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Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Towers

The Pertonas Towers, were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, these buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur. The towers feature a diamond-facade consisting of 83 500 square metres of stainless steel extrusions. The stainless steel elements of the towers are composed of 55 000 square metres of 20.38 millimetre laminated glass to reduce heat by reflecting harmful UV rays. 170 m above the ground and 58 m long is the skybridge connecting the towers on the 41st and 42nd floor. 

Batu Caves Batu Caves

Dedicated to the Lord Murugan, the Batu Caves is the most popular Hindu shrine outside of India. The Batu Caves takes it's name from the Batu River or Sungai Batu, which flows past the limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples north of Kuala Lumpur. To reach the caves, which is said to be around 400 million years old, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps.

 

National Mosque

National Mosque

The National Mosque of Malaysia, located in Kuala Lumpur, was build in 1965 on the site of a church, the Venning Road Brethren Gospel Hall. The once pink main concrete roof was cladded in green and blue tiles when it underwent major renovations in 1987. The roof is reminiscent of an open minaret's folded umbrella.

 
 

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas (Kapas Island) means Cotton Island. Some locals will have you believe it revers to its soft white beaches. But the "reals legend" says the name comes from the time when pirates are hanged from the trees with white cotton cloth.

Kapas Island is relatively unheard of in the tourist circuit, so it's the ideal getaway for those who love peace and quite on unspoiled beaches surrounded by clear, warm water, ideal for snorkelling.

 
 

Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands are a small group of islands off the coast of northeastern Malaysia. The two main islands are Pulau Perhentian Besar (Big Perhentian Island) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian Island). The islands are surrounded by coral and belongs to a protected marine park which makes it an ideal destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. The small island, Kecil, attracts more budget travellers because of the cheaper accommodation while Besar, the bigger island, are more expensive and caters more for families and those who want to avoid the backpacker party scene.

Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands were discovered by Sir William Cameron in 1885. The area is at an elevation ranging from 1,100m (3,600 ft) to 1,600m (5,200 ft) above sea level. The altitude make for a cool climate and the temperature seldom rises above 25Deg C. This climate makes for an ideal location to escape the warm, humid temperature of the lower lying areas of Malaysia. In 1931, when the roads open, locals and the British settled on the mountain slopes and were soon followed by tea planters and vegetable growers.

 

 

Georgetown

Georgetown

George Town, the capital of Penang in Malaysia, is named after Britain's King George III and the inner city of George Town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Largely a Chinese city, Georgetown is full of colourful colonial architecture, shophouses and many rickshaws ferrying tourists around the maze of narrow lanes and broad streets. Most visitors enjoy wondering the streets searching for the impressive and sometimes comical street art that has now become well-know landmarks. While wondering the streets there are countless option for good food. From fine dining restaurants to local street food made by Chinese, Indian or Malay people.

 

 
 

Langkawi

Pulau Langkawi

Langkawi is officially know as "Langkawi Permata Kedah" in Malay which translates to "Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah". The name Langkawi come from the word "helang" and means island of the reddish-brown eagle, and is shortened to "lang" in Langkawi. On June 2007, Langkawi Island was given a World Geopark status by UNESCO. Three of it's main conservation areas are Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest park (Island of the pregnant Maiden Lake). About 30 km off the mainland coast of Malaysia in the Andaman Sea, is Langkawi, an archipelago of 104 islands. The largest of these islands is Pulau Langkawi with almost 65 000 inhabitants. This Island is also duty free and makes for a popular shopping destination for tourists.