Malaysia Travel – Cities and Wildlife
Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries in the world which are extremely rich in biological diversity. You can find one fifth of the animal species existed on earth in Malaysia. More than 60 per cent of the the country is covered with tropical rainforest. The country is also full of other kinds of diversity with multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. As a result, Malaysia has become one of the most popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia. There are many regions in Malaysia that you can explore. Peninsular Malaysia is a more popular destination among visitors. It is where Kuala Lumpur, the capital city, and the Cameron Highlands are located. However, there are many interesting things to see in the East Malaysia as well. You can explore Sarawak and Sabah in order to learn more about wildlife and tribal life.
You can begin your adventure in Malaysia by exploring the capital city. Kuala Lumpur is where you can see the world’s tallest twin towers, the Petronas Twin Towers. Apart from that there are many old colonial buildings, lively Chinese neighborhoods, local markets, and colorful night lives. The Padang, or Merdeka Square, is like the Independence Square of the country. The British administrative offices used to be there, but now it is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Another famous landmark is Jamek Mosque, the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. You can see the onion domes among the palm trees. The Chinatown nearby is a great place to have dinner. You can find variety of local food in the night market there.
From Kuala Lumpur, you can take a coach or a train to Melaka, or Malacca, the Historic State of Malaysia. The historical city center in Melaka is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city combines elements of Chinese culture, along with Portuguese, Dutch and English cultures perfectly. In the heritage area, you can see Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum, Christ Church, the oldest protestant church in Malaysia, and Dutch Square. Later, you can continue your journey to Penang, an island off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Penang is famous for its beautiful beaches and a food paradise. There are many interesting buildings to see in George Town, the capital of Penan and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can see Fort Cornwallis and the old walls, Queen Victoria Clock Tower, Kapitan Keling Mosque, and Penang City Hall.
After the cities and beaches, it is time to visit the tropical rainforest and enjoy the country’s biodiversity hotspots in Cameron Highlands. The area is as big as Singapore and situated at 1135 meters to 1829 meters above sea level in the heart of the Malaysia Peninsula. Trekking is one of the activities that you can do there. There are many trails with varied difficulties. Along the trails, you can witness beautiful waterfalls and tropical animals like Sumatran serow, birds, snakes, and butterflies. There are also many tea plantations in the area where you can learn about local tea productions.