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11 Hidden Gem Places in Malaysia That Even Locals Don’t Know About (Things To Do, See & Experience)

09 May 2022

Mamee Jonker House

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Hey! We have our 🍜ramen museum too! With free admission! But some activities might require extra fees. The Mamee Jonker House is a place where adults will find nostalgic, and 👦👧kids will find it fun & exciting, making it suitable for the whole family to visit. The Mamee Jonker House is a place where adults will feel nostalgic, and kids will find it fun & exciting, making it suitable for the whole 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦family to visit. Over here, visitors get to learn about the history behind the birth of Mamee; and the process of how the noodles are made. Here’s a fun fact, even though it has a similar concept as the Instant Ramen Museum in Japan, Mamee Jonker House on the other hand, is not as well-known. Which is why we should visit this hidden 💎gem!

There are 4 different experiences here waiting for you to try:-

  • Mamee Cafe - There are all sorts of local and western delights, and all of them are halal! The Ice Cendol is a must-try!

  • Mamee Merchandise - This section of the Mamee Jonker House is heaven on earth for Mamee fans. Various potato chips, cup noodles, snacks, mugs, plushies and clothes are sold here. It’s time to bring out the impulsive shopaholic in you muahaha~

  • Noodle Doodle - Personalize your cup by channelling your creativity into your pen! After decorating your cup, you can mix and match your favourite seasonings and dried condiments (you can choose from 12 of them) and create your unique cup noodles.

  • Lil Monster Kitchen - This is where you make the noodles by mixing and kneading the flour with your own hands. Learn how to make your Mamee snack at the workshop here.

    Admission Fee
    Free

  • 📞Phone: 06-286 7666
  • 🌎Website: http://www.mameejonkerhouse.com/#
  • Hours: 10am - 6pm daily (Tuesdays closed)
  • 📍Address: 46 & 48, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka

Mamee Jonker House

Image Credit: rabiatulrabaah7988

Hey! We have our 🍜ramen museum too! With free admission! But some activities might require extra fees. The Mamee Jonker House is a place where adults will find nostalgic, and 👦👧kids will find it fun & exciting, making it suitable for the whole family to visit. The Mamee Jonker House is a place where adults will feel nostalgic, and kids will find it fun & exciting, making it suitable for the whole 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦family to visit. Over here, visitors get to learn about the history behind the birth of Mamee; and the process of how the noodles are made. Here’s a fun fact, even though it has a similar concept as the Instant Ramen Museum in Japan, Mamee Jonker House on the other hand, is not as well-known. Which is why we should visit this hidden 💎gem!

There are 4 different experiences here waiting for you to try:-

  • Mamee Cafe - There are all sorts of local and western delights, and all of them are halal! The Ice Cendol is a must-try!

  • Mamee Merchandise - This section of the Mamee Jonker House is heaven on earth for Mamee fans. Various potato chips, cup noodles, snacks, mugs, plushies and clothes are sold here. It’s time to bring out the impulsive shopaholic in you muahaha~

  • Noodle Doodle - Personalize your cup by channelling your creativity into your pen! After decorating your cup, you can mix and match your favourite seasonings and dried condiments (you can choose from 12 of them) and create your unique cup noodles.

  • Lil Monster Kitchen - This is where you make the noodles by mixing and kneading the flour with your own hands. Learn how to make your Mamee snack at the workshop here.

    Admission Fee
    Free

  • 📞Phone: 06-286 7666
  • 🌎Website: http://www.mameejonkerhouse.com/#
  • Hours: 10am - 6pm daily (Tuesdays closed)
  • 📍Address: 46 & 48, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka

PG Gold Museum

Image Credit: PG Gold Museum 黄金博物馆

Penang Gold Museum opened to the public in January 2015. This is where you get to learn about gold and the gold mining process. The museum is designed to look like a mine, with props for you to take 🤳🏻photos and brag to your friends about being in a gold mine.


Image Credit: PG Gold Museum 黄金博物馆

If you think that is not enough, they even have hands-on experiences where you can pan for gold nuggets yourself! The best part of this is, that you can bring the gold that you panned yourself home! This place is definitely a hidden gold gem !

Admission Fee
Non-MyKad/MyKid Holder: RM 50.00 (Adults), RM 25.00 (Kids & Senior)
MyKad/MyKid Holder: RM 30.00 (Adults), RM 15.00 (Kids & Senior)

  • 📞Phone: 04-261 9999
  • Hours: 9am - 5pm daily (open on Saturdays only)
  • 📍Address: 46 & 48, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka

PG Gold Museum

Image Credit: PG Gold Museum 黄金博物馆

Penang Gold Museum opened to the public in January 2015. This is where you get to learn about gold and the gold mining process. The museum is designed to look like a mine, with props for you to take 🤳🏻photos and brag to your friends about being in a gold mine.


Image Credit: PG Gold Museum 黄金博物馆

If you think that is not enough, they even have hands-on experiences where you can pan for gold nuggets yourself! The best part of this is, that you can bring the gold that you panned yourself home! This place is definitely a hidden gold gem !

Admission Fee
Non-MyKad/MyKid Holder: RM 50.00 (Adults), RM 25.00 (Kids & Senior)
MyKad/MyKid Holder: RM 30.00 (Adults), RM 15.00 (Kids & Senior)

  • 📞Phone: 04-261 9999
  • Hours: 9am - 5pm daily (open on Saturdays only)
  • 📍Address: 46 & 48, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka

Ancient Loft House

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You can now experience 🧳travelling to China and Japan in Malaysia! Say what? Yes, Ancient Loft House has two lodgings that provide a close to an authentic experience of staying in China and Japan. 👘Costumes and accessories of Chinese and Japanese themes are available for you to try on for free!

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As for the interiors of both lodgings, they are beautifully furnished with decorations that are carefully thought out. Located in Fahrenheit Suites Kuala Lumpur, it is within the golden triangle and is easily accessible by 🚌🚆public transport. It provides a fun experience for those who like to dress up and 📸photoshoot.

Ancient Loft House

Image Credit: _angie.07

You can now experience 🧳travelling to China and Japan in Malaysia! Say what? Yes, Ancient Loft House has two lodgings that provide a close to an authentic experience of staying in China and Japan. 👘Costumes and accessories of Chinese and Japanese themes are available for you to try on for free!

Image Credit: ancientlofthouse

As for the interiors of both lodgings, they are beautifully furnished with decorations that are carefully thought out. Located in Fahrenheit Suites Kuala Lumpur, it is within the golden triangle and is easily accessible by 🚌🚆public transport. It provides a fun experience for those who like to dress up and 📸photoshoot.

Sea Walking in Semporna

Image Credit: Semporna Seawalking

We often think of 🤿snorkelling and diving whenever it comes to what to do in the sea. However, did you know that there is a more relaxing activity called Sea Walking? All you have to do is put on a helmet, no other gears are needed, and you are ready to explore! This is an activity that even kids can enjoy.

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You can still wear your 👓glasses and breathe normally while being underwater. No prior experience or swimming skill is needed for this activity. It is like walking in a huge never-ending aquarium. Walk among 🐡🐠🐟colourful fishes and exotic corals by joining the Sea Walking tour at Semporna Sabah!

  • 📞Phone: 012-849 2054
  • Hours: 9am - 4pm
  • 📍Address: Semporna 91307, Sabah

Sea Walking in Semporna

Image Credit: Semporna Seawalking

We often think of 🤿snorkelling and diving whenever it comes to what to do in the sea. However, did you know that there is a more relaxing activity called Sea Walking? All you have to do is put on a helmet, no other gears are needed, and you are ready to explore! This is an activity that even kids can enjoy.

Image Credit: miyoluvr

You can still wear your 👓glasses and breathe normally while being underwater. No prior experience or swimming skill is needed for this activity. It is like walking in a huge never-ending aquarium. Walk among 🐡🐠🐟colourful fishes and exotic corals by joining the Sea Walking tour at Semporna Sabah!

  • 📞Phone: 012-849 2054
  • Hours: 9am - 4pm
  • 📍Address: Semporna 91307, Sabah

Cove Aerobar @ Discovery Park

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Sit comfortably and get yourself elevated 40m above ground where you can enjoy light snacks accompanied by a scenic view of nature. This round hot air balloon shaped attraction can fit up to 15 people at a time, so you can ask your friends and family to join you. We recommend going around 6.30 pm and 7.20 pm when you get to witness the stunning 🌄sunset view.

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To get on the Cove Aerobar, there are a few safety rules to follow, and one of them is that the guests' height must be 105cm and above. You can check out their website for more rules & requirements.

Admission Fee
RM35

Cove Aerobar @ Discovery Park

Image Credit: gamudacove

Sit comfortably and get yourself elevated 40m above ground where you can enjoy light snacks accompanied by a scenic view of nature. This round hot air balloon shaped attraction can fit up to 15 people at a time, so you can ask your friends and family to join you. We recommend going around 6.30 pm and 7.20 pm when you get to witness the stunning 🌄sunset view.

Image Credit: discoverypark.com.my

To get on the Cove Aerobar, there are a few safety rules to follow, and one of them is that the guests' height must be 105cm and above. You can check out their website for more rules & requirements.

Admission Fee
RM35

The Parc, Nilai Impian

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It’s time to squeeze your 🧠brain and come up with some 💡creative photo ideas. There is an interesting place in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, where illusion is prevalent. The Parc at Nilai Impian is where you can easily trap yourself in a series of never-ending 🪞mirror mazes.

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There aren’t many attractions here other than a kid's playground, ample spaces for 🏃🏻‍♀️jogging & 🚴🏻cycling, and of course the mirror maze. However, ever since this place went viral on TikTok, many people have been going over for videos and photos. We advise you to come over during the weekdays to avoid the crowd.

Admission Fee
Free

The Parc, Nilai Impian

Image Credit: heartpatrick

It’s time to squeeze your 🧠brain and come up with some 💡creative photo ideas. There is an interesting place in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, where illusion is prevalent. The Parc at Nilai Impian is where you can easily trap yourself in a series of never-ending 🪞mirror mazes.

Image Credit: heartpatrick

There aren’t many attractions here other than a kid's playground, ample spaces for 🏃🏻‍♀️jogging & 🚴🏻cycling, and of course the mirror maze. However, ever since this place went viral on TikTok, many people have been going over for videos and photos. We advise you to come over during the weekdays to avoid the crowd.

Admission Fee
Free

Nyonya Kebaya Rental

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In Japan and Korea, there are Kimono and Hanbok rental services; and in Malacca, we have Nyonya Kebaya rental. Travel back in time to the heyday of the Peranakan and transform yourself into a Baba & Nyonya by renting your costumes here at the Heeren House! Ladies can dress in the hand-embroidered Kebaya top with batik sarong, while the guys can dress in a matching Batik top.

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The ladies can even get their 💁🏻hairs styled to match the Kebaya set (with an additional fee, of course). There are also cute little Kebaya sets for kids. The shop is located on Jonker Street, and there are plenty of Straits Eclectic shophouses which you can use as backdrops. Check out the vlog below to get the rough idea.

    Nyonya Kebaya Rental

    Image Credit: k_e_l_v_i_n_c

    In Japan and Korea, there are Kimono and Hanbok rental services; and in Malacca, we have Nyonya Kebaya rental. Travel back in time to the heyday of the Peranakan and transform yourself into a Baba & Nyonya by renting your costumes here at the Heeren House! Ladies can dress in the hand-embroidered Kebaya top with batik sarong, while the guys can dress in a matching Batik top.

    Image Credit: xinyee0808

    The ladies can even get their 💁🏻hairs styled to match the Kebaya set (with an additional fee, of course). There are also cute little Kebaya sets for kids. The shop is located on Jonker Street, and there are plenty of Straits Eclectic shophouses which you can use as backdrops. Check out the vlog below to get the rough idea.

      Enlightened Heart Buddhist Temple

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      The Enlightened Heart Buddhist Temple is a Tibetan Buddhist temple complex tucked away from the city and surrounded by limestone hills at Tambun. It is a perfect place to be at for people who are looking for a 🧘‍♂️serene and secluded place to clear their minds.

      Image Credit: j.f.f.y

      Since this temple is pretty much hidden away, you can easily have the whole place to yourself (except for during religious festivals, of course). The main attraction of this place is the 13-storied pagoda. Standing at 236 feet (72 metres), the pagoda also houses the Shakyamuni Buddha statue overlooking the Kinta Valley. Visitors are free to climb and walk around the pagoda.

      Admission Fee
      Free

      • 📞Phone: 012-590 3525
      • Hours: 9am – 2pm, 4pm – 5pm (daily)
      • 📍Address: Unnamed Rd, Taman Sri Tambun, 31400 Tambun, Perak

      Enlightened Heart Buddhist Temple

      Image Credit: thrumyiphone

      The Enlightened Heart Buddhist Temple is a Tibetan Buddhist temple complex tucked away from the city and surrounded by limestone hills at Tambun. It is a perfect place to be at for people who are looking for a 🧘‍♂️serene and secluded place to clear their minds.

      Image Credit: j.f.f.y

      Since this temple is pretty much hidden away, you can easily have the whole place to yourself (except for during religious festivals, of course). The main attraction of this place is the 13-storied pagoda. Standing at 236 feet (72 metres), the pagoda also houses the Shakyamuni Buddha statue overlooking the Kinta Valley. Visitors are free to climb and walk around the pagoda.

      Admission Fee
      Free

      • 📞Phone: 012-590 3525
      • Hours: 9am – 2pm, 4pm – 5pm (daily)
      • 📍Address: Unnamed Rd, Taman Sri Tambun, 31400 Tambun, Perak

      Malaysia Prison Museum

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      “Later police will catch you!” Pretty sure this is the phrase we often heard when we were kids. It is a phrase that our mother often used to threaten us when we were 😈naughty. Today, if you are naughty and break the law, you can end up in prison, and the Malaysia Prison Museum is here to remind you of that. This ex-prison provides you with a very educational experience, and you can easily spend up to 1 to 2 hours here.

      Image Credit: kennylew1012

      However, some of the information displayed here are NSFW (Not Safe For Work). There are graphic photos & videos of punishments, deaths and dismemberments, so it is best not to bring your young kids here. You will also get to see marks and traces left by the ex-prisoners in the form of drawings and writings on the wall. Overall, it is an 👀eye-opening experience where you get to take a peek into the life of a prisoner. You will automatically feel “insaf”(repent) after stepping out of the museum.

      Admission Fee
      Non-MyKad/MyKid Holder: RM 6.00 (Adults), RM 3.00 (Kids 7-12 years old)
      MyKad/MyKid Holder: RM 3.00 (Adults), RM 1.00 (Kids 7-12 years old)
      Kids aged 6 & below/Handicapped: Free

      Malaysia Prison Museum

      Image Credit: kennylew1012

      “Later police will catch you!” Pretty sure this is the phrase we often heard when we were kids. It is a phrase that our mother often used to threaten us when we were 😈naughty. Today, if you are naughty and break the law, you can end up in prison, and the Malaysia Prison Museum is here to remind you of that. This ex-prison provides you with a very educational experience, and you can easily spend up to 1 to 2 hours here.

      Image Credit: kennylew1012

      However, some of the information displayed here are NSFW (Not Safe For Work). There are graphic photos & videos of punishments, deaths and dismemberments, so it is best not to bring your young kids here. You will also get to see marks and traces left by the ex-prisoners in the form of drawings and writings on the wall. Overall, it is an 👀eye-opening experience where you get to take a peek into the life of a prisoner. You will automatically feel “insaf”(repent) after stepping out of the museum.

      Admission Fee
      Non-MyKad/MyKid Holder: RM 6.00 (Adults), RM 3.00 (Kids 7-12 years old)
      MyKad/MyKid Holder: RM 3.00 (Adults), RM 1.00 (Kids 7-12 years old)
      Kids aged 6 & below/Handicapped: Free

      Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village

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      The Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village looks like Guilin in Malaysia. It resembles one of the most popular cities in China that is well-known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst hills. Similarly, at the Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village, visitors can easily spot a lake surrounded by limestone hills.

      Image Credit: xccarmennx

      There are many things that you can do there. Some of them include riding on a trishaw (which is free by the way), making a wish at the wishing tree, visiting a vintage huts with old-school furniture, fortune reading and many more. This hidden gem definitely deserves more exposure!

      Admission Fee
      RM10 (7 years old & above)
      Free (6 years old & below)

      • 📞Phone: 05-312 4140 / 012-516 1556
      • Hours: 9.30am – 5.00pm (Sundays closed)
      • 📧E-mail: [email protected]
      • 📍Address: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5A, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

      Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village

      Image Credit: qingxinling.official

      The Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village looks like Guilin in Malaysia. It resembles one of the most popular cities in China that is well-known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst hills. Similarly, at the Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village, visitors can easily spot a lake surrounded by limestone hills.

      Image Credit: xccarmennx

      There are many things that you can do there. Some of them include riding on a trishaw (which is free by the way), making a wish at the wishing tree, visiting a vintage huts with old-school furniture, fortune reading and many more. This hidden gem definitely deserves more exposure!

      Admission Fee
      RM10 (7 years old & above)
      Free (6 years old & below)

      • 📞Phone: 05-312 4140 / 012-516 1556
      • Hours: 9.30am – 5.00pm (Sundays closed)
      • 📧E-mail: [email protected]
      • 📍Address: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5A, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

      Charcoal Factory @ Kuala Sepetang

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      Learn about the process of turning a mangrove bark into charcoal at Kuala Sepetang’s charcoal factory. Visitors can witness how mangrove tree barks are transported via narrow river, all the way to the factory. Then, visitors can enter the 🏭factory and watch how the tree barks are skinned and arranged in the kilns before being burned at a 🔥high temperature.

      Image Credit: Traworld

      There are also various types of souvenirs made of charcoal that you can purchase here, and these include soaps, steam water, decorative charcoals and many more.

      Admission Fee
      Free

      Guided Tour (optional): RM5, contact Mr Chuah to book in advance 012-573 9563.

      P.S: If you book a Kuala Sepetang tour with us, the guided tour is free!

      • 📞Phone: 012-428 6098
      • Hours: 10am – 5pm
      • 📧E-mail: [email protected]
      • 📍Address: Jalan Taiping - Kuala Sepetang, Kuala Sepetang, 34650 Kuala Sepetang, Perak

      Charcoal Factory @ Kuala Sepetang

      Image Credit: heartpatrick.com

      Learn about the process of turning a mangrove bark into charcoal at Kuala Sepetang’s charcoal factory. Visitors can witness how mangrove tree barks are transported via narrow river, all the way to the factory. Then, visitors can enter the 🏭factory and watch how the tree barks are skinned and arranged in the kilns before being burned at a 🔥high temperature.

      Image Credit: Traworld

      There are also various types of souvenirs made of charcoal that you can purchase here, and these include soaps, steam water, decorative charcoals and many more.

      Admission Fee
      Free

      Guided Tour (optional): RM5, contact Mr Chuah to book in advance 012-573 9563.

      P.S: If you book a Kuala Sepetang tour with us, the guided tour is free!

      • 📞Phone: 012-428 6098
      • Hours: 10am – 5pm
      • 📧E-mail: [email protected]
      • 📍Address: Jalan Taiping - Kuala Sepetang, Kuala Sepetang, 34650 Kuala Sepetang, Perak

      If you think that Malaysia is running out of interesting tourism attractions, think again. These 11 hidden gem places in Malaysia that even locals don’t know about are proof that there are still many places in Malaysia that are still waiting for us to explore.

      If you think that Malaysia is running out of interesting tourism attractions, think again. These 11 hidden gem places in Malaysia that even locals don’t know about are proof that there are still many places in Malaysia that are still waiting for us to explore.

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