A lot of things get unwritten, but they remain in the mind for so long, if not forever. Many months after the trip, I would still say, Singapore was worth every single penny I spent, worth all the juggling, worth pulling our heavy trolleys around from one airport to another, worth the transit in Kuala Lumper both to and fro, and also waiting for long hours.
You will find plenty of unique shops, cafes and restaurants (unique apart from a branch of that nasty virulent golden arch chain) and there is big bargain department store (go here especially if you are in need of a new rucksack for the rain forest).
Colonial architecture and Georgetown are somewhat synonymous. And then there is food, an abundance of it. The narrow lanes and alleyways of this jumble of a city are as chaotic as they could possibly get. With a temple here, a skyscraper there and a plethora of hawkers everywhere, Georgetown is associated with madness, but the kind you can relish. The capital of the state of Penang definitely deserves more recognition as the idyllic destination for those struck by wanderlust.
Malacca is a historical place and it holds a great importance to it. Here you will find mostly museum and churches related to origin of Malaysia ,their culture and people. Also this city was important in terms for trading at that time.. You can enjoy the boat ride here to get a full view of the city. Night city looks more beautiful and charming. Please also try the tricycle ride in the city. Its a 1 day trip from KL takes approx 2 hours by Cab.Cab charged us 480 RM for a return trip ( We bargained from RM 600 to 480 ). There are buses which starts from KL central also they charge your around 100 RM ONE WAY. Also since Malaysia is in the tropical zone in summers it gets very hot there so don't forget to pack your hats and Umbrellas.
A wonderful place where we can laze around and go on wonderful hikes.
You can see the Putrajaya Masjid off the main road at the bank of a river. We were fortunate enough to go there in the evening (as in the video) and we witnessed a beautiful sunset! Right next to the Masjid is also a tiny bird petting zoo. They charge a nominal amount somewhere around RM20 to hold between 1-2 different birds. If you're lucky the bird may even kiss you!
We decided to make a spontaneous stop at Taiping between Tanah Rata and Penang. We took a bus to Ipoh and then to Taiping, a colonial city in northwestern Malaysia. While the people here were charming, there was not a great deal to do. There is a very nice lake garden, which is worth seeing. However, Taiping is not the reason we came here. We came here in search of Orangutans on the mysterious Palau Orang Utan. The island itself is quite a remarkable conservation effort of these magnificent creatures. They have minimal human interaction and roam free in their 5 acre designated area. As a visitor, you are in the cage to see them, separated by two fences in order not to disturb them. There is a nursery where young infants are looked after if there are complications at birth. Forced breeding is not encouraged and Orangutans have a very slow reproduction cycle, hence why every effort is made to safe newborns. If you have a soft spot for these animals or are unsure, this is a great place to visit.
Not too long ago, Johor Bahru was not exactly a "tourist" spot. It was a dusty, dirty town. But, it has changed quite drastically since then. Situated on Malaysia's border with Singapore, this little town has developed enough to attract the tourists and sustain their interest, albeit for a while. Johor Bahru is filled with amazing Hindu temples decorated with glass mosaics. The second-largest city in Malaysia, Johor Bahu has come a long way with opening up of various amusements parks and other commercial complexes.
Langkawi Kedah Malaysia
Where: MalaysiaWhat to do: Begin your journey in the beach haven of Langkawi by taking snorkelling or scuba diving lessons at the Pulau Payar Marine Park. Discover the much-loved Pantai Cenang, a popular beach amongst tourists. Trek to the highest mountain of Gunung Raya and get a panoramic view of the islands. Don't leave without digging into Malay-style curries and seafood preparations at the Siti Fatimah.
Kota Belud Sabah Malaysia
Aravilla Homestay. The best part about Kota Belud. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aravilla-HomestayTaungusi-Village-Homestay/221922024553295 Tiara and Raman are rays of sunshine in this world, and while this part of Malaysia might have been my least favorite place, my experience because of them was one of the best in my life.
When we generally hear Malaysia, what we think of is beaches, city life and food, etc but I never imagined how it’s like to be in the hilly areas of Malaysia. This was in August when I went to Malaysia for the first time for 5 days and stayed in Hotel Awana- Genting Highlands, which is a hill resort. With this word hills we always make a picture of small lane, risky driving, but beautiful and serene views, but this perspective changed in Malaysia.Hills there are so organized that they have proper two way lanes with a divider in between and proper security on the edges which minimalize the chances of danger. Also, they have planted beautiful trees both sides which actually gives you the goose bumps cuz it’s same all the way long for 25-30 kms.Luckily I got my room on 26th floor which gave me pretty scenic and serene views. I guess we people are made like that when we see hills, we tend to relax and I did the same. I did not even think of going to the city for 4 days. It was quite a pleasant weather there.As there is a shuttle service in Genting Highlands which runs between the skyway station to Grand resort, it covers almost everything like strawberry farms, casinos, etc. So it was pretty easy for me to commute to the local areas. It all felt like home, going to the strawberry farms or cable car, to the casino and coming back to the hotel. It was all just very easy as the local people were really very helpful. Interacted with a lot of local people and they sounded so happy and satisfied with their lives.While I was in Genting resort, I saw a little girl, she seemed very beautiful but I was hesitant to go up to her and tell her the same. But meanwhile, she came to me and told me that “You look really beautiful”. That time I realized we are all beautiful in our own way, what matters the most is how we see the world and express our feelings.I guess that’s the travel all about, knowing new people and their stories as we say you never know we learn something new after meeting a stranger.I am a proud Indian and I love to carry our National Flag with me when I travel. And when I hoisted the Flag in a foreign land, it just felt so united and proud.So this was my story of the HILLS of MALAYSIA. I hope to cover other parts of Malaysia soon and write about them too. Till then stay tuned and keep travelling.
Tumpat Kelantan Malaysia
Tumpat in Kelantan is famous for its Buddhist temples. In fact, there are 25 temples in the place and Wat Photivihanin kampung Jambu is said to be the famous among all of them. Simply because it houses the largest reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia measuring 40 meters in length and 9 meters in width. Since Tumpat is near the border of Thailand, you can obviously say that the temple itself in this area are typical examples of Thai Buddhist Temples. I haven’t been to a Buddhist temple before, that is why I make sure that it will be included in our itinerary. Its very visible upon entering the compound. Even if it doesn’t look colorful compare to other Buddhas and temples in the area, it still remains as the center of attraction because of its size.
We dedicated to visit Batu caves and nothing else as we had only 4 hours excluding the buffer time that we always plan. 3 natural caves formed from limestone and a Hindu temple built on the hill top which is the main cave. There is a huge Murugan, a statue of Hindu god standing at the foot hills. Get ready to climb about 300 stairs to reach the first cave. There will be monkeys on the way and they are used to humans. So, do not worry. At the bottom of the cave, there is a beautiful waterfall and plenty of colorful fish.
Gelugor Penang Malaysia
The food in George Town accompanied by the street art that is around this place is amazing. There is trishaw around town so you can hop on for a 2.5 hour ride at $40 around and the trishaw man would guide you through and bring you to different art pieces. However, I prefer walking through town and discovering every little piece the place has to offer. The food in George town is also amazing. The Penang Laksa is a must try, the sourness of the gravy is really good. I think the coconut Ice-cream is now a very popular food around Asia, the glutinous rice is so yummy I think I can eat another 3 of it.
Lurah Bilut Pahang Malaysia
The only resort in Malaysia, Genting Highlands is essentially about fun and frolic. Situated some 2000 metres above sea level, it is home to an elaborate indoor and outdoor theme park, a casino, several noisy food courts and as many as six hotels. The impenetrable rainforest below stands in stark contrast to this entertainment paradise. Genting will soon be home to the 20th Century Fox World which will automatically transform it into the USP of Malaysia tourism.