Tired of just looking at buildings and general sights ? Well, if you have a good camera, try exploring into snapping portraits of the inhabitants of each site.. in this case, I have taken the pix of those whom I have spoken to ... at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur. They are the ones who made the Street what is it today... Instead of looking at goods for sale, this might interest you.
In heart of Kuala Lumpur there are now plenty of cafes opened. You can just sit there and enjoy the coffee or do people watching.
This is a very European culture . It does not exist in Malaysia 10 years ago.
Now great coffees (with coffee arts) are easily available in Kuala Lumpur.
Coffee prices vary at each cafes it should not exceed 5 USD.
We took a 2 hour tour of a crocodile farm. The tour was interesting, and informative. They display crocodiles of various ages, and at the end, we withnessed a feeding session and a show. I recommend this side tour.
We took a small boat tour, arranged by our tour guide. It included the visit of a fish farm, and a swim on a secluded beach. We recommend it, as a half day excursion. We saw some bat caves along the way, as well as small baboons that even swam towards our boat.
If you want to take the train from KL Sentral, do note the Monorail does not directly connect to KL Sentral but the LRT does.
The KL - Butterworth train does not stop at the old railway station but the ETS to IPOH does!
An alternative is to take the ETS to IPOH (takes between 2hrs plus 15-30min, depending on the ticket type)/check out quaint IPOH Old Town and limestone hills and the best Chinese food, for a couple of days, and then take the train to Butterworth from IPOH.
If you have plenty of time, you could even stop en route at Taiping (a lovely small town with the best Zoo in MY, Lake Gardens, the oldest museum in MY (correct me if I'm wrong?) and an old British hill station which you can check out by jeep from the bottom of the hill!
If you want a day trip out of KL, do Colmar (for a faux French experience - it is pretty enough) or Kuala Gandah (for the elephants)! Or even Kuala Selangor for its fort, from where you can view the Straits of Malacca (and see the beautiful silver leaf monkeys hanging out on the trees)!
You can also take a look at Shah Alam for its blue mosque or go toe Port Kelang for sea food or Pulau Ketam or Carey Island (for the Mah Meri Orang Asli and their cultural centre, with a museum featuring their interesting wood carvings).
I did not include Malacca, as I would actually recommend at least a couple of days there, to get a real feel for it (both the UNESCO heritage site and the Portuguese Settlement - I have some pics of both on my Melaka page) and if you want, drive back via the beach road and stop at Shah's Beach Motel for lunch!
This (photo) is a Brochure for the Genting Highland Resort. If it is at all possible try this place out. It is a world unto itself!
You can come up the hill as a day trip from KL or stay a few days to pamper yourself. It definitely is something not to be missed while in Malaysia.
Genting Highland Resort has got to be the most elaborate resort I've ever seen. I couldn't list everything it had to offer, several restaurants, beautiful rooms, a lively casino and the Malaysian version of Disneyland below the hotel. Huge and Awesome! Disneyland and Las Vegas rolled into one.
BTW, I did not stay at this resort, but saw a few rooms from the corridor on my way to the casino, which looked bigger in person than in this photo.
Tioman Island is your typical little bounty island with white sandy beaches and clear blue water and it's a very popular diving spot.
It's also perfect for a beach holiday where you just want to chill out.
It's a small place so do not expect wild nightlife, but there are a few nice little beach bars where you can sit and have some cold drinks both during the day and at night.
The island has quite a bit of elevation, so you can take some nice hikes there too.
You have accomodation of all types there ranging from backpacker style places to fancy resorts.
Melaka is one of the most pleasant towns in Malaysia and has a lot of history to it.
the town has been ruled by both the portugese, the dutch and the british, aswell as the malays of course and you see remains from all the periods in Melaka today.
It is a UNESCO world heritage town and the old part of Melaka is really nice to wander around and many the old buildings have been restored and many more are undergoing restoration.
It's a favorite weekend spot for malaysians and singaporians, so hotels can fill up during the weekend, but during the week you normally have a good range of accomodation as there are many hotels and guest houses in Melaka.
It's only around 3 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, so it's a good place to go if you are in Kuala Lumpur for a longer period.
Langkawi is one of Malaysias prime beach destinations and also a taxfree place, so it's very popular with visitors.
The beaches there are also very good and the place has a good range of resorts aswell as cheaper places to stay.
Langkawi is also popular with shopping tourists because of it's taxfree status and you have a few big amlls there too.
The place is not that overdeveloped yet though if you compare to beach places in Thailand for instance and when i took a bicycle tour around the island i was suprised to see that there is still quite a lot of semi wild nature around.
Langkawi is located in the north west of Malaysia just before the thai border and most visitors get there by plane, but you can also take the ferry to Langkawi from a couple of malaysian port towns aswell as from Thailand.
Wherever you travel in Malaysia try the sensational selection of the street foods..
The foods are inexpensive and the choices are unlimited...One thing is for sure you wont go hungry here !! Whenever I am travelling I always seek out the street food as it is so varied , although sometimes the quality doesnt look good . Here in Malaysia I found the street food to be really good and the interaction with the sellers is also a bonus .I prefer it to the big takeaway chains fast foods..
The Thaipusam Festival is celebrated in the Batu Cave. Thaipusam Festival is a Hindu festival which is celebrated every January/February. They say that people during this occasion is when they commemorate Parvati, a Hindu Goddess who gave Murugan (a popular Hindu deity) a spear to conquer Soorapadam, the evil spirit.
Situated in Selangor, Malaysia; about 30-45mins the time it takes to travel from Kuala Lumpur.
at the entrance, you will see a big golden statue on the right side.
Prepare for the 272 steps to take to enter the cave, within the cave are Hindu Shrines.
Just be polite and mind your manners especially when there are prayers held inside.
It is recommended to have the visit early in the morning, as early as 7am, so you won't get caught in the traffic. Especially that a bus is necessary to travel in this place. You just have to take the Metrobus 11 near the Central Market, if you can't still locate it, you can ask the locals, they'll show you the direction where the Metrobus is. As far as I can remember the bus fare costs 2RM...? I think...???
I went on a three day jungle trek with a guide and three other hikers and had a wonderful experience much to the amazement of the guide and my fellow travellers who believed I wasn't up to it.
I soon had their respect and my knowledge of hiking in the heat and humidity which I often did in Australia.
I really enjoyed the experience and would recommend for those who are fit to go.You do need an experienced guide to take you.
These are very old pics.
Merdeka means independence. In this area, the Malayan flag was hoisted for the first time in August 31, 1957 upon gaining independence from the British rule. Here you can find, of course the 100 m. flag pole, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club, and the National History museum.
The National Monument is dedicated to war heroes of Malaysia. We went there en route to the National Museum, Parliament Building, Lake Gardens etc. We just took some pictures and left because of the smoldering heat from the midday sun.
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