Kuala Lumpur: This modern cosmopolitan city is a fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian heritage combined with the colonial legacy of the British and Moorish influence. The famous Petronas Twin Towers is a must visit while you are here as well as Merdeka Square, China Town, the National Museum, Handicraft Center, Malay Village and Batik Factory.
Penang: The historic city of Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1786 by Captain Francis of the British East India Company. Known for its beaches and old world charm, visit the Khoo Kongsi Chinese clan houses with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture. Taste some local delicacies such as asam laksa and pasembur at the various open air stalls and unwind at the famous Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
Built in 1996, the Kuala Lumpur Tower was officially launched by Malaysia’s 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Head to the observation deck at the top of this tower for a fantastic view of the city skyline at a height of 276 meters above ground level. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Atmosphere 360, a revolving restaurant with a selection of buffet meals and a la carte menu.
Located in Kampung Baru, this Malay agricultural settlement was formed by the British colonial officials in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Today, this village has ended up in the very center of this modern city, but locals have preserved their traditional way of life and still live in one or two-story wooden houses.
Showcasing the beauty and diversity of Malaysia’s local crafts, this handicraft center offers unique souvenirs, batik sarong, clothes, accessories, home decorations and furnishings. Aside from this, visit the Craft Museum to learn more about the heritage of the crafts throughout the ages, and the Craft Village to try creating your own masterpiece.
Established in 1961, this zoo covers an area of 34 acres and is the oldest zoo in Malaysia. It is home to more than 180 species of animals including tigers, lions, elephants, giraffes, hornbills, orang utans and hippos. Visitors can also opt for the night safari where they get to see animals that are only active at night.
Built in 1875, this temple is also known as the Temple of the Azure Cloud. It is the only temple of its kind as it is famous for a number of poisonous pit snakes living on the temple grounds. Snake Temple was built in memory of renowned Chinese monk Chor Soo Kong as it is said that he used to give shelter to snakes in the jungle.
One of the oldest colonial hill stations established by the British, Penang Hill is comprised of several hills including Strawberry Hill, Halliburton’s Hill, Flagstaff Hill, Government Hill, Tiger Hill and Western Hill. Discover carnivorous pitcher plants, tree ferns, cycads and oak trees, and be sure to get a panoramic view of Georgetown from the top.
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