Kuala Lumpur ( Capital City of Malaysia)
Kuala Lumpur or KL as the local fondly call it, is located in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is the main gateway into Malaysia for travelers. With 243.6 sq. km wide and multiracial population of 1.5 million people, Kuala Lumpur is the center for the Federal Government, transportation, businesses, shopping mall, festivals, food, and not to mention, places of interest.
Kuala Lumpur was once a quiet area with small settlement at the confluence of Klang and Gombak rivers. Later, it developed into a major center for the tin trade in the 1880’s. Despite the modern skyscrapers and transportation system, Kuala Lumpur managed to preserve the pre-war buildings as evident by the old buildings which can be seen in the midst of the sophisticated ones. Kuala Lumpur also retains the ambience of a garden city with its attractive landscaping, lush greenery and extensive public parks which become the place to relax after a long day at work.
As the cross-roads of the world’s major air routes, many airlines fly to Kuala Lumpur on a regular basis. With the opening Kuala Lumpur International Airport ( KLIA ) in April 1998, more airlines are expected to fly to Kuala Lumpur. Besides a world class international airport, Kuala Lumpur also have an excellent road condition, highway system, and recently upgrade railways which link major cities throughout the country. Overland travel is always highly recommended to enjoy the breathtaking panorama which can be found anywhere in the city.
As a paradise for shoppers, Kuala Lumpur offers a wide variety of branded and local items at a very reasonable price. There are about 28 shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur alone. Among the most popular places are at Bangsar, Bukit Bintang, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Petaling Street and also Central Market. The uniqueness of the shopping malls with its impressive architecture and colors are enough to stun anyone who passing by. The goods offered range from clothing, jewelry, footwear, electrical appliance, antiques, furniture, textiles, cosmetics, household items, sports wear, carpets, Malaysia’s batik fabric, leather goods, and local handicrafts, just to name a few. Don’t forget to practice your bargaining skill at Petaling Street. You will be surprised how cheap things can be here!
As a metropolitan city, Kuala Lumpur is the center of everything. The Petronas Twin Tower – the tallest building in the world, will immediately amaze you with its unique design. You can also enjoy the bird eyes view of Kuala Lumpur while dining on top of Kuala Lumpur Tower ( KL Tower). The uniqueness of Kuala Lumpur lies in the architecture that blends the old with the sophisticated ones. Apart from the numerous parks, there are a lot of places that you can visit like the National Planetarium, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square, Central Market, National Palace, National Monument, National Science Center and a whole lot more. In short, Kuala Lumpur is the place to satisfy your hunger for a new experience!
After days of skin-tanning activities, Cameron Highlands is the place to cool off. With its cool climate, Cameron Highlands is an important plantation area for vegetables, flowers and world-class tea. In short, Cameron Highlands offers a breathe of fresh air far away from the city’s pollution. No matter how you spend your day, either by golfing, picnicking at Robinson Fall or just walking in a garden full of roses, you will appreciate the fresh air, lush vegetation and the serenity of Cameron Highlands.
National Park ( Taman Negara )
Get ready to enter one of the world’s wildest and oldest tropical rain forest – Malaysia’s National Park. Thousands of flora and fauna are nowhere else to be found, are here at National Park. With extra careful planing and close supervision to conserve the world’s heritage, jungle tracks and camping sites are available to welcome the curious visitors to share the wonders of national Park. Mountain climbing , fishing and white water rafting are among the challenges that visitors can involve in as you can find the Mount Tahan (2190m) and numerous streams and waterfalls throughout National Park. Now, get your boots out of the closet and journey to the world most exotic place!
Penang ( Pearl of the Orient )
Penang history begun with the Indian Civilization followed by the Portuguese, Dutch, then later British who came in search of species and participated in the lucrative trade. The history of modern Penang started in 1786 when Francis Light managed to persuade Sultan of kedah to cede Pulau Pinang (Betel Nut Island) to the British East India Company. According to the legend, Light fired gold coins to force his men to clear the area. For hundred years, Penang remained under British Colonial rule until 1957 when Malaysia earned its independence.
Penang is situated north of Kuala Lumpur about five hours driving through highway. It is connected to other major cities in Malaysia through roads, rail, air and water. The opening of the Penang Bridge (third longest in the world) link the mainland of Peninsular Malaysia and Penang Island. Ferry service is also available around the clock for passengers as well as vehicles. In the city center itself you can choose any means of transportation like car rental, city taxis, city buses as well as trishaws to explore the wonders of Penang. If you have a limited time in Penang, it’s not an excuse not to explore Penang. You should take advantage of a number of reliable tours and cruises offered by local tour companies.
Penang is also abundant with countless events and festivals such as the Chap Goh Meh (February) , Penang International Triathlon Carnival (July), Penang Flora Festival (July), Penang Beach Carnival (July), Lantern Festival (September) and many more.
Places of Interest
Among the famous beaches are Tanjung Bunga, Batu Feringhi, Teluk Bahang, Penang Museum and Art Gallery, Khoo Kongsi Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, City Hall, Clock Tower, Fort Cornwallis, Komtar Building, Kek Lok, si Temple, wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Buddhist Temple, Penang Hill, Snake Temple, Batu Maung Fishing Village and whole lot more.
Malacca ( Historic City )
Malacca is where it all begins. It was founded by an exiled Prince from Sumatra, Parameswara, in 1400. It later developed into a port-of-call to merchants from China, India, Arab and South America. Malacca then fell to the hands of the Portuguese then Dutch in 1641. In 1795 Malacca was passed to British then returned to the Dutch in 1818. After hundred of years under the colonial power, the people of Malacca involved in the anti-colonial sentiment bred in the country after the World War II. The result was the proclamation of Independence by His Highness Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, Malaysia’s first prime Minister, at Padang Pahlawan (Warrior’s Field) Bandar Hilir, Malacca on the 20th February 1956.
Malacca is located south of Kuala Lumpur ,about two hours driving. It is accessible from all major points of the country. State roads and highways connect Malacca with other major cities. There are also a lot of bus service that serve Malacca from Kuala Lumpur and other major points of the country with a reasonable price.
Places of Interest
Malacca is rich with historic venues throughout the state as evident by the pre-war buildings and fortresses built by the colonial. Visitors will also stun with the unique architecture of Baba and Nyonya or “Straits Chinese”. Dutch architecture can also be found as example by the “Red Building” or The Stadthuys and the Christ Church. Besides the Dutch, the Portuguese also wanted to be “remembered” as evident by the number of buildings and fortresses such as the St. Paul Church, St. Peter’s Church, Portuguese Square or “Mini Lisbon” and the Maritime Museum which takes the shape of a Portuguese ship. In Malacca you can also found the oldest mosque in Malaysia – the Kampung Hulu Mosque. For the sun-lovers you can choose any sandy beaches that are available like Tanjong Bidara, Pulau Besar as well as Ayer Keroh Lake for variety of sport activities and golfing facilities are also available.