Things To See In Malaysia

September 25th, 2006

If you are planning on taking a vacation in the near future, I recommend that you travel to Malaysia. Malaysia is a beautiful place to really enjoy yourself. There are plenty of places that you can visit while you are there if you are traveling to site-see. If you prefer to just relax, there are plenty of places devoted to that past time as well.

In all actuality, Malaysia is a place that all nature lovers should visit because it has pristine beaches, tropical islands, haunting caves and untamed jungles. The natural beauty of Malaysia will open your senses and capture your heart.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the hub of Malaysia and is often overlooked by tourists. This is a mistake as there is a lot to see that will take your breath away including:

1) Petronas Twin Towers

2) Sultan Abdul Samad Building which is full of Victorian and Moorish architectural styles.

3) Tasek Perdana Lake Gardens which is a perfect place to have a picnic with your family or enjoy a nice walk.

4) Parliament House

5) National Monument

6) National Museum which is the home to many historical exhibits and also houses craftwork from many different parts of the nation and a wide variety of architectural styles that make it so unique.

7) National Mosque which is surrounded by spectacular lawns and elegant fountains that decorate the lawn like a Christmas tree, as strange as that may sound. The National Mosque was built in 1965; the dome on the Mosque is in the shape of an eighteen point star to represent the thirteen states in the country and the five central pillars of Islam.

8) Old Chinese Clan House where Chan See Yuen lived.

9) The Friday Mosque which is located in the middle of the Klang and Gombak rivers is the most popular place to visit in the city. A great place to watch the sun set.

Kuala Lumpur also offers many eating and shopping opportunities.

Magnificent Caves and Parks

1) The Batu Caves are located north of the city of Kuala Lumpur. They can be reached by climbing two hundred and seventy two steps. Wow, that is a lot of steps, isn’t it? These caves house the Hindu Shrine of Lord Subramanian.

2) The Museum Caves are full of brightly colored statues and murals from Hindu mythology.

3) Templar Park is nothing but all natural rainforest that is bubbling with beauty for everyone to see. It is full of jungle paths, swimming lagoons and waterfalls that all lie within the park boundaries. A magical place, indeed.

4) Malaysia’s agricultural park which is located in Shah Alam, Selangor at Cherakah has a large play area for all the skateboarders and roller skaters out there. If you have teens with you, this is the place for them.

Overall, Malaysia is a wonderful place to take a vacation. It is still considered exotic, but is becoming more of a mainstream destination as it gains in popularity.

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National Park Vacation At Borneo’s Mesilau Nature Park, An Alternative To Kinabalu National Park

July 13th, 2006

One of the most popular Borneo destinations is undoubtedly Kinabalu National Park, where Mount Kinabalu resides. Each year, thousands of visitors visited Kinabalu National Park for either a refreshing National Park Vacation to escape the hot tropical sun and catch a glimpse of the highest mountain in South East Asia, or to conquer the mystical Mount Kinabalu.

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Khoo Kongsi

October 16th, 2005

khoo kongsi

Khoo is the surname (family name). Kongsi means clan (family) house.
The Khoos were among the the wealthy Straits Chinese traders of 17th century Malacca and early Penang.The Khoo Kongsi is a clan association of the Leong San Tong (Dragon Mountain Hall) clan who came from the Sin Kang clan village in Hokkien province, China. The Leong San Tong of the Khoo Kongsi in Cannon Square is the most picturesque clan-temple in Malaysia.

It was built as a clan-house for people with the same surname,when the Khoo clan was at the height of wealth and eminence in Penang society.
The building of this ornate temple was commissioned by the Khoo clan, which migrated from China in the late 18th century. The clan temple underwent a RM4.2 million restoration between 1999-2001.

In the 19th century, the clan complex resembled a miniature clan village, with its own self-government as well as educational, financial, welfare and social organisations.

khoo kongsi penang

A reduced version was later built in 1902 which features a magnificent hall embellished with intricate carvings and richly ornamented beams of finest wood bearing the mark of master craftsmen from China.
The temple building is in three parts: The two storey temple is fronted by a mid-level porch called the prayer pavilion.

It opens at 9am to 5pm.You have to purchase an entrance ticket.

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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

September 18th, 2005

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was the favourite home of Cheong Fatt Tze (1840-1916), a rags to riches Hakka entrepreneur who become a powerful Nanyang industrialist, a Ching dynasty consul-general representing the Overseas Chinese and a first class mandarin.

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City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya), Penang

July 29th, 2005

The City Hall was officially opened in 1903,with the Town Hall next to it.
Its a meeting place for the Council Chamber of the Penang Municipal Council.The building is light up during the night.It looks majestic with the colonial architecture.

Opening Hours :
8am-4.15pm Mon-Fri; 8am-12.45pm Sat

The Address:
Jalan Padang Kota Lama

You wont miss the building.Its next to the Esplanade field.

Watersports at Penang Beaches

July 29th, 2005

You might want to play some watersports while your in Penang.Usually,there will be people along the hotels’ beaches that offers these kind of services.There’s a banana boat,jet ski,paragliding and also a boat trip to the surrounding islands.

Jet ski usually cost RM60 per ride for 15 minutes.If you are going to rent more than one jet skis,you should be able to bargain with them.

Banana Boat cost around RM20 per person,depending on how many person are riding it.

Pragliding will cost you about RM 50 or RM70 depending on how wide the area you want to cover.

I think a boat ride will probably be more than RM150 (the whole boat),I’m not to sure about this.

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