Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Japan Kyoto & Osaka Trip 2017 Brief

My brief travel itinerary, for my year 2017 Japan's Kyoto & Osaka Trip. I will periodically post my detail travel blog later on.

Day 1:

Reach Kansai Airport

Take train to Kyoto Station

Check in CMM Kyoto Ekimae (Stay for 2 nights), apartment like accomodation

Walk to the nearest bus station, go Gojo-zaka

Walk to Kiyomizu-dera

Walk around Sannen-zaka and Ninnen-zaka

Back to CMM Kyoto Ekimae

Walk around Kyoto Station

Day 2:

Take train to Saga-Arashiyama Station

Buy ticket for romantic train ride and Hozu-gawa river boat ride at the building beside Saga-Arashiyama Station (buy ticket now, don't buy later)

Walk to Tenryu-ji

Walk to Sagano Road of Bamboo Forest (Famous - main travel place)

Walk to Torokko Arashiyama Station, sit romantic train ride

The ride ends on Kameoka Station, walk out from the station and head towards the bus station to Hozugawa river boat ride (the bus got state, in English).

Enjoy Hozugawa river boat ride for about 2 hour 30 minutes (whole ride won't be boring, because full of nice scenery) and ends nearby Togetsukyo Bridge

Walk around Arashiyama Park, next to Togetsukyo Bridge

Back CMM Kyoto Ekimae

Day 3:

Go to Kyoto Station to buy bus ticket to Miyazu at 4pm

Back to CMM Kyoto Ekimae to check-out, luggage puts at besides lift, they loan locker for us.

Go to Inari by train

Walk around Fushimi Inari Taisha

Back CMM Kyoto Ekimae, take luggage to bus station

Sits bus to Miyazu about 2 hour travel distance

Reach Miyazu

Walk to Seikiro Ryokan, check-in

Walk around to find dinner

Day 4:

Loan bicycle from ryokan & book bus seats for tomorrow to Osaka at 4.50pm, with the help from ryokan's stuff.

Start cycle to towards Amanoshitade

Breakfast nearby entrance of Amanoshitade

Go to a place to sit cable car to the hill top buy a combo ticket where you can go up 2 different hills, the another one is at the other side of Amonoshitade. Location of first hill shown at link below.,135.1842001,19.46z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x887258de2a32f66a!8m2!3d35.555946!4d135.183964?hl=en&hl=en

Sits cable car, go to hill top, enjoy best view of Amanoshitade, enjoy the mini park full of sakura.

Sit cable car, go down. Start cycle into Amanoshitade to crossover to other side.

Cycle towards the second hill, this time sit lift chair. Location of second hill shown at link below.,135.1953816,19.21z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xe6110da9e1cb2a2c!8m2!3d35.583235!4d135.1953439?hl=en&hl=en

Reach hill to, enjoy best view of Amanoshitade

Sit lift chair go downhill, start cycle back to ryokan

Book tomorrow breakfast at ryokan

Day 5:

After breakfast, packup and check out ryokan, luggage drops at lobby

Sits bus to Ine

Walk around the beautiful fishing village, Ine

Sit bus back to Miyazu, walk back to ryokan take luggage

walk to bus station, sit bus to Osaka, travel distance about 3 hours

Reach Osaka

Check in Fuku Hostel

Walk around Dotonbori

Back hostel

Day 6:

Breakfast at Kuromon Ichiba Market (walking distance)

Take train to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Take train to Osaka Castle (you can go castle 1st, then go to aquarium, cause castle closed at 5pm, while aquarium closed at 8pm)

Back to Dotonbori for dinner + walk around

Back hostel

Day 7:

Breakfast at Kuromon Ichiba Market, and buy some souvenirs

Take train to Expo City

Go Orbi Osaka

Back to Dotonbori for dinner + walk around

Back hostel

Day 8:

Check out, go to Kansai Airport, sayonara to Japan

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Macau 2016

In this blog, I would like to record down my 1 day 1 night travel to Macau. Although the duration I stayed is very short, I find it quite interesting and much better travel experience from the past (FYI, this is my second time to Macau, first time at year 2010.

Day 1 - 27 February 2016

I arrived to Macau at 10.30am in the morning. A friend of mine, which reach Macau 1 day earlier, came to greet us and bring us to the hotel he stayed. Without delaying our schedule, he checked out and we head on to have our early lunch.

For our lunch, we went to a simple restaurant named AA 咖啡室, they served local food with reasonable price.

Below are the photos we'd taken while walking & finding our place for our first meal.

We passed by Rio Casino Hotel

Front view of  AA 咖啡室

The location is in between Rio Casino Hotel & Waldo Hotel (where we stayed).

The 2016 Macau first food that I tried is thin wanton noodle with fish cake. Although the amount is small, but i did enjoyed their food.

After we had our lunch, we straight away check-in our hotel and prepared for our journey to Ruins of St. Paul, our main travel objective.

Believe it or not, somehow we walked our way from Waldo Hotel to Ruins of St. Paul. While we're walking, we enjoyed our city view of Macau, below are some photos we taken while we walked towards Ruins of St. Paul.

St. Francisco Barracks at Calçada dos Quartéis

大利来记 pork bun shop, we didn't try.

Cafe e Nata Margaret's, where the Portuguese Tart was invented (as informed by my friend). The first shop who sells and doesn't have branches. The queue was so long, and doesn't moved at all. It's too bad that we did not try, hopefully we can try it on our next trip.

You can simply google the location of the shop, below shows the maps of it's location

You can also tried another shop, which i've been told to be Original too (came out from this shop and open a 2nd shop), 安德魯餅店 at Coloane Village. (I didn't try it)

we continued our journey, and reached Senado Square, it's a place where you can shop, dine and visit.

A very iconic Haagen-Dazs ice-cream shop, where you can use it as a place to meet-up if you're lost & separated from your travel group.

The CNY decoration is still here.

Me & my friends taking we-fies

Front view of St. Dominic's Church, we are able to go in and have a visit

Later, we continued our journey, to Rue De S. Paulo (or Rua de São Paulo in Google map), streets full of shops & people.

Behind Ruins of St. Paul, there's a museum where you have have a little history of it (we didn't visit, kinda not into long story), & a Na Tcha Temple.

A walk lane behind the temple, a residential area.

After this, we head towards Monte Fort, which is just a walking distance from Ruins of St. Paul (Google map it), in order to reach Monte Fort, we had to walk ourself to the hill.

At the peak of the hill, there's Macau Museum. We didn't enter the museum, we walked around the museum to have a view of Macau.

After we have our rest at Monte Fort, we walked down and have some street food.

Imitation shark fin soup (碗仔翅)

Che Cai Mian (車仔麵)

Pork Bun

After we feast ourself, we walk back to our hotel and have some rest.

At 6.30pm, we start our first night activity by walking around the street that we had our lunch earlier, we noticed there are some Portuguese Restaurant nearby and plans to try some Macau Portuguese Food. We went to Wai Kei Restaurant. Inside is cozy, and the lazy boss are friendly. Their Portuguese Style cook somehow have curry spices adding with olive taste. This is the first time I'd tried. We are quite satisfied with the dishes. (location is nearby AA 咖啡室)

After our dinner, we went to Macau Tower by Taxi to have a view. I did not join my friends, going up to the tower, as I was afraid of discomfort of the building swaying due to wind (maybe?) So i just walked around outside and feel the cold wind.

Later on, we take a bus to Grand Lisboa and take some night lights photos.

Day 2 - 28 February 2016

We had our breakfast at AA 咖啡室. this time we ordered more things to try. They also have fried noodle and also chee cheong fun for breakfast.

After our breakfast, we straight back to our hotel and checked out, then we headed to The Venetian Macao, famous with their indoor decoration.

When the time passed 1.00pm, we start our journey to Hong Kong. From The Venetian Macao, there have some free shuttle bus to airport and ferry stations. We went to Taipa ferry station, brought ticket and wait for ferry to HK.

= End =

There're some places which I did not visit, which I think is good to have a visit, below are the list of places (you can google map it and have to look):

A-Ma Temple, the temple where Macau has it's name.

Macau Fisherman's Whaft, where they have some interesting buildings like coliseum, a great place to take photos.

Guia Lighthouse. Folks said this lighthouse has been construct on the highest hill in Macau.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Perak Trip 2012 (local Malaysian trip)

In this Raya vacation, we planned to have a simply trip to Perak. Mostly this trip was planned suddenly so the whole schedule are not so "Interesting" but it has been a very relaxing trip. The whole trip was planned for 3 days and 2 nights and the journey starts from Teluk Intan, Tanjong Tualang, Kampar, Gopeng and finally ends in Ipoh.

Day 1

For the first day, we start moving from Klang at 4am in the morning. Initially we planned to use the coastal road to Teluk Intan, but our plan changed and we need to initially drive a very small car to Rawang and exchange a suitable large vehicle (well, small car can be used if you have small amount of people, like 2 to 3 person, we had five and we knew that we will buy alots of things, then we planned to use a Toyota Awanza). After exchanged our cars (with one of my friend's relative), we continue our journey using our Malaysian famous North-South Expressway. Well it didn't turn well as many of Malaysian are also stared their journey to balik kampung (in English: back to their hometown). During that time it was around 6.30am and the traffic in the expressway was really crowded. Luckily we reached to Sungkai (one of the small town in Perak) and we exit to the coastal road. Thankfully we had a smooth drive at the coastal road, until Teluk Intan.

[Travel tip: During festive season, it's better to use coastal roads to Teluk Intan if you're driving from South like us. Remember, large vehicle aren't allowed to passing by any roads during festive season, we costal roads should be very nice to drive.]

Visited Places in Teluk Intan:

1) Menara Condong Teluk Intan, located at Jalan Bandar, Teluk Intan. Well, during Raya season, it's not advisable to come here. As you can see on the picture below, the whole area around Menara Condong are crowded with bazaar Ramadan. [FYI: Menara Condong is our Malaysian special Leaning Tower =) ]

2) Hock Soon Keong Temple, located not far away from Menara Condong, one of the junction at Jalan Pasar, Teluk Intan. Mainly this is a Mazu Temple.

3) Batu Tenggek, a legend which said an Britist soldier placed a stone here, and it has grew bigger over the years. Location is at the junction to the Teluk Intan town center. (forget the mark down where is the location, but i think is at the intersection of Jalan Changkat Jong and Jalan Mahkamah. I apologize if I'd given the wrong location, but do please provide me information for those who really knows where Batu Tenggek lies. Thanks)

After visiting some places in Teluk Intan, we start our journey to Tanjung Tualang. Our aim is to try Tanjung Tualang's river prawn and to visit the last tin dredge in Malaysia. From Teluk Intan, you can use the roads passing through kampung-kampung, where you can enjoy the wonderful view of paddy field which located in road A122.

When we reach to Tanjung Tualang, the first thing we do is to find a restaurant for our lunch. There're many restaurant in Tanjung Tualang and we don't know which is the best, so we just randomly choose a restaurant, Restaurant Sun Swee Kiong, located around the wet market, address 15-17 Jalan Homan. So we tried their steam prawn, and their fried prawn, they're delicious (for those prawn lovers, you should try it). Here are some pictures for these dishes. (Google location for Restaurant Sun Swee Kiong)

For the steam prawn, you must try to finish it while it's hot, because the head of the prawn (hei kou) won't be so delicious when it cold, while the fried prawn it's total superb. The price for these prawn are RM65/kg (size medium).

After we had our meal, we straight to our next Tanjung Tualang destinations, the tin dredge, which located along road A15, between Tanjung Tualang and Batu Gajah (before Chenderong town if you're going from Tanjung Tualang). The entry fee are RM6 per person. Besides walking around the dredge, you can also walk into the dredge. (Google location: Tin Dredge)

Besides visiting the tin dredge, we also found a duck farm just behind the dredge.

After visiting the tin dredge, we went to Kampar to find a hotel and take our dinner. Kampar is a town where we must try their local food, so we went for chicken bread (bread stuffed with chicken) at Restaurant Yau Kee at Jalan Idris, Kampar, nearby Fully Well Hotel, where we stayed for a night. At You Kee, you can find there're two types of chicken bread, curry chicken bread and herbal chicken bread, as shown below. (Google location: Restaurant Yau Kee)

After our dinner, I was not feeling well and straight back to the hotel. Well actually I was planned to bring my friends to taste Kampar's claypot chicken rice, another famous dishes. Well hopefully next time I can bring them to try it. Peace...

Day 2

After a long rest, we continue our journey. But first, we gotta take our breakfast, so we went to the local market area to experience the local breakfast, locate at nearby Jalan Masjid. (Google location: Kampar food court) Here you can try many kinds of food, like curry chee cheong fun, lai fun (prefer Gopeng's lai fun), fried hor fun, and many more.

After we had our breakfast, we went to Kampar Chinese Temple, just besides the main trunk road.

After visiting the Chinese temple, we set our course to Gopeng, not to eat, but to visit the Gopeng museum and Gopeng heritage house. Here you will learn the history of the Gopeng. (Google location: Gopeng Museum and Gopeng Heritage House)

Before reaching to Gopeng, we went to Gua (cave) Tempurung to have a look. During the first day of Raya, this tourist location are closed, so we just walk around the area. Below are some photos when we reached to Gopeng.

Now they also have a small cafe in the heritage house.

After visiting the museum and the heritage house, we continue our journey to Gaharu tea farm (Google location: Gaharu Tech. Sdn. Bhd.). For those who are interested to go there you need to drive along Jalan Kampung Sungai Itek, where you can also go to My Gopeng Resort and Rumah Rehat Adeline. At Gaharu tea farm, you can buy Gaharu tea, Gaharu cookie, Gaharu instant noodle. They also have Gaharu ice cream which is nice. If you're interested to visit their farm, you can pay them and they will drive you around the farm and bring you to hug a Gaharu tree, which believe to give you for good luck.

Well, we didn't go for a trip to visit the Gaharu tress, nor we stop by at the entrance (the entrance is like a great wall of China) to snap some photos because of the wonderful hot weather. We just brought some stuff and then, chao~~. After that, we went to visit Kellie's Castle (Google location: Kellie's Castle), a place that must visit if we're in Perak. The entrance fees are RM4 per person for a Malaysian.

Beside visiting Mr. Kellie's castle, we also went to meet Kellie's statue, located on a Hindu temple nearby Kellie's Castle, on the direction towards Batu Gajah (also along Jalan Gopeng).

After visiting Kellie's castle, we went to Ipoh to find a hotel for rest and prepare for dinner. Luckily we found a cheap hotel around Ipoh centre, there're a bunch of budget hotel around Jalan Ali Pitchay (Google location: Jalan Ali Pitchay). As for dinner, we went to have chicken bean sprout (Nga Choi Kai) at Restaurant Ong Kee (Google location: Jalan Yau Tet Shin)

After our dinner, we had some walk on Ipoh parade and then for supper we went to dessert street (tong shui kai) (Google location: Tong Shui Kai).

Day 3

After a great night sleep, we continue our last day vacation to have our breakfast at Jalan Bandar Timah (Google location: Jalan Bandar Timah). Initially we wanted to have our breakfast at Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee House (Opposite the Original Old Town White Coffe House) but many people came and crowded the area (well, it's holiday and of course Ipoh is a "Food Heaven" to many people). Sadly we just take our breakfast at other restaurant, but it's still nice. I had a curry noodles which almost same taste as Gopeng's curry (yummy), half boiled eggs, some crispy toasted breads and a nice cup of white coffee.

Later, we set our course to Perak Cave (Google location: Perak Tong). I manage to pay a visit to my grandpa, who rest in peace with other folks and we also had a very good exercise to the hill top to have a view of Ipoh.

After visiting Perak cave, we all are so tired and decided to end our Perak trip (around 12pm) and start going back to Klang. This trip is simple yet is a relaxing trip, we doesn't need to rush to places and still we can enjoy many things especially great food. I asked my friend, what's their best meal in this trip, they answered the fresh water prawn and the curry chicken bread.

As for those who are searching a great trip in Perak, I hope this blog would help you. Thank you for reading and have a great day =)