Places of Interest
Kuala Lumpur’s interesting and colourful historical beginnings give visitors the opportunity to experience the ambience of the present and by-gone eras.
- KL Tower – Go up Kuala Lumpur’s tallest landmark and get a magnificent view of Kuala Lumpur.
- Istana Negara – Built in 1857 and home to a Chinese merchant and his family, this mansion has now become the official residence of the King of Malaysia.
- Chinatown – Revisit the Kuala Lumpur of yesteryears and drive through the oldest part of the city.
- Masjid Jamek – The oldest mosque in the city is built at the historical site where Kuala Lumpur derived its name, namely from the estuary (‘Kuala’) of two muddy (‘Lumpur’) rivers.
- Dataran Merdeka – The site of the nation’s historic Declaration of Independence, the area surrounding the square boasts unique colonial era landmarks such as the Sultan Abdul Samad building, the old Selangor Club with its grassy cricket pitch and St. Mary’s Anglican Church (built in 1894).
- Royal Selangor – Visit the factory floor of the biggest, oldest and most reputed pewter maker in the world since 1885.
- Embassy Row/Jalan Ampang – Known for its embassies and highly desirable residences such as the Sharif Ali Palace.
- Kuala Lumpur City Centre – Without a doubt the face of modern KL, this magnificent centrepiece is topped off by the stainless steel and glass complex of the Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin buildings at 405m.
A fun tour of the city’s outskirts. Join us for an excellent combination of highlights and attractions of KL’s suburbs. This tour is an introduction to quaint villages, rural lifestyles, traditional handicrafts, cultural sites, wondrous natural sculptures and housing estates.
- Batu Caves/Hindu Temples – Batu Caves is a massive limestone outcrop that lies across the scarred landscape of an old tin mine. It is also the site of a yearly Hindu religious festival called Thaipusam. At the base of the outcrop lies a small Hindu shrine displaying various Hindu deities. The Cathedral Caves are breathtaking with huge shafts of light streaking down from gaps in the roof of the cave and piercing the natural darkness of the cave interior.
- Batik Design Centre – Batik or wax painting is an ancient Malaysian art form. Both hand drawn and block printing methods are demonstrated here. See how a piece of white cloth is transformed into colourful and exquisite design material.
- Royal Selangor – The world’s renowned makers of fine pewter since 1885. A guided tour of the world’s biggest pewter centre will fascinate you as you observe how raw materials are shaped into the most exquisite pewter designs. Marvel at the process of casting, moulding, hammering, engraving and polishing.
- Historic Ampang Road and Ambassador’s Row – Known for its embassies and highly desirable up market residences such as Sharif Ali Palace.
Malaysia’s Smart-City-In-A-Garden, Putrajaya is located in the heart of the country’s highly vaunted Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and is the Malaysian Government’s impressive new administrative seat. The landmark complex stretches over 11,320 acres and is situated 25km from Kuala Lumpur. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya takes approximately 50 minutes via the highway.
On arrival at Putrajaya, we will first call on the official residence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. See Malay architecture at its finest in this magnificent mansion. Next, we will proceed to the Putrajaya Mosque and stand in awe of its magnificent Arabic architecture.
Next, we move on to the wetlands of Putrajaya driving past the Prime Minister’s Office and Dataran Putrajaya. Marvel at the beauty of the many species of flora and fauna found here for all to enjoy. We then begin our return journey back to Kuala Lumpur, passing by numerous oil palm plantations.
Melaka appeal lies in its rich and colourful past. Its 600 years of history is reflected in its ancient buildings, intriguing streets, delectable cuisine and unique cultural heritage. In the 16th century, Malaka enjoyed a reputation as the foremost maritime trading centre in the region. Merchants came from as far as Arabia, China, India and Europe to conduct trade in silk, spices, gold and porcelain. So converted was Malaka by the European powers that it was ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British until the Federation of Malaya was formed on the 31st of August 1957. This historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7th July 2008.
Renowned internationally as the archipelago of 99 tropical islands in Malaysia, Langkawi is the ultimate holiday paradise that offers modern accommodation facilities and amenities set against the natural backdrop of sun-drenched beaches and ancient rainforests teeming with exotic plant and animal life. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of some 45,000. Sheltered by the mountainous backbone of Peninsular Malaysia Langkawi escapes the north eastern winter monsoon entirely and enjoys sunny skies in winter. Coupled with natural white sand beaches, lush jungle foliage and craggy mountain peaks, the island was at one time touted as “Malaysia’s best-kept secret”.
The enchanting state of Sarawak is Malaysia’s largest state, endowed with the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystem. Sarawak has ancient rainforest canopies, the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia; squirrels and snakes that can glide through the air, mouse deer the size of kittens, pitcher plants that eat insects and even relish the occasional small mammal. In fact, there are countless species of flora and fauna, yet to be discovered.
From pristine underwater marine life and untouched coral reefs to rich heritage and from wilderness to modern city landscape, Sarawak is a potpourri of experiences appreciated by travellers from all over the world. Head into Sarawak’s interiors and your heartbeat will flutter at the fascinating and enchanting dances of the multi-ethnic tribes living harmoniously with each other.
Indeed, Sarawak is home to 28 ethnic groups; each with its own distinct language, culture and lifestyle. The Ibans form the major ethnic group on this land with about 30.1 per cent of the total population for the year 2000 census. The Chinese who generally live in the cities are the second largest group at 26.7 per cent, followed by the Bidayuh, Melanau and other native tribes of Sarawak. The Malays also constitute a large portion (23 per cent) of the population as well, mainly concentrated along the coast.
Located at the northeast corner of Borneo, Sabah was known in ancient times as the “Land Below The Wind” because it lies below the typhoon belt. Sabah’s terrain is rugged, with Mt. Kinabalu, at 4,101 meters, dominating the surrounding landscape. It has a wide diversity of flora and fauna, as well as one of the world’s largest rainforests. Sabah’s people comprise 31 different indigenous groups, including the Kadazans, Muruts, Bajaus, Kedayans, Sulu, Bisaya, Rumanau, Minokok, and Rungus.
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