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.
Cameron Highlands: At 1,524 meters above sea level, this refreshing retreat is a valley of tea plantations with terraced flower gardens and vegetable farms. If you are looking for more adventure, trek through the mossy forests or go mountain hiking. Unwind at the end of the day and sample the fresh strawberries or homemade jam with a steaming hot cup of tea.
Perak: The tin mining city of Ipoh in Perak is the gateway to Cameron Highlands. Its city center is characterized by colonial era Chinese shop houses and historical buildings from the British rule such as the Railway Station, Town Hall and Court House. Kellie’s Castle, Tempurung Cave, Kek Lok Si Temple, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Belum Forest Reserve are just a few of the must visit places while in Perak.
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.
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.
Visit the magnificent world-renowned Petronas twin towers and see the breathtaking vista of the city skyline on the 41st floor. This icon of modern Malaysia is the center piece of Kuala Lumpur city center, comprising the Kuala Lumpur Convention center, Suria KLCC mall and a beautiful landscape park.
At approximately three kilometers long, it is one of the largest limestone caves in peninsular Malaysia. Tempurung Cave has three large chambers, a multitude of stalactites and stalagmites, and five large domes with ceilings that resemble coconut shells.
Built by a Scotsman named William Kellie Smith for his beloved wife and children, the castle incorporates many elements of the Hindu religion due to his fascination of India. He enlisted 70 skilled Indian workers for the construction of the mansion, but most of them contracted the Spanish Flu and died in the early 1920s. To this day, the castle remains unfinished.
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.
Founded in 1884 by Charles Curtis, this botanic garden is also known as Waterfall Gardens. Numerous plant species can be found here such as the cannonball tree, black lily, and endemic slipper orchid. There is also much wildlife such as the dusky leaf monkeys, black giant squirrels and macaques.
Built in 1982-1985, the Penang Bridge is the second longest bridge in Malaysia and the longest bridge over water in Southeast Asia. Every year, more than 19,000 participants gather for the Penang Bridge International Marathon.
Your visit to Malaysia would not be complete without taking a trishaw ride around Georgetown to enjoy the city’s heritage at a much slower pace. These modern open-fronted, three-wheeled trishaws are pedal-powered instead of being pulled by runners.
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