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Best Places to Visit in Johor

Blog, Things To Do - GoroadTrip - October 30, 2018

Johor attraction

Johor Bahru is the second biggest city in Malaysia. It is situated at the southern tip of Malay Peninsula. Johor Bahru is famous for its nightclubs and shops, many of which are located along Jalan Wong Ah Fook, the main street of the central business district of the city.

Hakka Heritage Gallery:

The Hakkas are people with cultural roots in the continental provinces of Habukha. Long before eclectic and colorful fashion became fashionable, the interior of this Hakka apartment with antique typewriters, rattan furniture, and agricultural tools provides an exploration of Hakka’s traditional life.

Istana Bukit Serene:

You cannot miss Bukit Serene Istana on the Skudai highway. Official palace of Sultan Johor, this house is characterized by a strategic vision of Singapore, especially useful for the Japanese army during World War II. The palace is not open to the public, but to the gardens that surround it. The most characteristic is a crown-shaped arch, but the park also has large fountains, maintained gardens and light decoration (during the night). It is one of Johor attraction.

Kota Tingi:

It is also known as the “Firefly Valley recreational park” where you can see the sparks of nature on earth. You can take a small mangrove where the skylights shine and shine during the night. It is better to visit the new moon when the skylights will not be dimmed by the light of the moon.

Sri Rajakaliamman Temple:

The temple built in 1922 is the oldest Hindu temple in the city. It was completely rebuilt in the glass. It is located in the Indian Quarter, a few steps from the City Square shopping center.

Pulai Waterfall:

Do you like nature, water, and walking? If so, you will get your dose in the Pulai waterfall. If you leave the hill, it will take two hours to reach the base of the waterfall. This is not a Niagara waterfall, but the water is clean and shaded by thick tropical trees. You can swim here also if you bring your own bathing suit.

Johor Bahru City Square:

It is a favorite shopping center in Johor. Then there are many cheaper stores than in Singapore. Finally, there are other options, such as restaurants, cafes, massage rooms, activities for children

Legoland:

Johor attraction includes The LegoLand Malaysia theme park, the first in Asia, is located in Nusajaya, Johor. Built on 76 acres of land, it is the world’s sixth Lego-themed park.

LegoLand is built from more than 40 attractions, shows, and interactive attractions. In Miniland more than 30 million LEGO bricks have been used in creating the replica structure of Petronas Towers of Merlion, Taj Mahal, and others.

Johor Zoo:

At a cost of $ 0.50 per ticket, you can see sleeping tigers, monkeys and flamingos, swing and swim, and children will be delighted with the extensive pasture of happy grazing. Although the Johor Zoo is not a large zoo, here the animals are well nourished and live in healthy and spacious pens.

Puteri Harbor:

The long walk along the harbor of Puteri is the culmination of the pier here while guests enjoy the sea breeze, the rocking yachts and the view of the horizon. Restaurants and shops on the waterfront, Sanrio Hello Kitty World, and original works of art adorn the area without buying. Walking along the waterfront is a Johor attraction. It has an atmosphere similar to the Penang straits.

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7 best things to do in Perlis

Blog, Things To Do - GoroadTrip - October 26, 2018

things to do in Perlis

Perlis is by far the smallest of the 13 states of Malaysia with an area of just 821 square kilometers and a population of around 250,000. It is also the northernmost state and is surrounded by Thai territory in the west, north, and east.

1. Kota Kayang Museum:

Kota Kayang Museum is also known as the National Museum of Perlis. It is located in a picturesque area surrounded by eight hills, a few kilometers from Kuala Perlis. Visiting the museum is among principal things to do in Perlis.

The Royal Gallery explains that Perlis was once ruled by the governor, but in 1843, the King of Thailand improved the governor’s status as king (Raja), a position that the Jamalullail family has occupied.

2. Wang Kelian:

The road to Wang Kelian is very picturesque, passes through the Perlis National Park and ascends the limestone mountain range of Nakawan. When the road reached its climax, there are twin hills 390 m tall from Bukit Chabang in the distance. There is nothing like Wang Kelian, but it is known for its Sunday market.

3. Gua Kelam:

Gua Kelam (Kelam Cave) is located about 33 km north of Kangar, the capital of Perlis, near a small town called Kaki Bukit (Foot Hill). Exploring the cave system is a must do among things to do in Perlis.

It is a unique cave because it is a limestone cave with a length of 370 m, known for its “cave walk”. This is one of the favorite caves for adventurers. The only access road is a wooden suspension bridge with a width of 8 feet.

4. Perlis State Park:

Perlis Park is located on the western boundary of Perlis, on the border with Thailand. It is located in the longest and continuous limestone hills of Malaysia, with a length of 36 km and called Nakawan mountain range. The park includes two forest reserves, the Mata Ayer forest reserve and the Wang Mu forest reserve with a total area of 5,000 hectares.

The park is surrounded by a beautiful lush forest, cliffs and a wide network of caves. Currently, it is believed to house more than 600 species of flora, 70 species of mammals, 200 species of birds and 35 species of reptiles. Visiting the park is one of the main things to do in Perlis.

5. Arau:

The royal city of Arau is a railway station before reaching the Thai border. The main places are the palace, Istana Arau and the Royal Mosque. The Royal Palace of Istana is a mixture of colonial architectural styles and pseudo-portraitists.

6. Tasik Melati:

Tasik Melati is a small and picturesque lake located on a partially swampy plain about 8 km north of Kangar. The lake was created as a tourist attraction with elevated sidewalks and seating for guests who can sit and enjoy the view.

7. Kuala Perlis:

Kuala Perlis is the second largest city in the state of Perlis located at the mouth of the Perlis River. Near the ferry terminal, there are several modern restaurants and cheap hotels. The oldest part of the city is built on stilts over what used to be mangroves. Kuala Perlis is famous for its seafood restaurants that offer popular dishes such as Ikan Bakar and Assam Laksa.

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Cool and Unusual Things to do in Moscow

Blog, Things To Do - GoroadTrip - October 14, 2018

things to do in Moscow

Moscow was once the epicenter of a secret superpower, hidden from the eyes of the Western world. The city is now the center of a reviving superpower that has opened to business and visitors. From Lenin to the Kremlin, here is a list of things to do in Moscow.

• Take a walking tour

In recent years, Moscow has changed and is, in some places, unrecognizable. Central roads, such as Tverskaya Street and New Arbat now have wider sidewalks and are much more conducive to walking tours. Today, Moscow, from the Kremlin to the Ring of Gardens, which circles the city center, is the perfect place to stroll and enjoy a sunny day.

The brand new Zaryadye Park, just a stone’s throw from Place Rouge, will make an excellent starting point for your stroll. Walking through this unique ancient yet modern city is one of the essential things to do in Moscow.

• Take a plunge into art and history

In Moscow, ancient and modern coexist everywhere. Thus, after visiting Zaryadye Park, it is natural to cross the street to walk the pavement of the Red Square, where stand the Cathedral of St. Basil, the National Museum of History, statues from the Soviet and imperial times, the Mausoleum of Lenin. Each of these elements has its own unique story so it may be interesting to take part in a guided tour to learn more about them.  Learning the history of this famous city is a principal among things to do in Moscow.

It is the same for the Kremlin, the fortress of Russian leaders. Here you can see the treasures of the Russian tsars, kept in the Palace of Armor.
The fantastic Muscovite museums, however, are not confined to the Kremlin and Red Square. The Tretyakov Gallery, which has the largest collection of Russian national art, is also a must, as is the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts on Volkhonka Street.

• Spend time in Moscow’s parks

In addition to Zaryadye Park, the Russian capital has plenty of other parks to explore for those who love walking. Gorky Park has long been a mecca for young people with an open-air cinema and the museum of contemporary art to sports centers and dance floors not to mention the numerous cafes.

Other parks offer more serenity, such as the Neskoutchni Garden or Sparrow Hills, where you can wander quietly. Another wonderful place is the Muzeon Park, which contains an impressive collection of Soviet monuments.

• Admire Moscow from above

The chance to view this city of 15 million inhabitants from above is certainly an unforgettable experience, especially when the weather is good. There are several places in Moscow where it is possible to do it. First of all, the Ostankino television tower, a structure easily recognizable by its height.

The Moskva-City business district has two skyscrapers with observation platforms located respectively on the 58th and 86th floors.

The Sparrows Mount is also a classic, from where you will see the entire city center, three of the “Stalinist Seven Sisters”, Luzhniki Stadium and Moskva-City.

• Take the subway

The metro is an incredible Muscovite treasure. Far from being a simple transport system, its many stations, especially those in the center, are comparable to the most sumptuous palaces and are considered part of the national cultural heritage. Admiring the subway is one of the fun things to do in Moscow.

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Most Unique Things to do Saint Petersburg

Blog, Things To Do - GoroadTrip - October 10, 2018

things to do in Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad, and back to St. Petersburg – the city of the tsars founded by Peter the Great more than three centuries ago has had many names with each passing era. But her beauty has remained unchanged. The Petersburger’s like to say that they live in the most beautiful city in the world.
Here are few excellent things to do in Saint Petersburg that everyone will find enjoyable.

• St. Petersburg Subway

It is strange but true. Traveling by the St. Petersburg metro is one of the main things to do in Saint Petersburg.  Each station is spectacularly decorated and houses exquisite works of art. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful metros in the world. Since many roads in St. Petersburg are one-way, it is much easier to get around by subway – and it’s very affordable, and you can expect around € 1 per trip. It’s also the deepest underground in the world, so be ready for long escalators.

• Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

St Isaac – the fourth largest cathedral in the world – has had a tumultuous history. During the Soviet era, it was stripped of religious outlines and turned into a museum, but the building remained remarkably intact. The interior is home to enormous stretches of marble and granite, and its dome – which is 100 meters high – is covered with pure gold leaf, although it was painted gray during the Second World War to avoid attracting the attention of enemy air forces.

• The Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world and was founded in 1764. This museum of art and culture is located in several buildings – including the Winter Palace – steeped in history. Be sure to visit these buildings that are often as much, if not more impressive than the works of art they house. Visiting the famed Hermitage is one of the principal things to do in Saint Petersburg.

• The Peterhof Grand Palace

The Peterhof Palace is a relatively “small” palace, but it is beautiful and worth visiting if you visit St. Petersburg. However, true beauty resides in your garden. Inspired by the architectural style of the French gardens, you can admire the great waterfall and Sanson fountain and the beautiful gardens. This palace is called the “Russian Versailles”. You cannot skip visiting it in St. Petersburg if you want to think outside the box.

• Peter and Paul Fortress

Housing the State Museum of Saint Petersburg and filled with many beautiful buildings, the Peter and Paul Fortress is a place not to be missed. The cathedral located within the complex is worth a look and with its massive bell tower, it does not go unnoticed. In summer, the sandy areas surrounding the castle walls become “beaches” where the locals and tourists come to get a tan.

• Neva River Cruise

Do you want to enjoy the main sights of St. Petersburg without having to get up from your seat? Embark on a boat trip to discover the Neva River. The tours cost just € 3.5. This excursion is well worth it, especially if you have a few hours of free time at hand. If you do not know what to do, this is definitely an activity not to be missed in Saint Petersburg. It is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Saint Petersburg.

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10 Amazing Facts about Everest Base Camp trek

Blog, Food, Things To Do - GoroadTrip - September 27, 2018

Do you want to pick a sight of the beautiful spectacle of the Himalayas with the accompaniment of Buddhist Monasteries and Sherpa Culture? If Yes, Everest Base Camp is just the right place of venture for you.

Everest Base Camp is one of the most visited regions in the Himalaya. The trek starts and finishes at Lukla, an airstrip to the south of the region better known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’.

The trek takes off from Lukla. You will get started from a morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek follows the Dudh Kosi valley route to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazar. From Namche, you trek along a high path from where you have the first good view of Everest.

After that, you will visit several monasteries to reach the Khumbu Glacier. At the foot of the Khumbu ice falls, you reach your destination Everest Base Camp.

10 Amazing Facts about Everest Base Camp trek

1. The BBC has named Everest Base Camp one of the “50 places you should see before you die”

Everest Base Camp lies at the base of the roof of the world- Mt. Everest. Travelers want to embark on this trek because they want to feel majestic being close to the world’s tallest mountain.

Everest Base Camp is a playground of the tumbling glaciers and 8000 meters giants. Hence, it is a wonderful destination for trekkers willing to take up the high altitude challenge.

With this spectacular blend of Himalayan adventure and experience of varied culture on the way, Everest Base Camp Trek is ample for trekkers and adventurers.
On your way, you will encounter the diverse culture and hospitality. Along with the sceneries and beautiful spectacle of the Himalayas, monasteries, and historical museums.

The region is a beautiful assortment of scenic, geographic, and historical significance. This is why BBC has named Everest Base Camp trek as one of the “50 places you should visit before you die”.

If you are one of those who wants to take lessons from lifestyle and diversity, Everest Base Camp is the right place for you.

2. You get all of these refinements of beautiful Sherpa culture

Starting off from Lukla, the Base Camp trek extends from the side of Dudh Koshi River which is terrifyingly beautiful. Walking up the hill, there is Namche Bazaar, the biggest town of all Sherpa settlement.

Namche Bazaar is often known as the “gateway to the Himalaya”. The town itself has a lot of cafes, lodges, and restaurants. On Saturdays, a weekly market beautifies of the village. You will love to see the centerfold of Tibetan market and Chinese articles put in the sales in there.

As you head towards the Base Camp, you constantly come across monasteries, pleasant Sherpa villages, and museums. Sherpa people are best known for their extraordinary mountaineering skills. They are also incredibly welcoming and friendly people that will make your journey a total bliss.

You will get to encounter Sherpas willing to carry your heavy gear. You will find them scarily fit and feel amazed about how they can get everything set up for you before you arrive.

Sherpas are also most hospitable, easy, and forthgoing people. They will be a very good company for you as well.

If you get the chance, make sure you chat with your guide and porters as their stories and culture are nothing short of fascination.

3. You should not be the fittest person

Everest Base Camp marks itself as a moderate trek. For instance, the good news is you do not require any prior trek experience to embark on this trail. People of all demographics can come from this venture.

Your biggest concern is acclimating to a higher altitude and this is not proved to have any links to how fit you are. Hence, it is not a prerequisite that you have to walk fast. The slower you go, the more comfortable you are to enjoy the bits you see on the way.

Therefore, it is not essential whether or not you’ve ever hit the gym or have that utmost stamina. If you can manage 3-6 hours a day, up and down the hill carrying a light pack you can definitely smash it there.

4. You will get to catch a sight of ancient Rongbuk and Tengboche Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery, the highest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the world lies near the base of the north face of Mount Everest.

It is a sacred place for pilgrims. Everest looks like a giant pyramid standing majestically among the tower when you observe it from Rongbuk.

Of the several monasteries you come across, Tengboche is probably the most impressive. Located in the village of Tengboche, the monastery has giant peak views including Lhotse, Everest, and Nuptse in the backdrop.

Also, each year, the monastery hosts the delightful Mani Rimdu Festival on the tenth lunar month of Tibetan calendar. This corresponds to the months of October-November, coincidentally during the best trekking season in Nepal.

This is a festival of religious rites, songs, dances, and enactments of legends. Plus, characterizes vibrant colors and noise that takes the center stage in the monastery. You won’t regret watching this exotic festive even though you’re not much of a culture lover.

You can also catch a view of Sir Edmund Hillary School, and Thami monastery nearby.

5. Food and Accommodation on the way will never fail to impress you

Tea houses around Everest Base Camp are ecstatic and assuring. They are extremely social and friendly affairs that bring everyone together after a glorious day of hiking.

The fatigue and stress of the entire day will fade away quickly soo as you stop long enough in the tea shops. The tea has a distinct organic taste which will soothe your mind and helps relax your bones.

The food is very authentic- staple Nepali food- Dal Bhat with seasonal vegetables. And the families that run the teahouses are always welcoming and hospitable.
Food is often cooked in the same room you eat. And most trekkers will stay in the dining room in the evening drinking, carving the stories of the delight set forth by the trek.

Also, the way these tea vendors treat their customers and get along with them so well is legendary.

People are friendly and forthcoming to talk to you. They are also happy to share their personal stories. They feel proud to dispense things you would want to know about their culture.

Note: It is always a good idea to carry sleeping bag to beat the chilling cold in the night in the mountainside.

6. Sagarmatha National Park

Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha National Park. It is a world heritage site that is home to a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna. The glamorous landscape of the park adds more texture to your journey.

Sagarmatha National Park is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys. And, dominated by Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world (8,848 m). The presence of the Sherpas with their unique culture adds further interest to this site.

It habitats birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo, and rhododendron. While at least 118 species of birds home this place. There are also musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and red panda.

The area represents a major stage of the Earth’s evolutionary history. Plus, it is one of the most geologically interesting regions in the world. So, it is a big place of study and research for many academicians and anthropologists.

You will get to catch the sight of these geologically young mountains and glaciers in the region. This is bound to create awe inspiring landscapes and scenery dominated by the high peaks and corresponding valleys.

This park contains the world’s highest ecologically characteristic flora and fauna. Additionally with a perfect blend of rich Sherpa culture. The Sherpa culture and ecosystem are, therefore, the major highlights of Sagarmatha National park.

You will love it for sure!

7. There is Wi-Fi on Sale

Most people nowadays expect to have Wi-Fi everywhere they go. And that includes the highest mountain range in the world too. Telecom companies in Nepal have spotted an expanding market and are cashing in big time on the luxury of internet connections high in the mountains.

You will find passwords to connect to a wifi network sold on a “scratchy” in every teahouse along the way. The 250 Mb of data gets more and more expensive the higher you go. This will mostly be enough for a couple of emails and to update your Facebook status, but nothing more.

When paying around $5-10 for data, make sure your phone doesn’t start downloading updates in the background, thus using it all.

8. The pleasant sight of Kalapathar

The ascent of Kala Patthar begins at Gorak Shep (5,164 m / 16,942 ft), the vantage point for Everest views. A five- to ten-minute over boulders takes one to the top from this place which is marked with Prayer flags.

Kalapathar is the most accessible point to view Mount Everest. Hence, it is most popular to get a dramatic close-up view of Mount Everest.

Not only can you see the peak, but you also get great views of the Khumbu Icefall far below. This is also what it makes Kalapathar a significant place for travel.

It is more often popular and trending because it is one of the highest points easily reached without mountaineering expertise. You don’t have to worry much about not having prior experiences of mountaineering and fitness.

A much better time to go to Kala Pathar is in the afternoon. If you can (and the weather allows), wait for the sunset there: the light on the mountains is simply amazing. You can check: Weather and Climate to have an idea of EBC weather.

Sometimes, the clouds often come up from the valley in the afternoon and mask the view so it is not always an option. If you only have one day to go up to Kala Patthar then go in the late morning. It won’t be too cold, the light will be OK, and the clouds won’t have come up from the valley yet.

The Sunrise and Sunset are more often the pleasant sights to watch from Kalapathar.

9. There are plenty more Mountains and wonderful spectacles on the way

Throughout the trek, you’ll get to catch glances of some the giant peaks of our earth. It includes Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam and, of course, Everest. The glorious panorama of the Himalayas is something you would yearn to see over and over again throughout your life.

Do not miss this one. On your way to Nagarjuna hill, you will catch marvelous panorama of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Kangtega (6685m), Taboche Peak (6367m), and Thamserku.

If you are lucky, you can also spot stunning sights of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth tallest peak on a clear day. The view of the Pheriche Valley from here is also majestic. Returning back to Dingboche is much beautiful.

After all, there are all of these excitable ranges of Himalayan sites you can observe. Some of the mountain expeditions are optional and you can take them if you wish to.

10. The destination Everest Base Camp itself and the triumphant feeling that comes with it

After trekking for over a week, reaching your destination is an incredibly gratifying experience. Your experiences and hardships accumulated throughout the journey will make you feel more triumphant. You feel like you have accomplished something.

After all, that is the usual feeling that sears around after reaching the place one is destined to reach.

Although you can’t see the peak of Everest, the feeling of awe is no less as you stand at the base of the world’s tallest mountain. Its sheer size and majestic will hold you entirely captivated.

If you trek in the springtime you might even meet some of the mountaineers attempting to climb the mountain itself. Also, who knows you might as well want to embark for being a mountaineer yourself.

If, in case, you feel weak and don’t have enough courage to complete your trek, helicopter rescue service is also available.

Conclusion

Everest Base Camp comes with all these excitable ranges of traveling with so many potential destinations. If you are thinking about embarking into one of these expeditions why not go for it.

Do you wish to witness the best views of Mount Everest very closely from its base camp and Kala Patthar but do not have enough time to trek there? You can opt for the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour. In this heli tour, you will explore the Everest region easily in less time.

You will find it more exciting than you thought it would be.

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