Malaysia is a tourist destination for travellers from all over the world. The scene from the aeroplane at the time of landing, is so densely green that you forget you are getting into a city like Kuala Lumpur. Palm trees cover the entire area giving it a forest look. Once inside the city you are greeted with greenery everywhere. The Petronas Twin Tower, KL Tower and Genting Highlands are the spots frequented by tourists.
We embarked on a family tour making arrangements for stay and travel from a local travel agency at Malaysia and Singapore. It was a 5 nights and 6 days tour - 2 nights at Malaysia and 3 nights at Singapore.
How to reach?
Started from Mumbai International Airport on 23rd May 2017 at 0145 hrs (IST) by Malaysia Airlines and reached Kuala Lumpur at 0930 hrs (local time).
All major cities of the world are connected to Malaysia by air. From India there are flights operating from most of the major cities. Mumbai to Kuala Lumpur takes about 5 hours.
There are different options for the tour. (1) via Bangkok (Thailand) to Malaysia (2) via Singapore to Malaysia.
From Bangkok there is train service to Malaysia which takes about 2 days. There is also regular bus service from Thailand to Malaysia or from Singapore to Malaysia. There is also an option to hire a car from Thailand or Singapore to Malaysia.
Where to stay?
There are a large number of hotels in George Town, Penang Island and in Kuala Lumpur from low range to higher range and five star hotels.
90 kms from the city of Kuala Lumpur in the town of Sepang, there is a sea-side resort 'Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort'. The cottages and rooms in this resort are built on the sea which reminds you of some of the resorts in Maldives. The sit out provided to each of the cottages is such a relaxation point that you can hear the slow lapping of the water to the pillars of the cottages and also a view of the ocean. This resort is an ideal spot for a family to relax with indoor games, swimming pool, cycling and excursion to nearby spots etc.
Located in a isolated area from the hustle and bustle of city, this is an ideal spot to spend time with nature.
What to see
There is a shrine inside the hill and you are required to climb 272 steps to reach there. The steps are well laid out and there is a small waterfall flowing on the side of the steps to the caves. There is a huge statue of Lord Murugan installed near the steps to the caves. Monkeys are an attraction with the tourists here.
Genting Highlands :
This is another popular tourist spot. The cable car ride to the top of the mountain is truly an unforgettable experience.
Once you reach the Genting Highlands First World Plaza building, there is an attraction of 'Snow World' in 2B where inside the temperature is regulated at -5 to -6 degrees. You are provided with coats and shoes to sustain the freezing temperature. But unlike the name suggests, there is no actual snow to be seen inside the premises but only the freezing temperature with a few idols and pictures.
Vision City Games Park is a huge gaming arcade located in 2A of the complex. Concerts, entertainment shows and public events are also occasionally held at First World Plaza at their Pavilion Hall.
The Plaza also provides shopping including fashion apparel, electronics, jewellery, souvenirs, bags, shoes and leather items from over 90 retail outlets. There are many restaurants to cater to the taste of different people.
The place is under expansion to include more entertainment items.
Petronas Twin Towers:
88 storied twin tower buildings with the interconnecting bridge on the 41st floor is a symbol of Malaysia's progress and achievements.
It is said that the contract to build the towers were assigned to two different companies just to ensure that they were completed within the allotted time and according to the design. Both the twin tower building look alike providing a illuminated view in the night. You get a panoramic view of the city of Kuala Lumpur from the 86th floor of this engineering marvel.
Adjacent to the Petronas Twin Towers is this majestic structure of KL Tower at a height of 421 metres.
This is a tallest structure in Southeast Asia and seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world. It is best place to experience Malaysia culture, adventure and nature.
Malaysia is a country full of greenery which is extended even to its prestigious cities like Kuala Lumpur.