Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, or better known to the locals as KL, lies along the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is the heartbeat of Malaysia and serves as a cultural, commercial and transportation centre. This can be seen in the vast number of developments that have been cultivated in the past few years, and most of these can be found in KL.

For example, visitors will surely know of the Petronas Towers. When it was first completed in 1998, it was the world’s tallest building and offers one of the most spectacular views in the world. Visitors can travel to the 41st floor to the Skybridge where the two towers of the building connect. But as a warning to those who want to see the skyline from the highest point in the city – there is a set quota of visitors allowed per day, so a visit by 9am will be called for if they want to experience the spectacular views of one of the tallest buildings in the world.

Another factor that draws travellers from all over is the mosques. One of the most delightful of the many that can be seen in KL is the Masjid Jamek. Masjid Jamek was set in a grove of palm trees in 1907 where the tranquil onion domes and minarets of pink and cream make it a perfect place of worship. It is here where visitors to the city can experience the ultimate beauty of the city not only in the sense of the physical, but also in the rich cultural heritage it holds.

Another jump of time will see visitors visit the many world-class museums available in the city. While Europe is the place famous for a diverse range of offerings in museums, KL looks to be an up-and-coming on the list. The Islamic Arts Museum gives strangers to the local faith an insight into the culture, and all within the spacious and dazzlingly white domed building. The National Art Gallery also shows an offering of Malaysian culture with works by contemporary Malaysian artists displaying their works alongside fellow Asian and international art.

There is a disruption in Malaysia's Internet services due to circuit faults on the submarine cable network linking Malaysia and Europe, and said the services would be completely restored by Dec 31. Customers using its Internet services may experience slow browsing.

Access to websites hosted in Europe and that those using other IP (Internet Protocol) services such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and other critical business applications linked to Europe may also experience some service degradation.

The affected cables, on the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 4 (SMW4) submarine network between Palermo in southern Italy and Alexandria in northern Egypt, were being repaired and that some of the links had meanwhile been rerouted to ease congestion.

During the restoration process, traffic to northern America may experience minor degradation while traffic to other countries is unaffected.

Malaysia products in Harrods London

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The day may come in the not-too-distant future when London’s iconic department store might be selling Malaysia’s traditional herbal Viagra, or its famed teh tarik.

Themed “Malaysian Craft at its Best,” the event will be Harrods’ biggest promotion of Malaysian arts and craft. It will be held from the third week of February until the end of March.

Malaysian celebrity shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo and international fashion designer Datuk Bernard Chandran are expected to join a host of British VIPs at the glitzy reception.

Twelve top models from Malaysia and London will also take part in a batik fashion show featuring the latest designs from internationally-renowned Malaysian batik designers.

A live batik painting demonstration will be held in the window display, which will be adorned with about 100 specially-designed batik lanterns.

THE Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur won the South East Asia’s Hotel of the Year 2008-2010 under the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) - Regional Series. The hotel was recognised for its commitment to excellence, flawless facilities and personalised care.

It was a finalist in five categories — Hotel of the Year, Signature Luxury Hotel, Signature Hotel Spa (Spa Village, Kuala Lumpur), Most Exquisite Palate Experience and Most Dynamic General Manager.

The evaluation process spanned eight months and included leading hotels in South East Asia. Each hotel was reviewed anonymously by a panel of judges, who sampled and rated hotel services, facilities, dining, spa, and overall hotel image.

Malaysia Airlines will integrate ticketing operations for the Klang Valley at KL Sentral in Brickfields from Saturday. Operations at its former head office in Jalan Sultan Ismail will cease.

The move was part of ongoing efforts to consolidate direct distribution channel operations for ticketing and related services at one centralised location.

The premier ticket office at KL Sentral operates daily from 4.30am to midnight and offers a wide range of air travel related services for walk-in passengers.

These include reservations and ticketing, reissuance of tickets for travel on Malaysia Airlines and MASwings, Internet booking kiosks, Golden Holidays facilities and refunds processing.

Quran in Hotel room in Malaysia

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A copy of the Quran and its intepretation will be made available in most hotel rooms in the country to allow both Muslims and non-Muslims to have “access” to the Holy book.

A pilot project recently where a copy of the Quran’s intepretation was placed in several five-star hotel rooms in the Klang Valley. The move received positive response from guests and members of the Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners (MAHO).

This move is not only because of the high number of visitors and tourists from the Middle East, but also because there are people of other beliefs who are keen to know more about what is said in the Quran, just as they are interested to know more about the teachings of other religions.

Coconut festival in Sabah

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I found this interesting article from mysabah.com. It is about coconut festival held every year in Kudat, Sabah. I must say it is very interesting. From the photos, it is as good as fashion show in Paris or Milan.

Please visit this link for the full story.

Recently reopened in July after major renovation, the Gayana Eco Resort is located in the wilderness of Gaya Island, just a 10 minute boat ride from the city of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia.

True to its name, the resort located on the largest of the five coral reef islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is dedicated to conserving its marine life with a Marine Ecology Research Centre on site.

Guests can participate in its coral regeneration programme and learn about its efforts in the propagation of giant clams. They have spawned seven out of the world's eight giant clams.

With its prime location on pristine waters, the 44 over-water luxury villas feature balconies from which to enjoy the view. Some of the villas also offer direct steps into the lagoon and access to the special breakfast boat that delivers breakfast to your balcony.

Three restaurants and a bar offer the ideal island atmosphere with spectacular views of the jungle and ocean. The seafood is a speciality and cultivated in the hotel's own sea farm.

Guests can relax in the infinity pool overlooking Malohom Bay or indulge in a traditional Borneo Urut massage. Adventure seekers can dive at the hotel's dive centre, take guided kayak trips through mangrove forests or see the wildlife on a jungle trek.

1Borneo Rainforest, Sabah Malaysia

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The first and largest lifestyle hypermall in Malaysian Borneo is offering visitors the unique experience of journeying backwards through time. Now, you can teleport yourself out of the modern world and into the ancient Borneo civilization at the 1Borneo Rainforest.

Explore the world of atavistic Borneo with your five senses by taking a stroll upon a replica of Sabah’s illustrious Tamparuli Hanging Bridge in a lush rainforest setting. Seize the opportunity to experience traditional ‘kampung’ (village) lifestyle and join in the fun with the world-famed indigenous dance as well as traditional rituals, such as the Magunatip (warrior dance).

Got adventurous tastebuds? Delight them with an array of Sabah’s authentic traditional gastronomies. If you like hands-on activities, be sure to try your hands on batik painting, jewelry beading, and rattan basket making.

At the end of your visit, check out the souvenir displays ranging from Sabah’s finest to other range of souvenirs from South East Asia. No trip to Sabah will be consummate without precious mementos to bring home. 1Borneo Rainforest is open daily from 10am to 10pm.
Entrance fee is RM10, applies for both local and international visitors.
Getting There
1Borneo is located 7 kilometers northwards from Kota Kinabalu city centre. It is easily accessible via 1Borneo’s shuttle buses and the City bus- sector 3 (stop at 1Borneo Hypermall). Guests staying in the four nearby hotels can simply walk to the 1Borneo Rainforest at their convenience.
Further Information
Tel: 008-484955 ; Fax: 088-484977 ; Email: cornelia@1borneo.com

Happy Birthday, Malaysia

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Today 31st August 2008 is Malaysia 51th birthday. To all Malaysian, Happy Birthday and may Malaysia stay peaceful and harmony forever!!!!!!!!

Spheredivers Homestay provides accomodation for Divers and Non Divers. Diving packages varies upon guests request whether to dive in Sipadan Island or hunting for small critters around Mabul and Kapalai dive sites. As for snorkelers, its all free to snorkels around Mabul Island.

They also provide Discovery Scuba and PADI/SSI Open Water courses to guests, not to mention other courses from Advanced to Dive Master courses by our most experienced Instructor(PADI/SSI) Situated in Mabul Island, Spheredivers Homestay and Scuba Diving is among the Bajau people houses who lives on stilts.

So do the homestay, maintaining the originality of the surroundings creating a similar environment to the guests. Guests form all over the world would definitely experience the culture of this island with its friendly people with a well construct diving facilities to cater for dives.

They mainly serve traditional Malay food but also offer simple western food especially for breakfast. Homestay houses* 6 Twin Sharing Rooms (Single bed)* Dining Area* Dive Centre with all Diving facilities* Sundeck Accomodation Price Divers RM 70/Night for Non Divers RM 170 + RM 70 subsequent night.

Redang Island, Malaysia

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Redang Island, called Pulau Redang in the local language, is located at 45 km offshore of Terengganu, a state at north east of Peninsula Malaysia. At the size of about 7km long and 6km wide, it’s a small island.

Together with some other islands, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Susu Dara, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Kapas, these group of islands forms the Pulau Redang Marine Park which is abound with marvelous marine fishes, turtles and coral reefs, provides a great snorkelling and scuba-diving experience.

There are more than 500 species of live corals, 1000 species of invertebrates and almost 3000 species of fishes which includes manta rays, stingrays, sharks and whale sharks, all living in harmony in the reefs fringing the islands.

Redang Island is famous for it’s white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue sea, brilliant underwater world and has among the best coral reef in the world. With more than 20 different diving spots, it is a heaven for diving enthusiasts and underwater photographers. Some of them are black coral garden, shipwrecks near Pinang Island, a mysterious submerged chamber and Mini Mount.

The dive season at Redang starts around March and lasts until early October. The daily temperature ranges from 22oC in the early morning to 34oC at noon. The visibiity averages 15 metres. On good days, it can improve to 30 metres. Some of the favourite dive locations are:

Big Mount
Located about 50 to 100 meters off the northern tip of Pulau Lima, Big mount is a completely submerged oval seamount. This is arguably the best of all the dive sites around this island with a large coral pillar and highly rated by local divers.. The shallowest portion of this reef at 20 meters and the boulder terrain drops to 30 meters and is filled with many varieties of hard and soft corals, gorgonian fans, sea anemones and whip coral gardens. Divers can expect to encounter huge clownfish, sea cucumbers, starfishes, stonefish, groupers and parrotfish.

Mini Mount.
100 meters east off of Pulau Kerengga Besar, with the deepest portion at about 20 meters. The surface of the boulders are carpeted with a variety of soft corals, tubastrea corals, sea squirts, sponges and stinging hydroids. Also, here divers can see a unique blend of sponges, shrimps, moluscs, echinoderms and soft corals. This is a popular choice for night dive where divers are rewarded with an abundance of night creatures foraging for food around the reef.

Terumbu Kili
Lies at the southern tip of Pulau Pinang, this is one of the top dive sites at Redang. The rocky seascape is encrusted with both hard and soft corals at about 15 meters, and slopes down to 20 meters at the sandy bottom. Fish life includes cardinal fish, damselfish, chromis, snappers, parrotfish and soldierfish. While in the open water you are likely to encounter jacks, fusiliers, yellowtail, batfish and black tip sharks. Due to the strong currents, this site is best left to advanced and more experienced divers as you can get swept out to sea if you’re not careful.

The waters around Pulau Redang also contain two historic shipwrecks: The HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, sunk here at the start of World War II.

Other dive sites includes Tanjung Lang, Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Gua Kawah, Pasir Panjang, Batu Mak Chantek, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil, Pulau Ling, Batu Chipor, Terumbu Putih, Black Coral Garden, “Mysterious Submerged Chamber”, The Southeastern Side, The Northeastern Side, Pulau Kerangga Kecil and Pulau Ekor Tebu.

Ranau, Sabah - Popular Attractions

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About 3 hours’ drive from Kota Kinabalu, Ranau is a small place with big offerings. Make it a point to visit Ranau and its popular attractions:

The quaint district of Ranau is a getaway perfect for those who like cool climates and lush, mountainous landscapes. Enjoy the view on your journey there and stop at Kundasang’s little town to browse through it’s famous road-side market where you will find colourful rows of fresh vegetables, local fruits, fresh flowers and other local produce such as bottled honey and preserved tuhau.

Kinabalu Park
Kinabalu Park is located 1,585 metres above sea level and is hailed as a World Heritage Site. The Park is a great getaway whether for a day trip or week-long stays to explore the rare and infinite amount of eco-treasures of plants and wildlife found within. Numerous jungle paths wait to welcome the footprints of trekkers within the park, including the trail leading to the peak of South-east Asia, Mount Kinabalu. For inquiries, contact Sabah Parks at 088 211881 / 212719 or email info@sabahparks.org.my / sabahparks@sabah.gov.my.

Kundasang War Memorial
The Kundasang War Memorial, established in 1962, was the first memorial in Sabah to remember the Autralian and British POWs who died in Sandakan and the death marches to Ranau, as well as the people of North Borneo who risked and lost their lives for helping the POWs. The Kundasang War Memorial is located at the foot of Mount Kinabalu and has four Gardens. The Australian Garden, The English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool commemorate each of the nationalities involved in the war. The Memorial is open daily including public holidays. For information and inquiries, contact Sevee Charuruks at 019 8992041.

Poring Hot Springs
Located 39 km away from the Kinabalu Park headquarters is the Poring Hot Springs, where visitors can soak in the skin-curative properties of a hot sulphur bath, trek the various trails through the lowland forests, mountains streams and waterfalls or enjoy a day of bird-watching. You might even be lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, inside the vicinity of the Poring Hot Springs.

Poring offers affordable chalet and cabin accommodation including dormitory jostle-type accommodations and camping grounds for the more adventurous. To stay at the Poring Hot Springs, contact Sutera Sanctuary Lodges for reservations at 088 243629 or email info@suterasanctuarylodges.com. Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve can be contacted at 088 878801.

Sabah Tea Garden
Sabah Tea is the only organic tea farm in the whole of Borneo and one of the few in the world, and their plantation is within the vicinity of the Kinabalu Park in Ranau. Not just a plantation, the Sabah Tea Garden offers tea factory and plantation tours, courses on basic jungle survival skills, river trekking and even batik painting.

For reservations or enquiries, please contact them at 088 440882 or email info@sabahtea.net (Kota Kinabalu); 088 889220/ 889330 (Ranau).

Mesilau Nature Trail and Resort
The alternative route up to the peak of Mount Kinabalu is the Mesilau Trail - a formidable track that presents climbers with a longer, more testing terrain for avid climbers of Mount Kinabalu. The trail is also worth the effort for naturalists and researchers for the extraordinary flora and fauna that lay along its paths. Perhaps you’d like to slip away to the peaceful hideaway of the Mesilau Nature Resort, tucked away in the green mountainside of Mesilau. The resort is a popular venue for peaceful retreats from the bustle of cities and towns. For inquiries about the Mesiau Nature Resort contact Sutera Sanctuary Lodges for reservations at 088 243629 or email info@suterasanctuarylodges.com.

For inquiries about the Mesilau trail, contact Sabah Parks at 088 211881/212719 or email info@sabahparks.org.my / sabahparks@sabah.gov.my

Visit Malaysia AirAsia's way

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AirAsia is Malaysia Second Airline, has wide and good domestic and South East Asia network. This itinerary is the AirAsia'way of visiting Malaysia:

Malaysia is an exciting destination - a beautiful nation, blessed with a fascinating diversity and cultures and natural wonders.

Explore Taman Negara, one of the world's oldest rainforest; feel the exhilaration of Formula One Racing, dive into the heart of the Sulu Sea and swim among turtles, tee-off at breathtaking golf courses or sail into the island paradise of Langkawi.

Be it a family vacation, romantic sojourn or backpacking holiday, Malaysia boasts endless holiday options, offering exciting and unique experiences that will keep you coming back for more!

Langkawi from RM9 one way
Renowned internationally as the archipelago of 99 tropical islands in Malaysia, Langkawi is the ultimate holiday paradise that offers modern accommodation facilities and amenities set against the natural backdrop of sun-drenched beaches and ancient rainforests.

Penang from RM9 one way
The "Pearl of the Orient" is famed for its lovely beaches, colorful history and rich potpourri of cultures. Penang is a food paradise tempts the palate with mouth-watering array of local cuisine from Assam Laksa to the famous Nasi Kandar (mixed rice).
Terengganu from RM9 one way
Terengganu is blessed with captivating island retreats of soft white sand, crystal clear waters and Giant Leatherback turtles. Boat building and traditional handicraft activities such as batik-painting and songket weaving can be observed around Kuala Terengganu

Kota Bharu from RM9 one way
The east coast state of Kota Bharu (Kelantan) is a charming destination.Watch captivating activities such as top-spinning, giant kite flying or woodcarving. Its laid-back atmosphere, rustic charm and friendly locals add to Kota Bharu's appeal.

Labuan from RM9 one way
Located off the west coast of Sabah, Labuan is a paradise for wreck diving and international deep sea fishing. The island is the site of several World War II memorials. Labuan’s duty free status allows you to shop till you drop and party all night long.

Kota Kinabalu from RM29 one way
Very scenic and a favourite destination for adventure seekers, holiday makers and even business executives. Major attractions are Mount Kinabalu, a world heritage site. Its cluster of islands, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and Sipadan, a world class diving destination, offers a wealth of eco-treasures.

Miri from RM29 one way
Miri is located Northeast of Sarawak, close to the Brunei border. It is a major tourism gateway and the jumping off point for Sarawak’s world famous National Parks including Niah Caves, Gunung Mulu and Lambir Hills. Other attractions include, Bario Highlands, mighty Baram River and a number of excellent offshore dive locations.

Kuching from RM29 one way
Kuching is an interesting city with beautiful landscaped gardens, modern amenities with old world charm, colonial buildings and the majestic Sarawak River. Kuching offers a paradise of eco-adventure especially at the Bako National Park.

Malaysia's cultural hot spots

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The next time you want to get a taste of Malaysian arts and culture, just head to any one of the eight cultural hot spots that have been identified in the city as mini cultural centres.

In line with promoting Kuala Lumpur as a cultural centre, visitors are encouraged to visit these hot spots to get a better understanding and view of the country's culture and customs.

The cultural hot spots will feature a variety of cultural events throughout the year and will be promoted as tourists attractions.

Visitors and locals had a chance to witness what happens at these cultural hot spots at the launching ceremony on Sunday held at Central Market, which is one of the cultural hot spots.

KL's cultural hot spots are located at Jalan Petaling, Lanai Warisan Seni Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Semarak Dataran at Dataran Merdeka, Semarak Kraf in Jalan Conlay, Semarak Bangsawan in Panggung Bandaraya, Semarak Seni Brickfields in KL Sentral, Semarak Seni Titiwangsa in Titiwangsa Lake and Semarak Pasar Seni at Central Market.

For details, call 03-2052 3600

White Sandy Beaches of Malaysia

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Just the sight of a long, soft, sandy beach fringed by clear azure water and lit up brilliantly by the tropical sun is enough to put many people’s minds at ease with a heavy sense of peace. Malaysia beaches act as such catalysts catapulting thoughts of home and work far into the distance.

Things to do appeal to many kinds of people who enjoy doing absolutely nothing to enjoying many water sports and beach activities.

A great place for relaxing is the Mine Malaysia Palace Beach Spa. Though located in the bustling capital center of Kuala Lumpur you will feel as though you’re a million miles from everything during your Malaysia holiday.

The Mine Malaysia Palace and Beach Resort is one of the five-star Kuala Lumpur hotels replete with stunning Asian architecture, captivating artifacts, lavish beams and intricately carved panels with Malaysian designs. Sublimely equipped rooms at the Mine Malaysia Palace Beach Spa have charming chalets that include air conditioning, TV, mini bar, safe deposit, a private bath with tub and shower, wireless internet and voice mail.

Sabah Malaysia beaches are plentiful and gorgeous. Many can be reached from Kota Kinabalu. Crystal clear water, unspoilt landscapes and colorful underwater environments can all be found at Sabah Malaysia beaches. An abundance of marine species make Malaysia diving locations in Sabah some of the best in the country.

Tanjung Aru beach is one of the most popular in Sabah and is one of the most easily accessed if you’re not staying at a beachfront resort. The many islands in Malaysia are home to some of the most secluded and stunning Sabah Malaysia beaches.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park has some excellent beaches that can be reached by speedboat in 20 minutes. Diverse marine life, vibrant reefs and long stretches of beach make this a worthwhile journey.

Tiara Beach resort is another of the fantastic Malaysia beach resorts located in Port Dickenson. It’s a fun water theme park and resort complex and hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Units at the Tiara Beach Resort include color TV, safety deposit boxes, in-house movies, air conditioning, telephone mini bar and TV.

This Malaysia beach resorts facilities are astounding and include the 5-acre Water Paradise Park, sand castle area, cultural stage, beach volleyball, saunas and indoor games. The Sports Café and Bar are great for viewing live sports events while staying at the Tiara Beach Resort on your Malaysia vacation.

Emerald Bay is also on the list of some of the best Malaysia beaches in the country. Emerald Bay is on a small island situated on the west coast. The water is much like the bay’s name, a greenish emerald color and is bordered by sandy, clean beaches with interesting plants and wildlife. You can visit all-year round but the best time to go is between January and May.

When looking for great beaches while visiting Sarawak you won’t be disappointed. Both Golden Beach and Turtle Beach are two of the best beaches in Sarawak and both close to each other. They are located in Similajau National Park and boast 30 kilometers of sandy golden beaches with tons of wildlife and tropical surroundings.

Here you can spot Macaques, crocodiles, turtles, gibbons and more. There are also hostels, a camp site and a café for those who don’t want to leave! The optimum time to visit these beaches is between April and September.

There are literally thousands of Malaysia beaches all around the country. Pantai Cenang, Datai Beach and Pantai Tengah are all favorite beaches on Langkawi which is said to be one of the most private retreats in Malaysia. The best time to go is between November and May when the humidity decreases, the skies are clear and rainfall is very minimal.

For budget travelers the Perenthian Islands is a must when looking for beautiful Malaysia beaches. World-class diving, great budget accommodation and some of the world’s most stunning beaches can be found here.

For the best of everything from Malaysia beaches head there in between April and May and be sure to avoid traveling in November through January as the beaches see a lot more rain the ocean surf is rough.

High season is in June through August so book well in advance especially if you’re looking at staying in a popular resort. All water sport equipment, snorkeling and diving gear can all be rented leaving the only thing left to do is enjoy your peaceful environment.

Surrounded by some of the best dining, nightlife and shopping the city has offer, this modern hotel offers an oasis of peace in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Radius International is ideal for its close proximity to the fashionable Bintang Walk, which is within walking distance of the hotel.

The hotel is also within 3 km of many world-renowned tourist attractions, such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Suria KLCC, The Kuala Lumpur Tower, Merdeka Square, Chinatown and the famous Handicraft Centre at Central Market. There are good roads and public transport, allowing for accessibility for both business and leisure trips.

The friendly staff are eager to assist you with a warm and friendly Malaysian welcome, whether you would like assistance in making dinner reservations, require details on certain attractions or simply need an extra towel or 2.

The Kinabalu Park covers a staggering area of 754 sg. km (300 sq.mile) from the Park Headquarters area all the way to Poring Hot Springs 40 km (25 miles) away and northwards to Mandalon, almost reaching the Kudat Hoghway. It is bigger than Singapore Island!

Established as a state park in 1964, this botanical paradise is blessed with an astonishing variety of flora and fauna that ranges over 4 climate zones, from the oak, rhododendron; the coniferous forests, to the alphine meadow plants and to the stunted bushes of the summit zone. Kinabalu Park has probably one of the richest flora collections in the world.

Highways and sealed roads have made the Park easily accessible. It is an easy 2 hour scenic drive from Kota Kinabalu and is a popular getway from the hustle and bustle of the city where visitors can enjoyed the cool invigorating air. In 2004, more than 415,000 visited the park with more than 43,000 climbers. While the focus of the park is the mountain, about 80% of visitors don't climb all the way to the peak but come simply to enjoy the serenity of this place.

Most of the Park facilities located at the HQ including accomodations, restaurants, exhibit centres and etc. A minimal entrance fee is imposed at the entrance of the Kinabalu Park.

Sea walking in Sabah, Malaysia

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This is pretty cool way of spending time in Sabah with your families and friends. Why not try the sea walking experience? It is better than aquarium. You actually inside the tank inside. These are what you will experience..

1. Walking Underwater for 20-30 minutes. You body won't float or tumble. You do not need to swim. Just walk slow and breath normally. Cool ha!!

2. Feeding fishes. While holding a small piece of bread in your hand and letting it go little by little, tropical fishes will be gathering around you.

3. Live living creatures at their habitat. Take picture, play with the fishes, finding Nemo and etc.. there are so much things to do..

4. Win a lottery. Once in a life time, see a live whale shark swiming passed you, or a group of dophins, or even a turtle.

For more information, please check out this website :http://www.borneoseawalking.com/

Dusun Ranau, Sabah Malaysia

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More than half of total population in Ranau are people from the Dusun tribe. Before corporate times, the Dusun Ranau were traditionally rice farmers, rubber planters, hunters and vegetable and fruit sellers.

Both the men and women work together in planting and harvesting paddy as the main way of earning money for living. Since Mount Kinabalu, is located in Ranau, many of them also work as a mountain guides and porters. The Ranau Dusuns also celebrate the Kaamatan (Harvest) Festival in every month of May every year, just like the other dusun from the other districts.

The most popular traditional foods of Ranau Dusun are known as 'tuhau' and 'bosou'. The term 'tuhau' came from the plant that is used to make the food itself - tuhau, which is chopped and the mixed with vinegar and salt.

'Bosou' is made of rice, fish, and pangi (as the Ranau Dusun called it) and also salt. The Ranau Dusun dwelling is mostly made of wood and bamboo. The native language spoken is Dusun. Today the younger generation is conversant in Malay as well.

Medtemu is a dance performed when the Ranau Dusun meet to settle a dispute among themselves. Medtemu stands for 'a meeting to settle disputes' and this dance reflects that with stomps & barks from the dancers. Today the dance is performed during social occasions and can be seen during the Kaamantan festival.

The dance is performed to a gond beat called the siri-siri petinfuk. In this dance, the men wear a vest made of tree bark while the women dress in an intricately embroidered grament called sinambayaka.

Malacca and Penang rejoiced as they celebrate the inscription of their state capitals as World Heritage Sites.
The World Heritage Site covers:
> St Paul’s Hill civic zone with St Paul’s Church, Porta de Santiago (A Famosa) fortress and Stadhuys complex,
> Residential and commercial areas of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren Street), Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Walk) and adjacent streets, including Harmony Street, and
> The Malacca River.
The site here covers:
> Waterfront district including the Esplanade and harbour area, Fort Cornwallis, Weld Quay and Beach Street,
> Historical commercial centre, including the “ethnic streets” like Bishop Street and Church Street (Eurasions), China Street (Chinese, and Market and Chulia Streets (Indians), and Little India,
> The guilds and trades precinct including Chulia, Muntri, Leith and adjacent streets,
> Mosque and wakaf enclave of Acheen Street and Kapitan Keling mosques
> Chinese clans enclave with the Khoo, Cheah, Tan, Lim, Yap and Yeoh clan or kongsi houses

Bukit Fraser, Malaysia

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The tranquillity, the fresh and cool mountain air and the verdant foliage has made the hill station of Bukit Fraser (Fraser's Hill) a favourite destination for nature lovers.

Located 105 km north of Kuala Lumpur and sitting at 1,524 metres above sea level, the hill station is a haven for bird watchers as it is the transitional rendezvous for migratory birds flying south to New Zealand and Australia between March and June every year, to escape from the harsh winter of Siberia.

Fraser's Hill ranks 23rd as the venue for the world's bird watching event and is on the top four list of locations for international bird race meets in Asia, coming after China, Thailand and Indonesia.


Other than migratory birds, Fraser's Hill is also host to large and hairy tropical spiders called tarantulas (theraphosidae).These arachnids face the threat of extinction, due to the general lack of concern for their survival, compounded by the callous act of either catching or mortifying them for sale as souvenirs.

Their nests are difficult to find, as they are located on mountainous terrain. These insects can grow up to 15 cm long and their bite is rather painful and poisonous. The tarantulas in Frasers Hill are mostly over 40 years old. Male tarantulas usually die after reaching sexual maturity at the age of five years.

However the female of the species have a longer life span and would lay eggs once a year, after the rainy season. The tarantula has a unique 'dual-tone' feature where the four front legs appear to have a golden tint while the four rear ones are dark blue in colour.

Malaysia will host the inaugural World Islamic Tourism Conference and Expo 2008 here in October this year.

The forum will include participants from 57 countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and provide a platform for Islamic tourism industry players to strengthen cooperation and forge closer economic ties.

Tourism Malaysia director-general Mirza Mohammad Taiyab said that immense tourism business potentials could be tapped from this huge Islamic market at the four-day event scheduled for October 8-11.

“Telefon”, a seven-piece band, is one of Thailand’s hottest club bands and they will be performing at Hard Rock Café Kuala Lumpur starting from 1st June 2008 till 31st July 2008.

The band members are Somkuan Siralert (Bassist & Band Leader), Apichet Phanmanee (Vocalist), Santis Juengpicharnvanit (Guitarist), Wongsakon Kasamsri (Vocalist), Narongchai Sornsuwan (Drummer), Ekkalak Atthakasem (Keyboardist) and Rachata Tapasitanan (Vocalist). Telefon was formed in 1995.

Their music repertoire comprises of a variety of styles including Hip Hop, R&B, Rock, Dance to Pop. The band is well known to be the band that possesses singing skills in their very own unique style, incredible stage presence, enthusiasm and of course, capability to ROCK the house!!! Telefon has performed on many stages around the region, especially the Hard Rock Café chains covering Jakarta, Bali, Bangkok, Pattaya, Shenzhen, Kowloon Hong Kong, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.

Get in the mood for a fun night out, as Telefon brings you an experience that you are sure to enjoy! Their high energy stage performance makes them one of a kind as they bring only quality entertainment. So, come on down to Hard Rock Café in the month of June and July, Monday to Saturday at 11.00pm onwards, and party the Hard Rock style!

Hard Rock Café Kuala Lumpur is situated at Wisma Concorde, along Jalan Sultan Ismail, right in the hub of KL’s nightlife scene! For inquiries, please call 603- 2715 5555

Franchise International Malaysia 2008

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Franchise International Malaysia 2008 (FIM2008), a premium franchising expo which is awaited by the local and international players, will once again come back to meet you this August. Having held for the 15th consecutive year, this event will guarantee you with a better quality and more diversified products and participation, particularly the influx of the international participants.

Being entrusted as the host country for the World Franchise Council (WFC) and Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation (APFC) meetings which will be held concurrently with the FIM2008, we will witness the presence of the heads of 38 franchise associations under the umbrella of WFC and 17 from the APFC together with their trade delegations to congregate here for business networking. As such, MFA believe that FIM2008 will be a terrific platform to encourage more foreign investors in the country to boost the local franchise industry and make it more competitive globally.

Malaysia has a unique and diversified composition of socio-economy background. The multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious community, plus with the stable politics and resilient economy have made us a popular destination for international franchisors. The market penetration is very high because the products are acceptable everywhere nationwide. Presently, there are 113 or one third of the total 336 registered franchise systems are foreign brands and this indicates that local market share is still open wide for international brands. Thus, FIM must be deemed to be an excellent gateway for them to embark into Malaysia, and vice versa, for homegrown franchises to expand overseas.

The Malaysian government must be credited with its positive approach to develop the franchise industry in Malaysia. Foreign counterparts are confident with the prospect of the industry in Malaysia particularly the infrastructure and government’s franchise friendly policy which has set a role model for them. By having FIM annually, the government means to transform Malaysia as a regional hub for franchise products.

Jointly organised by the Ministry of Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development of Malaysia (MECD) and Malaysian Franchise Association (MFA) and to be held on the 1st to 3rd August at the Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur, FIM2008 is aimed at upholding franchising industry in Malaysia and also to cultivate more entrepreneurs via franchising as we realise that franchising is a way to contribute to the national coffers, as which has already been testified in countries like the U.S. and Australia.

MAS to offer web check-in

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Long queues at airline check-in counters will soon be a thing of the past as Malaysia Airlines offers a convenient, hassle-free option - web check-in.

Part of simplifying the air travel process through the Passenger Services System where Malaysia Airlines is investing RM400 million over the next 10 years, the new web check-in option is currently available for travel on its Malaysian domestic sectors and can be done worldwide.

Customers will enjoy the flexibility and ease of booking and checking in at their own convenience, together with the option of selecting their preferred seats online 24 hours before flight departure. For domestic flights, Malaysia Airlines passengers will be able to do everything from flight bookings to printing their boarding passes without even having to leave home.

This service will be progressively rolled out by August this year for travel to Malaysia Airlines' ASEAN destinations and is expected to cover all its international destinations by end of 2008. Plans are also underway to commence roll out of the web check-in service for travel commencing from the airline's international stations targeted for complete cut-over by the 3rd quarter of 2009.

Miri, Sarawak

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Miri, the second City of Sarawak, is situated in northern Sarawak, close to the Sarawak-Brunei border on the legendary island of Borneo. The City has grown phenomenally since oil was first discovered in the early 1900s, burgeoning into the modern and dynamic business, commercial and educational centre it is today. It is also the stepping-off point to many of Sarawak's world-famous national parks such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gunung Mulu, Niah National Park, Lambir Hills National Park and Loagan Bunut National Park, as well as other major tourist attractions. A state-of-the-art Marina attracts the international yachting community, and divers who are keen to explore the ‘under water jungles’ below.

Situated at the northern end of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo and adjacent to the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam.

Miri has a population of about 300,000 consisting of Chinese, Dayak, Malay, Melanau, Indian, Kayan, Kenyan, Kelabit, Bidayu, Penan and other indigenous groups.

The people of Sarawak lends a complex and colourful demografical feature with the various mix of races. The races comprised of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kelabits, Melanaus, Kayan, Kenyah, Ibans, Bidayuhs and the Penans. Through this broad classifications, the races are further sub-divided into different tribes, each having their own particular areas of abode, occupation and language.

However, with the commercial, industrial and technological advances coupled with easy accessibility and at the same time we witnessed a growing number of inter racial marriages among locals, at present we are confronted with a potpourri of customs, traditions and beliefs retain throughout the generations.

It would be a difficult task to differentiate one race from the other for the general populace look similar except that some are a shade or two darker than others. It is interesting to note here that people of different creeds live side by side in full religious tolerance. Each religious festivals for different races are celebrated by one and all alike, while greetings, wishes and visits are exchanged.

Bidayuh Culture

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An elaborate nine-day Gawai Festival showcasing the Bidayuh culture, music and arts in Kampung Apar-Segong in Bau, will kick off from June 21. The harvest festival is one of the activities to mark Sarawak’s 45th anniversary of being part of Malaysia.

An age-old Gawai rituals would be staged during the celebration. Other activities include a beauty pageant, gong beating presentation, Bidayuh traditional food cooking competition, a state development exhibition and nightly musical concerts.

Food lovers will be able to sample authentic Bidayuh food on sale. The festival will be a fusion of local colours, sounds and flavour that will rekindle the pride and spirit of belonging to the Bidayuh tribes stretching from Lundu to Serian.

Starting from 1st June 2008, it is compulsory to fasten the rear seat belt when you are at the back. It doesn't specify whether you need to fasten the seat belts while in taxi, but I guess it should be the same.

If you are visiting Malaysia, please be ensure to fasten the rear belt while you are taking the taxi. More details information..

Malaysia International Dive Expo, 2008

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The Malaysia International Diva Expo 2008 (MIDE), an exhibition for diving, water sports and travel adventure, will be staged at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur from July 4 to 6 2008, bringing together world’s specialists and experts from the diving and water sports industry.

The exhibition will focus on diving, eco travel, resorts destinations, tourism boards, environmental NGOs, live boards, dive equipments, latest on underwater photography and videography innovations. The event is an exciting forum where divers and water-sports enthusiasts can look forward to great dive deals, value for money product, packages, attending seminars etc.

With more than 15,000 visitors expected, MIDE 2008 will feature more than 90 exhibitors from 30 countries like USA, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Denmark, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The expo will be a meeting point for both local and international exhibitors for capitalising on networking opportunities with prospective distributors.

Free MAS ticket to Vietnam

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Malaysia Airlines is launching low cost flights in Vietnam and the ASEAN region to boost its business within the Southeast Asian grouping. Some one-way flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur will be offered with no price attached to the ticket’s taxes and fees.

The cheapest flights from Hanoi will cost $39. One-way flights from HCMC to Kuala Lumpur currently cost $205 while $95 tickets are available from Hanoi. The bookings are open until June 19 but passengers must travel between July 1 and December 14, 2008.

Passengers must make their bookings 30 days before their flights. Malaysia Airlines operates 14 weekly flights from HCMC and nine weekly flights from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur.

MTV Asia Award in Malaysia

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The MTV Asia Awards 2008, touted as the region's biggest pan-regional awards show, is heading to Malaysia for the first time. The MTV Asia Awards, now in its sixth edition, has previously been held in Singapore (thrice) and Bangkok (twice).

This time around, it is Malaysia’s turn to play host to the parade of international and regional music talents, scheduled to attend and perform at the show. Sponsored by edc by Esprit, Tourism Malaysia and Genting – City of Entertainment, and Xpax, the MTV Asia Awards 2008, which will be broadcast to over 291 million homes across the region, will be held at the Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands, on Aug 2.

Hosting the award ceremony in Malaysia will be Jared Leto, singer with US rock band 30 Seconds To Mars and who also happens to be a successful Hollywood actor with hit films like Panic Room, Fight Club, Requiem For A Dream and Lord Of War.

This year’s show will see 16 awards being presented, with nine regional and seven international awards. To foster interaction with audiences across the region, the MTV Asia Awards 2008 is going to be active on multiple platforms to allow fans to participate in the voting process.

A new dimension to the awards this year is the So You Wanna Be A Presenter contest, which gives local viewers the chance to be a presenter at the show. For the latest updates on the MTV Asia Awards 2008, visit www.mtvasiaawards.com.

Malaysia is among the world’s top five medical tourism destinations for medical tourists and foreign investors, reports online investment news source Nuwire Investors. Selected based on the quality and affordability of medical care and receptiveness to foreign investment, Malaysia came in third behind Panama and Brazil, and was followed by Costa Rica and India.

According to Nuwire Investors, Malaysia’s medical tourism industry has seen staggering growth in recent years. From 2001 to 2006, the number of foreigners seeking healthcare services in Malaysia almost tripled from 75,210 patients to 296,687 patients. The large volume of patients in 2006 brought approximately USD59 million or RM203.66 million in revenue. This trend is likely to grow at a rate of 30 percent a year until 2010, projects the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM).

Much of Malaysia’s attraction lies in the wide array of medical services and procedures including dental, cosmetic and cardiac surgeries at significantly lower costs compared with the United States. Nuwire Investors also states that foreign medical tourists and investors are attracted by Malaysia’s favourable exchange rate, political and economic stability, and high rate of literacy.

According to statistics quoted on Hospitals-Malaysia.org, the country also offers a comprehensive network of hospitals and clinics, with 88.5 percent of the population living within three miles of a public health clinic or private practitioner. Under Malaysia’s current health tourism promotion drive, 35 private hospitals in the country have been identified to promote Malaysia as a health tourist destination.

Malaysia’s growing reputation on the world healthcare map has also been recognized by a number of international and regional medical associations. This was most evident when Kuala Lumpur was selected to host one of the world’s largest medical congresses, the XVIII FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).

Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in November 2006, FIGO attracted a total of 8,294 delegates from 130 countries. The success and calibre of FIGO spurred an influx of interest from global medical associations, and the Centre went on as host venue for a number of high profile conferences.

The international and regional medical associations are becoming increasingly aware of Malaysia’s drawing card as a value-for-money destination with professional world-class service which does not just extend to medical tourism but to the convention and exhibition market as well.

The Majestic Malacca

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Once a private mansion, several facelifts in the mid 1900s converted the property into what was known as The Majestic Hotel. Recent works of restoration has revealed the latest look of today’s very prominent Majestic Malacca.

Cleverly renovated and refurbished, this establishment draws influences from the Portuguese, Dutch, British and ‘Peranakan’ to mirror Malacca’s multi-faceted colonial past. One of YTL Hotel’s latest addition to their boutique property portfolio this is the group’s first classic hotel in the historical state of Malacca.

The Majestic Malacca is located on the banks of Melaka River. Tastefully fitted with teak furnishings, soft leather lounges and traditional Portuguese styled floorings, authentic artwork and antiques compliment the setting and echo the rich history of the region. The property boasts 54 immaculately furnished rooms with four-poster beds decorated with rich silks and cool cottons.

The hotel also houses a Spa Village with six treatment rooms spreading over two floors of the building. Interestingly, the spa has taken its pride of being the world's only spa to base its therapies on the healing heritage of the ‘Baba-Nyonya’ - a unique combination of Chinese, Malay and ‘Peranakan’ Chinese influences.

The culinary experience at The Majestic Malacca is second to none. Dishes from the ‘Peranakan’ culture, combined with that of the Portuguese, Dutch and English never fails to take the discerning guest on an adventurous culinary journey.

Other facilities at the hotel include a library, an outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped gym, as well as four functions rooms – equipped with Wi-Fi facilities - for social and corporate gatherings of up to a comfortable 70 pax.

For more information on The Majestic Malacca or make a reservation, contact the YTL travel Centre at travelcentre@ytlhotels.com.my.

By Road
Taxis are available from the airport into the capital city and major hotels.
Overland journey by bus or car is easy to arrange between Kuching (Sarawak), Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei Darussalam) and Kota Kinabalu. Passports are stamped at all the borders.

By Rail
Borneo's only railway service in operation is in Sabah. It runs from Tanjung Aru railway station in Kota Kinabalu to Beaufort and Tenom. The journey to Beaufort takes less than 2 hours, and to Tenom about 5 hours. The ride by railcar through the Padas River gorge to Tenom is particularly interesting to visitors.

By Ferry

Ferry Schedule
Kota Kinabalu to Labuan
  • 8.00am (Daily)
  • 1.30pm (Mon - Thur)
  • 3.00pm (Fri - Sun)
Labuan to Kota Kinabalu
  • 8.30am (Mon - Thur)
  • 10.30am (Fri - Sun)
  • 1.00pm (Mon - Thur)
  • 3.00pm (Fri - Sun)
Labuan to Muara
  • 9.00 am
  • 12.00pm
  • 1.30pm
  • 3.00pm
  • 4.00pm
  • 4.30pm
Muara to Labuan
  • 7.30am
  • 8.30am
  • 9.00am
  • 1.00pm
  • 3.30pm
  • 4.30pm

The Rate
Kota Kinabalu to Labuan or Labuan to Kota Kinabalu (One Way)
First Class RM36.00 - Adult
RM23.00 - Children (4 - 11 years)
Economy Class RM31.00 - Adult
RM18.00 - Children (4 - 11 years)
Terminal Fees RM3.00 - Adult
RM1.50 - Children (4 - 11 years)
Labuan to Muara RM30.00 - Adult
RM15.00 - Children (3 - 11 years)
Terminal Fees RM0.50 - per pax
Muara to Labuan B$15.00 - Adult
B$8.00 - Children (3 - 11 years)
Terminal Fees B$1.00 - per pax
Special rate for Kota Kinabalu to Muara RM53.00 - Adult
RM33.00 - Children (3 - 11 years)

Starting from November 2008, AirAsiaX will be flying to Perth, Australia. Since its first flight to Gold Coast, AirAsiaX has received a lot of passengers for this route.

The price is starting from RM399 or AUD319. They are even giving 5,000 free seats for promotion now. For more info, please visit their website

Business magazine publisher Forbes will be holding its ninth Forbes Global CEO Conference in Kuala Lumpur next year.

Under an agreement signed , the Malaysian Government will be the “host sponsor” of the event, which will take place in late September or early October.

It is the first time that the high-profile event will be staged in Malaysia.

Suitability impressed with Malaysia, which is not only an attractive destination for foreign investments, but a conducive place to work and live in. This will also increase the appreciation of Malaysia as an ideal business location.

The theme for the 2009 conference in Kuala Lumpur was yet to be decided.

The entire capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur will be covered by a wireless broadband access network in the next 2 years. Everyone in the city will be able to use the service, which runs at 512kb per second, for free

This means that if you are in KL, you will not need to patronise certain cafes or pay for Internet services to go wireless.

The service is based on WiMAX 2.3 Giga Hertz. Kuala Lumpur is among one of the first cities in the world to use this technology.

Probably, you can use a free virtual navigation map to help you while you are visiting Kuala Lumpur.

More info, check out their website http://www.wirelesskl.com

Top 10 Must do in Sarawak

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Here are 10 things you ought to try when you're in Kuching, Sarawak.

1. Taste Kuching's favourite noodle dish called "kolo mee". that simple noodle dish with slices of barbecued pork, a sprinkling of spring onions and a bowl of soup drives Kuchingites (that's what we call people from Kuching) abroad mad with desire. Available at most coffeeshops and cafes in Kuching. If you can find "kolo mee", you should also try Monster Squad spicy Sarawak laksa, another specialty dish of Sarawak.

2. Try "umai". "Umai" is the Melanau's version of the Cantonese 'yee sang' (raw fish salad). Imagine a fiesty salad of shallots, raw fish, lime juice and salt.Never leave without giving that dish a try!

3. Take a boat We Wish You a Merry Christmas to the other side of the Kuching River for 30 sen (or USD 0.10) The non-motorised boat ride goes across the Kuching River in just under five minutes. It's a slow and beautiful boat ride across a lovely river. Where to go for that boat ride? Just get to the Kuching Waterfront, the pride of all Kuchingites.

4. Hang loose at the Waterfront. It's a hip and happening place to Oregon Lemon Laws when the sun sets even if you're only sipping "teh tarik" which is hot tea with milk. Watch the world go by or observe the boats ply the river.

5. Support the local pepper industry! Sarawak pepper is world famous so don't even think of Christmas stories the place without grabbing all sorts of pepper paraphernalia - from pepper sweets to pepper perfume!

6. Bite into a crispy "tebaloi" that traditional biscuit of the native people of Sarawak is made from another famous Sarawakian export, sago.Sago flour imparts a distinctive taste to that biscuit. It even comes in chocolate flavour, besides the usual traditional recipe.

7. Buy yourself a "pua kumbu" A pua kumbu is a handwoven cloth used by Iban tribe, inspired by their dreams. The intricate colours and superb workmanship makes each piece a work of art. Get yourself one if you can afford it.

8. Explore the national parks! Sarawak is teeming with national parks so go on the adventure of your life. Experience wildlife like you've never seen before. Start with the famous Bako National Park. We assure you it won't be your last.

9. Take home some lovely pottery! From rustic jars to pots, from vases to pen holders, there's nothing like an authentic Sarawakian pottery to remind you of that laidback land, showcasing the best of native culture.

10. Enjoy the Sarawak Cultural Village The Sarawak Cultural Village is hailed as Asia's best living museum, showcasing Sarawak's native peoples, their lifestyle, their homes and their culture. Just 45 minutes by car from the city of Kuching, that village of 14 acres will astound you with the wondrous diversity of people and their culture. If there's only one place to visit while you're here, make it the Sarawak Cultural Village.

Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

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Petaling Street or known as Chinatown among tourists is the centre of Kuala Lumpur's original Chinatown. The street is also affectionately known as PS among locals.

Geographic Location
Petaling Street or known as Chinatown among tourists is the centre of Kuala Lumpur's original Chinatown. The street is also affectionately known as PS among locals. It is located at the Southeast of Central Market, bounded by Jalan Bandar, Jalan Petaling and Jalan Sultan.

Unique Features
To experience Petaling Street (Chinatown), you should go at night! It's a place that never sleeps. The jostling crowd and noise are part of the fun of visiting Petaling Street. Without these, it just wouldn't be right.

The street has actually been given a facelift. Gone are the uneven roads and broken pavements and the huge colourful umbrellas that protect the goods sold from wooden pushcarts. Petaling Street is now sheltered, with two large Chinese arches placed at both ends of the street to welcome visitors.

Petaling Street is a bustling market serving as a bargain hunter's paradise and one of the premier shopping areas in the city, which is distinct in oriental atmosphere. It is famous for its makeshift bazaars or stalls; selling "very reasonably" priced goods like wallets, handbags, t-shirts, watches, shoes as well as dresses, sunglasses, shoes, fabrics and souvenirs. Petaling Street is also known for its jewellery shops with their fascinating variety of fine jewellery items beautifully crafted in gold and set with priceless gemstones.

Historical Background
The original Chinese Town centred on Market Square. As the population grew, expansion was constrained by swamps, hills and the river. High Street, now known as Jalan Tun HS Lee, became increasingly popular, as it was higher than the rest of the town and therefore less prone to floods.

Kuala Lumpur was a typical "pioneer" town at the turn of the century, filled with a rough and tough population that was largely male. For entertainment, there was Chinese wayang (opera) or bangsawan (Malay theatre). The Chinese leaders provided for the community through associations, benevolent societies, temples and foundations. The wealthier and more ornate shophouses were built north of Jalan Cheng Lock, closer to the business centre.

You are in food haven! Chinese food haven to be exact. There are many restaurants with a lot of delicious choices. Some of the restaurants here have been operating for generations! Patrons would normally be given a menu complete with pictures giving them a good indication of how their meal will look like.

The Hokkien Noodles at the corner of Hong Leong Bank is quite popular judging from the long queues of people waiting to place their order. Don't be disheartened. It is really worth the wait. Look out for Yook Woo Hin restaurant on Petaling Street. It is one the longest surviving family-run food places in KL.

Petaling Street is still a worthwhile place to visit for the food. If you wander into the side lanes, you will still be able to glimpse the old Chinatown, from the lane that sells funeral wreaths to the almost hidden wet market selling live poultry, seafood, and fresh vegetables.

Travel Advice
Bargaining here is an absolute must. Bargain hard! It's the ideal place to test your bargaining skills. Even in daytime you have great bargains. Petaling Street is not open for the traffic. It is a great place for locals to get some goods at bargain prices and certainly an eye-opening experience for tourists.

Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is on a three-day visit to Sarawak, the other Malaysian state on Borneo Island, today launched the world’s first digital remote-controlled bats monitoring system at Deer Cave, one of the many caves within the Mulu national park.

The RM800,000 (US$254,000) system, also known as the Mulu BatCam, utilises five remote controlled television cameras and infra-red lighting inside the cave. The system will be able to show spectacular details of the bat colonies inside. The system is developed by an Australian company and enables visitors to observe the bats regardless of the weather conditions.

The Deer Cave has the largest cave passage in the world and is the only known place in the world to have 12 different species of bats. The Mulu national park, which has the largest cave system in the world, is one of two World Heritage Sites in Malaysia.

Malaysia will be hosting Round 4 of the 2008 Super GT Series from June 20 to 22 at the Sepang Circuit.

The offer is limited to the first 5,000 purchases of the Main Grandstand tickets and another 5,000 for the K1 Grandstand. In total, there will be 10,000 special price discounted tickets for the fans.

Ticket prices for the Main Grandstand sittings have been reduced from RM150 to RM75 for a full two-day package.

Meanwhile, the first 5,000 purchasers of tickets for K1 Grandstand will also enjoy a 50 per cent discount from the normal price of RM80 to RM40 for entry on both Saturday (June 21) and Sunday (June 22).

However, the 50 per cent promotion tickets are only available at the ticketing counter at the Sepang Circuit and the SIC Ticketing Office at KL Sentral.

After the 10,000 special-offer tickets are taken up, a 10 per cent discount will be given for tickets purchased before May 31. The tickets would be priced at RM135 and RM72 for the Main Grandstand and the K1 Grandstand respectively.

The SIC will also offer a special student package, which provides a 50 per cent discount for purchases of the Main Grandstand tickets. This offer is valid until June 22.

A family package will also be offered to motorsport fans. The RM375 family package consists of two adults and two children (above seven years old) for the Main Grandstand tickets. Entry for children below seven years old is free.

Malaysia My 2nd Home

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To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia. Many would agree that Malaysia is the perfect combination of comforts and indulgences. Great weather, amazing food, warm people, low cost of living coupled with high standard of living, state-of-the-art infrastructure, rich culture and a charming history make it a place easy to call home. Countless people have come to Malaysia and fallen in love with it, coming back repeatedly or even making plans to retire here. The Malaysian Government recognizes this and has set up a programme to make it easier for expatriates to retire here. The Malaysia My Second Home Programme allows foreigners to stay in the country indefinitely on a social visit pass with a multiple entry visa.

There is a large expatriate community living in Malaysia. Like Malaysians, they enjoy an active social life, being able to easily indulge in a huge range of activities, from fine dining to sailing. Malaysia has one of the highest standards of living in the region where luxuries are so affordable that it is easy to enjoy the good life here. Cost of living is one of the lowest in Asia and will remain so for a very long time. This is achieved through the Government’s efficient monitoring of the economy in ensuring that inflation is kept low at all times and thereby also the prices of goods and services.

This strong economy has secured a comprehensive infrastructure. The whole country is very well connected with up-to-date, modern road, rail, air, and sea transportation systems. Public transport by buses, taxis, trains and planes are comfortable, efficient and relatively low in cost. The healthcare system is also excellent, drawing many short-term visitors from around the world. The country has a very efficient healthcare system where medical services are provided at nominal cost. Private doctors, clinics and also hospitals of international standards are easily available throughout the country at a very reasonable cost.

A healthy economy, good infrastructure and luxury amenities aren’t the only draw; Malaysia is also a pluralistic society where people practise their own way of life in peace and harmony. Freedom is one of the key reasons many find Malaysia attractive. It is so easy to live the calm life here, where people respect each other’s differences. Malaysians in general are very warm and friendly, always open to learning about other cultures. Although Islam is the national religion, there is a sizable population of Christians, Buddhists and Hindus here, with ample places of worship dotting the entire country.

The weather is pleasant, warm and balmy with moderate rain throughout the year. There are also highland residential areas and resorts with permanent spring-like weather throughout the country. See it to believe it, an ideal place to call home and a government programme to make your dream a reality. To find a home away from home, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

Detail information, please check here

Colours of Malaysia 2008

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On 24th May 2008 at the Putrajaya's Palace of Justice, Malaysia celebrates its 10th anniversary of ‘Colours of Malaysia’ or Citrawarna with an explosive night of fun, flair and flavours. Creative lightshows and dazzling displays of fireworks dapple the vast canvas of the evening sky as a host of dancers parade the length of Persiaran Perdana at Putrajaya promoting their ethnicity, culture and traditions proudly.

Thousands of performers from far swung corners of Malaysia will be displaying the uniqueness of their cultures, traditions and arts in the form of dance and music. The nation’s people celebrate with vigour and unity.

This spellbinding show will keep everyone entranced and wonting for more and you are invited to be part of our celebrations on the street. The show begins as the evening sun melts into the horizon, providing a cool respite from the day’s heat. Pre-show will commence at 5.00pm while the main event will take centre stage at 8.30pm and Post-show will start from 10.30pm onwards.

The celebration of colours will be further enriched with a month long celebration of flavours. Flavours of Malaysia or Citrarasa will be held from 6th June till 8th June at the Titiwangsa Lake Garden in Kuala Lumpur, and will then be celebrated across the nation. The closing event will take place on 20 June 2008 in Miri, Sarawak.

Citrarasa aims to introduce a wide variety of delicious authentic local cuisine and selection of exotic fruits from the different states of Malaysia. A mélange of flavours tossed into unique selections of dishes specific to the people and locale demonstrates Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity.

There will be various food promotions and demonstrations at hotels, shopping malls and tourists’ destinations nationwide. Various activities like cooking competitions and demonstrations as well as live performances have been lined up to add spice to the festivities

The concern for, and maintenance of, health and wellness has been very much a part of Eastern culture since time immemorial. This has allowed the practice to develop into something of a fine art, and in Malaysia, influences from various ancient therapies have been infused into modern spa therapies. Spa and wellness programmes in Malaysia that combine traditional methods alongside modern ones in a designer ambience can offer you a delightful experience.

Malaysia, being a multi-cultural country, has at its disposal a huge range of traditional spa treatments handed down from generation to generation. Age-old Javanese beauty and wellness regimens, ancient Ayurvedic treatments from India, reflexology, accupressure and Shiatsu practices founded in China, among others, have a deep understanding of the human body, dispensing herbal recipes for baths, massage oils and scrubs.

Today, these curative and relaxing treatments are available at spas designed to create peace and tranquility within the soul of the visitor. Set against a lush tropical backdrop, and presented with nutritious and detoxifying fresh food and herbal drinks, most of these luxury spas are also equipped with jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pools and double baths. Malaysia has recently seen an influx of designer spas in the capital of Kuala Lumpur, but most spas are tucked away in resorts, nestled in lush rainforests or overlooking the lapping sea shore.

While regular medical check-ups take care of our physical health, some suggest that regular spa sessions not only enhance emotional and mental well-being but also serve as oil would to a well-functioning machine. Malaysia provides a serene and picturesque backdrop for the health rituals that are among the oldest in the world. So, whatever your stress-relief needs might be, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

Celine is coming to Malaysia

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This is an event that not to be missed. The star quoted as: Wonderful feeling for Celine

On her Taking Chances World Tour, Dion will visit many places for the first time, including an inaugural visit to South-East Asia where she will perform in Kuala Lumpur on April 8.

The tour continues in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China before heading to the Europe and the United States.

For details, contact 03-22822020.

On tour, Celine will be traveling with an entourage of 150 dancers, acrobats and concert personnel, and her 7-member band. She will also have a dentist and a voice and throat specialist on call. There will need to be 75 “premium hotel rooms” be reserved for the production crew aswell.

Celine has been singing from the heart for the past 5 years in Sin City, Las Vegas. But now you don’t have to travel to Vegas to see the diva live. She’ll most likely be stopping at a city near you on her “Taking Chances” world tour. Don’t miss your chance to see Celine live!

Cherating beach in Pahang

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The old Cherating Village has a blend of the modern and traditional. A stretch of road about 1km long runs parallel to the beach, dotted with charming and comfortable chalets, many of which face the beach front.

Cherating has the perfect combination of great surf, a wide stretch of white-sandy beach, a wealth of accommodation, dining choices and a classic surfers' nightlife scene. Surfers linger for days and even months in this small enclave to catch the best waves and chill out with fellow surfers, exchanging the day's conquests at one of the chic bistros or bars.

In fact, "Surfers' Haven" has long been the description of old Cherating Village since the 70's. Each year, surfers from around the world return to Cherating to test out the surf and catch up with local acquaintances. Cherating beach is immaculate and breath-taking. So much so that Club Med decided to build its first Asian base right here. And surfers take the opportunity to have local friends take them through some of the most charming rural villages along the coast and soak in the gorgeous scenery along the way.

The best time to wind surf and surf is between November and December.

How to get there

By Road

Cherating is a 3.5-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur via the scenic route to the east coast. There are buses to Kuantan departing daily from Kuala Lumpur. From Kuantan, there are regular bus and taxi services to Cherating. Alternatively, take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Dungun or Kemaman in Terengganu, which is north of Pahang, and disembark at Cherating.

By Air
Malaysia Airlines operates daily flights to Kuantan. From the airport, Cherating is just 45 minutes away.
Who to contact
For more information, please contact Pahang Tourism Action Council. (Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Negeri Pahang). Phone : +(609) 517 1111 / 1112. Fax : +(609) 514 6900. Website: www.pahangtourism.com.my

Accommodation Overview
Cherating started off as a backpacker's haven many years ago. These days, however, the range of accommodation has widened considerably to include everything from basic backpacker's hostels to 4-star hotels.

Uniquely Malaysia

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There is no other place like Malaysia....

Chap Goh Meh festival

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The finale to Chinese New Year celebration is Chap Goh Meh or in Hokkien means 15th night. It is a day when fair maidens will go out for a night with their chaperon on a full moon night. Of course, I must mention that the Chinese Lunar calendar uses the numbers based on the moon. The first day of the lunar month is when the new moon appears. Therefore, on the 15th of the month or chap goh meh, we get a full moon.

However, do you know that on 20th or rather 21st for us over here in Malaysia, there is going to be a total lunar eclipse?

In the late night hours of Feb. 20, 2008, a total lunar eclipse will dazzle the night sky. And this lunar eclipse may be worth staying up for, because it will be the last one until December 2010.
Residents of the Americas, Europe and Africa will have the best view of this eclipse.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, we won’t be able to witness the lunar eclipse. Fortunately is because some fengshui masters said eclipse is bad luck.

But what is most interesting on Chap Goh Meh is the orange throwing event by the sea. Long time ago, as in 60 years ago maybe, the girls were not allowed out of their homes to mix with boys. However, on Chap Goh Meh, they were let out of the home and they would throw oranges and make wishes. In Hokkien, it goes something like “Tim kam, chua ho ang” or “Throw Mandarin orange, marry good husband.”

Latest happening in Melaka

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Melaka has just celebrated Chinese New Year where major tourist spots were filled with tourists and locals alike. There were large crowds at Stadthuys, Dataran Pahlawan Mahkota Parade, Jonkers' Walk and people were seen taking the open top Panorama buses and river cruises.

For shoppers, new kids on the block were Mydin Hypermarket at Melaka Bazaar located at Melaka Sentral (this hypermarket is opened 24 hours) and 3-floors Carrefour Melaka at Dataran Pahlawan.

Then, we have newly opened Aldy Hotel Chinatown at Jalan Bunga Raya and Jalan Munshi Abdullah junction at Melaka New Chinatown and Melaka's first boutique hotel, Majestic Hotel,Malacca at the end of Jalan Bunga Raya. Another boutique hotel has her ground breaking ceremony at the mouth of Melaka River recently and will be opened in end 2009.

For those interested to view and enjoy the Melaka River walk, you will be surprised to see that the Melaka River water is clean for once. You will not be able to see the muddy water of yesteryears. Maybe, it has been due to the new barrage at the river mouth which stops the sea water to move upstream when high tide occurs. Before, the sea water with the muddy silt travels up the Melaka River when there is high tide. Now, the barrage has stopped this occurrence and kept the river full all the day. Another benefit of this is that can now be operated daily,daytime and at night and they are getting popular with visitors.

To be opened soon will be the "Melaka Tower" which visitors can view Melaka City above 110 metres via a rotating cabin.

Melaka open top Panorama red double decker buses and the colourful "becas" are must try events and everyone is excited about riding these buses and becas.

So, if you want to visit Melaka, there are certainly various activities for everyone. Melaka has history, historical sites, museums, river walks and sea & sea cruises, food, shopping, cultures and friendly Malaccans to be your hosts.

All areas in this popular resort island will receive wireless broadband access when the installation of 90 transmitters are completed in June.

The RM4 million Langkawi Digital Multimedia Island project would be begin after the Chinese New Year.Presently, only Pantai Cenang and Kuah have access to wireless broadband services.

By then, you can keep on blogging or just simply access your facebook by the beautiful beach or from the comfort of your hotel room. Langkawi is doing all the things to please its visitors.

Have your say in the world’s first global Monopoly!

Monopoly is creating the world’s first global Monopoly so they want to know what your favourite cities are!

They’ve pre-selected 68 great cities for you to choose from but you can nominate any other city you want – these are known as Wildcard cities.

Vote for your top 10 cities… and keep voting every day!

The 20 pre-selected cities with the highest worldwide votes on February 29 2008 will make it onto the board.

Vote for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yaa!!!

Tours in Sarawak

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Melanau Treasures Discovery
- Songket Textile & Smoke Prawn Tour (Seasonal)
- From Sibu to Sarikei (around 1.5 hours driving)
- From Sarikei experience Speed boat cruise to Tg Manis (30 Minutes)
- Local van from Tg Manis to Kpg Rajang (15 Minutes) visit famous Melanau Songket Textile Plant.
- Simple melanau lunch in Kpg Rajang.
- Proceed to Kpg Belawai (15 minutes) to view the processing of Udang Kering or Sesar Unjur (Smoked Prawns).
- Back to Sarikei, if time permit, short visit to Sarikei town for tasting ofSarikei Pineapple.
- Return back to Sibu and visit the Pepper Garden if time permit.

Sarikei Country Side + Tropical Agro Tour
- From Sibu to Sebangkoi Country Park (Less than 2.5 hours driving)
- Visit the famous Pepper Farm & Dragon Fruit farm.
- Visit Sebangkoi Country Park and enjoy the easy jungle trekking.
- Visit Sebangkoi Deer Farm and honey orange orchard before proceeding to Sarikei Town.
- Simple lunch at Sarikei and enjoy the famous local Ba-Chen Soup (8 treasures herbal soup).
- Short visit to Sarikei town and taste the famous Sarikei Pineapple

Upper Rajang Valley + Iban Longhouse Discovery
- Proceed from Sibu to Durin Ferry Point (About 45 minutes hours driving)
- Half way viewing the countryside & fruit farm.
- Visit local handicraft shop in Durin Ferry Point.
- Arrive Kanowit, short visit around and proceed to Rumah Benjamin Angki Longhouse.
- Welcoming drinks & tasting of Iban Pasteris.
- Simple lunch of Pansuh and local vegetables.
- Trek around longhouse and river bank area.
- Transfer back to Sibu and visit the local rattan furniture industry.