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Malaysia - where the past meets the future

Fadiyah Sameh
Fadiyah Sameh
Posted: 2016-06-27

Green humps, pristine water, small towns, and the delectable cuisines of Malaysia have always held a very special place in the hearts of globe trotters. The breathtaking panorama of Malaysia suitably serves as the backdrop for cinemas. The country boasts an array of alluring tourist destinations. The federal constitutional monarchy has a perfect amalgamation of the old and the new, where the modern Kuala Lumpur meets the historical George Town. The whole of Malaysia can be experienced in numerous ways. You can either choose to climb the skyscraper, swim with fish, stroll above the treetops, or trek through the adventurous routes. Reasons why you should visit Malaysia Top Attractions Cameron Highlands: While you are busy visiting the lowlands, the jungles, and the beaches of Malaysia, Cameron Highland grants a hiatus. Come visit this extensive hill station, which is full of blue peaks and tea plantations. The highland is made exquisite and attractive by the running white waterfalls. Tea tasting, witnessing local agro-tourism sites and trekking are the activities tourists indulge in. Fraser's Hill: If you are up for bird watching, then Fraser’s Hill is undoubtedly the ultimate destination for you. This colonial-era hill station situated in Pahang state is famous worldwide for its more than 250 species of birds. Besides, the Clock Tower covered with vines offers the perfect background for selfies. Not to forget, the Jeriau Waterfalls are quite alluring as well; fall into its shallow pool to enjoy bathing. Kinabalu National Park: Standing prominently above the coastal plain is the Mt Kinabalu, the biggest attraction in the Sabah; Kinabalu National Park serves as its centrepiece. The botanical site includes a wide variety of both fauna and flora. Where the vegetation consists of montane oak, coniferous forests to rhododendron, it also preserves endemic animal species like Kinabalu Red Leech, Giant Earthworm, and much more. Similarly, it is a home to countless amphibians, mammals and reptiles. Langkawi: If you are seeking a Paradise on earth, then Langkawi is the place you can totally count on. Clear waters, pristine beaches, and dense jungles are the very definitions of Langkawi. With a laid-back aura, this tropical paradise has everything from seafood restaurants to beach bars and spas. In case you wish to take away duty-free cigarettes, chocolates, and alcohol, this archipelago consisting of ninety-nine islands is the right place to be. Penang (Pulau Pinang): Penang’s abundant verdure, mountainous jungle, and palm-fringed beaches are the things to look for. Situated at the crossroads of European colonial empires and Asian kingdom, Penang has served as the connection between the two. Tanjung, Batu Ferringhi, Teluk Bahang, and Bungah in Penang have some of the most beautiful beaches. When in Penang, tourists visit the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, which is an excellent indigo-blue courtyard house that was constructed in 1880. Hibiscus Resort: While you sweat through so many must-visit destinations in Malaysia, stealing a few moments from your trip to stay at a water villa can be a great retreat. Hibiscus resort, a uniquely built villa situated over Malacca’s Straits, would be a great choice. The resort is designed in the shape of hibiscus, which is Malaysia’s national flower. Managed by the Lexis Hotel, everything in the resort is fully furnished. Besides, it comes with a private sauna. The exquisite underwater sight from the glass panel in the luxurious suites is a real treat to the eyes. The resort includes facilities like VIP room, library, kids club, business centre, restaurant, games room, BBQ, buggy services, and so much more. Redang: Ideal for couples, this tropical island features the best of beaches. While you unwind yourself, quickly get indulged in snorkelling or diving deep in the peninsular Malaysia. Famous for its crystal-clear water, marine fauna, countless beautiful reefs, and white sandy beaches, it is one of the largest islands of Malaysia. Taman Negara National Park: After you have found solace in one of the serene beaches of Malaysia, it would be the right time for some adventure. Trek to Taman Negara National Park, which has just the view wildlife lovers will vie for. Besides being an audience to a wide variety of wildlife, you could participate in fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, and much more.   Food and Culture Malaysia, being the hub of different ethnic groups and cultures, boasts the gastronomy that finely blends flavours and spices. The open-mindedness of the Malaysians has brought them to influx ingredients that are influenced by the Indians and the Chinese. The Chinese influence can be found in the kind of usage of soy sauce, whereas inclusion of ginger, coriander, lemongrass, turmeric, and black pepper adds an Indian flavour to the cuisine. Laksa is one finger-licking spicy food that you should try; this hot noodle soup with a fish base is a filling dish and can be at during lunch or dinner. If you are up for some starters, beef rending would be a viable choice; this Indonesian spicy beef curry is a well-cooked dish that melts in your mouth in seconds. This dish is particularly savoured during festivals. Apart from this, you could try drinking Malaysia’s Teh Tarik tea, which is a part of their culture and heritage. Aromatic black tea leaves, when blended with condensed milk, get a refreshing and extraordinary taste. Reasonable Trip Since the Malaysian Ringgit has dropped to 2.97 against the Singapore Dollar, making a trip to Malaysia now can be quite lucrative. Due to the fall in Ringgit, a slump in the commodity prices and travel packages is expected. Hence, Malaysia becomes a viable choice for more travelers. When to Pack Bags? It may not be a good decision to visit the place between December and February as Chinese New Year celebration hikes the price. However, if money isn’t a big deal, and you wish to witness the cultural celebration occurring in Malaysia, this could be a favourable time to visit. Typically, the months from July to November see a lot of tourists visiting Malaysia to experience the celebration of the end of Ramadan. Getting Around Well, getting around in Malaysia is quite easy as there are plenty of cheap domestic flights. The taxis are quite inexpensive and affordable, in addition to the easy availability of buses.

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