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Malaysia sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Istana Besar Johor Bahru, 01 November 2014, Currently, Malaysia has become a famous destination for the so called eco-tourism. Tourists are offered to attend excursions in famous nature reserves, try to climb up the mountains, enjoy a boat ride or try rafting. Naturally, the majority of attractions in Malaysia are connected with national reserves and beautiful local nature in general.
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Taman Negara National Park remains the largest park in the country. Its total square exceeds 440 thousand hectares. These are true dense jungles, the age of which, according to biologists, exceeds 130 million years. Gunung Tahan Mountain is located right in the centre of the park. The mountain range has become the favourite place for numerous alpinists. Besides exotic plants, you will see various species of rare animals in this region. There are more than 250 species of birds, not to mention other animals. Gua Telinga Cave has become a true palace for thousands of bats. Walk through a narrow tunnel, and you will enter a spacious cave, which ceiling is completely covered with these night animals.
There are interesting architectural landmarks in Malaysia, such as Penang Bridge. The length of the bridge is 13.5km, which makes the bridge the third longest in the world. Travellers are also recommended to visit the largest temple in South East Asia – Kek Lok Si. The temple features a mix of several architectural styles. The Temple of Snakes is a no less important religious building. The temple amazes its visitors with its exotic design and very unusual altar. The altar is covered with tenths of dangerous snakes, but despite that all tourists make memorable photos with the altar. The key to this puzzle is simple – all the snakes don’t have poisonous fangs and thanks to a special incense the snakes are very calm and absolutely not aggressive. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Air Itam Temple is also a very popular destination. The name of the temple can be literally translated as “the temple of ten thousand Buddhas”. That’s exactly how many pictures of Buddha are stored in the temple. The tallest statue of the god is 12 metres high. There is a large square in front of the temple. The square is famous for fairs and performances that often take place there. When it comes to describing nature landmarks of the country, it’s impossible to fail to mention beautiful Telaga Tujuh Lakes. These are seven crystal clean mountain lakes, which are located one below another on a mountain slope. Many interesting legends are connected with these lakes. According to one of them, Telaga Tujuh is home of fairies.
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The first constant settlements on the territory of Malaysia were formed by settlers from the southern part of modern China in the 3rd century BC. In the first years AD, there were several independent countries on the shores of the Malacca Straits. Srivijaya was one of the most powerful countries at that time. They all were traders, so the Malacca Straits was an important trading point crossing the routes from India and China. Srivijaya was the most powerful country until the 11th century and covered the significant part of present Malaysia.
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In the 14th century, the strong country captured the Majapahit Empire. When it fell, the Malacca Sultanate was established. It started flourishing in the 15th century. The main activity of its people was the trading with other countries. In 1498, the Sultanate was visited by the Portuguese for the first time. Consequently, they repeatedly tried to establish a protectorate over meaningful trade territories.
Sultan Ibrahim Building in Johor Bahru, Malaysia The Sultanate officially became a Portuguese colony in 1511 and was conquered by the Netherlands in 1641. In the second half of the 19th century, Malaya was under Great Britain. In the period of the Second World War, it was occupied by Japan for several years. When it broke free from occupants in 1946, the Malay Union was established. Malaysia gained complete independence in 1957.
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Today, Malaysia offers perfect conditions for diverse and eventful vacations. Many beach resorts here have long become world attractions. An excellent example is Goa. The resort is notable not only for its charming beaches, but also a diversity of the entertainment venues. Shopping enthusiasts have an opportunity to walk along noisy Eastern markets where they can buy spices, popular sweets, clothes in national style and interesting souvenirs.
The unique Malay cuisine attracts gourmets from all parts of the world. It is a combination of Indian and Chinese food traditions. The active use of spices is typical for the local cuisine. The foundation of the Malay cuisine is noodles, rice, beef and different seafood. The Malays are big fans of coffee and tea. The typical national specialty is a chocolate drink called milo.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Malaysia
♥   National Park 'Batang Ai' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Bukit Tiban' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Endau Rompin' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Endau Rompin (Johor)' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Fairy Caves' . On the map   Photos
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Palaces in Malaysia
♥   Palace 'Istana Badariah' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Istana Balai Besar' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Istana Bandar' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Istana Batu' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Istana Besar' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Malaysia from our review series

Masjid Zahir

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
In Kedah, Malaysia has placed an outstanding and unusual Zahir Mosque. It adores people with one its façade. The stone walls of the mosque are beige and the cupolas are the rich black. This combination is quite rare among modern mosques. The mosque has a rich historical past. It was built in 1912 and placed on the territory of more than 11,5 thousand square meters. The main decoration of the building is five huge black cupolas that symbolize the main principles of Islam.

The prayer hall area is 350 square meters. It is surrounded with marvellous verandas with attics. The mosque is situated in a significant historical place, earlier there was a burial ground where the warriors of Kedah were buried. They died protecting their own city form the aggressors the Siamese in 1821.

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Bakun Dam

From the series “The Most Impressive Dams on Earth”
Bakun Dam has placed on the Balui River. This Malaysian dam is known all over the world, it adores with its tremendous size. Its height is 205 meters, length – 750 meters. The dam has been built for 15 years, the building was finished in 2011. The dam was built in order to power the area with electricity. Today Bakun Dam provide with electricity different parts of the country, such as Eastern Malaysia.

The building of dam caused a lot of arguments and misunderstandings. Some researchers suppose that this dam inflict irreparable damages on unique nature of the region. When the dam was built, about 700 square meters of rainforests were flooded. These tropical forests had a lot of endemic plants. Not only nature suffered heavy losses but also people. 9 000 people have to leave their … Read all

Kuala Lumpur Sentral

From the series “Top 14 Most Astonishing Railway Stations in the World”
The building of the old railway station has placed right in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. This building is in a list of outstanding historical monuments of the city. This elegant colonial building was finished in 1910 by the project of an English architect – Arthur Benison Hubback. He has built a number of other old houses in the city. Kuala Lumpur Sentral is considered the major railway hub of Malaysia at last 100 years.

Over the last years the station has definitely changed. Its inner halls were completely redecorated and fitted out with modern air-conditional systems and information displays. In 2007 there was opened the Railway Museum. Some parts of the exposition are presented on the station’s platforms. Visitors can make acquainted with old locomotives and carriages, other things … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur
One of the most beautiful architectural monuments of the city is the royal palace. It was built in 1928 by one of the wealthy Chinese millionaires and until 1957, was privately owned. Subsequently, the building was bought by the government. It still remains the current residence of the monarch of Malaysia. The vast adjoining territory of the garden is decorated with landscape compositions. Many tourists come here to look at the guard, who is dressed in a luxurious form. A popular observation of … Read more
Kota Kinabalu
Diversify your stay at the resort by attending the Museum of the Sabah State that is located in a very interesting place – on top of Bukit Istana Lama Hill. The museum itself is open in an eye-catching building constructed in strict accordance with the national traditions. Among the items exhibited at the museum, visitors will find numerous historical and archaeological artifacts, crafts by local artisans, and various artworks. Ancient ceramics is one of the most precious categories of items … Read more
Johor Bahru
Eilat is rich in jewelry workshops, in which local masters create attractive silver jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones. As a rule, these workshops have very attractive prices, and the quality of items also deserves praise. These workshops also have one more important advantage – visitors can order an exclusive jewelry piece. Travelers, who decide to explore colorful markets of Eilat, will have an excellent opportunity to purchase best figs and olives, traditional humus and local … Read more
Langkawi
The most beautiful natural attraction of these places is the waterfall Seven Wells. This name was received because of seven small lakes, which naturally form at the foot of the waterfall. Here, travelers are offered to climb to the top of the mountain, from which the waterfall falls. During the ascent, you can visit several excellent viewing platforms. There is a waterfall in the territory of the nature reserve. Here you can see cute monkeys, colorful parrots and other typical representatives … Read more
Penang
A popular tourist attraction is Penang Hill, on top of which is the most famous observation deck on the island. Its highest point is 833 meters. Travelers have several options for climbing the hill: of course, they can do this by car or on foot, but the most interesting option is using the cable car. It has been operating since 1922 and is in itself an outstanding historical symbol. A few years ago, a hotel was opened at the top of the hill, so tourists always have the opportunity to stay here … Read more
Melaka
Tourists are attracted by cities and towns of the state; each settlement differs with unique customs and culture. There are many distinctive communities across the state, where the Portuguese and Chinese live. Locals revere their customs and traditions passing them from generation to generation. There are also architectural landmarks, including the Stadhuis built by the Dutch, Porta de Santiago fort, original houses of local residents and historical monument. A lot of historical and … Read more

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