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7 Awesome Things to do in Malaysia that makes Malaysia a must visit destination

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A trip to Malaysia guarantees you lifetime of memories to cherish. There’s so much to see, do and enjoy that selecting the best is no mean task. Be it food, adventures, shopping, or entertainment, Malaysia has everything in abundance. Blessed with exceptional natural beauty, the island country beckons mountain hikers, nature lovers and laid- back holiday seekers alike.

Omitting the most famous touristy things to do, we have brought to you the list of 7 awesome things that you’ll best enjoy only in Malaysia.

1. Explore the best of Cameron Highlands

Yes, we all know Genting highlands. It’s very beautiful, but head up north from Genting to explore the mystic Cameron highlands which is in its full might and beauty between December and February. Greenery as far as you can see and luscious landscapes will captivate your senses. Enjoy jungle trekking, take a stroll in the sprawling tea plantations, or simply soak in the mesmerizing sights of the stunning viewpoints.

Traveler’s Tip: if you are not a crowd person, avoid the best time to visit Cameron highlands. Instead, go during the off season. The beauty is the same and you get all the required time and privacy for a personal rendezvous with nature.

2. Climb the Mount Murud

One of the last unspoiled places in Malaysia- Sarawak’s Kelabit highlands are full of rich flora and a beautiful climate that takes you away from all the worries of the world. The first ever climber on the mountain- Eric Mjoherg described the place as an unforgettable paradise. Going on a trek here is one of the nature’s most rewarding experiences ever.

Traveler’s Tip: to celebrate the grandeur of the place, every year an annual pilgrimage is taken to the mountain and therefore, there are various wooden houses built to accommodate over 1500 people. So in case you want to stay for the night, no problems!

3. Visit the amazing Batu Caves and have the best Chinese meal outside China

Just when you thought the iconic Batu Caves is the only good thing you should be looking forward to, you get the surprise of one of the best Chinese meals right at the foot of the Batu caves. Almost a legend, Pan Heong restaurant serves the most authentic and delicious Chinese meals. Take the trek of ardent 272 steep steps to Batu caves, admire the mesmerizing skyline from the top point and come back with a giant hunger to do complete justice to the sumptuous food at Pan Heong.

Traveler’s Tip: try the Chinese fried flat noodles. They call it Sang Har Kwey Teow. Its divine, and the quantity is good enough to satiate your giant appetite.

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4. Admire the shades of blue oceans at the Pulau Payar Marine Park

While on your visit to Langkawi, Pulau Payar Marine Park is one of the best things to do. It’s an amazing place to try the exciting water sports. The place has an exceptionally beautiful marine life and truly magnificent corals. Whether or not you are interested to dive into the water or test your guts with the adventure sports, you still have to visit the park to soak in the beauty of the place and the variety of different shades of blue waters that surrounds it.

Traveler’s Tip: the island is uninhabited and therefore, there are no hotels or resorts found. The nearest island is Langkawi which is an hour away, and you will have to take a speed boat ride to and fro from the island.

5. Take a river Safari at the Kinabatangan River in Sabah

Home to the world’s most diverse ecosystems and the longest river of Sabah, the Kinabatangan forest adjoining the river is one of the country’s most famous wildlife sanctuary and you can easily spot many exotic species like Asian elephants, Proboscis monkey, and Sumatran Rhinos. Take a river Safari to discover the astounding ecosystem of the place and the abundant wildlife.

Traveler’s Tip: go on a night safari. Its fun, its adventurous and you can spot many nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Most of the good tour operators offer this as a part of itinerary in their Malaysia Holiday Packages. So, don’t forget to ask for it.

6. Take a walk in one of the world’s oldest and prehistoric Rainforest in Pehang

Estimated to be over 130 million years old, the Taman Negara national park is one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Discover the mind blowing landscapes, rich flora and fauna, and Mount Tahan- the highest mountain in Malaysian Peninsula. Enjoy a variety of eco- adventure activities such as rapid shooting, canoeing, mountain and jungle trekking. Explore ancient limestone caves and also visit the indigenous community settlement of Orang asli.

Traveler’s Tip: take a walk along the world’s longest canopy to have the mesmerizingly beautiful view of the forest. Also, spend a night in the observation hide to catch a glimpse of the nocturnal animals in their habitat.

7. Visit Sarawak Cultural Village- the living Cultural Museum

Its hard to come across such a lively way of cultural explanation. Located in the foothills of the mighty Mount Santubong, the Sarawak Cultural Village is an award winning live display of the cultural heritage of Sarawak. Beautiful costumes, amazing handicrafts, traditional lifestyles and dwellings of the main communities showcasing their ethnic diversity; visiting the Sarawak Cultural Village is definitely one of the most awesome things to do in Malaysia. The place shows exceptional live performances by local artists and it also hosts the renowned international events such as World Harvest Festival and Rainforests World Music Festival.

Traveler’s Tip: spend time at the village to soak in the ethnicity. Visit the beautiful long houses and take a peek into the lives of different ethnic tribes. Don’t forget to take part in the interactive music workshop in the Rainforest Music House. The experience is every bit worth your time.

To completely experience the diversity of Malaysia, you have to travel it like a local and not as a tourist. Skip the regular attractions and go for the experiences that brings you closer to the roots of the country. Explore the abundant natural resources of this magnificent island and experience the tranquility of the soul of Malaysia.

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Taking In The Sights And Sounds Within The Big Apple

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nycSightseeing around New York City is probably the greatest experience that one can have. There is no town in the world that provides the quantity of sightseeing that NYC offers. Due to the fact that NYC is really spread out and includes a huge level of renowned monuments, structures, and other areas, the sightseeing options inside of the city are endless! Regardless of whether you want to see the entire metropolis through way up on top of the Empire State Building’s observation deck, or you want to tour the renowned Statue of Liberty, it is possible to have a great time taking in all that NYC has to offer in terms of sightseeing.

NYC boasts many famous tunnels. If you are a big fan of tunnels, NYC features the Lincoln, Midtown, Holland, and Brooklyn-Battery tunnels. All 4 of these tunnels have a large number of cars drive through them each and every day. This is why they are regarded as many of the most heavily used tunnels in the entire United States on a daily basis.

Interesting places to see in New York City:

The Big Apple provides many interesting places that you can see from the outside or go into and take a tour of. In the famous business buildings,like the renowned NYSE, or the extremely intriguing Chrysler Building, the city has probably the most famous properties in the world inside the edge. Additional structures, including the brand-new 1 World Trade Center tower, will open in 2014, give New York City its renowned skyline, and will continue to do so for quite some time into the future.

There isn’t any better place to go and visit compared to Statue of Liberty when in NYC. The Statue of Liberty is regarded as the top symbol of New York City, and it is also the most heavily visited sightseeing destination within the city. Not too long ago, the statue was renovated, allowing for an even more enjoyable experience. If you’re planning on taking a trip to New York City, be sure to check out the Statue of Liberty when you are there. You will also want to be sure to check out the Empire State Building’s observation tower as well in order to get a fantastic view of the entire city high above in the air. You surely will not regret doing so! NYC also offers many other quite interesting locations, such as:

  •  Yankee Stadium
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Times Square
  • Soho
  • Greenwich Village
  • Union Square
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Aubrey Kors is a content contributor for the Manhattan Management Group. Aubrey likes to write about traveling, shopping, and much more. Search nice NYC properties by browsing the MMGNYC website.