> Does anyone have any tips on the best places to see wildlife
Sorry if I appear to be cynical but I'm afraid the best place would be the Zoo e.g Taiping Zoo, which I would highly recommend!
Like already mentioned, wild life in Malaysia would be difficult to spot in the wild except for monkeys and birds which can be spotted early morning even in forested urban areas. Others would be shy or nocturnal and difficult to spot.
For an overview of bird life, I would recommend the KL Bird Park, the largest open air aviary in the world, where you can spot the hornbill etc. For silver-leaf monkeys, head on to the fort at Kuala Selangor, where they come out to hang out on the huge rain trees! In Tioman you should be able to see fruit bats hanging down trees but that's about all.. May to Sept is turtle season in Cherating Beach when green turtles land to lay eggs at night - suggest you head to the Turtle Sanctuary there (just outside the Club Med entrance) to see whethe you can accompany the Malaysian Fisheries guys when they go to collect the eggs for incubation at the sanctuary..
If travelling from KL, you can take a bus to Tanah Rata (the main town of CH). I'm sure there are local buses from Tapah, too! You can take the ETS to Tapah and then a bus from there to CH!
But if you want a quieter, less developed hill station, check out Fraser's Hill (no tea plantations here though!), which has a 9 hole golf course built over what was once a tin mine! ;-)
Maxwell Hill (renamed Bukit Larut, in Malay) in Taiping, which is a lovely, very green town in the north part of Perak, with one of the oldest museums in Malaya, a nice Zoo and a beautiful Lake Gardens. You can also stay on the hill there but it is very small (I only took the jeep ride to the top for a reconnaissance trip).
When you think you smell gas, feel concerned and tell someone, you must believe them when they say it's only a truck load of DURIAN parked near or passing by.
This favorite fruit of my friends is something I had never smelled or even heard of before. It was summer, so I'm guessing that a few days after my arrival was harvest time because that is when I started smelling the gas. My friends bought on for us to share one night. It's big fruit, bigger than an American football and sort of oval shaped. The kids and adults gathered around as the man of the house cracked it open with a huge knife, like a machete. Inside it looked like a huge egg cooked over easy. Everyone took a share.
To my unsophisticated pallet, Durian tasted like bread dough soaked in vodka and had a suspiciously warm feel going down, like a shot of the latter. It wasn't bad, but felt a bit too slimy for my throat.
Actually there are notices in the Hotels warning that Durian is not allowed—because of the amazingly strong smell.
My favorite thing about Malaysia, besides the people, was a weekend I spent in the mountians. One of the best ways to cool off is to take a trip up the mountain! The country is lush, the air is refreshing and it is peaceful!
Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories, after feeling the coolness of the air, would be aquiring a few 'pet' birds at the Genting Highland View Resort. Soon after our arrival, I saw two birds fly out of the room as I entered. I put bread on the sill and waited. The birds returned several times a day while I was there. Their visit added, not only a closeness to nature, but also a sense of peacefulness in the hill station.
"Pedalling around the Peninsula" is a book written by malaysian girl Called Sandra Loh who cycled around the malaysian peninsula in 2009.
The book is a very good read for the bicycle traveller as it's fullof a lot of practical hints for anyone planning to go cycling around Malaysia, aswell as it's full of good travel stories from the road from a very sympaphetic girl touring her country by bicycle.
The book is written in a diary style way which makes it very practical if you like me is cycling around Malaysia and use her tips along the way for good places to stay the night without breaking the bank or where to get a good meal as she mentions the names of most of the places she stayes overnight on the tour.
I came across the book myself purely by chance while visitng a bookstore in Kuala Lumpur to buy maps for a bicycle trip around Malaysia and i am really happy i found it as it has proven very valuable aswell as very entertaining.
Will edit later to make it more general. 1. The transit hotels are outside the terminal buildings. You will arrive at KUL (KLIA)'s Satellite Terminal from YVR and will take the train to the main terminal for immigration and baggage collection/customs check, after which you will exit the Arrivals Hall. The distance you'll walk would be equivalent to walking from YVR's domestic arrival to international departure.
There are two transit hotels: the Pan Pacific at KLIA which you can walk across to or wait for their shuttle to pick you up. Or you can take a taxi to the LCCT (I don't know if the bus between the two airports operate after midnight) to check into Tune Hotel. The taxi will cost you about €10! Unless after midnight charges apply. Then it'll be fifty percent more!
At that time of night and after such a long haul flight, I wouldn't venture into KL. The Skybus might cost you €2 but taxi touts will be waiting for you at KL Sentral to fleece you if the taxi coupon counter upstairs is closed. Even then they'll be touting you downstairs, where the buses arrive!
Furthermore, you will have less than 14hrs in total, given the time you arrive at KL Sentral and the predeparture need to be at the LCCT at least two hrs earlier. FYI AirAsia can close its check in counter earlier than you expect! I know of a couple who arrived in time, in their opinion, and were refused boarding to Yangon and had to fly the next day! So, it's best not to be penny wise but pound foolish! ;)
There is a local isotonic drink called 100PLUS in case you need to rehydrate in this heat! ;-) It's something like Gatorade but less sweet!
Or you could buy Oral Rehydration Salts for like 50 sen (US$0.16) a packet, to add to your bottled water! :-)
BTW the old fashioned local culture was to carry umbrellas for shade while walking in the hot sun! ;-) Hats in this cliamted may be too humid for the hair.
It is good that you visit the VT sights as suggested and generally the VISA is given upon entry, but it might also depends on what passport you hold. I'm from USA and there was no fee for a VISA for me. Food prices dining out and food in general is fairly inexpensive. On average, you can get a good meal for five dollars. there are a lot of food stalls that has a lot of different foods from all over the Asian countries as Maylay people are a mix of people mainly from Asian countries. There are a lot of Chinese. India and Thai that bring there cusine to the country. Best to go to the food stall markets and try a variety of fares. local sight seeing depends on where or what cities you are in. GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, TEMPLES AND FARMS were the attractions i saw besides the beach. Border towns were the most active and I enjoyed a week stay out here. Good luck in your travels and thanks for the tips.
cheers tommy x
I also had the Avillon water chalets in mind, depending on what your interests are, but I must attest that the beach there is not the best in Port Dickson, nor does PD have the best beaches in MY (it is more a weekend getaway for KLites!).
I was going to recommend Pangkor Laut or the Pangkor Island Resort, depending on your budget - the former would be luxurious! The Berjaya Langkawi also has water chalets and is located on what I consider one of the best beaches in Langkawi, with the best sunset imho! ;-)
Then there's The Datai etc, if you want luxury.. For a more 'kampong' stay, I would recommend Foxhill (see my LGK page).
And then there are the East Coast islands and I'm told Tanjung Jara is nice!
It was the second week after Malaysia implemented it biometric fingerprinting system and all hell broke loose after we crossed the 2nd causeway at about 9.30am but the traffic came to a stand more than 2 kilometres away from Malaysia's Tanjong Kupang immigration office.
What would have normally taken one hour to clear took us more than five hours! All because the government chose to implement this system during the school holiday, and this is not the first time the government had made decisions that brought hardship to the general population.
When we finally arrived at the immigration office, even the police personnel were taking photos of the debacle!
In South East Asia, only Malaysia can lay claim to being truly Asia, in that three major races are represented. It has far fewer indigenous groups than Philippines thailand Vietnam or Indonesia but the three races are culturally independent and well developed.
Fondest memory: I will be in Malaysia in two weeks time.
Chinese food at Chinese Restos with Chinese friends ordering them for you
Hair Cut Pedicure at A Cut Above at Bangsar and a Facial at KLCC Guinot
Long hours with good friends
1) I think you need to be realistic with a one year old in tow :( FYI although the forest at FRIM is a secondary rainforest, it is STILL a rainforest - the difference between the two is that secondary rainforests, having been logged before, would have more undergrowth from the break in the forest canopy after tree felling sometime ago, while in primary rainforests, there is hardly any undergrowth since the forest canopy blocks sunlight reaching the forest floor.
2) The University of Malaya (UM) has a 'Rimba Ilmu' (Knowledge Forest) where you can find information on many of the species of rainforests/trees. I recall visitors are welcome. It also has a forest research centre in Gombak, Selangor (with a dipterocarp rainforest) but I believe this is not open to visitors, only UM students
3) The rainforest in CH is a mossy forest - I have been to the one in Genting Highlands - basically the forest floor is covered by moss, unlike lowland rainforests!
4) Anti-leech socks. If you cannot find them, you can spray your track/sports shoes with insecticides e.g. Ridsect or Bygone which you can buy in any KL supermarket. The leeches don't like them! Note: Insect repellants you use for yourself don't work!
5) Leech bites - if you get bitten, pls try to leave the leech on to have it's feed/fill and drop off by itself (I know this is hard to do! I can't!!). Leeches secrete and anticoagulatant while they feed - so, if you pull them off while feeding, the bite will continue to bleed for sometime/hours. You might also find the site itching later for a while/the next day.
Hope this helps.
Malaysia is a great place to live. We were looking for the perfect place to live for many years, Malaysia is the perfect place for us now.
If you like the hustle and bustle of a big city Kuala Lumpur will be your place, or move to nearby and less expensive Petaling Jaya or Shah Alam.
Ipoh, 2 hours north of KL is one of my farorites, the landscape with its hills and caves is terrific and the cost of living is low here.
If you want to escape the hot and humid climate and like tranquility consider the Cameron Highlands or even more quiet Fraser Hill.
Penang is an amazing island, advantage is the bridge to the mainland, but traffic in and around Georgetown can be kind of stress. Langkawi is more quiet and you have the advantage of tax free shopping, important when it comes to cars and alcohol.
The eastcoast offers unspoiled tropical beaches and Kuantan, Pahang is a nice place to stay, but property prices for foreigners are the highest in Malaysia.
The advantage to living on the west coast is the language, english is widely spoken. So you can take your time to get in touch with Bahasa Melayu the official language.
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Kuala Lumpur was founded in 1857 when Raja Abdullah, the chief of Klang, the royal capital of Selangor, opened up the Klang Valley for tin mines. Chinese prospectors opened three mines at the confluence of the Gambak and Klang rivers. (Kuala Lumpur is Malay for "Muddy Estuary"). As these mines prospered, they attracted traders and settlers who established a small trading center around the mines that they called Kuala Lumpur.
Rival Chinese gangs eventually took control of the area's mines. Therefore, the British colonial rulers appointed a Kapitan Cina (Chinese Leader) to administer the Chinese miners and laborers. The Kapitan Cinas eventually wielded much power in the growing town. One Kapitan Cina, Yap Ah Loy, developed Kuala Lumpur into a booming mining center. Kuala Lumpur eventually became the most important and influencial city in Selangor, and in 1880 it replaced Klang as the state capital.
During the 1890s, the growth of Kuala Lumpur continued, due especially to the construction of a railway linking it to other parts of the Malay Peninsula. In 1896, Kuala Lumpur became the capital of the newly created Federated Malay States. During this period, the city's population quickly expanded, attracting Chinese, Malays, and Indians.
The Asian Economic Boom of the early 1990s created considerable economic growth and an explosion of building projects and urban sprawl. Kuala Lumpur grew from a relatively small capital into a vibrant and cosmopolitan world city during that time. Nowadays, Kuala Lumpur is the most industrialized and economically fastest growing region in Malaysia. It is the nation's center of finance, real estate, media,and the arts. The city is also an important banking center of the Islamic world.
There are about 7,200,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area.
You are looking at our photograph on the right of Jalur Gemilang yacht moored at a harbour in Pulau Langkawi. The yacht is owned by Dato' Azhar Mansor who was the first Malaysian who sailed solo round the world in 1999. He sailed a total distance of approximately 22,000 nautical miles for his bravery to make it into Malaysian records book.
You may visit the following website to read about the achievement of Dato' Azhar Mansor and his yacht Jalur Gemilang and also other Malaysian records:- http://www.malaysiarecords.com.my
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