins on Sept 11.

Pulau Tioman's 1108 Tekek managing director Zamari Muhyi said small groups of visitors began arriving on the duty-free island during the weekend before Aug 31. "After going months without any visitors, their presence on the island has been a huge relief. The chalet and food business can earn some income before the monsoon season is expected in November."Those arriving on the island have to make advance bookings and adhere to the standard operating procedures set by the operators. The authorities including policemen are stationed to inspect visitors before they board the ferry and once they reach the jetties on the island," he said when contacted. Zamari, whose chalets at Kampung Tekek were fully booked over the weekend, said restaurants on the island only allow takeaway meals while visitors may enter the water for a swim, but not in huge groups.  "Visitors to the island would book their accommodation in advance so there are no cases of mass arrival. The Mersing jetty in Johor is still closed so only people within Pahang can travel to Teluk Gading, Rompin (formerly known as Tanjung Gemok jetty) to board their ferry to Tioman," he said, adding that the island has achieved herd immunity. Meanwhile, Kuala Tahan's Tebing Guesthouse manager Mohd Abdul Rani Harun said although the National Park had yet to open, some chalets in the village have started to receive guests.

"Small groups of visitors have booked chalets and they participated in boating activities at Sungai Tembeling. There might be limited activities as Taman Negara has not opened but people are eager to leave their homes for a much-awaited outing," he said, adding that some chalets are occupied by contractors and workers involved in road repairs near here. A chalet operator in Kuala Tahan said they had been receiving a lot of bookings from those living as far as Lipis and Rompin, with a majority prepared to travel despite being informed that Taman Negara was still closed.

"Guests will have to provide proof that they have completed vaccination before travelling to Kuala Tahan. Since only people in Pahang are allowed to travel, operators here hope the national park will be opened soon. "Many visitors are trying to secure dates during the school holidays next week but operators have been told to ensure the area will not be overcrowded. Strict measures are in place and operators are not taking any chances."

Meanwhile, a budget hotel operator at Fraser Hill's said the popular hill station had started receiving guests from Pahang since early this month, with the only food court operating in the vicinity allowing customers to dine-in as long as they had completed their vaccination. On Aug 19, Tourism Pahang general manager Kamaruddin Ibrahim had said eight tourist destinations across Pahang that had achieved herd immunity against Covid-19 will reopen in stages.

Rebranding floating raft houses as 'Rakitstay' good idea, says tourism Exco - August 25, 2021

KUANTAN: Floating raft houses, rebranded as "Rakitstay", has the potential to bolster the tourism sector in Pahang. Describing the rebranding as a good move, state Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin (BN-Lanchang) said the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) was still studying the newly-coined "Rakitstay" brand. "Motac is responsible to recognise alternative accommodation facilities besides hotels, chalets, resorts and homestay. However, to date, we have yet to obtain any approval from the ministry.

"The idea to rebrand floating raft houses as "Rakitstay" is certainly a good effort and will be referred to the local authorities, and other agencies related to the guidelines for accommodation premises," he said when replying to a question from Mujibur Rahman Ishak (Pas-Chenor) during the question and answer session at the state assembly today. Mujibur was seeking an explanation if the state government offered allocations for the floating raft house operators rebranded as "Rakitstay" to accelerate domestic tourism.

Meanwhile, Sharkar described the rebranding exercise as vital in tourism, saying it will help the respective destinations gain popularity and attract holidaymakers. "We have Menara Kuantan 188 in Kuantan; Raub is popular for Musang King durian variety; while Bentong has Genting Highlands and Janda Baik....this is all about rebranding to attract more visitors. "Previously, we had homestay units and now we have Rakitstay where holidaymakers can experience staying on a floating house along the river," he said, adding there were about 50 registered floating raft houses operating at Sungai Rompin and Sungai Pontian in Rompin. Meanwhile, State Agriculture, Agro-Based Industry and Biotechnology committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Soffi Abd Razak (BN-Benta) said the state government has no plans to build a udang galah (giant freshwater prawn) sanctuary in Rompin.

Replying to a question from Razali Kassim (BN-Muadzam Shah), he said setting up a sanctuary which offers protection and conservation would require a huge commitment. "The sanctuary will have strict guidelines and locals will no longer be able to freely carry out prawn fishing activities. It will require everyone in the community including fishermen to avoid posing any threats including overfishing and causing environmental threats. "If the Fisheries Department plans to build a prawn sanctuary then it has to carry out detailed research and study the proposal from all aspects. This is to ensure the sanctuary remains in operation for long," he said.


Holiday destinations in Pahang reopened under strict SOP, says tourism Exco - September 7, 2021

KUANTAN: Travelers and industry players are required to embrace "new normal" conditions as popular tourist destinations across Pahang began to resume operation in stages.

Pulau Tioman in Rompin, Fraser's Hill in Raub and Kampung Kuala Tahan near Taman Negara in Jerantut are among tourist spots which have opened their doors to visitors since early this month and more destinations are expected in the next few weeks.

State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the main priority is to ensure both visitors and tourism players remain safe by complying with the newly implemented standard operating procedures (SOP).

"There are no two ways about it as everyone has a responsibility to play and they must follow the strict measures which have been implemented. To make sure the industry survives, destinations will be reopened gradually and accordingly.

"So far there have been no reports of any new Covid-19 clusters (at tourist destinations) and it is vital to follow the SOP as any outbreak will jeopardise the industry. Both travelers and tour operators are aware of their responsibilities under the new normal which they need to put it into practice," he told reporters at the Pahang tourism office here today.

Sharkar was met after distributing Bantuan Prihatin Pahang (BPP) Covid-19 aid to 85 tour guides here today.

Meanwhile, he cited several examples on the tourism SOPs saying only those who have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations can travel and there is a limit on the number of travelers at certain destinations.

It was reported yesterday that visitors are slowly trickling back to several tourist destinations in Pahang and operators are hoping to see an increase in bookings ahead of the one-week school holidays which begins on Sept 11.

On tourist destinations in Pahang reopening business before other destinations, Sharkar said the priority is to see the tourism sector gradually returning to normal.

"It is not important to become the first (destination) to reopen but we are looking at the long term recovery. The idea is to slowly revive and get the industry back on track," he said.

Meanwhile, a Tourism Pahang officer, who declined to be named, said the tourism destinations in Pahang which began opening late last month currently offer limited activities.

"People within the state can travel and most destinations have resumed business. However, some activities including diving in Pulau Tioman or camping in Taman Negara will require approval from the National Security Council (NSC)," he said, adding the NSC is in the midst of studying the SOPs.

Eight destinations - Pulau Tioman and Taman Negeri Rompin (both in Rompin), Genting Highlands and Janda Baik (both in Bentong), Fraser's Hill( Raub), Taman Negara (Jerantut), Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre (Temerloh) and Cameron Highlands - have achieved herd immunity against Covid-19. Source: NST

#JOM GO: Intra-state holidays for Pahang folks - August 25, 2021

Pahang is ready to open eight of its holiday destinations, here's a list of lodgings worth checking out. PEOPLE in Pahang can now look forward to that much needed holiday, albeit just intra-state trips at selected destinations, once they receive the green light from the National Security Council (NSC). Once approved, eight of the state's tourist destinations which have achieved herd immunity against Covid-19 — Pulau Tioman, Taman Negeri Rompin, Genting Highlands, Janda Baik, Fraser's Hill, Taman Negara, Kuala

Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre and Cameron Highlands — will begin to welcome back visitors in stages to minimise the emergence of tourism clusters.


If you've been missing the laid-back beach life, 1511 Coconut Grove is your chance to (safely) indulge in your island fantasies. Located in Juara Village on Tioman Island, the boutique hotel offers guests quaint chalets inspired by traditional village architecture, complete with thatched roofs and raised wooden stilts, which overlook pristine sandy white beaches. As the property is situated at the eastern part of the island, guests will be at the perfect spot to take in gorgeous sunrise views. 


Situated along a beach-front facing the South China Sea, and complete with the lush greenery of its own golf course, Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort combines seaside serenity with the best of the tropical greenery. Each of its rooms comes with a private balcony, facing either the vast blue ocean or the property's own expansive swimming pool. The resort is also located near Kampung Lanjut, a village renowned for its seafood delights, particularly freshwater prawns. With the resort's peaceful environment, guests rate it as an ideal place to simply enjoy the ocean breeze in comfort. 


One of the most highly rated properties in the area, the Swiss-Garden Hotel & Residences Genting Highlands promises a stylish staycation for discerning travellers. The hotel is situated near the peak of Genting Highlands, giving guests majestic views of the lush green surroundings, particularly from the rooftop sanctuary on the 41st floor. The property also features an array of top-notch hospitality facilities and services, including a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna rooms, as well as a variety of local and international cuisines at its on-site cafe.


Tucked away in the tranquil forests of Janda Baik, Cherengin Hills Convention & Spa Resort's hillside accommodation is an easily-accessible getaway for urbanites seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. While the resort was a popular venue for team building activities during pre-pandemic days, it still has plenty to offer with its peaceful surroundings, cool weather, and breathtaking rainforest views. With rooms that come equipped with modern amenities, guests will be able to sample nature without sacrificing contemporary comforts.


Perched atop the famous hill it's named after, Shahzan Inn Fraser's Hill is ideal for travellers who value privacy and peace above all else. The budget hotel is rated highly among guests for its value for money and convenient location, making it a good place for a quick and quiet escape. Known for its thriving biodiversity, Fraser's Hill is also home to a myriad of local and migratory bird species — an ideal environment for budding birdwatchers to spot interesting and colourful wildlife.


Looking for an experience right in the heart of nature, or simply wishing for a more thrilling escapade away? Mutiara Taman Negara Resort, located smack in the middle of the rainforest reserve of Taman Negara, will give you a bit of both. Nature-lovers can enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle within the resort itself — be prepared to spot other wildlife "guests" such as monkeys and lizards making their way around the premises. This property also features a wide range of accommodation choices, from resort-style chalets to simple bungalows, allowing guests to choose just how rustic and close-to-nature they want their stay to be.


With its impeccable hospitality service and award-winning spa treatments, the Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort has been long known as a staycation option for Malaysians. This luxurious property is situated 2,700 feet above sea level; meaning that you can take in cool, crisp highland air and green views of sloping hills without leaving your plush room. While the hotel is French-inspired, with its castle like structure and French fine dining cuisine, it also offers guests a taste of Eastern serenity in the zen-like gardens at its Japanese Village. 


Tourists have historically flocked Cameron Highlands for a brief respite from the heat of the tropics. An interesting property here is Hotel De'La Ferns, which offers guests a taste of the colonial hill stations of yore with its modern twist on Tudor-styled architecture. Aptly named after the expansive ferns found in the area, the hotel also boasts of picturesque views of the mountainous countryside. 

Prefer a stay closer to the city centre? Located in the town of Brinchang, Zetter Suites gives guests both convenience and comfort with a hint of Victorian-era sensibilities. These private apartment units come with Victorian-inspired furnishing in soft, pastel tones, creating a romantic setting for couples. 

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