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Places of Interest in Malaysia
Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur were once the world’s tallest buildings. The 88 storeys twin towers have a glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion. It also has an iconic sky bridge linking the 2 towers.
Kuala Lumpur’s main shopping district, Bukit Bintang has several malls, including Benaya Times Square, one of the largest malls in the world, it even has an indoor theme park. It is a one stop shopping experience, everything from luxury goods to electronics and even local souvenirs. The entertainment and nightlife scene is also one of the most popular in the country.
The Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur is the most popular Hindu Shrine outside of India. The Hindu art attracts thousands of worshippers during Thaipusam. The main attraction of the Batu Caves is a giant statue of a Hindu god, which visitors have to climb 272 steps to reach the Cathedral Cave. Monkeys roaming and playing around are a common sight.
Taman Negara, which means “national park” in Malay, is one of the oldest tropical rain forests in the world. It features massive trees, waterfalls, jungle treks of various duration and the world’s longest canopy walkways. Several trails enable the visitor to explore the forest without a guide. Taman Negara is a haven for endangered species such as the Asian elephant, tigers, leopards and rhinos, but numbers are low and sightings are very rare. It’s unlikely that you will see anything more than birds, small deer, lizards, snakes and perhaps a tapir.
Kek Lok Si Temple
As temples go, Kek Lok Si Temple at Penang is a relatively new temple, dating back only to 1891. Despite its youth, it is one of the most important Chinese Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. The Temple of Supreme Bliss, as it’s also known as, is an impressive sight, with countless images of Buddha another Buddhist icons and gods. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia and draws pilgrims from throughout Southeast Asia. The main highlight of the complex is the Temple of Rama IV with its 10,000 Buddha carvings.
Dredang Island is made for beach lovers, with its white sand beaches and crystal clear ocean water, making it popular with snorkelers – great snorkeling is the island’s main attraction. Scuba divers love it here, too. Though it’s one of the largest islands off the eastern Malay Peninsula, it’s small enough that visitors can get around on foot, either on roads or trekking through the jungle. Redang Island is one of nine islands in a marine nature reserve. Accommodations are mostly resort style.
Christ Church (Melaka)
Christ Church is a landmark in Melaka. Built by the Dutch in the mid-18th century, it is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia. Built in typical 18th century Dutch architectural style, the building is noted not only for its colorful façade but for its contents, too. Among them are a bell cast in 1698; tombstones, written in Portuguese that are incorporated into the church floor, and a brass Bible stand. It is now an Anglican church.
The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations, first developed by the British in the 1920s. It has a population of more than 34,000 people consisting of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups. The Cameron Highlands is renowned for its trails. They lead visitors through the forest to waterfalls and other tranquil spots. Apart from its jungle walks, the sanctuary is also known for its tea plantations and visitors can book several “tea factory” tours.
With a summit height at 4,095 meters (13,435 ft), Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Borneo. The mountain is known worldwide for its tremendous botanical and biological species biodiversity. Over 600 species of ferns, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species have been identified at Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding. The main peak of the mountain can be climbed easily by a person with a good physical condition, and requires no mountaineering equipment although climbers must be accompanied by guides at all times.
Malaysia’s best-known holiday destination, Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 65,000, the only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba. Fringed with long, white beaches and with an interior of jungle covered hills and craggy mountain peaks, it’s easy to see why this is Malaysia’s most heavily promoted tourist destination. The most popular beaches can be found on the west coast with a wide choice of restaurants and eateries and some of the best resorts in Langkawi.
What To Expect in Malaysia
- Malaysia is a beautiful country with diverse and unique culture. Malaysia has some of the world’s busiest cities but also the most beautiful tropical rainforests.
- Malaysia is a tropical country and that means great, sunny weather most of the year. We experience a short monsoon season, nothing more than rainy weather for a few months out of the year.
- The workforce here is multicultural. The many ethnicities are integrated into one unique culture, the Malaysian culture. English is widely spoken, although the national language is Bahasa Melayu.
- The food found here has been brought from all over the world by the different ethnic groups of the locals, these different cuisines have now become truly localised and enjoyed by everyone. Malaysia truly has it all.