MALAYSIA TRULY ASIA (Kuala Lumpur & Genting Highland)

Malaysia is a country that consists of 13 states & 3 federal territories. At one time it was the largest producer of tin, rubber& palm oil.

Main population of Malaysia are Malays, there are sizeable Chinese & Indians communities as well.

The official Language is Malay & Religion is Islam.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia.

Best time to visit KL – Kuala Lumpur is an affable city that can be enjoyed in every season. As regards to travel peak season, there is no definite period. KL is hot & humid through out the year.

Local transport in KL – Buses, Taxies, Monorail & Metro.

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Malaysia


Tourist attractions in KL – Patrons Tower
Batu Cave
Sunway lagoontheame park
Menara KL
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque
Butterfly Park
Bird Park
Sultan abdul samand building
National Mosque
Beryl’s Chocolate factory
Genting Highland

Food – Indian Food is very well liked in KL. There are numerous Indian restaurants in KL. They offer traditional Indian foods. One of the popular Vegetarian Restaurants is Annalakshmi Restaurant.

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Indian Restaurant – Deccan

Shopping – KL is truly shopper’s paradise. It is famous for its fabrics, handicraft & Electronic goods. Electronic Goods are economical than Singapore except Mobile Phones.

Day-1

In morning we reached KL by Malaysian Airlines, as in KL the Check out time is 12.00 PM & Check in time is 2.00 PM , our tour operator straight away took us for sight seeing.

Airport – KL

We started our visit from Putrajaya. It is a planned Capital city located at 25 Km south of KL & 20 Km from KL International Airport .Most of the government offices are shifted here from KL , due to over crowding & congested place. Putrajaya is still nature. Lush greenery, botanical gardens are spread across the landscape enhanced by large bodies of water and wetlands. Five confluences meet at the north forming a main waterway which flows across the city area.

We had our Breakfast at Selera Putra (Food court ) , It was located beside Putrajaya Lake.

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Selera putra – Food Court

After finishing our visit in Putrajaya we started our journey for KL. About 1.00 PM we reached our hotel – Hotel Grand. After necessary formalities we checked in to our rooms. We had our quick bath & rushed for our lunch at Indian Restaurant – Ghazal.

Indian Restaurant – Gazal

We were free in evening for shopping, we went to one of the famous Malls Bukit Bintay. One can find vast variety of Electronic Goods & branded clothes there.

We had our Dinner at an Indian restaurant in KL Tower

The KL Tower is a 421m high telecommunications and broadcasting tower which actually appears to be taller than the Petronas Towers, because it is built on a hill. Kuala Lumpur ranks fourth amongst the tallest telecommunications towers in the world.

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Kuala Lumpur Tower

Day-2

After having our breakfast we all left for Petronas Tower.

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Close – Up of Petronas Tower

Petronas Tower – One of main attraction of KL is Petronas Tower, it is one of the highest buildings in the world. They are 452 meters tall (88 Floors) . The Skybridge of the PETRONAS Twin Towers opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm & on Monday Skybridge would be opened for half day from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

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Morning View from Hotel – Petrons Tower

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Night View from Hotel – Petronas Tower

The Skybridge is located at 42nd Floor.

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View from Skybridge (Petronas Tower)

The Skybridge Ticket Counter opens at 8.30am on every operational days. There are 1300 tickets to be issued on first come first serve basis. The ticket is free of charge. Normally the tickets would be finished around 11.00am. The tickets will be issued on the visit day itself. To avoid any disappointment, I would suggest you to come to the ticket counter as early as 8.30am. The Skybridge Ticket counter located at the underground of the PETRONAS Twin Towers. The floor can be accessed from both Towers. you’re not allowed to stay very long long on the bridge. After 5 or 10 minutes you’re ordered to go down.

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View from Skybridge – PT

Beryl’s Chocolate Factory – Visited a premium quality chocolate factory outlet.

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Dragaon Made by Chocolate

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Beryl’s Chocolate (Factory Outlet)

Sunway Lagoon is a amusement park, accessible on Federal Highway. Sunway Lagoon is also accessible via the Damansara-Puchong Expressway. New Pantai Express Way and KESAS Highway. It takes about 45 mins to reach there from KL.

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Theme park – Sunway Lagoon

The Entry Ticket for the sunway lagoon is 65RM for Adult & 50 child. Kids below 90 cm are free.

Sunway Lagoon is separated into 3 major theme lands: Wild Wild West, World of Adventure and Waters of Africa.

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Sunway Lagoon

Day-3

King´s Palace (Istana Negara)

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King Palace

King palace is surrounded by a beautiful park, green lawns and ponds. It can be watched from outside the main gate where the Royal Guards, dressed in white Malay as well as red British inspired uniforms, are guarding the main gate on horse and on foot. The king in Malaysia is the head of the state. Together with the Prime Minister, the King appoints the cabinet from among the members of Parliament, as well as the nominal head of the military and all three branches of government.

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Royal Guards

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Change of Guards – King Palace

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Royal Guards (One without Uniform & Gun)

Sultan Abdul Samad Building is located in front of Independence Square. The structure takes its name from Sultan Abdul Samad, the reigning sultan of Selangor at the time when construction began.

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Sultan Abdul Samad Building – Independence Square

Batu Caves are situated thirteen kilometers north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. They are the sacred place for the Hindu’s in Malaysia. They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high. They were discovered in 1892.

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Batu Cave

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Batu Cave

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Batu Cave

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Batu Cave

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Batu Cave

Once a year they celebrate the Thaipusam festival in the Batu Caves. It’s a celebration for the son of Shiva (Subramaniam) and the becoming “one” of Pusan and the Brihaspati stars.

National Mosque This uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its most striking feature is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof which symbolises the aspirations of an independent nation. Standing prominently against the skyline is the sleek and stylish 73m high minaret.The central roof appears to be first glance a partially unfolded umbrella.

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National Mosque

Visitors are advised to observe the rules of dressing and decorum which are listed at the entrance.

Day -4

Genting Highland is just 1 and half hours journey from Kuala Lumpur by bus. It is
beautiful place to spend your summer vacation. Kids will simply love this place. Lot of activites for all age group. Genting Highlands is at 2,000 meters above sea level, is a relief from the hot and humid lowlands. It has a casino, water theme park [indoor and outdoor].

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Genting Highland

Genting Highland

Genting Highland

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Genting Highland

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Genting Highland

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Genting Highland

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Genting Highland

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Genting Highland

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Genting Highland

Genting Highland

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View from Genting Highland

One and only one casino in Malaysia is located right here. In Malaysia you have to be 21 to go into the casino. Chinese and other races are allowed to gamble, except Malay people, because all Malays in Malaysia are Muslim (Islam). Their religion doesn’t allow them to do so.

You can reach the hills from the ground by a cable car which is Asia’s longest and fastest cable car service.

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Asia\’s longest & fastest Cable Car – GENTING HIGHLAND

Day – 5
We checked out from the hotel, had our brunch & proceeded for KL International Airport.

While on our way to KL international airport I was really missing the visit to Langkawai Island in Malaysia., as I could not get chance to visit this place. Hope to visit it in near future.

Till than Bye- Bye Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysia Airport

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Malaysia Airport

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Malaysia

37 Comments

  • tanya says:

    hi mahesh

    i thought i did be the first one to share my malaysian experiences but as i log in i realize that you have already taken the leap :))

    hey nevetheless, the more the better…..i like your pictures and can see all the things that i missed in malaysia!!!

  • Mahes Semwal says:

    Dear Tanya,

    Thanks for your nice words.

  • Jerry Jaleel says:

    Informative text and nice pics. The Petronas Towers and the connecting bridge are marvelous engineering achievements, and they formed the background for the Hollywood film ENTRAPMENT starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones.

    With best wishes,

    Jerry

  • Mahes Semwal says:

    Thanks Jerry,

    You are absolutely right that Petronas Towers and the connecting bridge are marvelous engineering achievements.

  • nandanjha says:

    Mahesh – Your stories are always full of useful and valuable information, something which a fellow traveler would greatly benefit from.

    I like the pic with that super big red and black bottles :-)

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Thank you very much Nandan.

    If you really fells that my stories are full of info. for our fellow Ghumakkars then I have done my job upto a extand.

  • Dipak says:

    Hi Mahesh and Tanya

    excellent job done and shared your experience , i am planning to go in 3rd week of october , i had aready booked flight and got visa , while after going thro so many websites and information i am still in confusion whether i should take fix package from india before leaving for malaysia or should directly book hotel there and arrange site seeing thee

    awaiting your reply

  • tanya says:

    @dipak

    hey definitely take a packaged tour….thats so very comfi n u dnt hav to worry about nick nacs n stuff…everythn is done for u……

    direct bookings from here will screw ur pocket big time…..

  • Faisal Rafiq says:

    I am very thankful to you that you give us such a fruitful information for those who are planing to visit Malaysia.
    Faisal Rafiq

  • Vikram Shrotri says:

    Dear Sir

    Liked the information and photos and thx for the same for giving many details in your Malaysia Tour.
    Could you pl. email me phone / Fax No. and email address of Indian restaurents visited by you ( if you have ) , like
    1) Annalakshmi Restaurant
    2) The Deccan Indian Cuisine
    3) Ghazhal Hotel
    4) Indian Hotel in KL Toer
    and other Indian resaturents visited by you.

    Thx n regards

    Vikram Shrotri

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Dear Vikram,
    Thanks for liking the post. Sorry, the details required by you is not possible as evering thing was arranged by the tour operator. Ghazal Hotel is very close to Malls Bukit Bintay.

  • sramvaidya says:

    very informative…..but tell me do u need 5 days to see all this… suggest if v cant finish in 3 days and spend 2 days in malacca or penang ?

    bi

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Dear Vaidya,

    Thanks for liking the post. In 4 days you can explore only KL & GH. KL is a really a shoppers paradise so keep one day for shopping.

  • liew says:

    Comment by andy fong March 1, 2010 @ 7:28 PM | Reply
    2.
    We always recieved news messages from Myanmar people, they are complainted about committees of temple and please see at below.
    Thanks
    Dear Sir and Madam,
    We are Myanmar group in Malaysia; we lived in Malaysia over decade and always went to one of temple in Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur and we were very sad and regreting with the committees of temple because they are using our monks in wrong conception of Buddhist teaching or Buddhist rules. We came to temple to help our monks and respected of our religion.
    That temple is president of name:Yip Kum Fook, that our monks said and he is invited our monks from Myanmar to in charge of that temple but without pay anything to our monks, added he and his not respecting of our monks and sometime he ordered of his people to collected item such as paper, mineral water etc. without inform any words to our monks. In our religious believed we cant take anything of holy place, if we done we are sin.
    In pervious, our monk said the committees always asked money from him, when our monks gave RM20,000.00 in cash on 2001 to the committees, then committees keep silent, later committees make problem with our monk again and cancelled of our monk Visa permit to stayed in Malaysia, then our monks( Sadayaw Nandiya) go to Australia and our monk not come that temple at long time. Yip Kom Fook gave our monk notebook computer for to cover of that amount of money our monk said
    Many local people around temple said, now no more people come to this temple because committees is always make problem and we are heard from local people said: Yip Kum Fook ordered of his people to put fire of Hindu temple at Taman Daya, Kepong because he needed that place to make his business about many years ago. Everybody known what he done for Hindu temple at Taman Daya, Kepong
    Last time also he invited police to arrest the monks at holy place(temple) and locked the temple without afraid and shameful of people because he believed committee is big and has more authority, also his son always say to people: this temple is belonging of his father. This temple donated from public, we are work hard for this temple
    This temple the committees always changed the monks, now they change the new monk to in charge of temple, this new monk also complaint the bad things of committees because committees also wait for donation box only, they without help anything to our monks. And committees controlled of our monks not to talk more or complaint more, our monks lived there as slaver and afraid of committees members.
    In new building where remaining of Buddha statue marble; we have renovation of Buddha statue because that Buddha statue is put very low, we lift to highest the committees dont like and unhappy. In our country, anyone be able to come temple to worship the Buddha but in Malaysia is different temple controlling by committees.
    We hope everyone preserve of Buddhist teachings, and please safety of our monks, not see only money as this of temple. When we asked some of our people ( Myanmar) and local people, the committees are very low of idea because is very narrow mind and without education of religions. And committees will not disturbing of our monks, monks are like our father to take care of Buddhism and temple is like our place of resolving of our problem.
    Recently, our monk(Sadayaw Ashin Indaka original from Madalay, Myanmar) has been staying in this temple also unhappy because the committees are not pay anythings to him, he is working in hardly to advise people and we also unhappy and very sad when heard the bad news from our monks. Sometime the committees people came and shouting in the temple without have any reason and done what they need to do, our monk said, the committees of this temple dont have Buddhist teachings in their mind, may be next time Buddhist can destroy.
    From Myanmar Buddhist group in Malaysia but many word complaint by local Buddhist community in Malaysia. If anyone receive of this message(email), please forward or send to your friends to protection Buddhism in Malaysia.
    .-March 10th, 2010 at 8:55 am

  • chetan says:

    Hello all, just bought tickets for malaysia at a special promotional offer from airasia, visiting malaysia this august.

    This post is vey helpful to me, gonna take its prinout with me.

    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      Dear Chetan,

      I am glad that you liked it & found it helpful for your trip.

      Do share your experience once you are back.

  • James says:

    Can u give dteilas of your tour co ordinator

  • smit says:

    Hi It is very useful

    can you pls give me more detials of tour operator or the total expences details pls ?

    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      Dear Smit,

      I am glad that you liked the post & found it useful.

      As it was an official trip so I don’t have an idea about the expenses. Our tour operator was D.PAUL.

      • smit says:

        Hi Mahesh,

        this is really very useful information. but i am planning for 3 days in Kuala Lumpur and i want to estimate my total tour expenaces before going to there. and i am first time going from outside india. so i have doesnt have any information about hotel rent,food and other expenaces for moving there. so can you estimate how much approximate indian amount is enough for 3 days ?

  • narayan chakrborty says:

    mahesh i want to meet you………..i want your valuable suggestion in this respect……however till date i still unable to visit malaysia & singapore…..i want to visit that place with my parents……i go through all your valuable suggestions there in the above..thanks indeed….that you share your exp.with us……..

    mahesh.if possible can we talk in the facebook or mail…….i have written my mailing id …..(narayan19824729@rediffmail.com) & facebook id(narayan19824729@rediffmail.com)

    pls add me as soon as possible.i have numerous queries regarding airport rules and regulations………hope we can talk over there……
    i am waiting for your reply……………..thanks once again……………
    —————————–
    narayan chakraborty
    kolkata
    ranbaxy lab……

  • bhagwan says:

    hi, we are planning to go malaysia (kl and genting ). i hv seen hong kong / bkk/pattaya and dubai/nepal/phuket and singapore., but heard that genting is very nice. pls seggest me some travel agents at kl and how many days require , we are only four days free after 25th/nov/2010.
    pls mail and help me. Thanks bhagwan

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Dear Bhagwan,

    Our was a official trip , package was booked by D paul. If I am not wrong , D Paul are the authorized tarvel agent for Malaysia. Genting Highland is worth to visit. I think 5 days are sufficient for KL / Genting.

  • B K Gupta says:

    Hello Mahesh ,
    Greetings for the day , I was looking for the Information’s & Comments for Travelling to Malaysia & I feel my Search Ends here . It is nice to see all the pictures & read your Experiences as if I have virtually visited Malaysia .
    I need you Expert comments , I am planning to visit Malaysia during First Week of Dec . & would be booking a tour package with Dpaul similar to yours for 4 nt. 5 days 2 KL & 2 Genting .
    Please advise should I take Package Including Dinner or Explore on my Own for Variety of our Choice there , a optional addon is offered for Rs. 4000 for 4 Dinners / Sun Lagoon Visit / KL Tower Night Visit with Tickets , is it worth taking.
    We are expected to stay at Hotel Prince adjacent to KL Tower on Walking .
    For Patronage Tower Tour Operator Arranged for the Entry Tickets or we have to manage our self .
    Is that Sun Lagoon worth visiting where I think we will consume almost full day .
    Dpaul included the KL & Genting Sight Seeing , What all Area / Location they Cover & any where we may have to pay for Entry Tickets / Transport .
    Please suggest any additional visiting place to visit in free time during eve/night .
    I expecting your reply very soon as I have to give final Itineraries to DPaul for final booking by 30th Oct.I have sent you a mail also at add mentioned above .
    After Visiting I will Share my view with you .

    Regards
    B K Gupta

    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      Dear Mr. Guta,

      reply sent to you through mail.

      Please share your experience with us once you are back.

      Wish you happy Journey.

  • jenny says:

    hey mahesh,
    awesome post man..got 2 say tatz itz big time useful..me heading to malaysia for a similar 5 day visit tiz 16th..kindly take the pain to mail me any mre useful stuff u hav…

    tk cre,,
    bye bye

  • Deepak says:

    Malaysia rocks, in my opinion if you are a budget traveller China Town is the best and cheap place to stay.

    I didnt like the Indian food there, Thumbs up to Indian food in Bangkok.

    Unable to visit the Petronas Towers coz of late night parties at the “The Beach Club”

    One more think, Fix the fare before sitting in the taxi or ask them to go by meter.

    Overall 6 out of 10 marks to Malaysia.

  • Its a chance , sitting at KL airport for ny connecting flight for Bali

    • Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Hello Mahesh

      I am a new to the Ghumakkar. I read and liked the story. Beautiful descriptions of the places coupled with spectacular photographs made it more interesting.

      I hope you will bring lots of flavour from Bali. Eagerly waiting for your come back with a story on Bali, the island of Gods.

      With best wishes

      Anupam

  • Hi Anupam,

    I will try to explore the Bali as much as possible n update soon.

    Thanks for your appreciation.

  • Nandan Jha says:

    I am also waiting for Bali log :-)

  • @Nandan – today at 2 o’clock will be going to visit Volcano & Sunrise. 2 hrs drive & 2 hrs trekking ….:-)

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