Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying the Malaysian Peninsula and part of the island of Borneo.
Known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences.
The sprawling capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers including the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers.
Johor Bahru, capital of the Malaysian state of Johor, sits at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.
With a causeway across the Straits of Johor connecting it to Singapore, it is a gateway for exploration of that island nation.
It is also known for its nightlife and shopping malls, some of which are on Jalan Wong Ah Fook, the central business district’s main boulevard.
Legoland Malaysia Resort brings together a Legoland Park, Water Park and Hotel in one themed location.
It is a family holiday destination with more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions.
Almost everything is hands-on, so you can push, pedal and program, or steer, squirt and splash, your way through a truly interactive experience and of course there is building too.
Penang is a state of Malaysia located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Strait of Malacca.
It comprises 2 parts – Penang Island, where the capital city, George Town, is located, and Seberang Perai (formerly Province Wellesley in English) on the Malay Peninsula.
The state of Penang is bordered by Kedah to the north and east, and Perak to the south.
George Town is the colorful, multicultural capital of the Malaysian island of Penang.
Once an important Straits of Malacca trading hub, the city is known for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses and mosques.
Beyond the old town, George Town is a modern city with skyscrapers and shopping malls. Verdant Penang Hill, with hiking and a funicular railway, overlooks it all.
C. Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is called KL by locals.
Its modern skyline is dominated by the 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs.
The towers also offer a public skybridge and observation deck.
The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia.
It takes its name from the Sungai Batu, which flows past the hill and also it is the tenth limestone hill from Ampang.
Batu Caves is also the name of a nearby village.
The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.
Batu Caves in short also referred as 10th Caves or Hill for Lord Muruga as there are six important holy shrines in India and four more in Malaysia.
The 3 others in Malaysia are Kallumalai Temple in Ipoh, Tanneermalai Temple in Penang and Sannasimalai Temple in Melacca.
It is also near a town called Selayang where the famous and biggest wholesale market in Klang Valley located.
D. Genting Highlands
Genting Highlands is a high-altitude hill resort in Malaysia, located in the Titiwangsa Mountains northeast of Kuala Lumpur.
Developed since the 1960s, the site comprises hotels, a shopping mall, restaurants and the Casino de Genting.
Its Chin Swee Caves Temple sits on forested acreage with mountain views.
Genting Skyway, a cable car, connects the resort with the plateau town Gohtong Jaya.
The hill resort is at an average elevation of 1,740 metres (5,710 ft) within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia.
Resorts World Genting is operated by Genting Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Resorts World Bhd), which also operates Awana chain of resorts and hotels.
It is accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour, or also accessible by a cable car called Genting Skyway (3.38 kilometres (2.10 mi) which at its opening was the world’s fastest and South East Asia’s longest gondola lift.
The comprehensive indoor and outdoor theme-park was promoted as the destination for Fun at The Peak.
The entire resort was subsequently billed; The City Of Entertainment.
Resorts World Genting is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country and is owned by Genting Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Group.
Resorts World Genting has 5 hotels.
One of them – the First World Hotel, holds the Guinness World Record as the largest hotel in the world from 2006 until 2008.
From 2015 onwards with a total of 7,351 rooms.
Here are the list of all 5 hotels.
1. Genting Grand Hotel (formerly as Genting Hotel)
2. Maxims Hotel (formerly known as Highlands Hotel)
3. Resort Hotel
4. Theme Park Hotel (the first hotel, formerly known as Highlands Hotel before Maxims)
5. First World Hotel (the largest hotel in the world until 2008 but regained the title in 2015
E. Fraser’s Hill
The Fraser’s Hill is a hill resort located on the Titiwangsa Ridge in Raub District, Pahang, Malaysia.
The location is one of Malaysia’s few pristine forests, with a high level of biodiversity, first recognised by the botanist H. N. Ridley in 1897.
Fraser’s Hill derives its name from Louis James Fraser, a solitary Scottish pioneer, who set up a tin-ore trading post in the 1890s.
The British army had not explored the Titiwangsa Range, so Fraser recruited guides and coolies for an expedition to the upper ridges, prospecting for gold or other valuable metals.
At the top he found an ancient forest of moss-draped trees and ferns with a prehistoric appearance, kept constantly moist in the cloud layer.
Accommodation at Fraser’s Hill includes colonial-era bungalows for rent, modern apartments, inns and a small hotel.
Main options for accommodation:
1. Silverpark Hill Resort,
2. Fraser’s Pine Resort,
3. The Smokehouse – a former Red Cross rehabilitation centre,
4. Shahzan Inn (formerly Merlin Inn),
5. Puncak Inn and
6. Bungalows rented out by various corporations
Cool and invigorating throughout the year, Fraser’s Hill remains popular with Malaysians and Singaporeans for company retreats and weekend breaks.
Malaysia’s earliest highland golf course was constructed on Fraser’s Hill in 1925.
The 9-hole course was built on former tin mines.
In the 1970s, an 18-hole course was added at Jeriau, about 3 km from the main town.
There are several hiking trails around the hill; their entrance is usually marked by signboards.
There is also an accessible waterfall.
Trails range from the Hemmant Trail, a short walk, to the Pine Tree Trail, a full day’s trek.
3. Bird Watching
Fraser’s Hill is a notable centre for birdwatching aficionados.
The hill station has over 270 species of local and migratory birds flocking here together.
The annual International Bird Race is held in the second weekend of June each year, organized by the Fraser’s Hill Development Corporation in collaboration with WWF.
It sees participants throughout the world converging on the hill station in a team competition to sight, identify and record the highest number of species of birds stated in the official checklist.
There is a special spot for the birdwatchers which is a metal-framed hanging bridge that has completed its construction but still awaiting for some approvals before being granted for opening to the public.