2008 Calender of Malaysia

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Malaysia Year 2008 Public Holidays

01/Jan - New Year's Day
10/Jan - Awal Muhram
07-08/Feb - Chinese New Year
20/Mar - Prophet Mohd's Birthday
01/May - Labour Day
19/May - Wesak Day
07/Jun - Agong / King's Birthday
31/Aug - National/Merdeka Day
01-02/Oct - Hari Raya Puasa
27/Oct - Deepavali
08/Dec - Hari Raya Haji
25/Dec - Christmas Day
29/Dec - Awal Muharam

Malaysia School Term Holidays 2008

1st Mid Term Break = 08/Mar-16/Mar
2nd Mid Term Break = 24/May-08/Jun
3rd Mid Term Break = 16/Aug-24/Aug
Year End Break = 15/Nov-04/Jan/2009

Singapore School Term Holidays 2008

Semester 1 Term 1 Break = 08/Mar-16/Mar
Semester 1 Term 2 Break = 24/May-22/Jun
Semester 2 Term 1 Break = 30/Aug-07/Sep
Semester 2 Term 2 Break = 15/Nov-31/Dec

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Malaysia Airlines, one of only five carriers in the world with a five star ranking, is offering a complimentary first class upgrade to business class travelers flying to Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and other destinations in Southeast and South Asia. Effective immediately, full-fare business passengers may upgrade to first class, subject to seat availability, on long-haul flights originating in Los Angeles. Tickets are valid for one year from date of outbound travel.

First class travel aboard Malaysia Airlines is the ultimate in luxury and hospitality. Newly designed cabins feature high tech seats with a massage feature and convert to comfortable, flat-bed sleeping pods. A large wooden dining table and buddy seat, allows passengers to dine together. Dining is รก la carte and served whenever the passenger desires. An array of ethnic and continental menu items is available and a must-try is the airline's award-winning signature dish, grilled satay with a spicy peanut sauce. Fine china and Italian glassware, and an extensive wine and spirits offering, make dining a pleasure. Modern in-flight entertainment features audio and video on demand, with 350 options viewed on a 15-inch LCD touch screen. Mood lighting in the cabin, automatic window shades and an extra large lavatory with full-length mirror are just some of the features available for first-class passengers.

Business First tickets may be purchased by calling the Malaysia Airlines Premiere Desk at 888-627-8477 or through a travel agent. For more details log onto http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/main_US.aspx

Sample roundtrip fares for Business First tickets from Los Angeles (LAX):

$4,730 Business Class Taipei
$6,800 Business Class Kuala Lumpur or Singapore

Details:

Offer is good anytime, based on availability. Valid only on Malaysia Airlines flights and applies on sectors where there are first and business class cabins (long-haul sectors). Unlimited stopovers are allowed on route, where applicable. Children and infant discounts apply. Can be used for one-way or round-trip journeys. Travel must originate from Los Angeles. Commissionable to travel agents at five percent. Booking class is "A." Other restrictions may apply.

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Sandakan’s first boutique hotel, the RM40-million @ease waterfront hotel — located within the RM450 million Sandakan Harbour Square — will be opened on Dec 23.

The hotel, which overlooks the Sandakan Harbour, has 138 deluxe rooms and suites, business centre and banquet facilities and it is targeting corporate clients, businessmen and tourists.

It would be the first hotel within the Sandakan Harbour Square and fourth hotel under the three-star category in Sandakan.

Sandakan has many attractions to offer including the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, the Kinabatangan river and eco-tourism.

Source: The Edge

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MAS increase its flights to Delhi

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Effective 07th January 2008, Malaysia Airlines the national carrier of Malaysia will increase its flight frequency from Delhi gateway. The airline will now fly two additional flights on Delhi - Kuala Lumpur routes. With this flight addition, Malaysia Airlines will now operate 9 weekly flights from its current 7 flights per week.

The new flights will be operational every Monday and Saturday at 1215 Hrs respectively. With this addition, the total seat capacity operational on this gateway will be 2549 seats from earlier 2030, comprising of 378 seats in business class and 2171 seats in economy class.

The additional flights will be serviced by A-330-300 / A-330-200 aircrafts. Malaysia Airline is also offering a promotional airfare on Penang, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur sectors. The Delhi – Kula Lumpur sector is competitively priced at INR 10,530.

In India market, Malaysia Airlines has already enhanced its flight frequency from South Indian gateways of Chennai and Bangalore. The airline has also launched its travel arm - Golden Holidays. Targeting the India leisure travel segment, Golden Holidays is being promoted and marketed by Kuoni Holidays.

With Malaysia Airlines new flight enhancement from Delhi gateway, the airline will now operate 32 weekly flights from its present five gateways in India comprising of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The airline will offer 9 flights per week from New Delhi and Chennai, 7 weekly flights from Mumbai, 4 flights from Bangalore and 3 flights from Hyderabad. Internationally, Malaysia Airlines is recognized as one of Asia's largest, flying passengers to some 100 destinations across 6 continents everyday.

The airline holds a lengthy record of service and best practices excellence having received more than 100 awards in the last 10 years. The most notable ones include being the first airline to win the "World's Best Cabin Crew" by Skytrax UK consecutively from 2001 until 2004 and also in 2007, "5-star airline" for three consecutive years, 2005-2007, as well as No.1 for "Economy Class Onboard Excellence 2006" also by Skytrax UK.

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In conjunction with the coming 2008 Malaysian Formula One Race, The Saujana Kuala Lumpur is offering special rates on all of its rooms and suites.

Starting now, travelers to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia can avail of the discounted rates when they book any of the rooms and suites at The Saujana KL Hotel for the period of March 19 to 23, 2008. The 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix is scheduled on March 21 to 23, 2008.

These special rates are inclusive of Continental breakfast and evening cocktails at the hotel’s Bayu Lounge. The hotel is only 45 minutes away by car from the Sepang International Circuit – the venue of the Formula 1 Race 2008.

The Saujana is a premier hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with a unique, low-rise styled structure nestled in sprawling green surroundings. This Kuala Lumpur hotel offers three selections of plush rooms – from Standard and Deluxe to Executive Suites. Each room is furnished with abundant amenities like private bathroom, mini-bar, hair dryer, Internet access, cable TV, telephone, coffee/tea maker, and many more.

To view the special rates, visit the hotel website: www.thesaujana-kualalumpur.com.

The Saujana Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Malaysia

Phone Number: 603 7843 1234
Fax Number: 603 7846 2789

About The Saujana Kuala Lumpur Hotel

The Saujana Kuala Lumpur is a five-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia offering elegant and comfortable accommodations for vacationers as well as business travelers. The hotel is set amidst rolling greens ideal for a peaceful hideaway.

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Malaysian International Batik Festival

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MIBF is held in conjunction with Kuala Lumpur International Batik (KLIB) Convention and Exhibition 2007.

24 Nov Children’s Batik Fashion Contest25 Nov Family Batik Design Competition & BatikFun Walk

1 Dec Family Batik Hunt2 Dec Children’s Batik Painting ContestThese events will be held at Esplanade, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) except for BatikFun Walk.+603 8024 6500

24 Nov - 2 Dec Malaysian Batik FestivalThis event brings batik producers and designers from around Malaysia to the capital to showcase their products and services.

30 Nov - 1 Dec ConventionSpeakers and experts from around the world to Kuala Lumpur to share their knowledge and expertise.

24 Nov - 2 Dec 5th Piala Seri Endon24 & 25 Nov Heats: Round 22 Dec Grand Final of the Piala Seri Endon

Launched in 2003, the aim of the Piala Seri Endon batik design competition is to provide a platform for Malaysia’s batik making talent.The entry forms are available @ Penyayang - Malaysia Batik Crafted for the World [PDF]. There are 3 categories:Fashion CategorySoft Furnishing CategoryHandicraft Category

Exhibition 30 Nov - 2 DecFor details, contact Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia / e-mail: yabpm@tm.net.my

Organiser: Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia+603 8946 0222

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Fireflyz now offers hotel services

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Community airline, Firefly, has introduced a new service that will allow its customers to book their flights and hotel accommodation at its website.

Firefly Holidays would complement the company's flights in providing customers the ease of making their travel plans.

With links to almost 140 hotels in Malaysia and Thailand as a start, Firefly Holidays is offering options to the customers in finding accommodation that best suit their needs and wants.

Here are some of the list of hotels and rates:

Phuket
from
Patong Lodge Hotel
MYR138
Kata Poolside Resort
MYR169
Karon Sea Sands Resort and Spa
MYR235
Club Bamboo Boutique Resort
MYR258
Baan Krating Phuket Resort
MYR338

Penang
from
The Merchant Hotel
MYR90
Hydro Majestic Hotel
MYR210
The Gurney Hotel And Residences
MYR247
Hotel Equatorial Penang
MYR334

Kuantan
from
Best Western Suria Cherating Beach Resort
MYR174
Swiss Garden Resort Kuantan
MYR245

Kota Bharu
from
Juita Inn
MYR108

Koh Samui
from
Baan Samui Resort
MYR456
Paradise Beach Resort
MYR626
Bo Phut Resort and Spa
MYR877

Langkawi
from
Langkasuka Hotel
MYR73
Eagle Bay Hotel
MYR100
Langkasuka Beach Resort
MYR118
Langkawi Lagoon Resort
MYR408

K.Terengganu
from
Best Western Merang Suria Resort
MYR174
Perhentian Island Resort
MYR243

Kuala Lumpur
from
Citrus Hotel Kuala Lumpur
MYR180
Swiss Garden Hotel Kuala Lumpur
MYR226
Cititel Mid Valley
MYR231
Boulevard Hotel Kuala Lumpur
MYR238

More hotel, check out their website Fireflyz.com.my

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LIMA 2007 in Langkawi

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Visitors to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) 2007, from Dec 4 to 8, have been promised a show like never before.

A huge fleet of ships and planes would be on display at the biennial event. The maritime exhibition areas, have been extended to 10,000 square feet from the previous 7,000-odd square feet. It is confirmation that 85 aircraft from 20 countries, including France, Russia and Germany will be involved in the exhibition,” he said.

There are many highlights in store at Lima, such as battlefield simulation of an airfield seizure, the Royal Australian Airforce's Red Arrows aerobatic display and the presentation of the recently acquired Sukhoi aircrafts. A submarine from India has also been slated as a major attraction.

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It will be a showdown of world-class chefs as they showcase the best of their culinary delights in the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2007.


The Festival, held from 2 - 29 November will see chefs from several hotels, notably residing in Malaysia, dishing out their skills in preparing a wide range of cuisine, from Chinese and Pan-Asians to Japanese, French, Mediterranean, Thai and Italian. The culinary delights may be highlighted in the festival, but continuance sampling of their skills can carry on for the rest of the year!

For almost a month, Malaysia's finest restaurants offer exclusive menus, promotions and events that will tempt even the most discerning connoisseur. This year a record of 30 Malaysia's best Master Chefs and restaurants combine throughout November to present a smorgasbords of special menus at unbeatable prices.

Among the participating restaurants are Avanti (Italian), Bossa Nova (Brazilian), Chalet (Swiss), Chynna (Hong Kong), The Emperor (Chinese), Enak KL (Malay), Genji (Japanese), Gobo (Italy), Le Francais (French) and a host of others.

Held annually since 2001, it is an event that brings together Malaysia's top restaurants and now it is firmly established as Malaysia's premier fine dining event.

Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF2007)
Date : Nov 2 - 29 2007
Venue : Various hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Website : http://www.migf.com/

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Tourism Malaysia today launched the availability of Siti, its new digital brand ambassador to help it achieve the goals set under the Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

Siti is a Windows Live Agent that will enable Tourism Malaysia to engage more powerfully with consumers on the digital front and reach more than 285 million Windows Live Messenger users across multiple markets worldwide - anywhere, any time, on any device.

I actually added siti to my messenger and try out the application. See below..


It is actually pre-set question and answer where you will have to choose the information needed by key in the relevant number.. as of now, there is only English language. More additional languages are expected soon..

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AIG Travel Guard is pleased to announce enhanced features to many of its most popular travel insurance plans!
  • Cancel for Any Reason now available as an optional add-on for Cruise Tour & Travel, Protect Assist and My Travel Guard.
  • Children at No Additional Cost age 17 and under on Protect Assist
  • Cancel for Work Reasons is now available as an optional add-on on Cruise Tour & Travel, Protect Assist, and My Travel Guard. With the purchase of this option comes Travel Guard’s “Business Assistant” services for business travelers, including emergency dictation and business correspondence assistance; “411” global directory service; wireless accessory replacement assistance; and more.
  • Maximum Trip Cancellation Limit Raised to $100,000 (from $15,000)on Cruise, Tour & Travel, Protect Assist, Essential Expanded, Travel Guard Essential and My Travel Guard

Travel Guard Insurance

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Baba and Nyonya in Melaka

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In melaka, there is a race from Chinese that have been living here for a long time, they are Baba and Nyonya community..

Peranakan, Baba-Nyonya and Straits Chinese are terms used for the descendants of the very early Chinese immigrants to the Nusantara region, including both the British Straits Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled island of Java among other places, who have partially adopted Malay customs in an effort (chronological adaptation) to be assimilated into the local communities.

Baba House Museum in Melaka, Malaysia, an area where many Peranakan Straits Chinese lived.The word Peranakan is also used to describe Chinese Indonesians. In both Malay and Indonesian, 'Peranakan' means 'descendants'. Babas refer to the male descendants and the Nyonyas the female. The word nyonya (also commonly spelled nonya) may originate from the Portuguese word dona, which means 'lady'.

Most Peranakan are of Hoklo (Hokkien) ancestry, although a fair denomination of them are of the Teochew or Cantonese descent. Originally, the Peranakan were part Chinese, part Malay and part descended from the (non-Malay) original inhabitants of Singapore Island. Written records from the 19th and early 20th centuries show that Peranakan men usually took brides from within the local Peranakan community. Peranakan families also frequently imported brides from China and sent their daughters to China to find husbands. A small group of Indian Peranakans, known as the Chitty, does exist as well. Another similar group of Eurasian Peranakans also exist as Kristang people.

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Latest on MAS loyalty programme

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Effective 23 October 2007, Enrich loyalty members can earn and redeem on Virgin Blue (DJ) flights within Australia.

Malaysia Airlines, Enrich Loyalty programme and Virgin Blue partnership will continue to enhance travel benefits to their members. Virgin Blue flies to 22 cities within Australia including mainland capital cities. Malaysia Airlines will continue to work closely with Virgin Blue to offer more destinations within their network.

In addition, Velocity members can also earn and redeem on Malaysia Airlines. They can now enjoy more benefits when flying Malaysia Airlines to over 100 destinations worldwide. With more partners joining Enrich Loyalty programme, they can earn faster and fly faster on additional partner of carriers.

What’s more, visit their website Malaysia Airlines and it is free to join Malaysia Airlines, Enrich Loyalty programme.

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Welcome to the October 26, 2007 edition of Travel guide links. My idea here is to provide you with quality links on travel tips and guides. I hope these links will add value to your next outing. I also would like to thank the participants for their interesting links.

Jeet presents Bangalore Traffic, Human Angle posted at bangalorebeats, saying, "Learn about funny Bangalore traffic."

Rickey Henderson
presents Rickey's Vegas Odyssey posted at Riding with Rickey, saying, "An article about my recent trip to Las Vegas. Enjoy."

Susan Johnston presents Eco-Friendly Oahu posted at Go Oahu Card Blog.

poetloverrebelspy presents Cheap Digs? Try Apartment Rentals posted at Less Than a Shoestring, saying, "My blog covers a wide range of topics for travelers with limited budgets."

Amanda Harris presents Traveling Man posted at Pajama Mommy.

Jeet presents KSTDC Tour Packages posted at bangalorebeats, saying, "Learn about the operational KSTDC package tours from Bangalore. They have many tour but not all are available. Check this to view them and find how to contact them."

Pushpa Sathish presents Travelhacker » 27 Free Games to Keep Your Kids Entertained on a Road Trip posted at Travelhacker.

Mary Jo Manzanares presents The Paris Series: Preparation posted at Flyaway Cafe, saying, "Your trip to Paris starts before you ever leave home."

Dave Gooden presents Resort Section Update posted at Dave Gooden.

sasha presents A road map from the 18th century posted at Tempyra, saying, "Travelling in the pre-automobile days..."

Chris presents The Ancient Mystery of the ‘Plain Of Jars’ posted at nomad4ever.

blue skelton presents Stull Kansas posted at Blue Skelton Publications, saying, "Stull Kansas is one of the best places in the United States to go for Halloween. It is one of the few spots listed as actually being haunted in the United States. The previous Pope even labeled it the 7th Gateway to Hell. Or maybe it is just a creepy cemetary. Still this is your chance to read about a piece of Haunted History."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Travel guide links using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Finally, AirAsia has given the green light to fly on Kuala Lumpur - Singapore route. Personally I am surprised with this new. It looks like our government has become more open on competition. I am referring to Malaysia Airline and Singapore Airline. Definitely, after this there will be stiff competitions between these airline.

Well, I see it as good new for us as the customer. We have more choice to choose. We have more power in bargaining. It is the airline turn to please us. It is learned that AirAsia is given 2 daily flight each on non-peak hour. Tiger Airways, Singapore budget airline will also be offered the same route.

Both airlines are expected to start this route by January 2008.

Source: The Star

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Bako National Park, Sarawak

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Sarawak first national park, Bako National Park (Taman Negara Bako) which is gazetted in 1957 offers some of the best chances to see native animals in the wild. Located on a peninsula at the mouth of the Sarawak River, Bako’s relatively small area of 30 sq km (10 sq miles) is uniquely rich in both flora and fauna, offering examples of almost every vegetation group to be found in the state. Primary rainforest covers one side of the peninsula, while the other side offers a picturesque coastline of steep cliffs and sandy bays with beaches for swimming. Mud flats and sand bars support a great diversity of sea birds, as well as peculiar red crabs and mud skippers.

While it is possible to visit Bako on a day trip, the rewards are greater if you stay for one night at least - a visit of two or three nights is recommended. Some people stay for a month, relaxing in the natural environment and exploring all the park has to offer. Catch the sun setting over the coloured limestone karsts of the main beach, and enjoy the unearthly experience of walking in the luminous forest at night.

The dry plateau is home to the bizarre insect-eating flowers known as nepenthes or pitcher plants; eight species exist within the park’s confines. The coastal swamp forest is a favoured retreat of Borneo’s endemic proboscis, or long-nosed, monkey, the long-tailed macaque, bearded pig and sambar deer, some of which find their way down to the beaches. Within the park is a good system of well-marked paths; ask for a guide map at the Park Ranger’s Office. Settle down and get ready to explore the wonders of Bako.

A magnificent plankwalk leads through a tidal mangrove forest that changes character throughout the day with the rise and fall of the sun, and the ebb and flow of the tide. Here in the early morning, when the water is low, lucky visitors may encounter the shy proboscis monkey or the silver leaf monkey, feasting on the young leaves. Tread quietly and keep your eyes wide open. The popular Lintang Trail leads through nearly all the vegetation types and up to the arid plateau where pitcher plants can be found at the scrub.

Within the park, accommodation is available at the resthouse, dormitories and chalets at the headquarters at Teluk Assam. A small shop supplies basic provisions which you can cook yourself, or the canteen offers a perfectly acceptable menu. Beware the cheeky long-tailed macaques who will try their best to find their way into your chalet kitchen or even steal food right off the table in the main dining area. They are a basketball of trouble, providing staff in Kuching at the Visitors’ Information Centre, close to Sarawak Museum.

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Here are some interesting and practical tips to keep your hotel room Bug FREE..



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Amazing Race Asia 2

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The racers for season 2 has been revealed. There are 2 teams from Malaysia i.e. Pamela and Vanessa Chong and Douglas and Tan. All women team this season for Malaysia. I need to commend on this Pamela and Vanessa are babe! Go Pamela Go Vanessa!

Tara 2 will kick off on the AXN channel (Astro channel 701) next month with two teams each from Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines, and one each from Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand all vying for the US$100,000 (RM350,000) prize money

It is really getting hot now! With money and babe, certainly it will the hottest race ever... More infor, check Amazing Race Asia 2

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The airline would commence twice-day flights between Penang and Subang from October 29, with bookings available online from today.

Firefly is a subsidiary of MAS which operates turbo propeler plane. It previous operates from Penang only to Koh Samui and Eastern states i.e. Kelantan and Terengganu.

For more information, please check out Flyfirez.com.my

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Ferry to Tioman Island

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If you're planning to visit Tioman Island soon, please double check with your travel agent. On Saturday, the ferry with 106 people was on its way to Pulau Tioman when it caught fire. Four people died and three are still missing.

As a result, the ferry's operator, Seagull Express and Accommodation Sdn Bhd (Seagull), has been directed to stop operations pending investigations.

There will be delay and not enough ferry available. Please ensure you have ample time for travelling especially flight time.
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This topic is very relevant to my blog. Malaysia is a country that has nature resources i.e. it is one of its great assets. Most of tourist visit Malaysia is because of its nature environment i.e flora and fauna. I urged to all of our tourists - current and future.. to really take care of our environment, bring back all your bottle or plastic covers etc from your hiking to Mount Kinabalu, no bring back the corals, see only please. Don't destroy our treasure for our children..

Please support this movement. It is for the good of every single person in this planet. Make a better place for our future generations...

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F2000 World Cup Powerboat in Sabah

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Twenty world-class powerboat drivers from 11 countries, including reigning champion Alex Carella of Italy, will vie for honours in the inaugural 2007 Sabah F2000 World Cup Powerboat Race in this coming 1st - 2nd December.

As the last race of the year, the Sabah leg will surely be a thriller when the drivers push themselves to the limit to claim the final honours of the season. This prestigious world-class event was timely as it coincides with Visit Malaysia Year 2007 campaign.

Source: Bernama

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I would like to plead to all bloggers around the world to participate in the upcoming blog for a good cause. Blogging to save our enviroment..

Since launch not only have thousands of bloggers pledged to post, but the initiative has also been featured in the press - including the very prestigious Wired Magazine, the call for bloggers has been translated into 20 languages, huge blogs like Lifehacker have committed to participating, some very large organisations like the United Nations Environmental Programme, the Opera Community and social portal Reddit have pledged to promote and the momentum is still building!

Checkout this video presentation about the initiative...

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Redang - Paradise Island

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Redang Island, locally known as Pulau Redang or just "Redang" is one of the largest islands off the east coast of Malaysia. It is a popular holiday island for Malaysians, most of whom come on package deals to one of the resorts. Redang is one of nine islands, which form a marine park, and which offer snorkeling and diving opportunities.

The island is also an important conservation site for sea turtles. Previously, the indiscriminate economic exploitation of turtle eggs had caused fewer turtles returning to nest on the island. The waters around Pulau Redang also contain two historic shipwrecks. H.M.S Prince of Wales and H.M.S Repulse were sunk here at the start of World War II, setting the stage for the Japanese occupation of Malaya.

The Pulau Redang archipelago comprises Pulau Redang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling and Pulau Pinang. Pulau Redang is the biggest of all the islands in the Marine Park, measuring about 7 km long and 6 km wide. It's highest peak is Bukit Besar at 359 metres above sea level. The boundary of the Pulau Redang Marine Park is established by a line linking all points 2 nautical miles from the shores of Pulau Redang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu and Pulau Pinang.

The other nearby islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Kapas and Pulau Susu Dara are also gazetted and protected as Marine Parks. Today, only the bigger islands like Redang, Lang Tengah, Perhentian and Kapas have resort facilities for visitors.

Best Time to Visit
Best Time To VisitBetween March and October. Take note that most resorts are closed during the North-east Monsoon, which blows from November to February

How to Get There

No matter which way you choose to arrive, a marine park fee (RM5) is levied on all visitors to the island. Transfers can be arranged directly with resorts.

By plane
Berjaya Air has recently opened an airstrip on Redang (code RDN), located on the north side of the island near the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort. As of July 2005, there is one daily flight each to and from Kuala Lumpur (RM249 one-way) and Singapore (RM350 one-way). Tha airport is connected by roads to both of Berjaya's own resorts and to the southern fishing port, however transfers from the airport to anywhere else will require a combined car & ferry ride that must be arranged in advance.

By boat
The traditional way to get to Redang is by boat. The main jetty is at Merang, some 30 km north from Kuala Terengganu. From Merang, the trip to Pasir Panjang takes about 40 minutes on comfortable, large speedboats and prices are more or less standardized at RM40/80 one-way/return.

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Hari Raya Aidilfitri Celebration and Open House
20 October 2007 Until 11 November 2007

To mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and the beginning of Syawal, a month-long celebration is held. Abundant food and delicacies are shared amongst the guests. Visitors can participate in the many official "open houses" that take place during this month.

Place: Terengganu
Phone: 603-26127600
Fax: 603-26935114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: http://www.heritage.gov.my

Malaysia International Gourmet Festival
2 November 2007 Until 29 November 2007

The country's premier gastronomic event, the annual Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) brings to the limelight some of the world's best chefs who make their home in Malaysia.
Venue: Throughout Malaysia
Phone: 603-2284 2388 / 603-2282 8028
Website: http://www.migf.com/

World Drums Festival
3 November 2007 Until 10 November 2007

A cultural event showcasing a variety of percussion instruments and drums from all around the world. This event will feature ten groups of drummers. Come and enjoy a marvellous evening filled with great rhythm and music.
Venue: Dataran Sri Kemang, Batu 8, Teluk Kemang, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Phone: 603-9200 6568 / 603-9200 8758
Fax: 603-9200 8759
Email: info@malaysiaworlddrums.com
Website: http://www.malaysiaworlddrums.com/

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Melaka's first new international hotel in over 10 years, the 20-storey RM68 million Holiday Inn Melaka, opened for business Monday at Bandar Hilir here.

The hotel overlooks the Straits of Melaka and is a short walk away from historic attractions such as the The Stadhuys, St Peter's Church and Jonker Street.

The four-star hotel has 275 guest rooms including four floors of executive club rooms, 10 suites and a presidential suite.The hotel is being managed by the InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest hotel group with over 3,650 hotels and 543,775 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories.

Source : Bernama

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Be careful ! Take care yourself..

Posted by Tuan Rumah | 9:22 AM | | 0 comments »

I read this shocking news from the star online about a woman who was murdered at one of budget hotel here in Kuala Lumpur. The motive is still unknown. Police rule out the motive as robbery as all his personal belongings are still intact.

A hotel staff member who rushed to the third-floor room when receive call from the victim and found the guest sprawled on a blood-soaked bed, with slash wounds on her chest and neck.

She was found stabbed three times on her chest and slashed once on her neck. The alleged intruder, believed to be a Myanmar national, then escaped.
I urge all our guests to take a good care of yourself and belongings. It is unfortunate that this has happened. I'm sure the police has already start working on this case at this very moment..
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Gold Coast flight is now open

Posted by Tuan Rumah | 8:23 AM | | 1 comments »


Air Asia X will start its first flight to Gold Coast Australia in November. Its website has already included the destination for booking. It is certainly another great milestone for Air Asia and Malaysia. BRAVO!!

The promotion price for the single trip is only RM50. I actually went and queried for the flight but only can find economic promo for RM400++ and X promo for RM1,200++. Although it is not RM50, but hey! still cheap. Cheaper than its competitor JetStar.

Why not check out yourself at www.airasia.com

I will definite book a ticket to Gold Coast soon! May be early next year.. can't wait..

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About 600 fish worth hundreds of thousands of ringgit have mysteriously died at Langkawi Underwater World.

Police believe the fish, which included sharks and stingrays, were poisoned. They have also not ruled out sabotage as the fish started dying just before closing time.


Among the sharks that died were the blacktip, whitetip, leopard and nurse sharks.

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First Malaysian Astronaut

Posted by Tuan Rumah | 8:16 PM | | 1 comments »


10 October 2007, a new Malaysian history will be made. The first Malaysian astronaut, Dr Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar will go to space. It is certainly a huge achievement for Malaysia. What a way to send our people to space.. on our country 50th anniversary! This achievement is also covered by FOXNews.com

Dr Faiz is the second backup crew. He is certainly well capable as Dr Sheikh. Both of them blog about their experience and journey towards going to space.

I feel so proud as Malaysian. It is not just a dream anymore, it is going to be
reality!
Malaysia BOLEH!!

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As most of you all know, I am one of the top 5 in recent All Malaysian Bloggers' contest. Well, I have got mine prizes already. I went to Sunway Pyramid to pick it up. Thank you The Star! Thank you every one!

Since I'm going to stay there for 3 days 2 nights there, I might as well write about the hotel. Awana Genting Highlands is near to Kuala Lumpur. It is just an hour from KL. It is located on the way to Genting Theme park which is situated on the top to the peak. I have been there many times. I love the weather, much cooler than KL. Sometimes there are a lot of fog and difficult to see the road too.. It has a abundant greenery and lush panoramas. It is certainly a prefect short get away for most KLian especially during short weekend break.

These are some of the facilities and services available in the hotel:

Tennis, Football filed, Squash, Badminton, Heated pool, Snooker & pool, table tennis, driving range volley ball court, karaoke, archery, horse riding, 18-hole golf course etc..

WOW! There are a lot of things to do.. definitely want to test the horse riding, never been on a horse before. I heard it is a very good exercise, even our previous PM, Dr Mahathir choose horse riding as his favorite past time...

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I stumbled upon this excellence website, http://www.affendy.com through google alert today. By the way, this is not a sponsored post. The author offers professional photograph services in Langkawi. I thought it is an excellence idea. Langkawi is beautiful and have excellence scenic view. By hiring a good professional photographer, you will be guaranteed an excellence and memorable pictures.

I browse through their pictures gallery and blog. I must say that this photographer produces quality pictures. I even read the guest signed book and noted that most of their previous clients are happy and satisfied with their services. Although I never use them before, from my observation through their website and feedbacks received from the clients, I have no doubt to recommend them to you.

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This is a very exciting development in Malaysia especially in Kuala Lumpur. Although more shopping malls means more traffic jam, but these Malls will bring more economical benefits to all of us i.e. more jobs created, more customers choices etc.

All of them are racing to open this month is because of festive and holiday seasons are right at the corner. Hari Raya is in mid-October, followed by Deepavali in November and Christmas and the school holidays in December.

Come Sept 20, the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur will start its business. It is located on Jalan Bukit Bintang. Among the top brands available are Aigner, Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hermes, Hugo Boss and Versace. They are also introducing new brands in Malaysia like Joan & David, Kiehl's, LIULIGONGFANG, Mandarina Duck, Okaidi & Obaibi, Reiss, Shanghai Tang and Thomas Pink.

Then on Sept 26, The Garden Galleria at Mid Valley will opens its door. This upmarket fashion-focused shopping gallery will be anchored by Robinsons of Singapore and Isetan of Japan. Exclusive international fashion labels from the Melium, The Link, FJ benjamin and Royal Sporting House will be available including some of the current favourites like Coach, Hugo Boss, Aigner, Banana Republic, Ted Baker and Massimo Dutti.

Lastly on Sept 30, Sunway Pyramid will re-open its doors to the public. The mall has made 360 degree makeover. It kept its branding i.e. the themed shopping mall.

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Fed vs Pete's ticket on sale tomorrow

Posted by Tuan Rumah | 6:33 PM | | 8 comments »

Finally, I got to know that the "Clash of Times" tickets are on sale starting from tomorrow. There are quite a number of queries about this games on my blog. Certainly everyone is looking forward to this match. I certainly confident that it will be a memorable one.

The tickets are priced between RM83 to RM443.(Refer to the seating plan) This is a hotline +603 7880 7999 to buy the tickets. The match will take place on Nov 22 at the Melawati Stadium in Shah Alam Selangor.

This is an update on my previous post.

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All Muslims in Malaysia will start fasting starting from tomorrow for whole 1 month. Ramadhan is the best month for me particularly because this is the month I'm close to God. Beside fasting, there are lots of other things that are really interesting during this month. One of them the famous Ramadhan bazaars. It is seen as a great time to feast.

The Ramadhan bazaar can best be described as a trend that became a culture. Long before the fast ends at sunset, hundreds of stalls selling various foods sprout throughout the country by roadsides, fields, market places and even malls. These stalls last only through the Ramadhan and are run by temporary operators. This phenomenon, which sweeps through every nook and corner of Malaysia, is regarded as one of the most exciting annual happenings. The reason Well, each visitor will have to visit the Ramadhan bazaar for him or herself to understand the fervor it sparks off.

The scene that greets one at a bazaar is nothing short of astounding. Food in all colors, forms and aromas stimulate the senses. From Malaysia's signature dishes to hard-to-find home recipes, all of these delectable treats their ways to the tabletops of the vendors. Hundreds of dishes from every state in Malaysia can be found in just one place. From the north, the piquant 'laksa,' rich 'nasi kandar,' 'nasi lemuni' and delicious 'pasembor' tempt buyers with the very sight. More rice variations like the 'nasi dagang,' 'nasi kerabu' and grilled items like 'ikan and ayam percik' as well as the rich soupy 'laksam' are a few contributions from the east coast states. The southern state of Johor offers its famed 'nasi biryani,' 'laksa Johor,' 'mee bandung' and 'soto'. Added to this list are colorful deserts and fresh tropical fruit juices that would soothe the parched throats of the fasting community.

A few of Kuala Lumpur's top bazaars can be found in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Jalan Raja Alang, Kampung Baru and Masjid India. Although every district in the capital is awash with bazaars, these particular ones seem to stretch endlessly, making it almost impossible to browse through the whole area, let alone savor the dishes. The already famous food capital of Penang gets even busier during this period. Visit the bazaars at Gelugor and Bayan Baru and see why Penang takes the crown for cuisine excellence. In Alor Setar, Kedah, the Darul Aman Stadium is another notable bazaar location. Over the east coast at Kota Bahru, the Parit Dalam bazaar offers a delightful feast as well. Here, the fare leans towards eastern and Thai specialties.

To all Muslims, Happy fasting!

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Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

Posted by Tuan Rumah | 9:02 AM | | 2 comments »


Hotel Maya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has recently opened online reservation on its website (http://www.hotelmaya-kualalumpur.com/). Guests can now reserve direct with the hotel at the lowest rates online and acquire booking guarantees through a safe deposit-payment scheme with instant confirmation.

The new user-friendly reservation system displays 14 days of real-time room availability and type matched with the best rates. This feature allows guests to select accommodations that suit both their style and budget. They can secure a guarantee by making a 10% deposit payment (to be deducted from total room cost), ensuring the availability of the room upon their arrival to the hotel. An e-mail is sent promptly as confirmation after the booking process. Modifications of reservation arrangements are entertained without extra cost if made within the specified grace period.

Hotel Maya is a charming boutique-styled hotel in bustling Kuala Lumpur. It offers 207 spacious rooms, including 107 suites, with rustic timber flooring, modern furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that frame the city's spectacular skyline. Each accommodation is equipped with broadband Internet, flat-screen TV and DVD player, and more. The facilities cater for both business and pleasure and are of first-class quality, with dining facilities, grand ballroom, conference rooms, fitness center, hydrotherapy pool, and spa, among others. The 5-star hotel sets a new benchmark for that unique Kuala Lumpur experience and prepares guests for an unforgettable stay.
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TOURISM industry players have given the thumbs-up to the generous allocation of RM858mil to boost the industry. Many also expressed confidence that it would make Malaysia a major tourist destination. There was no doubt the Government was serious about improving the quality of tourism facilities and tourism products.

With upgraded facilities such as better information counters and public toilets, for example, we will definitely be able to attract more tourists. Budget 2008 will also promote tourism activities in Sabah and Sarawak. RM200mil was allocated under the Tourism Infrastructure Fund for this purpose would provide much needed leverage to promote tourist sites there. It will also help solve the shortage of hotels for the many visitors who come here every year.

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KL International Tattoo 2007

Posted by Tuan Rumah | 10:58 PM | | 1 comments »

I am going to get tickets for my family. It is too good to be missed.. KL Internatinal Tattoo will be held at Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur from 7 to 9 September 2007. Sorry for the late notification on this, I missed out this before.. The grand opening ceremony will be on 8 September, 8.30pm.

There are a total of 13 teams from different countries are participating this year. They are Armed forces, Police forces, Army, Navy and Air Forces of Malaysia, Royal Regiment of Scotland, Defence Forces of New Zealand, Armed Forces of Brunei, Navy fleet of France, Armed Forces of Jordan, Navy Band of Korea, Tri-Services of India, Joint Services of Pakistan, Air Forces of Philippines, Armed Forces of Singapore, Thai Army Band and Fleet Ceremonial of USA.

The tickets are only RM10 for lower terrace and RM5 for upper terrace. The ticket can be purchased online http://www.axcess.com.my or hotline at 03-7711 5000

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Pickpocket occurs everywhere. It really dispute your holiday and I know this for fact since I was pickpocket before in Barcelona. It ruins all my plans, I lost my money and my credit cards. Luckily, I put my passport separately. So, this is some tips I gathered for travelers who are coming to Malaysia:

1. Never store your passport in a backpack or purse. Keep it on your person, preferably in the front pocket of your pants or an inside coat pocket. Passports are worth thousands of dollars on the black market, and they are your only source of identification when traveling in a foreign country.

2. Do not assume that everyone is trustworthy. It’s a sad fact, but many tourists each year are robbed because they were just too open and trusting. A bit of suspicion can go a long way. If someone you do not know walks up to you and tries to start an overly friendly conversation, beware. Talk, but be alert to your surroundings and personal belongings.

3. Don't leave your personal items unattended. Bring your purse, jacket, etc. with you when going to the restroom, a sales counter, etc. Do not expect the people around you to watch your stuff. Leaving your things at a restaurant table while you go to the restroom, for example, is just asking for someone to rob you.

4. Don't be easily distracted. Thieves often work in groups, and while one is asking you for directions, another may be stealing something from your bag.

5. Don’t be a walking target. Chatting on a cell phone or listening to music on an iPod while walking down the street or on the bus, for instance, is an invitation to pickpockets and thieves. Keep cameras and other expensive electronics out of sight - use them only when needed and keep them hidden when not in use.

6. When traveling by bus, keep your bags near you. Do not leave them in the compartment above your head or under the bus. Tourists are often robbed while they are sleeping. If you must sleep, keep your bags under your feet or on your lap. If traveling in a group, take turns napping.

7. Put expensive items, like iPods and digital cameras, in a hard-to-get place. Carry your wallet in your front pocket, and put your iPod or cell phone in an inside pocket of your backpack. Do not use the outer pockets of purses or backpacks, if possible.

8. Avoid heavily crowded areas. Pickpockets abound in areas where there are a lot of people and a lot of commotion. Take off expensive jewelry, including earrings and watches, if you enter a crowded area. Leave essentials, like ATM cards and passports, behind.

With a little extra caution, you can enjoy a worry-free, safe vacation.

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Wetland Park - get close to nature

Posted by Tuan Rumah | 10:51 PM | | 0 comments »


The largest man-made freshwater wetlands in the tropics, and the first of its kind in Malaysia, Taman Wetland comprises Wetland Park (138 hectares) along with several outlying wetland areas (197 hectares).

There are 24 wetland 'cells' in Taman Wetland and the main habitats are marshes, swamp forests and open water areas like ponds and lakes. Several species of local and exotic marshland birds spotted here include the Little Egret, Little Green Heron and Cinnamon Bittern.

Visitors can start by exploring the Wetland Park Visitors' Centre, which serves as the gateway to the wetlands area. It houses a Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC), an 80m-high look-out tower, which offers a bird's eye view of Putrajaya, two nature trails, a wetland plant nursery, a flamingo pond, picnic areas and other public amenities.

You can obtain information on the wetland plant bed filtration system, conservation of wetland habitats and the uses of wetland habitats and wetland products at the park.

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All Malaysian Bloggers Project Contest Winner!

First of all, thank you very much to every one who has voted Why Must Visit Malaysia to reach Top 5 out of 600+ blogs in the AllMalaysian Blogger contest. I'm truly honoured and happy for this recognition.

To take advantage of this huge traffic from AllMalaysian, I would like to offer a free link back to your blog if you write a short 100 words post on your blog about my blog. It can be on anything, it can be about this recognition if you have no idea what to write.. After post it, send the link to me via my email kzainul@gmail.com

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my supporters including:

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1 Day before Merdeka 1957

Pen used to sign the Independent letter

Letter of Independent in arabic

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Free shuttle to Merdeka celebration

Posted by Tuan Rumah | 7:01 PM | | 0 comments »

2 more days to Merdeka day, the 50th anniversary, I'm so excited now.. our jet fighters have been flying above the head these few days for rehearsal of this big event.

Members of the public going for the 50th Merdeka celebrations at several locations in the city on Thursday and Friday are advised to use the free shuttle bus service provided by the Road Transport Department to avoid traffic congestion.

The Media Secretariat for the celebration, in a statement issued here today, said the bus service is provided for those going to the Merdeka eve celebration at Dataran Merdeka on Aug 30, the Merdeka Day parade at the same place on Aug 31 and the Merdeka Mammoth Celebration at the Merdeka Stadium later in the day on Aug 31.

The shuttle bus service for the event at Dataran Merdeka on Thursday (Aug 30) will be from 6.30pm until 2am on Aug 31 while for the Aug 31 parade will be between 6.30am and 2pm. For the event at the Merdeka Stadium, the bus service will be available from 6.30pm on Friday until 2am the next day.

Zone A covers the National Museum and KL Sentral, Zone B (Inland Revenue Board Building, the Federal Territory Mosque Complex, National Archives), Zone C (Taman Tasik Perdana, the National Mosque, Kompleks Pusat Islam, National Planetarium, the Tun Abdul Razak Memorial) Zone D (National Arts Heritage Academy, Bukit Perdana government complex, Public Works Ministry Complex) and Zone E (the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka building and the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations).

Meanwhile, the Kuala Lumpur Tower will extend its operating hours to enable the public to watch the fireworks display at the strike of midnight from its Seri Angkasa Revolving Restaurant and the Viewing Platform. The revolving restaurant and the viewing platform will open until 12.30am and 1am on Aug 31, respectively.

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I got to know that the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, will attend the 50th Merdeka bash on Friday. He is the second son of Queen Elizabeth II. He will be in Malaysia for three days from Wednesday. This is confirmed by the British High Commissioner to Malaysia Boyd Mcleary.

The Prince Andrew’s visit was the highlight of the British High Commission’s "Malaysia & UK: Forward Together" campaign. Prince Andrew would kick off his visit with a meeting with the Johor Menteri Besar and a visit to the Iskandar Development Region.

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This is the 3rd posting on Tribute to Malaysia Series

Historical building around Malaysia



Other tributes in the series:
Putrajaya, Administration Capital full of lights and fireworks
People of Malaysia

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Bird watching at Fraser hill

Posted by Tuan Rumah | 8:12 AM | | 1 comments »


Fraser Hill has become very popular among bird watcher community. Every year in June, The Fraser's Hill International Bird race attracts thousand of people to this place. There some 270 species of wild birds can be found here and some are so rare. The birds that can be found here include the Mountain Imperial Pigeon. Long Tail, Grey wagtail, Chestnut-capped thrush and long tail sibia.

Fraser's Hill is also known for its nature's trails, each with a distance of about half a km to 5 km. The trails are treasure troves that open up the wild of the wild, unfolding rich flora and fauna. There are 8 popular trails i.e. Maxwell, Bishop, Hemmani, Abu Suradi, Rompin, Kindersley, Mager and Pine tree trails. I'm not sure how these trails got their name..

How to get there!
It is about an hour and a half away from Kuala Lumpur. The road to the hill winds for about 35km after the Gap. Traffic up and down is controlled by a gate system with uphill traffic limited to odd hours and downhill to even hours.

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