MSS 2011 Day 3: Cultures Meets Nature @ Awana Longhouse & Pasar Ikan Bakar

9 10 2011

After having so much fun with abseiling, we were ushered to our accommodation. We were told that all of us will be staying at the Awana Longhouse which is reminiscent of a Sarawakian Traditional Longhouse. As Mr. Zul aptly said, “We don’t need to travel all the way to Sarawak to get a taste of staying in a longhouse.”

I must admit that after being pampered with 5 star resort treatment earlier, this is essentially a throwback to how it is like to stay in a jungle where accommodation facilities were stripped down right to the basics. There were no air-conds (not necessary a bad thing since it is cold at Awana Genting), no ceiling fans, no plush pillows nor thick bed mattresses and no tables or cupboards, attached bathrooms and toilets. Everything were intentionally scaled down to the bare essentials but the quaint part of it is that I find it really enjoyable to bunk up with 10 fellow bloggers in one large room and getting a good taste of spending the night closer to the nature.

As for dinner, it was a different story altogether. We were treated with a good selection of freshly grilled seafood, local delicacies, desserts and etc courtesy of Pasar Ikan Bakar which is just a stone throw away from the longhouse.

Pasar Ikan Bakar is far from being a market. Instead it is a cozy restaurant where guests can comfortably rest on Thai Triangle Pillows while enjoying their meal. I was really amazed with the elaborate set up and fantastic dining ambience.

Genting Awana was generous enough to even throw in a live band to keep us all entertained throughout the night.

Even our organiser, Amelia Tan was called on to the stage to given a rendition of a popular Malay song.

One of the specialty featured in Pasar Ikan Bakar is the Ikan Bakar Special. There are also other grilled seafood and meat to choose from.

Two thumbs up to Awana Genting for offering such great hospitality. Suffice to say, all of us had so much fun that night that we wish the night would never end.

Thankfully, we had another exciting event for the night called ‘Blind Trail’ where all bloggers were blind folded and had to rely on the sense of touch to guide themselves while walking towards the jungle by touching the rope along the path. I admit, it was rather terrifying to be blind folded. What caught me off guard was the surprise birthday cake waiting for me (it was my birthday) at the end of the trail as they sang the birthday song to me. Thanks bloggers!

Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort
KM 13, Genting Highlands
69000 Genting Highlands
Pahang Darul Makmur

Tel: 03 – 6101 3015
Fax: 03 – 6101 3535


Awana Longhouse

For reservation or enquiries, call 03 – 6436 9000 ext 7619 / 853018 / 53020 or click here for more information.

Pasar Ikan Bakar

Operating Hours:
5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

For bookings, please call 03 – 6101 3015 ext 53020 or 7605

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