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Book a cooking lesson with Rohani Jelani

Malay cuisine

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Learn how to cook some delicious Malay cuisine from one of the finest cooks in the world, Rohani Jelani. Travel to Sungai Penchala, just southwest of Kuala Lumpur, to become a true master chef in one most tasty countries in Southeast Asia. Freshly chopped lemongrass, garlic, and fiery chillies tossed with the freshest seafood and most colourful variety vegetables will make this an experience you should not soon forget.

Langkawi Island

Travel Langkawi Island

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Take one of the many ferries that head out to the island resort getaway on Langkawi Island. Rest under the palms on the clean white sand beaches., or explore colonies of underwater life via snorkel or scuba excursion. A huge market, offering some of the best deals Southeast Asia has to offer and a duty free state keeps herds of shoppers flocking to the popular island every year.

Appreciate the Islamic Tradition

Malaysia’s rich Islamic culture is full of beauty and reverence. Making up for over 60% of the Malay population there are many opportunities to explore and experience the Islamic way of life and the Muslim people. Taking a tour of one of the many Malaysian mosques throughout the country. Marvel at the glowing gold domes and listen to prayers at sunset at the State Mosque in Seremban, the Tranquerah Mosque in Malacca, or the new age An’nur Jamek Mosque in Labuan.

China Town in Kuala Lampur

China Town Kuala Lumpur

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Stop through Petaling Street, also known as China town, for a great market experience. An exciting market filled with bright lights, interesting goods, and cheap prices. Try authentic Malay street food and peruse the endless number of items up for sale. Enjoy the sites and smells of a dense marketplace… just don’t forget to haggle a bit.

Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur

Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur

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Looming over the skyline of Kuala Lumpur are two behemoth towers, becoming beautifully illuminated in the night. The Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world between 1998 to 2004, today, they remain the tallest twin towers in the world. Take a trip up to the skybridge or the observation deck to get an unbelievable view of the city.

Exploring the Batu Caves

 

Batu Caves Kuala LumpurVisit a system of caves and limestone hills just north of Kuala Lampur. The caves serve as an important Hindu shrine known throughout the world, and a meeting spot for true adventurers. The limestone hills create the perfect ledges and nooks for rock climbers seeking their next challenge and adrenaline rush. Just be sure you look out for the nesting birds, whether you are dangling from the rope or going for your next grab.

Exploring the Tribes

Take a trip to the Island of Borneo to the Malaysian controlled Sarawek area, to meet the Penan tribe. Protected through the years from loggers, this lush tropical is home to a relatively unknown group of hunters and gatherers who have maintained their ways despite the modern world closing in upon them.

Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park

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Head deep into the heart of Borneo to dive into heart of the rainforest to experience an adventure all your own. Visitors are able to explore one of the many caves deep underneath the the jungle or enjoy what the surface has to offer. Dense wooded areas, the sun nearly blocked by the thick and rich vegetation. Enjoy the beautiful orchids as lizards skitter under your feet and beautiful butterflies float gracefully through the air.

Climbing Mount Murud

Cross a narrow rope bridge over a raging jungle river, meet new creatures who are unique to the area, and view the lush green hills that seem to go on forever. Considered a holy mountain by the indigenous tribes of the area, Mount Murud ithe perfect way to explore the rainforests of Borneo and view the world atop one of Malaysia’s highest points.

Elephant Sanctuary

Malaysia is home to two species of elephants, the Asian elephant and the pypmy elephant of Borneo. Due to forest clearing, the elephant population is steadily declining. Visit the Kuala Ganah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang to enjoy these intelligent and friendly behemoths. Observer these animals in all their beauty, living in a natural habitat, safe from the dangers of the outside world.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

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Head out to the open seas when you take an excursion at the Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Meet a boat at the Jesselton Port in Kota Kinabalu to jump to one of the five islands that make up the park. Snorkel through a thick cloud of fish in the crystal clear waters, hike the rugged countryside, or catch some sun on one of the wonderful beaches. Skip around to see what each island has to offer.

Kuala Selangor Fireflies

Millions of brightly glowing insects hovering through the thick night air of a tropical paradise. The Firefly Park Resort in Kuala Selangor offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy this naturally illuminating wonder of the world. Float down the Selangor River as massive swarms of fireflies gather around the Berembang trees that grow from the bank. Enjoy the wonderful swarm blinking and the glowing of these magnificent little insects.

Take a Float down the Kiulu River

Take a ride down the swift flowing white waters of the Kiulu through this tropical utopia of Malaysia. Try an introductory float, or, if you are up to the challenge, try one of the many challenging rapids found in Perak and Pahang. Colourful fruit orchards, deeply carved cliffs, diverse wildlife, and native populated villages.

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

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Explore British Colonialism by taking a hike up Penang Hill, just 5 km outside of Georgetown. Breathtaking architecture and rich gardens make up the exclusive properties where only the most prestigious were allowed to live. Stop into the Kek Lok Si Temple to soak in a bit of reverent beauty. The cool mountain air may be relief from the heat of this heavy tropical atmosphere.

Understand European Influence

Relive history by visiting 16th century ruins leftover from the Portuguese influence. St. Paul’s Church in Melaka tells the story of of St. Francis Xavier who came to spread the message of Christ. A’ Fomosa, also in Melaka, served as a critical military stronghold for the Portuguese. As the Dutch and British moved in, the fortress slowly deteriorated, but the ruins are still provide an interesting glimpse in the past. These buildings have gone through many transformations, but today they are simply a great places to visit.

Discover the parks of Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy the flourishing gardens of Kuala Lumpur which can be found throughout the city. Take in the fragrance of the Hibiscus Garden, home to 2500 plants. Fields of these large, multi-coloured flowers are a tribute to the national flower of Malaysia. Head to Titiwangsa Lake to gain a view of the lake from 60 meters in the air aboard one of the world’s largest ferriswheels.

Wander Temple

Visit one the many temples filling the landscape of Malaysia that tell the diverse history of the nation. Stop through the Thai Wat Chayamangkalaram in Penang to see a massive reclining gold plated Buddha, one of the largest in the world. Travel to Melaka to Cheng Hoon Teng temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia. Praying to the goddess of seafarers, Tianhou, people from all over the countryside would flock to the 17th century temple to insure the safety of mariners that they so heavily relied upon.

Penang Beaches

Penang Beaches

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Come see the world class beaches of Penang. Batu Ferring a developed stretch of beach that is a popular place to participate in a handful of water sports. Feel the ocean mist on your face as you take full advantage of the para sailing, jet skiing, and sea kayaking that is available. Travel to Monkey Beach for the perfect place to have a laid back barbecue, with plenty of chilli sauce, and enjoy some fishing in the warm aquamarine waters.

Scoot Down the Gurney Drive

Take a stroll down the the scenic seafront of Georgetown. Enjoy the fresh ocean breeze, watch performers entertain with the traditional taiqi dance, and enjoy some street food that attracts locals from all over the city. Gurney Pllaza is a popular shopping centre that is packed full of the best names in fashion.

Tour of Government

Putrajaya Malaysia’s hub for government is a planned city 25 kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy the clean streets, elaborate landscaping, and classic architecture in this newly developed area. Take a walk upon one of the many bridges, when dark falls, walking under the light of the great structures is a great way to enjoy an evening.

Date posted: 10th February, 2014

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