Malaysia presents a mix of past generations and the modern world. While the peninsula flaunts bustling cities, colonial architecture, misty tea plantations and chill-out islands, Malaysian Borneo hosts wild jungles of orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes, along with spectacular diving. It offers something enlivening for everyone.
Kuala Lumpur is Asia’s green capital, where monkeys scamper close to skyscrapers and the occasional boa constrictor slithers across six-lane traffic. Centered on a colonial inheritance of ordered landscaping and dominated by palm-lined freeways, K.L. offers room to breathe and to contemplate the meeting of cultures.
The best way to gain perspective on the busy and colourful Kuala Lumpur is through a visit to the Petronas Twin Towers, an iconic landmark that merits a visit for any first-time visitor to Kuala Lumpur. Built in 1998, the sleek structure stands at 88 storeys high and is joined by a double-decker Sky Bridge that offers an exhilarating view of KL city centre and beyond. Set at the foot of Petronas Twin Towers is Suria KLCC Shopping Mall, which hosts an array of international brands, cinema, two food courts, an art gallery, restaurants, concert hall, and the massive Aquaria KLCC. Just a short walk away is KLCC Park, an expansive man made park with a jogging track, walking paths, water fountains, and a wading pool for children.
Located about 10 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur is a 400 million-year old limestone hill (with a 100-year old temple incorporated within it), known as the Batu Caves and a must-do when exploring Kuala Lumpur. One of Malaysia’s most distinctive geographical features, the labyrinth of spooky caves found within the country’s limestone abutments are K.L.’s biggest blasts of nature, and whose awe-inspiring natural caverns are reachable by a cardiac stress test of 272 steps.
Penang is a turtle-shaped island off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and its long and colourful history has left its mark on the island in many ways; from the colonial mansions and intriguing temples of Georgetown to the island’s world famous cuisine. Penang also boasts mile after mile of sandy, casuarina-fringed beaches, a mountainous hinterland, some of Malaysia’s most stunning resorts and a vibrant shopping scene.
Known for its stunning beaches, you can’t go to Penang without spending time on the sandy shores and in the vast open seas of Batu Ferringhi Beach. Besides being a great place to relax, it also offers the opportunity to experience aquatic thrills such as Banana boating, jet-skiing and water-scouter riding.
Head to the UNESCO World Heritage core of Georgetown and bask in the old-time shops and the unique charms of Straits eclectic architecture. Then, indulge in Penang’s world famous culinary scene that includes a stimulating and exotic mix of delicious cuisine. Some of the must-try food are Char Kway Teow, Hokkien Mee, Satay, Asam Laksa, Cendol and Pasembur.
With an archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is a tropical paradise surrounded by white beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, bizarre rock formations and jungles with a wide variety of wildlife. As one of Malaysia’s best-known and most popular beach destinations, the massive island is home to historical attractions, excellent diving opportunities, an exciting nightlife and dirt-cheap shopping.
Explore Langkawi’s spectacular wetlands, limestone caves and secluded coves by boat, and discover a unique natural oasis teeming with wildlife. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Langkawi’s rich ecology and amid this nursery for reef creatures and marine birds, you might even glimpse elusive otters, dancing dolphins and sleeping bats.
Head to Mat Cincang Peak, one of the oldest rock formations in Southeast Asia. To experience it fully, take an exhilarating 2.2-kilometer (1.4-mile) aerial ride in a cable car over the forest canopy and up the mountain escarpment to the summit at 708 metres (2,323 feet). Observe the 550 million-year-old sandstone outcrops, waterfalls and verdant mountain flora below while marvelling at the breathtaking 360-degree view of Langkawi’s peaks, coastline and surrounding islands.
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By Travezl Team