Malaysia, Truly Asia

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I was able to visit Kuala Lumpur many times over for work and highly recommend visiting this city and others in Malaysia. The people are friendly, the food is great, there is so much to see and do. A great place to stay is at the Traders Hotel in KL City Centre. It was a great location with easy access to the LRT and shopping. If you’re into shopping, then definitely check out Suria KLCC. It has all the major fashion brands and there’s a nice food court with local cuisine on the 3rd floor.

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IMG_4125.JPGCentral Market/Kasturi Walk/Chinatown Night Market are other places to check out for local products, knockoff items, local food, and handicrafts such as batik fabric and masks. Take the LRT to Pasar Seni Station and you’re there.

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If you take a flight to Penang, its a nice little getaway from the hustle and bustle of KL. Check out the Tropical Spice Garden where you can learn about plants, herbs and spices as you explore through the garden. I highly recommend going on the guided tour. There is also a nice gift shop where you can pick up local items.

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DIY batik painting at Kompleks Kraftangan Malaysia. Try your hand at batik and let your artistic juices flow… It’s virtually fool proof and you can admire your masterpiece with pride. Think of it as “watercolour paint-by-number”!

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Head over to the Batu Caves. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb the many many steps to the caves. This Hindu shrine has limestone caves that are said to be over 400 million years old. Wow. Watch out for the monkeys, although I didn’t see any (note: I arrived after a Hindu festival that brought in thousands of visitors, so the monkeys had left temporarily)

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Finally, one of the places I remember the most was the Matang Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Located in Kubah National Park, it is Sarawak’s main center for wildlife rehab. Here, they rescue and help a wide variety of animals back into the wild, including orang utans.

Other things I highly recommend is to check out this little food court across from INTI University in Subang Jaya. It has the best roti chennai for 3 RM as well as fresh juices and shakes. Yum! Be sure to take in the famous Petronas Towers both during the day and at night. You will be amazed at this beautiful structure.

Looking forward to when I can return to Malaysia again.

Terimah Kasih Malaysia! Thank you Malaysia!

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