Malaysia

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Additional Information
Capital Kuala Lumpur
Currency
Timezone Asia/Kuala_Lumpur
Total States 13
Airport City Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA, Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kuching International Airport, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages Malay, English, Manglish, Chinese, Creoles
National Animal Malayan Tiger
Food Mee goreng mamak, Apam balik, Nasi kerabu
Seasons Autumn  : Sep - Dec
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter     : Dec - Mar
Sprint      : Mar - Jun


Destination



1 ) Kuala Lumpur
Popular - Metropolitan City     Location - Kuala Lumpur, -Selangor, -Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, more affectionately referred to as KL, is Malaysia's metropolitan capital. Travelers in Kuala Lumpur get treated to a unique mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian culture. KL is the kind of place where you can enjoy a delicious bowl of authentic Chinese noodles then walk into a Hindu temple across the street.

The many residents from all over the world also bring samples of their cultures to the mix, creating a vibe different than that in many other Southeast Asian cities.

Places to See in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a sprawl. But the part most tourists know as Kuala Lumpur is actually comprised of a handful of unique neighborhoods. Each has their own reasons you should visit.

You can walk between most, take one of the Hop-On-Hop-Off buses, or make use of the extensive train network.

Chinatown KL

Kuala Lumpur's busy Chinatown is the hub for travelers who are looking for inexpensive food, shopping, and accommodation. Centrally located, Chinatown KL is within easy walking distance of the Central Market and the Perdana Lake Gardens. Close proximity to the refurbished Pudu Sentral (formerly Puduraya Bus Station) allows quick access to long-haul buses to destinations farther afield in Malaysia.

Busy Petaling Street is jam-packed with a night market, food stalls, and revelers drinking beer at tables along the street. Although shopping stalls abound, don't expect to score good deals on the many fake goods unless you haggle hard.

Bukit Bintang

Not as "rough and tumble" as Chinatown, Bukit Bintang is Kuala Lumpur's main strip for strolling. Ultramodern shopping malls, technology plazas, restaurants, and nightclubs are squeezed wherever they can fit.

Hotels in Bukit Bintang are priced slightly higher due in part to the convenience and location. Jalan Alor, parallel to Bukit Bintang, is frenetically popular place for trying all types of street food in Kuala Lumpur.

Bukit Bintang can be reached via a 20-minute walk from Chinatown or by taking the monorail.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre

KLCC, short for Kuala Lumpur City Centre, is dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers — once the tallest buildings in the world until Taipei 101 beat them for the title in 2004. The glowing towers are an impressive sight and have become deeply symbolic of Malaysia's progress and accomplishments.

Visitors are allowed to visit the connecting sky bridge on the 41st and 42nd floors for a view of the city. Tickets to walk the bridge are fist come, first serve with a daily limit. People usually have to queue early in the morning for any hope of crossing the sky bridge. The massive, upscale shopping mall at the bottom of the towers provides lots of distraction for waiting your turn on the bridge.

KLCC also includes the convention center, a public park, and Aquaria KLCC — a 60,000-square-foot aquarium boasting over 20,000 land and aquatic animals.

Little India

Also known as the Brickyards, Little India is just south of the city center. Bollywood music pours from speakers facing the street as the sweet smells of spicy curry and burning water pipes fill the air. Jalan Tun Sambanthan, the main road through Little India, makes for an interesting walk. Shops, vendors, and restaurants compete for your business and attention.

Try delicious Malaysian Indian food or eating in a "banana leaf" curry house, then relax with a traditionally poured teh tarik drink.

The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is the informal name given to the area in Kuala Lumpur containing KLCC, the Petronas Twin Towers, the Menara KL Tower, Bukit Nanas Forest, and Bukit Bintang.

Menara K

The Menara KL, or KL Tower, conspicuously rises to 1,381 feet and is the fourth-tallest telecommunication tower in the world. Visitors to the observation deck at 905 feet get an even better view of Kuala Lumpur than that offered from the Petronas Towers Sky Bridge.

Alternatively, visitors can eat in the revolving restaurant located one floor above the observation deck, or visit the lower platform where a handful of shops and cafes are located for free.

 

 

 


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2 ) George Town
Popular - Beach     Location - George Town, -Penang, -Malaysia

Malaysians are proud of their big island on the west coast — and they should be! The colonial city of Georgetown was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has plenty to offer in the way of museums, a seaside fort, historic homes, and most importantly, a famous street-food scene.

Numerous artists have left their marks in the form of murals along the streets of Georgetown. Cafes, shops, and things to do can be found dotted throughout.

Penang is considered one of the best places in Southeast Asia to sample delicious street food of all types. The waterfront esplanade known as Gurney Drive in Penang is lined with stalls and eateries for trying local Malay, Chinese, and Indian treats, among others.

You'll find plenty of interesting things to do in Penang to keep you busy for a while, and you'll need to go get some exercise anyway after enjoying what is considered the epicenter of Malaysia's street-food scene!

Historic clan houses, colonial history, a national park, UNESCO World Heritage status -- Penang has enough sights and activities to entertain every style of traveler, from long-term backpackers to traveling families on shorter jaunts.

 

 


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3 ) Langkawi
Popular - Island     Location - Langkawi, -Kedah, -Malaysia

Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah (Malay: Langkawi Permata Kedah), is a district and an archipelago of 99 islands (+ 5 small islands visible only at low tide) in the Andaman Sea some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. On 15 July 2008, Sultan Abdul Halim of Kedah consented to the change of name to Langkawi Permata Kedah in conjunction with his golden jubilee celebration. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi), with a population of some 64,792; the only other inhabited island being nearby Tuba Island.
Langkawi is also an administrative district, with the town of Kuah as its largest town. Pentai Cenang is the most popular beach and tourist area in Langkawi, with tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Langkawi is a duty-free island.


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4 ) Malacca
Popular - Culture     Location - Malacca, -Melaka, -Malaysia

Lying on the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula, Malacca (Melaka in Malay) is a unique place to visit due to the British, Dutch and Portuguese all having ruled here at one point. As such, there is a wealth of lovely colonial architecture to explore, with each nation having left its mark in terms of the buildings left behind and the cultural impact that they had. With a lively night market and a wide range of different cuisines on offer, this charming city is understandably a popular tourist destination in Malaysia.

Although it was the location of one of the earliest Malay sultanates, the local monarchy was abolished when the Portuguese conquered it in 1511. The head of state is the Yang di-Pertua Negeri or Governor, rather than a Sultan. Melaka is famous for its unique history and is one of the major tourist destinations in Malaysia. With a highly strategic state position for international trade routes, Malacca was once a well-known international trade center in the East. Many traders anchored in Malacca, especially traders from Arabia, China and India, traded at the port of Malacca and from there were born many of the descendants and tribes that exist in Malacca to this day. The harmonious life and ambience of the people of Malacca is attributed to the life of various races and ethnicities that have long existed among the local community. Malays, Chinese, Indians, Baba Nyonya, Portuguese, Chitty and Eurasian are some of the examples of people living in the State of Malacca up to the present generation and they live in peace and prosperity with one another.


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5 ) Ipoh
Popular - Arts and Cultural     Location - Ipoh, -Perak, -Malaysia

The capital of Perak state, Ipoh lies between Kuala Lumpur and the Thai border, and is a lovely place to stop by. Its old town is pleasant to stroll around, with lots of little shops and cafes dotting its tiny streets. The new part of town has many great restaurants serving up traditional local dishes. A plethora of impressive temples catering to all religions lie within the city, with the Perak Tong cave temple being the highlight. A nice place to get away from the bustle of larger cities, Ipoh is also a gateway to the nearby Cameron Highlands.

Originally a village, Ipoh began to grow rapidly in the 1880s after huge deposits of tin were discovered within its vicinity. By 1895, it was the second largest town within the Federated Malay States, which also consisted of Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang.Ipoh was declared a city in 1988. However, following the depletion of its tin deposits and the collapse of tin prices in the 1970s, the city suffered decades of decline and neglect.

In recent years, Ipoh's popularity as a tourist destination has been significantly boosted by efforts to conserve its British colonial-era architecture. The city is also well known for its cuisine and natural attractions, such as its limestone hills and caves within which Buddhist temples were built. In addition, Ipoh has managed to maintain its reputation as one of the cleanest cities in Malaysia.

Ipoh's location between Kuala Lumpur and George Town has made it a major land transportation hub within West Malaysia, with both the Malayan Railway's West Coast Line and the North-South Expressway cutting through the city. Aside from the land transportation links, Ipoh is also served by the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport.

Ipoh is known as the Hipster Capital of Malaysia by various tourism rating and official agencies.

 

 

 

 


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6 ) Kota Kinabalu
Popular - Industrial and Manufacturing     Location - Kota Kinabalu, -Sabah, -Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian pronunciation): formerly known as Jesselton, is the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia and the capital of the Kota Kinabalu District. It is also the capital of the West Coast Division of Sabah. The city is located on the northwest coast of Borneo facing the South China Sea. The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park lies to its west and Mount Kinabalu, which gave the city its name, is located to its east. Kota Kinabalu has a population of 452,058 according to the 2010 census when the adjacent Penampang and Putatan districts are included, the metro area has a combined population of 628,725.


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7 ) Kota Kinabalu
Popular - Beach     Location - Kota Kinabalu, -Sabah, -Malaysia

Although Kota Kinabalu may not initially appear very enticing due to its sprawling concrete buildings, once you get to know it, you´ll soon become enamored with all that it has to offer. Located in Borneo, the city looks out over the South China Sea and has a vibrant waterfront and some incredible sunsets. With malls, markets, fantastic cuisine, and a vibrant arts and music scene, Kota Kinabalu has everything that you could want in a city. With so many sights lying nearby, it´s definitely worth checking out. From here you can hike Mount Kinabalu, go scuba diving off the coast, or visit the spectacular islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.

 

In the 15th century, the area of Kota Kinabalu was under the influence of Bruneian Empire. In the 19th century, the British North Borneo Company (BNBC) first set up a settlement near the Gaya Island. However, it was destroyed by fire in 1897 by a local leader named Mat Salleh. In July 1899, the place located opposite to the Gaya Island was identified as a suitable place for settlements. Development in the area was started soon after that; and the place was named "Api-api" before it was renamed after the vice-chairman of BNBC as "Jesselton". Jesselton became a major trading port in the area, and was connected to the North Borneo Railway. Jesselton was largely destroyed during World War II. The Japanese occupation of Jesselton provoked several local uprisings notably the Jesselton Revolt but they were eventually defeated by the Japanese. After the war, BNBC was unable to finance the high cost of reconstructions and the place was ceded to the British Crown Colony. The British Crown declared Jesselton as the new capital of North Borneo in 1946 and started to rebuild the town. After the formation of Malaysia, North Borneo was renamed as Sabah. In 1967, Jesselton was renamed as Kota Kinabalu, Kota being the Malay word for Fort and Kinabalu after the nearby Mount Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu was granted city status in 2000.

Kota Kinabalu is often known as KK both in Malaysia and internationally. It is a major tourist destination and a gateway for travellers visiting Sabah and Borneo. Kinabalu Park is located about 90 kilometres from the city and there are many other tourist attractions in and around the city. Kota Kinabalu is also one of the major industrial and commercial centres of East Malaysia. These two factors combine to make Kota Kinabalu one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia.


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8 ) Kuching
Popular - River     Location - Kuching, -Sarawak, -Malaysia

Despite being the the largest city in Borneo, Kuching is a laid-back, relaxing place to visit, with a lot to see and do. Lying on the banks of the Sarawak River, the city has a charming waterfront promenade and many interesting museums. There are also numerous restaurants, bars and cafes that highlight the multicultural side of Kuching. Skyscrapers rise as if from amidst the jungle, and it is this, along with its colonial architecture, that makes for such a picturesque setting. A great base for exploring the rest of the island and the nearby national parks, in Kuching you can organize treks into the jungle as well as trips along the coast.

Kuching was the third capital of Sarawak in 1827 during the administration of the Bruneian Empire. In 1841, Kuching became the capital of the Kingdom of Sarawak after the territory in the area was ceded to James Brooke for helping the Bruneian empire in crushing a rebellion particularly by the interior Borneo dweller Land Dayak people who later became his loyal followers after most of them being pardoned by him and joining his side. The town continued to receive attention and development during the rule of Charles Brooke such as the construction of a sanitation system, hospital, prison, fort, and a bazaar. In 1941, the Brooke administration had a Centenary Celebration in Kuching. During World War II, Kuching was occupied by Japanese forces from 1942 to 1945. The Japanese government set up a Batu Lintang camp near Kuching to hold prisoners of war and civilian internees. After the war, the town survived intact. However, the last Rajah of Sarawak, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke decided to cede Sarawak as part of British Crown Colony in 1946. Kuching remained as capital during the Crown Colony period. After the formation of Malaysia in 1963, Kuching retained its status as state capital and was granted city status in 1988. Since then, the Kuching city is divided into two administrative regions managed by two separate local authorities. The administrative centre of Sarawak state government is located at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Kuching.

Kuching is a major food destination for tourists and the main gateway for travellers visiting Sarawak and Borneo. Kuching Wetlands National Park is located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the city and there are many other tourist attractions in and around Kuching such as Bako National Park, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF), state assembly building, The Astana, Fort Margherita, Kuching Cat Museum, and Sarawak State Museum. The city has become one of the major industrial and commercial centres in East Malaysia.

 

 

 


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9 ) Miri
Popular - Metropolitan City     Location - Miri, -Sarawak, -Malaysia

Fueled by oil money from the petroleum industry, Miri has modernized and expanded into the large city we know today. A modern place full of life, the city has numerous fine restaurants, hotels and bars for visitors to choose from, as well as some shopping malls and bustling markets. Due to its diverse population, it is possible to try dishes from all around Malaysia and further afield. As it is a major transport hub, many people stop by Miri on their way to other cities in Malaysia.

Before Miri was founded, Marudi was the administrative centre of the northern region of Sarawak. Miri was founded in 1910 when the first oil well was drilled by Royal Dutch Shell. The discovery of an oil field in Miri has led to rapid development of Miri town. Miri became the administrative centre of the northern region of Sarawak by 1929. During World War II, the Miri oil fields were destroyed by the Brooke government to sabotage Japanese operations in Southeast Asia but to no avail; Miri town was the first landing point of Japanese troops in Borneo. The subsequent Japanese occupation led Miri to become a target of Allied air raids which caused the destruction of oil refinery facilities in Miri. The petroleum industry continued to be a major player in the city's economy after the war. Oil exploration has moved offshore since the 1950s, but subsequently new inland oil fields were found in 1989 and 2011. In 1974, the formation of Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas led to co-operation between Petronas and Shell on oil exploration in the Miri region. In 2005, Miri became the 10th city in Malaysia to be granted official city status, the first non-state capital city to be bestowed such status.

Miri is the main tourist gateway to the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park; Loagan Bunut National Park; Lambir Hills National Park; Niah National Park and Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park. The Gunung Mulu National Park with its Sarawak Chamber, which is the largest known cave chamber in the world by area, remains one of the favourite ecotourism destinations in Miri.[8] Miri is also the birthplace of the Malaysian petroleum industry. Other major industries in the city include timber, oil palm and tourism.

 


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10 ) Kota Bharu
Popular - Culture     Location - Kota Bharu, -Kelantan, -Malaysia

Located in the far northeast of the Malaysian peninsula, Kota Bharu is mainly visited by people looking to head on to nearby Thailand or the Perhentian Islands. The city itself, however, is the perfect place to gain an insight into Malay culture, with the interesting and educational Culture Centre being particularly captivating. With some lovely old architecture on offer, as well as some fantastic Buddhist temples and lively markets, Kota Bharu is a good location from which to explore the delights of Kelantan state.

Kota Bharu is home to many mosques, various museums, the unique architecture of the old royal palaces (still occupied by the sultan and sultanah and off-limits to visitors but viewable from outside) and former royal buildings (which can be visited) in the centre of town.

The City is served by Keretapi Tanah Melayu's East Coast Line at the nearby Wakaf Bharu Terminal Station, in the town of Wakaf Bharu across the Kelantan River and Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, located in Pengkalan Chepa.

The Kelantanese culture is highly distinctive as compared to other state of Malaysia but also with some influences from Thailand due to its geographical proximity. The Chinese and Indians are much more assimilated to local culture than those in other parts of Malaysia. Much of the food is sweet, with rice as the primary staple. Traditional dances like Mak Yong and Wayang Kulit were once widely practised but are actively suppressed by local authorities because of perceived Hindu influences thought to contradict Islam.


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11 ) Kuala Terengganu
Popular - Beach     Location - Kuala Terengganu, -Terengganu, -Malaysia

Formerly a tiny fishing village, the discovery of oil transformed the face of the city – skyscrapers now rub shoulders with quaint old buildings. Despite the proliferation of modern developments, Kuala Terengganu is still a charming place, with a particularly lovely Chinatown and some delightful beaches along the coast. Mostly used as a base to explore the surrounding region’s mesmerizing jungles and beautiful islands, the city has enough to keep visitors entertained for a couple of days.

As a district, Kuala Terengganu is the smallest in terms of area, but it (together with the Kuala Nerus District that form the city area) has the largest population in Terengganu with a population of 406,317 in 2010.City status was awarded to Kuala Terengganu with the title Bandaraya Warisan Pesisir Air (English: Waterfront Heritage City) on 1 January 2008.

Besides being a major political and economic centre to the state, the city is also the main gateway to many of the state's tourist destinations. The attractions in and around the city include Kampung Cina, Pasar Besar Kedai Payang, Terengganu State Museum, and Batu Buruk Beach. Even though the city is not spared from modernity and development, Kuala Terengganu still retains strong Malay influences that are intermixed with other cultures from its long history as a port.

 


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12 ) Johor Bahru
Popular - Museum & Galleries     Location - Johor Bahru, -Johor, -Malaysia

The most southern city in Malaysia lies on the border with Singapore. As such, most people only stop by on their way to the neighboring country. A chaotic, traffic-filled place with poor air quality, in recent years, Johor Bahru has tried to reinvent itself – things are slowly getting better, with more large developments still to come. A bustling city, it has more than enough museums and cultural attractions to make it worth visiting. It also has some great shopping malls and lively nightlife.

Johor Bahru was founded in 1855 as Iskandar Puteri when the Sultanate of Johor came under the influence of Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim. The area was renamed "Johore Bahru" in 1862 and became the capital of the Sultanate when the Sultanate administration centre was moved there from Telok Blangah.

During the reign of Sultan Abu Bakar, there was development and modernisation within the city; with the construction of administrative buildings, schools, religious buildings, and railways connecting to Singapore. Johor Bahru was occupied by the Japanese forces from 1942 to 1945. Johor Bahru became the cradle of Malay nationalism after the war and gave birth to a political party named United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in 1946. After the formation of Malaysia in 1963, Johor Bahru retained its status as state capital and was granted city status in 1994.

The present area of Johor Bahru was originally known as Tanjung Puteri, and was a fishing village of the Malays. Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim then renamed Tanjung Puteri to Iskandar Puteri once he arrived in the area in 1858 after acquiring the territory from Sultan Ali; before it was renamed Johor Bahru by Sultan Abu Bakar following the Temenggong's death. (The suffix "Bah(a)ru" means "new" in Malay, normally written "baru" in standard spelling today but appearing with several variants in place names, such as Kota Bharu and Indonesian Pekanbaru.) The British preferred to spell its name as Johore Bahru or Johore Bharu,[8] but the current accepted western spelling is Johor Bahru, as Johore is only spelt Johor (without the letter "e" at the end of the word) in Malay language.The city is also spelt as Johor Baru or Johor Baharu.

 


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Activity



1 ) Kuala Selangor Fireflies (Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park)
Activity Duration - 7:45–10:30pm     Activity Category - Attraction

The Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park adventure began in the 1970s when a local entrepreneur foresaw the commercial potential of this magical event. The project was later entrusted to the Kuala Selangor District Council, who has continued its development to accommodate the increasing number of tourists.


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2 ) Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower)
Activity Category - Tower

KL Tower is the 7th tallest telecommunications tower in the world with a height of 421m (it dropped one place in the rankings following the opening of Tokyo Skytree in 2012).

Its Observation Deck is at a less impressive 276m, being situated on the lowest of the six levels in the head of the tower, but as the tower stands on top of a small hill, it still gives excellent views of Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding regions.

KL Tower's views are more spectacular than those from the Skybridge at Petronas Twin Towers but recently Petronas has opened a new viewing deck over 80 floors up so it may have taken over the number one spot for views.


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3 ) Batu Caves
Activity Duration - 6 am to 9 pm.     Activity Category - Temple / Mosque / Church

The Batu Caves are an iconic tourist attraction in Selangor, about 13km from Kuala Lumpur’s city center. The Batu Caves are spectacular caves that feature temples and Hindu Shrines in caves that are over 400 million years old. As you approach the site you are greeted by Lord Murugan Statue – the Batu Caves giant, the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia. It’s also the second tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world. This thing is huge, so I would love to see just how big the biggest one is. The tallest of the Hindu deities is the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal. This is an easy and unmissable day trip from Kuala Lumpur as is a day trip to the Genting Highlands which are about an hour from Kuala Lumpur.


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4 ) Petronas Twin Towers (Petronas Towers) Tours
Activity Category - Tower

A Kuala Lumpur visit can never be complete until you reach in the skies at the observation deck of Petronas Twin Towers KL Tower and view this marvelous city from the top. Sometimes it is impossible to get the tickets, especially during peak seasons, that fit to your schedules and desired time slot.


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5 ) National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)
Activity Category - Temple / Mosque / Church

Masjid Negara, Malaysia’s National Mosque, is the nationwide symbol of Islam. Comprising a main prayer hall with 48 smaller domes around it, it is set to the northwest of the old railway station, a couple of hundred metres towards the end of Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.

Spread across 13 acres, the National Mosque is able to accommodate up to 15,000 people and is reminiscent of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, featuring abstract shapes and geometric lattice incorporated into its roofing and ironworks. The Grand Hall is undoubtedly the most intricate part of the mosque with verses from the Koran decorating the walls. 


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6 ) Petaling Street Market
Activity Duration - Open 24 hours     Activity Category - Market

alaysia’s relaxed attitude towards counterfeit goods is well illustrated at this popular night market bracketed by fake Chinese gateways. Traders start to fill Jln Petaling from midmorning until it is jam-packed with market stalls selling everything from fake designer handbags to jackfruit. Visit in the afternoon if you want to take pictures or see the market without the crowds.


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7 ) Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)
Activity Duration - 9am–7pm     Activity Category - Adventure

The Langkawi Cable car and Oriental Village Tour takes you on a cable car ride to the top of Gunung Matchincang. As the gondola-style cab makes its way to the top you can get a bird's eye view of legendary Langkawi as well as numerous outlying islands in the distance; Oriental Village, the home of the cable car, is a great place to visit. The mini town - situated at the base of the geo-park's mountain range – has more than a few attractions; the tour continues on with breathtaking views of many islands surrounded by the vast clear-blue sea. Here you will be able to see the SkyBridge which hovers at 700 metres above sea level at the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang.


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8 ) Pulau Payar Marine Park Tours
Activity Duration - Open 24 hours     Activity Category - Adventure

Pulau Payar Marine Park is a popular site for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts keen on exploring Langkawi’s undersea action. Just 30km south of the main island, it is about 45 minutes away from the Kuah jetty point and you can take either a catamaran or a speedboat to get here.

Comprising four islands, the largest of which is Pulau Payar, and three smaller isles (Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang) this marine park is spread over two nautical miles. None of these islands are inhabited and are strictly regulated by the Fisheries Department of Kedah to maintain their pristine condition.


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9 ) Mt. Machinchang (Gunung Mat Chinchang)
Activity Duration - 10am-7pm Mon-thu, 9:30am-7pm on weekends     Activity Category - Adventure

Gunung Mat Cincang is probably Langkawi’s best-known mountain, aside from its neighbour Gunung Raya. At 850m high, it is the second highest mountain in Langkawi and offers some pretty spectacular views of the island. It is home to the famous cable car that carries passengers 709m above sea level to the apex.

Besides enjoying the spectacular views of the forested and craggy sides of Mount Cincang, on a clear day you can see all the way to the mainland and southwest Thailand. Besides that, at the top of Gunung Mat Cincang you can also have some snacks and refreshments as there are food stalls available to your need.


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10 ) Langkawi Beras Basah Island (Pulau Beras Basah)
Activity Category - Attraction

Pulau Beras Basah, located 25 kilometres southwest of Kuah, features expansive sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and clear blue waters against a verdant mountain backdrop. Therefore, we highly recommend bringing along a change of clothes, blankets, and beach essentials during this trip.
 
Despite its popularity amongst tourists, Pulau Beras Basah remains mostly underdeveloped save for several washrooms and rustic-looking stalls selling drinks and snacks for their convenience. There isn’t any accommodation on the island, so an overnight stay is inadvisable for travellers.


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11 ) Dayang Bunting Lake (Tasik Dayang Bunting)
Activity Category - Attraction

Pulau Dayang Bunting, Langkawi’s second largest uninhabited island, is easily accessible via a 15-minute boat ride from Kuah Jetty. Its name literally translates to ‘Isle of the Pregnant Maiden’ as it resembles the silhouette of a reclined pregnant lady from afar. Locals also believe barren women will become fertile after swimming in the freshwater lake on the island. Once you’ve reached the jetty, it’s a 15-minute hike to the lake via a concrete stairway through the dense forest.


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12 ) Dayang Bunting Lake (Tasik Dayang Bunting)
Activity Category - Attraction

Pulau Dayang Bunting, Langkawi’s second largest uninhabited island, is easily accessible via a 15-minute boat ride from Kuah Jetty. Its name literally translates to ‘Isle of the Pregnant Maiden’ as it resembles the silhouette of a reclined pregnant lady from afar. Locals also believe barren women will become fertile after swimming in the freshwater lake on the island. Once you’ve reached the jetty, it’s a 15-minute hike to the lake via a concrete stairway through the dense forest.


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13 ) Oriental Village Langkawi Tours
Activity Duration - 9am–7pm     Activity Category - Attraction

Oriental Village is best known as the home of the Langkawi Cable Car and Sky Bridge. It is a themed open-air complex with a huge lake in the centre and an art gallery, animal exhibits, clothes, souvenir and handicraft stores spread out around it plus a few local and international restaurants.


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14 ) Mahsuri's Tomb (Makam Mahsuri)
Activity Category - Attraction

Mahsuri’s Tomb is the crypt of the legendary Princess Mahsuri. Located in the village of Mawat, 12km from Kuah, it is also known as Makam Mahsuri. Most of the island’s natural attractions have fables attached in true Malay style and Mahsuri’s Tomb is probably its most famous legend.


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15 ) Sandakan Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Activity Duration - 9–11am, 2–4pm     Activity Category - Attraction

Around 25km north of Sandakan, and covering 40 sq km of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, this inspiring, world-famous centre welcomes orphaned and injured orangutans for rehabilitation before returning them to forest life.At the outdoor nursery, a short walk from the feeding platform, you can watch orphaned youngsters at play.


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16 ) Mt. Kinabalu (Gunung Kinabalu)
Activity Duration - .     Activity Category - Adventure

Mount Kinabalu is the Borneo’s highest peak in Sabah and it is renowned world heritage site. It stands 4,095m Height with breathtaking views. Find ideal mount kinabalu package with best rates and get tips to climb mount kinabalu from our experts.

 


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17 ) Kinabalu National Park Tours
Activity Duration - 9am to 4pm     Activity Category - National Park

On the rainforest-clad island of Borneo lies Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in December 2000 for its 'outstanding universal values' and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world. Kinabalu National Park was gazetted in 1964 to protect Mount Kinabalu and its plant and animal life. Mount Kinabalu, standing at 4,095.2 metres tall, is the highest mountain on the island of Borneo and the 20th most prominent peak in the world. Located on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, Kinabalu National Park covers an area of 754 square kilometres (291 square miles) and incorporates two mountains, Mount Kinabalu (4095.2 m) and Mount Tambuyukon (2,579 m).


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18 ) North Borneo Railway Tours
Activity Duration - .     Activity Category - Adventure

The North Borneo Railway features a British Vulcan steam locomotive. The engine is designed for wood burning, a costly yet more environmental form of steam. Refurbished to create the nostalgic romance of the bygone era of the Colonial days of British North Borneo, the train allows all passengers to experience the beauty of countryside and the unique sights and sound of Sabah landscape on board a vintage steam engine train.

 


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19 ) Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve (Poring Hot Springs)
Activity Duration - .     Activity Category - Attraction

Journey to the heights of the Crocker Range – the highest peaks in Sabah – and submerge into calming sulfuric baths at Poring Hot Springs. Marvel at majestic sights along the mountains, stroll through beautiful Poring Nature Reserve Park, and walk along the treetops of the rainforest canopy.- Spectacular biodiversity of flora & fauna in the rainforest- Impressive views from a 134-foot (41-m) canopy walk- Chance to take a dip at Poring Hot Springs & Nature Reserve- Serene natural surroundings of the countryside, hills & park- Views of highest peak in Malaysia at 13,435 feet (4,095 m)


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20 ) Sabah Museum (Sabah State Museum)
Activity Duration - 9am–5pm     Activity Category - Museum

The Heritage Village on the Museum grounds where you can enter and experience different types of traditional houses of the various indigenous groups of Sabah. Cultural activities are held here from time to time.


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Festival

1 ) Thaipusam

Festival Month - February

One of the most important Tamil festivals of Malaysia, Thaipusam commemorates the victory of Lord Muruga over the evil spirit Soorapadam with great pomp and show. Celebrated with fervour for 3 days at the famous Batu Caves shrine around the full moon day, you can witness the grand procession that kicks off from Kuala Lumpur. Lord Muruga is carried in a silver chariot to the sound of chants & drums while over a million devotees throng the temple to seek his blessings. It is a sight to watch ardent devotees carry ‘kavadis’ yoked to their body through metal spikes


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2 ) Tadau Ka’amatan Harvest Festival

Festival Month - May

This native festival of Kadazan-Dusun, Sabah’s largest ethnic group is essentially a celebration to thank the holy spirits for a bountiful harvest making it to the list of famous festivals in Malaysia. Padi farmers congregate to honour ‘Bambaazon’, the spirit of rice padi through traditional rites and customs followed by festivities. The headquarters of Kadazan Dusun Cultural Organisation hold ethnic dance performances as well as display of traditional sports like arm-wrestling, blowpipe shooting etc. Free-flow of Tapai and Lihing, the local rice wines adds to the spirit and fervour of one of the most interesting cultural festivals of Malaysia.


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3 ) Wesak Day

Festival Month - May

Like in all Buddhist countries, Wesak festival celebration in Malaysia gives you a chance to witness this important event marking the three major milestones in Budhha’s life – his birth, enlightenment and nirvana. Buddhists across the country observe fasting to cleanse themselves and also spend time meditating at the temples all day. They also release doves and tortoises as a symbol of liberating the soul and absolving ones past life sins. This pious festival is marked with alms giving, spirituality and positivity.


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