Things to see and do while backpacking in Malaysia.
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The only Mosque in Port Moresby
The Mosque was built by funding from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.Martin Anthony
Bird’s-eye view or the best places to feel himself “Big man”!
Why better to forget about the trip to Kuala Lumpur? Don’t worry, it’s not the depressive article about the capital of Malaysia. You will not find here whining and complaints (if you come here just for this). I will not tear my hair and regret that came here. But I’ll tell you why never, in any case, not for anything, for any donuts and buns you must not come to Kuala Lumpur. Everything is very simple. If you come here once, you will return again and again! It is a city that blows the roof if you have it. The city, which blows the brain if you have it. I have neither the one nor the other, I’m lucky. Nevertheless, for this year I was back to Kuala Lumpur 4 times. Four times, Karl! Kuala Lumpur – the city of paradoxes, the city of contrasts, discrepancy and “What’s f#ck going on here!?”. Sample some tender beef in the Hindu cafe? You are Welcome! Meet Buddhist monk in the Mosque? Easily! Help a Muslim guy to choose a gift on Valentine’s Day? I do it every day! And what, in fact, I was waiting from the country, which marks the New Year four times a year!? But what for Russians is the mess, for Malays – clear and works like a clock “Mantana”, system. KL – the locals call their capital city by this abbreviation. Making strange combinations of letters from beautiful names of cities – the tradition has come down to us from ancient ages (remember the famous Troy – TR, Jericho – IHN, Chichen Itza – CHCHTZ). The same fate befell the KL. Everyone call the city by this name. And the indigenous people, who a couple of years ago came here from all over Asia. And foreigners who living here for decades. Only transport companies went against the system, calling KL – KLU. Transport companies always complicate everything.Vitaly Braga
Negeri Sembilan: Where On Earth Is That?
When mentioning Malaysia, tourists usually only have heard about Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Malacca, Langkawi, Penang, Johor Bahru, Sabah, and Sarawak.Azzah AR
Experience the other side of Lang Tengah Island with LTTW
Malaysia : Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu How to get to Lang Tengah Island? By Flight Taking airline from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. You may consider on Firefly Airline, Airasia Airline or Malaysia Airline. Go to Merang Jetty by taxi or van service (Poksu : [email protected]) then take boat to the island. The boat takes about 40 minutes to arrive at Lang Tengah Island. Boat transfer fare around RM100 return.Jin
My perfect day in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, was the first city Asian city that I ever encountered. The city is loud, vibrant, diverse and definitely worth an extended visit! If, however, you do not have the time to fully immerse yourself in the city here is how I would recommend spending a single day in this majestic city.Rachael Louise
Making of the travel plan
Aug 2016 Making of the travel plan First things first, I love to travel. I dream about travelling all the time. There were so many obstacles in my way when I was planning this trip. When I finally boarded the plane I couldn’t believe it. I was about to get married in November and I had to get away for one last single trip before getting married. My plan was to travel abroad with a group of strangers. In the start of March 2016, I saw an advertisement of a group tour to Maldives and Bali. I called and signed up for it. A month later, the company called me to tell that they didn’t get the expected response. So they cancelled it. As heartbroken as I was, I started looking for other group tours. I found a university group tour to Indonesia, flying from Karachi. I called them to ask if I could join even though I’m not a student in that university. They said they’ll accommodate me and once again I saw a ray of hope. But once again for some reason, I don’t even remember now they had to cancel. It was exasperating. It was May now and my craving to travel wasn’t letting me be. I took a weekend trip to a northern area of my country but the need to cross borders was still making me restless. It was around June that I found another group tour leaving for Malaysia and Thailand. And again I signed up for it. Finally boarded the plane… After many other issues and a lot of fighting, begging, crying, emotional blackmailing and threatening, I finally boarded the plane to Kuala Lumpur on 27th August 2016. It was a connecting flight. We landed in Bangkok early morning and then after a few hours stop over, we flew to Kuala Lumpur. And when I say we I don’t mean a group, that never happened. It was me and another girl from another part of my country. She was about five years older than me, an architect, married and teaching in a university. Kuala Lumpur from my eyes… Furama Hotel in Bukit Bintang After getting cleared from the immigration, claiming our baggage we finally came out. And then we found out that our transfer that was supposed to be arranged by our travel agent back in Pakistan hadn’t arrived. We took a taxi to our hotel. I stayed at Furama hotel in Bukit Bintang. For some reason, I like the sound of Bukit Bintang. I keep saying it even when it was so obviously unnecessary. Anyway, our room was on 24th floor. The lift was too fast. Whenever I went up or down my ears would start acting funny. I loved the room. Those of you who travel a lot would know that wanting-to-dance like feeling after seeing your room know exactly what I was feeling then. Also, there was a waiter from Bangladesh who was very sweet and also he knew a bit of Urdu (my mother tongue). Exploring the city… I rested for a couple of hours and then I went to explore the city a bit. I went to a chocolate gallery ‘Cocoa Boutique’, bought some chocolates from there. And after that I went to Kuala Lumpur tower, then I went to China market and I went a little crazy over there. At that point in life, some people used to call me a shopaholic. But I’d like to think that it’s just that I was a firm believer in retail therapy. Anyway, that situation is under control now. After china market, I saw the Petronas towers only from outside, and finally, we went for dinner. I was tired but seeing new places makes me feel fresh. And, some shopping didn’t hurt either. Highlight of the trip: Cameron Highlands I headed back to the hotel and next day I was supposed to go to Genting Highlands but I wanted to see tea plantation. So I begged my tour organiser to take me to Cameron Highlands instead of Genting. He said I’ll have to pay extra for that and I happily agreed. This was that point in life when my father took care of all my finances. So I didn’t care much about money. And to be honest, it was worth it. Cameron Highland was the best part of this travel. Next day I woke up at eight in the morning, got ready, had breakfast and left for Cameron Highlands. First, I stopped at this beautiful waterfall for a few minutes. I took some pictures and then went to roadside shops and bought a few things, again, (Sigh!). It was almost a three-hour ride from city to the tea plantation farms. On my way, I stopped at the strawberry farms and picked strawberries which I later ate with Nutella. Tea plantation… When I finally saw the tea farms, I was speechless. It was like a seven-course meal for my nature loving personality. And now that we are talking about that I have to say that I was a little bummed seeing only buildings and no nature in Kuala Lumpur. I know, I know, what else was I expecting? I should’ve known. I wanted so badly to travel that I had to compromise on my preferences. I managed my expectations and still had a good time. But what I really actually love is mountains, waterfalls, farms and greenery. But after seeing Cameron Highlands my soul was dancing. I loved it. After getting lost in the farms and then finding my way back I had iced tea from a café nearby. Then I headed back to the city.Hira Ahmed
The Megalith hunt
Sometimes they are found erected singly, and sometimes in a group or formation, for reasons basically lost in the mists of time. Those in Malaysia cluster around this area of the peninsula, and tend to be found in groups. Locally they are also called ‘batu hidup’ (=living stones) due to the belief that the stones grow slowly in height once placed.Teja
Top things to do on your own in Cameron Highlands
These small towns have surprisingly traffic every Friday and Monday. Tourists come and go every day, visitors from Malaysia come up here for the weekend. After all, it only takes two to three hours with a car from Kuala Lumpur. And it takes two hours longer with a bus.Tina TJ Egede
Where to go COCO in Penang like a “loco”
Go Coconut Hunting in Penang Like a True Local. Where to go COCO in Penang like a “loco” Shen’s Coco Guide in PenangShen
THE MIGHTY STONG OF KELANTAN
Gunung Stong (Stong Mountain) is located in Dabong, Kelantan. It measures up to a whopping height of 1421 metres from sea level. Gunung Stong attracts most hiking enthusiasts from Malaysia due to its height and trail that is equally challenging. The main attraction is Air Terjun Jelawang (Jelawang Waterfalls) that is said to be one of the highest waterfalls in Southeast Asia with a height of 303 metres from sea level.praveena-subramaniam
Getting to Know Bukit Tabur (Tabur Hill)
This article is written to recommend Bukit Tabur to and help other adventurers foreign to Malaysia who want to do an adventurous hike. When I was researching for information, it was hard to put pieces together so now I’m doing it for you. ? I took some exciting risks when I visited Malaysia last August 2016. I have always loved climbing mountains and right after I booked my Airasia flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I googled “mountains to climb near Kuala Lumpur.” I found Bukit Tabur as the most popular result of my search. It’s a limestone ridge popular to locals due to its short proximity to the city, day-hikeable and with a breathtaking view of the sunrise. Even other travelers and backpackers stopping by Malaysia has it on their itineraries. However I found other blogs boasting about accomplishing the Dragonback trek. The name suggests a challenging trail so I also put it in my possible to-do’s. Upon searching however, I found out from bloggers that they did the Dragonback trek with tour agencies like Open Sky Unlimited which could cost RM200 ($50) per person. Since the trek sounded difficult and dangerous, it would make sense to hire a guide to help you keep safe. But there’s no way that I would spend that big for a day hike! Another thing that baffled me was the pictures of Bukit Tabur and Dragonback when searched separately gives the same view. So I started to think, “Could these two names actually refer to the same mountain?” I have tried to find answers but never saw any at that time. So to answer those two problems (cost and confusion), I posted an event in Couchsurfing and Facebook group Hiking & Camping Around Malaysia hoping to find some Malay local/s to (1) clarify if we can hike tehe trail without a tour guide, (2) verify that bukit tabur is the same as dragonback and (3) simply make a new friends. That’s when I found Joe, a local climber who has been a great help during our actual climb and providing most of the information in this blogpost. He had also been an awesome companion during 5-day outdoor adventures in Malaysia which I will detail in another post. Our climb would probably not be awesome as it was if not for Joe.Jonai Republica
Mesmerizing Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia : It is a constitutional monarchy located in South-East Asia consisting of 13 states and 3 federal territories. The country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. The native language of the people here is Malay with its official religion Sunni Islam and currency Malaysian Ringgit. The head of the state is the king,Yangdi-Pertuan Agong and the head of the government is the prime minister. Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the capital city and the largest administrative city is Putrajaya. KL is the most populous city of Malaysia and is the seat of Parliament of Malaysia.manika-bisht
Johor Bahru, Growing City
Johor Bahru also known as JB, is the capital state of Johor in Southern Peninsular Malaysia. Once known as the “cowboy town”, is now a leading state in Malaysia, thanks to the current megaproject Iskandar which according to experts will turn Johor Bahru into the biggest financial state in Malaysia. So here are some of interesting places to visit in Johor Bahru.la-sannah
Penang: Food Heaven of Malaysia
Penang is one of the Malaysian state that is located northwest of Malaysia. Penang consists of two areas which are the island and the mainland that is attached to Malaysia Peninsula. For now, I will cover about the island since I’ve visited it numerous times. The mode of transportation that I always take whenever I visit Penang is by flight, since it is only one-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). There are a lot flights to choose, from Low cost airline to Full service airline and every two hours there is one flight that departs from KLIA. Beside from Kuala Lumpur, you can also fly from other major cities outside Malaysia like Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.arrum soerjo
Kota Kinabalu: The Small Big City
“What is there even to do in KK at night?” I was asked many times by fellow Sabahans when I was studying in a college Kuala Lumpur in the late 90s. I was 18 then. Since then, just like I have grown from being a teenager to a an adult, the capital of the North Borneon state of Sabah, Malaysia has grown from small town to city status in 2000.Sabrina Aripen
Desaru: Discovering Surfing in Malaysia
Malaysia is a tropical climate country that does not have four seasons, but it has sunny days and rainy days throughout the year. During the Northeast Monsoon season, the sea will be raging and the tides will be high, which cause some parts of the beaches in Malaysia to be surfable. Surfing is not a common in Malaysia as a lot of Malaysian still does not know that there is actually waves in the country. The surf community is small and is still growing as the sport has only started to gain popularity over the past 10 years.Rebecca Toolseram
Malaysia: White Water Rafting at Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor
Selangor River: One of the famous spots for white water rafting in Malaysia Selangor River is considered one of the most famous rivers for recreational white water rafting. It is getting more and more popular in recent years not only in Malaysia but in other countries too. Selangor River is listed at grade 2 to 4 river which includes mild rapid to powerful rapid. This is suitable for anyone seeking for enjoyable rafting experience.kepei_goh
Malaysia's Best Islands: Perhentian and Pulau Kapas
About Malaysia: When one thinks of Asia, about its heavenly beaches or about its noisy and crowded cities that have their charm, usually you think about Thailand, Vietnam or Sri Lanka, not many imagine Malaysia because it is not so well known. Malaysia is a country that many travelers decide to ignore, so we (Seba and i) decided to go there. And because is it cheap haha! We went in July of 2017 and we do not regret this decision.Bea González
Travelling through a developed Kuala Lumpur
Excited about writing a blog for this amazing country. I’ve always seen Malaysia with glittering eyes since my childhood. The ad tagging it as ‘Truly Asia’ still plays very familiarly in my head and I got to experience the true essence behind it when landed for the first time in the country’s capital city ‘Kuala Lumpur’. Luckily, we saved at least couple of hours by avoiding long queues as there were not many international or local flights landing at that time. The immigration and clearance process was not very cumbersome and we were happily welcomed in the country. Weather outside was understandably humid as this part of world is tropical and doesn’t carry much of a weather variability in itself throughout the year.JQtheglobetrotter
Kuala Lumpur: Your Entrance To A Quest For Chill And Thrill
In quest of a major break from my day job, my friend and I decided to book a trip to Malaysia. Much to our delight, the country was a food, entertainment, adventure, and relaxation haven. Malaysia did not disappoint. The second we stepped foot, we breathed in the sweet, minty, slightly sharp and pungent smell of its capital city. Welcomed by the charm of Kuala Lumpur, we wasted no time admiring, taking pictures of the surroundings. Its attractions epitomize the beauty of the whole city. Kuala Lumpur was a mix of chill and thrill and here’s why:Emmerald Danielle Candido
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