Monday, May 20, 2013

Top Tourist Hot Spots in Malaysia

Malaysia is a fascinating country which offers diverse experiences. While peninsular Malaysia is home to vibrant, attraction-filled cities like Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Ipoh, Malaysian Borneo situated on the expansive island of  offers more natural attractions like the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Mount Kinabalu, the magnificent dive sites of Sipadan and the mystical but fascinating Gunung Mulu National Park. Added to this intriguing mix are several fabulous Malaysian beach destinations like Langkawi and Penang, Malaysia in short offers something for every type of traveler. Faced with such heady mix of attractions, you may be tempted to ask the question what are the top tourist hotspots in Malaysia?

Kuala Lumpur
The capital and the largest city in Malaysia is a fascinating city. Dynamic and energized, it offers a whole host of attractions like the towering PETRONAS towers once the tallest buildings the world, the Lake Garden Park, the Bukit Nanas forest reserve, the National Museum and the National Zoo. Aside from sight-seeing attractions, the city also offers numerous options to shop, dine and play at locales like the Pavilion Mall, Lot 10, the Mid-Valley Mega Mall, the Jalan Alor street-food district , the Zouk nightclub and the Sky Bar at the Trader’s hotel.

The Cameron Highlands
The Cameron Highlands is a colonial-era hill-station in Malaysia. Located within Pahang state, the Cameron Highlands were developed by the British in the 1920’s. The highlands which are situated at a height of 1500 meters above sea-level in the Titiwangsa hill range are blessed with a year round amiable climate conducive to tea cultivation.  The hill-station is thus littered with tea plantations and factories. Moreover the highlands offer a distinct ‘English’ ambience adorned as they are with many Tudor-style cottages and lush gardens.

The heavily tourist-trafficked island, Langkawi popularly referred to as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’ is one of the most popular destinations in Malaysia. The largest of more than a hundred islands situated in the crystal waters of the Andaman Sea, Langkawi offers an abundance of attractions like white sand beachfronts that host much water sporting action, exhilarating cable car rides, island-hopping tours, parks and nature reserves coupled with excellent duty-free shopping options. Langkawi in fac  has something for all ages and tastes.

Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu located on the island of Borneo is the capital of Sabah state. A bustling urban center, Kota Kinabalu or ‘KK’, as it is commonly called provides visitors with access to many splendid ‘nature-themed’ attractions in Sabah like Mount Kinabalu Park, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, the Poring Hot Springs and the stunning diving and snorkeling sites of Sipadan, Mabul , Matakang and Kapalai islands.

Georgetown, the capital of Penang is one the largest cities in Malaysia and a favored tourist destination which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Home to magnificent colonial-era monuments and myriad other attractions like Fort Cornwallis, the oldest British settlement in Malaysia, the Kek Lok Si temple, the Khoo Kongsi hall, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, the Kapitan Keling Mosque, Georgetown offers a vivid representation to the multi-cultural tapestry of Malaysian society.

Easily accessible via a two hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, the charming old-world trading port, Malacca is yet another UNESCO world heritage site in Malaysia. Offering various charming attractions like trishaw rides, the Jonker street antiquing district and night-market, restaurants hosted in historic Chinese shop-houses, Malacca has much to offer for all ages and is considered a rewarding city to explore.

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