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Malaysia - Tourist attractions
Bustling cities with colossal buildings, historical landmarks and museums, religious sites, luxurious hotels, great shopping and even better food... This is Malaysia, a mix of tradition and modernity.
• Kuala Lumpur. Literally meaning "muddy estuary" in Malay, the capital of Malaysia has grown from a small sleepy village to a bustling metropolis (population 4.2 million) in just 50 years. With the world's cheapest five-star hotels, great shopping and even better food, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
• Putrajaya. The administrative centre of Malaysia, known for its lavish buildings, bridges and man-made lakes.
• Ipoh. The capital of Perak, famous for its Chinese food, tin mines and limestone mountains and caves.
• George Town. The cultural and cuisine capital of Penang, Georgetown offer a glimpse into the town's colonial times.
• Johor Bahru. A bustling city but one with little of interest for the casual tourist, it is a significant regional transport hub and manufacturing hub.
• Kuching. It is a great home-base for jungle trekking and exploring Borneo. Kuching's major sights are its museums.
• Malacca. This historical city of Malaysia is the center of Peranakan culture.
• Batu Ferringhi. With its white sandy beaches, luxurious hotels and restaurants... is a favourite spot for both local and tourist alike.
Some of the most stunningly beautiful things about Malaysia are its tropical islands. And there's more to them than sun, sand and surf: particularly on the East Coast and Borneo's Sipadan there are coral reefs and hence excellent diving.
• Perhentian Islands. Glittering jewels off the East Coast still undiscovered by mass tourism.
• Redang Island. A popular destination for scuba divers. It is famous for its crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and the tropical fish that inhabit the numerous reefs, many within 50 feet of the shore.
• Sipadan Island. The island is known above all for some of the best scuba diving anywhere in the world.
• Tenggol Island. It is simply the best diving in Peninsula Malaysia.
• Tioman Island. Once nominated one of the most beautiful islands in the world it is a haven for scuba divers from around the region.
• Labuan. A group of one large and six smaller islands in East Malaysia that lie off the coast of Borneo. It's known as a duty free island and a hangout place for Bruneians during weekends.
• Langkawi. Newly developed West Coast island home to some of Malaysia's most opulent resorts and the Pulau Paya Marine Park. The island was at one time touted as "Malaysia's best-kept secret".
• Lang Tengah. White sandy beaches and clear blue waters good for snorkeling and diving.
• Penang Island. A former British colony known as the "Pearl of the Orient", and bustling island city with excellent cuisine.
• Pangkor Island. A fishing community and less well-known tourist destination off the west coast.
There are various beautiful national parks in Malaysia. There are many different types of expeditions available, ranging from those where you hardly lose sight of the hotel to those were you are fully immersed in the jungle with only the guide and yourself if you are willing to pay the money! Tours vary from about 4 days to 2 weeks or more. It is very unlikely in most of the national parks for you to see a tiger or an elephant, this is only really likely if you are going to be staying for longer than a few days.
• Kinabalu National Park. Established as one of the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964, Taman Negara Kinabalu (in Malay) is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site.
• Endau Rompin National Park. The 2nd designated National Park of Malaysia contains the world's oldest rainforest and the volcanic rocks there date 240 million years!
• Taman Negara National Park. This national park is one of the best known and the oldest national parks in Malaysia. It is famous for its rainforest and its easy way to get around.
• Gunung Mulu National Park. Named after the 2,377m Mount Mulu (Gunung Mulu), Taman Negara Gunung Mulu (in Malay) is famed for its limestone karst formations both above ground and underground. The massive cave systems, which contain the 12 million cubic meter Sarawak Chamber (the world's largest), is still in the process of being mapped.
• Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. The park comprises of 49 square kilometers of which two-thirds are sea, and the rest is coral reefs and five islands: Gaya, Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi and Sulug.
• Other national parks