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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Malaysia - A cultural Potpourri.

 We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us - Anonymous

I fell in love with this quote back in school, and it truly symbolizes LIFE. I'm sure all of us have a "Places to visit list". Malaysia is on my top 20 list . Being a student of History, Malaysia has always fascinated me. From early influences of Hinduism and Buddhism to Islam, Malaysia has a variety of culture and tradition to offer its visitors. Tranquil beaches, cities dipped in history, rain forests, mountains  - You name it - There is something for everyone.

My travel plans are a mix of the above catering to my varied interests.

Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu, is located in Sabah in East Malaysia. Apart from the lovely view, that one would get from the top. Mt.Kinabalu is a mountain of legends. The one that intrigues me a lot is its origin from the Kadazan words Aki Nabalu, which means "the revered place of the dead" . The Kadazan people believe that spirits dwell in the mountain . The Kadazan people belong to an indigenous tribe, who still live on Mt.Kinabalu's Flanks. This combined with the breathtaking view is on my top 10 places to visit in Malaysia.

Layang- Layang

Layang -layang is a man-made island in Sabah, Borneo.It was initially constructed for the Malaysian Navy, and was later developed as the dive only resort.The best thing about the island is its guarantee for Isolation. If you are love reading a book with the calming noise of the sea. this is a must go place.

Also, its one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, owing to its marine display. If there is a place, I would love to let go of my hydrophobia, it would be HERE.


Penang is located on the northwest coast by the strait of Malacca. Its  a former British settlement , one of the four states to not have a Malay ruler or a Sultan . Penang's architecture speaks for itself, its an amalgamation of History and modern influences. The cultural mosaic of the city paints it with vibrant colors during festivals.

The history of this place already got my attention, and what added to it was the delicious array of street food that Penang has to offer. Owing to different cultures, its going to be a gastronomic treat.


Langkawi is a part of the Malaysian state of Kedah. The first thing that strikes you about Langkawi, is its Legend. The legend is of a woman named Mahsuri, the tale is woven around Love, Jealousy, curse etc.

Mahsuri, was put to death for alleged adultery. Before she died, she uttered the words, “There shall be no peace and prosperity on this island for a period of seven generations.” 

Langkawi is a duty free island. It offers Beautiful pristine white sand beaches, trekking through its rain forests, a boat tour through its mangroves and also the famous underwater world .

Kuala Lumpur


Malaysia is definitely incomplete without talking about Kuala Lumpur. After the quiet tranquility of nature, I would definitely love to go to the hustle and bustle, that the city offers through kuala lumpur. Its the federal capital of Malaysia, and offers the best of Food, shopping and culture. 

My list in Kuala Lumpur definitely starts with the Petronas Towers, followed by "Heaven for women" - the stretch from Bukit bintang to Kuala lumpur City Centre (BBKLCC), spoils you out of bounds with its offering in Fashion, food and entertainment.

Central market, china town and little India offers a mix of culture. my day is incomplete without food  - and what better way to do that than go to Jalan Alor in kuala Lumpur. 

Some other places on my list include George town, Mulu caves, Sipadan islands, Melaka, Taman Negara, Rawa and definitely the Batu Caves.

For more information for your visit to Malaysia, you can either download this mobile app , or you could visit the official Tourism Malaysia . I'm sure you will absolutely love Malaysia. 

I am participating in the MalaysiaJao Blogathon Contest in association with BlogAdda.com.

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