Welcome to Malaysia
As of the 2010 census, the population of Malaysia was 28,334,135, making it the 43rd most populated country. The population of Malaysia consists of many ethnic groups. Malays make up 50.4 per cent of the population, while other bumiputra make up another 11 per cent. According to constitutional definition, Malays are Muslims who practice Malay customs and culture. They play a dominant role politically. Bumiputra status is also accorded to certain non-Malay indigenous peoples, including ethnic Thais, Khmers, Chams and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak. Non-Malay bumiputra make up more than half of Sarawak's population and over two thirds of Sabah's population. There also exist aboriginal groups in much smaller numbers on the peninsula, where they are collectively known as the Orang Asli. Laws over who gets bumiputra status vary between states.
minorities who lack bumiputra status make up a large amount of the
population. 23.7 per cent of the population are of Chinese descent,
while those of Indian descent comprise 7.1 per cent of the population.
The Chinese have historically been dominant in the business and commerce
community, and form a plurality of the population of Penang. Indians
began migrating to Malaysia in the early 19th century. The majority of
the Indian community are Tamils.
Economy of Malaysia :
has its origins in the Malay Kingdoms present in the area which, from
the 18th century, became subject to the British Empire. The first
British territories were known as the Straits Settlements, whose
establishment was followed by the Malay kingdoms becoming British
protectorates. The territories on Peninsular Malaysia were first unified
as the Malayan Union in 1946. Malaya was restructured as the Federation
of Malaya in 1948, and achieved independence on 31 August 1957. Malaya
united with Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore on 16 September 1963, with si
being added to give the new country the name Malaysia. However, less
than two years later in 1965, Singapore was expelled from the
federation. Since independence, Malaysia has had one of the best
economic records in Asia, with GDP growing an average 6.5% for almost 50
years. The economy has traditionally been fuelled by its natural
resources, but is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce
and medical tourism.
History of Malaysia :
modern human habitation in Malaysia dates back 40,000 years. The first
inhabitants are thought to be Negritos. Traders and settlers from India
and China arrived as early as the 1st century AD, establishing trading
ports and coastal towns in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Their presence
resulted in strong Indian and Chinese influence on the local cultures,
and the people of the Malay Peninsula adopted the religions of Hinduism
and Buddhism. Sanskrit inscriptions appear as early as the 4th or 5th
century. The Kingdom of Langkasuka arose around the 2nd century in the
northern area of the Malay Peninsula, lasting until about the 15th
century. Between the 7th and 13th centuries, much of the southern Malay
Peninsula was part of the maritime Srivijaya empire. After the fall of
Srivijaya, the Majapahit empire had influence over most of Peninsular
Malaysia and the Malay Archipelago. Islam began to spread among Malays
in the 14th century. In the early 15th century, Parameswara, a prince of
the former Srivijayan empire, founded the Malacca Sultanate, commonly
considered the first independent state in the peninsula. Malacca was an
important commercial centre during this time, attracting trade from
around the region. Parameswara became a Muslim, accelerating the spread
A Famosa fortress in Malacca was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century.
Malacca was conquered by Portugal, after which it was taken by the Dutch
in 1641. In 1786 the British Empire established a presence in Malaya,
when the Sultan of Kedah leased Penang to the British East India
Company. The British obtained the town of Singapore in 1819, and in 1824
took control of Malacca following the Anglo-Dutch Treaty. By 1826 the
British directly controlled Penang, Malacca, Singapore, and the island
of Labuan, which they established as the crown colony of the Straits
Settlements. By the 20th century, the states of Pahang, Selangor, Perak,
and Negeri Sembilan, known together as the Federated Malay States, had
British Residents appointed to advise the Malay rulers, to whom the
rulers were bound to defer by treaty.
remaining five states in the peninsula, known as the Unfederated Malay
States, while not directly under British rule, also accepted British
advisers around the turn of the 20th century. Development on the
Peninsula and Borneo were generally separate until the 19th century.
Under British rule the immigration of Chinese and Indians to serve as
labourers was encouraged. Sabah was governed as the crown colony of
British North Borneo after it was leased from the Sultanate of Sulu in
1878. In 1842, Sarawak was ceded by the Sultan of Brunei to James
Brooke, whose successors ruled as the White Rajahs over an independent
kingdom until 1946, when it became a British colony.
Second World War the Japanese army invaded and subsequently occupied
Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore for over three years. During this
time, ethnic tensions were raised and nationalism grew. Popular support
for independence increased after Malaya was reconquered by Allied
Forces. Post-war British plans to unite the administration of Malaya
under a single crown colony called the Malayan Union met with strong
opposition from the Malays, who opposed the weakening of the Malay
rulers and the granting of citizenship to the ethnic Chinese. The
Malayan Union, established in 1946 and consisting of all the British
possessions in the Malay Peninsula with the exception of Singapore, was
quickly dissolved and replaced by the Federation of Malaya, which
restored the autonomy of the rulers of the Malay states under British
protection. During this time, mostly Chinese rebels under the leadership
of the Malayan Communist Party launched guerrilla operations designed
to force the British out of Malaya. The Malayan Emergency lasted from
1948 to 1960, and involved a long anti-insurgency campaign by
Commonwealth troops in Malaya. After this a plan was put in place to
federate Malaya with the British crown colonies of Sabah, Sarawak, and
Singapore. The proposed date of federation was 31 August 1963, however,
the date was delayed until 16 September 1963 due to opposition from
Indonesia's Sukarno and the Sarawak United Peoples' Party.
Geography of Malaysia :
the 66th largest country by total land area, with a land area of
329,847 square kilometres 127,355 sq mi). It has land borders with
Thailand in West Malaysia, and Indonesia and Brunei in East Malaysia. It
is linked to Singapore by a narrow causeway, and also has maritime
boundaries with Vietnam and the Philippines. The land borders are
defined in large part by geological features such as the Perlis River,
the Golok River and the Pagalayan Canal, whilst some of the maritime
boundaries are the subject of ongoing contention. Brunei forms what is
almost an enclave in Malaysia, with the state of Sarawak dividing it
into two parts. Malaysia is the only country with territory on both the
Asian mainland and the Malay archipelago. Tanjung Piai, located in the
southern state of Johor, is the southernmost tip of continental Asia.]
The Strait of Malacca, lying between Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia, is
one of the most important thoroughfares in global commerce, carrying 40
per cent of the world's trade.
parts of Malaysia, separated from each other by the South China Sea,
share a largely similar landscape in that both Peninsular and East
Malaysia feature coastal plains rising to hills and mountains.
Peninsular Malaysia, containing 40 per cent of Malaysia's land area,
extends 740 kilometres 460 mi) from north to south, and its maximum
width is 322 kilometres 200 mi). It is divided between its east and west
coasts by the Titiwangsa Mountains, part of a series of mountain ranges
running down the centre of the peninsula. These mountains are
heavily forested, and mainly composed of granite and other igneous
rocks. Much of it has been eroded, creating a karst landscape. The range
is the origin of some of Peninsular Malaysia's river systems. The
coastal plains surrounding the peninsula reach a maximum width of 50
kilometres 31 mi), and the peninsula's coastline is nearly 1,931
kilometres 1,200 mi) long, although harbours are only available on the
a megadiverse country with a high number of species and high levels of
endemism. It is estimated to contain 20 per cent of the world's animal
species. High levels of endemism are found on the diverse forests of
Borneo's mountains, as species are isolated from each other by lowland
forest. There are about 210 mammal species in the country. Over 620
species of birds have been recorded in Peninsular Malaysia, with many
endemic to the mountains there. A high number of endemic bird species
are also found in Malaysian Borneo. 250 reptile species have been
recorded in the country, with about 150 species of snakes and 80 species
of lizards. There are about 150 species of frogs, and thousands of
insect species. Malaysia's exclusive economic zone is 1.5 times larger
than its land area, and some of its waters are in the Coral Triangle, a
biodiversity hotspot. The waters around Sipadan island are the most
biodiverse in the world. Bordering East Malaysia, the Sulu Sea is a
biodiversity hotspot, with around 600 coral species and 1200 fish
Some species of Rafflesia can grow up to 1 metre 3 ft) in diameter, making them the largest flowers in the world.
Malaysian constitution guarantees freedom of religion while making Islam
the state religion. According to the Population and Housing Census 2010
figures, ethnicity and religious beliefs correlate highly.
Approximately 61.3% of the population are practicing Islam. 19.8%
practice Buddhism; 9.2% Christianity; 6.3% Hinduism; and 1.3% practice
Confucianism, Taoism and other traditional Chinese religions. 0.7%
declared no religion and the remaining 1.4% practised other religions or
did not provide any information.
Malays are considered Muslim by law of the Constitution. Statistics from
the 2010 Census indicate that 83.6% of the Chinese population identify
as Buddhist, with significant numbers of adherents following Taoism
3.4%) and Christianity 11.1%), along with small Hui-Muslim populations
in areas like Penang. The majority of the Indian population follow
Hinduism 86.2%), with a significant minority identifying as Christians
6.0%) or Muslims 4.1%). Christianity is the predominant religion of the
non-Malay bumiputra community 46.5%) with an additional 40.4%
identifying as Muslims.
obliged to follow the decisions of Syariah courts in matters concerning
their religion. The Islamic judges are expected to follow the Shafi`i
legal school of Islam, which is the main madh'hab of Malaysia. The
jurisdiction of Shariah courts is limited to Muslims in matters such as
marriage, inheritance, divorce, apostasy, religious conversion, and
custody among others. No other criminal or civil offences are under the
jurisdiction of the Shariah courts, which have a similar hierarchy to
the Civil Courts. Despite being the supreme courts of the land, the
Civil Courts do not hear matters related to Islamic practices.
official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia, a standardised form of
the Malay language. Historically English was the de facto
administrative language, with Malay becoming predominant after the 1969
race riots. English remains an active second language, and serves as the
medium of instruction for maths and sciences in all public schools.
Malaysian English, also known as Malaysian Standard English, is a form
of English derived from British English. Malaysian English is widely
used in business, along with Manglish, which is a colloquial form of
English with heavy Malay, Chinese, and Tamil influences. The government
discourages the misuse of Malay and has instituted fines for public
signs that mix Malay and English.
languages are used in Malaysia, which contains speakers of 137 living
languages. Peninsular Malaysia contains speakers of 41 of these
languages. The native tribes of East Malaysia have their own languages
which are related to, but easily distinguishable from, Malay. Iban is
the main tribal language in Sarawak while Dusunic languages are spoken
by the natives in Sabah. Chinese Malaysians predominately speak Chinese
dialects from the southern provinces of China. The more common dialects
in the country are Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainanese, and
Fuzhou. Tamil is used predominantly by Tamils, who form a majority of
Malaysian Indians. Other south Asian languages are also widely spoken in
Malaysia, as well as Thai A small number of Malaysians have
Caucasian ancestry and speak creole languages, such as the Portuguese
based Malaccan Creoles, and the Spanish based Chavacano language.
Char Kuey Teow made by frying flat noodles with fish cakes, cockles and bean sprouts is a popular dish in Malaysia.
has a multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society. The
original culture of the area stemmed from indigenous tribes that
inhabited it, along with the Malays who later moved there. Substantial
influence exists from Chinese and Indian culture, dating back to when
foreign trade began. Other cultural influences include the Persian,
Arabic, and British cultures. Due to the structure of the government,
coupled with the social contract theory, there has been minimal cultural
assimilation of ethnic minorities.
Malaysian art was mainly centred around the areas of carving, weaving,
and silversmithing. Traditional art ranges from handwoven baskets from
rural areas to the silverwork of the Malay courts. Common artworks
included ornamental kris, beetle nut sets, and woven batik and songket
fabrics. Indigenous East Malaysians are known for their wooden
masks. Each ethnic group have distinct performing arts, with little
overlap between them. However, Malay art does show some North Indian
influence due to the historical influence of India.
Malay music and performing arts appear to have originated in the
Kelantan-Pattani region with influences from India, China, Thailand and
Indonesia. The music is based around percussion instruments, the most
important of which is the gendang drum). There are at least 14 types of
traditional drums. Drums and other traditional percussion instruments
and are often made from natural materials. Music is traditionally used
for storytelling, celebrating life-cycle events, and occasions such as a
harvest. It was once used as a form of long-distance communication. In
East Malaysia, gong-based musical ensembles such as agung and kulintang
are commonly used in ceremonies such as funerals and weddings. These
ensembles are also common in neighbouring regions such as in the
southern Philippines, Kalimantan in Indonesia, and Brunei.
has a strong oral tradition that has existed since before the arrival of
writing, and continues today. Each of the Malay Sultanates created
their own literary tradition, influenced by pre-existing oral stories
and by the stories that came with Islam. The first Malay literature was
in the Arabic script. The earliest known Malay writing is on the
Terengganu stone, made in 1303. Chinese and Indian literature became
common as the numbers of speakers increased in Malaysia, and locally
produced works based in languages from those areas began to be produced
in the 19th century. English has also become a common literary language.
In 1971, the government took the step of defining the literature of
different languages. Literature written in Malay was called "the
national literature of Malaysia", literature in other bumiputra
languages was called "regional literature", while literature in other
languages was called "sectional literature".Malay poetry is highly
developed, and uses many forms. The Hikayat form is popular, and the
pantun has spread from Malay to other languages.
cuisine reflects the multi-ethnic makeup of its population. Many
cultures from within the country and from surrounding regions have
greatly influenced the cuisine. Much of the influence comes from the
Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Javanese, and Sumatran cultures, largely
due to the country being part of the ancient spice route. The cuisine is
very similar to that of Singapore and Brunei, and also bears
resemblance to Filipino cuisine. The different states have varied
dishes, and often the food in Malaysia is different from the original
food not found in its original culture is assimilated into another; for
example, Chinese restaurants in Malaysia often serve Malay dishes. Food
from one culture is sometimes also cooked using styles taken from
another culture, This means that although much of Malaysian food can be
traced back to a certain culture, they have their own identity. Rice is
popular in many dishes. Chili is commonly found in local cuisine,
although this does not necessarily make them spicy.
cuisine covers a wide, unique spectrum, thanks to the melting pot of
cultures that make up its population. Malays, Thais, Chinese, Indians
and a host of other ethnic groups from near and far have brought their
specialities to the table, and the result is a country that is a
food has evolved over the centuries, influenced by the people passing
through or settling there, and has been adapted over time to create
exotic new flavours. Curry powder, spices, mint, tamarind, fish stock,
coconut milk, peanut sauce and other local ingredients give the dishes
their unique Malaysian taste. Each state in Malaysia has something
different to offer and, with the assortment of exotic fruits and
vegetables available all year round, the menu is simply never-ending.
Lumpur, you can indulge your taste for any cuisine from any part of the
globe, all of which is mouth-wateringly delicious. Savour the fusion
cuisine created by talented chefs in designer restaurants, or sample an
endless variety of street food, served up steaming and entirely
One of the
restaurants you must visit here is the Bijan Restaurant in Jalan Ceylon.
Here, Malay food is served in a swanky, intimate ambience. The menu
blends traditional recipes with fresh innovations, offering a variety
that spans forgotten favourites as well as intriguing new textures,
along with a flavour-enhancing wine list. Recommended dishes include
Masak Lemak Ikan, Ikan Panggang, Rendang Daging, Durian Cheesecake and
homemade ice cream in local flavours.
real taste of home, there are some good Indian restaurants you can check
out. Try Bangles Indian Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur’s oldest North Indian
eatery. Comfortable interiors with Indian motifs all around make the
ideal setting for a feast on Fish Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken and all
also the plush Bombay Palace Indian Restaurant, which serves authentic
North Indian fare. Go there for lunch or dinner, and tuck into the
Tandoori and Leg of Lamb.. Or pop into d’Tandoor Indian Restaurant where
you’ll feel at home amidst the cozy traditional Indian décor. The menu
is expansive, but the hot specialities are Nawratan Khurma and Prawn
Masala. Prices are reasonable; reservations are recommended.
must-visit is the Pelita Nasi Kandar – the largest and most famous Nasi
Kandar restaurant chain in Malaysia. Nasi is Malay for rice and Kandar
means yoke, and this Indian-Muslim dish traces its origins to colonial
Malaysia, where a lone hawker would go from house to house, bearing
baskets of rice and aromatic meat and vegetable curries on a yoke across
his shoulders. Today, Pelita Nasi Kandar continues to follow those
age-old recipes to serve up the most appetizing dishes.
Jaya, Selangor, you can find all sorts of Asian and Western restaurants
– Indian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Hong Kong,
Italian, Halal and more. Head for the Indian-influenced Mamak
restaurants, where you can indulge in Roti Canai, Murtabak, Nasi
Biryani, even Tandoori Chicken, while watching soccer matches. Good
places to dine at include Damai Plaza, Jalan Gaya and Sri Selera Food
Court. Don’t miss out on the seafood in Borneo Island too.
restaurants and street stalls in Sabah serve up some lip-smacking local
dishes. The ones you must try include TuaranMee – a dish of stir-fried
vegetables, garnished with roast chicken and eggs; Ambuyat or Nantung – a
gluey porridge of sago, tapioca or rice, twisted around a chopstick and
served with a sauce; Hinava – a salad of raw fish or prawns whose
unique flavour comes from bambangan, the grated seeds of a local wild
mango; Tuhau – a fresh salad made from a ginger-like plant; Kelupis –
glutinous rice wrapped in a fragrant ‘daun nyirik’ leaf cooked in
Sarawak, it’s time to experiment a little with the exotic fare available
here. You should try the Sarawak Laska – noodles served with tangy,
aromatic soup; Mee Kolok - handmade noodles tossed with meats in oil and
vinegar; Manok Pansoh – a chicken and ginger dish cooked in a bamboo
log; Bird’s Nest Soup – the highly prized Chinese delicacy which is said
to have medicinal properties, available at upmarket restaurants.
Chinese mixed with local flavours is so good that people drive in from
distant places to enjoy the delicacies. Order the Bean Sprouts Chicken -
chicken meat, chicken innards and bean sprouts boiled and served with
soy sauce and sesame oil, which you can savour at Onn Kee and Lou Wong
Restaurants, located at the junction of Yau Tet Shin Street and Osbourne
Street. Try the Salted Chicken or Yim Kok Kai – whole chickens wrapped
in ‘oil paper’ and baked in large woks filled with heated salt – at Aun
Kheng Lim Restaurant on Theatre Street. The white coffee of Ipoh is
legendary, and is a must-have with condensed milk at coffee shops like
Nam Heong Restaurant, located opposite the Kinta Heights flats in Ipoh's
home to delicious Baba Nyonya food, which is usually served in quaint
cafes and traditional shophouses, as well as Portuguese-Eurasian
cuisine. Seafood is popular, and you might risk the fiery "devil
curries". The favourites here are Satay Celup – skewered seafood cooked
in peanut sauce, Cinacaluk – fermented shrimp relish, Lemang – glutinous
rice cooked in bamboo, sold on the side of the road to Telok Mas, Ikan
Bakar – fresh caught grilled fish and crustaceans which you’ll find at
Umbai, Pernu or Serkam, Kuih Udang – a popular tea time dish available
at Alor Gajah Town, and Jalan Alor – stingray and grilled chicken wings.
Jonker Street serves up some of the best cuisines in town; the most
popular eateries are the Geographer Café and Jonker Dessert, known for
its delicious Baba Nyonya delicacies.
seafood in a cool, breezy ambience, head for Medan Ikan Bakar Muara
Sungai Duyung. The palate-pleasers here include the Otak-Otak, Grilled
Fish, succulent prawns and Sambal Calamari which gives you the real,
unadulterated taste of squid.
Café 1511, located in the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum. This
high-ceilinged Peranakan café with South-East Asian décor offers some
delectable Nyonya fare. Make it a point to try the Nyonya Laksa,
Otak-Otak and Pai Tee. Authentic Nyonya specialities can also be enjoyed
at Ole Sayang, situated at 198 Jalan Taman Melaka Raya. And if you
want a taste of first-rate home-cooked traditional Peranakan cuisine
that’s inexpensive too, Banyonya at 164 Taman Melaka Raya is the place
to visit, especially for its Durian Cendol.
where the hawker stalls rule; you can sit at small tables and stuff
yourself on cheap and tasty fare. The must-try here is a dish of fried
flat noodles cooked with the choicest vegetables and poultry. Kelantan
serves exotic Malay food, rich in flavour and colour. Foodies would also
find some delightful fare at the Night Markets in Kota Kinabalu and
Pasar Malam, and at Madam Kwan Restaurant on Jalan Petalang Street,
must-visit eateries are Kek Seng Café and FuLong Kang Coffer Shop, for
these are the winners in a Penang state-sponsored hawker's food
competition. At Kek Seng Café on Penang Road, you can savour Assam Laksa
– a sour and hot noodle soup. It is a scrumptious blend of fish broth
with fresh-from-Assam fruits, spices, rice noodles, shredded fish,
pineapple, cucumber and lots more. A spoonful of black shrimp paste
makes this dish smell and taste like heaven. Open from 11 am to 4.30 pm.
tastebuds a surprise with Koay Teow at FuLong Kang Coffee Shop on China
Street. This popular hawker delicacy is a fried concoction of Koay Teow
rice fettuccine), chilli paste, bean sprouts, shrimps, cockles, Chinese
dried sausages, chives, grated garlic and pork fat. Presented steaming
hot on a banana leaf, its fragrance is sure to have your mouth watering.
authentic, tantalizing Nasi Kandar fare, you must stop over at Line
Clear Nasi Kandar. One of the oldest Nasi Kandar outlets in Penang, it
is located at the Chulia Street Lebuh Chulia) and Penang Road Jalan
Penang) junction. The aromatic steamed rice is served with a variety of
curries and side dishes like fried chicken, cubed meat, fish roe, fried
prawns or fried squid, brinjal, okra "bendi") or bitter gourd, and a
whole heap of curry sauces.
to sample the foods Malaysians themselves eat rather regularly. The day
starts with Nasi Lemak, a dish of rice cooked in coconut milk served
with a sambal a spicy condiment), peanuts and vegetables, or Chinese Dim
Sums. For your main courses, try the Satay - skewered and barbequed
meat, usually mutton or chicken. Roti Canai is a flat pancake-like bread
served with dhal sauce or spicy curry. You could go for the Ais Kacang,
a cocktail of red beans, fruits, nuts and condiments covered in shaved
ice, syrup and coconut milk. Then there's the Teh Tarik - stretched tea -
thick hot and frothy tea with milk. Laksa can be found everywhere, and
this spicy noodle dish comes in an amazing number of varieties - Curry
Laksa, Laksa Johor, Sarawak Laksa, Assam Laksa, Penang Laksa, Nyonya
Laksa, a Kelantanese version called Laksam, Laksa Kuala Kedah and more.
Some of the
other must-try, authentic Malaysian dishes are Indian Fish Egg Curry,
Ayam Percik grilled chicken with spicy sauce), Tamarind Fish, Sambal
Udang spicy prawns), Ayam Masak Merah red-cooked chicken), Ikan Bakar
grilled fish), Sup Kambing mutton soup) and Sayur Lodeh coconut
non-vegetarian Malaysian dishes have their equivalents in vegetarian
form, and the non-vegetarian ingredients are cleverly substituted with
items prepared from flour, rice, legumes, soya and vegetables. In most
Malaysian towns, you’ll find Indian and Chinese vegetarian restaurants,
which serve up tantalizing vegetarian dishes. Worth sampling are the
Vegetarian Cantonese Kueyteow, Spicy Grilled Tofu, Vegetarian Fried Mee
and Gado-Gado Salad. Vegetarian menus are also available in many of the
other eateries, including Thai and Italian restaurants, and in most
major hotels and clubhouses.
you will never go hungry, as there are plenty of options for every
taste and preference. When trying to decide on which stall or restaurant
to visit, observe and see which is the most popular, especially among
the locals. That one is usually the best.
One of the
most endearing traditions in Malaysia is when the various communities
partake of communal meals and share their food, especially during the
festivals. The people come together to savour each other’s specialities
and bond even closer over the common dining table.
To truly experience the feast that is Malaysia, make sure you take time off to indulge in its spread of delectable cuisines.
sports in Malaysia include soccer, badminton, field hockey, bowls,
tennis, squash, martial arts, horse riding, sailing, and skate boarding.
Badminton matches attract thousands of spectators, and since 1948
Malaysia has been one of three countries to hold the Thomas Cup. The
Malaysian Lawn Bowls Federation was registered in 1997. Squash was
brought to the country by members of the British army, with the first
competition being held in 1939. The Squash Racquets Association of
Malaysia was created on 25 June 1972. Malaysia has proposed a Southeast
Asian football league. The men's national field hockey team ranked 15th
in the world as of August 2010. The 3rd Hockey World Cup was hosted at
Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the 10th cup. The country
also has its own Formula One track–the Sepang International Circuit. It
runs for 310.408 kilometres 192.88 mi), and held its first Grand Prix in
Federation of Malaya Olympic Council was formed in 1953, and received
recognition by the IOC in 1954. It first participated in the 1956
Melbourne Olympic Games. The council was renamed the Olympic Council of
Malaysia in 1964, and has participated in all but one Olympic games
since its inception. The largest number of athletes ever sent to the
Olympics was 57 to the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Malaysian
athletes have won a total of four Olympic medals, all of which are in
badminton. The country has competed at the Commonwealth Games since 1950
as Malaya, and 1966 as Malaysia, and the games were hosted in Kuala
Lumpur in 1998.
the Malaysia of yesteryears; on a journey that will amaze you with the
country’s cultural wealth, architectural splendour, historic
landmarksand much more.Take time off after enjoying Malaysia’s unending
excitement and entertainment – your family and you will surely be
enriched.Malacca, Penang and Kuala Lumpur have the most popular
historical sites, which take you on time-machine tour of the country’s
spell-binding history over the centuries. Here are some of the
must-visit heritage sites:
Fort:This fortress, builtby Portuguese Admiral Alfonso d'Albuquerque in
1511, was badly damaged during the Dutch invasion in 1641.British
statesmanSir Stamford Rafflesintervened in time in 1808, to save the
remnants of the A’Famosa Fort, so that some of its splendour can still
be seen today.
Church: Built in 1521 by Duarte Coelho, a Catholic Portuguese captain,
it was the burial ground for St. Francis Xavier in 1553, before his body
was transferred to Goa, India. Its hilltop location offers a
breath-taking panoramic view of Malacca.
Xavier's Church: In 1849, a Catholic French priest, Rev. Farvé, built
this Gothic-style church in honour of St. Francis Xavier - “The Apostle
of the East”. Regular services are held from time to time, and worth
checking out are its twin bell towers and stained glass windows.
Church: The oldest Roman Catholic church in Malaysia, this was built by
descendants of Portuguese soldiers in 1710, on land donated by a Dutch
convert, Maryber Franz Amboer. Its bell dates back to 1608 and was
manufactured in Goa, India. Built in both eastern and Western
architectural styles, it draws crowds of worshippers especially on Good
Friday, Easter Sunday and San Pedro's Feast.
Stadthuys: This was the official residence of the Dutch governors, and
having been constructed in 1650, it is reckoned to be the oldest Dutch
building in the East. The striking salmon-coloured edifice, re-painted
to match the neighbouring Christ Church, houses the Museum of History
Church: In this bright red church, you’ll find Dutch architectural
ingenuity at its best. Look for the handmade pews, ceiling beams
constructed without joints), brass Bible, tombstone with Armenian
inscriptions) and The Last Supper in glazed tiles. The British later
turned it into an Anglican church, adding a weathercock and a bell
Cemetery: Dating from the 17th Century, this cemetery is home to five
Dutch graves and 33 British graves. It was gazetted as a national
monument under the Antiquities Act 1976.
Fort: Originally a private Portuguese chapel dedicated to St. John the
Baptist, this fort was built by the Dutch in the 18th Century.Located on
St. John’s Hill, its unique feature is inland-facing cannons, as
attacks on Malacca came mainly from the hinterland and not from the sea
in those days.
‘Chinese Hill' is the largest Chinese cemetery outside China, and many
of the tombs date back to the Ming Dynasty. It spans across 3 hills and
an area of 26 hectares and holds more than 12,000 graves.Chinese
Princess Hang Li Pohoriginally settled here with her entourage,when she
arrived in Malaccato marry the Sultan of Malacca, and her people stayed
here till the Portuguese occupation.
Poh's Well: The Princess’ followers built this well, and it is believed
that it never dries up. Then, the Dutch enclosed it with stout walls so
no one else could access it. Today, people use it as a wishing well, and
it’s said that anyone who throws coins into the well or drinks its
water will soon return to Malacca.
Cemetery: When the British decided to impose tax on the Naning
district,Dato’ Dol Said led his army into a losing war in which many
perished. The British soldiers who died in this war were buried here.
Mausoleum: He was the admiral of Malacca's naval forces around the 15th
Century, and defended his land against innumerable attacks. He served
three sultans, and his famous saying, “Malays will never vanish from the
face of the earth”, echoes till today. He and his comrades - Hang
Jebat, Hang Lekiu, Hang Lekir and Hang Kasturi – became legends in
Malacca’s history for their prowess as warriors.
Well: Located in Kampung Duyongwhere Hang Tuah spent his childhood,it is
said that the great warrior dug the well himself. After his death,
people believe that his spirit dwells in the watersin the form of a
white crocodile, which only the holy and the pure-hearted can see. Local
lore says that the water still remains clear and never dries up, and
possesses special healing properties.
Kasturi's Mausoleum: Hang Kasturi was one of the legendary knights of
Malacca along with Hang Tuah, and they had studied Silat – the Malay
martial art – under the same master.
Said's Mausoleum: Dato' Dol Said was the ninth ruler of Naning, and the
leader in the Naning War against the British in 1831-1832.His heroism
made him a legend in Malacca history, and he was buried at Taboh Naning,
about 32km from MalaccaCity.
Jebat's Mausoleum: Hang Jebat, one of the five legendary warriors of
Malacca, was killed in a duel with Hang Tuah, the group’s leader, for
betraying their Sultan. His tomb is located in Kampung Kuli.
Mausoleum: Tun Teja, daughter of Sri Amar Diraja, the ruler of Pahang,
was married to Sultan Mahmud Shah.She died in Merlimau, about 24km from
the city, while fleeing the Portuguese attack in 1511.
years of multi-cultural history lives on in Penang, and the influences
of the Europeans, Malays, Indians, Arabs and Chinese have mingled to
produce eye-catching architecture, colourful lifestyles and amazing
fusion cuisine that makes Penang a Foodie’s Paradise.
Named after King George III, this is one of Malaysia’s most charming
historical towns, with its array of legendary sites and diverse cultures
living in harmony. In the older areas like Little India and Chinatown,
old shophouses, lovingly restored, line the narrow roads. Relive the
colonial era, as you pass names like Lebuh Buckingham, Lebuh Carnarvon
and Lebuh Bishop. Here, you can also spot elegant Chinese mansions,
Indian temples, colonial buildings and mosques. Go to the top of Bukit
Bendera Penang Hill), for a superb view of Georgetown, the Penang
Bridge, as well as the mainland Peninsula. Jump into a trishaw and tour
the town; the best time is early morning, before the sun gets too hot.
Fishing Village: This main attraction here is the Sam Poh Footprint
Temple on the beachfront, dedicated to Admiral Cheng Ho, the famous
Chinese admiral who played a key role in Malaccan history. A huge
footprint is embedded in the stone here, and is reputed to be that of
the giant Gedembai. Three more footprints can be found in the vicinity,
and there are various stories as to their origin. Another good reason to
stop here is the seafood, said to be the best on the island.
Cemetery: Penang's European pioneershave their final resting place here,
many of whom succumbed to various fevers during the mass clearing of
forests. The signboard at the entrance guides you to the location of the
prominent tombs like those of Francis Light, James Scott, Quintin Dick
Thomas and Reverend Hutchings, who founded the Penang Free School. There
are also a few Chinese gravesdating back to the 1860s.
Dr Sun Yat
Sen's Penang Base: This unassuming little building in Georgetownwas once
a base for the illustrious Chinese nationalist. Here, the epoch-making
Canton Uprising of the 1911 Chinese Revolution was strategised, which
gave birth to the Republic of China. This is also the place where
Malaysia's oldest Chinese newspaper, Kwong Wah Jit Poh, was founded in
Cornwallis: Built on the site of Sir Francis Light's historic landing in
1786, it is located close to the Esplanade, near the Victoria Memorial
Clock. Inside, you can still see the old structures - a chapel the first
ever built on Penang Island), prison cells, a munitions storage area, a
harbour light for incoming ships, the original flagstaff and several
old cannons. This site also has a tourist information kiosk, café,
open-air amphitheatre, history gallery, souvenir centre, and guides to
take you through the fort's history.
Museum: On display here are exhibits of Penang’s communities, customs
and costumes, landmarks and historical milestones. Make sure you visit
the special rooms that have been set aside for the Captain Robert
Smithpaintings, the William Daniell engravings and the Straits Chinese
collections,including a bridal chamber.
This majestic two-storeyed, Edwardian Baroque-stylebuilding – declared a
national monument in 1982 – was built in 1903.It was one of the first
buildings in George Town to be completely fitted with electric lights
Kongsi: The Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi or Khoo Kongsi for short, is the
most elaborate Chinese clan temple outside China. Founded in 1835, the
four intricately carved granite columns at the entrance symbolize each
year of construction. It is renowned for its wood carvings, wall
frescoes and roof structure, which used shards of ceramic bowls to form
patterns, beasts and beings.
many more historical places worth seeing, like the Town Hall, Court
Buildings, Yap Kongsi Temple, Syed Alatas Mansion, Malay Mosque on
Acheen Street, Cheah Kongsi, Cathedral of the Assumption, Hainanese
Mariners' Lodge/Penang Heritage Trust, Carpenters' Guild, Hainan Temple,
Benggali Mosque, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Residence of Ku Din Ku Meh,
St. Francis Xavier Church and many others. For more information on
Penang’s historical areas, visit http://www.tourismpenang.net.my/
Merdeka Independence Square): This is where the Malayan flag, at
midnight on August 30, 1957, was hoisted for the first time,after the
country gained independence from the British rule. Visit Plaza Putra, a
food, leisure and entertainment complex that lies beneath the Square.
Take a break on the immaculately-turfed field among elegant colonnades
and colourful rows of zinnias and marigolds.Dataran Merdeka is
accessible by bus, taxi or LRT. It’s a five-minute walk from Central
Market – take the PUTRA LRT train to the Pasar Seni Central Market)
station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from anywhere around town.
Petaling Street): PS,as the locals call it, is located at Central
Market, bounded by Jalan Bandar, Jalan Petaling and Jalan Sultan.Go
there at night, through the large Chinese arch into the covered area,
where a massive market awaits you. This is a bargain-hunter’s heaven,
where you can pick up everything from wallets, handbags, T-shirts,
watches and shoes to dresses, sunglasses, fabrics and souvenirs. You can
also take home some exquisite jewellery items crafted in gold and set
with priceless gems. This is also the place for the most delicious
Chinese cuisine. Must-eat-at places are Hokkien Noodles at the corner of
Hong Leong Bank and Yook Woo Hin restaurant.
Baru: Kampung Baru – the oldest Malay residential area in Kuala Lumpur –
lies ten minutes away from Chow Kit Market. Founded in 1899, you can
still see traditional Malay wooden houses here. Go there for the Pasar
Minggu, or Sunday Market, that starts from 6 pm on Saturday evenings and
ends in the wee hours of Sunday morning, at 1 am. This is where you’ll
find authentic Malay wares – jewellery, clothes, handicrafts and much
more, as well as mouth-watering Malay cooking.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
countries across the globe, UNESCO has identified specific sites for
their special cultural or physical significance, as well as their
importance to the common heritage of humanity – and these have been
declared UNESCO WORLD Heritage sites. The list includes forests,
mountains, lakes, deserts, monuments, complexes and cities – a total of
936 properties till date.
spectacular natural wonders and rich heritage, Malaysia has some of its
notable locales on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. These are
Gunung Mulu National Park, Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Springs and
Georgetown in Malacca. A visit to these sites will demonstrate why they
are a significant part of the Earth’s heritage.
Gunung Mulu National Park
Sarawak on the island of Borneo, Gunung Mulu National Park is famed for
its incredible caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial
rainforest setting. Spread over 52,864 hectares of land, the Park is
rich in biodiversity and comprises 17 vegetation zones. The park is
dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,377-metre high sandstone pinnacle which is
home to around 295 km of explored caves that attract visitors for the
amazing sight of millions of cave swift lets and bats flying around.
has the world’s largest natural enclosed space, a cave chamber known as
the Sarawak Chamber, which is 600m by 415m in area and 80m in height.
The caves of Mulu are important for their classic features of
underground geomorphology, and their structural characteristics help in
providing a greater understanding of Earth’s history. The park is worth
visiting for its incredible experiences and captivating sights that
include deeply-incised canyons, wild rivers, rainforest-covered
mountains, spectacular limestone pinnacles, cave passages and more. The
area is also home to a wide range of plant and animal life, both above
and below ground, and is one of the richest sites in the world for palm
In the state of Sabah on the northern end of the island of Borneo, stands the impressive Mount Kinabalu 4,095 m), the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. The site is blessed with a wide range of habitats, from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain forest, sub-alpine forest and scrub
It has been
designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia and is
exceptionally rich in plant species. Here, one can spot examples of
flora from the Himalayas, China, and Australia too. A large number of
Bornean mammals, birds, amphibians and invertebrates many threatened
species too) can be found in this Park. The area is famous for its many
carnivorous plant and orchid species, most notably Nepenthes rajah. It
is also home to a number of endemic animal species, including the
Kinabalu Giant Red Leech and Kinabalu Giant Earthworm.
km north-east of the Kinabalu Park Headquarters, 'Poring' is a
Kadazandusun word for the bamboo species growing in the area. Here, the
visitor can de-stress and soak away muscle aches in the spring’s hot
sulphuric minerals, which are deemed to have healing properties. The
springs are very popular, especially with people who have just returned
from a strenuous climb up Mount Kinabalu.
The park is
abundant in other treasures as well, and these are some of the other
interesting areas worth exploring: The Butterfly Farm – which is the
very first of its kind in Borneo; the Poring Orchid Conservation Centre –
home to over 1,200 species of orchid; the Tropical Garden – where one
can also see mousedeer and brightly coloured birds; the Poring Canopy
Walkway – which stands 41 metres high and is 157.8 meters long; and the
Rafflesia Flower Site – where one can come up-close with the world’s
Georgetown & Malacca, Penang
historic cities of the Straits of Malacca have developed over 500 years
of trading and cultural exchanges between the East and the West. The
influences of Asia and Europe have endowed both towns with a unique
multi-cultural heritage that can be experienced as one explores their
various, stunning attractions.
history dates back to the 15th-century Malay sultanate and the
Portuguese and Dutch periods that began in the early 16th century. Its
government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications take the
visitor on a fascinating journey back in time.
represents the British era from the end of the 18th century, and the
architecture of its residential and commercial buildings reflect the
best of the colonial life.
one-of-a-kind holiday experience that is rich in natural and cultural
heritage, make it a point to visit Malaysia’s UNESCO World Heritage
Homestay packages :
of Malaysia are renowned for their hospitality, and one of the best ways
to experience this is with a Malaysian Homestay. Traditional villages –
kampungs – open their homes and hearts to visitors, and make them a
part of their simple, charming lifestyle.
allow one to experience traditional Malaysian culture like never before.
At a homestay, one gets to enjoy peaceful surroundings, a laid-back
life and the chance to breathe clean, fresh air. It’s also a time to
make new friends, as one bonds with the host family and their
neighbours, and participates in their regular, daily activities.
kampungs that are part of the Homestay programme have been carefully
selected and comply with strict guidelines from the Ministry of Tourism,
in order to give guests an authentic experience of traditional
Malaysia. Numerous villages around Malaysia are part of the programme,
and they have all the basic comforts, electricity, running water and
good transport connections to the main cities.
getting into ethnic attire to reveling in the local traditions, guests
are encouraged to join in activities like planting a tree that reflects
your bond with the community and eco-consciousness; to learning the
local dialect, as well as some dance steps and songs. Some lucky guests
even get to be part of a wedding celebration or a local festival.
homestay, the days are packed with activities. These include
participating in the occupation of the community, be it rubber tapping,
fish farming, or agriculture of paddy, cocoa, palm oil or fruits.
Sundown is a time for celebration with local dances and music. Each
state has its trademark dance and traditional songs, like the Sumazau
dance in Sabah and the Zapin dance in Sepang. Guests can also look
forward to impromptu cultural performances and even top-spinning.
are replete with historic lessons and an ideal taste-sampler of the
Malay culture. Footwear is always removed at the entrance of the veranda
that leads to the host family’s front door. A tablecloth is spread
across the length of the room at which guests sit cross-legged on the
floor and partake in the meal. A kendi or ornate silver kettle is
brought out with a basin to wash one’s hands first, as the food is eaten
with no cutlery but one’s right hand.
gets to tuck into delicious home-made fare like rice and chicken curry,
with sambal belacon, a spicy shrimp paste. For dessert, there are
home-grown fruits like pineapple, papaya, rambutan, etc. In several
parts of Malaysia, the dining culture dictates that the best morsels of
food are offered to one’s neighbor.
adventures can be enjoyed, like staying in the enchanting longhouses in
Sarawak, participating in regional sports and games, exploring famous
sites, or going river rafting or on jungle treks, with a guide from the
English is understood in the communities, and the native children often
serve as translators for guests, teaching them a few expressions so they
can communicate in the native tongue too. With a homestay, the entire
community makes it a point to give visitors a comfortable stay, and each
one feels responsible for the happiness of their guests.
travellers can also go on an exciting journey to experience the local
culture and traditions, with the Malaysia Rail Explorer, a unique
Kelantan Homestay train. This fascinating rail adventure goes all the
way from Singapore to Kelantan.
ry a homestay – it is the perfect option to appreciate the simple life and traditional culture of Malaysia.
Beaches & Islands :
some of the most beautiful in the world, Malaysia’s beaches are blessed
with perfect weather conditions for most of the year. Visitors come from
all over the world to get away from it all and soak up the sun at these
beaches, which run on for hundreds of kilometres – each with its own
unique charm. Plan a day’s visit or a long stay by the seaside, and
you’ll have a choice of great resorts for your accommodation, as well as
innumerable activities to enjoy.
snorkelling, scuba diving or any of the popular water sports, get
up-close with natural wonders, or simply grab a towel and soak up the
sun. Here’s a tour of some of Malaysia’s best beach destinations:
Langkawi: Bask in the peace and quiet of this natural paradise on its serene beaches, beneath clear blue skies.
It’s called ‘The Pearl of the Orient’ and attracts visitors year after
year to its charming, old-world beach resorts, to enjoy the colourful
Get set for an enthralling, enchanting time on this peaceful island,
best known for its white sandy beaches and delightful fishing villages.
Dickson: This is a prime destination for yacht lovers, who sail in from
across the world. It’s also famous for its delicious seafood and buzzing
Johor: Spend time amidst these magical islands and enjoy their crystal
clear waters, powdery white sand and colourful marine life.
Bring the whole family along for a super seaside time. There’s also an
18-hole golf course here with a magnificent view of the South China Sea.
Remember the song ‘Bali Hai’ from the old Hollywood musical, South
Pacific? This is where it was filmed – just visit it to see why it was
This place is famed for two things: Asia’s first Club Med, and the
opportunity to see the nocturnal ritual of turtles nesting on the beach.
Terengganu: Soft sands, deep blue waters and mesmerising undersea
gardens make Terengganu a must-visit, get-away-from-it-all destination.
has an extensive coastline dotted with beautiful beaches and tranquil
retreats. A mysterious rainforest and ancient caves are the other
This Land of the Hornbills is known for its interesting history, rich
culture, spectacular natural attractions and fascinating wildlife, as
well as its pristine beaches.
Parks: At these Parks, underwater ecosystems are preserved and taken
good care of, so that visitors as well as future generations can enjoy
them. Some of them are located at Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau
Payar, Kedah, Pulau Tioman, Pahang, Pulau Tinggi, Johor and Labuan.
National Parks in Malaysia :
walk for hundreds of miles in Malaysia under a continuous canopy of
green, marvelling at the abundance of plant and animal species, equalled
by no other location in the entire world. The Malaysian Rainforest, far
older than the equatorial forests of the Amazon or the Congo, also
shelters a host of the world's rarest and most remarkable animals - the
Sumatran Rhinoceros, Clouded Leopard, Malaysian Tiger, Sun Bear, Monitor
Lizard and the Orang Utan.
admiring the many splendid sights in Malaysia's National Parks, you can
also indulge in thrills like boating through swirling rapids,
fly-fishing for giant carp, bird-watching, mountain climbing, cave
exploring, swimming in placid river waters, or camping amidst giant
Some of the National Parks you can explore include:
National Park: The oldest national park of Sarawak and part of the
rainforest, this park offers rare glimpses of wildlife like proboscis
monkeys, long-tailed macaques, leaf monkeys, monitor lizards, plantain
squirrels and about 150 species of birds.
Visit this one-of-its kind lowland forest to see unique flora like the
magnificent fan palm, climbing bamboo and the slender-stemmed
walking-stick palm. You will also find moths and butterflies of every
shape and hue flitting among the blossoms.
National Park: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a stunning landscape
of vertical cliffs, jagged limestone pinnacles and intricate cave
networks. Take the medicine trail or amble along the canopy skywalk for a
breath-taking view of some of the 20,000 animal and 3,500 plant species
known to reside here. Explore well-known caves like the Deer Cave,
Clearwater Cave and the majestic Sarawak Chamber, which is the world’s
largest cave chamber. A must-visit is the Bat Observatory, where you can
take in the spectacular sight of a million bats fluttering out of the
Rimba Park: Go cave exploring or take the jungle trek to admire the rich
profusion of flora and fauna, which include numerous varieties of
orchids and water-lilies, as well as animal life like mouse deer,
porcupine and possibly elephants too.
National Park: A must-visit; you can see some of the richest flora in
the world here, including the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia.
Another attraction here is the Poring Hot Springs, known for their
Sanctuary: A delight for bird-watchers, this sanctuary has over 100
species of birds. Also spot wildlife like the smooth otter, dusky leaf
monkey, long-tailed macaque and the ridge-backed dolphin.
National Park: This expansive Park is packed with things to do and see.
Stop over at the Great Cave and Painted Cave to admire Neolithic
paintings and Paleolithic artefacts. The forest has some enchanting
trails, taking you past exotic plant and tree life where rare creatures
have their homes.
Abang Turtle Hatchery: Halt at this hatchery, one of only six places in
the world visited by the endangered Giant Leatherback Turtles. You’ll
enjoy the rare sight of watching these gentle creatures lay their eggs.
Orang Utan Sanctuary: Nature-lovers, head here to feast your eyes on
rare species of animal and plant life. A special treat is watching the
antics of the adorable orang utans that have been rescued from
captivity, and cared for till it is time to rehabilitate them back into
Negara National Park: Visit this Park in the world’s oldest tropical
rainforest where you can indulge in activities like jungle trekking and
fishing. Spot wildlife like mouse deer, barking deer, wild ox, and if
lucky even tapirs, elephants, leopards and tigers. Fish at its Tahan or
Kenyam Rivers and go river rafting at the rapids of Sungai Tembeling.
Rahman National Park: This marine park is a cluster of islands
comprising Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and
Pulau Sulug, all only a 10 - 20 minute speedboat ride from Kota
Kinabalu. The Park is characterised by shallow waters, magnificent coral
gardens and boasts of pristine white beaches.
Main Attractions of Sabah
Kinabalu - Kinabalu Park: This majestic mountain and extensive park is
Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. The highest mountain in
South-East Asia, Mount Kinabalu has entered the Guinness Book of World
Records for having the world’s highest Via Ferrata - a most thrilling
mountain climbing experience. A first-of-its-kind in Asia, Via Ferrata
is a mountain route equipped with fixed cables, ladders, etc., which
ensure the climb is safe for almost anyone. The avid mountain climber
would truly appreciate the spectacular vistas and challenging trails at
Park – a wonderland of ecological treasures – covers 754 sq km, and
stands 1,585m above sea level. The eco-traveller would be amazed with
the diversity of natural life here; over 5000 types of plants, 100
species of animals and 326 species of birds make this their home. A
visit to the Poring Hot Springs, a natural health spa offering open-air
Japanese-style baths, is highly recommended. The annual Mount Kinabalu
International Climbathon draws participants from around the world.
Island: Jacques Cousteau, the world-renowned oceanographer, described
Sipadan as ‘an untouched piece of art’. Divers across the globe have
voted it as one of the top five dive sites in the world. Malaysia’s only
oceanic island, it takes just 25 minutes to circle Sipadan on foot, and
on the way, you’ll meet up with amazing crustaceans like the coconut
crab. Located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific Basin, it is one of the
richest marine habitats in the world. Expert divers can enjoy
fascinating sights of turtles, reef sharks and a thrilling 600m
drop-off. There’s a large variety of tropical birds here, including sea
eagles, kingfishers, sunbirds, starlings and wood pigeons.
Rahman Park: Travel 20 minutes by speedboat from Kota Kinabalu, and
you’re ready for a grand splash at this marine park. Made up of five
islands, it’s a paradise for swimming, diving, snorkelling and
parasailing. These idyllic islands – Manukan, Mamutik, Sulug, Gaya and
Sapi – are blessed with soft white sands, rich underwater life and
fabulous coral reefs. One of the things you must do here is to go
‘seawalking’ among fishes of every colour of the rainbow. On Gaya and
Sapi, you can hike across intriguing jungle trails, where you may see
the Megapode or Burung Tambun, a chicken lookalike with large feet which
meows like a cat.
Marine Park: Pulau Tiga Island has been dubbed ‘Survivor Island’ as it
is the main location for the popular TV programme ‘Survivor’. Small mud
volcanoes are found here, spewing cool, mineral-rich mud. As it is
reputed to be good for your skin, mud-bathing is a must-do activity.
Nature-lovers will be fascinated with all this Park has to offer – from
lush unspoiled jungles to scenic landscapes, powder-like sands and
crystal clear waters. Among the coral reefs, you’ll find innumerable
species of fish and other marine life. Above water, you can enjoy
diving, non-motorised water sports, trekking and bird-watching.
Island Park: This Park lies in the Sulu Sea off the east coast of Sabah
and comprises three small islands, Selingan, Gulisan and Bakungan
Kechil. Selingan – the largest – houses the Park's headquarters, a
turtle hatchery and tourist accommodation. The other two are mainly for
conservation activities. Green and Hawksbill turtles are the main
attractions and you get to watch the turtle landings after dusk. During
the day, you can take it easy on the beach, or go snorkeling. From
Sandakan town, you can take a 1-hour boat service to reach Turtle Island
Punggul Pinnacle: This limestone massif, situated on the banks of the
Sepulot River, can be scaled by adventurous souls only; others can get
their thrills exploring the two networks of caves within Batu Pinggul.
Accommodation is available at a rustic resort nearby, and you have a
choice of a Murut longhouse or native huts sulap), or a hostel or
guesthouses, complete with modern facilities.
Orang-Utan Sanctuary: Here’s where you can watch orang-utans, known as
‘The Wild Man of Borneo’, up close in their natural habitat, during
their daily feeding sessions. Go trekking through mangrove forests, and
avail of accommodation in forest chalets if you want to stay longer.
those who love rare and exotic fauna, Sukau this is a must-visit, for it
has Malaysia’s greatest concentration of wildlife. Capture on camera
orang-utans, crocodiles and proboscis monkeys, as well as an array of
bird life. Take a boat ride and visit the Gomantong Caves, where
millions of swiftlets build their nests, which are harvested for that
special delicacy - Bird’s Nest Soup.
Kapalai Islands, Semporna: Regarded as one of the world's best
‘muck-diving and ‘macro-paradise’ sites, this area is one of the richest
single destinations for exotic small marine life in the world. Mabul is
an oasis of relaxation with swaying coconut trees, idyllic villages and
soft sands. Underwater, you’ll find an amazing array of sea life -
cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, spike-fin gobies, frogfish and moray
Sites: Sabah has a plethora of world-class dive sites, including Layang
Layang with its ring of 13 coral atolls where you can spot hammerhead
sharks and different types of pelagic; Mantanani where you can get
up-close with a variety of fish life and sunken wrecks; as well as
Lankayan and Mataking.
Cultural Village: Go back in time, to the era of the legendary Kadazan
warrior – Monsopiad. Watch the enthralling cultural performance that
re-enacts his saga, and take a quick peek at the House of Skulls too.
Luanti, Ranau - 'Tagal' Sungai Moroli, Fish Massage: 131 kilometers
from Kota Kinabalu is where you should head, for a spa treatment that
will sweep you off your feet. ‘Ikan Pelian’ or Malaysian Mahseer have
been specially trained by the villagers to perform healing massages, and
are ideal for those who want smooth, supple skin.
War Memorial, Kundasang: The Memorial, with its four beautiful gardens,
towering pine trees, roses in full bloom and an absolutely serene
atmosphere, is the ideal place to escape the world for a while.
Sunday Market, Kota Kinabalu: Sunday morning is when everyone heads to
Gaya Street, to shop for batik sarongs, fruits, flowers, souvenirs,
footwear, antiques, cakes, herbs, even pets, under shady trees and
Simpang Mengayau, Kudat: Situated at the northernmost tip of Borneo,
this is where the South China Sea meets the Sulu Seas. Enjoy stunning
views of golden sunsets and full moons, as well as the Pulau Kalampunian
Lighthouse and the beautiful beach of Pantai Kalampunian.
Beach, Kota Kinabalu: Named after the casuarina or aru trees that
fringe it, this beach offers you glorious sunsets and a mouth-watering
spread of local delicacies to indulge in.
Rafting in Padas River: With names like Merry-Go-Round and Scooby Doo,
they may seem tame, but these rapids will challenge your very survival
skills. On the peaceful stretches, take the time to enjoy Nature at her
very best, with the multicolour birds and majestic trees all around.
Forest Centre, Kinarut / Papar: Enjoy a fascinating trek through the
jungle, camp out for the night, and make it a point to explore the bat
Waterfall, Sipitang: Ulu Padas is a hidden natural paradise, rich in
plant life and brimming with treasures like the beautiful Maga
Waterfall. Exotic mushrooms, huge agathis trees and colourful orchids
are waiting to be discovered. Slip into a natural pool and enjoy a
there: Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the main entry point to
the state. Sabah is easily accessible by frequent short-haul flights
from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA) in Peninsular
Malaysia. Visitors can also fly in from the Kuching International
Airport in Sarawak, as well as major cities in Malaysia. The Kota
Kinabalu Port welcomes tourists arriving by cruise ships. Private yachts
can dock at Sutera Harbour Marina.
Cuisine: A number of delicacies cram the menu at Sabah, and you’ll find a
mouth-watering spread of local favourites at the restaurants as well as
the street stalls. Some of the dishes you must try include TuaranMee – a
dish of stir-fried vegetables, garnished with roast chicken and eggs;
Ambuyat or Nantung – a gluey porridge of sago, tapioca or rice, twisted
around a chopstick and served with a sauce; Hinava – a salad of raw fish
or prawns whose unique flavour comes from bambangan, the grated seeds
of a local wild mango; Tuhau – a fresh salad made from a ginger-like
plant; Kelupis – glutinous rice wrapped in a fragrant ‘daun nyirik’ leaf
cooked in coconut milk.
your monsoon expedition through Sarawak, the Land of the Hornbill and
the largest state of Malaysia. Whatever you prefer – adrenaline-pumping
adventure sports, spectacular sights or breath-taking Nature – Sarawak
has it in abundance for you. Located on the northwestern shore of
Borneo, Sarawak is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind spots, sights and
rainforest life – like the Rafflesia, squirrels and snakes that fly,
plants that eat insects and other unique flora and fauna.
Main Attractions of Sarawak
Parks: Sarawak’s Parks offer nature trails that give you totally
unforgettable experiences. The most famous are Gunung Mulu, Bako, Batang
Ai, Gunung Gading, Lambir Hills, Similajau, and Tanjung Datu.
National Park, Miri: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Park is a
treasure trove of vertical cliffs, jagged limestone pinnacles and
intricate caves. Here, Nature-lovers can get up-close with 20,000
animals and 3,500 plant species. Go cave exploring through the Deer,
Lang, Wind and Clearwater Caves – the last is Asia’s longest cave. Trek
to the sharp limestone-spiked Pinnacles Summit and along the Headhunters
Trail to Limbang. View the forest from above as you go up the 480m Mulu
Canopy Skywalk. For accommodation, you have a choice of campsites,
forest huts and the exclusive Royal Mulu Resort. Mulu is accessible by
air from Miri.
National Park, Miri: Prehistoric life and natural wonders meet at this
sprawling 3,238 hectare park, considered one of the most important
archaeological sites in the world. Neolithic paintings and Paleolithic
artefacts were found in its Great Cave. This cave and the Painted Cave
are National Historical Monuments, and are definitely worth a visit.
Explore enchanting forest trails, take a break at the nearby Iban
longhouse, or go for a boat ride on serene waters. Niah is accessible
from Miri 109km) and Bintulu 131km). Accommodation ranges from chalets,
hostels to a rest house.
National Park: Bako – the state’s oldest park – is the ideal place to
discover the rainforest. Keep your camera ready for rare proboscis
monkeys, long-tailed macaques, leaf monkeys, monitor lizards and 150
species of birds. Accommodation is available in forest hostels and
Waterfront: Stroll along this 900m long esplanade, and enjoy the sights
of heritage buildings, landscaped surroundings and eateries. Places of
interest here are the Square Tower, Sarawak Steamship Building, Chinese
History Museum and the ornate Tua Pek Kong Temple, reputed to be the
oldest in the city. For an assortment of handicrafts, visit the Main
Museum, Kuching: One of Asia's finest museums, it is housed in a
stately, Victorian-style building. Here you will find a collection of
Bornean cultural and archaeological items, and a reconstruction of the
great Niah Caves, with remains of the Neolithic people who lived there.
Visitors are not allowed to bring in their cameras.
Kuching: Kuching is called the City of Cats, and according to Malaysian
beliefs, the cat is a lucky animal. Cat lovers will be purring over all
that’s on display – over 2000 exhibits, feline art, photographs,
statues and cat souvenirs from all over the world.
Market, Satok, Kuching: Go on a spree for handicraft items like
woodcarvings, bamboo and rattan products, beadwork and pottery.
Skrang River Safari: This scenic voyage gives you a surprise, when the
boat suddenly shoots the rapids. Sail down to the Iban longhouses, once
the home of notorious pirates, where you can enjoy an evening of
Nature Reserve: At this orang-utan rehabilitation centre, you’ll enjoy
watching the antics of these adorable and mischievous primates,
especially during feeding times, or as they frolic in the rainforest.
Other attractions include an arboretum, orchard and botanical garden.
Cultural Village, Damai: Situated at the foothills of Mount Santubong,
35km from Kuching, this living museum displays the multi-faceted
cultures of ethnic groups like the Ibans, Bidayuhs, and Melanaus, along
with the traditional arts of Sarawakians. An award-winning attraction,
the Village showcases the diverse lifestyles of the state’s ethnic
groups. Visit the authentic dwellings and view their crafts, household
items and musical instruments. The lively cultural performance is a
major highlight here. The Village is also the venue of the annual
Rainforest World Music Festival.
Cruises: Rivers are the lifeline of Sarawak's transportation, and
cruises let you experience the kaleidoscope of life – both human and
natural, that live around them. The Sarawak River Cruise is very
popular, and departs from the Kuching Waterfront twice a day. It
retraces the historical journey of Sir James Brooke and gives you a
glimpse of the city's old-world charm. If you crave more excitement, hop
onto a perahu tambang, a local boat that takes you quickly across the
Dolphin Watching: In the Santubong peninsula, you could enjoy the
delightful sight of dolphins frolicking in the waters. The serene river
views here make for perfect, quiet moments.
Longhouse, Padawan: Get a taste of the local lifestyle, stay in a
Bidayuh longhouse and enjoy the local delights. Annah Rais Longhouse –
60km from Kuching – offers enchanting nature-based activities and
cultural shows. Go trekking to a waterfall for a unique massage, try
bamboo rafting, learn to cook bamboo rice and chicken, get skilful with a
blowpipe, play traditional instruments, but go easy on the home-made
wine. Trips must be pre-arranged.
Tee off in a pristine rainforest setting. Major golf resorts in Sarawak
are situated in Kuching, Damai, Padawan, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu.
Miri is the place to be for diving fans, who want to explore one of the
richest reefs in Malaysia. Belais Reef and Luconia Shoals are the
popular dive sites here.
Plantations: Sarawak is Malaysia's largest exporter of pepper and you
can stop over to walk through some of the extensive plantations all
along the Kuching-Serian Road.
Fishing Village: This village is famous for the Hindu and Buddhist rock
carvings found here. Also, take time off and spend it relaxing on the
beautiful beaches here.
Sarawak is a shopper’s paradise for antiques and handicrafts. Take home
Pua Kumbu-woven sarongs or wall hangings, Kain Songket – fabric
intricately woven with gold and silver threads, and wood or bamboo
carvings. Kuching’s Main Bazaar has been preserved as a colourful
reminder of the city's trading past. Now it houses dozens of art
& crafts, curio and antique shops, as well as travel agents
offering up-country adventures.
there: Kuching International Airport is the main entry point into the
state. Sarawak is easily accessible by frequent short-haul flights from
the Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA) in Peninsular Malaysia.
Visitors can also fly in from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport in
Sabah, as well as other major cities in Malaysia.
Cuisine: Give in to your taste for the exotic and tuck into Sarawak’s
authentic dishes. Start with the Sarawak Laska – noodles served with
tangy, aromatic soup; then Mee Kolok - handmade noodles tossed with
meats in oil and vinegar; Manok Pansoh – a chicken and ginger dish
cooked in a bamboo log; Birds Nest Soup – the highly prized Chinese
delicacy which is said to have medicinal properties, available at upmarket restaurants.
Duty Free Shopping Destinations :
& Malaysia are synonymous with each other. Malaysia has been
declared as ‘Duty Free Shopping Destination’ this year by the Goverment.
It marks the country’s efforts to be a heaven for shopping. With
emphasis placed on the implementation of tax exemptions on a wider range
of goods. The import tax is waved off on more than 300 products so you
have the widest of variety to choose from.
shopping is associated with women only? Duty Free Malaysia has got the
best buys for Men too. From the most expensive fashion labels, Jewellery
to trendiest of gadgets, sports equipments both can indulge in a
spendthrift shopping as per your individual taste. Malaysian Ringgit’s
exchange rates are always more reasonable as compared to any other
currencies of the world so much so as to inviting you to Malaysia solely
Lumpur is the most popular shopping destination at the base of the
Petronas Towers, Suria KLCC, houses a great selection of leading
international brands. Sleek Starhill Gallery and Lot 10 have more
glamorous brands, while Berjaya Times Square has its own amusement park,
with roller coasters looping past the stores. The Jalan Petaling street
market in Chinatown is good for inexpensive souvenirs, and quality
handicrafts can be found in the eye-catching Central Market.
heart of the trendy Bukit Bintang district lies the perfect reason to
indulge in fashion, food and urban leisure. Experience the excitement of
this 1.37 mil sq ft retail haven with 450 outlets offering the finest
fashion and home furnishing to entertainment and culinary delights. Let
the endless appeal of Malaysia's premier shopping destination awaken
your senses the moment you arrive at its doorstep.
Pavilion Crystal Fountain, a new national landmark. It is the Tallest
Liuli Crystal Fountain in Malaysia endorsed by The Malaysia Book of
Records. Another first in Malaysia is Pavilion KL's six distinguished
shopping precincts and a row of street-front duplexes housing flagship
boutiques from the world over.Pavillion – luxury shopping experience
also explore The Gardens is a 9.7 acres development within Mid Valley
City MVC) anchored by a high-end shopping gallery, two landmark office
towers, five-star Gardens Residences and five-star Gardens Hotel. The
Gardens is developed by Mid Valley City Gardens Sdn Bhd, a fully-owned
subsidiary IGB Corporation Berhad, a property and investment holding
company listed on the Malaysian Stock Exchange.
the Gizmo freak then Plaza Low Yatt Shopping Centre – The total
lifestyle based IT mall has everything for you. Plaza Low Yatt is
position as a lifestyle based IT mall. Each floor is zoned accordingly
for easier & quicker accessibility with retail categories
ranging from Gadgets, cameras, digital games, laptops, IPad’s,
telecommunications & services, IT Hypermarket, IT Concept Stores
at rock bottom prices. The mall also has non IT retailers such as
restaurant, bookstores, fashion, hair & beauty, hoppy shops etc,
to operate & cater to the other lifestyle needs.
goods, cosmetics and perfumes are available duty-free throughout
Malaysia, and distinctive Malaysian souvenirs include Royal Selangor
pewter, batiks, wood-carvings, jewellery, handmade kris knives and
songket brocade cloth. The islands of Labuan and Langkawi are duty-free
marks a major component of the country’s tourism revenue. As such, the
waiver of import duty ensures it remains vibrant and continues to be an
important tourist activity. With a wider choice of goods and at better
prices, Malaysia tempts all the visitors to literally shop till they
drop & cherish a memorable time in the city.
free Shopping only at Malaysia this season. This time of the year
Malaysia is the destination to be to indulge in flamboyant tax free
shopping. From plenty of imported & local tax-exempted
merchandise to select from are of which are worthwhile & value
Theme Parks of Malaysia
a place for the young in age and young at heart, and this is where your
kids – and you – will have the time of your lives. With amusement
centres and theme parks all over the place, and new ones cropping up
every now and then, there’s non-stop action and fun galore to be enjoyed
wherever you travel across Malaysia.
round, the weather is warm and ideal for spending hours at the parks.
Most of them offer something for every member of the family and if you
want to take a break or go shopping, you’re sure to find a resort or a
amusement parks are very different from each other; some are based on
special themes while others simply guarantee you unending good times.
Yet all of them have security as top priority, and state-of-the-art
systems and well-tested facilities to ensure your loved ones are
perfectly safe as they go wild.
You can go
from the top of a mountain to the bottom of a former mining pool, get
soaked at water parks or fly through the air on heart-stopping rides,
slide over snow or revisit the Wild Wild West – the choices will simply
blow your mind. The best part is, as the parks are located in different
parts of Malaysia, you get the opportunity to discover the awesome
natural beauty and enchanting tourist attractions along the way.
We now take you on a roller-coaster ride through the biggest and most popular parks around Malaysia.
Theme Park, Pahang: Genting has surely earned its nickname – the City of
Entertainment – for this is where the world comes to party and savour
the ultimate in thrills. Located 1,800 meters above sea level, the
resort has three theme parks – Genting Outdoor Theme Park, First World
Indoor Theme Park and Water Park. You’ll also find the only casino in
the country here, as well as the biggest hotel in the world – The First
Outdoor Theme Park, you have a choice of over 30 rides and all of them
take you to new heights of excitement. Top of the list are the
roller-coaster rides, and the double loop Corkscrew will give you the
most screams. You soar 100 feet off the ground, then plunge down in two
heart-pounding loops! For more, try the Rolling Thunder Mine Train,
Cyclone and Flying Dragon. If these are too tame for you, try the
Spinner Flying Carousel, the Super Toboggan, and the Turbo Drop. For
your kids, there are the Flying Baby Jumbo, Teacup, Pirate Train, Rodeo
Rider and Astro Fighter. Other attractions you must check out are the
Bumper Boats – ideal for bumping and splashing the family, the Double
Deck Carousel at Millennium Square – choose your horse and ride through
this marvel that's in the Guinness Book of Records for the most number
of coloured lights, Matahari – the outdoor Ferris wheel, and the
mysterious, magical Dinosaurland.
rides, 4-D delights, wonders of the world and loads more – the First
World Theme Park admits only those who are serious about having fun.
First, strap yourself in for the 4D Motion Master, a 5-minute 4-D
experience that takes movies into a whole new, electrifying dimension.
Then, have a blast in the bumper cars, scream your heart out on the Euro
Express – Genting’s first indoor roller coaster, do the rounds on the
Ferris Wheel, while the kids enjoy themselves on the Junior Bumper Car
World, you can visit the world’s favourite cities under one roof. Go
sailing on the Reindeer Cruiser past the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees
of Paris to America’s Times Square and the Statues of Liberty and
Oscar. Indulge in a romantic Venetian Gondola ride, then stop over at
the Big Ben of London. Visit Snow World with its Swiss Alps theme, and
let yourself go while toboggan-sliding over the snow. End up with the
Genting Walk through the landmarks of Malaysia.
Sit in the
Monorail for a fun-filled, aerial-view ride through the park, and be
prepared for eye-popping exhibits at the Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Museum.Ready for an adrenalin rush like never before? Try the Genting
Sky Venture – the only free fall skydiving simulator in Asia, or the
Genting X-pedition Wall – a 10-15 metre high, international-standard
rock-climbing wall. Don’t forget to book your tickets for unexpected
chills and thrills aboard the Haunted Adventure funicular train.
off for bowling at the 28-lane Genting Bowl, or at the Q-bowl, where the
game is similar to pool. With a number of retail outlets, food stores,
video arcade and a Cineplex, First World is definitely the first choice
for a day of unparalleled amusement.
Park is for the whole family, so see how wet you can get on the Action
River, Big Bucket, Tornado Slide and many more. Splash down the Sungai
Rejang Flume Ride or the Rain Forest Splash Pool formerly called Genting
Splash) and get soaked to the bone. To unwind, relax and try your hand
at bowling, snooker, archery and video games.
evening, Genting gets into spectacular mode – with extravagant
entertainment at the Genting International Showroom and Pavilion. People
come from far away only for the incredible magic shows, ice-skating,
live band and DJ performances, as well as shopping sprees at First World
Plaza, exciting games and the mouth-watering menu featuring all kinds
45-minute drive to Genting from Kuala Lumpur via the Karak Highway.
KL-Genting taxis are available from the Puduraya Bus Station in KL, as
is a direct coach service from KL Sentral, Jalan Duta Coach Station,
Puduraya and Gombak LRT Station. Take a relaxing, scenic trip up to
Genting via the Skyway cable cars, the largest cable cars in South-East
Asia. The lower station is near Gohtong Jaya, while the upper station is
at Highlands Hotel.
Resort, Melaka: It’s time to go wild – in the literal sense – at the
only safari park in Malaysia, A'Famosa. It’s also the only place where
you will come up-close with tigers, lions and sunbears, and cross a
river swarming with real crocodiles. Relax, you are protected by
electrified fencing and will travel in a caged truck.
drive up within sneezing distance of the animals in the Herbivore Area -
Barbary sheep, deer, camels, zebras, ostriches and even the odd giraffe
or two. Besides the Safari Park, A'Famosa keeps you enthralled with
Multi-animal, Elephant and Bird shows; elephant, camel and pony rides; a
farm house with livestock, and Monkey Island – where the madcap fun
enjoying your wild times during the day, take a break at the water theme
park – or relax in the chalets or hotel. You’ll need to, for Cowboy
Town comes alive at night. Get your pardners and watch cowboys and
Apaches perform stunts and battle each other, just like in the movies.
In this Wild Wild West, you can have an exciting evening chowing down
Western and local fare, chilling at the beer garden and grooving to live
bands and disco music. There’s a park for children too.
at Water World, which has an attraction for each family member.
Fun-drenched times await you, and the wet-n-wild wonders are the Wave
Pool, Lazy River tube ride, a Family Raft Ride and Wild Waterslides that
promise loads of fun-drenched times. Tots have their own Activity Pool
with mini slides, water sprays and Aladdin's Arabian Village.
makes sure you never have a dull moment, so you can choose from horse
riding, kite flying, woodball, cycling, tennis, basketball, indoor
games, fishing, jungle trekking and golf at one of the top golf courses
in Malaysia. The internal shuttle gets you around easily, and a car park
is available. There are cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops to take
home memories of your trip.
drive from Kuala Lumpur via the North South Expressway gets you to
A'Famosa, and you have to exit at SimpangEmpat / Alor Gajah toll.
World Theme Park: Reserve one whole weekend if you want to do justice to
Malaysia’s biggest indoor theme park. It’s situated within Berjaya Time
Square Mall, Asia's largest shopping mall. Times Square is easily
accessible via the intra-city public transit system, KL Monorail. Be
prepared for some out-of-this-world entertainment, in this theme park
built by the fictitious mad scientist Professor Cosmo and his clumsy
robot assistant Ooort.
there are six exhilarating rides – the mind-blowing, 800-metre long
roller coaster called the Supersonic Odyssey, the 30-metre high Spinning
Orbit, as well as the heart-thumping, incredible Space Attack, Ooort's
Express, Dizzy Izzy and the DNA Mixer. The little ones will have a blast
at the bright, rainbow-coloured Fantasy Garden, a beautiful natural
wonderland. 10 rides have been created especially for them, and the
favourites are the Buddy-Go-Round carousel and the rocking boat ride,
Molly Cool's Swing.
can make merry together as they go on the Botanic Drive ride, or dash
around in the Bumper Cars – Honey Bump for kids and Robo Crash for
adults. Watch out for Professor Cosmo and his friends who bring along
loads of laughter and tons of fun.
Lagoon, Kuala Lumpur: Super fun in the water and terrific excitement on
land await you at this theme park, located in Bandar Sunway. Spaced out
across 80 acres, Sunway has three different theme lands.
at the raging Waters of Africa, Malaysia's only African-themed
waterpark. Race down the Congo Challenge at up to 40 kmh and if you
dare, take on the Cameroon Climb, the world’s first double tube water
ride. Take your family on the gigantic African Pythons ride or go
surfing amid 8-foot-high waves at the world's largest man-made Jeffrey's
Bay Surf Wave Pool. Explore Elephant Walk with its massive elephant
sculptures, and watch out for the fire-eaters and tribal dancers at the
stop is the Wild Wild West, an American frontier town complete with
wooden facades, totem poles and lots to do. There are spectacular rides
like the Niagara Falls Flume Ride which soaks you completely, and the
stomach-churning Tomahawk. Buffalo Bill Coaster, Apache Pots and Butch
Cassidy's Trail provide great fun for the whole family. Also, check out
the World of Adventure, walk the world's longest Pedestrian Suspension
Bridge to get a breathtaking view of the whole Lagoon, discover
surprises galore on The Lost City of Gold ride, conquer the
out-of-control swinging Galleon and have a heart-stopping ride on the
Flying Carpet. Don’t forget to meet the Siberian and Bengal tigers, and
catch the lively street performances.
about 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur on the Federal Highway, and is also
accessible via the Damansara-Puchong Expressway, New Pantai Express Way
and KESAS Highway. You can also take the KTM Komuter train to Subang
Jaya Station or the Putra-LRT to Kelana Jaya Station and continue by
taxi to the Sunway Pyramid stop. Public bus services Cityliner bus No.
51 and Metrobus No. 10 & 11 depart from Klang Bus Station in
Kuala Lumpur and stop at Sunway Pyramid.
The Mines Wonderland:
family along for a night of colour and culture at this one-of-a-kind
night theme park. Catch the awesome Dancing Water performance and
spectacular 3D Laser Show, as well as the spirited stage performances at
the Traveller's Food Village, while tucking into Malaysian
specialities. Don’t miss the Featherman Show – better known as the
Magunatip dance by the Murut tribe of Kuhijaw Kwijau), where agile
dancers jump between clapping bamboos.
Cruise will astound you as thousands of coloured lights form the Light
Fantasy on Water, a magnificent sight of floating giant sculptures. Stop
by to discover the Secrets of the Tiger, a gallery filled with
interesting facts and photographs of the white tiger. And finally, cool
down in the Ice Factory – the first winter wonderland in Malaysia.
is 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur on the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Highway,
and you need to exit at The Mines Wonderland Resort City. You can also
take the KTM Komuter train to Serdang Station, cross the highway on the
overhead bridge and then walk about 15 minutes to the park.
of Tambun: This is the latest water park in Perak, located in the town
of Ipoh. Designed as a true Lost World, the area is filled with vines,
creepers and lush tropical plants. Take a relaxing cruise down the
Adventure River – Malaysia's longest water park river ride – past some
remarkable landscapes. For more thrills, plummet down gigantic, twisted
tubes at Tubed Raiders or race through the jungle in an old mine cart
after you drop from dizzying heights in the Cliff Racer. Finally, rest
and rejuvenate at the Tambun Hot Springs, which are rich in minerals and
are believed to have healing properties.
MerahLaketown Resort, Perak: The Waterpark has eight fantastic
attractions including a Giant Wave Pool with 1-metre-high waves, the
Slow River Ride, the Kid's Water Playground, and the Giant Bubble – a
first in South-East Asia on which you can climb, bounce, slip and slide.
At the Marina Village, you’ll find a wide variety of crafts, swimwear
and suntan lotions. The restaurant Cafe Le Lac offers local and
international cuisines, and a delectable choice of pastries and cakes.
can also visit the only Orang-Utan sanctuary in Peninsula Malaysia, and
the inn offers activities like golf, fishing, lakeside cruises and boat
rides. The Resort is situated just off the North-South Highway, a
35-minute drive from Penang.
Park, Kuala Lumpur: There are rides and slides galore in this Park,
sprawled over five hectares. Desa Waterpark has become very popular with
families and corporate groups because of its huge space, amphitheatre,
free parking space, and cut-throat pricing.
find the longest Master Blaster in Asia – the Thunderbolt. Get drenched
in the fun with the Tarzan In Town, Action River, Water Factory,
Clown-A-Round, Pink Slide and Shock Wave too, while Surf Shack is ideal
for the little ones. Ripple Bay is an open space for tele-match
activities and lap swimmers.
can be reached from the Federal Highway via Taman Desa, JalanKunchai
Lama via Taman Bakti or the KL-Seremban Highway via Taman Desa junction.
Carnivall, Kedah: Enjoy the best of both worlds at this seven-hectare
water and land theme park, packed with amazing attractions and fabulous
yourself hoarse as you ride the Water Coaster, the park’s top
attraction. Your other choices are the twisting-n-turning Wild River,
the Wave Cove, and the 300-metre River of Adventure. Get marooned at
Discovery Island for hours of enjoyment at the Jungle Playground, Bubble
Bay, The Sand Pit, The River Bar and Kiddies Cove.
fun, there’s the Family Bungee, the Sports Park and Group Garden, the
Street of Happenings, the Carnival Delights and tropical gardens. Don’t
miss the famous Carnival Ice Cream, an assortment of flavours served in
freshly made waffles, don’t forget to take photographs at the Fountain
Carnivall is accessible by air through regular direct flights from Kuala
Lumpur International Airport, landing at either Penang Airport or
Sultan Abdul Halim Airport. From here, it is a 40-minute drive to The
Carnivall. Or take the train and stop at the Sungai Petani Railway
Station, 3 km from the resort. It takes 4-1/2 hours to drive from Kuala
Lumpur to Sungai Petani via the North-South Highway take Exit 170 for
Sungai Petani - Utara).
Caves of Malaysia :
If exploring the unknown and mysterious adventure is your cup of tea,
then the limestone caves of Malaysia guarantee you an experience you
will never forget. Whether you’re an avid spelunker cave explorer) or
just doing it for fun, Malaysia offers you some of the largest and
longest caves in the world.
There are the safe ones, with paths marked out and platforms. Some are
accessible only by boat or can be explored only by crawling through
rough-hewn passages. Still others are yet to be explored, and beckon
only the most daring adventurers.
Go deep into the rainforests and mangroves, which set the right mood for
your cave exploration. You will come up-close with the most spectacular
flora and fauna, most of which you will never see elsewhere in the
world. Within the caves, other fascinating forms of life abound. Watch
out for the fruitbats, swiftlets and a swarm of insects, not to forget
snakes and scorpions too. You can also find traces of early man, whose
rock paintings still adorn the walls. Certain caves are world-renowned
archeological sites, with artifacts that date back 40,000 years. As you
explore, you are sure to be amazed by the giant stalagmites and
stalactites, as well as the dark-flowing underground rivers.
Guides are available at all major Malaysian caves, and they can be
contacted through the Malaysian Nature Society or other adventure clubs.
Most caving expeditions are day trips, but you can opt for an overnight
stay if you prefer. Overnight camping is not permitted within the
caves, but rooms are usually available in the vicinity.
Caving is normally conducted between March and October, but always be
prepared for rain. Exploring some caves may require a permit, which is
available from the respective state forestry departments. Flash
photography is prohibited as the light scares away the cave’s residents.
For the adventure of a lifetime, get your boots on and go exploring the caves of Malaysia. Here are some which you must visit.
Batu Caves, Selangor: A massive statue of Lord Murugan greets you at the
entrance, welcoming you to climb 272 steep steps for a breath-taking
view of the city centre. The three main caves house Hindu temples and
shrines, and you can admire the paintings of Hindu gods in the Ramayana
Cave. Thousands of devotees throng here for the annual Hindu festival,
Monkeys frolic all around, and you may catch a glimpse of the exotic
Trapdoor Spider. Batu Caves, a favourite for rock-climbing enthusiasts,
is easily accessible by car or taxi as it is situated beside the main
highway of MRR2 in the Batu Caves area.
Niah National Park, Sarawak: The 3,140-hectare Park is home to peat
swamps, dipterocarp forests and massive limestone outcroppings, which
conceal the giant Niah caves. Here you can explore the Great Cave as
well as some smaller caves. In 1958, archaeologists discovered evidence
of human occupation here, which dates back some 40,000 years. Go back in
time in the Painted Cave, where ancient rock paintings still decorate
the walls. Several canoe-like coffins death ships) were found here,
indicating that this must have been a burial ground long ago.
Be warned – the caves are home to millions of bats. So, wear sturdy
shoes to avoid an accident with guano – bat dung. You can travel by road
from Miri 2 hours) or Bintulu 3 hours) to Batu Niah, from where it is a
short boat trip to the Park Headquarters.
Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak: One of the world’s longest networks
of caves can be found in this Park. Its main attraction is the gigantic
Sarawak Chamber – the world’s largest underground chamber in which forty
Boeing 747 airplanes can fit comfortably. The world’s biggest cave
passage – Deer Cave – is here, which can hold five cathedrals the size
of Saint Paul’s in London. Add to these the Clear Water Cave, the
longest cave in Southeast Asia. Millions of bats and swiftlets swarm
here, and it is awesome to watch them stream out into the jungle at
Mulu has some of the best examples of tropical limestone weathering in
the world, including a collection of 45 metre high limestone needles
called The Pinnacles, clinging to the mountainside. For adventurers,
there are challenging, exciting multi-day hikes for which it is
recommended you take a guide and porter.
To get there, take the express boat from Kuala Baram 3 hours) to Marudi,
from where you can take a commercial express boat to Kuala Apoh or Long
Panai on the Tutoh River. The express departs Marudi at noon daily and
returns in the early morning of the next day. Malaysia Airlines
Maswings) operates 2 30-minute daily flights from Miri into Mulu.
Batu Punggul, Sabah: Batu Punggul is a geological wonder, for limestone
massifs such as these are usually found only in coastal areas. Located
on the banks of the Sungai Sepulot Sepulot River), it offers you a
panoramic top view of the jungle, and extraordinary cave experiences
below. Walk around the caves to appreciate their remarkable stalactites
and stalagmites, while bats do the rounds above. In the vicinity, you’ll
find the Rafflesia – the world's largest flower – as well as a
multi-coloured bouquet of wild orchids.
As the journey to Batu Punggul may take the whole day, you may have to
spend the night there. A rustic resort nearby offers you a choice of
accommodation – a Murut longhouse, native huts called sulap), a hostel
or guesthouses, all complete with modern facilities. At night, you can
enjoy the mesmerising music of the 'jungle symphony'. To get there,
drive up to Sepulot or Kampung Labang from Kota Kinabalu or Keningau and
proceed to Batu Punggul by motorboat, a journey of 2-3 hours up the
Madai Caves, Sabah: On two special occasions during the year, the
village just outside these caves comes alive for a gala celebration.
This is when the local Idahan tribe gathers to harvest birds’ nests and
the air is filled with danger as the men risk their lives to pry the
nests from the cave roofs. After all, these nests are a rare gourmet
delicacy, a medicine for the Chinese, and a huge export industry. The
white nests are the most valuable and can fetch RM 2,000 or more per kg.
The Idahans hire harvesters nowadays, to carry on a tradition that has
been kept alive for over 20 generations.
To get to the caves, take the turn-off 69 km from Lahad Datu and watch
for the signpost that says 'Gua Madai'. From the turn-off, it is 3 km to
the caves. All buses between Lahad Datu and Semporna or Tawau pass the
turn-off, from where you can get a minivan to the caves, but you’ll have
to walk right to the highway for a ride back.
Gua Kelam Kelam Cave): It’s called the Cave of Darkness, and was once
the home of Stone Age men. Here, you can go on an enthralling 370-metre
'cave walk', where you enter from one end and come out at a different
location. Situated near the small town of Kaki Bukit, the cave was once
used to transport tin ore from the mine inside. Nowadays, you can go
through a brightly-lit walkway to see the remnants of the tin mine
operations. Keep your ears open to enjoy the sounds – the whispering
dark stream, squeaking bats and water dripping from the stalactites.
To reach Gua Kelam, take a bus at Kangar's main bus station to Kaki
Bukit, from where it is a 10-minute walk. Or, on the North-South PLUS)
Highway, take the exit via Changlun and then the Changlun-Kuala Perlis
highway to Kangar. From Kangar, head towards Padang Besar and follow the
signboard to Kaki Bukit or Wang Kelian.
Sam Poh Tong Temple, Perak: Sam Poh Tong is considered to be the biggest
cave temple in Malaysia and its beautifully carved statues of Buddha,
interspersed among the stalactites and stalagmites, are sure to amaze
you. The cave was discovered in 1890 by a Chinese monk who made it his
home and a place for meditation. He stayed there for 20 years until his
death and today, nuns and monks who dedicate their lives to Buddha still
occupy the Sam Poh Tong.
It’s a stiff climb up 246 steps to a cave from where you get a
magnificent view of Ipoh. Enjoy the peace of the picturesque Japanese
pond full of Japanese carp and tortoises – the symbols of longevity. The
temple gets into a celebratory mood during Buddhist festivals like
Wesak Day. Located in Gunung Rapat, this temple is about 5 km south of
Festivals of Malaysia :
Malaysia is a country of multi-ethnic society practising
multi-culturalism and multi-religion. Each ethnic group practises its
own religion and belief which means various festivals are celebrated
throughout the year. These festivals are usually celebrated either
nationwide or at state level. "Open house" concept is practised almost
all the festivals, which means inviting relatives and friends to partake
in the food and festivity occasion. Some of these festivals are public
Malaysia - Land of Festivals!
Anyone visiting Malaysia for the first time would not cease to be amazed
by the number of festivals and events that are happening the whole year
around. Malaysia, with its mix of ethnic races which include Malays,
descendants of the Bugis and Javanese, ChinesMajor festivels of Malaysia
include Hari Raya Aidilfitri
After a month of fasting during the month of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the first day of Syawal which is the tenth month of the Muslim calendar with joyous enthusiasm. This is a major festival for Muslims and they usher in the day with prayers in mosques and remembering their departed loved ones. It is also the time for family reunion when members of the family from different parts of the country get together. The festival mood is with joyous enthusiasm. Special festival dishes are served for festivals and friends during "open house". The festival mood is reflected is brightly decorated homes, government and commercial buildings. Homes are also lit with all lamps at the entrance in keeping with a long established tradition.