Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Bako National Park

Sarawak's oldest national park was established in 1957. It covers a modest 27 sq. km., and is 37km from Kuching. It is known for its extraordinary natural scenery, habitats, plants and wild life. Its most significant features are secluded coves and rugged rocky headlands with magnificent steep cliffs that overlook the South China Sea.

The Habitat

The Habitat on Penang Hill, some 820 metres above sea-level, is an ecotourism site easily accessible via a 7-minute ride on the Penang Hill Funicular Train. It’s a place to visit for the most complete, exciting and educational Malaysian rainforest experience. The first of its kind in Malaysia, The Habitat aims to promote environmental consciousness and conservation awareness among its visitors.

Rainforest Discovery Centre

The Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) in Sepilok, Sandakan is part of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve – home to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Located in Sabah, it is one of the state's most popular environmental education (EE) centres today. Take a stroll through the forest or walk along the 147- metre long canopy walkway and enjoy a spectacular view of the beautiful rainforest - 28 metres above ground.

Gunung Mulu National Park

Sipadan Island is rated among the world’s top 10 best dive sites, and clearly the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. What makes it a Crown jewel is its amazing diversity and abundance of marine life. Barracudas, trevallies, silver jack fishes, tunas, mantas, sharks, turtles and over 3,000 species of fish roam its crystal-clear waters.

Nearby islands of Mabul, Kapalai and Mataking, also offer dive sites with interesting names as the Lobster Wall, Froggie’s Lair and Mid Reef. Read more.

Taman Negara

Taman Negara (National Park) is the first and the oldest official Protected Area in the country, originally named King George V National Park. Declared in 1938 by the Sultans of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu (during King George's Silver Jubilee), it was gazetted to preserve the land's indigenous nature in perpetuity. The park was renamed Taman Negara after the nation gained independence in 1957. The most popular activities at Taman Negara are river cruises and jungle trekking. The canopy walk is also a must-see, offering a fantastic close up view of activity in the rainforest canopy.

Kuala Selangor Fireflies

Kuala Selangor is a small coastal village northwest of Kuala Lumpur. The village is renowned for the great attraction alongside the Selangor River that runs through the village. On this river you can spot the famous fireflies (Kelip-Kelip in Bahasa Melayu) during evenings/nights. The fireflies all are found on the mangrove tree species called berembang. It is said that this is one of the biggest firefly colonies in the world.

Wetland Park

Birdwatching in the Wetlands. Grab your binoculars and flock down to Putrajaya Wetlands Park for a day of birdwatching! As one of the largest man-made freshwater wetlands in the tropics, the Putrajaya Wetlands is made up of the Wetlands Park (138 hectares) and the wetland areas (1,977 hectares). It is also recognised by UNESCO as an Ecohydrology Demonstration Site, a place where researchers can observe the interactions between water and the ecosystems. The wetlands has a high rate of biodiversity due to its unique ecosystem.

Island getaways

Island Gateways

Port Dickson Beach

Port Dickson is more famous for its attractive beaches, ample amenities and good infrastructure. There are also various types of accommodation for those wishing to holiday here. The beaches of Port Dickson (PD) is a famous weekend retreat for city dwellers.

Sipadan Island

Sipadan Island is rated among the world’s top 10 best dive sites, and clearly the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. What makes it a Crown jewel is its amazing diversity and abundance of marine life. Barracudas, trevallies, silver jack fishes, tunas, mantas, sharks, turtles and over 3,000 species of fish roam its crystal-clear waters.

Nearby islands of Mabul, Kapalai and Mataking, also offer dive sites with interesting names as the Lobster Wall, Froggie’s Lair and Mid Reef. Read more.

Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang, is the largest of a group of nine protected islands dotting the South China Sea, off the Terengganu coast. The island offers crystal clear waters and numerous dive sites for enthusiasts. Sheltered within the Pulau Redang Marine Park, the waters here are rich in marine life. At midday when sun rays penetrate the sea, brilliant hues of coral, anemones and fish can be seen.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Located just a 10- to 20- minute speedboat ride away from Sabah's capital, Kota Kinabalu, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park comprises of a cluster of five idyllic islands spread over 4,929 hectares, of which two-thirds is sea.

Pulau Payar Marine Park, Langkawi

This well-preserved, uninhabited marine park extends over a number of islands, with Pulau Payar being the largest. Your base out here is the floating platform moored off Pulau Payar. But the real attraction of this platform lies below sea level, where you can snorkel or dive. It is an ideal choice for a day outing.

Tioman Island

About 56km off the coast of Pahang lies Tioman Island, an alluring holiday paradise in the South China Sea. Acclaimed as one of the best island getaways in the world, Tioman was the location of the Hollywood musical, 'South Pacific' in 1959.

Cultural Attractions

Cultural Attractions

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

This mansion has gained famed in several television series (including The Little Nyonya) and reality shows such as ‘The Amazing Race’.

Kellie’s Castle

Spooky Palace or Romantic Ruins? Explore Malaysia’s Most Famous Castle. Overlooking the picturesque view of Batu Gajah, Perak, is the unfinished castle of William Kellie Smith, better known as Kellie’s Castle. The brainchild of the Scottish rubber plantation owner to celebrate his child’s birth, the castle and surrounding ruins bear signs of Smith’s grand vision for his family home.

Sarawak Cultural Village

Known as the 'Living Museum', the Cultural Village was set up to preserve and showcase Sarawak's cultural heritage, it is the perfect place to get introduced to local culture and lifestyle. Sprawled across 17 acres, there are about 150 people living in the village, demonstrating traditional daily activities from Sarawak's diverse tribes like the processing of sago and the making of handicrafts. They wear traditional costumes and also put on dances for visitors.

Stadthuys

The Portuguese colonised Melaka from 1511 to 1641. The first thing they did was build a fort overlooking the river, calling it A'Famosa. As Melaka was the centre of struggles between super powers of the time, and suffered the constant threat of attack, the A'Famosa fort was critical in Portugal maintaining its colonial foothold in the Far East.

Batu Caves

Batu Caves is an iconic and popular tourist attraction in Selangor. Site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. A limestone outcrop located just north of Kuala Lumpur, its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, besides a steep 272-step climb up its steps to finally view the stunning skyline of the city centre. Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Batu Caves is a place where you should not miss on your next visit to Malaysia!

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a stately mansion, refurbished to reflect bygone days of the Straits Chinese settlement in Penang. This magnificent townhouse is the former residence and office of Chinese Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee. He was a 19th century Hakka tin-miner and a secret society leader of the Hai San against arch rivals, the Ghee Hin.

Sri Menanti Royal Museum

Sri Menanti Royal Museum is among the must visit destination in Kuala Pilah. It served as a palace for the Royal family of Negeri Seremban and is located in the Royal town of Negeri Seremban, just off Seremban.It is black in colour, intricate with beautiful flowers motif. This 5 stories wooden palace is built with wooden pegs, using no nails or screws. It has 99 solids timber pillars, standing 65 feet tall and furnished with matching furniture and bed chambers. Other royal belonging like costumes and documents of the royal of linage are also exhibited.

Kek Lok Si

Also known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss, Kek Lok Si is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, and arguably one of the most famous in Penang. Located in Air Itam, the hills in that area (called “He San” or Crane Hill) have traditionally been regarded as geomancy-significant, having all the right “feng shui” elements for a temple. In fact, it is extremely popular as a retreat for monks and Taoists striving for immortality.

Sam Poh Tong Temple

Sam Poh Tong is a famous cave temple located in Gunung Rapat, about 5km south of Ipoh. It is said to be the biggest cave temple in the country, and is an impressive work of art with various statues of Buddha interspersed among the stalactites and stalagmites.

St.Paul's Hill (A'Famosa)

Built in the 1880s, this famous indigo-blue Chinese Courtyard House in Georgetown was the residence of Cheong Fatt Tze, a prominent Chinese figure in the newly established Penang Straits Settlement during the 19th century. The mansion was built by master craftsmen brought in especially from China, who used their skills to fashion the mansion with 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 windows.

Culinary Delights

Culinary Delights

China Town

Petaling Street is where you can find roadside hawker stalls selling a variety of things such as clothes, food, drinks, electronic goods and fresh produce. With a myriad of goods and items, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. In case you’re hungry or thirsty, the restaurants and stalls here are more than capable of quenching your thirst and satiating your hunger for local fare.

Gurney Drive

If Penang is the food capital of Malaysia, Gurney Drive is arguably the best of Penang on a plate. This popular seafront promenade exemplifies the colours and atmosphere of Penang – fun, lively and vibrant. Also known by its Malay name, “Persiaran Gurney”, Gurney Drive offers delightful street and high-end cuisine.

Kuching Waterfront

Kuching Waterfront, which lines the south bank of Sarawak River, is the place to sample the city’s cosmopolitan vibes. During the daytime, it offers scenic views of the Astana, Fort Margherita and the Malay kampungs across the river; but night-time is when it really comes alive! It seems like half of the city is out meeting friends, watching a show, or just shooting the breeze. For something different, why not try jetty-hopping along the river on the local Penambang boats, and savour the different sights, sounds (and delicacies!) between the two riverbanks.

Central Market

Central Market Kuala Lumpur began life as a wet market in 1888. It served as a prominent landmark in colonial and modern-day Kuala Lumpur. When it was relocated in the 1980s, the Malaysian Heritage Society successfully petitioned against the demolition of the building, and it was subsequently declared a centre for Malaysian arts, culture and handicraft.

Highly accessible via the Kuala Lumpur Metro, LRT, do your souvenir shopping here and bargain ferociously to get best value for your purchases.

City Excitement

City Excitement

i-City

i-City located in Shah Alam, Selangor is known as the city of digital lights. It is recognised at the first lightscape tourism destination in Malaysia with state-of- the-art LED technology showcase. This digital city includes trendy shopping streets, wax museums and a theme park to cater to visitors looking for a place to unwind.

Central Market

Central Market is fondly called Pasar Seni. Located near Chinatown and highly accessible by LRT and taxis, this cultural heritage site was restored in art deco style from a wet market built in 1888 by Yap Ah Loy, the city’s Chinese Kapitan. It is a great place to shop with more than 350 shops and kiosks selling souvenirs, handicraft, batik, antiques, collectibles and a lot more. Bargain hard for best buys.

Kuching Waterfront

Kuching Waterfront, which lines the south bank of Sarawak River, is the place to sample the city’s cosmopolitan vibes. During the daytime, it offers scenic views of the Astana, Fort Margherita and the Malay kampungs across the river; but night-time is when it really comes alive! It seems like half of the city is out meeting friends, watching a show, or just shooting the breeze. For something different, why not try jetty-hopping along the river on the local Penambang boats, and savour the different sights, sounds (and delicacies!) between the two riverbanks.

Petronas Twin Tower

The Petronas Twin Towers is the tallest twin towers in the world. Designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates as a post modern building with 88 floors, this crown jewel stands at 452 metres high. Both towers are connected at the 41st and 42nd floors through a 58-metre long double decker Sky Bridge. Simply majestic by day and dazzling by night. Do come early to get tickets to the 86th floor. Or enjoy the best view from the swanky SkyBar in Trader’s Hotel, while sipping a drink or two.

Gurney Drive

If Penang is the food capital of Malaysia, Gurney Drive is arguably the best of Penang on a plate. The popular seafront promenade exemplifies the colours and atmosphere of Penang – fun, lively and vibrant. Also known by its Malay name, “Persiaran Gurney”, Gurney Drive offers delightful street and high-end cuisine.

Kota Iskandar Johor

Kota Iskandar, Johor State Administrative Centre was opened in April 2009 and is now one of the must see places in Johor.

China Town

Located in KL’s historical district, Petaling Street is a lively street bustling with flea markets, hawker stalls, beautiful temples, quirky art galleries and cafes, in its vicinity. Stalls sells a variety of clothes, electronic items, fresh produce and food. Be it local favourites like the ubiquitous Hokkien mee , dumplings and egg omelettes, the wide food offerings will invariably satiate your hunger and quench your thirst. Haggling is a skill to test when shopping for value buys.

Jonker Walk

A definite haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. Authentic artifacts and relics, some dating as far back as 300 years, can be found among a host of interesting collectibles, each with its own history and mystery. Jalan Hang Jebat, formerly known as Jonker Street, is known worldwide among serious antique collectors as one of the best places to hunt and bargain for antiques.

Legoland

LEGOLAND Malaysia theme park, the first in Asia, is located in Nusajaya, Johor. Situated on 76 acres of land, the park is the sixth such park to open in the world. LEGOLAND is built with over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions.