The Ultimate Guide Before You Plan for your Next Trip
Malaysia, a country blessed with natural beauties and urban affluence, is a great tourist destination for Indians and others. With plenty of hillocks, mountains, and rain forests Malaysia has a rich collection of national parks and greenery. The country also has a huge number of white sandy beaches and crystal clean water for the tourists to enjoy. The multi-cultural vibrant country of Malaysia has the glittering lifestyle of Kuala Lumpur on hand whilst on the other it is also known for the tranquil places like the forests and the beaches surrounded by coral reefs. Never again will you see a place which will allow you to come close to nature and yet enjoy the urban lifestyle.
Starting from the dazzling skyscrapers to Buddhist temples, from dense green forests to white sandy beaches, the tourist attractions in Malaysia will certainly mesmerize you beyond means.
The highest mountain range in the island of Borneo is rich in its flora and fauna and it is certainly a treat for the tourists. With more than 600 different kinds of plants these hills are covered in rich dense forests and it offers the tourists with great sight. The hills also have 326 species of birds and over 100 different mammals the luxury resorts and hotels surrounding this mountain allows the travelers to enjoy the natural beauty. You can also try and climb the peak as you will find various mountaineering equipment in the various hiking stations near the mountain.
Once claimed by the Times Magazine as the most beautiful island in the world this natural treasure chest is located in the eastern coast of the peninsular portion of Malaysia. With the growth of the rich and dense forestation on the limestone formations of the island, this place can indeed be regarded as a slice of paradise on earth. The turquoise blue water surrounding the island allows the tourists to indulge in many water based games and come up close to many beautiful marine animals. The island is also surrounded by white coral reefs making the place all the more heavenly.
One of many national parks of Malaysia, Taman
Negara, is a beautiful tropical rain forest with its
fair share of waterfalls and massive trees. The
ideal location for jungle treks this place indeed
has many amenities for the tourists to savor. There
are many kinds of jungle trails, easy and difficult,
which can be availed by the tourists and there also
many English speaking guides to help you out through
your trail. During your trek you can encounter many
wild birds, reptiles, some deer, and even tapirs.
However, the dense jungle is also home to many
larger wild animals like the leopard, tigers, Asian
elephants, and rhinos.
The Blue Mansion of Penang is also known by the name of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion by the locals. This classic 19th century architecture is now rightly considered as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Chinese architecture is represented by its classic blue walls and its beautiful ornate architecture. There are nice English guided tours available in this mansion which will take you back in time, back during the 19th century. You will get a glimpse of the lavish lifestyle once led by none other than the great Cheong Fatt Tze, who was famously known as the Rockefeller of the East.
The restaurant scene is quite vibrant when it comes to Malaysia. The country surrounded by coral reef islands and thick dense forests brings a kind of exotic appeal when it comes to its fabulous eateries. A mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian eateries are ready to serve you with some scrumptious delicacies as the options are plenty for you to choose from. Whether you are in the peninsular Malaysia or in the island of Borneo, you are bound to get a treat of your lifetime. The best part of Malaysian restaurants is that you do not have to eat a single kind of cuisine every single day. The restaurants offer a wide range of cuisines allowing you to savor the real ethnic flavors of the country.
The currency of Malaysia is Malaysian ringgit and it is the only currency which is accepted in all the shops, hotels, restaurants and the beach side shacks. Since there are no limit as to how much currency you can carry in Malaysia it is vital that you carry enough for your entire trip by converting the Indian Rupee into Ringgit in any FOREX, before your travel. Malaysia though accept international debit or credit cards is mostly a cash dependent economy and for that reason it is vital that you carry enough cash with you. As per the current exchange rates 1 Malaysian Ringgit is about 17 Indian Rupees. So before you travel you convert as much INR to Ringgit you need during your travels.
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The thick and dense rain forests is the home to many tropical animals as the multi-cultural urban life makes way for many festivals.
For a country covered densely in tropical rain forest and coral reefs it is natural that the flora and fauna population will be quite high. The forestland of peninsular Malaysia comprise of plant species like camphor, ebony, fig trees, and many other kinds of hardwood plants. There is also huge population of sandalwood available in Malaysia. Apart from these the coastal areas of Malaysia has a thick population of mangroves, palm trees, and coconut trees. The weather and the climate of the hilly regions and the coastal regions of the country are quite different and that is the reason why Malaysia experiences different kinds of flora formations.
As far as the fauna population is concerned Malaysia is blessed with different kinds of birds, reptiles and mammals. The collection of apes in their forests is simply mesmerizing the favorites being the orangutans which the government is making brilliant efforts of conserving. Apart from the friendly apes there are other species like black bear, Indian elephants, various kinds of deer, tapirs, and even rhinos. Birds in the world of magpies and flower-peckers can be sighted in the different areas of the woods. Apart from these there are also crocodiles and snakes observed around the coastal areas of Malaysia. Jungle cats and civets can be sighted in plenty during your jungle treks across the various national parks.
Due to its multi-cultural population Malaysia ends up celebrating various kinds of festivals all throughout the year. It is definitely one of the most vibrant Asian countries because it celebrates Buddhist, Christian, Chinese, Malay, Islamic, and even Hindu festivals to a great extent. Id Eul Fitr is one of the prime festivals of Malaysia due to its high Muslim population and apart from this the people of the country also celebrates the Chinese New Year with much vigor and pride. The Buddhist festival of Wesak is also celebrated whole-heartedly in Malaysia as the Buddhist community welcomes guests from all over Asia.
Diwali is also a popular festival in Malaysia and essentially connects the Indian community of the country with the majority of Islamic and Buddhist population. Whilst Diwali is a well-known festival in India the Hindus of Malaysia also celebrates Thiapusum with music and songs in order to cleanse their sins. Even though only 9 percent of the population are Christians, Christmas is also widely celebrated in the country and it is treated as a national holiday. So from Chinese to Indian, from Islamic to Buddhist, all kinds of religious and cultural festivals are celebrated in Malaysia.
Malaysia is a big melting pot when it comes to cultural identity of the country. People from many countries have come and settled in this enchanting little peninsula and island nation and together they have created a harmony which should be set as an example to the rest of the world. The strong influence of Malay culture, the Chinese culture, along with the Indian and Eurasian culture. Since the country itself is geographically divided into several parts in the form of the island, archipelagos, and the main peninsula, there are certain cultural differences observed in the regions.
The island people are culturally more inclined towards the tribal community and practices whilst the people from the mainland tend to be more urban. However, despite their differences what makes Malaysia an absolutely stunning place is the fact that all the communities, be it Chinese or Malay, they are very welcoming and accommodating to the tourists. The communities are also very focused on keeping their cities tidy and ornate and wherever you go in Malaysia you will see beautiful plants in their gardens.