Adventure in Langkawi Island -An adventure lover’s paradise!

Langkawi Islands

Langkawi Islands | Image Courtesy : Lankawi

Langkawi Island is one of the most popular islands in Malaysia bordered by golden sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, lush rainforests and unspoiled waterfalls. Langkawi is known to cater to laid back travellers and to the adventurous type. Berjaya Langkawi Resort is situated amidst the dense rainforest with a few steps away from the breath-taking beach, and rooms at Berjaya Langkawi Resort, Malaysia features views of the rainforest and the sea. Adventures range from jet skiing, parasailing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and horseback riding.

Setting off on a high speed Jet Ski is probably one of the most exciting things that Langkawi has to offer. Jet Ski tours allow its rider to explore around the island, its marine life and caves while also discovering some secluded beaches. Some tours also include snorkelling in the warm waters of the Andaman Sea. The Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125 meter long walkway that stands 660 meters above sea level. Ideal for panoramic views of the island, travellers are treated to beautiful mountainous landscapes that dominate much of the island.
Adventurers who wish to see the Island from a bird’s view point would love the idea of parasailing. Launched from a boat, the flight will usually last about 10 minutes, giving you ample time to view the magnificent beauty of the Island below. Ensure the parasailing company has the required certificates and licenses in order to ensure your parasailing experience is safe and fun!
An adventure park called Skytrex Adventure features a variety of activities that allows you to climb, swing, crawl or glide through the jungle.
A sunset cruise makes the perfect ending for your adventure filled day in Langkawi Island. Indulge yourself in a cruise along the Andaman Sea while you sip on a cool beverage or have dinner aboard a boat, while the horizon stretches ahead of you giving you the perfect sunset view.

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National museum Kuala Lumpur- representing the rich history and culture of Malaysia

Located on Jalan Damansara Malaysia, the National Museum of Kuala Lumpur is a must attend venue during your visit to the city. Travellers interested in history and architecture could get a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of Malaysia at the museum. Built by the British in 1898, the museum was opened in 1963 and portrays traditional Minangkabau & Malay architectural features. Tourists could find accommodation at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur which includes leading properties such as Berjaya Times Square Hotel that provide guests easy access to sought after tourists attractions.

Exhibits at the museum are spread across two floors and divided into 4 galleries. The design was done by Ho Kok Hoe architect who was inspired by the traditional Malay architecture. During your visit you will be able to witness murals that span across the entrance. Artefacts that depict culture, history, arts and crafts as well as local weaponry and flora & fauna are showcased at the museum for the viewing pleasure of the visitors. Ground floor of the museum is dedicated for exhibits of the Stone Age, Bronze and Iron Age among which the bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara of Bidor and the Javan Borobudur. The second floor of the museum holds artefacts representing colonial history to independence as well as the headgear worn by Malay rulers of the past. A well known part of the museum is the Istana Satu, an old timber palace built by Sultan Zainal Abidin III, Sultan of Terengganu in year 1884. The local cultural history enthusiasts could support the department of National Museums by volunteering as museum tour guides to meet the demand of tourists visiting the museum. These tours are conducted in English, French and Japanese languages.

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Best Mountains to climb in Malaysia – Sights and Hikes

Malaysia is one of the technologically advanced countries in the East. However, the country is abundantly blessed with many natural resources as well as places. There is a world of activities away from the capital Kuala Lumpur. Sepang is an exciting place to check out if you are visiting Malaysia. There are plenty of things to do and explore here. Restaurants, cafes, shopping, circuits and if you want to pamper yourself- plenty of luxury Sepang Hotels. Malaysia has an interesting terrain too. Due to this, one of the activities that are becoming popular is mountain climbing. There is the Gunung Nuang in Selangor which is a tough climb but one that is worth. If you are super fit, a day would be sufficient to climb to the top and back, however, some others may take two days. There are campsites and shelters on the way. For those who seek a hint of luxury one of the options among the many available is AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort.

Apart from Gunung Nuang, there are plenty of other mountains around Malaysia to climb offering some of the best treks and views. The tallest mountain in Malaysia is Gunung Kinabalu. Located in Borneo the mountain and the rainforest area surrounding it are declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

Gunung Gagau’s climb is a great adventure as getting to the mountain’s base itself is a two-day journey along a river. One of the areas that cannot be forgotten when considering a good mountain trek is the Cameron Highlands. Gunung Beremdun is located in the highlands and offers cooler climates for climbing than the rest of South East Asia. Another mountain with incredible views is Gunung Jerai also known as “Kedah Peak”. Even though not a tall mountain its location among flat rice paddy fields offers incredible far out views.

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Diving in Tioman – Underwater escapades in Tioman Island

Coral reefs are the underwater equivalent of rainforests, but unlike their earth-bound counter-parts, coral reefs are extremely rare, and account for only 0.1% of the ocean’s surface area. Out of this tiny percentage, over ninety percent of coral reefs are located in the Indo-Pacific region. This is why it is no surprise that one of the most popular diving hotspots in the world is considered to be in the area surrounding Tioman Island, a small landmass located thirty miles off the east coast of the Malaysian peninsula. There is many a Tioman resort that has capitalized on the wondrous coral reefs that surround the island and offer a variety of diving programs. One such resort is Berjaya Tioman Resort that is truly noteworthy for their sheer scale of dive programs.

There are up to twenty dive sites for a visitor to choose from, such as Renggiss Island, Golden REef and Tiger Reef. Each of these sites is teeming with a variety of life, ranging from countless varieties of coral fish to turtles. Divers can further discover the beauty of sub-marine wonders beneath the seas surrounding the Tioman Island by discovering the incredible rock formations that indulgent with soft and hard varieties of coral.

The variety of diving courses available at the Tioman islands is as diverse as the coral and creatures that surround them. The courses range from basic open-water classes, to advanced open-water classes, as well as night-time dives. Safety is paramount and all of these courses are certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructiors, also known as PADI. If coral reefs and underwater life do not interest you, then perhaps the dozen plus shipwrecks that are a staple of the diving tours might. The Tioman Island also has a dense rainforest for visitors to explore. So if you happen to be in Malaysia, take a trip to the Tioman Island and witness sights that are truly one of a kind.

 

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Get Close to the Endemic Elephants in Malaysia – Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary

Elephants, one of the most majestic species that continue to roam the earth in modern times, face a multitude of issues that threaten their continued existence. In the African and Asian continents, for instance, elephants are often hunted and killed for ivory, while in other parts of the world, elephants are also captured and sold for a variety of purposes. Furthermore, one of the fundamental concerns faced by this species is the loss of its natural habitat due to the growth in the human population, human settlements and destruction of the natural environment. The final outcome of these threats is the increasing fragmentation of elephant communities, leading to the isolation of the young calves. A number of organisations around the world have attempted to remedy such issues through the establishment of elephant orphanages, and the Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary is one such example in Malaysia.

Located close to Kuala Lumpur, the Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary was established by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks of Malaysia in 1989. For tourists staying at hotels such as AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, visiting this sanctuary is a must. Other things to do in Sepang include opting for a Mangrove River Cruise, exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Historical Malacca and visiting Banghuris Agro.

As the Sanctuary is a fairly popular attraction for those visiting Malaysia, and given that the Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary regulates admissions based on daily quotas, it is recommended that tourists and visitors make advance bookings to avoid disappointment. Visitors to the Sanctuary will have the opportunity to watch elephants being fed and washed while also having the opportunity to ride an elephant into the river.

Visiting the Elephant Sanctuary is an exciting and interesting experience, especially for animal lovers, and is indeed a must-visit for tourists visiting Malaysia.

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Gunung Raya – The tallest point in Langkawi that was once a mythical giant

Langkawi, is an archipelago of a hundred and four islands scattered in the Andaman Sea, about thirty kilometres off the northwest coast of Malaysia’s mainland. The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa offers a truly luxurious experience in a stunning natural setting. The picturesque islands are one of the most sought after tropical getaways in South East Asia.
Despite the indisputable beauty of the location, the history of Langkawi Island is shrouded in myth and legend. Gungung Raya is Langkawi’s highest peak, standing tall at around two thousand eight hundred and sixty feet. The mountain has a tale of its own. The locals believe the two soaring peaks Gunung Raya and Gunung Mat Cincang were once two giants named Mat Raya and Mat Cincang who ruled the land. Legend goes on to explain that Mat Raya’s son was to marry Mat Cincang’s daughter. A fight broke out between the giants on the wedding day and a large gravy pot that was thrown, overturned and is now Langkawi’s main town named Kuah, which means gravy. The two giants turned into two mountains facing each other; while a neighbour who came to settle the dispute also became a peak, Bukit Sawar, standing between them.
The mountain is located towards the centre of the Langkawi. Gunung Raya’s summit is accessible by car or foot and boasts breath taking views of the rest of the island and the surrounding seas. Visitors can buy a ticket for ten Malaysian Ringgits to climb to the top deck of an observation tower. The deck has a lounge which sells drinks though the ticket price includes a cup of ginger tea. A government complex is located at the top along with the MEASAT Satellite Control Centre, neither is open to the public.

 

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