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.
Melaka: This port city is rich with history from the Portuguese and Dutch rule. Take a trip to Porta De Santiago Fortress and visit the Stadthuys, and the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum. Or walk along Jonker Street where antique shops sell authentic relics and artifacts dating back 300 year ago. Visit the Maritime Museum featuring Portuguese ships or take a leisurely river cruise through downtown Melaka.
Johor: Johor Bahru is a bustling commercial hub known for its beaches and rainforests. Its landscape is characterized by rubber, coconut and palm oil plantations, and fishing villages. Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Endau Rompin National Park as it is home to a vast number of species of birds, mammals, frogs, insects and exotic varieties of orchids, herbs, medicinal plants and trees. Be sure to also visit Gunung Ledang National Park and go for the 5-6 hour hike up to the summit of Mount Ledang or just unwind and relax at Puteri Waterfalls.
Port Dickson: Visit the Cape Rachado Lighthouse to get a fantastic panoramic view of the coastline or learn more about the aircrafts and military vehicles used by the Malaysian army at the Army Museum. Be sure to also visit Fort Lukut, built in 1847 to control the trade of tin in the area at the time. You can also relax on the long stretch of beach at Port Dickson with its many water activities including water-skiing, canoeing, snorkeling and much more.
This National Monument was built to honor those who died during Malaysia’s struggle for freedom and independence. Built in 1966, this monument is one of the largest bronze statues in the world at 15.5 meters tall. Consisting of seven soldiers carrying the Malaysian flag, each one of them represents the seven qualities of leadership – command, unity, strength, wariness, suffering, courage and sacrifice.
Offering a rich insight to Malaysian history, this museum showcases traditional raised houses, ancient burial poles from the state of Sarawak and many more. The galleries feature Malaysia’s pre-history, the Malay Kingdoms, Colonial Era and Malaysia today.
This Portuguese fortress is one of the oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in Asia. In the 16th century, A Famosa housed the Portuguese administration, hospitals, five churches and four towers. This fortress was constructed during the colonial era as a stronghold to defend themselves against foreign invasion.
Also known as the Flora de Lamar, this museum houses a replica of a Portuguese ship which sank in the coast of Melaka while on its way to Portugal. Here visitors will get to learn about the maritime history of Melaka as it was a strategic location for traders from the east and west. The museum also has exhibits of articles such as porcelain, silk, textile and sunken treasures.
This national park surrounds Mount Ledang, one of the most difficult hikes in Malaysia. At 1,276 meters high, it is a 5-6 hour hike up to the summit. Or you can go for a short trek along stone pathways and steps to the Puteri Waterfall, a cascade of 60 meters high with pools further downstream.
This national park is home to a vast number of species of birds, mammals, frogs, insects and exotic varieties of orchids, herbs, medicinal plants and trees. Covering an area of approximately 80,000 hectares, the park encompasses the Endau and Rompin River and wildlife such as the leaf monkey, long-tail macaque, white-handed gibbon and tapir.
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