Splendid Malaysia, known to be the `land of the mountains’, lies along the Strait of Malacca with densely forested hilly areas, rivers with crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, beautiful parks and gardens, the scintillating Batu Caves, an enticing skyline and grand shopping malls. With a highly-developed infrastructure, the world-famed city is a blend for the twirl of sarongs-sarees-baku kebayas-cheongsam, the colourful attire of the Muslims, Chinese and Indians who live there along with the innumerable charming edifices influenced by the Arabian, Chinese, Indian, Dutch and Portuguese style of architectural intellect, and a unique village or countryside, enclosed in its rivers with houses or hutments made on `stilts’, reachable only by a dreamy canoe!
Besides this fantastic view, it also has the world’s tallest set of twin buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers, a beaming site, staring proudly at the face of the crowds! Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, but also made this country home to colourful festivals, which the Malays celebrate and socialise, though they are slow-paced but warm and friendly.
The key attractions here lie in its extreme contrasts…….. As towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
This paradise land boasts of a delightful variety of traditional handicrafts. Choices range from priceless authentic antiques to exquisite modern hand-made crafts. It has a mulch-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society Traditional Malaysian art was mainly centered around the areas of carving, weaving, and silversmiths. Common artworks included ornamental kris, beetle nut sets, and woven batik and songket fabrics. Indigenous East Malaysians are known for their wooden masks. Each ethnic group has distinct performing arts, with little overlap between them and the Malaysian cuisine, as they celebrate festivals such as the Chinese New Year and others relating to traditional Chinese beliefs. Hindus in Malaysia celebrate Deepavali, the festival of lights, while Thaipusam is a religious rite which sees pilgrims from all over the country converges at the Batu Caves. Despite most festivals being identified with a particular ethnic or religious group, celebrations are universal in a custom known as “open house” where Malaysians participate in the celebrations of others, often visiting the houses of those who identify with the festival.
Tall skyscrapers, palm and rubber trees are an essential part of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, as it is acclaimed for having the world’s tallest set of twin buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers, a stunning site!
You will get to view the King’s Palace (Istana Negara) and following this, the Jamek Mosque, built on the confluence of two rivers, where Kuala Lumpur was founded. On to the National Monument, views of fine Moorish architecture of the 19th century in Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and the Railway Station.
The National Mosque of Malaysia is located in Kuala Lumpur, and is situated amongst beautiful gardens. The sojourn towards its National Palace, Merdeka Square, City Centre Park, Petaling Street, the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Indian temples and the Lake Gardens comprising south-east Asia’s largest bird park, butterfly and deer parks, as well as beautiful orchid and hibiscus gardens, could leave the tourists in awe of such splendour. It has other lake gardens worth visiting, besides a Forest Research Institute and a botanical garden. Alongside, abound an astonishingly high number of mall making it a shoppers’ paradise with innumerable cafes, restaurants, bars, lounges, nightclubs and restaurants that cater to the visitors. For a perfect holiday full of surprises, eclectic cultures and natural wonders, the time is ripe for your fantasy to come true!