on Tuesday, 04 October 2011. Posted in Malaysia

Malaysia,To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia, cheap accommodation,A bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony.Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very laid back, warm and friendly.Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture.Malaysia is divided into 13 states and 3 Federal Territories, separated by the South China Sea with 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) in Peninsular Malaysia and two states and 1 federal territory (Labuan) in East Malaysia.One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts,last minute accommodation, Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs.Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich,cheap rooms, humid mangroves.For the perfect holiday full of surprises, eclectic cultures and natural wonders, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur

on Monday, 08 August 2011. Posted in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, commonly known as KL, is named after the Malay for 'muddy confluence', referencing the colour of the Klang River that flows through it. Established in the 1850's as a tin mining town with a small population of prospectors and workers, KL has grown from these humble beginnings to a population today of more than 7 million people.With so many direct daily flights from Australian capital cities, your Malaysianadventure will almost certainly begin and end in KL. And you'll be very glad it does. In the capital you can soak up the invigorating atmosphere of a busy Asian city while enjoying affordable but sumptuous luxury accommodation.When it's time to eat, you'll find that Malaysians take their food very seriously. That's why the dining options in KL are nothing short of spectacular. Whether tasty Malay hawker food, fish-head curry in Little India, fancier Chinatown fare or high tea and European-style fine-dining, the Malaysian menu will feed your passion for food.

Nightmarket Shopping in KL is an obsession as well as a pastime. There's every shopping experience imaginable, from exciting street markets to sophisticated luxury brand signature stores. KL has everything you might want, and with a great deal thrown in, too. When your shopping legs become exhausted, KL has hundreds of luxury spas where you can stop, refresh and reinvigorate.Other KL highlights include securing one of the limited free tickets to check out KL from the Petronas Tower sky bridge, enjoying the tranquillity of the Lake Gardens and Bird Park and feeding your cultural appetite at the Islamic Art Museum and National Mosque.There's plenty to do outside the city, too, with the easy day trip to the Batu Caves top of the list. A natural wonder of religious importance, you'll be greeted by monkeys seeking peanuts then awed by the immense Cathedral Caves 100 metre-high ceiling.


on Monday, 08 August 2011. Posted in Malaysia

Langkawi Some of Malaysia's finest resorts and most stunning beaches come together here to offer visitors a relaxing break amidst UNESCO-listed natural beauty.Made up of one large island surrounded by dozens of smaller ones, Langkawi is designed for fun family holidays in a beautiful beach setting. Snorkelling and scuba diving in the clear waters of Palau Payar Marine Park marine sanctuary is a favourite holiday activity. There's plenty to do on the water as well as under it, with sailing, kayaking and power boating around the many islands a great way to spend the day. There's a stunning array of fish and other sea life in Langkawi to keep you company, including regular visits from three different species of whale, giant whale sharks, four species of dolphin and ever comical sea otters.Beyond the beach, Langkawi is home to a range of spectacular natural reserves that help protect local animal life and make for great day trips inland.For a breathtaking experience the Langkawi Skybridge is world-class. Clinging to a 700-metre high mountain ridge on beautiful Langkawi Palau, the 125-metre long pedestrian bridge offers incredible views of the Andaman Sea. Langkawiis home to a wide range of spas offering treatments of all kinds. Massage, relaxation, facials and more are offered all over the region, and Malaysia is fortunate to be located so close to the expert massage practitioners of Thailand, Bali and Lao.This proximity to the source of skilled masseurs means your practitioner has more than likely honed their skills at the source.?


on Monday, 08 August 2011. Posted in Malaysia

Penang Uncovering the beauty and surprises of Penang is one of Malaysia's must do's. There you'll find beautiful, accessible beaches dotted with luxurious family-friendly resorts, Georgetown's UNESCO World Heritage Site colonial mystique and some of Malaysia's best food. All of which delivers a holiday experience rich in history, culture and relaxation.

Let's begin with food, as it's sure to be one of the highlights of your time in Penang. Even Malaysians acknowledge that the range and quality of the Chinese, Nyonya, Malay and Indian hawker food in Penang, and particularly Georgetown, is as good as it gets. It's been drawing global gastronomes to its fresh ingredients and heady aromas for decades. The renowned specialities curry mee and shaved ice bean desserts are just two sought-after favourites. To learn more about the flavours behind Penang's amazing food, a visit to the beautiful Tropical Spice Garden shows spices in their natural form in a beautiful garden setting.

The capital Georgetown is a magnificent example of colonial-era architecture and design. With its carefully maintained public and private buildings, it's an open-air museum from another era that can be explored from the comfort of your very own pedal-powered trishaw. There's always something on, whether it's the Batu Ferringhi Night Market or a guided walking tour around the quaint streets.

The real beauty of Georgetown is that its history is alive. The Spice Market down by the wharf encapsulates it perfectly - it's been trading in spices from around the world since the 18th century, and continues to do so today.


on Monday, 08 August 2011. Posted in Malaysia

The state of Sabah is where adventurous travellers can climb south east Asia's highest mountain, enjoy renowned scuba diving spots, explore caves, trek lush jungles and tackle almost any water sport you care to mention. Making a trip there even more worthwhile is the fact that Sabah has retained an easygoing and charming hospitality.

Located on the north west coast of Borneo Island, the climate in Sabah is generally hot and sunny year-round, so is ideal for outdoor activities of all kinds. Top of the list is the trek to the top of Mt Kinabalu, a pretty fair test of your fitness and one that rewards climbers with incredible views. This two-day trek is the perfect way to enjoy the natural beauty of Malaysia and leave the 'real' world far, far behind. The best time to experience the summit is for the spectacular dawn, as clouds often draw in later in the day. The Kinabalu National Park, and Sabah generally, is renowned for its flora and fauna and attracts scientists from all over the world to study the unique varieties of plant and animals. For visitors, it's simply a magnificent place to explore.

Sipadan Island is not only Malaysia's only oceanic island, it's regularly voted one of the top places in the world for scuba diving. Here you can dive with swirling schools of barracuda, graceful turtles, white tip reef sharks and bumphead parrotfish amongst many other species that frequent the island.Back on dry land are a host of fascinating attractions and day trips. At the Monsopiad Cultural Village, you can learn all about the history and culture of the legendary Kadazan Headhunters and enjoy traditional performances and food.


on Monday, 08 August 2011. Posted in Malaysia

The Borneo Island state of Sarawak is enormous, diverse and culturally unlike any other region of Malaysia. Twenty-seven different ethnic groups call this state home, centred around the elegant and always interesting capital Kuching. The majority of the state's 1.8 million inhabitants live in urban areas, however a surprisingly significant proportion continues to enjoy a traditional village lifestyle. From the intriguing colonial base Kuching, visitors can leap into Sarawak's main attractions: nature and adventure.

The list of adventure possibilities is as long as a Sarawak proboscis monkey's nose, beginning with river kayaking, climbing and hiking through the region's many forests. Visitors also have the unique opportunity to spend a day of interactive, up-close volunteerism with orangutans. The Heart 2 Heart program at the Matang Wildlife Sanctuary is the only place in the world where this is possible, and will be a highlight of your time in stunning Sarawak.

The Mulu Head Hunter's Trail is one Indiana Jones adventure after another, and takes you through some of Sarawak's massive forest areas. Part hike, part river cruise, the tribal history of the region includes the legendary headhunters of Borneo. You'll travel up river in fast boats, sleep in long houses festooned with skulls and experience the real world of the Iban headhunters.

Kuching is a brilliant city for walking and discovering yourself. You might like to begin at the Main Bazaar in the old town centre, where store after store stocks local art, antiques and handicrafts, and from there explore the waterfront before eating at one of the great small cafes and restaurants.

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