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Every country has a unique tradition or culture that exclusively only people that born in there can relate to, same goes to Malaysia! Here’s a short list of things that only a Malaysian can relate!

1) You can’t speak normally without using ‘lah’

The word ‘’Lah’’ is used to affirm a statement. For example, when someone asks ‘’can I use that?’’ A true Malaysian will simply answer the question with “can lah’’ it’s like ‘’why not’’ in Malaysian’s version.

 

2) You Drink Milo ALMOST EVERYDAY

Let’s be honest that most of Malaysians drink Milo every day, at every time and anywhere especially as a start of the day. Milo has successfully infiltrated our food culture here in Malaysia. We don’t only drink Milo, sometimes we ate it. Milo isn’t just a household beverage anymore you can now find Milo in a bowl of Malaysian favorite instant noodle, Maggi. The Milo addiction that every Malaysian can relate!

 

3) You Shed tears when watching PETRONAS ad

You are 100% a Malaysian when there’s a new advertisement by PETRONAS in every festival and you know you are going to cry out loud. Simply said there’s nothing more miserable than clicking on a random YouTube videos and you start seeing the PETRONAS ad, alone … and away from your parents.

 

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4) You know how to play the recorder

 

Learning to play the recorder in music class isn’t solely a Malaysian thing but this is the thing that mostly kids in Malaysia can relate. Although we still have no idea why we have to spend one hour learning to play the song ‘’burung kakak tua’’ on a recorder, but it was a pleasant moment since we don’t have to spend more time in a math class…

 

5)  You Spend too much time at Mamak

There’s actually no such thing as ‘’too much time at mamak’’ but sometimes it can be really too much. Mamak is a restaurant that serves everything you need and it is the best place to catch up with friends over a cheap meal, make plans or even planning a next move in your business! The best mamak is the one that provides you a huge screen screening the latest football match!

 

 

Joke aside; our multiracial belief and multicultural society are a special privilege that we sometimes forget. We all share so many unique things that we can use in breaking unnecessary walls between everyone in this multiracial country. While some of them may seem hilarious, it can’t be denied that it is simply just who we are and we should truly embrace and be proud of it!

So, how ‘Malaysian’ are you?

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Cappadocia is a historical land in Turkey. The name Cappadocia is traditionally used in Christian sources throughout history and being widely used as an international tourism concept in Turkey to define a region of  exceptional natural wonders, especially the “fairy chimney” and other unique historical and cultural heritage. One of the famous things to do in Cappadocia is enjoying the hot air balloon rides. Let’s check out the best attractions that you should definitely know before you plan to go to Cappadocia:-

 

1. Goreme Open Air Museum

This museum is one of the best attractions in Cappadocia. The museum resembles a vast monastic area that comprises of an adjacent monasteries reflection, each with its own church. The Goreme Open Air Museum has been listed as one of a UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1984 and is the first of two UNESCO sites in Turkey.

 

2. Pasabag

Among the best places in Cappadocia, Pasabag is the one you should not miss out to visit. It is located on the road to Zelve from Goreme and Avanos. Situated in the middle of a vineyard, you will see the incredible earth pillars of Pasabag.

 

3. Town Of Avanos

If you are a pottery lover, Avanos is the right place to go. You will learn the ways how to make pottery. Avanos is one of the best places in Turkey because it is famous for its market. All the local products will attract every visitor with their  village men skill in making pots, plates, wine holders and even ashtrays and chess sets. The skills have mostly been handed down from generation to generation.

 

4. Devrent Valley

One of the best sightseeing attractions in Cappadocia is Devrent Valley.  This valley is popularly known as the Imaginary Valley or as the Pine Valley. You can see how every of its small fairy chimneys form a lunar landscape or moonscape. It also has many animal shaped rocks that look like a sculpture zoo made by nature.  

 

5. Kaymakli, Underground City

Kaymakli, underground city was built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli. It was opened to the visitor around the year 1964. It consists of 8 floors below ground, and four of the levels can be explored by the visitors. Do not miss to explore this underground city.

 

6. Ozkonak, Underground City

Other than Kaymakli, Ozkonak is also one of the best underground cities to be visited in Cappadocia. This city was discovered in 1972 and there are 10 floors. However, only four is opened at the moment because some of  them have been exactly cleaned yet.

 

7. Red Rose Valley

Red Rose Valley is famous with its no.1 spot for sunset in Turkey. The Red Rose got their name from the pinkish red colored rocks that vary throughout different times of the day. You will see the rocks turn pinker as the sun sinks further down.

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What is the thing that’s seems normal in your country but not to the rest of the world? Here are some strange things that are happening around us that might leave you speechless!

Disney characters as a legal currency in Niue Island, New Zealand

Disney, Star wars, Pokémon and other movie/cartoon characters are featured on a coin in a small island located in New Zealand called Niue Island! However, the currency is a legal tender only in Polynesian atoll, in other countries it is being traded as a collector’s item.

Look how interesting it is!

It is seven years behind the rest of the world in Ethiopia

Travelling to Ethiopia is like travelling back in time, the main point of difference lies in the calculation of birthday of Jesus, which means that the Ethiopian calendar is 7 to 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar. They are currently in Year 2011 and they will enter year 2012 on September 11 2019. Crazy? We know.

Finger cutting when someone dies in Indonesia

This tradition in the Dani tribe in Indonesia is considered as one of the world’s most strange tradition. Emotional grief alone isn’t considered enough in Dani tribe, when a family member passes away, women from Dani tribe have to suffer physical pain by cutting a part of their finger. This ritual is to satisfy the ‘ancestral ghosts.’ Thankfully, this custom is rarely practiced now but it is still happening somewhere out there…

You cannot enter the bathroom for 3 days after your wedding in Northern Borneo

We are familiar with the ‘banquet throwing’ tradition but not this bathroom ban tradition as practiced by the Tidong tribe from the island of Borneo, the largest Indonesian island. They still follow ancient traditions that prohibit newlywed couples from using the bathroom for 3 days and 3 nights. It is believed that the tradition leads to happy married life!

You can marry a dead person in France!

In France, you can legally married a deceased body which is normal for them but not to the rest of the world. The reasons behind it are sentimental and historical. It all started with war widows marrying heroes fallen a short time before during WWI.  A simple wedding ceremony is held where the bride or the groom stands beside the photo of their future husband/wife. The wedding vows “I do” is replaced with “I did” while the sentence “Till death do us part” is eliminated.

There are a lot of strange things happening in the world that no one has ever told you before… it can be happening in your own country, who knows. Travel with Sutra to discover the hidden story behind the country of your choice!

 

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Have you ever planned a vacation to Bhutan before? Bhutan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world for sightseeing. The amazing nature, the stunning view, the friendly and religious locals, everything makes Bhutan the best choice as a country to be visited. But is it safe for traveling? The statements below will show  you the answer for that.

1. The greater percentage of Bhutanese people are Buddhists and this is  well known that most of the Buddhists are well reputed for kindness and non-violence.

 

2. Since the beginning, Bhutan has no record of any kind of terrorist activities.

 

3. ATM  machines are available in most of the major cities of Bhutan, so you don’t need to get worried about money withdrawal at any concerning moment.

 

4. Guides are available almost everywhere in Bhutan, so there’s zero chance to get lost or disconnected from the group.

 

5. There are some specific countries that allow common citizens to use firearms. However, Bhutan is undoubtedly not one of them.

 

6. Bhutan government is always keen to take care of the tourists and ensure their safety in a proper manner.

 

There’s no worries to travel in Bhutan because Bhutan is one of the lowest crime rates in Southeast Asia. However, Bhutan is not that expensive to be visited. Get more packages at our website Sutra !

 

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Selangor is just 60 minutes away from the busy city, Kuala Lumpur. Selangor has so many hidden gems that not everyone knows about! This stunning city is rich with natural and historical sites. Start your weekend gateway and discover one of the interesting parts in Malaysia with your family today by referring to the short-fun-packed itinerary that we’ve listed out for you below!

Day 1

Have Fun at Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon is a one-stop destination for fun, excitement and everything you need with over 90 attractions spread across 88 acres of land. Sunway Lagoon includes 6 adventure zones which are Water Park, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park, Scream Park & Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon (Asia’s 1st Nickelodeon Themed Land). If you are a theme-park person, spend at least 8 hours in this most exciting theme park in Malaysia located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Day 2

Start Your Day By Feeding The Adorable Monkeys

Apart from being a historical site in this country, Bukit Melawati is also a home to hundreds of silverleaf monkeys! Feed the adorable creatures that you will see all the way there. After playing around with the playful monkeys, you can walk to the hill and enjoy the panoramic view of Bukit Melawati.

Watch the sunset at Bukit Melawati along with the silverleaf monkeys featuring the relaxing vibe that you can’t ever experience in the city.

Day 2

Light Up Your Dark Night With the Flash From Firefly

Have a fun night adventure with traditional mode of traveling all the way to Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park! The best time to experience Kuala Selangor’s fireflies is slightly after 8pm on a clear, moonless night. The Firefly’s Park is considered as one of Selangor’s hidden gem. Discover this beautiful hidden gem of Selangor, the flashing of fireflies glowing magnificent in the dark sky along the banks of Selangor River.

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A major port city in South Korea, Incheon Metropolitan City has long served as a transportation hub by air and sea. It’s home to the country’s main airport and one of the world’s best, Incheon International Airport. Unbeknownst to many, Incheon has so many unique attractions you probably didn’t know existed.

1. Jjajangmyeon Museum

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One of the staple food in South Korea, jjajangmyeon is noodles in black bean sauce that was introduced in 1905 by a Chinese immigrant from the Shandong Province. The Chinese restaurant they ran back then is now the Jjajangmyeon Museum. The museum aims to promote the historical as well as cultural values of the Korean-style Chinese dish. It’s open all year round and features the history of Chinese immigrants in South Korea and jjajangmyeon.

2. Wolmi Theme Park

Wolmi Theme Park was first opened in September 1992 as My Land, before it was remodeled and reopened under a new name in August 2009. Located on Wolmido Island, the park features various rides including the 70m high Hyper Shoot Drop, a two-storey Viking Ship, a 115m high Ferris Wheel, Tagada Disco and many more. Wolmi Theme Park gained more popularity after it appeared in various variety shows, dramas and music videos.

3. Heungryunsa Temple

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Originally established during the Goryeo Dynasty, the temple was named Cheongnyangsa after the nearby mountain, Cheongnyangsan. Unfortunately, during the Japanese Invasion, the temple was lost to a fire and left desolate for over 300 years until a new temple was constructed in 1938. The temple boasts of a stunning view at any time of day, but it’s especially beautiful during the sunset.

4. Goryeosan Mountain

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Steeped in folklore, it’s been said that in the year 416, a monk named Cheonchunguk found Oryeonji Pond when he climbed the mountain, where the five-coloured lotus flower blossomed. He picked the flower, blew it into the air, and then built a temple where each of the petals landed. All five temples were named according to the colour of the petal: Jeokseoksa Temple (red lotus), Baengnyeonsa Temple (white lotus), Cheongryeonsa Temple (blue lotus), Hwangryeonsa Temple (yellow lotus), and Heungnyeonsa Temple (black lotus).

5. Baedari Secondhand Book Alley

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Prior to the establishment of Gyeongin Railroad, this alley was referred to as Ugakli Street and was the representative road to Seoul. There are about 10 bookstores in the area selling both secondhand and new books in a wide range of topics, from ancient Korean literature to modern lifestyles. Among the bookstores, the one that particularly stands out is Hanmi Bookstore which appeared in the popular drama, Goblin.

6. Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village

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Bring out the kid in you at this fairy tale village in Incheon. There’s an explosion of colours everywhere you look, with beautiful murals, decorations and a variety of art installation that surely will bring you back to your childhood. From Korean folk tales to Disney Princesses, every surface and every corner of the village has been splashed with vibrant colours and no space is left untouched.

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Spending time and money at a local street market on this fasting month of Muslims, Bazaar Ramadan has been a part of our culture here in Malaysia. Every Malaysians and visitors in Malaysia love to be at bazaar Ramadan as it feature variety of foods and drinks that somehow will make you stunned on how wide your selection of ‘one food’ you are searching for could be. There are numerous of bazaar Ramadan here in Malaysia that you can find nearest to your home especially in Kuala Lumpur. For people in Kuala Lumpur, here are 4 popular Bazaar Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur that we have listed out for you below:

1) Bazaar Ramadan Jalan Raja Alang, kampong Baru

Kampung Baru is known as ‘’the paradise of food’’ by people in Malaysia. Here, you can find foods from different region across the world especially Arabic, Indian and Indonesian’s food. Bazaar Ramadan kampung Baru is the best spot for someone who wants to experience a long set of stalls that feature everything that you crave for in one place! Good news for people who prefer to ‘go – cashless’ while satisfy their shopping desire, you can now use your Touch and Go E Wallet to buy the appealing  Ayam Percik, Mouth – watering Kuih Pelita and all of the dishes here for your break fast!

2) Bazaar Ramadan Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)

Bazaar Ramadan TTDI is also one of the most famous Bazaar Ramadan due to the crazy length of the stalls! Since TTDI has a MRT stop, this Bazaar is floaded with people. So, be prepared for the long queue Make a stop here if you want to find the best Nasi Tomato in town!

3) Bazaar Ramadan Wangsa Delima, Wangsa Maju

Bazaar Ramadan Wangsa Maju located nearby Wangsa Maju LRT station are not longer exists but don’t worry, you can easily find other Bazaars in Wangsa maju area. Bazaar Ramadan Jalan Wangsa Delima is one of it! Nasi Lemak Kukus is the mega steal, and you only need RM5 for that! Also, have some soy milk drink for a perfect combination meal!

4) Bazaar Ramadan Jalan Telawi, Bangsar

You can get here by using lrt and walk 10 minutes from the lrt to the Bazaar as it is very difficult to find a parking space. Although Baazar Ramadan Jalan Telawi is not as big as it used to be, it still highlights only the best local dishes in town! Visit Bazaar Ramadan Bangsar at 5 and have your break-fast at Wangsa Walk, the famous shopping mall in Setapak.

Complete your Ramadan with visiting the Bazaar Ramadan today!

 

 

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Tuck in southernmost of Peninsular Malaysia, Johor is often overlooked in favour of the trendy Singapore just across the strait. Johor has so many wonderful things to brag. Here are the places you mustn’t miss when you travel to Johor.

1. Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is one of the largest architectural feats in Johor Bahru that boasts of Victorian-Moorish architecture style from the late 19th century. The beautiful mosque sits on top of a hill and overlooks the Straits of Johor, which allows you to catch the silhouette of Singapore on a clear day. Up to 2,000 worshippers can be accommodated at any given time. Contact a travel agent to book your trip to Malaysia.

2. Desaru Fruit Farm

Situated on 100 acres of land, Desaru Fruit Farm is packed with hundreds of tropical fruits and plants as well as a petting zoo and a koi fish pond. The farm has been awarded “Best Agro-Tourism Site” by Malaysia Tourism Awards 2010. Since Desaru Fruit Farm practice sustainable tourism, all the trees are planted and harvested the most environmentally-friendly way and only organic compost is used as fertilizer. This farm is one of the best places to travel to in Malaysia to discover the country’s representative fruits.

3. Legoland

One of Johor’s biggest pride, Legoland Malaysia is Malaysia’s first international theme park which opened in 2012 in Iskandar Puteri. It’s the first Legoland theme park in Asia and has over 40 interactive rides, attractions and shows. It’s an exciting place for both kids and adults, especially Lego lovers as everything at this theme park is made of Lego. If one day isn’t enough to navigate the park, check in at the Legoland Hotel next door. Book your tickets now with a travel agent.

4. Bukit Layang Layang

Bukit Layang Layang is the official venue for the annual Pasir Gudang International Kite Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors and kite enthusiasts around the world. On normal days, the place is frequented by joggers and family and friends on picnics. Located at the Pasir Gudang Recreational Park, Bukit Layang Layang is just a 30-minute drive away from Johor Bahru. Get in touch with a travel agency in Malaysia to arrange your trip.

5. Hakka Heritage Gallery

Bekok’s one and only museum is dedicated to the Hakka community in Malaysia who originated from the Hakka-speaking provinces in mainland China. The gallery will transport you into a different era, way before eclectic became trendy, with vintage household appliances, rattan furniture, farming tools, toys and trinkets used by the Hakkas in the past. Entrance costs RM5 per person. Contact a travel agent to arrange your visit.

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1. The Amazing Nature

There’s no word that can describe the amazing nature of Georgia. You will be stunned by the view of the mountains and the environment in surrounding. The peak of Mount Elbrus, which is the highest peak of Europe, will catch your attention and makes you want to explore more about the mountains in Georgia.

 

2. The Lovely People

Some people have that fear of initiating interactions while traveling to other countries but in Georgia, you will have no issue with that. You will be welcomed by the warm hearts of the locals there. They will make a great interaction by helping and guiding you as well.

 

3. Eye Catching Little Local Markets

The little local markets in Georgia will catch your attention by the colorful vegetables, fruits, meat, bread and anything in markets. You will find everything there, and the interesting thing about the market is, there are no price tags so you can negotiate the price. Even though some of the people, especially to the elderlies cannot speak a single word of English, but you still can make an simple interaction with them.

 

4. The Uniqueness Of Tbilisi

Georgia is popular with many different cultures because it has all the good qualities from its neighbors, which are Russia (north), Turkey (west), Armenia and Iran (south), and Azerbaijan (east). You will be amazed by the great mix a lot of them, everywhere around Tbilisi.

 

5. The Little Streets Of Tbilisi

Cute little alleys and streets all over the Tbilisi will capture your heart and warm your soul as you walk around the city. Take time to feel the uniqueness of the city and don’t forget your camera for a few snaps!

 

6. Everything Is Cheap

One of the best things about Georgia is that everything is cheap! This includes food, drinks, clothes and many more. You should try their traditional cuisine, Khinkali. This dish is similar to dumpling and filled with any meats and sometimes potatoes.

7. You Have To Visit The Gergeti Trinity Church

There’s one old church in Georgia that will catch your attention while you’re there. It is Gergeti Trinity Church. It’s a famous landmark in Georgia and located at Mount Kazbegi with 2170 meters above sea level. It is quite difficult to reach the church and it will take you about 3 or 4 hours by a Jeep but the view of the church is really unforgettable.  

 

8. Try Their Sulphur Baths

One of the popular activities in Georgia is taking a sulphur bath. It is an amazing place for you to relax for hours, especially during the winter season.  They will open 24/7 and the price is really affordable.

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a form of recognition given to areas or places that have been deemed of significance for its natural and cultural heritage, and the sites are protected by international treaties. Discover two of the World Heritage Sites in Malaysia and three other places that should earn the title

1. George Town

The capital city of Penang is a gem of the country with so much historical and cultural legacy. George Town is filled with colonial buildings and shop houses that reflect the city’s centuries long heritage, which contributes to it being recognized as having a unique architectural and cultural townscape that is unparalleled anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. With a multiracial community and world class delicacies, it’s no question why George Town is one of the best travel destinations in Malaysia.

2. Gunung Mulu National Park

A spectacular natural wonder, Gunung Mulu National Park is located in Miri, Sarawak. The area consists of a lush tropical rainforest, diverse wildlife and a dramatic limestone karst formation which is the main highlight of the place. The park is also famed for the massive cave systems, which includes the world’s largest, Sarawak Chambers. A trekking adventure can be possible if you book a trip from a travel agency

3. Gombak Selangor Quartz Ridge

Gombak Selangor Quartz Ridge is a quartz dyke that runs through northeast of Kuala Lumpur and several regions of Selangor. Stretching out for over 14km, it’s believed to be the longest pure quartz dyke in the world. It’s also said that the shape of the ridge resembles a dragon’s back. Formerly known as Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, the forest here provides a natural habitat for many endangered animals like pangolins, tapirs and sun bears. Arrange your trip with a travel agency.

4. Forest Research Institute Malaysia

Better known as FRIM, Forest Research Institute Malaysia is one of the leading institutions in tropical forestry research in the world. Founded 1929, FRIM is the largest man-made forest that promotes sustainable management and optimal use of forest resources in Malaysia. Located in Kepong, FRIM also offers a lot of recreational activities like trekking, cycling and bird watching. Contact a travel agency in Malaysia to arrange your trip.

5. Royal Belum State Park

Located within the Belum-Temenggor Forest Reserve in Perak, the Royal Belum State Park was originally gazetted as Belum Forest Reserve in 1971, and later regazetted as a State Park in 2001 before it became recognized as a National Heritage Site in 2012. The park is estimated to be more than 130 million years old. Within the Royal Belum State Park also lies Lake Temenggong, the second largest lake in Peninsular Malaysia. Get in touch with a travel agency to schedule your trip.

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