A melting pot that bubbles over with warm, friendly people, colourful festivals and mouth-watering gastronomical treats, Malaysia is a land of excitement and wonder. Rashmi Deshpande finds out what Malaysia tours to this incredible country have to offer.
The epitome of contrast, Malaysia is just as comfortable with its towering skyscrapers as it is with its traditional wooden houses set on stilts. The combination of idyllic sandy beaches and thick, sweltering mangroves fits with a strange perfection. If you are searching for international travel that spells out diversity, take a look at what you can expect to see on a Malaysia tour.
Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower
Located in the energetic Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, the Menara Tower boasts of being the world’s fourth tallest telecommunications tower. With one of the most fantastic panoramic views, this tower also provides a real treat for all those nature lovers who live a city life. The lush greenery that encompasses the tower from all sides is the well known Bukit Nanas Forest. This forest holds the honour of being Malaysia’s oldest gazetted forest reserve in existence today and is an integral part of all Malaysia tours.
Genting Highlands is one of the highlights of all Malaysia tours. Also called Resorts World Genting, this fun-filled resort is tucked away on a mountain peak amongst the Titiwangsa Mountains. An hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, you have the option of taking a car or going by Genting Skyway, a cable car which is also one of the longest and fastest gondola lifts in S. E. Asia.
Besides having one of the largest hotels in the world, a range of dining areas and an exciting nightlife, Genting Highlands is well recognised for its three massive theme parks: Genting Outdoor Theme Park, First World Indoor Theme Park and Water Park. Its top attractions include a flying coaster, a haunted house and SnowWorld, a magical place where the entire family can build a snowman or indulge in a snowball fight.
One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in Malaysia, the Batu Caves consist of numerous caverns and cave temples in a limestone hill, close to the Batu River. These caves are also a rich source of flora and fauna and are well known for their wide number of Macaque monkeys and intricately formed stalactites and stalagmites. For more adventurous souls, these caves also offer some fantastic rock climbing routes.
Kuala Lumpur City Tour
Besides these attractions, most Malaysia tours include a city tour of Kuala Lumpur. The tour guide can take you around and show you some of the most popular landmarks. Some of the must-see sights include attractions like the King’s Palace, Merdeka Square, National Museum and the famous Petronas Twin Towers. And of course, last but not least, make sure you fit in some time for the fabulous Malaysian shopping!
With its food, shopping and numerous attractions, a Malaysia tour is the answer to all your vacation dreams. Be sure to ask your tour operator about the best deals for international travel to Malaysia.
Rashmi Deshpande is a travel writer whose work has appeared in Femina and Lonely Planet magazine. Formerly an Assistant Editor with Femina, Rashmi currently writes about the Tours and Travels Industry and is a travel advisor for Tour Packages in India.