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Happy Malaysia day!! Malaysia Day is celebrated on 16 September every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation. It is known as a significant date in the history of Malaysia as it marks the collaboration of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia in 1963.
Currently, Malaysia is divided into two main regions, Peninsular Malaysia on the west, consisting of Kuala Lumpur and the nearby states, and East Malaysia, consisting of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo Island. Regardless, Malaysia still owns its trademark as `Truly Asia’ thanks to all the country’s best heritage cities, natural spots, food havens and urban experiences. Here are 7 wonderful destinations to visit in Malaysia:
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Kuala Lumpur is one of the best tourist destinations not only in Malaysia but in South East Asia because of its breathtaking towers like Petronas and KL tower. Not forgetting the hawker bazaars down Petaling Street and its throbbing energy of night life in Changkat and Bukit Bintang. Apart from the views of cityscape from the countless skybars, you can visit the mysterious Batu Caves and its acclaimed Islamic art museum or shop till you drop at Pavillion or KLCC.
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The history of the town makes it more worthy to visit. UNESCO even declared Melaka a World Heritage Site in 2008, with its remains of old churches and forts of the Portuguese colonial rulers bear significant memories of the colonial days. Enjoy shopping for antique art galleries or craft stores at Jonker Street and you can stop by a chinese coffee shop or restaurant for a meal of Melaka’s famous Chicken Ball rice.
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Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is one of Malaysia’s most famous island. In Georgetown, the state’s vibrant capital is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the old and the new blend together in a mix of shophouses-turned-museums and humble hawker stalls have gained fame internationally. Penang is also famous for its iconic Char Koay Teow, Asam Laksa and its Teo Chew Cendol, which even tourists love to indulge in. You can even soak in the sun at the beaches of Batu Ferringhi for a day of water sports or lazy sunbathing.
Genting Highlands (Pahang)
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Located just 45 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands is ideal for a quick holiday getaway in Malaysia. Boasting round-the-clock exciting entertainment such as the cutting edge and contemporary Sky Casino, there are abundance of card tables and other gaming alternatives to enjoy. For avid shoppers, shop till you drop at the SkyAvenue Mall or the renowned Genting Premium Outlet, which is linked through a connecting bridge to the Awana SkyWay station. If you are feeling tired after a long day, feel free to rejuvenate at Awana SkyWay’s Thai Odyssey outlet at Level 3 and treat yourself to any of their full body authentic Thai massages of your choice or even just a Traditional Foot Massage. While you are there, don’t forget to hop on the gondola ride for a breathtaking view of rainforest below and try to spot for the anticipated Twentieth Century Fox World Malaysia. Definitely the perfect getaway destination to escape the hot and humid weather in Kuala Lumpur.
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Located off the northwest corner of Malaysia, Pulau Langkawi is one of the top island destinations in Malaysia for both foreign tourists and Malaysians. Langkawi could be called Malaysia’s version of Phuket( the busiest island in Thailand) which offers a lot of tourist attractions such as Malaysia’s largest indoor aquarium and natural features such as the crowded-but-beautiful Pregnant Maiden Lake, a beautiful formation that is believed to help make women more fertile.
Mulu National Park (Sarawak)
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Gunung Mulu National Park is one of the most fascinating nature parks of Malaysia. Located in the middle of the jungle of Borneo, it is one of the few places where you can experience the ‘real’ jungle feeling. The park that was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 is home to the longest cave in Southeast Asia. In addition, the park is known for a special natural phenomenon, called the ‘Bat Exodus’. Every evening, you will get to enjoy the sight of millions of bats flying outward to the jungle from the caves, where they reside.
Gunung Kinabalu (Sabah)
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Climb up to this highest mountain between the Himalayas and the island of New Guinea. In Malaysia, this mountain is called Gunung Kinabalu and it rises almost twice as high of its Crocker Range mountain neighbours. While hiking towards its peak, you shall come across several fine walking trails in the rainforest at the base of the mountain where the climate is agreeably cooler than the coastal base. Even though you might not wish to climb the mountain, you can admire its beauty from most parts of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu and the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, consisting a group of 5 popular islands which are Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug.
There you have it – 7 amazing places around Malaysia to visit which makes our country beautiful and at the same time representing Asia in the globe. With that, Happy Malaysia Day to all Malaysian and let this celebration bring us together.