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My Malaysia

By Lloyd Green

I sit here on the plane leaving Malaysia after eight months. An experience quite unlike any I have ever encountered. Malaysia is a country where the more you invest, the more you get out of it. You could be forgiven for thinking Malaysia is embodied by KL’s global reputation — its bright lights, shopping malls, bustling nightlife and iconic Petronas Twin Towers showcasing an opulence craved by many tourists — as well as pristine island getaways such as Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands.

But if you have ever had the chance to peer beyond its veneer, you will find a land of great beauty and a population eager to share it with you. This is where the real Malaysia lies and a world in which I’ve had the privilege to step into. You’ll enter one world and exit another taking with you snippets of many cultures that will not only shape your memories but also your relationships.

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The view from one of the more secluded areas at Genting Highlands

Much of my adventure here is owed to the great local friends I have made. They have afforded me an authentic experience not often chronicled in your local tour guides: Guest at an Indian wedding in Klang; life as a local at Orang Asli kampungs in the jungle near Gua Musang and Raub; a road trip to Pangkor; KL’s burgeoning comedy scene; a guided tour of the famed Kacang Putih industry in Ipoh; hiking around the intriguing Genting Highlands; celebrating Deepavali with Indian families in Klang; KL’s underground punk rock scene; teaching English in remote and rural communities; celebrating Christmas in the Portuguese Settlement in Malacca; adventures to Peninsular Malaysia’s most stunning waterfalls and hikes including Chilling Falls and Gunang Tahan; picking rambutans and bananas at plantations in the jungle; witnessing Iban tribal ceremonies in Sarawak; staying on a boat house in the Royal Belum National Park as well as tasting local delicacies such as the best fish noodle soup in Petaling Jaya and homemade Indian curries in Brickfields and Klang.

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You can hire a boat house and enjoy the tranquil Royal Belum National Park
(Pic http://belum.com.my/tour/2d-1n-houseboat-lake-temenggor/)

That’s not to say Malaysia’s main attractions are unworthy of your presence — the tourist trail in Malaysia is reliable and growing stronger all the time. In the economic hub of Kuala Lumpur, flavours and colour of India, China and Malay locals float inconspicuously, adding great contrast and history to this modern megacity with landmarks such as Batu Caves, Bukit Bintang and KLCC ensuring thousands continue to flock there.

Venture north to George Town in Penang and Ipoh for a romantic cocktail of art, architecture and colonial influences with night markets, Chinese hawker stalls in Batu Ferringhi, the original Old Town White Coffee in Ipoh and the emergence of urban street art in both places giving reason for tourism to thrive.

The chance to live and look after Orangutans as well as the quest of climbing Malaysia’s highest peak — Mount Kinabalu — will always ensure people go to Sabah and the magic of the Rainforest World Music Festival is a beacon for Sarawak tourism each year. And of course if island hopping and diving is your thing, then you’ll fall in love with places such as Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Layang Layang and Lankayan.

Malaysia has no doubt won a special place in my heart and I urge other travellers, tourists and expatriates to immerse yourself in the culture and let Malaysia sweep you off your feet. You will never regret it.

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Island hopping in Malaysia

Island hopping in Malaysia

Malaysia has some of a many pleasing beaches in a universe that are eminent for their scenic beauty, surrounding pleasant greenery, internal villages and of march scuba diving and snorkeling. So if white sands, blue waters and good food is your scene, here are 5 islands that will take your exhale away.

Langkawi is a cluster of 99 islands in a Andaman Sea that are breathtakingly pleasing and captivate visitors from all over a universe to their white silt beaches and transparent waters. Some of a renouned beaches are Cenang, Tengah and Kok. Langkawi was also announced a World Geopark by UNESCO in 2007 interjection to a tolerable development. The categorical island is good grown and populated with good atmosphere connectors to Kuala Lumpur.

Langkawi competence be a beach end yet there’s also copiousness to do. The famed wire automobile float is roughly an essential partial of an channel and has a many implausible views of rainforest, a Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh) and a island swelling out below. Another renouned day outing is to sinecure a vessel and try a circuitously islands. Boat rides also offer eagle viewing, cavern explorations and snorkeling during Pulau Payar Marine Park. Both oppulance and bill accommodation is accessible on Langkawi creation it suitable for everyone. The other drawcard for visitors is a avocation giveaway shopping.

Beautiful Langkawi beaches. Pic: Joanne Lane.

Beautiful Langkawi beaches. Pic: Joanne Lane.

Sipadan Island on a easterly seashore of Sabah, Borneo is a diver’s paradise, yet as we are usually authorised on a island during a day many people find themselves praying a vessel will mangle down so they can spend some-more time on a pleasing island. If we have not left diving before this is a place to see for yourself what a fascinating universe is there next a sea! Chances are all else will dark in comparison thereafter though.

The series of dives authorised per day is singular to strengthen a coral reefs. Sightings of turtles, sharks and other colorful tiny fish are common including a jester fish finished renouned by a film Finding Nemo. The corals are pronounced to be a best in a universe and opposite diving sites including “Drop Off” that gives we a demeanour during an abyss in a sea floor. Sipadan is connected by vessel from Semporna (fly to Tawau afterwards train to Semporna).

Tioman Island is located in Pahang on a easterly cost of Peninsular Malaysia and once listed in Time Magazine as one of a world’s many pleasing islands – many would contend it is still true. Today people go to Pahang especially to do nothing, nonetheless there is indeed copiousness to do if we feel motivated.

There many hotels and chalets situated right off a beach mouth-watering a caller to kibbutz with inlet by sitting with a book, going for a travel or usually shower in a atmosphere. There’s also wildlife to suffer such as guard lizards that are ordinarily sighted on a island. You can also scuba dive, suffer a jungles and rainforests or revisit some of a many extraordinary beaches – Juara is deliberate a best beach and if we wish to see for yourself we can get there by renting a vessel or holding a  4WD. Tioman Island, like Langkawi, is also avocation free. The island can be reached by atmosphere or we can get a packet from Mersing on a mainland.

Panuba Bay, Tioman Island. Pic: Ferrazo, Wikimedia Commons.

Panuba Bay, Tioman Island. Pic: Ferrazo, Wikimedia Commons.

The Perhentian Islands are located in Terengganu and embody Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil that exaggerate white silt beaches filled with palm trees and blue waters. Scuba diving and snorkeling options are on palm and really renouned among visitors. Snorkeling is intensely pleasing and can be finished right off a beach interjection to a contentment of transparent transparent waters. There are jungle walks by a timberland joining a beaches, or we can take a H2O cab to pierce around. One can get to Perhentian Islands by vessel usually (fly to Khota Bharu).

Perhentian Islands. By Joanne Lane.

Perhentian Islands. By Joanne Lane.

Pulau Pangkor is an island tighten to Perek in north-west Peninsular Malaysia. Pangkor is famous for a white silt beaches and dual of a many renouned are Teluk Nipah and Coral Bay. Other than a beaches here there is a Dutch Fort value a revisit and dual temples on a island. Pangkor is renouned with a locals so it is good place to take a mangle from a unchanging traveller circuit. Pangkor Laut is an upscale review on this island during a scenic location, so if we are looking for oppulance this could be one option. You can strech Pangkor by atmosphere (to Ipoh) and ferry.

And if we suspicion this was all, there are many some-more islands like Penang, Layang-Layang, Redang, Rawa and many some-more watchful to be explored with their cold waters mouth-watering we to take a dip.

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