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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gunung Jerai, Kedah, Malaysia

Gunung Jerai, located in the northern state of Kedah is 1200 meters above sea-level. In the olden days, Kedah Perak as it was then known played an important role as a navigating point for sailors from as far as the Middle East and Europe. Today, Gunung Jerai is Kedah's premier hill resort and recreational park. On a clear day atop the peak, the cool, refreshing mountain offers spectacular views of the rolling paddy fields of Kedah stretching up to Perlis, and the islands of Penang in the south and Langkawi in the north-west.
History
Like all other mountains, Gunung Jerai has its fair share of history and fascinating tales. Legend has it that Raja Bersiong, the 'king of fangs' once had his ancient kingdom within the Bujang Valley, at the foot of the mountain. Relics uncovered in the area provide evidence of a Hindu-Buddhist civilization dating back to the fourth century A-D.
Isolated from the other mountain ranges of Peninsular Malaysia, Gunung Jerai has a unique range of medicinal plants and herbs not found in other mountains.



Sungai Teroi Forest Recreational Park
A haven for a variety of unique mountain flora and fauna. Orchids, rhododendrons, pitcher plants grow abundantly within the park.
Hiking Trails along wooded areas leading to the picnic site provide opportunities for nature lovers to enjoy leisurely strolls. The beauty of Gunung Jerai is best experienced while jungle trekking through the natural splendour of this rainforest treasure. For the move adventurous, camping sites, are provided along the trails. Basic camping facilities are available at a nominal fee of RM3 per person.
For a cool refreshing retreat, 30 minutes of brisk jungle trekking from the Gunung Jerai Resort leads one to the breathtaking sight of a clear mountain stream cascading down the hilly slopes.
A visit to the Foresty Museum which is located halfway up the hill will provide a wealth of information on various species of wood collected from Malaysian highland areas.

Accommodation
Located 1.083 meters up the mountain is the 39-room Gunug Jerai Resort. Built in the 1920's, the original rest house is reminiscent of similar buildings in the English countryside. There are 6 family chalets, with a choice of either 3 bedrooms or 2 bedrooms, set amidst beautiful natural greenery and flowering plants. Each chalet has a dining and living room and is well equipped with cooking facilitiues.


contact:
www.theregency.com.my

Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut

Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut), a 4 star resort, open on 18 December 1997 is an international standards resort blended with the quiet charm of traditional Malaysian hospitality in a rich tapestry of comfort and luxury. Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut) offers guest a wonderful retreat to nature. Providing superb hotel amenities coupled with attentive, personal service, the resort is perfect for business conferences or a holiday filled with recreational fun.
Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut) is a very private hotel with 300 well appointed guestrooms overlooking the Straits of Malacca and Pangkor Island. It is located on a 425 acres of natural rainforest and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, wetlands and offers beautifully landscaped gardens and large open spaces with breathtaking sea view for guests who want to relax and enjoy a wonderful retreat to nature. All rooms are equipped with amenities including High Speed Internet Access, IDD telephone, individually controlled air-conditioning, colour television with CNN International news service, Astro channels and in-house videos and an electronic safe in every room for personal documents and valuables. This resort is perfect for business or holidays complete with recreational fun. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with its own private balcony.
Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut) offers a wealth of recreational options. Relax by the swimming pool, be pampered with a soothing Spa treatment, enjoy a game of tennis or squash or work out at the Fitness Centre. The centre comes complete with a fully-equipped gymnasium, male and female saunas, Jacuzzi, a steam room and Spa. Recreational and leisure facilities includes a free-form swimming pools, wading pool, board and computer games, children’s playroom, watersports centre and teambuilding facilities are available and a Convenience store.
Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut) comes with an 18-hole (Par 72) championship golf course and a driving range.
The options for dining and entertainment at Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut) range from casual to cosmopolitan. All-day dining at the Garden Terrace offers local and international spreads. The Blossom Courtyard offers exotic cuisine from the Mediterranean & European, providing a perfectly cosy ambience. The Gayam, an open restaurant on the sea that faces the sunset offers selections of Seafood BBQ dishes and wide array of concoctions. The Nineteenth Karaoke Lounge offers a wide selection of songs. The Blue Chip Lounge is the perfect place to sit back and relax after a day long tours or a sightseeing trips with our coolest beers in town whilst being entertained by the hotel’s resident pianist or band.
Welcome to the enchanting and mesmerizing resort by the sea, Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut (formerly known as Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Damai Laut).




Contact Person :
Swiss Garden Golf Resort Damai Laut Reservation Centre
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Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill), Perak, Malaysia

Bukit Larut was founded in 1888 and is Malaysia's oldest hill resort. It rises to a height of 1,035 meters, just 3km (10 mins drive) from Taiping, Perak. It is located in the wettest part of the country, as the hill station experiences the highest rainfall in the country. William Edward Maxwell who was appointed as Assistant Resident of Perak in 1875 worked and lived in the Larut area. Taiping was a beautiful basin, surrounded by lush tropical jungle and lofty hills. The cool, jungle air brought in by the morning breeze prompted Maxwell on a quest for a hill station who sourced this place for hill resort. Hence Bukit Larut was formerly called as 'Maxwell Hill'. The road leading up to the 1,000m high summit, winds through lush shady forest. After the ride up, you will be rewarded with fresh and cool hill top air and a breathtaking view at the Larut Rest house.
Bukit Larut is not nearly as developed as other popular hill resorts of Malaysia such as the Cameron or Genting Highlands but it is widely known by Green Peace Lover, Botanical Scientists, and Flora and Fauna Specialist World Wide.

In Bukit Larut there are hundred & thousands of rare species of flora and fauna which you can hardly find anywhere else on this earth as it is not explored and contaminated by human development.
Gardens cultivated with care, cool and fresh air and the crystal clear water bring refreshment to your soul & body. The best part is the natural sounds made by nature when the cool air blow in the forest and the sound made by animals.

The hill abounds with groves of evergreens and vibrantly colored flora and fauna. Roses, dahlias, daisies, pansies, petunias, lupins, and marigolds abound in profusion. The cool climate also favors golden sunflowers with reputedly the largest variety in the country.

Midway to the top is the Tea Garden House that was once part of the tea-estate. The view at this point is magnificent and features the entire Taiping town as well as the Lake Gardens. Also visible are the suburbs of Aulong and Simpang and the 19km stretch of Taiping - Port Weld road.

Lake Garden comprising of 62-hectares parks is one of the biggest and most beautiful parks in the country. It offers lush greenery, a beautiful lake abounding with freshwater fish, a gazebo and a colourful profusion of flowers. The Taiping Zoo probably the oldest zoo in the country, is another attraction located within the Gardens. Admission to the other facilities available at the Gardens include a 9-hole golf course, fishing and aqua biking in the lake area.

Bukit Larut Rest House,
Bukit Larut, Taiping. Perak
Tel:  05-807 7241