A Complete Guide to the Puteri Harbour Theme Park

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Are you looking for a family-friendly getaway in Malaysia? The Puteri Harbour Theme Park in Nusajaya district is one of the best indoor theme parks in entire Johor. It is suitable for families with kids as well as adults who are kids at heart.

This 4.2-acre theme park is recognized as the Jewel of Nusajaya. Ever since it opened its doors to the public in 2010, millions of travelers from Asia and other parts of the globe come to see what’s inside this huge theme park.

Interested in visiting this theme park soon? We bring to you this ultimate guide, complete with everything you need right from going to Puteri Harbour down to exploring the theme park itself:

How to Get to the Puteri Harbour Theme Park

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From Kuala Lumpur

It will take you a three-hour drive to get to Puteri Harbour when you are from Kuala Lumpur. The fastest way, when traveling by public transport, is through the KLIA Ekspres.

You will pay approximately RM60 for a one-way ride. You can simply book your bus ticket from the Causeway Link website. Do note that the daily service from the Swiss-Garden Hotel departs as early as 7 am.

From Singapore

Due to traffic conditions, the fastest route now is via the Lebuhraya Pesisir Pantai Iskandar. In case you are planning to ride a taxi, do note that all flag down taxis is not allowed to get into Johor Bahru.

Most car rental companies also do not allow their cars to cross the Malaysia border. Likewise, most Malaysian taxis are not allowed to cross the border to Singapore.

The most convenient way via public transport is to ride a Singapore taxi operated by the Johor Taxi Service. A trip from Singapore to anywhere else in Malaysia costs around RM 157 (SG$ 50).

From Johor Bahru

If you are already in Johor, simply take a bus ride from the JB Sentral all the way to Puteri Harbour. Pay around RM4 for a 35-minute bus ride.

Where to Buy Tickets

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The pricing details for the Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town are all posted in Puteri Harbour’s website. You can purchase your ticket online. All you have to do is print your e-ticket, which will be sent to you as an email attachment. Present the ticket when you get to the admission gates of the theme park.

In the condition that you forgot to bring your e-ticket or cannot print them, you may ask for a re-issued ticket at any ticketing counter of Puteri Harbour. Don’t forget to bring the credit card you used to buy the ticket. Also bring with you proofs of identity such as a Malaysian ID card, passport, or driver’s license.

Below is the current price list of the theme park’s attractions:

  • Sanrio Hello Kitty Town- RM 85 per person • Thomas Town- RM 85 per person • Two Park Pass- RM 125  • Two Park-Pass for Johor residents- RM 65 (check Puteri Harbour’s website for dates and validity of promo)

Where to Stay

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The Hotel Jen is the closest upscale hotel to the theme park. It is just a minute walk from the parks. The hotel is equipped with all the best services and facilities that will make you comfortable after a tiring day at the park.

The big rooms will give you a nice view of the harbour. It is a family-friendly hotel that has a pool for kids. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s free shuttle ride all the way to the Legoland. All the information regarding the room rates as well as the room types can be found on the Jen Hotel’s official website.

Meanwhile, the Somerset Apartments are recommended for travelers who prefer executive and deluxe rooms. Each room has a minimum 50-sqm size and ideal for three persons and above.

Where to Dine

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If you are staying at the Jen Hotel and do not want to go far to dine, there are drinks, snacks, and breakfast offered at the Club Lounge. The lounge serves a wide range of sumptuous food, from local Malay dishes to Western and Asian cuisines.

There are cafes such as the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe, Starbucks Coffee, Sambal and Sauce and the Brussels Beer Café. For those who want to savor local foods, try dining at the Oldtown White Coffee on the lower ground floor.

There are also restaurants located outside the theme park. When you are craving for some Indian cuisine, head to the Spice Grill at the ground floor of the Little Red Cube or the Olive Kitchen + Bar at the lower ground floor.

For visitors who cannot get enough of Hello Kitty, the best restaurant to go to is the Red Bow Cafe. It is the only special themed coffee in Puteri Harbour.

Do note that all transactions inside the theme park accept Malaysian Ringgit as payment, so don’t forget to exchange your money in the local currency.

Where to Go Next

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Just a short walk and you will reach the Legoland Malaysia, the first international theme park in the country. The park just opened their Ninjago The Ride, the first ever cutting-edge 4D indoor ride in Asia.

The Puteri Harbour is also in close proximity to the Mall of Medini. It is just a three-minute walk from the Legoland. You can find a variety of shops as well as souvenir stores inside the mall. It is where you can find many local foods at an affordable price.

Can’t wait to visit this majestic theme park? Your kids will surely not forget this once in a lifetime adventure with their favorite cartoon characters! Buy your tickets now and have a chance of a lifetime to visit the interactive world of Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town.

The Puteri Harbour is open from Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. Check out the website for the latest news and promos!

3 Limited-Time Bangkok Hotel Promotions You Can’t Miss

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Up to your eyeballs in last-minute vacation plans? Planning your honeymoon or an international wedding? Hankering to cross Bangkok off your list of places to visit, but worried about accommodations? Worry not! You’ll see Bangkok hotel promotions here.

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The Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok gives a 20% discount to those who book 30 days in advance if their stay falls between September 1 and December 22. This applies to all room types. Payments are non-refundable and non-amenable, and should be made in advance.

If you can’t be sure where you would be staying 30 days in advance, you can make use of their 10% discount when you book 7 days in advance. Payment should also be made upon booking and is non-refundable and non-amenable. Specific price varies depending on the type of room.

The “Super Stay Package” is available until December 31 and includes one night in a Deluxe King Room, 25% discount on spa treatments, and 30% discount on food and drinks. Price: 3,598 THB (103.33 USD)

The “Bangkok Shopping Package” (valid until December 31) includes two nights in Deluxe King, BTS Skytrain Day Passes, and a 1,000 THB (28.72 USD) Gift Card to spend at Central World. It also includes spa treatment and food and beverage discounts. Price: 8,793 THB (252.53 USD)

Amari’s “Hot Deals Package” (6,895 THB or 198.02 USD) includes a two-night stay in a Deluxe King Room and 1,000 THB hotel food and beverage credit, aside from a 25% spa discount and a 30% food discount. Guests are also provided with BTS Skytrain Day Passes and afforded a late check-out until 5 PM. Promo valid until December 31.

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The Courtyard also presents several time-sensitive room deals. If you’re traveling with your family, you may want to consider Marriott’s “Lovely Family Package.” For only 3000–4,200 THB (86.18–120.62 USD), you receive a daily buffet breakfast, and your kids 12 and under can eat free at any time of the day if they order from the Kid’s Menu, while you order from the regular menu. Promo valid until November 30, 2016.

The Courtyard also provides its guests a one-way airport transfer to or from the hotel when they book their special airport transfer package. This also comes with accommodation in a Deluxe, Deluxe Corner, or Executive room with Club lounge access, and a daily breakfast for two at Momo Café. Promo valid until December 30, 2016. Price: 3,650–4,640 THB (104.96–133.43 USD)

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Unlike the other two hotels, Shanghai Mansion’s deals do not come with a time limit. Here, you may choose to avail yourself of their “Emperor for Your Stay” promo, which always presents the best available rate and is available for every type of booking, so prices vary according to the type of room and arrival date. Perks that come with this package include a complimentary daily breakfast for two, a complimentary Chinatown cultural walking tour, and a complimentary mini-bar which is replenished daily.

If you plan on traveling around on your holiday (or you simply want to get to the airport on time), you may want to consider their “Free Rider” promo because it includes a complimentary one-way airport transfer. “Free Rider” also offers a Chinatown walking tour and a 15% discount at Spa Burasari. However, this deal is valid only in conjunction with a two-night stay minimum and is not applicable when used with group bookings and other promos. Prices vary depending on the type of room and date of arrival.

If you’re staying at least seven days, consider taking Shanghai Mansion’s “Lucky Number 7” promo for its one complimentary night when you book for six consecutive days. It also offers a roundtrip airport transfer, daily breakfast for two, laundry service for up to seven pieces, and two glasses of the Shanghai Mansion Signature Cocktail. Aside from these, guests may avail themselves of the complimentary mini-bar, welcome drink, Chinatown cultural walk, and 15% spa discount! Prices may vary.

So what are you waiting for? Book now and enjoy Bangkok this 2016!

London: A Melting Pot of History and Modernity

 

If you’ve ever read about world history, then you would know that London was the centre of the British empire. From this very city, one of the largest colonial empires was administered and it  witnessed the rise and fall of British influence the world over. Visitors to London will definitely want to see all the interesting historical landmarks, but will also want to enjoy the rich and wonderful modern attractions here, including its vivacious nightlife.

London welcomes millions of visitors a year, most of whom take the rare opportunity to visit city landmarks, of which the following are the popular and sought after:

 

Buckingham Palace
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The London home of the British Royal family are open to visitors from July to October each year as the Queen and her family spend their holidays in their country estates. Visitors are treated to a guided tour of the palace, which includes priceless collections of artwork and more. Every year, a special exhibition is held with various themes. Previous themes have included the Queen’s official evening gown collection and state awards collection.  Both individual walk in and group visitors are welcome, and you can choose which our packages you want.

 

The Tower of London 

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One of the most visited ancient buildings in London, the Tower of London has been used for many functions since it was built in the year 1066, including as a defense post during invasions, as a prison, an execution ground and a residence for members of the ruling class. It now functions as a museum that is open year round, with exhibits about its rich history. The most famous attraction at the Tower is probably its ghost, called the Grey Lady, whom many believe to be Anne Boleyn, a British Queen executed here in the 1500s and mother to the famous Queen Elizabeth I of England.

 

Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster 

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The Palace of Westminster, despite its name, doesn’t function as a palace but as the British House of Parliament which is a meeting place for the House of Commons and the House of Lords, both of which are components of the British administration today. The elegant and gothic architecture and interior of the palace of Westminster are truly beautiful and worth a visit. Of course you won’t want to miss Big Ben, the old clocktower at the north end of the building.

 

Hyde Park 

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One of the most beautiful natural gardens in London, Hyde Park is part of a complex of gardens that begin at Kensington Palace through to Kensington Gardens and St James’ park. Hyde Park boasts many iconic monuments on its grounds, both ancient and modern, as well as a speaker’s corner where you can hear speeches from various activists and protestors.

 

Victoria and Albert Museum 

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The V & A, as its often called, houses some of the most priceless art collections from all over the world. Entrance is completely free and you’ll be able to view paintings, sculpture, ceramics, carvings, costume, textiles and photographs both old and new.

 

London offers many more spectacular attractions which reflect its status as a city of tradition, history and heritage. Plan your trip early to get the best holiday accommodations and travel deals.

Seaside Fun: 5 Things to Enjoy in Port Dickson

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About an hour away from the nation’s capital, Port Dickson is a gem of a place for tourists and locals alike. Whether you are living in Kuala Lumpur or you are just visiting for business, a quick trip to PD can help you de-stress and recharge with the fun activities in store for you.

 

Most people visit this place for a weekend getaway, simply because it is easy to access and does not require you to travel far. You can either go there on a day trip or find a hotel to stay so you will have enough time discovering all fascinating spots in the area. If you are looking for ways to have fun in Port Dickson, here are well-recommended activities for you to enjoy.

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  1. Military Wonderland

 

The Army Museum (MuziumTenteraDarat) is a favorite not only because it is family-friendly and educational, but because access to this nice destination is free. Visitors are allowed to sit on military vehicles on display, check out the weaponry, and explore an underground tunnel. Aside from the hands-on experience, you can also learn a thing or two about Malaysia’s history. If you are a mechanical nut, a fan of aircrafts, or just a naturally curious fellow, this place is perfect for you.

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  1. Avian Awesomeness

 

If you are into birds and nature, the Ostrich Show Farm is a good place to visit while you are in Port Dickson.  This place boasts of keeping the animals’ surroundings as close to nature as possible, minimizing paved/concrete pathways to conserve the beauty of the area and make it a good place for the animals to thrive in. Aside from ostrich, the place also has other animals like ponies, donkeys, snakes, and rabbits.

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  1. Art Adventure

 

You can impress your friends with interesting photographs that you can take at the Alive 3D Art Gallery, a gallery that has around 50 art pieces on display. The 3D installation creates stunning visual images that make for a mind-boggling photograph, as you can be part of the art itself. You can pretend like you are riding a bull, dancing with ballerinas, or having tea with the Mad Hatter. If you find yourself craving for more fun art adventures, you can also drop by the Upside-down Art Gallery, which is a place where you can create optical illusions by taking photographs at particular angles. trekking_tips

 

  1. Trekking Time

 

Even if you are not into trekking, going to Cape Rachado will be a good experience for you. It has a lighthouse overlooking the Straits of Malacca, and access to this place is a good 20-minute slightly uphill walk. On a clear day, this trekking site will give you an opportunity to admire the beauty of nature and the chance to get some exercise while on your trip as well.

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  1. Sand and Sun

 

If you get tired of trekking, exploring art installations and interacting with animals, you can head off to the nearby beaches to relax with family and friends. Considering that Port Dickson is, in fact, a port, it is next to a lot of beaches where you can spend time under the sun while enjoying a nice view.  You can go to TanjungGemuk where people say that you might find turtles laying eggs, or go to the beach by Tanjung Tuan (also Cape Rachado, see above).

 

As a seaside destination, Port Dickson caters to all: children and adults, single travelers and groups. With the many interesting spots you can visit, PD is truly worth the one-hour drive from KL.

 

Pocketbook Info for Travelers to Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur prides itself on it’s multicultural demographic. So, naturally, the city celebrates and welcomes visitors from anywhere in the world. There is no shortage of cultural attractions, fine restaurants, boutique shopping or natural beauty in this exotic region. Those visiting Kuala Lumpur for the first time should be aware of these facts and customs before their arrival.
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Language
Bahasa Malaysia is the national language; however, English is widely spoken in Kuala Lumpur. Those traveling to small villages should come prepared with a translation dictionary or a helpful phone application.
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Weather
The city is warm year round. Frequent humidity can make it seem warmer. Spring travelers should carry an umbrella or a waterproof.
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Transit
Public transportation is the norm. Taxis, light rail and buses are available. The city’s transit network is considered one of the best in the region.

The KLIA Ekspres can get you from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) to the city center within about 30 minutes.

Check the KTM schedule for a slightly-longer ride on the train from the airport. A handy phone application of train arrival and departure times is available at kltransit.my.

Visitors should check the ETS timetable for high-speed rail throughout the region.

Travelers with disabilities may have challenges in Southeast Asia. Paths and sidewalks are often in disrepair or inadequate for wheelchairs. Those with mobility impairments should not visit the city without a travel companion.

 

City Regions
Kuala Lumpur is divided into nine areas:
1. Old City Centre/Old Town
2. Golden Triangle
3. Tuanku Abdul Rahman / Chow Kit
4. Brickfields
5. Bangsar and Midvalley
6. Damansara and Hartamas
7. Ampang
8. Northern suburbs
9. Southern suburbs
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Monetary Transactions
Credit cards are not widely accepted in Kuala Lumpur, except in international restaurants and large businesses. Visitors will need to exchange currency for the Malaysian ringgit (MYR). Exchange currency at banks, airports and hotels for a fee.

Tipping is not customary; however, some restaurants may add a 10 percent service change to your bill.
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Customs
Although the area is welcoming to all nationalities, visitors should be aware of that locals frown on public displays of affection, even between two married people.

Although alcohol is available at most restaurants, drinking is frowned upon.

It is custom for those visiting temples and residences to remove their shoes before entering.

Conclusion
Visitors are sure to find Kuala Lumpur a charming and welcoming region. The best tip of all is to be polite. Friendliness and understanding is the key to any successful trip abroad.