Malaysia, with its granite peaks, peninsular coast, and white beaches, and situated on the two sides of the South China Sea, will attract any tourist.
With its population a mixture of people of different ethnicities, it is a land of cultural fusion. While its capital Kuala Lumpur is a modern city dominated by the Petronas Towers, quite near the city are the elephant sanctuary, Deerland Park, and a tropical rainforest, where unspoiled nature reigns supreme.
The multi-ethnic Malaysian capital has got plenty to provide for its tourists. Many of its colonial buildings are intact, while skyscrapers comfortably nestle in the vicinities of these old buildings.
Temples and mosques sit by side and offer architectural contrasts, as well as a peep into the country’s glorious past. A limestone hill named Batu Caves near Kula Lumpur is a major tourist attraction, with a 140 ft. statue of a Hindu god at the cave entrance. The temple has got both historical and religious significance.
Even for those who are not interested in history or religion, the city has a lot to give. Its nightclubs are active after sundown, and its main streets are chock-a-block with shops selling tourist fare.
Three countries share the island of Borneo, the states of Sarawak and Sabah are parts of Malaysia while other other parts of Borneo are located in Brunei and Indonesia. The states boast of a unique wildlife which includes proboscis monkeys and orangutan, rare flowers, limestone caves, and good forest trails. The people lead a life close to nature unspoiled by modernization.
Mount Kinabalu, which has a height of 4,095 meters, is the highest mountain of Borneo and is located in Sabah district. It has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, and is protected under the name of Kinabalu National Park. Sabah’s another claim to fame is its Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where orangutans which have escaped from forests are trained to return to the wild.
Langkawi, a conglomeration of islands in the Andaman Sea, is a picturesque place with its pristine beaches licked by blue waves round the clock. While the boundary of the land is fringed with seas, in the interior are rice fields and mangroves and rainforests for tourists to explore.
The island group’s swamps and seas and fields are for nature lovers to relish. For the rest, there is the Cenang Beach and Kuah Town where they can do some duty free shopping for mementoes. Hiring a car and driving across the island will be beneficial for both groups.
Long before Penang became an important tourist center, it was famous as a center providing employment opportunities. Nowadays its main attraction is Batu Ferringhi, a famous beach resort full of upscale hotels and restaurants and spas, and a night market where tourists flock.
Other tourist attractions are the Penang Toy Museum which has the largest display of toys in the world, a floating mosque, and Penang National Park which is a forest reserve. Penang’s capital Georgetown has a walking trail that will allow you to explore the land in peace and watch its hills and temples.
The Buddhist temple Kek Lok Si situated on top of a hill, Fort Cornwallis, and a cliff railway are also things that add to the charm of Penang in tourists’ eyes.
Kuantan, the capital of the state of Pehang in Malaysia, is the commercial and social hub of East Coast Malayasia. Many beach resorts on the coast of the South China Sea border on this city, which is situated at a distance of a three hours drive from Kuala Lumpur.
It is a peaceful place of fishing villages and sand and sea, and allows its visitors, especially those who come to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities, to feel a close communion with nature.
People of the place have preserved their age-old traditions and arts and crafts, thus offering a glimpse of the past in the present.
Covering an area of 275 square miles, the Cameron Highlands is situated at a distance of 120 miles from Kuala Lumpur. Almost all of it is tea gardens, hills, forests, and farmland. Its scenic beauty endears it to tourists, and its hills are ideal for trekking. Daytime temperature never rises to more than 77 °F (25 °C), so that the place is never hot.
Pangkor is a small island of 8 square kilometers in size, situated off the coast of north-west Malaysia. It charms tourists with its immense natural beauty, though its complete changelessness may not endear it to everyone.
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