Malaysia at a glance
Endowed with sacred temples, nice climate, wealthy tradition and culture, Malaysia is one amidst the most happening holiday destinations in the world tourism scenario. As a country of countless easy-on-the-eyes attractions, no one will leave for sure; without pleasant memories of their Malaysia holidays.
Topmost things to do in Malaysia:
Flashing Fireflies of Kampung Kuantan
In the Kampung Kuantan zone, one can see the visually-appealing play of around thousands of fireflies among the mangrove trees. Visitors can opt a traditional boat (‘sampan’) ride along the River Selangor to catch this enchanting sight. The soothing night ambience further enhances the beauty of this location.
Observing Orangutans in Sepilok
Located on East Malaysia, ‘Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre’ is an exemplary initiative to manage the extermination of the rare species – ‘Orangutans’. Established in the 1960s, this is the first rehabilitation center of its kind in the world. Here one can see the day-to-day routines of Orangutans and also interact with them… a ‘must not miss’ activity while visiting Malaysia!
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Situated at Mount Mat Cinchang, Sky Bridge is considered as one of the prime places to visit in Malaysia. This pedestrian bridge is suspended on one big pylon, 100m above the ground level, and is capable of holding around 250 people at a time! Visitors can reach this site by a cable car ride from Langkawi… And it will be quite a novel experience with all those incredible panoramas of greenish peaks and forests.
Trekking in Taman Negara National Park
An ideal place for adventure seekers and nature lovers, Taman Negara National Park is one of the largest National Parks in Malaysia. This forest is particularly notable for its rope walkway, which is largest in the world. Here visitors can partake in gentle hiking, trekking, wildlife photography, etc.
Places to visit in Malaysia:
Originally a limestone cave that dates million of years back, Batu Caves is one of the country’s most sacred places of worship. Housing many temples of Hindu deities, this religious place is best known for the enormous golden colored statue of Lord Murugan (biggest of its kind in the world) located at its very entrance.
Petronas Twin Towers
Opened in 1999, Petronas Twin Towers is Kuala Lumpur city’s most modern landmark. Malaysia’s biggest and tallest skyscraper, it was once the world’s tallest structure too! Well equipped with shopping malls, retail centers, parks and various centers to rejoice, these Twin Towers are also combined by a two-story sky bridge on its 41st and 42nd floors. Walking along the bridge offers vivid views of the city like no other!
Located nearby the city of Kota Kinabalu, Manukan Island can be reached within 15 minutes of boat ride from the city. Long spread white sandy shoreline with pearl blue colored gentle waters makes this isle an ideal retreat for swimmers and non-swimmers alike.
One of the country’s newest attractions (about 10 years old) that’s built on an artificial island, Crystal Mosque is notable for its grand structure; made up of steel, glass, and precious crystals. A place of worship that attracts devotees and tourists as well, it is particularly spectacular at night with colourful illuminations.
Malaysian festivals and celebrations:
Hari Raya Aidil Fitri | Eid al-Fitr
As an Islamic country, ‘Eid al-Fitr’ (Ramadan) is Malaysia’s major customary celebration. Usually, it falls on the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. During this occasion, people fast right from the dawn to sunset. On the day of the festival, they prepare delicious dishes and serve to their neighbours and community members, making it a celebration of peace and family gathering.
A festival of colors, lights, and sweets, Deepavali is the national celebration in both India and Malaysia. People begin this day with prayers and during the daytime, they light fireworks and serve sweets. In the evening, every home will be decorated with beautiful lamps – symbolizing the success of light over darkness.
Food, Accommodation, Transportation:
If you are visiting Malaysia, the real treat is food… as the Malay dishes are quite popular. Dishes like Nasi lemak, Ikan Bakar, Roti canai, Char kuay Teow, … are available right from luxury hotels to local streets.
Being a popular travel hub, almost all kinds of accommodation facilities are available in Malaysia. Major hotels here include, Hotel Malaysia, JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, and many more.
The Malaysian guests won’t find difficult with transportation as the country features various public transportations, taxi, bus, water cruises, metro, etc.
Laws in Malaysia:
Tourists in Malaysia should follow certain rules and regulations.
- Drink and Drive is illegal
- Preaching anti-Islamic faith is considered as a punishable offence
- Wearing swimwear is banned in the states of ‘Terengganu’ and ‘Kelantan’
- Both ladies and gents are advised to follow a conservative mode of dressing
Currency and Language:
- Malaysian Ringgit
- Malay, English