It is very easy to misunderstand Kuala Lumpur as a mere concrete jungle. But once you set foot inside, you will find that the blessed forests and landscapes of Malaysia, have been retained with great care, discipline and love in the capital city. There are not many cities in Asia which have a rainforest at its heart, and urge people to take long hikes just as much as they spoil them with magnanimous shopping malls.
Less than four years ago, historic George Town's beautiful buildings were strangers to street art. Today, Ernest Zacharevic's murals have transformed the streets of the city and have inspired other artists to work their magic into the public space.
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.
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).
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.
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!
A wonderful place where we can laze around and go on wonderful hikes.
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.
Batu Feringghi Penang Malaysia
The long sandy northern beach in Batu Ferringhi is Penang's hub for watersports, although due to a rampant case of unlicensed vendors, the scene can be a bit of a gamble. But the beach makes for a spectacular vista for an old-fashioned sunset experience. Get here at around 4pm (bus 101 from George Town) for a quick dip and dry-off as you watch the sun go down. Sunsets on the island are long and drawn-out, perfect for a shoreside stroll under an orange sky. Stroll on to the night market at Batu Ferringhi, which gets going straight after sunset. The street-food vendors start serving soon after, right on time for dinner.3. Hike to the lighthouse in Penang National Park
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.
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.
Day 2: Visit the Batu caves- one of the most important Hindu religious sites outside India which boasts of the tallest statue of Lord Murugan in the world. You can either take an uber (14 RM-cheaper than taxi) or take the metro till the caves. The first cave is more of a religious site with a temple and several statues of Hindi gods and goddesses inside. The dark cave next to it houses several very rare species of flora and fauna and is one of the most studied cave systems in the world. They run a guided tour at frequent intervals for 45 RM and it is totally worth it. The guide speaks perfect English and has good knowledge of the cave history and its ecosystem. The cave formations were very striking and beautiful. At a point in the tour, she asked all of us to switch off our torch lights and then we realised it was pitch black! A very interesting tour for me especially as I learned that the cave is home to a guano (Bat poop) driven system.
Lurah Bilut Pahang Malaysia
The closest KL has to a Disneyland, only it also houses a casino!