Exciting Holidays in Malaysia
Malaysia is an exciting destination, a beautitul nation blessed with a fascinating diversity of cultures and naturai wonders. Explore Taman Negara, one of the world’s oldest rainforest, feet the exhilaration of Formula One Racing; dive into the heart of the Celebes Sea and swim among turtles; tee-off at breathtaking fairways; or sail into the island paradise of Langkawi. Choose from an endless variety of travel packages – eco-adventures, golfing, homestays, angling, weddings, honeymoons, health and wellness, or, better still, create your dream holiday. Be it a family vacation, romantic sojourn or backpacking holiday, Malaysia boasts endless holiday option, offering exciting and unique experiences all year round.
The main gateway into Malaysia is the state-of-the-art, Kuala Lumpur Intemational Airport (KLIA). Situated about55km from Kuala Lumpur, it is well served by airlines plying international and domestic routes, Getting around Malaysia is convenient and affordable as all states are linked by a comprehensive road and railway networks. Travellers can select their accommodation from among various well-appointed hotels, five-star resorts and budget Inns located throughout the country.
Take part In our breathtaking spectrum of nature-based activities and experience the thrill of jungle trekking, mountain and rock climbing, caving, four-wheel drive expeditions, white water rafting and bird watching in lush tropical rainforests. For watersports enthusiasts, opportunities 10 water-ski, windsurf, snorkel, dive and even parasail abound at the islands and beaches In the peninsula as well as the Malaysian Borneo.
2 World-class events
Malaysia hosts various international sporting events including the Le Tour de Langkawi, Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, F1 World Powerboat Championship and the Formula One Grand Prix Race, which is held at the sepang International Circuit. At 5.5km, the circuit is the world’s second longest with 15 corners and eight straights. Enjoy the festivities during the race season as Kuaia Lumpur heats up with a host ot entertaining shows.
Indigenous Malaysian cuisine has been influenced by Chinese, Indian, Thai and many other cultures to produce an entirely new and rich cuisine of their own. Many Malay dishes revolve around a Rempah, which is a spice paste or mix similar to an Indian Masala. Rempahs are made by grinding up fresh and/or dried spices and herbs to create a spice paste which is then sauteed in oil to bring out the aromas. Being a multicultural country, Malaysians have over the years adapted each other’s dishes to suit the taste buds of their own culture. For instance, Malaysians of Chinese descent have adapted the Indian curry, and made it more dilute and less spicy to suit their taste.
Chinese noodles have been crossed with Indian and Malay tastes and thus Malay fried noodles and Indian fried noodles were born. Thai food also features strongly in Malaysian cuisine and localised versions of Thai favourites like tom yam are widely available. Smaller pockets of migrants such as Filipinos and Indonesians also have set up shop locally, catering mostly to their exclusive clientèle. Being culturally close to Malaysia, a lot of Indonesian food have been accepted by Malaysians as a part of their own, like sate, Soto (food), Rendang, Cendol and others. In Kuala Lumpur and other major towns, one can find more restaurants serving Japanese, Korean, Italian, American and other international cuisines.
Malaysia’s climate allows for fruits to be grown all year round. The durian, a fruit with a spiky outer shell and a characteristic odour is a local tropical fruit that is notable because it provokes strong emotions either of loving it or hating it. It is also known as the “King of Fruits”. The rambutan also has a distinctive appearance, being red or yellow in colour (when ripe) and having fleshy pliable spines or ‘hairs’ on its outer skin.
The mangosteen, often called the “Queen of Fruits”.
Golfers will be spoilt for choice in Malaysia. Wifh over 200 courses spread out in picturesque IocationS in the country, each game promises to be a unique and refreshing experience as you might find yourseff playng amidst ancient rainforests, by the breezy South China sea, up in the mountains, on sun-drenched islands or in thriving cities. Designed golfing greats like Robert Trent Jones Jr., Ronald Fream, Ross Watson, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, these masterpieces are complemented Ily top-notch facililies and amenities.
Malaysia has one of the richest marine environment in the Indo-Pacific Basin and boasts gracefUl pelagics, eye-catching schools of fish and spectacUlar coral reefs – a refuge for liny sea denizens. Among the notable dive sites include Sipadan which is just off the northeast coast of Borneo as well as the Islands of Perhentian, Lang Tengah, Redang, Kapas, Tenggol and TIoman in the East Coast. Labuan, an off-shore financial centre near Sabah Is well known for wreck diving.
Malaysia is one of the leading sailing desllnations in the region as it offers sailing enthusiasts well-equipped marinas and yacht clubs. As they are strategically located along coasts, at estuaries and islands, yachters and boaters can look forward to enjoying a host of watersports or simple explore nearby places of interest. Comfortable cruisers, powerboats as well as sailing boats are available for hire and luxury cruise liners pull into several islands and ports in Penang, selangor and Negeri sembllan
7 Angling, Fishing
Black Marlin, Pacific Sailfish, Great Trevally, Barracuda, Rainbow Runner, Giant Snakehead, Hampala Barb, Grouper, Snapper… Malaysia is an angler’s paradise. Innumerable fish species, in all shapes and sizes, thrive in the surrounding Andaman Sea, Straits of Malacca and South China Sea as well as in inland angling destinations. Anglers can put their skills to the test while enjoying the scenic views of avariety of environments.
8 urban explore
go sight-seeing the building that affected by historic art and watch the modern structure that amazing with a green park and people called ‘city in the jungle’
Kuala Lumpur – the de jure capital of Malaysia.
Petronas Twin Towers – World’s tallest twin towers and third and fourth tallest singular towers, standing adjacent to one of the busiest shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC.
Golden Triangle (Bukit Bintang and Imbi) – Kuala Lumpur’s busiest commercial district containing five-star hotels, restaurants to high-end shopping malls.
George Town – the political capital of Penang. George Town is one of two cultural World Heritage Sites in Malaysia.
Gurney Drive – a popular seafront promenade, filled with condominiums and hotels. It is one of the busiest streets in Penang.
Ipoh – capital of Perak, famous for its Chinese food, tin mines and limestone mountains and caves.
Alor Star – capital of Kedah, the state of the Paddy fields.
Johor Bahru – capital of Johor, and gateway to Singapore.
Kangar – capital of Perlis, and gateway to Thailand.
Kota Kinabalu – capital of Sabah, and the largest city in East Malaysia.
Kota Bahru – capital of Kelantan.
Kuala Terengganu – capital of Terengganu, famous for the penyu (turtles) and beaches.
Kuantan – capital of Pahang, noted for its many beaches.
Kuching – capital of Sarawak, the Cat City of Malaysia.
Melaka – a historical city in Malaysia. This is the other cultural World Heritage Site in Malaysia.
Miri – the resort city of Sarawak is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mulu caves and numerous magnificent tourism attractions.
Seremban – the capital of Negeri Sembilan, and the nearest cities to Port Dickson.
Putrajaya – the administrative centre of Malaysia, known for its lavish buildings, bridges and man-made lakes.
Petaling Jaya – a satellite city located in the state of Selangor, and is in the proximity of Kuala Lumpur. It has the most commercial complexes in Malaysia.
savour the unique experience of living In a traditional village through the Malaysian Homestay programme. Sample local delicacies, harvest fruits, play traditional games, explore the natural surroundings, take part in mock weddings, witness cultural dances and musical performances – participants will get numerous opportunities to Immerse In local culture and livestyle while establishing bonds with their foster families.
Rejuvenate your body and calm your mind with treatments as diverse as our cUltures – Malay urut and flower bath, Chinese foot pounding as well as Ayurvedic, Balinese, Thai and Swedish massages, or pamper yourself with refreshing body wraps, scrubs, facials and many other healing therapies. Enjoy modern facilities such as saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis at top class spas conveniently located In hotels, resorts and major shopping centres.
11 Medical Tourism
Malaysia offers competitive medical and hospital charges for top quality medical care at state-of-the-art private hospitals. These establishments are well-equipped and staffed t0 serve Ihe healthcare needs of people from all over the world. After a surgery or treatment, or during the recuperating period, patients can enjoy a spot of sightseeing, play golf or go for spa treatments.
12 Education Tourism
A large number of foreigners have chosen to study in Malaysia due t0 its internationally recognised programmes, affiliations with foreign universities, highly qUalified academic staff, affordable course fees and cost of living as well as the friendly and conducive environment. Apart from gaining academic qualifications, students will also be exposed to the country’s fascinating cultural and natural heritage.
13 public celebrations
Malaysians observe a number of holidays and festivities throughout the year. Some holidays are federal gazetted public holidays and some are public holidays observed by individual states. Other festivals are observed by particular ethnic or religion groups, but are not public holidays.
The most celebrated holiday is the “Hari Kebangsaan” (Independence Day) on 31 August commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya in 1957, while Malaysia Day is only celebrated in the state of Sabah on 16 September to commemorate the formation of Malaysia in 1963. Hari Merdeka, as well as Labour Day (1 May), the King’s birthday (first Saturday of June) and some other festivals are federal gazetted public holidays.
Muslims in Malaysia celebrate Muslim holidays. The most celebrated festival, Hari Raya Puasa (also called Hari Raya Aidilfitri) is the Malay translation of Eid al-Fitr. It is generally a festival honoured by the Muslims worldwide marking the end of Ramadan, the fasting month. In addition to Hari Raya Puasa, they also celebrate Hari Raya Haji (also called Hari Raya Aidiladha, the translation of Eid ul-Adha), Awal Muharram (Islamic New Year) and Maulidur Rasul (Birthday of the Prophet).
Chinese in Malaysia typically celebrate festivals that are observed by Chinese around the world. Chinese New Year is the most celebrated among the festivals which lasts for fifteen days and ends with Chap Goh Mei. Other festivals celebrated by Chinese are the Qingming Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival. In addition to traditional Chinese festivals, Buddhists Chinese also celebrate Vesak.
The majority of Indians in Malaysia are Hindus and they celebrate Deepavali, the festival of light, while Thaipusam is a celebration which pilgrims from all over the country flock to Batu Caves. Apart from the Hindus, Sikhs celebrate the Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year.
Other festivals such as Good Friday (East Malaysia only), Christmas, Hari Gawai of the Ibans (Dayaks), Pesta Menuai (Pesta Kaamatan) of the Kadazan-Dusuns are also celebrated in Malaysia.
Despite most of the festivals being identified with a particular ethnic or religious group, all Malaysians celebrate the festivities together, regardless of their background. For years when the Hari Raya Puasa and Chinese New Year coincided, a portmanteau Kongsi Raya was coined, which is a combination of Gong Xi Fa Cai (a greeting used on the Chinese New Year) and Hari Raya (which could also mean “celebrating together” in Malay. Similarly, the portmanteau Deepa Raya was coined when Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali coincided.
15 art and culture
Malaysian traditional music is heavily influenced by Chinese and Islamic forms. The music is based largely around the gendang (drum), but includes other percussion instruments (some made of shells); the rebab, a bowed string instrument; the serunai, a double-reed oboe-like instrument; flutes, and trumpets. The country has a strong tradition of dance and dance dramas, some of Thai, Indian and Portuguese origin. Other artistic forms were also shared with and influenced by neighbouring Indonesia, include wayang kulit (shadow puppet theatre), silat (a stylised martial art) and crafts such as batik, weaving, including the ceremonial cloth pua kumbu, and silver and brasswork
welcome to Malaysia and you will experience those excitement that make your life better than ever. happy holiday in advance.