Posted in Life, MALAYSIA, Terengganu, Travel

Pantai Kemasik, Terengganu

Pantai Kemasik or Kemasik Beach is a wonderful place to visit if you travel to Terengganu, in the West Coast of Penisular Malaysia.  It is located about 10 km from the town of Kijal, off the main road from Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu.  View of the beach with rocks and river estuary is irresistible for photography enthusiasts.

Kemasik beach derived its name from the Sungai (River) Kemasik,  Kemasik estuary which extends to the beach located in the South China Sea.  Beach of golden sand, sea breezes and ocean roar gives peace to the visitors.  

Sungai Kemasik estuary is also the place of fishing boats to lands;  a unique and colorful draws a beautiful scenery.  Fishermen would raise sea catches and sold to people who come here.

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Posted in Life, MALAYSIA, Selangor, Travel

Pantai Kelanang

Pantai Kelanang or Kelanang Beach is a series of beaches along a 3km coastal strip in Banting, Selangor in Penisular of Malaysia.  Its begins from a Malay village reservation and ends about 2km before Pantai Morib.  

Peaceful and tranquil with much of its surroundings intact, the beaches of Pantai Kelanang are lined with large pockets of mangrove trees that interrupt stretches of the shoreline. A small and narrow road that leads through coastal forest winds along the beach stretch, with partial stone embankments in place to protect against erosion. Hidden away by dense vegetation, there are far less visitors invading Pantai Kelanang, but also less facilities. Still, the inherent quietness is surely a beauty missing from more popular beaches.

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Posted in Art & Culture, Johor, Life, MALAYSIA, Travel

Tanjung Balau, Johor.

Tanjung Balau located at north-east and about 98km of Johor Bahru city, in the District of Kota Tinggi.  Tanjung Balau has a beautiful stretch of beach, nearby Malay fishing village, a unique Fishermen Museum and hotel and chalet resorts.

At Tanjung Balau, the artistic side of the fishermen community could be testified; a true life of fishermen as practiced in the past and present.

There are several affordable and comfortable chalets and villas if wish to stay overnight.  Other facilities including food court and stalls, a children playground and a souvenir shop.


Tanjung Balau Tourism Complex which gives you an introduction to rural culture and traditions also offers some of the best local cuisine was established in 1985 by South Johor Development Authority (KEJORA). Tanjung Balau Fishing Village is within the Tanjung Balau Tourism Complex, a short way away from the Desaru Beach, will provide you an enriching experience in the arts, skills, and lifestyles of the Malay fishermen.

Fishing has been a major economic source for the seafarers of Kota Tinggi district since long ago and the abundance of it found in the South China Sea has supported them for generations.

Tanjung Balau Fisherman Museum opened to public in 1993, displays various artefacts of the region’s long history as a centre of the fishing trade, including traps, tackles, boats and floats. It also offers presentations of local fishing lore; local taboos, beliefs and superstitions related to the sea. It was designed to give an insight into the lives and experiences of the fishermen community.

The museum is divided into five galleries of Geology, Morning, Karam Desaru ship and Sea Communications and Security.

The museum that costs about RM1.5 million was built on a 9.7-hectare land in 1992. It has a main building that serves as a gallery, four small rest areas and a souvenir shop.

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Posted in Johor, MALAYSIA, Tourism, Travel

Desaru, Johor.


The most popular beach in Johor, Desaru has twenty-five kilometres of white sandy beach and lush tropical greenery highlight. Desaru located 98km north east of Johor Bahru, also known as the ‘Village of Casuarinas’, was developed by the South Johor Development Authority (KEJORA) to boost tourism industry in Johor. The small town of Bandar Penawar, about 2 km inland, serves as the area’s transport hub. 

Desaru is a great destination for family vacation as it offers a variety of activities for the whole family including swimming, fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, horse riding, jungle trekking, go-carting, golfing and windsurfing.

Excursions to see the fireflies (api-api) in the Sungei Lebam river are very popular. The best time to go is after rain on a new moon.

Apart from first-class hotels and resorts, other accommodations available in Desaru include chalets, dormitories and camping facilities.

Some 10km south of Desaru is another excellent stretch of beach known as Teluk Ramunia.

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Posted in INDONESIA, Life, Tourism, Travel

Tanah Lot, Bali

One of Bali’s most important sea temples, Pura Tanah Lot (“Temple of Land in the Middle of the Sea”) is a spectacular sight, especially at sunset.  The tiny island was formed by the gradual erosion of the ocean tide over thousands of years.

Tanah Lot means “Land [in the] Sea” in Balinese language.   Located in Tabanan, about 20 km from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.

Temple of Tanah Lot stands on a rocky island just off the southwest coast of Bali. One of Bali’s most sacred sea temples, Tanah Lot is dedicated to the guardian spirits of the sea. The temple itself is said to be guarded from evil by the sea snakes that inhabit the caves below.

Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th century priest Nirartha one of the last priests to come to Bali from Java.  During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea god.

The temple itself is not accessible to visitors, but magnificent views can be had from a variety of points nearby. Crowds especially gather on the terraces nearby to watch the glow of the sunset behind the temple. Naturally, there are plenty of souvenir shops and cafes with a view to keep you well-supplied while doing so.

The function of this temple can be realised from the function of the main temple building which is located in the temple main area. In this place, there is a main temple to worship the god in form of Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, the sea power. The media of worship to this god is the temple building with 5 storied meanwhile the 3 storied temple building in north part of this area is purposing to worship to Dang Hyang Nirartha

To reach the temple, visitors must walk through a carefully planned set of Balinese market-format souvenir shops which cover each side of the path down to the sea. On the mainland cliff tops, restaurants have also been provided for tourists.

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Posted in Life, MALAYSIA, Pahang, Today's Photograph

Today’s Photograph: Telok Sisek Beach

telok-sisek-beach-kuantan-malaysia-11Looking to eastern side of Telok Sisek Beach is overlooking Tembeling Resort, Royal Pahang Golf Club and South China Sea.  You will noticed of condominiums at the background.  The famous Telok Chempedak Beach is at the other side of the hill.

telok-sisek-beach-kuantan-malaysia-21An evening view at Telok Sisek Beach, Kuantan, where the city at the background.

These photographs were taken in October 2006 during Eid-ul Adha’s holiday where I just came back from Jakarta, Indonesia and about to go to Bamako, Mali after the holiday. I went there with my family.  Spending time with family is priceless

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