10 September, 2009

Tourism Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur City Guide

More than any other spot in the country, Kuala Lumpur, or "KL" as it is commonly known, is the focal point of Malaysia; its capital to be more precise. Kuala Lumpur is situated midway along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. It is approximately 35 km from the coast and sits at the centre of the Peninsula's extensive and modern transportation network. Kuala Lumpur is easily the largest city in the nation, possessing a population of over one and a half million people drawn from all of Malaysia's many ethnic groups.
While the city's past is still present in the evocative British colonial buildings of the Dataran Merdeka and the midnight lamps of the Petaling Street nightmarket, that past is everywhere met with insistent reminders of KL's present and future.

The city's bustling streets, its shining, modern office towers, and its cosmopolitan air project an unbounded spirit of progress and symbolise Malaysia's unhesitating leap into the future. To some, this spirit seems to have been gained at the loss of ancient cultural traditions, but in many ways KL marks the continuation rather than the loss of Malaysia's rich past. Like Malacca five hundred years before, KL's commercial centre is a grand meeting place for merchants and travellers from all over the world.

In the same way, the city brings together Malaysia's past and present, its many constituent cultures, and even its remarkable natural treasures, allowing first-time visitors an invaluable opportunity to see Malaysia as a whole before setting off to explore its parts.

In the botanical and bird parks of the Lake Gardens one is treated to a first glimpse of the unsurpassed beauty and variety of Malaysia's plants and animals. In the vibrant Central Market, music, crafts, and cultural practices from Kelantan to Sarawak can be explored and experienced. And in the National Museum, the dizzying multiplicity of Malaysia's cultural history comes into focus. As the entry point for most visitors and the meeting point of the country's many attractions, Kuala Lumpur is a grand gateway to a fascinating destination. Welcome to Kuala Lumpur!

Kuala Lumpur Food Guide

Given an opportunity to eat, definitely none of the Malaysians will reject. People there live, breathe, talk, and even dream about food. If given a possibility, they would all love to work in the food industry. If you happen to have met someone from Kuala Lumpur where the food haven is, don't forget to ask which hawker stalls sell yummylicious food. The food here varies from local's favorites to international cuisines, from hawker stalls food to fine dining restaurants. Hence, there will be no chance at all to having no idea what to eat next.

KL Restaurants Guide Spas In Kuala Lumpur

After a hectic day in a bustling city, an idea of a gentle massage or a spa is definitely soothing to ear. It works for ladies and it's the only time out to make up for their lost beauty especially if they were on a holiday rushing with time to leave their footprint everywhere. Treat yourself better! What we have here in Kuala Lumpur range from the affordable ones to higher end ones. Pamper your drained out muscles to a place of your choice within your budget or save more and relax!

KL Spa Guide Nightlife In Kuala Lumpur

Nightlife in the city will never be boring! Young, vibrant and bursting with energy, people heading towards their favorite hangout with friends or even families. Bars, pubs and clubs maybe the trendsetter but we have more to offer. If that's not what you prefer, then there's also karaoke where you can sing your lungs out or maybe a place for a drink and chit chat, go to the cafes. Come join the locals for a happening night. You'll definitely miss the nightlife in Kuala Lumpur when you head back home!

KL Nightlife Guide Outdoor Activities In Kuala Lumpur
Though Kuala Lumpur, famous for its tall towers, you can absolutely find something green too. An ideal family getaway during weekends, or to visitors who loves nature, come to the parks! And if you love something adventurous, don't mind getting wet in the water, go to theme parks! This is how Malaysians got themselves tanned, looking very healthy. We doubt you ever had picnics when you were travelling, and nothing comes if you never take the first step!

KL Outdoor Activities Guide

<strong>Penang City Guide
Pulau Pinang or better known as Penang by many is an Island. Located up on the northern coast of Malaysia peninsular, Penang is made of a turtle-shaped island, a total of 292 square kilometers, and a strip of land called Seberang Prai and about 48 kilometers wide. Since 1985, the island has been connected to the mainland by the famous Penang Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the world.

Taken its name from palm trees which grows abundantly on the island then, the history of Penang will take us back to hundreds of years ago when Penang is still a famous stop for sailors and spice traders from all over the world mainly the Indian and the Portuguese to get fresh water supplies. Since the arrival of the British in 1786, The British renamed it 'Prince of Wales' Island” and its township as “Georgetown” after King George the 3rd. After Malaysia's independence, the name reverted to “Penang” or “Pulau Pinang”. George Town still stands as the city's name or Penang's capital city.

Penang is also widely known as the Pearl of the Orient, due to its natural beauty and exotic heritage for its multi-racial population with the likes of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian and has been attracting curious visitors for centuries. The past is still can be seen around the island through the mixture of modern and western colonial influenced landscapes and buildings, road names, culture and the people itself. Not only that, Penang is also famous for its sandy beaches and nature attractions and is home to the world's smallest National Reserved Forested area, Teluk Bahang National park and these places are complete with beautiful and luxurious resorts and hotels. That's what makes Penang a complete package for a great vacation.

Plus, your trip will be more fulfilling if you could spend some time enjoying the variety of delicious local and western cuisine to choose from, day to the wee hours. For some, Penang is a food heaven. From hip and urban dining experience to street hawkers fare, you'll never leave Penang with empty stomach. Apart from that, there are lots of cultural events taking place during this time of year and don’t miss the opportunity to witness all of these magical celebrations.

Penang is a great holiday destination an

Melaka City Guide

Malacca is the historical state of Malaysia, rich with heritage buildings, ancient landmarks and colonial structures. It was here that colonial forces first made contact with Malaysia, which eventually shaped the country into its current economic and political system.

Malacca has emerged as a strong maritime trading state under the industrious Parameswara and his chiefs. Melaka also began to be noticed by Muslim traders from West Asia and India, who until that period, had been concentrating their activities in Aru, Pedir and Pasai en-route to the East, especially China. Because of its strategic location straddling the Straits of Melaka, it thrived as a port-of-call and a centre of entrepot trade with ships and merchants from China, Japan, India, Arab and South Africa.

After World War II, anti-colonial sentiment bred in the country among the nationalists, the result of which was the proclamation of Independence by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Malaysia's first Prime Minister, at the Padang Pahlawan (Warrior's Field) at Bandar Hilir, Melaka on 20 February 1956.

Today, in Malacca, you can still see the imprints of British, Dutch and Portuguese forces left behind in forts, museums, churches and towers. Visit Malacca for the cultural experience of a lifetime.

Negeri Sembilan City Guide
Negeri Sembilan, meaning Land of Nine States, is a state that is heavily infused with Minangkabau influences. These Minangkabau migrants brought along their Perpatih traditions to the state, in particular the matrilineal kinship system. This system is still pervasive up to today via marriage customs, ownership of property and dance forms within the state. There is a plethora of historical and cultural destinations to visit, but Negeri Sembilan is possibly notorious for Port Dickson - a resort town with miles of golden beaches that is a getaway destination for urban dwellers in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

The architecture of the state is distinctive yet elegant, and this is thanks to the influences from Minangkabau migrants. One of the unique features of Negeri Sembilan's architecture is the horn-shaped roof, which can be seen especially on historical and cultural attractions in the state. One of the main attractions is the Seri Menanti palace, converted to the Royal Museum in 1992 - it is a classic showcase of Minangkabau architecture, full of grandeur and beauty.

Another cultural attraction is the Arts and Culture Park, popularly known as Taman Seni Budaya Negeri, another example of Minangkabau architecture and legacy. The exhibits here originate from artefacts and cultural traditions of the state, in addition to old weaponry and silverware used by the Royal families. Visitors also get the chance to see exhibitions of grand royal weddings here.

For some R&R, travellers can head over to one of the most popular beaches in Malaysia - Port Dickson. It is situated approximately 33 kilometres away from Seremban and lies on the shores of the Straits of Malacca. This resort town boasts miles of golden sandy beaches equipped with a wide range of accommodations for travellers to choose from. In addition, the town also hosts an annual fiesta called Pesta Port Dickson between July and August. A trip to Port Dickson is also incomplete without visiting a popular spot along the beach called Blue Lagoon.

Another popular attraction you might have heard of resides in a little town called Pedas. Here you can find Pedas Hot Springs, a tourist destination not only for amusement purposes, but for relaxation and healing as well. The hot springs can provide muscle and body ache relief in its private bathing enclosures. It also has other medicinal properties that can benefit problems such as skin ailments and rheumatism.

If you'd like to embark on a natural escapade, the state offers plenty of picturesque destinations - perfect for rejuvenating your mind and body. One of the attractions is Ulu Bendol, situated 25km from Seremban. This place is not only cool and peaceful, it also has plenty of space for visitors to relax in. Other attractions to watch out for are the Lata Kijang Waterfalls, Mount Datok and many others.

When you're feeling hungry, there are plenty of eating establishments that have made Negeri Sembilan synonymous with national delicacies. And this is especially true for Seremban - ever heard of Seremban Baked Crabs and Siew Pow? Just the names are sure to make you salivate. The state promises delicious Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine for travellers, so travellers need not traverse far in search of grub when their tummies grumble!

HOTELS IN NEGERI SEMBILANSome like it hot, some like it cold, some like it sweet, and some like it bitter. The same holds true for the type of accommodation desired by travellers. But the many tastes and budgets can't all possibly be accommodated, can they? But yes, they can. For in Negeri Sembilan, the choice of accommodation is highly varied, from budget to five-star, and from hotels to resorts - Negeri Sembilan has them all.

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