MALAYSIA: DEFINITION OF MODERNISM & ECSTASY.
Malaysia is a very well known business hub in South East Asia. Malaysia is the capital of Kuala Lumpur. Not just for business purposes, but also this place has much deeper to explore. It is famous for its beautiful beaches, secluded islands, quaint hill stations, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It also shares the border with the neighboring country Indonesia. Malaysian culture is quite different as it is the mixture of Chinese and Indian population settlements. And that can easily be reflected in terms of architecture, tourist spots, food as well.
You can engage yourself in numerous activities here starting from taking an evening stroll to hiking, or going for water adventures or trying out local food here. Well, apart from that there are many facts about Malaysia which you might not be aware of. So today, we will also be unwinding the facts and details about this bustling and happening city. First one is, the national currency of Malaysia, Ringgit means 'jagged' in the traditional Malay language. The fun fact is, it actually refers to the notched edge of the Spanish silver dollars that were used long time back, in the 16th and 17th centuries. By the way did you know that Malaysia also had an old name? Definitely this would put you in awe. The previous name of Malaysia, Aurea Chersoneses, means 'peninsula of gold'. We know it's difficult to pronounce but the meaning is quite meaningful. Isn’t it? Borneo Island, in Malaysia which is at the height of 13,435 feet is recognized by UNESCO. We are very sure you must have heard of PETRONAS Towers of Kuala Lumpur which was constructed in 2004. But did you know that it is the “tallest twin tower” in the world. The Sultanate of Kedah which is in the Malaysian peninsula is known as sultanates in the world. Ever heard of Parasitic Rafflesia arnoldii? It is the national flower of Malaysia which blooms 3 feet wide and weighs around 7 kilograms. Quote heavy flower isn’t it? It would be interesting to witness by oneself.
Malaysia does have more facts and there is no doubt in that. Like one of them is Malaysia, home to one of the world's largest populations of cobras. We are sure you must be aware of the shoe designer Jimmy Choo. But the least known fact is, this person was born in Malaysia itself. So Malaysia is also known for giving birth to such talents across the borders. And when in Malaysia you must enjoy some Pomelo, which is the citrus fruit from Malaysia and weighs 1 and 3 kilograms. And how about trying out the pulled tea? Officially it is known as Teh tarik which is the national drink of Malaysia. And the reason why it is known as pulled tea is because, Tea is thrown from a height of about 1 meter from one cup to another cup. And there is not a single spill which gets outside by trained Mamak men. Malaysia has 23.6 million tourists and visitors every year. Yes, a huge number of people even go back again and again. It is the 9th most visited country in the whole world. There are so many things to do here. You can really time travel here form the oldest culture to the complete western globalization world. A trip to Malaysia can be your true asian experience. You will be astounded to see the mesmerizing scenes from the Langkawi cable car. and the greens capes of the Cameron Highlands. Go for trekking at Taman Negara National Park which is the largest national park in Malaysia. Not just that the park features the longest rope walkway in the world. How exciting that would be.
And above all not to forget to try out Nasi Kandar which is the traditional food here. Which includes chicken, fish, or sometimes seafood such as prawns or squid in curry sauce as well as vegetables like okra and cabbage cooked in mustard seeds. So we can assure you its would definitely suit your taste. Lastly, take stroll at The Historic State also called out as Malacca or Melaka. It is famous for museums, galleries where you can also see some western based history, precisely formerly colonized by the Portuguese background.
Explore Kota Bharu, which is which is on the west coast of Malaysia. Here it is famous for religious based sites. There are a many historical based mosques as well as other religious sites to visit . Such as the old royal palaces which are still the home of the current Sultan of Kelantan. Genting Highlands, is the next more famous location when it comes to Malaysia. Its the very famous resort at the elevation of 5,000 feet. You can go to different theme parks, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Not just that, it is specially famous for Genting Skyway and it has also won the title of the world’s fastest and South East Asia’s longest gondola lift. You must experience this. Go for trekking at Malaysia’s highest mountain Mount Kinabalu. Also just to let you all know that the trek can be strenuous and not recommended to first time hikers. Since there is the advanced elevation there is a risk of altitude sickness. All trekkers must be accompanied by a licensed local guide. And after summiting, you can also choose to camp or stay overnight as there is accommodation available en route.
Best Time to visit and experience Malaysia:- You will be shocked to know that Malaysia is quite different as compared to other cities and countries. It actually depends on the land masses as in Kuala Lumpur in Peninsular Malaysia to Sandakan in Malaysian Borneo its two different local climates. Malaysia has majorly two climates overall the year that is summer and monsoon. But, let us also make one thing clear that the climatic conditions here regardless of summer or monsoon, humid is there all year long 365 days. The only place in Malaysia yo can feel little cold is Cameron Highlands where temperature drops till 13-14 degrees. Let us also share apart from these two weather season in Peninsular Malaysia. Like the eastern side of the peninsula receives the heaviest rainfall during the monsoon from the middle of October until March. On the other side the west coast receives the more rain during the southwest monsoon from May onwards till October. And the other regions, named Borneo gets drenched from November to February. actually the best time to visit Malaysia is considered from the month of December till February, especially to the west coast region. You must also participate in many major cultural festivals such as the Chinese New Year and the Hindu festival of Thaipusam which usually is celebrated in late January or early February. It is one of the best time to explore the beaches on Langkawi island or wander through the streets, shophouse lined alleyways of George Town in Penang. Explore the colourful streets along with the street food. To visit Kuala Lumpur the best time is from June to September. Yet, you should always keep in mind that humidity will be there.
Some Key Highlights of Nearby Places to Visit:- Siem Reap Cambodia, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, Krabi Thailand, Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei, Yogyakarta indonesia, Singapore, Vientiane Laos, Mandalay Myanmar.
Core Places You Must Visit during trip to Malaysia :-
Kuala Lumpur:- Kuala Lumpur, is Malaysia's capital and largest city. And it is majorly known for Petronas Twin Towers which is also known as the world's tallest twin towers. Here you can see the amalgamation of colonial, modern, Asian, and Malay structure, architecture too. This city is one of the most famous place and all year long the tourists visit here. First you must start by visiting Petronas Twin Towers, and it has 88 floors. The architecture exhibits the mixture of postmodern style and Islamic art. And the best part is that the sky bridge on the 41st and 42nd floors is connected which is one of the major tourist attraction. Every step you take you can see the urban landscape changing. You can visit and explore art gallery, science center, the Philharmonic Hall too here. Next is KLCC Park, which is located right at the feet of the Petronas Twin Towers. KLCC park is a well known park designed for humans and animals both. There are more than 2,000 different species of palms and indigenous flora. Another rmator attraction here is Lake Symphony which is a massive lake with a 43-meter bridge. It has a number of fountains, including one that can shoot water 180 meters up into the sky and offers light and music shows twice a day. How amazing is that. Next is Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, where you can witness over 2,000 birds species. Next would be, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, one of the oldest bushiest temple in Malaysia. Then how about tasting some local food at Petaling Street. Some of the few things you must try are salted roast duck or Hokkien mee, which is a typical Southeast Asian dish made up of noodles, fried eggs, and a mixture of meats. Lastly, do visit Kuala Lumpur Tower which is the tallest tower in Southeast Asia. This Tower has the height of 421 meters into the sky, and it's used for as TV and communications tower, an Islamic falak observatory, and a viewpoint over the city.
George Town:- Also known as the food capital of Malaysia and known for best street food. It is the second largest city and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. apart from food this place is also known for stunning architecture which is a picture perfect. Here you can also visit U-shaped Rainbow Skywalk, which is an outdoor glass viewing platform set above 68 floors up. You can actually get the whole Penang Hill–the cityscape from here, we would suggest you to go by night. you must go to Lorong Kulit Flea Market for shopping. its a great place for budget shopping and you can find lot of knick-knacks at this flea market. Next is, Penang Botanic Gardens without visiting here your trip will be incomplete. It's a great spot for picnic with family and friends around the cascading waterfalls. When in George Town you cannot miss Kek Lok Si Temple which is a seven-story pagoda. This is a very famous silent and sacred buddhist place where you can visit and soak in some spirituality. This place is also known for religious reasons too. Another place Khoo Kongsi which you must visit is famous for religious belief system. It is a large Chinese clan house with elaborate ornamented architecture. It's a mark of Chinese era. Lastly after all the explorations you. Must Visit Batu Ferringhi which is suburb of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. You can relax on the beach and chill.
Gunung Mulu National Park & Kuantan:- Explore Gunung Mulu National Park which is known for Limestone pinnacles and is also been known as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from that you can go for trekking, hiking, explore caves. It has the Southeast Asia's longest cave system and the world's largest cave passage. At the elevation of 115 meters high and 600 meters long, Sarawak Chamber is the largest cave chamber in the world. Also, we would highly recommend you to visit with local guide. Here you will witness 270 species of birds, greenery in every direction, and colourful fireflies like never before. You must visit Deer Cave, which is the home to over 3 million wrinkled lipped bats. A sight you must prepare yourself to witness. You must expereince Canopy Skywalk, the path cross the jungles and stream and we suggest you to be physically more active. Have you ever witness Spectacluar fireflies at night? Yes, now you go for 2-hour night walk see the nocturnal animals and witness the wildlife in real life. Next is, Kuantan Known as city centre. Also few mins far Teluk Cempedak Beach is also there which you must visit. And Cherating Beach is home to a turtle sanctuary also known as the cultural village that produces and sells traditional batik. Which you must try your hands on. When in Kuantan, you cannot miss the sunrise fro Bukit Panorama. And how about exploring beautiful underwater the exotic marine life and many sea turtles. You can opt for snorkelling and diving with the guides. This place some great history stuff too which you can find under one roof of Sultan Abu Bakar Museum. Study and explore the artifacts belonging to the sultan of Pahang. And lastly you must try Keropok Lekor which is a local traditional dish here. It is also known as fish sausage dish too consumed by locals.
Perhentian Islands & Borneo Rainforest:- Perhentian Islands, you can go for many water adventure sports. You must explore underwater life. The Perhentian Islands is known for providing the few of the best snorkeling spots in Malaysia. You can also go for scuba diving and explore the beautiful corals. Go for trekking in this tropical islands. Explore the wildlife as you hike in the woods. have you seen green turtle? Here at Perhentian Turtle Sanctuary Beach on Basah you will be able to see green turtles and hawksbill both. Kecil is next, its slightly more touristy place especially the 11 MYR. Mama’s Café, Maya, and Amelia Café are well known here. Mosque A R Rahman Pulau Perhentian you can indulge yourself in some spiritually. And you must dress here modestly and respectfully dressed. Lastly go for camping at Teluk KK. Bring out the adventurous soul out if yourself. You must have camped in the mountains but here you have the opportunity to camp under the stars at he beach. How soothing and romantic it would be right? You must not miss this and add in your bucket list right away. Borneo Rainforest, is the planet’s third largest island (after Greenland and New Guinea. Did you know that before? Well, now you know. This is 130million year old rainforests with 15,000 species of plants and covers thousands of kilometres. Go peak Mount Kinabalu, which is the highest mountain at the elevation of 13,435 feet. Go island hopping at Kota Kinabalu which shares its border with five tropical islands.
Langkawi:- Langkawi, is known for its home for 3 Geoforest parks, coconut tree-lined shores. It is group of 99 islands off the northwestern coast of Malaysia. Especially known for Pantai Cenang beach, Langkawi Sky Bridge which is a walkway 660 meters above sea level and it gives stunning views of the whole Langkawi. You must also visit Legenda Langkawi Park offers a great space to explore the heritage and history through the manicured gardens,old traditional structures, and sculptures of ogres, mythical creatures, and other Langkawi folkloric figures. Visit Dataran Lang, which is also known as eagle Square, is a striking 12 mts sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. The statue is displayed on an elevated platform in Kuah. And when in Langkakawi you must experience Langkawi Cable Car. The journey starts at the Oriental Village and you can witness the whole view of Langkawi’s lush rainforests, islets, and waterfalls. Next, go hike to Gunung Raya which is the highest peak in Langkawi. There are some belief and myths related to it too such as the mountain is the cursed form of a giant called Mat Raya, who had once lived on the island. this sense forest is the home to numerous wildlife species such as leaf monkeys, flying foxes, macaque monkeys, squirrels, mountain hawk eagles, white-bellied sea eagles, and great hornbills. Lastly, go for some Adrenaline adventures at Pulau Payar Marine Park. You can also go snorkelling and diving and probably join a local group. Going on adventures wil likeminded people is something we all must experience.
Cameron Highlands:- Cameron Highlands is known as sloppy mountain region for tea plantation. The tropical evergreen environment strawberry farms, clouds floating and the dense forest will give you the vibe of countryside of Switzerland. You must visit, BOH Tea Plantation which is the largest producer of tea in Malaysia. And the best part is you can also join tours to see the tea-making process up closly. And explore the walkways that cut through the land. There are bunch of things to do in Cameron island starting from visiting Time Tunnel. It is the museum in Brinchang and was established in 2007. You must be eating strawberry all life but have you visited the farm of strawberry ? Now this is your opportunity to visit, Red Strawberry Farm and Butterfly Farm. This is one of the most vibrant and beautiful places in Cameron highlands. Go for hike surrounded by moss covered trees, the pictures here you can get is just breath taking. After that explore lavender gardens must purple you will need in your life. Lastly, when in Cameron Highlands you must visit Sam Poh Temple which is dedicated Buddha. And the architecture is oriental style which was built in 1972 and is 4th largest Buddha temple in Malaysia. After all the adventures, you do deserve some calmness.
Festivals of Malaysia:- Thaipusam, Chinese New Year, Malaysia Water Festival, Tadau Kaamatan Harvest Festival, Wesak Day, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Sarawak Gawai Festival, Rainforest World Music Festival, National Day, Mooncake Festival & Hungry Ghost Festival, Hari Raya Haji, Deepavali, The Dragon Boat Festival, Christmas,
Local Delicacies you must try:- Nasi Lemak, Nasi kerabu, Beef rendang, Assam laksa, Curry laksa, Hainanese chicken rice, Banana leaf rice, Bak kut teh, Fish head curry, Soupy lou shu fan, Roti canai, Roti canai, Kaya pau, Pisang goreng, Satay, Ais kacang, Cendol, gula melaka.
Accessible routes for Malaysia:
Kuala Lumpur which is the capital of Malaysia is very well connected by airways, waterways and also roadways from different parts of the world. For travelers from India, there are direct daily flights to Kuala Lumpur from Delhi and Mumbai on Malaysian Airlines, Indigo, Malindo, Air Asia, Indigo . Flights to Kuala Lumpur are also available from the metropolitan Indian cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Tiruchirappalli, Amritsar and Cochin. Apart from that,There are also daily rail services from Singapore, taking about 7-10 hours from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. Daily buses are also functional to Malaysia from Singapore and Thailand. You can also reach Malaysia by ship from Thailand.