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.
Pahang: Kuantan is a vibrant city punctuated by lush greenery that give it a refreshing countryside atmosphere, Kuantan has much to offer. Go kite surfing at Balok Beach or visit the Sungai Lembing Museum to learn about the history of tin in the area. Take a river cruise through a 500-year-old mangrove forest along the Kuantan River or visit the old-fashioned fishing village of Beserah.
Terengganu: Kuala Terengganu is known for its fishing villages along the coast. Kite-flying is a favorite past time of the locals and competitions are held for their flying prowess and artistic design. Visit the floating Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque and Islamic Civilization Park on Pulau Wan Man. This unique theme park demonstrates the achievement of Islamic architecture and showcases many famous Islamic monuments.
Kelantan: Kota Bharu is the main gateway to Perhentian Island and its cottage industries produce silverware, textiles, kites and brass work. Visit Siti Khadijah Market to find a variety of fruits and vegetables or take a tour of the Old Royal Palace, the official residence of the Sultan of Kelantan during the 19th century. One of the unique must visit places in Kota Bharu is the Beijing Mosque with its temple-like architecture that incorporates Indian and Uzbek designs.
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.
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.
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.
One of the largest batik and handicrafts centers in Kuala Lumpur, Jadi Batek Gallery embodies the heart and soul of Malaysian culture and artistry. Bring home a piece of this cultural heritage with a souvenir or learn and showcase your creativity by taking a batik class.
Established in 1938 as King George V National Park, Taman Negara was renamed the National Park after Malaysia gained independence in 1957. This virgin rainforest is 130 million years old and is the perfect place for jungle trekking, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, camping and wild life viewing. One of the most popular ecotourism destinations in Malaysia, this park is home to the Asian elephant, tigers, leopards, rhinos and many more. Its flora and fauna include the luminescent fungi, orchids, two-toned ferns and the giant rafflesia.
Take the Kuantan river cruise through the picturesque landscape of this 500-year-old Mangrove Forest Reserve that spreads along the Kuantan River. The swamp, which covers an area of 340 hectares, is home to a fascinating variety of estuarine plants, birds and species of fish. Stop by a fishing village before exploring the mangrove forest using a 1,000 meter wooden walkway.
Located on a man-made island, this mosque is made out of steel and glass which gives it a crystal-like appearance. At night, the lights change the color of its domes and minarets to pink, green, yellow and blue.
Known as the biggest museum in Malaysia, its architecture is based on ancient Terengganu palace designs. Raised on concrete stilts above landscaped gardens and ponds, its nine galleries include textile, royal family, Islamic history, seafaring and trade, fisheries and marine life, petroleum, handicrafts and natural history.
Named after Prophet Muhammad’s wife, who is known for her entrepreneurial skills, this local wet market is mostly run by women. Here you can find a variety of fruits, vegetables, desserts and much more.
Also known as the Jubli Perak Sultan Ismail Petra Mosque, this temple-like structure features a green pagoda-style roof and tall minaret inscribed with the names of all 25 prophets.
Built in 1803, this is the first Burmese Buddhist Temple in Malaysia housing a pagoda and shrine hall. One of the shrines is Arahant Upagutta who has the power to overcome all obstacles and problems, fulfill wishes and exorcise evil. The temple grounds are renowned for its green and serene environment.
Built in 1845, Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram, also known as the Sleeping Buddha, is a Siamese Temple located at the heart of Georgetown. It is the largest Buddhist Temple in Penang and is built on a five-acre land donated by Queen Victoria to the Thai community in the area.
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.
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