166 Kms from Muar
SINGAPORE! - Sightseeng,,shopping,great culinary experience,astounding civic facilities and the factor of safety of roaming around the city at odd hours make this island so unmissable.I was here on a five day work and conference jaunt.Although there are many spots where you can go clicking, I focused on these five1. Jurong Bird Park2. Chinatown3. Little India4. Haji Lane5. Clarke Quay area ( focus on MCI Building)Jurong Park was on my unmistakable No. 1 on the list. With its dream landscaping and as 'natural' a setting as possible, a feast awaits photographers and birders here. I normally shy away from zoos and bird parks as you don't really feel valiant clicking birds behind cages. But in Jurong Park, except for Penguins (obvious reasons of climate) and large birds like vultures and eagles you don't find the rest of the inmates behind cages. Well, the fact is they are still enclosed with a net so high that you feel they are actually cavorting around in a forest.How to reach Jurong Bird Park: By MRT - Take the East-West (Green Line) train towards Joo Koon station. Get off at Boon Lay station. Through Exit C go over to Boon Lay Bus Intercahnge by crossing Jurong Point shopping arcade. Take Bus 194 that will drop you at the Park gates.Here is a photo tour
144 Kms from Muar
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.
138 Kms from Muar
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!
178 Kms from Muar
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.