Malaysia and its many flavors

31st May 2014
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A walk across the sky bridge
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Proboscis monkey
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Rock formation at Bako national park
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The iconic Batu caves temple
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Steps leading to Batu caves
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Look! Pygmy elephant!
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Fun rides galore
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Fun for the family
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World's longest tree canopy walk, Mulu nation
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Kinabalu national park
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One of the many lodges inside the park
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The gorgeous KL tower
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Cruising along the Langkawi islands
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Iconic Petronas twin towers
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beautiful corals
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Wreck diving, Redang Island
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Caves inside Mulu national park
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Sunway lagoon!
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Diving at Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park
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Every time I read about Malaysia or see a tourism programme on the country or watch it's many 'Malaysia, Truly Asia Campaigns', I am left mesmerized. Natural wonders, adventure delights, historical sites, stunning skyscrapers, grands malls and theme parks, exhaustive variety of flora and fauna - Malaysia has them all! It's like there are many Malaysias within Malaysia. While writing for the Malaysia Jao campaign, I virtually lived and experienced quite a bit of Malaysia. The history lover in me fell for the famous heritage sites there, while the natural lover me went nature trailing across the ancient rain-forests and caves, and when it came to pep up for some adrenaline rush, I had choices galore, thanks to the many adventure sites and activities that Malaysia boasts of. Malaysia is haven for adventure seekers like me. My love for nature trailing figured out top 5 places super alluring sites for nature lovers too! And now coming back to where I started from - thrill, adventure, adrenaline rush! Yes, this post is all about the amazing adventure activities that I want to indulge in once I travel there! Of course, the choices I have are exhaustive, but I have short-listed 5 of my favourite adventure activities that I would love to experience in Malaysia. There's so much more to Malaysia than giant skyscrapers and glitzy malls. National parks, mountains, caves and rainforests - Malaysia has them all.

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Petronas Twin Towers, the pride of Malaysia is iconic, to say the least! At 451.9m, Petronas Towers is the world's tallest twin structure. The sky bridge that links the two towers is also the world's highest two-storey bridge! It would be super thrilling to stand there and take in the view of glittering Kuala Lumpur city from the height! But there's a catch there! The tickets for the skybridge are limited to about 1000 visitors a day. Would not it be a befitting end to my Malaysia tour! Enjoying fine Malaysian cuisine while taking a bird's eye view of the city of Kuala Lumpur! KL Tower is the world's seventh tallest telecommunications tower and the highest viewpoint in Kuala Lumpur that is open to the public. The revolving restaurant here gives the diners a panoramic view of the city

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Genting Highlands is fun! There's to much to do there! One of the major tourist attraction in Malaysia, Genting Highlands is a hill resort with hotels, theme parks, a casino and a variety of other entertainment options! This resort offers entertainment for the whole family - fun rides, theme parks, dining options, souvenir shops et all. It's just an hour's drive for capital Kuala Lumpur, making it easier to travel and spend a day having fun there, if one is based out of Kuala Lumpur! One of the world' oldest rainforests, Taman Negara is estimated to be over 130 million years old. This one line of information about the place won me over! When in Malaysia, I want to explore this treasure-land overflowing with nature's bounties.

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The very popular Langkawi island! This exuberant hot-seat of Malaysian tourism would be the perfect place to wrap up my nature trailing Malaysian trip! Langkawi is part of an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, and has quite a few fascinating myths and legends associated with it - all revolving around the many clans that ruled the island in the days of yore. Declared a Global Geopark by UNESCO in 2007, Langkawi boasts of stunning natural beauty - pristine beaches, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, lush forests, limestones caves and a thriving underwater world! How exciting it would be to explore the mangrove forests here, or go on island hopping tour or go sky-walking across the 700m high Sky Bridge to take in the spectacular vista of the surrounding islands!

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A stunning tropical marine paradise! That's what the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park at Sabah is! Named after Malaysia's first Prime Minister, this marine park is a cluster of 5 islands and was gazetted as a national park in 1974. Since it's a national park, it's flora and fauna and marine eco-systems are protected by a government appointed authority. The Kinabatangan river is home to some of the most varied and easily accessible wildlife in south east Asia. The river, which is the longest in the Sabah region, is home to one of the world's most diverse ecosystems. The wildlife sanctuary here boasts of exotic species such as the Proboscis monekys, Sumatran rhinos and Bornean Pygmy elephants, and much more! Yes, I want to go down the Kinabatangan river and be a witness to all these and more! Sipandan Island is rated as one of the best diving sites in the world! Multi-coloured reef fishes, hammerhead sharks, sea turtles and bumphead parrotfish - they are all here. Sipadan island boasts of a truly magical and breath-taking underwater experience.

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Batu Caves! A popular tourist attraction in Selangor, about 15 kms noth of Kuala Lumpur, it is an iconic Hindu temple and shrine. The Caves comprise of a series of limestone caves and cave temples, that are said to be over 400 million years old. Besides the caves, a large statue of Hindu God, Lord Murugan, forms a part of this magnificent cave complex. The Sunway Lagoon in Selangor! This multi-award winning amusement park has five different theme parks at one destination! Wildlife Park, Extreme Park, Scream Park, Water Park and Amusement Park - oh I can spend a day park-hopping here! Or may be just laze around the world' largest man-made surf beach! Or may be I'll just frolic in the world largest wave pool here!

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Pristine secluded beaches, panoramic shoreline dotted with beautiful rocky formations, winding trekking trails and a wide variety of vegetation - Baku National Park boasts of these and more. However, this park's biggest attraction is a special monkey. Besides these long-nosed monkeys, the park is also a fascinating place for bird-watchers and wildlife fans - with over 150 species of birds and a host of other animals species! How can I miss the magnificent Mulu National Park! Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, this park is famous for its spectacular natural treasures - world's largest limestone cave system, rugged karst mountains, stunning limestone pinnacles, and an overwhelmingly diverse variety of flora and fauna.

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A candid confession here! I never knew adventure seekers could go wreck diving too! Yes, my idea of sea world adventure started with snorkelling and ended with cliff diving. Of course diving and coral reefs figured in the list too. But reading about Malaysia tourism, I landed on this crazy discovery - wreck diving! And adventure freaks can try this off Redang Island, Terranganu. Partly a marine park, this island has around 31 dive sites that include two World War historic shipwreck sites. Not just wrecks, but there are also beautiful coral gardens here. Oh, I want to see them all!

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