Tasik Kenyir/ Kenyir Lake

January 5, 2008

Kenyir Lake / Tasik Kenyir

Located approximately 55 km from Kuaia Terengganu, the Kenyir Lake is reputed to be one of the largest and most fascinating man-made lake in the world. Covering an area of 369 sq km, it is also Malaysia’s largest rock-filled hydroelectric dam. When the area was inundated by water, most of the hills were above the water level, thus creating about 340 man-made islands. Surrounded by a lush tropical jungle, the Kenyir Lake is a popular and ideal retreat for nature lovers, anglers, photo enthusiasts and fun seekers.

Kenyir Lake / Tasik Kenyir

Some of the activities which could be carried out here are fishing, swimming, canoeing, boating and jungle trekking. Due to the cleanliness of the lake and abundance of food supply, the Kenyir Lake has a wide variety of fresh water fish such as Baung, Toman, Kelisa and Lampam. Accommodation such as houseboats, floating chalets and lakeside resorts are also available to visitors.


Mount Kinabalu

January 5, 2008

 Mountain Kinabalu

Imagine , being surrounded by the wonders of nature’s lush garden dating from the dawn of time. Stand at the highest summit of Borneo as dawn peeks over the horizon to reveal Sabah’s splendours far and wide. Reflect the quiet, sacred moment when you experience the most magnificent sunrise of your lifetime. Stroll amidst the treetops at the rainforest canopy walk and gaze up close at centuries-old wonders. Soak in the healing balm of a magic spring as colourful butterflies flutter around you. Admire the world’s largest flower at your feet. Or lunch next to plants that lunch on insects.

You’ll find it all in the KInabalu Park – Malaysia’s first World Heritage designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its ‘outstanding universal values’ and role as one of the world’s most important biological sites.

The focal point of the park, of course, is the majestic Mt. Kinabalu. Such is the importance of this mountain to Sabah, that the capital was renamed Kota Kinabalu (Kinabalu Fort) in 1964. The highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Snow Mountains of Papua Barat (New Guinea Island), this magnificent granite massif stands at 4,095.2 m. (13,435 ft.) tall.


Taman Negara How to get there

January 5, 2008

Langkawi Island
How to get there

Location Map I How to get there I Sights to behold

The staging point for visits to the Park is Kuala Tembeling from which a 3-hour boat ride upriver takes you to Kuala Tahan, the park headquarters. Boats depart from Kuala Tahan at 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. daily, except for Fridays when the afternoon departure is at 2.30 p.m. Taman Negara Resort also operates a speedboat service that take only 45 minutes to reach Kuala Tahan. The speedboat leaves Kuala Tembeling at 10.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. daily.

How to get to Kuala Tembeling
By Road
From Kuala Lumpur, a 3-hour drive takes you to Jerantut. Then proceed 16 km north to Kuala Tembeling.Jerantut bound taxis may be found at the Pudu Raya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur.Alternatively, take a bus from the Jalan Tun Razak Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur for Jerantut and from there, take a local bus or taxi to Kuala Tembeling.

By Rail
Kuala Tembeling is also accessible from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Kota Bharu (via Tumpat) by rail. Trains from these stations stop at Tembeling Halt, about half an hour’s drive to the jetty at Kuala Tembeling.


Taman Negara National Park

January 5, 2008

Taman Negara

Taman Negara

Location Map I How to get there I Sights to behold

Mother Nature’s Treasure Trove
Spread out over 4,343 sq. km. of the formidable Titiwangsa Mountain Range is Taman Negara – One of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. A sanctuary to hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, insects, fish and plants. Home to Malaysia’s friendly aborigines, the Orang Asli. A shy yet gentle race, they continue to live the nomadic way they’ve lived for centuries although fully aware of the country’s fast-paced progress.
Come discover the living treasures Mother Nature has to offer. Whether it’s shooting thrilling rapids, exploring spectacular caves, tackling a 20-pound fish, scaling up Peninsular Malaysia’s highest mountain, trekking through dense, tricky forest pathways or swimming in crystal clear pools, Malaysia’s National Park is a natural paradise you must experience. An adventure of a lifetime awaits you here.

Taman Negara

A 130 Million Year Old Park
Taman Negara straddles the interior border regions of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu, boasting a continuous evolutionary history that spans 130 million years. Owing to a state legislation in 1925, about 1,300 sq. km. of tropical jungle in its natural state was designated the Gunung Tahan Game Reserve. In 1939, the three sultans of the above-mentioned states declared the area a national park. It was renamed King George V National Park. Following the nation’s independence from the British in 1957, the park was officially given the name it goes by now.

Over the years, although Malaysia has promoted Taman Negara as a popular tourist destination, the goverment has taken careful steps to ensure the conservation of the park’s flora and fauna. All developments or upgrading programmes to cater for tourists are carried out only after consultation with environmental experts.


Head Office

January 5, 2008

HEAD OFFICE
17th Floor Menara Dato Onn
Putra World Trade Center
45 Jalan Tun Ismail
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2693 5188
Fax: 603-2693 5884, 603-2693 0207
tourism@tourism.gov.my


Redang Island

January 5, 2008

Redang Island (Pulau Redang)

Redang Island (Pulau Redang)

| Getting to Redang | Location Map | Introduction |

Redang is located 45 km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu is the largest of the group of islands dotting the South China Sea off the Terengganu coast. The island offers crystal clear waters and numerous dive sites for the enthusiast. Sheltered within the Redang Island Marine Park, the waters here abound with marine life.

Redang Archipelago exists of 9 islands that abound with marvelous marine fishes, turtles and coral reefs that ensure great snorkeling and scuba-diving. The boat trip starts from the fishing village of Merang. This is a fishing village North of Kuala Terengganu.

The best time to visit Redang is between April and October. Take note that most resorts are closed during the Northeast Monsoon, which blows from November to March.

Redang Island (Pulau Redang)

Redang island is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, jungle trekking, boating and canoeing. This paradise-like island offers crystal clear water, pearly white shores, a colorful array of spectacular marine life, a breathtaking sunset and what could be the world’s most mature coral gardens. This is your chance to see and be acquainted with the local eel, giant grouper, black tipped shark, etc. Chance encounter with the Green turtle and Hawksbill turtle is common. There are corals of every imaginable shape, size or color. The observant are rewarded with sights of flatworm, nudibranch, shrimp, squid, cuttlefish, stonefish, lionfish and pipefish.

No fishing is allowed within a 3.2 km radius of the island as Pulau Redang. The collection of corals and other aquatic life is also prohibited. The fines and penalties are severe and each year sees reports of arrests and fines. Activities prohibited and not allowed are:

Redang Island (Pulau Redang)

Collecting and taking of aquatic life ( corals, shell or fishes whether living or alive ). Fishing without a license & Causing Pollution (3.2 km radius), i.e. littering Possession of spear fishing equipment. The waters around Pulau Redang also contain two historic shipwrecks. The H.M.S Prince of Wales and the H.M.S Repulse were sunk here at the start of World War II, setting the stage for the Japanese occupation of Malaya.

The hilly island of Redang can be fascinating in its own way. There is a moderately well trodden and marked path between Pasir Panjang and Teluk Dalam beach, about 2 km long. Sights include a small stream and pools alive with catfish, the occasional encounter with the shy kancil (little deer) and monkeys, and other jungle flora and fauna. At the end of the trek is the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort at Teluk Dalam. For the more adventurous, there are rocky cliffs and outcrops away from this beaten path that offer spectacular overhead views of Pasir Panjang below.

Redang Island (Pulau Redang)


Tioman Island

January 5, 2008

Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman)

Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman)

| Introduction | Location Map | Getting There |
| Tioman Island Museum | Activities | Monkey Bay |
| Tulai Island | Renggis Island | Marine Park |

A Tropical Paradise in the South China Sea
About 36 nautical miles off Malaysia’s east coast lies Pulau Tioman or Tioman Island, one of the region’s most enchanting holiday spots. Scenic and tranquil, Tioman Island boasts miles and miles of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, charming villages and friendly people. Its crystal clear waters teem with spectacular marine life and colourful coral gardens. The twin peaks of Gunung Nenek Semukut provide a prominent landmark to this island, reputed to be one of the most beautiful and idyllic in the world.

The Resting Place of a Beautiful Dragon Princess
According to legend, Tioman Island is the resting place of a beautiful dragon princess, Whilst flying from China to visit her prince in Singapore, this beautiful maiden stopped to seek solace in the crystal-clear waters of the South China Sea. Enraptured by the charms of the place, she decided to discontinue her journey. By taking the form of an island, she pledged to offer shelter and comfort to passing travellers.

Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman)

Tropical Playground for Water Sports Enthusiasts
Tioman Island is an excellent spot for fun-filled water sports activities. You can go scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkelling, boating, water skiing, windsurfing, or enjoy the beauty of undersea gardens by ridding around the island in a glass-bottomed boat.

A Marine Treasure Trove
Tioman Island is a treasure trove of breathtaking marine attractions. Corals, seashells and limpets, thorny sea urchins, colourful seaweeds and anemones, starfish and a myriad of other aquatic wonders are abundant here. The crystal clear waters make scuba diving and snorkelling in Tioman an experience unlike any other. Other neighbouring islands recommended for scuba diving and snorkelling are Chebeh, Tulai, Renggis, Sembilang, Seri Buat and Gut.

Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman)

Exciting Adventures Amidst The Splendour Of Nature
Tioman Island is the ideal spot for nature lovers, Whether at sea or on land, the wonders of nature that greet you are truly astounding and fascinating. Trek across the verdant hill from Tekek to Juara and enjoy the cool waterfalls cascading over moss-coverad rock formations at Mukut, or take a dip in the warm waters dotted with pastel-coloured reefs. Or head to the Marine Park Centre located between Tekek and Air Batang and swim amidst the various species of fishes.

Anglers’ Bountiful Paradise
Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy a bountiful catch at Tioman Island, Just hire a boat for a day, anchor outside the Marine Park limits where fishing is permitted. By dusk, you will have a catch large enough for a sumptuous barbecue on the beach. If you want to try something different and challenging, try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Among the species if fishes and crustaceans found here are groupers, morays, tunas, parrotfish, sea-bass, red snappers, stingrays, plaices, soles, cora trouts, blue marlins, squids, cuttlefish, shrimps, crabs, prawns and lobsters.

Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman)

A Delightful Respite from the Hustle and Bustle of City Life
When the stress of life’s hectic pace gets to you, rejuvenate your mind and body at Tioman Island. Immerse yourself in the quiet and tranquil setting. Relax to the cool, refreshing breeze and soothing waves. Bask in the tropical sun or walk along the shores during sunset to experience the beauty of the island. Popular beaches are found around the villages of Tekek, Genting, Salang, Air Batang and Juara. For golf-lovers, tee off at the 18-hole international-standard golf course set amidst lush tropical greenery. Enjoy the picturesque sight of rustic villages scattered around the island, where the people are charming, friendly and gracious.

Tioman Island is accessible by boat from Mersing town or Tanjung Gemok, Rompin, a journey which takes about 1 to 2 hours. Or one can also take a plane either Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Kuantan. Accommodation comes in the form of delightful wooden chalets on the beach or in luxurious hotel rooms. Whichever is the choice, comfort and hospitality is assured.

Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman)


Pangkor Island

January 5, 2008

Pangkor Island / Pulau Pangkor

Pangkor Island / Pulau Pangkor

Situated just off the west coast of Perak in Peninsular Malaysia is one of the most enchanting islands you’ll ever come across. Pangkor has for centuries enthralled visitors with her charming beauty. In days of old, she was the refuge of seamen who sailed through the Straits of Malacca. Pangkor’s many idyllic bays made it the perfect stopover. Pirates, adventurers, merchants and soldiers of fortune sought the peace and tranquility she had to offer.

Pangkor Island / Pulau Pangkor

In stark contrast to malaysia’s fast-paced progress, Pangkor remains a haven for those seeking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Soak up the sun on her golden beaches. Catch sight of fishing boats

Pangkor Island / Pulau Pangkor

Remembering Pangkor’s past…
For centuries, Pangkor has been a welcome stopover for weary sea travellers, pirates and adventurers. At one time even ruled by European conquerors. Yet, as if oblivious to the ravages of war and conquest, her natural wonders have remained unscarred. Perhaps to conquer your heart.

Pangkor today is a thriving tourist destination that somehow does not reflect her turbulent past. Visitors will be charmed by the serenity of her fishing villages, her small but bustling towns and her splendid selection of world-class holiday resorts.

Pangkor Island / Pulau Pangkor

Treasures of the island
Nothing beats the wonderful offerings of Pangkor’s pristine beaches. And after you’re had enough of the beach, retreat into the coll shades of virgin jungles for a closer look at nature. There’s so much to do in Pangkor, so come discover at your own pace.

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Langkawi Island

January 5, 2008

Langkawi Island / Pulau Langkawi

Langkawi Island / Pulau Langkawi

Langkawi island is an archipelago of 104 islands lying in the north western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The exact location of these tropical islands is at the site where the Straits of Malacca meets the waters of the Andaman Seas.

The largest of these islands is called Langkawi Island and is bigger than the Penang Island.The other islands in this group are Island of Pregnant Maiden (Pulau Dayang Bunting), Lion Island (Pulau Singa Besar) and Beras Basah Island.The smallest of these islands are atolls roughly the size of an ordinary house!

Langkawi Island / Pulau Langkawi

Langkawi is coined from the Malay words Lang and Kawi. Lang is a brown eagle and Kawi is a local manganese stone.The ancient fishermen must have seen eagles flying clutching the manganese stones! A giant monument of a brown eagle clutching the manganese stone greets all visitors to Langkawi near the Kuah Jetty.

The main tourist attractions of Langkawi Island is its virgin white sandy beaches.The beaches have very gentle continental slope and the water is crystal clear.

Langkawi Island / Pulau Langkawi

This island is unique in the sense that it has so many legendsand myths associated with it.Langkawi Island is therefore also called Pulau Lagenda or Legendary Island.

The most talked about legend is that of Mahsuri who is said to have laid a curse on this island for seven generations.Luckily the period of this curse is over now and Langkawi Island is fast becoming an internationally recognised tourist destination.

The government of Malaysia has declared the entire Langkawi Island as a duty free zone. Hence this island is also termed Duty Free Island.All goods sold in this island are exempted from government tax.Therefore this Legendary Island is a haven for the shoppers.You only need to stay in Langkawi for a minimum of 48 hours to take back home a reasonable amount of tax free goods.

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Transportation in Malaysia

January 5, 2008

Transport

In Peninsular Malaysia, the main cities are served by an efficient network of highways and major roads. A good map is necessary if you plan to get behind the wheel to see the country in greater detail. In most cities and big towns, the road network is relatively good, with the exception being the less-developed rural and interior areas. Here, possibly the only way to get around would be by river transportation. A good and reliable train service runs the length of the Peninsula and covers the West and East Coast. The rail network also links up with Singapore and Thailand. Public transportation in the cities include buses, taxis and light railway. The domestic air network is comprehensively served by several local airlines.

By Road
The opening of the North-South Expressway that runs the entire length of the Malaysian Peninsula was considered a quantum leap in transportation infrastructure, effectively linking Major Cities on the west coast.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of driving in some of the big cities, most notably downtown Kuala Lumpur. Traffic is often distressingly congested and the many ongoing construction projects actually hinder the flow of traffic in many areas. In any case, visitors wishing to drive in Malaysia should plan their journey carefully to avoid peak hours and be well-prepared with road maps.

Note: Malaysians drive on the left side of the road. One more thing to watch out for is the large number of motorcyclists on Kuala Lumpur’s streets.

Buses
Buses operate in all the Major Cities of Malaysia and are cheap and convenient.

Buses in Kuala Lumpur.Buses in Kuala Lumpur used to have the unsavoury reputation of being unreliable, crowded and dirty but that has changed. Intrakota buses charge a flat rate of 90 sen. These are regular and air-conditioned.

Bus routes converge at several points in the city, namely downtown Kuala Lumpur which includes he entire Chinatown, Central Market and Puduraya area, Chow Kit, which is near the Putra World Trade Centre and the Bukit Bintang commercial district.

The suburbs are easily accessible from the main terminal in town, Klang Bus Station, just opposite Central Market.

The following bus terminals in town have services to the other states:

Pudu Raya: (03) 2070 0145
Buses from here go to most of Peninsular Malaysia. There are also services to Thailand and Singapore.

Putra Bus Terminal: (03) 4043 8984
Buses to the East Coast, especially the states of Kelantan and Terengganu. It is located opposite the Putra World Trade Centre.

Pekeliling Bus Terminal: (03) 4 42 1256
Buses to Pahang and Genting Highlands.

MARA Executive Coaches are the bus version of limousines, equipped with all sorts of business facilities and are extremely comfortable. The headquarters is at the MARA building along Jalan Raja Laut. Tel: (03) 2691 8113

Taxis
Taxis are white and red. You should always insist the drivers use the meter which is obligatory by law. The flagfall rate is RM2.50.

Note: There is a 50% surcharge for trips between midnight and 6am. There is an additional charge of RM 1 if you call a taxi by phone.

At airports and railway stations, taxi vouchers with pre-set rates are available.

Car Rental
A valid International Driving Licence is required in order to drive in Malaysia. Although the minimum age for driving is 17, most car rental companies insist on a minimum age of at least 21. Many car rental companies have branch offices at airports and railway stations.

Car Rental Companies
Avis Rent a Car Tel: (03) 2142 3500
Bridgeport Rent a Car Sdn Bhd Tel: (03) 7980 7646
Budget Car Rental Tel: (03) 2145 1460
Dynadrive Rent a Car Sdn Bhd Tel: (03) 2148 8877
First Nationwide Car Rental Sdn Bhd Tel: (03) 7728 9788
Hertz Rent a Car Tel: (03) 2148 6433
Mansfield Car Rental Tel: (03) 2142 3333
Wira Car Rental & Tour Sdn Bhd. Tel: (03) 5161 1157
SMAS Rent a Car Tel: (03) 2070 7788
Mayflower Car Rental Tel: (03) 6252 1888
Pacific Rent a Car Tel: (03) 6060 6155

By Rail
Trains in Malaysia are run by Malaysian Railways (KTM) which is owned by the government. Now managed by a private company, its services have been greatly improved. Trains run regularly all the way down to Singapore or up north to Thailand.

For those in search of the ultimate luxury and who can afford it, there’s also the Eastern & Oriental Express, which links Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Within the Peninsula, here are two main rail lines. One is the regular service linking Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Trains leave daily from Bangkok to Butterworth (in Penang), which is an overnight trip. The train then travels to Singapore through Kuala Lumpur. The other service leaves the west coast at Gemas and travels northeast to Kota Bharu. This links up with the Thai railways at the border.

KTM also runs the comfortable KTM Komuter service, which links Kuala Lumpur with some of the neighbouring cities. Most stations have automatic vending machines and take only exact change, so it’s best to go prepared. The lines go all the west to Port Klang and south to Seremban.

For more information on the Komuter service,
please contact (03) 2272 2828.

Last but not least, the first few phases of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system have now been opened. At the moment the routes are only useful for travel within the city but as the separate phases of construction are completed, they should prove to be the ideal solution to the capital’s incessant traffic jams. Prices for the tickets to the LRT are charged according to distance and can be purchased either on a per-trip basis or as a stored-value ticket.

By Sea
There are many small boat services that operate between the various coastal towns and the outlying islands off Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu and Sabah. Within the Peninsula itself, some areas deep within the heart of the interior are accessible only by river boats.

On the international arena, there are four international ports which are points of arrival and departure for international vessels and cruise liners. These are Penang, Klang, Pasir Gudang and Labuan.

Within Malaysian waters, short cruises are becoming increasingly popular with holiday-makers, eg. between Singapore and Langkawi or Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Some cruise companies operating in Malaysia include the following which are located in Kuala Lumpur.

Star Cruise
24th Floor, Wisma Genting, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Tel: (03) 2161 2288

Renaissance Cruise
2nd Floor, 2, Jalan Segambut Tel: (011) 35 49 88

Empress Cruise Lines
Suite 15-03. 15th Floor, Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang
Tel: (03) 2163 7000

Berjaya Holiday Cruises
Level 3, Pasar Berjaya Office Tower, 12, Jalan Imbi
Tel: (03) 2145 5186

By Air
The primary point of entry into the country today is the newly opened Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. A breathtaking architectural landmark, the airport features state-of-the-art facilities and services bringing a superior standard of service to travellers. Travelling time between Kuala Lumpur and KLIA is approximately 45 mins to 1 hour. The airport is well-linked with modern highway systems from across the country.

The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang now functions as a local airport for domestic flights operated by private companies. It is an ideal gateway for domestic transfers within Malaysia.

Malaysia’s national carrier is Malaysia Airlines System, also known as MAS. The airline operates flights to all major international destination. Most international airlines have offices in the capital city. Malaysia also has modern airports in most states. A few of these are also international airports.

KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Gateway to Asia
International Airlines Offices
Aeroflot Russian International Airlines Tel: (03) 2161 0231
Air France Tel: (03) 2072 6952 Fax: (03) 2072 5179
Air India Tel: (03) 2142 0166
Ansett Australia Tel: (03) 2031 9211 Fax: (03) 2031 8433
Asiana Airlines Tel: (03) 2144 2900 Fax: (03) 2148 1357
British Airways Tel: (03) 2072 5797 Fax: (03) 2072 5808
Canadian International Airlines Tel: (03) 2148 8596 Fax: (03) 2072 4769
China Airlines Ltd Tel: (03) 2142 7344
Delta Airlines Inc Tel: (03) 2691 5490
Garuda Indonesian Airways Tel: (03) 2162 2811
Japan Airlines Co Ltd. Tel: (03) 2161 1722 Fax: (03) 2161 8216
Korean Airline Co Ltd. Tel: (03) 2142 8311
Lufthansa German Airlines Tel: (03) 2161 4666 Fax: (03) 2161 3079
Qantas Airways Ltd Tel: (03) 2078 9133
Saudi Arabian Airlines Tel: (03) 2031 0088
Scandinavian Airlines System Tel: (03) 2142 6044 Fax: (03) 2142 6123
Singapore Airlines Ltd Tel: (03) 2692 3122