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Aquaria KLCC

The Aquaria KLCC is said to be the world’s largest aquarium, holding over 5000 freshwater and marine creatures, which include massive arapaimas, giant groupers, gar fishes and many more. Some of the major attractions of the aquarium are the scary tiger sharks, bright coral fishes, lethal sea snakes, seahorses, and blue rays. The Aquaria KLCC is one of the country’s foremost sightseeing attractions involving the real depth and complexity.


Location: The Aquaria KLCC is located on the concourse of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.

Price: The entry fee approximately starts from 64 MYR for an adult and 53 MYR for a child.



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Islamic Arts Museum

History: An art is the best way to express a thought, idea or a solution. The Islamic Arts Museum was opened to the public on 12th December, 1998. The art museum is located in Perdana Botanical Garden which is at the heart of the city. You would be surprised to know that it is the largest Islamic Art Museum in South East Asia.



About: There are around seven thousand artefacts which throws a light on the Islamic world. Altogether there are 12 galleries in this museum and they are divided into groups based on their levels. The Quran and Manuscripts gallery is at Level 3 along with Chinese gallery, Indian gallery and Islamic architecture. There are jewellery, textile, ceramic work and armour at Level 4. The Islamic glassware is also displayed at Level 4. The museum is open from morning to evening and is a must visit tourist place.




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Sin Sze Si Ya temple

History: This is a Chinese Temple in Kuala Lumpur and is dedicated to Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya. It is said to be the oldest Chinese Temple. Beautiful objects are used to decorate the Temple. The Temple was inaugurated in 1864, where 10,000 people attended the ceremony.



Speciality: Want to know your fortune? Purchase the fortune sticks and find what the number says about your life. There are staff members to translate the meaning to the devotees. There are wooden chair which are used during religious processions to carry the deity statues. Witnessing these processions is said to be holy.

Location: The Temple is located at Jln Tun HS Lee. The nearest metro is Pasar Seni. The Temple is open between 7.00 am to 5.00 pm for all the devotees. You are sure to find it very peaceful inside the Temple.


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Merdeka Square at night

Merdeka Square or the Dataran Merdeka is a very well known recreational park or the historical place situated in Kaula Lampur. In the year 1957, the Malayan flag was hoisted here. It has a wide and green field just close to the Merdeka Square. This makes it a great picnic spot with a very spacious playground for the kids.

Location: In close proximity to the Merdeka Square there are a number of historical building such as the Old KL Train Station, Galeri Kuala Lumpur, Royal Selangor Club Complex, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.


 
Highlights: The vicinity of the Merdeka Square is well lit and the cool nigh breeze there makes it an exceptionally ideal place to relax after a busy day.

Best Time: In order to actually enjoy the night life of the Merdeka Square, one must visit the place post mid night especially during the weekends.


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Cooking Classes at Bayan Indah

Bayan Indah is a rustic two-storey bungalow that doubles up as a cooking school, located in the middle of idyllic lush greenery of a Malay village. If you’re looking to mix things up while you’re in Kuala Lumpur indulge in this unique experience at Bayan Indah, a culinary retreat that offers over 70 cooking classes all different in its own special way, ranging from your typical mouth-watering Malaysian dishes to more complicated ones such as pies and tarts. Rohani Jelani, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef heads the class, with impressive skills on the chopping board and enthusiasm to match.


Location: Kampung Penchala Indah, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Timings: Classes start as early as 9:30 AM

Price: Approximate price starts from 280 MYR onwards.




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Changkat Bukit Bintang

Changkat Bukit Bintang is often associated with the London’s Piccadilly Circus and New York City’s Times Square. It is one avenue, where one can come across a number of KL’s most popular bars and restaurants. This trendy place is ideal for pub crawling. Jalan Alor happens to be an extremely busy area especially during the weekends and the public holidays.



Location: Nestled behind the Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor is very easy to get to especially if you are staying near the Golden Triangle area.

Highlights: Buildings on the Jalan Alor Street are unique. Originally the buildings belong to the pre-war, colonial shop-houses that were later remodeled and converted into the up market pubs and restaurants that usually serve the Western food. There are a number of hawker stalls and Chinese seafood restaurants too. Dining options here are endless. This street has the most vibrant scene in the downtown of KL.

Best Time: 10 PM – 3 AM in the morning.
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Petaling Street Night Market

Looking for a subtle Kuala Lumpur Chinatown nightlife experience? Head from the main road (Jalan Petaling) to the narrow side and get to the Petaling Street Night Market. The thriving street market with the stalls cluttered close to one another stock everything from the Hello Kitty watches to fake-label Gucci clutches. To get your stuff at the best price, you can stroll along doing ‘window-shopping’ first and then return back to the stall that gives you the best price. All the prices quoted by the seller are usually marked up by approx 50%.



Location: Situated along the Petaling Street at the intersection of the Jalan Hang Lekir

Highlights: Referred simply as the Petaling Street by locals this is your go to place to satiate your every need from the local handicrafts, souvenirs to batik-print shirts. You can also get a range of designer apparel, handbags, shoes, watches and even, pirated DVDs at a much cheaper price.

Best Time: 09:00 – 12:00 & 18:00 - late
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Jalan P. Ramlee

Jalan P. Ramlee is the best and the most eccentric alternative to Changkat Bukit Bintang. Famous for its glitzy cocktail lounges, tropical-themed bars and pubs and the chic nightclubs adorning the streets of bustling Kuala Lumpur city centre, Jalan P. Ramlee is always packed with backpackers, business travellers, expats, and a handful of locals.



Location: The night life district of Jalan P. Ramlee is easily accessible within a 10-minute walk from the Petronas Twin Towers as well as the five star hotels such as the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Highlights: Night life is vibrant and lively. There are a number of venues here that host events like live bands playing radio-friendly covers and DJs spinning a medley of electro, hip-hop, and retro tunes. Jalan P. Ramlee os known to be the hottest locale as it is a great place to unwind with a pint of ice-cold beer.

Best Time: Visit after 21:00 to experience the active nightlife.

What You Should Know More About Malaysia

  • About The Destination

    Malaysia in every way feels like two countries merged to one. It is split in half by the South China Sea. While the archipelago boasts of misty tea plantations, bustling cities, colonial architecture and chill-out islands, the Malaysian Borneo is a home to wild orangutans, remote tribes and granite peaks along with some spectacular diving experience. Across the two regions, there is a striking diversity of creation right from the traditional longhouse villages of Sarawak to the machine age skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur. Malaya had a unison with Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak in the September of 1963.

    However, if there’s one thing that well unites the two diverse groups from its pockets of landscapes, ethnicities and religions is its food. Amidst the Chinese bu?ets, Dayak specialties, Chinese-Malay ‘Nonya’ fare, Malay food stalls and Indian curries, with an impressive variety of contemporary food is enough to satiate the hungry travelers. With several places to see, things to do and adventure activities to indulge in, Malaysia recently has become a hit amongst the newly wed who come here to spend some intimate ‘honeymoon’ time here. Not just the honeymooners, tourists from Asia who seek some relaxed beach time are the regular tourists here.

  • Travel Advice

    • Taxi drivers of the Malaysia are very smart. They have a habit of overcharging you. So, make sure you get a fair idea about the fare that you have to pay for traveling from one destination to another. This will prevent any chance or argument.

    • Thefts are a common site here. It is good to guard your cash and valuables. Do not flash your important stuff in the public. This can be an invitation for the pickpockets to cheat you.

    • If you are traveling via public transportation in Malaysia, you might experience traffic. So, do get yourself some patience!

    • If you have rented a vehicle here, make sure you know about the local rules.

    • Be wary of the touts.

    • Monkeys in Malaysia are a pain. A lot of monkeys can be found hopping around near the temples waiting for an opportunity to snatch away the eatables from you. Make sure you keep the eatables in the bag so as to avoid any such incident.

    • Keep away from the drugs. If you are a tourist, you must particularly avoid landing up in a legal hassle because of the drugs.

    • Make sure you carry with you a copy of your passport, visa and license.

    • Check for the quality before you eat any street food.

  • Drinking Laws

    For Non-Muslims, the legal age for drinking in Malaysia is 18 years. On the other hand, there is no legal age for drinking for the Muslims as it is against the law.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Mount Kinabalu

    Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Borneo with a summit height of about 4095 meters. The mountain is globally known for its massive biological and botanical species. You can find 100 mammalian species, 326 species of birds and 600 species of ferns here. The trail here is easy and can be climbed by anyone with average physical fitness. However, it is good to trek here with a guide.  

    Petronas Twin Towers

    Until 2004, the Petronas Twin Towers of Kaula Lampur were the tallest buildings. Now, they have been surpassed by the Taipei 101. However, the towers still happen to be the tallest twin building of the world. It is a huge 88 floor tower with a sky bridge between the two on the 41st and the 42nd floor.

    Langkawi

    One of the top holiday destination of Malaysia is Langkawi. It is a beautiful archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. At present the largest of the islands is the Pulau Langkawi that has an inhabitation of 65,000.  

    Perhentian Islands

    Perhentian Islands are situated on the north eastern coast of Malaysia not very far from the border of Thailand. It is definitely a must visit place for all budget tourists. The island has some of the most dazzling beaches of the world and diving is a popular water sport here. You can also find some cheap accomodations here. Two key islands ere are the Perhentian Besar and the Perhentian Kecil. Both of these islands are beautified by the turquoise blue sea and the white sandy beach.

    Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre

    Commenced in the year 1964, the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was initiated with an object of rescuing the baby orangutans from the illegal hunting, logging sites and plantations. These orangutans are trained in such a manner that they learn to survive in the wild. Basically, they come here young, are trained and then left back in the wild when they are ready. Some 60 to 80 orangutans are residing here. It is definitely one of the most important place to see in Malaysia.   

    Mulu Caves

    Situated in the Gunung Mulu National Park in Bornea, this park is surrounded by the magnificent caves and krast formations. You’ll find a Sarawak chamber in one of the underground caves. This chamber is believed to the largest cave chamber in the world making it one important sightseeing destination.

  • What you will like there?

    Locals here are friendly

    There’s something about Malaysia that sets it apart from the rest of South East Asia. You don’t get that walking ATM feeling, there are little-attempted scams, fewer touts, and an overall feeling of being safe all round the clock. To me, Malaysia and the locals there seemed elated to see the tourists and were always up for help. In addition to that, English here is widely spoken given the fact that Malaysia once used to be a British colony. So, you’ll never have a hard time communicating with the locals here be it in restaurants, beaches, hotels, bus, food courts, and even otherwise.  

    Wildlife

    A lot of tourists who come to Malaysia to spend their holidays are lured to the abundant wildlife found here. You can plan a visit to Sepilok that will get you up and close with the wild beings. Some of the beings easily spotted here are monitor lizards, orangutans, proboscis monkeys, gibbons and several thousands of multi-hued critters.   

    Scenery

    Traversing from the mountains to the jungles, beaches to the hills, one thing that will stay with you throughout is the colorful scenery. Malaysia is every bit a photographer’s and landscape junkies delight. Blue skies, crystal clear waters and lush green surroundings – Majestic!  

    Trekking

    Malaysia is a land of abundant natural beauty. Exploring this Asia’s delight on foot gives you a chance to get up and close with nature. You have a plenty of trekking trails to best explore this tourist attraction. Some of the trails to follow are Taman Negara, Penang Hill, Mount Kinabalu and Cameron Highlands. That’s not all!  There are several untrodden trails about which you can hear from your tour guides and locals.

    Culture

    This is one reason you’ll fall in love with Malaysia. There are not too many countries that are as culturally rich as Malaysia. From Mosques to South Indian temples, modern Malaysia of today is basically a potpourri of 3 distinct cultures – One, inspired from Malaysia itself, second inspired from China and the third one inspired from India. Malaysia in every way is Truly Asia!!

    Festivals

    A multitude of festivals celebrated in Malaysia is a direct consequence of the cultural diversity seen here. Every month, there is some or the other festival being celebrated around the country, be it secular or religious or sports or culture based.  

    Value for Money

    Malaysia, of course, is not the cheapest country in South East Asia but it does offer a great value for money. In comparison to the western standards prevalent here, the prices are every bit reasonable. Accommodation, as well as the quality of transport, is phenomenal. You can even book resorts, hotels and stays at very reasonable prices.   

    Cities

    Not only Asians but people across the world love to hate Asia for its busy roads cramped with traffic, street markets and different cultures and traditions co-existing with each other. The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is certainly one of the best cities in South East Asia with enough options for sightseeing that will keep you busy for days. However, the real delight is Penang, which is a great destination to explore. It is a small island that is packed with delicious food and great

    Beaches

    Malaysia definitely has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. It is a great place for honeymooners and everyone who loves blue waters and clear skies.

    Food

    Food in Malaysia is pure and simple. Undoubtedly, it is the best in the world. Satiate your taste buds with some of the authentic local dishes here.

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt websites, travel forum articles)?

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