Trip to Batu Caves – Genting Highlands

A trip to Batu caves may be optional, en route to Genting Highlands. The Batu Caves, in Selangor, contain Hindu temples, which still attract droves of worshippers from all over the country. Malaysian caves are also home to amazing wildlife such as fruitbars, swiftlets, and invertebrates as well as having other natural attractions like massive stalamites and stalactites.

Chin Swee Caves Temple Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

The Chin Swee Caves Temple, a Taoist temple  situated in the most scenic site of Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia, is made up of an imposing traditional structure, with an ornamental roof becoming a wonder in itself.  The Genting Skyway located at the Kuala Kubu Bharu, at the Selangor side of Genting, is a monocable gondola lift serving the Resort.  The dimly lit surreal First World Plaza is a shopping centre located below the First World Hotel,  the biggest hotel   comprising of a  hotel  lobby that consists of shops, restaurants, an indoor theme park, a cineplex, a Watersplash Pool (an indoor water theme park for children), Genting Sky Venture (a sky diving simulator), a Starworld casino, bowling center, Genting International Convention Center, the Pavilion (for daily night performance show), Haunted Adventure, and a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum.

With its diverse mixture of cultures and history, Penang features a wealth of landmarks and monuments that are a testament to its varied past. These include temples such as Kuan Yin, Kek Lok Si and Snake Temple.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Penang
Many of this island’s landmarks, such as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, provide insight into the notable characters that played a role in building its wealth.  In particular, the Clock Tower provides a reminder of Britain’s place in the island’s history. For a look at modern Penang, KOMTAR is a well-known joint that houses government departments, commercial offices, shops, department stores and restaurants, including the Penang Peranakan Mansion, both features portraying a lovely example of what happen when colonial and Chinese architectural styles blend. The mansion is also a monument to the entrepreneurial skill and posturing that, to this day, animates the local `Baba Nonya’ community, who were descendants of those Chinese merchants who settled in the great Malay and Indonesian archipelagos.

To get here, you could wander through another slice of Penang:  Little India, where the spice is shaped into mini mountains, the gold jewellery is sold on poker tables and Bollywood music is cranked. There may be no place on this island where you have a sense of being so palpably somewhere else, and the atmosphere is so redolent of adventure.  Pick up some milky sweets or eat a nice, hot curry off a banana leaf, and see some stunning examples of Tamil temple architecture at the Sri Mariamman Temple, whose four walls enclose both the holy space of worship and to the faithful, the entire universe.

Discover the wonders of an ancient forest at Mutiara Taman Negara.  Pitch a tent or check-into this forest reserve and bask in the natural surroundings.  An eco-tourism Resort that offers a variety of accommodation promises guests this unique experience with basic amenities and sufficient modern comforts.

Mutiara Taman Negara Sightseeing

Guests at Mutiara Taman Negara will wake to the drone of cicadas, the chirping of bird species new to them, and a myriad of other unfamiliar sounds that form a consistent cacophony unique to rainforests. You will begin their adventure at your door step or veranda which makes a perfect perch especially for nocturnal sightings. Sighting wildlife outside the chalet is a norm and the fruit season attracts the most number of wildlife, from the mischievous long tailed macaques, the beautiful chestnut-breasted malkoha and the thorny porcupine to the gentle slow loris.

The world’s longest suspended canopy walk is the most popular activity in this rainforest and you have to be prepared to queue for a while. Securing the forest floor, visitors have a good vantage point from here and if lucky, could sight some curious animals. Take a Cruise along the Sungai Tahan to relish the riverside flora and fauna and dip into the refreshing cascades at Lata Berkoh, which form a natural jacuzzi.  Along the way, stop by the Fish Sanctuary for a chance to snorkel amongst fresh water fishes.

Northeast India Discovery Holiday

Northeast India refers to the easternmost region of India consisting of the contiguous Seven Sister States such as Assam which includes parts of North Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura. The region is known for its unique culture, handicrafts, martial arts, and scenic beauty and historically has had close ethnic bonds with the neighbouring Myanmar, that is Burma, Tibet, China, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Guwahati, the biggest city in the North-East, is defined by the breathtaking river Brahmaputra, which flows mighty, wide and awesome throughout the year! The place has a picturesque setting though the suburbs melt into rice fields and spread into green hillocks. Dispur, the capital of Assam, is just a short distance away. The original name of Guwahati was Pragjyotishpur, an important cultural center as attested by many ancient temples here. The main attraction is the sea-like Brahmaputra as people gaze at it, sit besides it, walk along it and take a ferry or a cruise on it. For sure, hire a motorized boat (bhotbhoti) from the river front for a private cruise and picnic by a secluded sandbank. The Umananda Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is scenically located upon the Peacock Island in the middle of the fast-flowing Brahmaputra.  Country boats form the Shukleshwar Ghat and take devotees across the Brahmaputra to the Aswaklanta Temple, an important Vaishnavite shrine.

Shakti Peetha Ma Kamakhya Devi temple, Assam

The Kamakhya Temple is located on the Neelachal Hill, the most revered site and one of the foremost shaktipeeths for shakti worship. With a beehive-like shikhara, the lower part of the temple features interesting sculptures. The Assam State Museum features walk-through displays of tribal villages, besides textiles and sculptures.

Located in the heart of Assam on the bank of the majestic Brahmaputra, is the Kaziranga National Park, inhabited by the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers, hog deer, bison, sambars, leopard cats, otters and bears, and thousands of birds like the whistling teal, jungle fowl, pallas’ fishing eagle, swamp partridge, rose breasted parakeets, and white wirewood ducks.  The land is quite level all around and the Wildlife Sanctuary is mostly covered by dense and tall elephant grass. These large stretches are intermixed by small wetlands left behind by the receding floodwaters of the river Brahmaputra. The park, although quite flat in nature, is set against a backdrop of hills like the Mikir and Karbi Anglong. These picturesque wetlands have an abundant cover of water lilies, water hyacinth and lotus. The vegetation that breaks the monotony of these grasslands are large clumps of semi-evergreen forest. Rock Pythons and many more varieties of snakes, Monitor Lizards and Turtles are abundant in the park. . Elephant rides allow you to get up very close to the wild animals and make you feel totally one with nature due to the lack of any sound of an engine. These rides need to be booked in advance at the Bonani Lodge at Kohora. Jeep Safaris are also available and can be booked at the various lodges and through local operators.There is a variety of accommodation choices which consist of Forest rest houses, Bungalows, Lodges and Hotels.

Wake up at morning and a sip of tea, perhaps is one of the most rejuvenating experiences you could have imagined as with Assam tea, the refreshment would get doubled, since the region is popular around the world for it’s refreshing, full bodied malty tea. This tea had been cultured long back when it was only consumed as a health drink or medicine by the tribes, but was brought in the limelight by the Bodos, rewarding it with world recognition and hence, vast wild forests metamorphosed into beautiful embracing tea gardens. Tea gardens make excellent holiday destinations as the exquisite and incredibly silence around them is bliss for the eyes. These are mainly located in the upper Assam and southern Barak Valley region and their smiling persona makes them one of the major tourist attractions. Enjoy the lush greenery of the undulating stretch on both sides of the highway while driving to different tea gardens is an exhilarating sightseeing experience.

HaflongTown Assam

Haflong is a hill station in Assam, situated at a high altitude from the sea level and is famous for its scenic features comprising of azure blue hills, emerald green rivers, unique orchids such as the`blue vanda’ and rare species of birds. It is often referred to as the land of blue hills and the inhabitants generally include the Himar, Mizo and Naga tribes. Pineapple and oranges are grown here in abundance and the place is best known for a lovely lakeside resort developed in the lavish green hills around the town. Haflong Lake,is a large and beautiful lake that adds a celestial beauty to the hill station which is regarded as the ‘Scotland of Assam’, but is famous for the Jatinga village. Boating on the lake and Garampani, a hot-water spring, are captivating for the tourists. The Lake, Jatinga and the surroundings offer a haven for hundreds of migratory birds in winter.

Cameron Highlands Malaysia Holiday Destinations

Cameron Highlands is another colourful avenue worth exploring!  This place has neat plantations sprawling across this premier hill resort along with colourful terraced flower gardens, orchards, vegetable gardens and strawberry farms.  It is the perfect getaway for tourists seeking refuge from the frantic rush of city life, as it is blessed with an all-year round salubrious weather; abound with lush flora in a restful and serene atmosphere. The climb up the winding roads through pristine rainforests begins at the turn-off at Tapah, the little town nestled at the foot of the hill range. You could take a brief halt at the Lata Iskandar waterfall, a popular picnic spot that has shops selling ethnic souvenirs and handicrafts.

Cameron Highlands Holiday Trip

A visit to the Orang Asli village of the Semai tribe in the interiors could drive you downhill to get acquainted with the tribals as you gain an insight into their way of life, skilled handicrafts and transitional medicinal herbs.  Witness the astounding demonstration of a blow-pipe! You would also get an opportunity to see the variety of the carnivorous pitcher plants, unique to this area. A short trek to a nearby waterfall for tea and coffee brewed by the intrepid guides would complete the flavour of a visit to such areas. A visit to the Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate, vegetable farm, rose farm, butterfly farm and a Buddhist temple Sam Poh Wan Futt Chi, would be a satisfying experience! For a very English taste of tea and strawberries: it could almost be Wimbledon –as you take to the trails around the hill station of Cameron Highlands. Amidst the pleasingly geometric forms of the bushes of the tea plantations, stretch yourselves and relax in the cool high-level air for views of peaks and waterfalls.

This huge grey lump of granite looms large over northern Borneo, Mount Kinabalu,  because the two-day climb requires steely determination to tackle hours of solid uphill, but dawn views across to the Philippines on a clear morning offset even the most burning thighs. The state of Sabah, on the island of Borneo, is often promoted as an outdoorsman’s paradise, and Sabah’s Semporna archipelago, particularly the island of Sipadan, has been described by Jacques Cousteau as some of the best diving in the world. The teardrop-shaped island is perched atop practically sheer sea walls, that plunge to the bottom of the Celebes Sea and additionally bird species and mammals inhabit the mountain’s slopes.

Mount Kinabalu Sightseeing

Outside the protected and Unesco World Heritage, the listed area of  Kinabalu National Park,  has much of  Borneo’s forest  logged, developed or replaced by palm-oil plantations.  Intact habitat makes the walk from the steamy rainforests to alpine meadows not only an inspiring physical challenge, but a privileged journey through one of nature’s last Edens.

Officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of islands in the Andaman Sea, some distance off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia, and has been given the status of a World Geopark by UNESCO. The ecstatic trip begins as the island is surrounded by the turquoise sea, the interior of the main island being a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Top dive sites here include diverse underwater geography such as sloping reefs, coral blocks, wall dives, deep dives, drift dives and wreck dives. A dip below the warm sea surface guarantees an astounding experience, with a concentration of vibrant and exotic marine life, rarely rivalled anywhere else in the world. The Underwater World Langkawi is an innovative marine aquarium which houses innumerable species of aquatic life and some mammal and reptiles, as a trip here will definitely enlighten you on the beauty of the island’s flora and fauna both on land and sea. The Atma Alam Batik Art Village and the Pisang Handicraft and Art Village are original design villages with the highlights of the Malaysian art and culture as original batik and souvenirs are available at the main outlet.

Malaysia with Star Cruise

Malaysia is fast becoming one of the leading dive destinations of the world and the richest marine environments in the Indo-Pacific Basin. The incredible bio-diversity of marine life, coupled with beautiful islands, white sandy beaches and clear warm waters, keeps divers coming back time and time again. Top dive sites around Malaysia include diverse underwater geography such as sloping reefs, coral blocks, wall dives, deep dives, drift dives and wreck dives. A dip below the warm seas surface guarantees you an astounding experience, with a concentration of vibrant and exotic marine life rarely rivalled anywhere else in the world. Being blessed with beautiful warm weather all year-round, Malaysia is the perfect place to enjoy theme parks and water parks. In the past few years, several exciting new theme parks have sprouted up all over Peninsula Malaysia. Many of these theme parks provide great fun for the whole family, sometimes offering a resort or shopping mall nearby.

Malaysia Sightseeing Attractions

Discover the magic when you Star cruise onboard and experience new sights and sounds when you sail and you could enjoy a multitude of gourmet cuisine, world-class entertainment and great relaxing options that appeal to a whole range of holidaymakers, be it families, honeymooners, senior citizens and even incentives and business groups!  On this cruise, swim on board, sunbathe, sea view, play basketball, golf, cards, mah-jong karaoke, and various shows on board. There is also a jacuzzi, spa, sauna for the visitors to dwell in, and you would be served tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ship!

Popular items of traditional design include Perak’s labu sayong, geluk, belanga, Chinese dragon kiln ceramics and Sarawakian tribal motif pottery. Contemporary items include vases, flower pots, decorative pottery, sculpture and kitchenware. Colourful and captivating, Malaysia’s traditional textiles are much sought after worldwide as their varieties include batik, songket, pua kumbu and tekat. These textiles are made into all sorts of decorative items, from haute couture clothes to shoes, colourful curtains and delicate bed linen. For shopping, many duty-free items make Malaysia a shoppers’ paradise. There is an endless variety of stuff that travellers can buy, including the famous batik, tekat, songket and pua kumbu, besides unique earthenware, handicrafts and jewellery.

After a hectic trip of sight-seeing and shopping, it is time to rejuvenate at a spa, sauna, or jaccuzi by indulging in an herbal bath or an oil massage. As most artisans are Muslims, Malaysian handicraft designs are heavily influenced by Islam. The religion prohibits the depiction of the human form in art. Hence, most designs are based on natural elements such as the interlacing of leaves or vines, flowers and animals.

Malaysia Beach Tour

For food, the cuisine reflects its multi-ethnicity in restaurants, malls and street-side hawkers’ stalls and in the Melaka food served in historical buildings housing cafes.  The most popular food is char kwey tiaw, asam laksa, rojak and nasi goreng.  Food in Malaysia is made of Western, Continental, and fast food outlets, and most restaurants are` `halal’ to cater for the large number of Muslim visitors. There are a number of fast food chains like McDonald, Burger King,  KFC,  Marybrown, and the Penang Food Village, (Theme Park Hotel) is unremarkable and a notch above competition, as the prices are reasonable and there are no crowds or clouds of smoke, but only tasty food. Travellers need to try the lor mee (noodles in black gravy), the spicy prawn noodle soup and the Penang Fried Kway Teow, which should not be missed.The prawn noodles are delicious too! There are some decent Chinese restaurants serving good food and a meal comprising of one main- course,side dish and a drink per person.   There are some interesting restaurants serving sumptuous cuisine done in a very modern style. Though very expensive, in case, there is a tendency to splurge, then might as well grab the Wagyu steak, flown in directly from Japan, in some resorts!

Year-round travel is possible in Malaysia!  Rain falls fairly evenly throughout the year and the difference between the main October to April, rainy season and the rest of the year is not that marked. The exception is the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, which receives heavy rain from November to mid-February. During these months many east-coast resorts close and boat services dwindle or stop altogether. Travel along the west coast is not affected. The states of Sabah and Sarawak receive high rainfall throughout the year, but it is heaviest from October to March.

Southeast Asia Thailand – Chiang Mai Rose of The North

Koh Samui tropical forested region, palm-lined beaches, aquamarine waters and some secluded beaches, have turned it into a key tourist destination. Kayaking scuba diving, golfing and yoga keep tourists occupied. Koh Chang, the ‘elephant’ island has forests and is rich in wildlife, especially elephants, besides several beaches and many undisturbed isles. where people love to go trekking deep into the jungles, camping, diving and snorkeling. With no less than 50 offshore isles, Koh Chang boasts of the finest red gems, sweet Rakam fruits, indigenous dogs, the historic Koh Chang Naval engagement, and is the eastern-most province in Thailand.

Chiang mai Sightseeing

Accommodation along the beach and on the streets leading away from the sea range from simple guesthouses to luxury resorts, including some of the finest spa-retreats in the world Chiang Mai, or ‘new city’ is a spectacular blend of magnificent mountains, gurgling waterfalls, fast-flowing rivers, unique monuments and an ideal base for river rafting or trekking into the hinterland to meet the tribal. Its ancient temples stand alongside modern hotels and stores, an engaging fusion of its past with the present. Thailand’s ‘Rose of the North’ as it is popularly called, is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions, and welcoming hospitality for offering trekking, rafting, and beautiful and historic temples. Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, cooking and massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicrafts workshops, various cultural performances and breath-taking scenery make this retreat, one of Asia’s most attractive tourist destinations.

The remotest of the Northern provinces, lying west of Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son is the ideal destination for those who love wild hill country and who seek the thrill of sweeping valley vistas.Cradled in mist-shrouded forested mountains on the border with Myanmar, this town is one of the most enchanting settlements that is both readily accessible and enticingly remote! Sights include a lively morning market and a handful of temples with multi-tiered roofs typical of Burmese religious architecture. Beyond this town, journeys of discovery and adventure lead you into breathtaking mountain scenery dotted with the villages of Karen, Meo, Lisu, and Lahu hilltribes. Alternatively, the little town of Pai provides a tranquil escape amid stunning scenery!

Chiang Mai Temple Trip

Chiang Rai is Thailand’s northernmost province, a region of rugged mountains and fertile valleys, where this relaxed provincial capital offers excellent accommodation to serve as the perfect centre for exploring the Far North. Two high forested peaks, Doi Mae Salong and Doi Tung, are located just a few kilometres north of the town and both afford easy access into quite spectacular hill country. Of the two, Doi Mai Salong presents the wilder scene, while Doi Tung has been extensively and well developed as part of a royal project conducted under the auspices of the late Princess Mother. North-east of Chiang Rai is Chiang Saen, on the banks of the Mekong River. The site of an ancient and once powerful settlement, it is full of historical interest as well as being the nearest town to the famous `Golden Triangle’, the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers form the border between Thailand, Myanmar and Lao PDR.

Though Thai is the official language, English is understood. Many festivals are celebrated here, of which two are reminiscent of India, Songkran that ushers in the Thai New Year, when people pour perfumed water on Buddha’s statue and, just like in Holi, sprinkle water on each other, whereas Loy Krathong has the entire populace down by the river, when small boats containing tiny candles, incense, flowers and coins are set afloat, just like the arti performed at rivers in India.

There is also an annual popular long-tailed boat competition, held traditionally between the last week of September and the first week of October. Another festival featuring beautiful and fancy rockets, the Yasothon Bun Bangfai or ‘Rocket Festival’, has a competition with rockets sent soaring high into the sky, also drawing thousands.

Thailand Patong Beach Holiday

The local climate is tropical and characterized by monsoons. There is a rainy, warm, and cloudy southwest monsoon from mid-May to September, as well as a dry, cool northeast monsoon from November to mid-March and July-October happen to be the wettest and coolest months, when you can’t indulge in water sports. The southern isthmus is always hot and humid.

International cuisine caters to the needs of travelers who come from far and wide. There’s also a smattering of Indian restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, and roadside stalls with delicious snacks. Innumerable shops, upscale boutiques, and street markets sell all kinds of merchandise. Spa treatments are available. Shop all you like but remember that you can get VAT refunds in Bangkok, so keep your shopping receipts intact.

Thai people are known for their generosity and hospitality. With a tropical climate, the best time to go for a Thailand Tour is November-March and July-August, and especially November-February, though April-June and September-October offer discounted room rates while July-October are the wettest and coolest months, with a lush landscape at that time.

Thailand Iconic Sightseeing Destinations

Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand formerly known as Siam, is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Chinese and this kingdom is blessed by nature in the form of several beautiful beach regions, as people flock to Thailand to sunbathe at the beaches, swim, water-ski, snorkel, wind-surf, or sail along. Skydiving and bungee jumping sends the adrenaline pumping in the dare-devils.

For those who want to keep their feet firmly on terra firma, there is plenty of excitement in the form of an active nightlife, delicious Thai seafood, eateries dishing out varied authentic cuisine, quaint ancient temples, grand monuments, and cruises down the canals in its capital city of Bangkok , ‘City of Angels’  to a floating market.

Bangkok Sightseeing

As the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, the city of Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience, at times served up in an apparently chaotic manner, but always with a gracious smile. Many tourists who travel to this city are immediately overwhelmed by its sheer size and the vast number of interests it has to offer as an opportunity to experience the gentle culture amidst the bustle of a great and dynamic metropolis. Amazingly, this great city has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modern worlds.

While the immensity of the city and the chaos of its bustling streets can be intimidating at first, those who spend some time in Bangkok are quickly enamoured by the variety of attractions it contains, from exotic temples, which epitomize Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which have made shopping an integral part of any  holiday. Every itinerary includes a visit to Thailand’s Grand Palace, arguably the premier iconic sightseeing location.  Other historical and cultural  `must sees’ include the National Museum, Vimanmek Mansion and Suan Pakkad Palace,  all of which either house fine art or are national treasures in their own right. The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty, magnificent palaces, classical dance performances, numerous shopping centres, and a still functioning traditional way of life, especially along the canals and the Chao Phraya River, the `River of Kings’, which winds through the city. Bangkok truly is the `Venice of the East’. 

The  thickly-forested Lumphini Park, a captivating Butterfly Farm, Dusit Zoo, the Thai Aquarium, the Thai Water Amusement Park, numerous enchanting gardens, two huge parks – Rama IX and Chatuchak – that contain lakes, botanical gardens, besides traditional English, French, and Japanese gardens, are added attractions.

Holiday in Bangkok Thailand

There are several charming Buddhist temples in Bangkok, including the Reclining Buddha temple with a huge statue of a reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, the oldest of the city temples opposite the stately Grand Palace; and, the Golden Buddha or Wat Traimit temple, which has a solid statue of the Buddha weighing 5.5 tonne in gold!

A pretty silvery beach in Hua Hin has horse riding, a hilltop temple, some of the best spas, and an active night market. A premier beach resort towns on the Gulf of Thailand, this is a popular weekend getaway destination for the city residents, young couples, families, tourists and Thais. It is also the location of the King of Thailand’s Summer Palace, Klai Kang Won, `Far from Worries’. The visitors would find here some restaurants, a lively night market, numerous beach activities and great inland activities including golf. This beach is also the site of Thailand’s most popular music festival, the Hua Hin Jazz Festival. Just down the coast at Takiab Bay, visitors can take seaside horseback rides and visit a hilltop Buddhist temple with a spectacular view.   

Pattaya Sightseeing

Pattaya is known for its’ cleanest and prettiest beaches. Most visitors go for river rafting, jet-skiing, or para-sailing. It has a vibrant nightlife besides many other delights including Ripley’s World of Entertainment, Mini Siam with a spectacular collection of miniature replicas of some of the world’s historic sites, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens, and an underwater aquarium. There are trips in glass-bottomed boats to see its rich marine life off the Coral Island.

Phuket has sea, sand, sun, forests, pineapple clusters, rubber plantations, fishing villages, and nightclubs. Promthep Cape is inundated by tourists for dramatic sunsets. Many opt for water sports that include snorkeling, diving, yachting, kite-surfing, and parasailing. Not far is the stunningly beautiful island of Ko Phi Phi while Ko Tapu has spectacular limestone cliffs jutting straight out of the water. It is also called the James Bond Island as ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ was partly filmed here.

Cameron Highlands Tourist Attractions

Much of the Cameron Highlands is under cultivation engulfing hectares of forestland.  Jungle trails lead visitors to scenic spots, waterfalls and aboriginal villages and most of the tracks here begin at Tanah Rata. Apart from its walks, the sanctuary is also known for its tea plantations, vegetable farms, orchards, nurseries, insect life, soaring peaks, nature spots, temperate plants, deep ravines, mossy forest, wild animals, serene lakes, golf links, meandering streams, jungle-clad hills, rest houses, places of worship, waterfalls, rolling greens, reptiles, colonial mansions, Land Rover’s migratory birds, animal traps and last but not the least, its native population.  The natives or aborigines are basically jungle dwellers and on the surface, their lifestyle has always been made out to be backward, though this has changed over the years.  While many have left to take up residence in the nearby towns, there are still some who prefer to treat the jungle as their home. The buildings (at the Cameron Highlands) were similar to those of Simla the “Queen of British hill resorts” in India, and were an eclectic mixture from “railway Gothic of the most overpowering kind to publican’s Tudor”.

Cameron Highlands Day Tours

During the colonial era, the “Cameron” was a haven for the home sick.  At present, it is a stopover for those many who want to escape from the heat of the lowlands. It is endearing to visit the outpost’s Cameron Highlands Church and Bala’s Holiday Chalet which is an inn and one of the oldest buildings at the Highlands.

There’s a network of jungle trails, waterfalls and mountains, and less-taxing points of interest, including colourful temples, rose gardens and tea plantations where visitors are welcome to try the local brew.

Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate, in the hills north of Brinchang, has the roads lead past a Hindu temple, and the  tea pickers are predominantly Indian.There is also a gift shop selling every version of Boh tea that one can imagine and a pleasant cafe where you can sip tea while looking out over the evergreen dense plantations below.  The Titiwangsa Tours cover the local nurseries, organic farms and orchards and the  entrance fees and dinner are included. Fathers Guest House has a resident licensed guide who leads informative nature tours of the Highlands, including a visit to the Orang Asli village.

Lavender Garden Cameron highlands Tours

The Cameron Highlands Golf Club began with a nine-hole golf course a century ago when it was common to find tiger paw prints in the bunkers!  Apart from its improved facilities, it has also undergone a change in name and is presently known as the Kelab Golf Sultan Ahmad Shah (SAS) Cameron Highlands.

Now known as The Lakehouse, this establishment was previously owned by the late Colonel Stanley J.Foster, and is colonial in its ambience as the unit sits atop a hill overlooking the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake.   The interior is reminiscent of an English country house with open fireplaces and wood-panelled walls.  Outside, the landscape would pass for an authentic English garden with a lush forest reserve serving as its backdrop.    

Tringkap is close to Brinchang and a short distance from the tea estates. Kuala Terla also nearby from Tringkap has  most of its residents as farmers. Kampung Raja is the first town after departing the Simpang Pulai interchange and by and large, a residential area. The best place to pick up local produce is the Multicrops Central Market, which sells teas, fruits, strawberry, jam, honey, potted plants and numerous other things. Yung Seng Souvenir Shop has a good, if rather expensive, selection of Orang Asli, woodcarvings, as well as affordable artwork from across Asia. Very popular with travellers, foreign and domestic, the Rosedale’s menu spans several cuisines (Chinese, Malay, European, Indian), and is complemented by good coffee and free wi-fi. This bright highland also serves a range of simple Indian fare, including tandoori chicken, set meals, fish-head curry and vegetarian dishes.

Kuala Lumpur & Cameron Highlands Sightseeing City Tour Destinations

Suria KLCC is one of Malaysia’s premier shopping destinations due to its location beneath the Petronas Twin Towers. Apart from this, Bukit Bintang district has the highest concentration of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. It houses various cafes, alfresco dining outlets and retail malls. The Bangsar district also has a few shopping complexes, including Bangsar Village, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens. The Damansara subdivision north-west of Kuala Lumpur, though not in the city-proper, is the home of the only IKEA outlet in the country, and a cluster of locally operated malls such as Cathay Multi Screen Cinemas, The Curve, Power Centre and One Utama. Apart from shopping complexes, KL has designated numerous zones in the city to market locally manufactured products such as textiles, fabrics and handicrafts and the Chinatown, commonly known as Petaling Street is one of them featuring many pre-independence buildings with Straits Chinese and colonial architectural influences.  KL’s Central Market (Pasar Seni), which was once the city’s wet market, offers an assortment of arts and craft merchandise, varying from antiques and paintings to souvenirs and clothing.

Kuala lumpur Sightseeing

The cuisine here reflects the multi-ethnicity in restaurants, malls and street-side hawkers’ stalls; in KL, food is served in buildings which are housing cafes, restaurants, fast food outlets and street hawkers, offering a delectable gourmet adventure with a blend of Indian, Continental, Chinese,  Malay and Japanese food fare.  The most popular Maly food is char kwey tiaw, asam laksa, rojak and nasi goreng. 

Protected by the Titiwangsa Mountains in the east and Indonesia’s Sumatra Island in the west, the city has a tropical rainforest climate which is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall, especially during the northeast monsoon season from October to March. Otherwise, temperatures tend to remain constant throughout the year, with the winter season being.

The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations and has its boundary touching that of Kelantan in the north and shares part of its border with Perak to the west..

Cameron Highland Sightseeing

The three townships of Cameron are Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Ringlet is the first town after the turn off at the Tapah Interchange and is one of the agricultural hubs of the region. Tanah Rata is the administrative centre of the Cameron Highlands and the general hospital, police station and post office are located at this municipality. Brinchang is the biggest town of the retreat. Hence, The Cameron Highlands is a vast area of rolling green hills, tea plantations and forests stretching along the road from the town of Ringlet, then through the main towns of Tanah Rata, Brinchang and beyond.

The five settlements in the area are the Bertam Valley, Kea Farm, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja.  All are separated from one another by a considerable distance. Bertam Valley   is involved with the growing of flowers and vegetables.Kea Farm is the highest village in peninsular Malaysia. ROSE CENTRE Kea Farms in Cameron Highland is located in the Rose Valley Village. Spread over 10 levels of terraces due to it’s cool climate, this place is the biggest attraction for Cameron Highland’s visitors.

The Center contains over 100 varieties of roses in every imaginable color including black and green and, besides roses, there are thousands of species of flowers as well as dozens of varieties of orchids. Some flowers even have their names derived from the unique shapes, like ‘butterfly’ and ‘ladies shoes’.

Visitors can venture through an exhilarating journey of various cultural murals, stone sculptures, which blend well with the landscaping. Souvenirs, fresh roses, potted plants are on sale.

Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands

Kuala Lumpur is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia. It is the seat of the Parliament of Malaysia and the major tourist destinations here include the Mederka Square,the House of Parliament, the Petaling Street, the National Palace (Istana Negara), the Kuala Lumpur Tower, the National Museum, the Central Market, the National Monument and religious sites such as the Jamek Mosque and Batu Caves. The city plays host to many cultural festivals such as the Thaipusam procession at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple and its architecture is a blend of old colonial influences, Asian traditions, Malay Islamic inspirations, modern and postmodern architecture mix. Many of these buildings derive their design from traditional Malay items such as the songkok and the keris and some of these structures have Islamic geometric motifs integrated with the designs of the building, signifying Islamic restriction on imitating nature through drawings.


The National Museum which is situated along the Mahameru Highway has a collection comprising of artifacts and paintings collected throughout the country, and Kuala Lumpur also has an Islamic Arts Museum which houses more than seven thousand Islamic artefacts, including rare exhibits as well as a library of Islamic art books. However, the museum’s collection not only concentrates on works from the Middle East, but also includes displays from China and Southeast Asia. This place has a Cultural Craft Complex coupled with a museum that displays a variety of textile, ceramic, metal craft and weaved products. All the information of the production process is portrayed in a diorama format complete with historical facts, technique and traditionally engineered equipment. The Royal Selangor has an ultra modern visitor’s centre, which allows tours to be conducted through its pewter museum, gallery and its factory. In its pewtersmithing workshop, `The School of Hard Knocks’, participants are taught to create their own pewter dish using traditional tools and methods. Amongst those shown are pottery making, intricate wood carving, silver smithing, weaving songket cloth, stamping batik patterns on cloth and boat making.

The National Mosque of Malaysia, Masjid Negara is situated amongst a beautiful garden and is a bold and modern approach in reinforced concrete, symbolic of the aspirations of a then newly-independent Malaysia. It is a uniquely designed building that embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art with its tall minaret having the shape of a “closed blue umbrella”.

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia trip

The Lake Gardens is a manicured garden near the Malaysian Parliament building, which was once home to a British colonial official. The park includes a Butterfly Park, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden and the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Southeast Asia’s largest bird park. Other parks in the city include the ASEAN Sculpture Garden, KLCC Park, Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Metropolitan Lake Gardens in Kepong, Forest Research Institue, Malaysia Taman Tasik Permaisuri (Queen’s Lake Gardens), Bukit Kiara Botanical Gardens, Equestrian Park, West Valley Park and Bukit Jalil International Park.

The entertainment hub of the city is mainly centred in the Golden Triangle encompassing Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Ampang Road. Trendy nightclubs, bars and lounges, such as the Beach Club, Espanda, the Hakka Republic Wine Bar and Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, the Luna Bar, Nuovo, Rum Jungle, the Thai Club, Zouk,and many others are located here.

Hong Kong Vacations

Hong Kong or `fragrant harbour’ in Cantonese, derived its name as the fragrant incense stored for export near the Aberdeen Harbour drifted with the sea breeze, spreading its essence all around. Enclosed by the South China Sea and the Pearl River Delta, stunningly charming Hong Kong has a deep natural harbour, and rates high on the graph of quality life. The eccentric natural beauty comprising gleamy bays, sandy beaches, pristine rivers, shining mountains and nature reserves is complimented by tall modern skyscrapers amidst an amazing skyline that glitters at night!
Hong Kong Tourist Attractions
Sampans are still used for sailing in this harbour , and a trip across the famed Victoria Harbour with shimmering water, blue sky, scenic land and high-peaked mountains may be taken by a ferry service called `Symphony of Lights’, which glows like gem droplets in the sea! You can take a ferry to go to a nearby fishing village and can relax or indulge in some water sports at one of the most popular beaches, strangely called Repulse Bay! Victoria Peak offers panoramic views of the city-state of Hong Kong wherein a tram would take you swiftly to the Peak, amongst exhilarating scenic views. A moving pavement system in some parts, and its longest covered escalators, are a technical marvel in the world! The Star Ferry service was made iconic by the filming of Hollywood’s The World of Suzie Wong. The place is known for its’ junks that traverse in the sea, besides small kai-to ferries that connect remote coastal areas to the mainland. The giant bronze Buddha, Ngong Ping piazza, Po Lin monastery, and sedimentary rock regions with unique and curved landforms are keen tourist attractions , besides an entire village that rests on `stilts’ and you can explore this captivating island city which encompasses the shockingly ethnic Chinese and European architecture, including exquisite ancient Chinese and Indian temples, mosques, and churches. You can even watch playful dolphins in the deep blue sparkling waters! There’s a statue for Bruce Lee, as a tribute to Hong Kong’s martial arts and practitioners. Jackie Chan also belongs here. You can always look forward to some revelry as the city is always celebrating some music or dance festival, while its Cantopop music, which blends Western and Chinese genres, is catchy and hugely enjoyed. The Global Geopark of China, with volcanic and sedimentary rocks and strange landforms, is unique, and listed by UNESCO in its Global Geoparks Network.

Hong Kong trip

Chinese and Asian handicrafts, textiles, crafts, art deco and other souvenirs are available aplenty to take back gifts and momentoes for relatives and friends. Jade, ivory and other Chinese traditional goods are reminders of the cultural heritage of the place. Chinese clothing has always had a distinct style and fashion sense, from trendy cheongsam dresses, mandarin style jackets and tops, to decorative silk robes and fine fabrics. Chinese black tea and herbal tea is traditionally associated with China and Hong Kong as well as pu-erh tea, oolong tea and Dragon Well tea, amongst other famous types of this healthful drink. You would be spoiled for choice when it comes to the unsurpassed selection of modern and traditional gold jewellery, accessories and ornaments at unbeatable tax-free prices. Chinese dinner service tableware is world-famous for its beauty and durability and porcelain and bone china products which are imported from the Mainland to dozens of shops and department stores in Hong Kong. The jade market is a great place to spend a morning browsing and soaking up the atmosphere, serving as a mecca for collectors from all over the world, as the stone is defined to ward off evil and kept as a lucky mascot for protection.

The temple street night market is an ordered chaos in action and the perfect place to pick up a few bargains, as it is awash with rows of brightly lit stalls hawking an astonishing variety of clothing, pens, watches, compact discs, cassettes, electronic gadgets, hardware and luggage. The busy food stalls offer a range of delicacies including fresh seafood and hotpot dishes to tempt your appetite. The Stanley Market is the incredible place to buy something special as return gifts and the historic lanes in this old fishing village are jam-packed with vendors selling Chinese artwork, silk collectibles and curios, as well as large-sized clothing. Plan to stay for a few hours and sample the fine restaurants in the restored Murray House or along the main street on the waterfront.