Posted on Oct 26, 2011 | Comments 0
Malaysia is one of the most fascinating destinations in all of Asia. It has just about everything you could wish for including bustling cities, white, sandy beaches, beautiful islands, national parks, and a lot of history and culture to boot. The food’s also diverse with a combination of Indian, Chinese, and Malaysian influences. The architecture’s just as varied as it features modern, colonial, and indigenous structures. Choosing Malaysia for your next vacation is very affordable compared to other Asia countries and is actually considered a fairly cheap travel destination
These are some of the most popular sites to visit while in Malaysia.
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Back in the 15th century this used to be a wealthy trading empire. It’s also quite rich culturally. It has British, Dutch, and Portuguese, influences as they were all present at one time or another in the past. Some of the most popular attractions here are St. Paul’s Church, Portuguese Square, the Baba Nonya Heritage Museum, and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, which is the nation’s oldest Chinese temple. You’ll also find some wonderful traditional Malaccan houses as well as a colonial building that was constructed back in the 1600s by the Dutch.
2. Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
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The tallest buildings on the globe signify just how modern many parts of Malaysia are. These towers are 88 storeys high and kiss the sky in the magnificent city of Kuala Lumpur. You can get some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from the sky bridge that’s located on the 41st floor. This bridge links the two buildings together.
3. The Batu Caves
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This is a large complex of caves that lie about 10 miles north of Kuala Lumpur. They’ve been turned into a modern shrine in honor of Lord Murugan. The caves are surrounded by rocky limestone cliffs and can be reached by climbing about 300 stairs. It’s a well-known pilgrimage site the country’s Hindu population. There’s a large gold statue and the walls of the cave feature smaller statues as well as paintings.
4. Ubudiah Mosque, Kuala Kangsar
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There are many religions in Malaysia, however Islam is recognized as the official one. This means there are quite a few magnificent mosques in the country. The Ubudiah Mosque, which proudly sits in Kuala Kangsar, is one of the finest you’ll see. It has a fascinating gold dome which is surrounded by four domed minarets. The mosque was finished back in 1917 and beautiful grounds.
5. The Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
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This market is an ideal place if you’re looking for Malaysian arts and crafts as it features items from all over the nation. It’s located in a 1930s building and also known as the Cultural Bazaar. You’ll be able to find a wide range of goods here such as wood carvings, paintings, pottery, ceramics, rattan baskets, and traditional Malaysian kites etc. There’s usually some type of entertainment going on at the busy market too.
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Langkawi is one of the most beautiful and popular island getaways in Malaysia. It consists of just over 100 tropical islands that lie in the Andaman Sea. They’re all uninhabited except for three of them, with the largest being Pulau Langkawi. It’s filled with soft sandy beaches and luxury hotels and resorts. It’s an ideal location for outdoor and sea adventures and sports. It’s also a fine destination if you just want to relax and enjoy the natural beauty.
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Penang is another wonderful island because of its superb beaches, rich history and interesting traditions and culture. Back in the late 1700s it was known as Britain’s first Far East trading post. The island has its own Chinatown and Little India as well as a cathedral, several mosques, Chinese and Hindu temples and several other sites of interest such as the Snake Temple. You can also visit Fort Cornwallis in historic Georgetown since it’s the island’s oldest structure.
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