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My Favourite Rest Stops in Malaysia

Highway Rest Stop of Malaysia



As most roads and highways in Malaysia is of good quality, we like to drive when we go on holiday. So naturally Reststop or in Malaysia we call it Rest & Relax Area is an important part of our travels. Nowadays with the addition of the little one, good and clean Rest and Relax Area is a must. I think that our Malaysian Highway consenneir is doing a great job as the reststops are well maintained and well equipped. There are large clean toilets, diaper changing rooms, food outlets, praying rooms and petrol stations. And some even Fast Food Outlets like KFC and also little Highway Hotels.

Bukit Gantang Rest & Relax Area

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI discovered about this Rest & Relax Area while driving on the road heading to Taiping, we planned to visit the Taiping Zoo. It was a real letdown, I feel the Melaka Zoo is much better.  This Rest & Relax Area is not like all the other stops that you find on our Malaysian highways. It still has the same comforts of clean toilets, ample parking & clean food outlets as other R & R areas have. PLUS is doing an extraorfinary job in upgrading their R & R areas. My favourite pick is still the one in Tapah. It has large clean toilets, lots of food courts. As for the one in Bukit Gantang it is actually picturesque similar to a mini park with lots of greeneries and a small fountain. The difference between this R&R against the rest, is this has stalls selling our topical Malaysian fruits. Since we stopped by in the midst of the Malaysian fruit season, we saw a lots & lots of fruits like durian, langsat, duku & far more. So on the way to Taiping drop by here.

Tapah Rest & Relax Area

This is the most stunning Rest & Relax Area on Malaysian highways. The place resembles a holiday resort. There is natural brickworks, tropical trees, water fixtures decorate with water lilies, playground, huge airy toilets, fruit stalls, cafes, Dunkin Donuts and Baskins & Robbins. The fruit stalls selling chiefly rose apple (jambu air) and guava. In the event you stop by in the middle of the Malaysian fruit season you will come across durian, rambutan and mangosteen. There are Rest and Relax Areas on both sides of the highway in Tapah. But we like to stop by the one heading South towards Port Dickson or Melaka for lunch. There is a stall at the food court that serves a great bowl of mee curry, the one with the coconut milk in it. There is ample parking space around for cars as well as busses.


 Sungai Perak Rest & Relax Area

We normally stop here on our way to Kuala Kangsar. This place has all the things needed for a long journey. There food outlets, clean toilets, ample parking, fruit stalls and a Petronas gas station. Its also equipped with an escalator from the carpark leading to the main area. As it is located next to the Perak River they have built a 20 metre high observation tower. You need to climb 27 stairs up to get a beautiful view of  the Perak River and its surrounding. There is also a shop selling jungle products made by the orang asli.

R & R Jejantas Air Keroh

IMG_20151212_194109Whenever we travel to Melaka or from Melaka heading north, we will usually stop at the R&R Jejantas Air Keroh.  What’s unique about this rest stop is that the some of the restaurants are on the bridge over the highway. The restaurants are KFC, A&W as well as Restoran OB. I believe OB stands for Over the Bridge. Being typical Malaysian, we look for rice for most of our meals. So we usually head to Restoran OB. They have the normal Malaysian Fare such as Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng, Mee Goreng and so on. Prices are also reasonable around RM6. 00 for a plate of Nasi Lemak with a large piece of Ayam Rendang. And my kids  usual had the chicken rice. As the restaurant is above the highway you will have the full v
iew of vehicles plying the highway. So this keeps my sons occupied. They will sit by the window and watch the cars as well as lorries go by. Thus keeping them quiet while daddy and mummy eat.

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Also to the restaurants, there is also souvenir shops. Also located  infront of the Restoran OB is the Al Ikhsan Sports shop. As with other rest stops in Malaysia, there is enough parking and toilets are clean. There are also many food outlets located near the car park. And also a Baskin and Robbins.

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Kuala Kangsar Attractions, Perak, Malaysia

Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar

Kuala Kangsar is the royal town of the state of Perak in Malaysia. It is where the Sultanate of Perak and his family resides. It’s also the hometown of my other half and I like it’s relax laid back atmosphere. I like to relax there especially after a hectic week at work. Kuala Kangsar is about 30km from Ipoh. The other alternative way to get here is to by train; there is small railway station in the middle of the town.

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Places of Interest in Kuala Kangsar

Masjid Ubudiah

Masjid Ubudiah is I feel to be the most beautiful mosque in Malaysia. It was built in 1917 during the reign of the 28th Sultan of Perak, Sultan Idris Murshidul’adzam Shah 1 as a thanksgiving gift. The Sultan made a vow that he would build a beautiful mosque should he recover from an illness that have plagued him for years. The Masjid Ubudiah is located beside the Royal Mausoleum on Bukit Chandan. The mosque was designed by Arthur Hubback who also designed the Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur train station.

Istana Kenangan

The Istana Kenangan is a charming yellow wooden structure in Kuala Kangsar which is literally translated to English means “Memory Palace”. It was built in 1926 and shaped like a sword. It is made mainly from wood and bamboo without the use of any nails to hold it together. It now houses the Muzium Diraja Perak, or Perak Royal Museum. Here you will learn the history of the Perak Royalties and also some see some artefacts of the royalties.

The First & Oldest Rubber Tree

This is one of the first rubber trees that were brought over from Brazil by an English Botanist in 1877. It is one of the two oldest rubber trees still standing in Malaysia. It is planted near Police Headquarters.

Sultan Abdul Jalil Bridge

Sultan Abdul Jalili Bridge was named after the past Sultan of Perak who reigned by 1916 -1918. It is one of the two bridges that cross the Perak River. This bridge connects Kuala Kangsar to Sayong. Sayong is where the famous Labu Sayong originated. It is a really beautiful bridge. The best place to view and take great photos of this bridge is from the banks of Resort Sungai Perak.

Sayong

Sayong is a little village near Kuala Kangsar Town. Sayong is where a type of water vessel called labu sayong originated. Labu Sayong is made from river clay and is shaped like a gourd. The water that is stored in the gourd is really cool due to the clay used. The villages believe that water stored in this vessel has some medicinal values. Other than purchasing this gourd, you can see how it is made. Nowadays they not only produce Labu Sayong but decorative items made from clay for souvenirs. You can go to Sayong by the Sultan Abdul Jalil Bridge or by boat from the Dataran Sungai Perak.

Pavilion Polo Iskandar

This octagon shaped gazebo like structure was erected in 1929. It was built as the resting place for Sultan Iskandar after his polo game. Currently it’s not being used by the Royal Family but its part of the tourist attraction. It’s mainly made from wood supported by bricks.

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Must try in Kuala Kangsar

The Laksa Stalls (Medan Selera Sungai Perak)
The people of Kuala Kangsar really love their laksa. I am married to one such person. Every time we go back to Kuala Kangsar we must stop by her favourite stall. That’s in the Medan Selera Sungai Perak, by the Perak River. There are stalls here selling mainly Laksa and Cendol. And it is full almost everyday especially around noon time. Both of this items are a must try. For the laksa it’s like a thick fish broth and it not spicy. You can have it with or without hard boiled egg. The cendol is made with shaved ice, a type of rice flour noodle, fresh coconut milk and also palm sugar.

Bukit Gantang Rest Stop

I found out about this quaint little rest stop When we took a rest as we were heading towards Taiping. This is not the usual rest stop that you will find on our Malaysian highways. It still has the same clean toilets, ample parking and clean food outlets as other R & R. As for the one in Bukit Gantang it is actually quite beautiful like a mini park with lots of greeneries and a small fountain. The other difference is that this one has stalls selling our local Malaysian fruits. As it was the middle of the Malaysian fruit season when we stopped there, we saw a lots and lots of fruits like durian, langsat, duku and much more. So on the way to Taiping drop by here.

Kuala Kangsar is a small town but its steeped with history. You can take a boat ride on the Kuala Kangsar River, visit the labu making factory in Sayong.

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