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World Table Tennis Championship (WTTC)

World Table Tennis Championship (WTTC)

Date : 28th February 2016 – 6th March 2016

Venue :  Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam

 

Watch your favourite  table tennis stars in action. It’s all happening in Malaysia!

Online ticket : http://www.ticketpro.com.my/jnp/sports/1612527-World-Table-Tennis-Championships-2016.html

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APPS GUIDE FOR MALACCA

Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Smart phone apps to guide tourists in Malacca
 
MALACCA: The state government has introduced a smart phone application known as “Destination Melaka” to guide tourists visiting the state.

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Harun said the application provided various information including tourism destinations, interesting food outlets and list of hotels with the aid of the Global Positioning System (GPS).

He said the application was developed by Malacca Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) and the Malacca Tourism Promotion Division to promote more widely tourism destinations in the state, especially to foreign tourists.

“All data related to tourism programme, activity and destination in the state will be upgraded by Tourism Malacca from time to time. We received information the application can be downloaded for free via Google Apps.

“Very encouraging responses were received from Android smart phone users especially in Brazil, London and the United States,” he said ata media conference after chairing a state executive council meeting here recently.

TM Malacca general manager Datuk Rozlan Mohamed said the application which was expected to be able to be downloaded by iOS smart phones in February would also provide emergency calls to the police, ambulance, Fire and Rescue Department and the embassies if the tourists needed help.

“We target the application to be downloaded to 50,000 Android and iOS users in the first six months of this year. The features of the application will be improved from time to time,” he said.

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Beautiful Malaysia

There’s only so much a person can say about a place, food and people. If I were to tell you that Malaysia has the most beautiful beaches, delicious food or interesting culture, you could also tell me that other countries have that too. The best way to introduce anyone to Malaysia is by show and tell. That’s why the next five photos here will enchant you to Malaysia’s best experiences and sights.

 

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Street art in Penang

From the moment you enter George Town, Penang’s capital, you’ll be greeted with art at every corner. Murals, sculptures, galleries, museums and perhaps the occasional street performances. Many would consider George Town as the art hub of Malaysia. All year, events such as exhibitions, music festivals and even film festivals are held here. International artists collaborate with local ones to break barriers through art and music. On a normal day in George Town, check out their art cafes which showcase locally-produced masterpieces or enjoy the live bands that play in the evening.

 

Hunt for the Penang street art. [http://www.tourismpenang.net.my/pdf/street-art-brochure.pdf]

 

 

 

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Back to nature in Taman Negara

Malaysia’s National Park in the state of Pahang is a must-see for any nature lover. It has a reputation of being the oldest rainforest, estimated to be more than 130 million years old and is home to some rare wildlife such as the Malayan Tiger, crab-eating Macaque and Indian elephant. There are tons of activities too like jungle-trekking, cave exploration, canopy walk, bird watching and the exciting rapid shooting.

 

To explore the truly tropical life. [http://www.tamannegara.asia/]

 

 

 

 

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Food galore

Ask any Malaysian or anyone who has visited Malaysia what’s the best thing to expect here and they are more than likely to say it’s the food. You can eat food from around the world without actually having to travel around the world here. Everything from Indian food to Vietnamese cuisine, Malaysia has it. But don’t skip on the local delicacies like nasi lemak, char kway teow or satay. You haven’t tasted Malaysia until you’ve tried those.

 

Get a taste of Malaysia. [http://www.malaysia.travel/en/my/experiences/a-taste-of-malaysia#page1]

 

 

 

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Culture club

Being a multi-racial society, Malaysia’s landscape is dotted with various cultural footprints. Go anywhere here and you’ll find evidence of some sort of cultural heritage, be it religious or historical. Hindu temples, mosques and Buddhist temples are at almost every nook and cranny. Over at East Malaysia, the indigenous tribes of Sabah and Sarawak still maintain their customs and traditions and you can always experience it first hand during one of their annual celebrations such as Hari Gawai, a day where they celebrate a bountiful harvest.

 

Discover the best cultural destinations. [http://www.malaysia.travel/en/my/places/cultural-attractions#page1]

 

 

 

 

 

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Paradise on earth

Try and Google Malaysian islands and look at the images. The islands look exactly as advertised. Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, rich marine life, beautiful corals and blue skies should be enough to entice anyone to visit Malaysia’s islands. Rent some diving gear and be transported to another world under the sea or just lay on the sand to get your tan on. Be generous with the sunblock though. The sun is a harsh friend.

 

Pick your best beach getaway. [http://www.malaysia.travel/en/my/places/islands-beaches#page1]

 


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VISA FREE TRAVEL FROM CHINA INTO MALAYSIA IN 2016

This blogspot is being created to compliment our main Tourism Melaka website at www.tourism-melaka.com.

We hope to write our comments and views on the development of the tourism sector in Melaka so that old cultural jewels can be retained and new ones generated to attract more visitors to our Melakan shores.

For us to continue our journey, we like to invite visitors to pen their comments and views so that we can create a sustainable and vibrant tourism sector in Melaka.

Enjoy.

TW Kang

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Things Only Found In Malaysia

World’s Only Things In Malaysia

By Lloyd Green

There’s a weird science that draws us to the extraordinary. A uniqueness or intrigue at exploring something truly special. It could be a natural phenomenon or a feat of humanity. Whatever the case, it has the potential to blow our mind. Here are 10 incredible things that are unique to Malaysia.

1. World’s Largest Blooming Flower

Malaysia’s enchanting tropical rainforests are home to many weird and wonderful things. Yet, none are so exotic than the Rafflesia flower located in the remote jungles of Sabah, Borneo. At up to 100cm in diameter, this rare beauty is truly unique in that it has no leaves, no roots and no stem. But whatever you do, don’t get too close. It’s also known as the ‘Stinking Corpse Lily’ and is  designed to imitate the stench and taste of rotting meat and dung.

2. Sarawak Chamber Is So Big It Can Accommodate 40 Boeing 747 Aircraft

Nestled within the UNESCO World Heritage listed Mulu National Park on the island of Borneo, Sarawak Chamber is believed to be one of the largest underground chambers in the world and definitely the largest opened to the public. Its surface area is whopping 162,700 square metres, with a volume of 9,579,205 cubic metres. Experts say it is so large you can fly a jumbo jet through the middle of the cave without touching the walls. Crazy.

3. No Monkeying Around, Proboscis Are Huge

Endemic to the island of Borneo, Proboscis monkeys are the largest in the world growing up to 70cm tall and weighing 23kg. They can swim up to 65 feet underwater and feed off leaves and unripened fruit. The sugars of ripened fruit apparently ferments in their stomachs causing fatal bloating and bad cases of flatulence. They’re also commonly known as ‘orang belanda’ meaning ‘Dutchman’, after local Indonesians noted their similarities to Dutch colonisers who had rotund bellies and large noses.

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4. We Have Gigantic Leaves

On top of boasting the world’s largest flower, Malaysia is also home to the world’s largest undivided leaf, Alocasia macrorrhiza. Found near Tawau in Sabah, this non-woody plant is often found in damp, shady areas where the rich volcanic soil of the region lends itself to breeding GIANT things. The largest ever specimen of Alocasia macrorrhiza was found in 1966 and measured 3m long and 1.9m wide. Alocasia macrorrhiza is also commonly called Elephant ear. I wonder why?

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5. What’s So Special About An Old Tin Mine?

Well, apart from being a popular tourist attraction Sungai Lembing is officially home to the world’s largest tin mine. During its glory days, Sungai Lembing was one of the largest producers of underground tin in Asia and while it was never the oldest or deepest, it certainly was the biggest with over 320km of tunnel at a depth of 700m.

6. Taman Negara Is Really, Really Old

While the Daintree Rainforest in Australia is actually the oldest, Taman Negara has a reputation as being the oldest tropical rainforest in the world at an estimated 130 million years old. It is home to array of rare mammals such as the Malayan tiger, crab-eating macaque, Malayan gaur and Indian elephant and is one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in the country.

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7. We Also Have The World’s Largest Roundabout

Considering Malaysia has 65,877km of highway — which happens to be 25,000km more than the

Earth’s circumference — it’s no surprise Malaysia is also home to the world’s largest roundabout. Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah or Putrajaya Roundabout is 3.5km in diameter and houses iconic Putrajaya buildings including Putra Mosque.

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8. King of the Cobras

In April 1937, the world’s longest King Cobra was captured on Malaysian soil at Port Dickson measuring 5.54m. He later grew to 5.71m when in captivity at the London Zoo. Don’t be too scared, though, only 17 out of Malaysia’s 105 land snakes are actually venomous!

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9. How Big’s Your Pewter?

Not only is Royal Selangor the largest pewter manufacturer and retailer of its kind, it’s also home to the largest pewter tankard ever built. Created in 1985 to commemorate Royal Selangor’s 100th anniversary, the giant tankard stands at 1.99m tall and weighs 1,557kg. In 2009, the tankard was part of a marketing campaign where it disappeared and reappeared again at Pavilion shopping centre in KL.

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10. We Just Like Really Big Things

The gigantic sculpture of Lord Murugan at Batu Caves is the second tallest statue for a Hindu deity in the world, standing at 140 feet high and is covered in 300 litres of gold paint. Not to be out done,

KL’s skyline is dominated by the Petronas Towers, which boasts the world’s highest two-storey sky bridge and has featured prominently in movies such as Entrapment and numerous Bollywood films.

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Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016

Date : 9th February 2016 – 10th February 2016

Venue : Padang Polo, Penang

Organiser : Penang Global Tourism

Phone.
+604-264 345

Watch balloons in various colours floating against the picturesque backdrop of George Town World Heritage Site

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Anirudh Live In Malaysia 2016

Anirudh Live In Malaysia 2016

Date : 13th February 2016

Venue : Stadium Merdeka Kuala Lumpur

Anirudh Ravichander is one of the most compelling and talented upcoming music directors in India. Anirudh’s composition “Why this Kolaveri di” gaine 83millions views on Youtube and became the top downloaded song on mobile with over 4million downloads within the first 18 days of release. He has aso been nominated and won multiple international awards such as Best Music Director (Filmfare Awards South), Best Male Playback SInger (SIIMA), Favourite Song (Vijay Awards).

 

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Tioman International Classic Surfing

Tioman International Classic Surfing

Date : 29 January 2016 – 31 January 2016

Enjoy the sand and sea while you surf against the beautiful emerald green waters of Tioman Island.

Venue
Kg Juara, Pulau Tioman, Pahang

Organiser
Tioman Boardriders Event

Phone
+6013-717 6677

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A Chinese New Year Comedy with Old Master Q

A Chinese New Year Comedy with Old Master Q

Date : 6th February – 29th February 2016

Venue : Times Square Stage, Genting First World Plaza

Time :

12.00 pm – 12.30pm
5.30pm – 6.00pm
8.00pm – 8.30pm

Admission Fee : Free

Old Master Q or better known as “???” (Lao Fu Zi) is a well-known Chinese comic created by Alfonso Wong that has remained a big hit even till today as it has been a prominent childhood memory for many.

The main protagonist of the series is Old Master Q, an aged, gangly man dressed in an old-fashioned Chinese costume who lives his life in a very unconventional manner whereby he and his friends many a time fall into and out of trouble.

The mischievous Old Master Q who is still a child at heart has friends which include the particularly chubby and similarly-dressed Big Potato as well as the good looking sidekick, Mr. Chin and together the trio is dubbed as the “cool gang”. On the other hand, other acquaintances include Mr. Chiu and Miss Chen.

The nature of the series depicts the everyday life incidents of Old Master Q and friends as they embrace them with a positive manner with
a hint of humour.

 

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Bucket List 2016

A bucket list for 2016; with a country like Malaysia, it’s difficult to know where to start. It’s no secret that Malaysia has an abundance of world class, tropical beaches. It’s well known that Malaysia is home to some of the lushest, most bio-diverse rainforest on the planet. If it’s shopping you’re after, whether it’s treading the expansive malls for your designer catch or scouring the local stalls for a unique trinket, Kuala Lumpur is hard to beat.

So in a country that has so much to offer, and in a time when Google can tell you the top 10 things to do anywhere in the world, I hope to offer up a bucket list that you wouldn’t necessarily find in the pages of your Lonely Planet guide. This alternative bucket list to Malaysia offers the chance to enjoy some of the lesser known idiosyncrasies of this fine nation.

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Melaka is famous for a lot of things, historic significance predominantly, and rightly so. Melaka’s streets are filled with colonial buildings and littered with historic monuments, affording any visitor an enlightening stroll around the small community. What it may not be so well known for is its artistic street art. Penang tends to dominate the niche of Malaysian street art, however, Melaka has quietly been developing its own scene that is flourishing within the tight colonial alleyways and avenues.

The best way to take it all in is not to set yourself a path but just meander through the city streets and see where they take you. From full pavement-to-roof murals to the more obscured, hidden pieces, take the time to appreciate them all. For an impressive display head to the Melaka River where, stretching out along the bar and shopfronts, you can find murals of all colour and subject matter. Some encompassing the rich history of the town and many depicting its more current obsession, food!

Melaka is a culturally rich and vibrant city that has actively embraced its varied and diverse past and, I’m happy to see, is now embracing its vibrant and eclectic future.

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When you think of Malaysia it’s unlikely that psy-trance festivals are one of the first things that come to mind. With 2015 being the ‘year of festivals’ they certainly lived up to the name with hundreds of festivals, of all variety, taking place throughout the country in the 12 month period. A slightly more fringe festival that may not have dominated the advertising inches was the small, alternative festival of Belantara.

While many may flock to Thailand and Goa for their psy-trance fix, Malaysia has a growing scene that hosts an annual festival, drawing psy-trance appreciators from around the globe. Located just outside of the bustling metropolis of KL, this little jungle festival offers the opportunity of open air camping, calming meditation and the chance to dance all night to world renowned DJ’s. The smaller size of the festival affords a more intimate vibe and provides a great setting to get to know your fellow festival goers and to truly appreciate the beauty of the jungle surroundings.

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Not far from the centre of Kuala Lumpur rests a gem of tranquillity and reflection. The Kwong Tong Cemetery is the oldest in KL and is the resting place for many of the first Chinese arrivals to Malaysia. Here you can find elaborate tombs for anyone from a humble tin miner to some of the most prominent city pioneers, including Yap Ah Loy, the founder of KL.

A graveyard may not be at the top of everyone’s list as a must-visit whilst in KL but the tranquil settings, the ornate tombstones and the sense of history in this place makes it a worthy, thought-provoking and calming break from the hustle and bustle of KL city. The tombs themselves are grand and elegant individual works of art in their own right. Many describing in detail the lives of those they entomb and some still holding photographs, giving you a real sense of briefly gazing into the past.

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You can’t visit Malaysia without taking some time to appreciate the food. Malaysians love to eat! And why wouldn’t they? The food on offer here has something to satisfy even the most discerning of foodies. Malaysians are passionate about their food and nowhere is this more evident that the bustling 24hr mamak stalls. These places remain busy from dawn to dusk and beyond. You can even drop in at 3am and the place will still be buzzing with life. Not only is the food out-of-this-world delicious but the atmosphere and the energy is captivating.

These spots aren’t just a place for a good feed, they pose as a social gathering place for much of the community. They offer a place to catch up with friends, watch a late night football match with the locals and put the world to rights over a steaming glass of teh tarik.

This is just a small taste of things to keep you entertained in Malaysia throughout 2016. Whatever your interests or your passions you’re bound to be spoilt for choice here. No doubt while adventuring around you’ll find the country has more and more to offer as you go, so throw yourself in, try new things, meet new people and come to love the culture and people of Malaysia as much as I do.


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