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.
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This island – located close to the Malaysia border – is said to be one of the most unspoiled islands in Thailand. It was also the setting for the fifth season of the reality TV show Survivor. While not exactly undiscovered it’s quiet, clean, beautiful and protected – everything the main tourist islands are not. There are no major resorts, no beach parties just an ample supply of peace and gorgeous natural scenery. It’s protected national park status also ensures there is plenty of wildlife – as well being a nestling ground sites for turtles, Langurs, crab-eating macaques and wild pigs are common. Accommodation on the island is run by the National Park and guests can choose from either a tent or a fan-cooled bungalow.
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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.