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Malaysia is a shopping paradise. Shopping in Malaysia is a voyage of never ending discovery and continues to be an unforgettable experience, a hunt for the rare treasures of the Orient. Shopping in Malaysia caters to all groups, with products ranging from up-market to mid-range and budget price. Malaysia presents shoppers the best that the region has to offer, international branded designer goods or an intricate local handicraft. The variety of product lines, quality goods as well as the choice of shopping venues has made Malaysia a shopper’s paradise.
In Malaysia having three Mega Sales a year, in March, August and December. Apart from the Mega Sales period, other department stores and retail outlets also have at other times of the year.
Malaysia’s tax havens are Pulau Langkawi and Labuan. Duty free areas are also found at Rantau Panjang and Pengkalan Kubur in Kelantan, Padang Besar and Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah. An interesting mix of duty free shops can also be found at city centers or airports in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang.
Malaysian local handicrafts are uniquely. From intricate pewter, silver, brass, pottery and rattan to dazzling colours of Malaysian Batik. The items like designer collections, elegant footwear, exclusive watches, optical items and quality fabrics can found in modern shopping centres. Electrical appliances, electronic equipment, computers and cameras are available too.
Malaysians are not big on presents and a huge smile to accompany your “terima kasih” (thank you) is all that is needed.

Cherating

The first club in South East Asia of Club Med is located in Cherating at the South China Sea. And because it's the first, they got the best spot, although the whole region has fine sandy beach.
After Club Med came the other resorts. like: the Legend, the Impiana Hotel, Holiday Villa and the Residence Inn. All of them are beautiful hotels/resorts. It's a mixture between traditional and modern resorts.
Cherating is situated 47 km from Kuantan. It is unique with its rustic atmosphere and warm hospitality of the village people.  Cherating also offers you the chance to shop for handicrafts and see cultural performances. Village maidens nimbly weave the pandanus leaves into mats, hats, bags, and other inexpensive lightweight souvenirs. Cultural shows include wayang kulit (shadow play) and silat (Malaysian art of self-defense).
Photo: Douwe van Essen
Cherating is approximately 47km north of Kuantan and 133km from Kuala Lumpur. There two ways of getting there - by air (to Kuantan, then taxi or bus) or by car.
It takes about 4 hours to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan using the inland Karak Highway and its another hour from Kuantan to Cherating. The drive alone is an interesting experience as you pass primary jungles, palm and rubber plantations, historic towns and quirky pit stops.
Cherating also offers you the chance to shop for handicrafts and see cultural performances. Village maidens nimbly weave the pandanus leaves into mats, hats, bags, and other inexpensive lightweight souvenirs. Cultural shows include wayang kulit (shadow play) and silat (Malaysian art of self-defense).
Photo: Douwe van Essen
Some excursions, that can be made:
  • to Kuantan, the capitol of the State of Pahang. Not far from the town center (only a few kilometers) is the beach of Teluk Chempedak. There's a beautiful promenade and some nice restaurants. There are also some excellent "food stalls". It's very pleasant to be there in the evening and they offer you a good meal.
  • Beserah is a fishing village about 10 km north of Kuantan. Beserah is noted for some of the best salted fish in the region. An unusual sight is the way Beserah fishermen utilize water buffaloes on the beach to transport baskets of fish from the boats to the processing centers. These water buffaloes are also used in the padi fields. Beserah has several batik factories and cottage industries which produce handicraft from sea shells and pandanus leaves.
    Please, ask in your hotel, what's the best time to go there the water buffaloes.
  • Lake Chini is a tranquil lake whose legend is similar the Loch Ness in Scotland. This magical lake is also home to rich biological resources of flora and aquatic vertebrates. The aborigines are very convinced that a dragon once lived in this mystical lake. You travel through quaint Malaysian villages and countryside to Lake Chini. Board small boats for a cruise down a stream canopied by century old rain forest trees. Cruise around the lake and take in the scenic views. 

Desaru

Desaru, the popular beach resort, is located on the eastern tip of the peninsula (near Singapore - about 
1½hr drive from Johor Bahru). 
It has clean sandy white beaches with a lush tropical forest that goes for about 25 kilometres. You can walk nearly 50 meters into the sea and still the depth is approximately 4 feet deep).

Desaru is a popular destination for tourists as well as locals. It is a village of casuarinas with 25km of unspoiled beaches and a lush tropical forest.
The  clean water has made many water sporting activities such as snorkelling, fishing, boating and canoeing possible. You can do also other activities without the blue sea. You can do golfing, jungle trekking, horseback riding and tennis.
There are many resorts and hotels here that cater to a variety of budget. There are resorts and hotels for the  budget traveller as well as families seeking fun in the sun.
jet ski

The beaches are lined with casuarina trees dotted by rustic fishing villages. Nearby are cascading falls, natural lakes and jungles where one can go jungle trekking.
To make your visit more memorable, visit Tanjung Pengelih to see  the relics of World War Two and the historical relic of the Malay Johor Riau Empire at Johor Lama.
Getting to the largest district of Johor at the south-eastern end of the peninsula, requires an hour's drive from Johor Baru. From the north, the easiest way is to take the Kulai exit of the North-South Expressway followed by a 90-minute drive to the historic town. The coastal road is a lot more scenic.
There are reliable public transportation services from all major towns. There is a direct ferry service between the Tanah Merah ferry terminal in Singapore and Sebana Cove, about an hour from Kota Tinggi.
Places of interest:

Kota Tinggi WaterfallsAnother popular out-of-town attraction is Kota Tinggi. This attraction of the waterfalls is situated at Lombong. The water cascades from a height of 36m down a steep precipice into a pool deep enough for swimming. The cool waters have beckoned many tourists and locals alike.
It is a good spot to take a fresh mountain air.
The Swiss-style chalets equipped with cooking facilities are available for visitors seeking an overnight visit.
At the base of the falls there are also public changing rooms, camping grounds, and a restaurant.
Teluk Ramunia and Tanjung BalauSome 10km south of Dasaru is another excellent stretch of beach known as Teluk Ramunia.
About 8km north of Desaru (20 minutes) is the Fishermen's Museum at Tanjung Balau which displays fish traps and equipment used by local fishermen and various artefacts of the trade.


Waterfall
Ostrich WonderlandAt this farm are more than 100 ostriches. It's situated in Teluk Ramunia since 2001. At the farm are guides to show you around. The reason of setting up this showfarm is to exhibit the ostriches to the publics and
allowing them to know more about ostriches, their habits, mating seasons etc. It is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Entrance fees are RM8 for adults and RM4 for children below 12.
Group rates of RM6 for 20 or more adults and RM3 for children are also offered.Fruit Farm
The Desaru Fruit Farm is planted with many different types of tropical fruits. Some fruits are seasonal, like Durian, Rambutan and Mangosteen whilst others like Papaya, Banana, Pineapple, Rose Apple, Star Fruit, Lime, Orange and Coconut are available all year round. The experienced guides will give talks on the different plants and show you around the farm in a leisurely bullock-cart ride or in your own vehicle.

Dataran Merdeka- Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur in the Malay language means Muddy Estuary and was founded in 1857 by the tin miners. As the mining and trading of tin prospered, the town began to develop and since then Kuala Lumpur landmarks have constantly being changed to cater for the growing needs of the city folks. The city was declared a Federal Capital on February 1 1974 and since then the first day of February has always been a holidays for the city dwellers.


Despite the fast pace development of the city, Kuala Lumpur has been able to balance the demands of land for developement. The historical site such as the Sultan Abdul Samad building has being kept and preserved as a national heritage. Greeneries are also planned in the city with potted plants, flowers and green trees co exist together with the modern skyscrapers.
With a population of over 1.3 million and still thriving in full swing, Kuala Lumpur is by far the largest of all cities in Malaysia. Malays, Chinese and Indians comprise the major races among many others in this microcosm of cultures. The multicultural influence of Malaysia is manifested in the customs, religious beliefs and languages of the country. Plan a trip to this amazing hub of unanimity and versatile tradition with AsiaRooms.com offering you all the information regarding Kuala Lumpur Tourist Attractions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.




Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) is appropriately named because it was at this place on August 30, 1957 at midnight, the Malayan flag was hoisted for the first time in the country’s history upon gaining independence from the British rule. The flag raising ceremony was held at the very spot where the 100-metre high flagpole now stands. Underneath the flagpole area is Plaza Putra, an underground food, leisure and entertainment complex, as well as an underground parking bay. On the other end of the immaculately-turfed 8.2ha field lies a fountain area with elegant colonnades and colourful rows of zinnias and marigolds, a nice place to rest after a day’s trip.


The Square is well maintained with beautiful gardens, terraces, fountains and a big screen
for screening of main events and live telecasts. Photography session for first timer to this place is a must whether one is a local or a foreign tourist.




This Square continues to be a venue where many events are held. The National Day celebrations and New Year countdown are among the events that are held here. Beneath the square is Plaza Putra where you will be able to find food and entertainment. It also has a car park facility.

Johor Lama Fort (Teluk Sengat)


Johor Lama Fort (Teluk Sengat)Slightly less than half a millennium ago, this small village strategically guarding the upper reaches of the Johor River was the seat of the Johor Sultanate. Though all that remains are a restored earth mount and fragments of stone walls, a fort built in 1540 by Sultan Alauddin Shah - son of the first Johor Sultan - used to exist. The Portuguese who had taken Malacca attacked in 1587 and completely destroyed the fort despite it being defended by 8,000 of the Sultanate’s warriors.
From the Travel Times:

"The fortress made of rocks and turf is said to be one of the best defensive forts built along Sungai Johor to stop the Portuguese after the fall of Malacca. Though "tourists" are only taken to the hilltop fort which now appears as a plain well-maintained field surrounded by bunds, a walk around Kampong Johor will lead to more hidden bunds. Kampong folk say the bunds cover 2.4 km through the rubber plantation surrounding the small kampong.
Also found here are two tombs in two different sites. One near the fort is unidentified while the other in the rubber estate belongs to the royal midwife.
Further upstream is Kampong Panchor which was made a ruling centre by Sultan Abdul Jalil Riayat Shah IV, the 11th Sultan of Johor, under the name Kota Panchor.
Besides the remains of the fort and still-hidden historical relics, the kampong which is surrounded by oil palm plantations takes pride in another two ancient tombs.
Drive through the plantation dirt road to reach an isolated mausoleum of Sultan Muzaffar Syah atop the hill in the middle of Bukit Seluyot. This is located by the river too. The third Sultan of Johor was not alone, for buried in the same resting place was his sister Raja Fatimah and nephew Sultan Abdul Jalil."
This quaint coastal fishing village is well known for its fresh seafood, especially its crab delicacy.
FirefliesYou'll have to go to Kota Tinggi. A rapidly expanding town, the hustle and bustle of this town is charming as the traditional blends well with the modern.
Modern progress is taking place here with many new buildings as well as the Government's plan to move the administrative centre from Johor Bahru to Kota Tinggi.
The boarding point for this firefly excursion is at the riverbank near Jalan Tepi Sungai, opposite the row of shops.
Before going on the boat you'll have to put on life jackets.
These fascinating insects are found in abundance on the berembang trees that line the banks the Johor River. The scene is very beautiful.
You'll have a close encounter with one of nature's mesmerising phenomenon - the beautiful presence of fireflies, glowing in the thousands here.
The boat for the fireflies

Crocodile farmThe Crocodile Farm in Teluk Sengat was established in 1979. There are about 500 crocodiles bred in the farm through natural copulation. These crocodiles belong to the Crocodylus Porosus species. The farm's main export is the crocodile's meat and skin, which can be made into leather goods.
crocodile
There's a wide choice of beach resorts along its long coastline – at Teluk Mahkota, Tanjung Balau, Desaru, Batu Layar, Teluk Punggai and Teluk Ramunia. Those who like to stay near the famous waterfalls of Kota Tinggi can check into the Kota Tinggi Waterfall Resort. In town itself, there is quite a number of budget hotels scattered all over.
Golfers also have a few choices, one of which is Sebana Cove. The all-in-one retreat has a marina, 18-hole course and resort. Guests can choose from 40 executive rooms, 20 suites and 24 two-bedroom apartments housed in two-storey blocks. The main clubhouse has a swimming pool, food and beverage outlets, gymnasium, sauna and tour desk.

Gua Musang

GUA MUSANGRafting on the Nenggiri River
The Nenggiri River flows from the backcountry of Kelantan. From the highlands it meanders its way through a series of rapids and later joins the Kelantan River at Kuala Krai. A section of the river, from Kuala Betis to Kuala Setelu, has become the playground of adventure and nature lovers. This remote area will probably remain unchanged for some years to come. Vast tracks of virgin jungle line both sides of the river broken occasionally by an orang asli settlement and limestone outcrops. Some of Malaysia's richest archaeological caves are to be found along the river: Gua Cha, Gua Chawan and Gua Jaya. These caves are archaeologically important as unlike other caves throughout the Peninsula, they have been undisturbed by guano collectors.


Your adventure begins after your arrival at the timber town of Gua Musang (Pahang/ Kelantan border); from there, you travel by off-road vehicles to Kuala Betis, the usual Put-In-Point.
Here you 'board’ the inflatable rafts for some white-water actions.

You raft along the 53km of the little known Nenggiri River that flows from the backcountry of Kelantan.
En-route you stop to visit GUA CHA Archaeological Site with its mysterious cave and imposing limestone.
Rafting down the river either on bamboo raft or rubber inner tubes is the best form of traversing this section of the river.
Just float down, or paddle if you want to go faster.

A trip of 2/3 days and 1/2 nights will be adequate to cover this section.
Just savour the atmosphere while being accompanied by cacophony of sounds from animals and birds in a jungle environment.
If you are lucky, you may be able to sight them because they are mostly nocturnal creatures.

You spend a night camping in a jungle environment and here you will be sleeping by the ever-present cacophony of the sounds of insects, frogs, birds and an occasional hooting of monkeys.
The river trip ends at Kampong SETAR from when you return by land to Gua Musang, the end of the river journey and adventure to remember.

Tioman Island

      
                   About malaysia.................Tioman Island is a beautiful tear-shaped little island that sits around 36 miles off Malaysia’s east coast, nestled in the South China Sea.   It’s a tranquil tropical wonderland of white, sandy beaches and beautiful coastline that will make you feel like a lucky beachcomber who has stumbled upon paradise.



          Palm trees abound and the twin peaks of Gunung Nenek Semukut provide a great landmark that leads you into thick jungle and countless streams and waterfalls within its interior.
Legend has it that the island’s dragon-like appearance from a distance comes from a story about a dragon princess from China who was flying to meet her prince in Singapore and stopped at the shores of the island, fell in love with its tranquility and decided to stay forever and take on the shape of the island.

Friendly people and quaint little villages can be found within this Tioman Island, which is only 39km long by 12km wide.   It’s a jewel in the South China Sea that’s accessible by ferry, yacht and small plane.   It’s surrounded by white coral reefs, which makes it an incredible place to scuba and snorkel.   With a number of scuba facilities on the island, it’s easy to get suited up and geared up and led out to some great diving sites.   Some of the dive shops on the island can also point you to some great accommodations and can set you up with a whole variety of fun things to do on the island.   After all, divers all stick together and know how to have fun.

Another neat thing about the island is that it’s also inhabited by giant monitor lizards, but it’s nothing to worry about as they’re just local attractions.   Visiting Tioman Island is like visiting a faraway place you’ve only dreamed of.    The movie ‘South Pacific’ was based on the beaches of Tioman and a Time magazine article selected Tioman island as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, so there’s documented history here that deserves a place on your list of treasures to visit

Pulau kapas

Pulau KapasA haven for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing.

Pulau Kapas abounds in numerous deserted, white sandy beaches lined with shady palm trees to make a perfect niche to laze on. Relaxation is the foremost occupation here. It offer a refreshing change from everyday haste.
The island is just 4 nautical miles from Marang. It's is an ideal place to break away and chill it out. Pulau Kapas is made up of two islands Pulau Gemia and Pulau Kapas. Pulau Kapas is about easy access, choices and plenty of bargain. Places to stay ranging from camping sites to dormitory to island resorts with en suite facilities. Only thing that never change on this island is the constant number of backpackers arriving and departing each day.

 July, August and the local holidays are the best times to go.
An island famous for its clear waters, sandy white beaches and swaying palms, it is relatively isolated. Home to an infinite variety of hard and soft corals, the waters around the island abound with sea-shells, fish and turtles. 
The island's laid back atmosphere is ideal for relaxation but the more adventurous will find it is also a haven for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing. 
Kapas has somehow become the refuge of those who refuse or could not join the Perhentian' crowd.
The island is favorite with the local people in the very high season and the public holidays. 



A taxi from Kuala Terengganu airport or the bus terminal costs RM 30.00 per cab for the journey to Marang Jetty. Boat transfer service may start as early as 7:00 and costs RM 25.00 per person (two way).
Services such as snorkelling around the island is very much standardised and priced accordingly. The standard price of equipment is RM5 per day for mask & tuba and RM5 per day for fins.
Tourist are never been over charged on these services. The only item that sometimes may seemed over priced are the food. Be sure that all menu has price listed before ordering.
Just north of the pier, a couple of small restaurants serves the cheapest basic dishes of the island : Nasi or Mee Goreng. The first one gives good portions and sell big bottle of mineral water. One of the best local eating place on this island is at Zaki's. 
Due to its close proximity to shore, Pulau Kapas is exposed to the occasional visits from unwelcome parties.
Be sure that any valuables is locked in the room or better still be carried along where ever you go. Local islanders is always helpful and on the watch for these trouble makers. Anyone caught on any unlawful acts will be deal with accordingly. However, they did not guarantee that your belonging will not be stolen. Mosquito can be a serious nuisance at dusk and dawn. Most resorts have mosquito net but for the outdoors, bring enough repellent.

Tucked within breezy coconut groves, traditional huts adorn selected stretches of the spotless beach. Leisurely splashing and snorkelling around with a playful but shy variety of fishes are pleasant and undemanding pursuits. Play spot the turtles and pay your silent underwater tribute to the colours of the sea shells besides wind-surfing, kayaking and boating.
Previously a well-guarded secret amongst members of the diving community, Kapas has now become more accessible with the building of the Primula Kapas Island Resort.
Pulau Kapas offers a variety of adventures to the Sun and Sea lovers. The hidden sweats of nature's splendors both on land and below the sea. You could track into the island's interior and amazed at the colorful natural flora and fauna along the way. Explore the most varied marine life among the many coral reefs around the island. Snorkeling and underwater diving is popular along stretches of shallow coral reefs of the island's western shore.

Kapas, a view from Marang

Pulau kapas

Pulau KapasA haven for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing.

Pulau Kapas abounds in numerous deserted, white sandy beaches lined with shady palm trees to make a perfect niche to laze on. Relaxation is the foremost occupation here. It offer a refreshing change from everyday haste.
The island is just 4 nautical miles from Marang. It's is an ideal place to break away and chill it out. Pulau Kapas is made up of two islands Pulau Gemia and Pulau Kapas. Pulau Kapas is about easy access, choices and plenty of bargain. Places to stay ranging from camping sites to dormitory to island resorts with en suite facilities. Only thing that never change on this island is the constant number of backpackers arriving and departing each day.

 July, August and the local holidays are the best times to go.
An island famous for its clear waters, sandy white beaches and swaying palms, it is relatively isolated. Home to an infinite variety of hard and soft corals, the waters around the island abound with sea-shells, fish and turtles. 
The island's laid back atmosphere is ideal for relaxation but the more adventurous will find it is also a haven for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing. 
Kapas has somehow become the refuge of those who refuse or could not join the Perhentian' crowd.
The island is favorite with the local people in the very high season and the public holidays. 



A taxi from Kuala Terengganu airport or the bus terminal costs RM 30.00 per cab for the journey to Marang Jetty. Boat transfer service may start as early as 7:00 and costs RM 25.00 per person (two way).
Services such as snorkelling around the island is very much standardised and priced accordingly. The standard price of equipment is RM5 per day for mask & tuba and RM5 per day for fins.
Tourist are never been over charged on these services. The only item that sometimes may seemed over priced are the food. Be sure that all menu has price listed before ordering.
Just north of the pier, a couple of small restaurants serves the cheapest basic dishes of the island : Nasi or Mee Goreng. The first one gives good portions and sell big bottle of mineral water. One of the best local eating place on this island is at Zaki's. 
Due to its close proximity to shore, Pulau Kapas is exposed to the occasional visits from unwelcome parties.
Be sure that any valuables is locked in the room or better still be carried along where ever you go. Local islanders is always helpful and on the watch for these trouble makers. Anyone caught on any unlawful acts will be deal with accordingly. However, they did not guarantee that your belonging will not be stolen. Mosquito can be a serious nuisance at dusk and dawn. Most resorts have mosquito net but for the outdoors, bring enough repellent.

Tucked within breezy coconut groves, traditional huts adorn selected stretches of the spotless beach. Leisurely splashing and snorkelling around with a playful but shy variety of fishes are pleasant and undemanding pursuits. Play spot the turtles and pay your silent underwater tribute to the colours of the sea shells besides wind-surfing, kayaking and boating.
Previously a well-guarded secret amongst members of the diving community, Kapas has now become more accessible with the building of the Primula Kapas Island Resort.
Pulau Kapas offers a variety of adventures to the Sun and Sea lovers. The hidden sweats of nature's splendors both on land and below the sea. You could track into the island's interior and amazed at the colorful natural flora and fauna along the way. Explore the most varied marine life among the many coral reefs around the island. Snorkeling and underwater diving is popular along stretches of shallow coral reefs of the island's western shore.

Kapas, a view from Marang

Sungai Congkak

" Sungai Congkak is one of Selangor’s most favourite local haunts. All along the scenic river you can see stalls selling food and beverages, jungle produce and other knick-knacks for a typical picnic goer or camper."


Enterprising locals have set up wooden/bamboo huts by the gentle and long river for families or couples to seek shelter and have picnics in, charging RM5-7 per booth. Others set up parking grounds at RM2 to 3 per vehicle.
Drive up to the end of the road to reach the Sungai Congkak Forest Reserve entrance, which is managed by Tourism Selangor Sdn. Bhd. For those interested in staying overnight, you have a choice of chalets (1-12 people), campsites (4-6 people) and canopies. 
The air is breezy and cool. On weekends when the place is packed with locals having a fun day out with friends and family, enticing smells of meat being barbequed fills the air. The chortles of happy children playing in the water and giggles of teenage girls posing for photos add to the merriment of the popular picnic spot.   On a tranquil weekday, there is a sense of quietness and repose amidst the sound of running waters and rustling leaves. 
The entrance fee is RM1 per person (12 years and above).

Botanical Garden in Penang

 
Botanical Garden in Penang or waterfall garden as it is popularly referred as is not only a popular tourist destination but it is a life time experience which casts a mystic spell on its visitors. Amidst the var5ious parks and gardens the Botanical Garden in Penang has created a distinct position for itself. Features of Botanical Garden in Penang
About malaysia...................



  -  Botanical Garden in Penang came into existence from 1884 and the plethora of natural heritage mark the exuberance of this famous tourist destination which is the only one of its kind in Malaysia.
  -  Botanical Garden in Penang is enveloped by a cascading brook that strolls through a extensive 29 hectares of prime and undulating grounds and the lush greenery and tranquil setting.
  -  The creative design of the Gardens was indeed a major accomplishment for it mingles naturally with the setting of the tropical rainforests.




  -  Botanical Garden in Penang was acknowledged as the healthy recreational gardens and tourist destination by the Health Ministry of Malaysia.
  -  Botanical Garden in Penang offers a wide range of facilities including Recreational / Picnic areas, toilets, wheelchair access walkways, bandstand, gazebos, jogging tracks, jungle trails, resting lawns and plant nursery.

  -  Botanical Garden in Penang remains open on all the days of the year from 5.00 am to 8.00 pm and there is no entrance fee
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Snake Temple in Penang

Fast Facts of Snake Temple in Penang
Address- Sungai Kluang near Bayan Lepas airport, Penang
Special Occasion- Chor Soo Kong's birthday on the sixth day of the first lunar month
Snake Temple in Penang reveres the divine powers of Chor Soo Kong, a Buddhist monk. This monk is known to have moved to Penang and had healing capabilities. During Chor Soo Kong's birthday on the sixth day of the first lunar month, devotees from other South-east Asian countries like Singapore, come to this temple. Built in 1850, the temple has a statue of Chor Soo Kong, which was brought to Penang by a monk from China. According to legends, the monk used to offer shelter to the snakes of the jungle, all of which moved into the temple once it was completely built.

Features of Snake Temple in Penang
  -  The temple was originally known as the "Temple of the Azure Cloud" to celebrate the beauty of Penang's sky.
  -  Located at Sungai Kluang near Bayan Lepas airport in the Penang Island, Snake   -  Temple in Penang, also hosts several snakes.
  -  You can burn incense at the incense burner kept in front of the temple.
  -  Incense is also burned in the main prayer hall
  -  The smoke of the incense is believed to make the snakes harmless
  -  The snakes are also de-venomed at this temple.

Penang Museums

Penang Museums

Penang museums would take one back to by gone times and help understand the way of life in Penang. These museums conserve and educate about the past and help understand the present. There are several museums in Penang that are popular attraction amongst the tourists. Forestry Museum in Penang built on a vast 247-acre park displays various original native species of flora and fauna, as well as insects, lizards, and snakes.
Penang Museum and Art Gallery is a beautiful landmark that is the home of old photographs, maps, charts and historical relics. The Penang Museum and Art Gallery is acknowledged as the homage to the inhabitants of Penang Island and it reflects the cultural composition of the state and emphasizes on unity in diversity.

Penang Toy Museum is Asia’s first and largest museum comprising of more than 100,000 collectibles of international brands, this museum allures visitors from all age group. Penang Toy Museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tanjung Bungah area.
The Penang War Museum vividly depicts the saga of tragedy and distress that engulfed Malaysia during the Second World War. Penang along with the rest of Malaysia faced the torment of losing countless lives, tearing families apart, scarcity of food and the turmoil that ravaged the entire nation.

Penang Festivals & Events

Penang in Malaysia is known for its festive spirit across the world. You will find plenty of social, religious and communal festivals being celebrated here throughout the year. Some festivals are held to usher in the New Year or the new season marking the beginning or end of their harvesting time while, some are occasions to attract tourists from across the world to showcase the traditional and cultural richness of the land. You will be amazed by the galore of legends, customs and faith associated with Penang Festivals and Events.

Festivals and Events in Penang, are just excuse to make the land vibrant with fun, amusement and frolic. And for you these are opportunities to explore the beautiful Penang Island, where so many different communities stay with the bondage of fraternity and harmony. You will find Indians, Chinese and all different communities celebrating their own festivals in this multi-colored land. As a result, this can be a golden chance for you to learn about the land and its faith, its people, their individual culture and customs in all the heights of grandeur.

During Penang Festivals and Events, people involve themselves in various social activities and even invite the tourists to participate in amusement and entertainment. On one hand, the festivals are celebrated with all rigidity and on the other, garbed in the best of dresses, people savor these occasions to relive their spirit with happiness and peace. Thus, just get hold of Penang Festivals and Events to make the most of your trip to this island.

Wildlife and National Parks in Penang

Wildlife and National Parks in Penang should be your destination if you are a wild life enthusiast. Exotic and amazing, the wild life varieties along with the rich flora and plant life make it a home for a good number of wild species.

Expect to see more than 1,000 species of plants and trees mainly dominated by the family Dipterocarpaceae, Leguminaceae, Anacardiaceae, Euphorbiaceae and Moraceae. Seraya or Shorea curtisii, which is also a commercial timber tree, is a common type in the park.
A whooping 190 species of fauna were recorded here, including 28 species of mammals, 14 species of reptiles, 148 species of birds and various species of insects and amphibians. Long tailed Macaque is the most common wildlife species and can be spotted especially at the beach areas and mangrove forests.

Penang National Park
Taman Negara Pulau Pinang is the first National Park created under the National Parks Act of 1980. The establishment of this park reflects the importance of conserving this biological diversity-rich area. The aim is to conserve and protect wildlife, marine life, plants and objects.

Features of Penang National Park
- This park covers an area of 2,563 hectare and is bordered by the George Town metropolitan area and the sea.
- The 1,182 hectare of land includes beaches and hills and is rich in flora and fauna.
- The Park's ecosystem is a diversity of habitats with hills, sandy and rocky beaches, streams and coastal forests representing much of the natural habitats of Penang.
- Small mammals such as tree shrews or tupai glis, slow loris, flying lemur, civet cats, lepoard cats, sea otters and pangolins have been spotted.
- The Park is also home to many birds, reptiles, amphibians and of course the famous turtles, especially the Green turtles, the Ridley turtles, the Leatherback turtles and the Hawksbill turtles.
- Pulau Pinang National Park offers vast opportunities for research, education, recreation and ecotourism activities such as climbing, trekking, swimming, wildlife observation or simply enjoying the natural environment.

PENENG BRIDGE






Popular as the third longest bridge in the world, Penang Bridge facilitates the link between Gelugor on the island of Penang to Seberang Prai on the Malay Peninsula. This bridge of Penang in Malaysia, which was opened to public transport in in1985, also leads to the North-South Expressway in Prai and Jelutong Expressway in Penang. Before this bridge in Penang, 13.5 kilometers in length, was built, the connectivity between Penang and the mainland of Malaysia was carried out by ferry services that you could avail from Butterworth to Georgetown.
Features of Penang Bridge
  -  The Penang Bridge International Marathon is held annually to commemorate the opening of Penang Bridge
  -  During this marathon, traffic is suspended on the bridge for hours. This is the only time of the year when the bridge is closed for several hours.
  -  The Municipal Council of Penang Island, Malaysian Highway Authority and the Penang Government jointly with the Penang Amateur Athletic Association, the Penang Youth and Sports Department , University Science Malaysia, Penang Tourism Action Council and Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd, organizes this event.
  -  Another bridge, Penang Second Bridge will also be built by the Malaysian government to tackle more transport
  -  Penang Bridge has close circuit television and an SOS facility during emergency
  -  Since its operation, this bridge levies toll on the vehicles
  -  Malaysian Highway Authority was its first concession body. However, since 1993, the role was taken up by a private concession company, Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd.

Batik - Malaysia





Malaysian Batik is famous on the east cost of Malaysia (Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang), but is available anywhere you go. The most popular motifs are leaves and flowers. At one time Malaysian Batik depicting animals were rare because Islam norms forbid animal images as decoration. However, the butterfly, peacock, and fish themes are now common exceptions. The Malaysian Batik is also famous for its geometrical designs, such as spirals.

After walking into the factory and seeing a myriad of styles, patterns, and colors I was even more intrigued to see the process and how the fashions are currently worn. Here’s a glimpse into the art of Batik….



He uses a very free-handed light approach to his work.


Hand Stamping the patterns on to the fabric is another common method. Here the guide is showing off some different designs. In the bottom right hand corner of the image above you can see one of the stamping plates.

Next I was brought into the dress shop where I was shown beautiful drawings of all different sorts of fashions, along with examples on the mannequins, and then the guide did a demonstration of how to wear Batik scarves, skirts, shirts, and dresses.

 

The colors, patterns, and fabrics used in Malaysian and Indonesian Batik have always fascinated me, the designs are absolutely amazing. Back in 1997 during my college days I took a class called “Historical and Contemporary Fabrics,” where I was first introduced to the art of Batik. My attention and interest was immediately captured by the process, skill, and beauty. I even ended up doing my class final paper & design project on Batik.

Batik Malaysia

While there has been some disagreement over which country in South East Asia first incorporated batik into their culture, it is generally agreed that the best products usually hail from Indonesia. While not far behind, Malaysian batik has never been as intricately designed as some of the Indonesian examples.
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Wayang kulit


Watching “wayang kulit” or shadow play is a favourite past time in the countryside. “Wayang kulit” plays are influenced by Ramayana epic and said to be the leftover of Hindu empires which rule many parts of South East Asia as early as 2nd century.

In 14th century, the Javanese kingdom of Majapahit gained foothold but was quickly ousted by 15th century Moslem sultanate based in Malacca, founded by Sumatran prince Parameswara.









Drawn by Malacca’s rich trade, the Portuguese raided Malacca in 1511 and marked European’s foray into South East Asia. The Dutch elbowed Portuguese from Malacca in 1641 but by 1795, the British Empire had the Peninsular under its wings. During British control, the Colony of the Straits Settlement was formed and in 1895, states were combined as the Federated Malay States (FMS). Japanese invaded and occupied the FMS from 1942 to 1945 during World War 2.

After the war, sentiments for independence erupted and under the leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman, who became the first prime minister, independence was gained from United Kingdom in 1957. Other British colonies of Sarawak, Sabah and Singapore joined in the Federation of Malaysia to form Malaysia. Singapore later withdrew in 1965 and became an independent republic. Malaysia’s experiences with terrorism came to an end when small bands of communist militants gave up in 1989 and signed a peace accord








Wau Bulan

Wau bulan is richly decorated with colourful patterns of flowers and leaves. It has a bamboo frame a tissue covering on which brightly coloured paper is cut and stuck on to make these kite so beautiful to look at.

Wau bulan is made to flew but can be used as decorations as well. 



The most popular wau or giant-kite is the Wau Bulan or Moon Kite. It is so named because its tailpiece resembles the crescent. Unique to the east coast state of Kelantan, these waus or giant flying kites are often as big as a man, measuring about 3.5 metres from head to tail. It is the largest kite around and is capable of soaring to great heights. Not surprisingly, kite-flying here is a sport for men as some kites require at least two grown up men to handle. Most of the patterns are based on local flora and fauna like birds, animals and flowers.

It usually fitted with a stringed bow which emits a soft, wailing sound when flown. Each kite is lavishly pasted with colorful designs and a work of art in it its own right. Kites are flown throughout the year but especially after the full moon harvest. Indeed, so remarkable is the Wau Bulan that the national carrier, the Malaysian Airline System, has chosen it as its logo, symbolising controlled flight.

MUZIUM NEGARA


Located in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur and set amongst its neighbourhood of historical buildings and romantic parkland, Muzium Negara’s architecture is a fine blend of the traditional Malay style and modern lines. The museum building, apart from being stimulative from the point of tradition also presents a panaromic view of the development of Malaysia, as depicted by the two large murals of Italian glass mosaic which extend across the Museum’s facade. Muzium Negara was officially opened on 31 August 1963, is a repository of Malaysia’s rich cultural and historical heritage.
Muzium Negara is a three storied structure of 109.7 meters long and 15.1 meters wide and 37.6 meters at the central point. The museum houses four main galleries specialising in ethnology and natural history. The displays range from free-standing tableau showing traditional cultural events like weddings, festivals and beautiful costumes; to the rich variety of weapons, musical instruments, arts and crafts, precious ceramics, and flora & fauna.



The Cultural Gallery on the first floor has a collection of various aspects of the incredibly diverse Malaysian culture. It juxtaposes some of the many different practices observed in Malaysia and provides an insight into the melting pot of Malaysian society. Displays of traditional costumes, furniture, foot wares, puppetry to important ceremonial customs, such as the Royal Malay Wedding Tableau, Royal Circumcision, Melaka Straits-born Chinese House and the Indian Wedding Ceremony; offer an insight into Malaysia’s ritual traditions and multicultural heritage.



The Faces of Malaysia Gallery offers a kaleidoscopic montage of the common Malaysian life, and one can take a peek into the many ethno-social traits of the Malay, Chinese, Indian and the ethnic communities from Sabah and Sarawak, the Orang Asli, Portuguese, Chettiar and other smaller ethnic communities who contribute to the diversity of the population living harmoniously. The visitor can also catch a glimpse of the major festivals celebrated by the local communities.

The Natural History Gallery displays the magnificence of Malaysian rain forest and offers specimens of the world’s oldest jungle flora and fauna. Specimens are set up in showcases and dioramas depicting birds and mammals in their habitats. An excellent collection of entomological specimens including butterflies and insects are also displayed. Highlights includes displays of a collection of exotic tropical seashells, the Orang Utan, Raja Brooke butterfly (t.brookiana albescens), Atlas bettle and the world’s largest flower, the Raffelsia.




The Weaponry and Traditional Musical Instruments Gallery has a fine collection of keris from all over the Malay world; with spears, daggers and other related armory. These weaponries demonstrate a technical superiority of the lethal kind and also as a tactile object of beauty. These objects are a true artistic testament of a highly developed and sophisticated culture and society.
The traditional musical instruments consists of a collection spanning a few centuries. Traditional Malay musical instruments are mainly of the percussion variety. They include the drums, gongs and stringed instruments. Chinese, Indian, Orang Asli and other ethnic musical instruments are juxtaposed in this gallery. The collection is a showcase of Malaysia’s symbol of art and creativity over the centuries and demonstrate the harmony of all the races and ethnicity.




Adorning the floor of the Central Hall are beautiful blue geometric-design mosaic tiles from Pakistan, with intricate carved panels on the ceiling of the hall. The Central Hall houses temporary exhibitions. The matic and special exhibitions are held at this hall at intervals to promote an awareness of the country’s incredibly diverse culture and heritage. Exhibitions of international flavours are held occasionally. Some of the more fascinating exhibitions been held at this hall included ‘The Islamic Civilization’, ‘Our King’, ‘The World of Flowers’, ‘Durian King of Fruits’, ‘Masks from Sarawak’, ‘World Currency’, ‘Islamic Frontiers of China’, ‘American Frontiers’, and ‘Religious Architecture from the Netherlands.



In close proximity to the museum building, there are a number of outdoor displays of transportation in Malaysia, past and present. An interesting exhibit is the Melaka Bullock Cart which closely resembles the early American horse-drawn wagon. Of unparallel interest are the Steam Locomotive made by Kitson & Co, England, which was put into service in 1921 until it ceased operation in 1969. It covered 1.5 million rail miles; a Tin Dredge which resembles a floating factory, on a natural or artifical lake. A major achievement of Malaysia is the manufacture of our first national car – the Proton Saga 1.3 litre, on 18 April 1985.