Pasir Salak Historical Complex|Interesting Places In Perak|Malaysia

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Located about 70km from Ipoh, the Pasir Salak Historical Complex pays tribute to warriors such as Dato' Sagor and Dato' Maharaja Lela. There are memorials erected in their honour, in the shape of a sundang (broad sword), a replica of the type of knife used in the killing of Mr. Birch.The complex pays tribute to warriors such as Dato' Sagor and Dato' Maharaja Lela, who led the locals against the forces of the British colonial administration.

This is the place where the flames of Malay nationalism had first stirred. When the then British Resident of Perak, J.W.W. Birch was assassinated on the bank of Sungai Perak (Perak River), tension between the British colonial administration and the Malays rose. It escalated into open conflict which eventually led to the country's declaration of independence.

Other attractions at the complex include the J.W.W. Birch Monument, the grave of Sipuntum (the alleged assassin), Datuk Maharaja Lela's fort, the Lela Rentaka cannons used against the British colonial army, and two Rumah Kutai (Perak traditional house) filled with local historical and cultural artefacts.

Rembau Crystal|Interesting Places In Negeri Sembilan|Malaysia

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Rembau Crystal is situated at Jalan Kampung Mulia,Rembau,Negeri Sembilan. The Negeri Sembilan Institute has set up a special site in Rembau District, the largest crystal village complex in Malaysia. It recently opened on 1st December 2007. The Rembau Crystal Village is also a training complex, manufacturer and exhibition site. The structure of the Rembau Crystal gallery is also a unique insight into the Malay Minangkabau architectural heritage.

The products made and sold here are from crystal and come in different forms. These include table lamps, crystal souvenirs, dining ware, accessories and much more. Crystal made with the highest international standards is sold here. The crystal village is also a venue for local youths to learn the craft of crystal making, as well as the opportunity to sell their handicrafts. This also helps to put Rembau on the Malaysian tourist map.

Pantai Bisikan Bayu|Interesting Places In Kelantan|Malaysia

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Pantai Bisikan Bayu or Beach of the Whispering Breeze - a name so beautiful truly befits the location. It is also known as Pantai Dalam Rhu. This beach is located both north and south of the village of Semerak in the district of Pasir Puteh, about 50 km away from Kota Bharu Kelantan. Tall casuarinas offer restful shade where families can enjoy a picnic. The gentle breezes rustle the casuarina needles producing a hushed sound. The the waves are quite gentle as they come to shore. As it faces east, you can get nice sunrise in the morning.

Surfing is good at certain times of the year, and wind surfers will find great conditions here during the North-East Monsoon from November to April. But nothing beats resting in the shade of the tall casuarina trees, staring out to sea, listening to the whispering wind and sipping on a cool coconut.

Matang Wildlife Centre|Interesting Places In Sarawak|Malaysia

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The Matang Wildlife Centre is situated at the western corner of the Kubah National Park, consisting of about 179 hectares of lowland forest. It is about 35km from Kuching and it takes about 40 minutes to reach the centre. This large enclosed area of rainforest is home to endangered wildlife. There is a training programme here that teaches Orang Utans, who have been orphaned or rescued from captivity, how to survive in the wild.

Visitors will be able to see lots of Orang Utans here, especially during feeding time. Besides these adorable primates, there are also Sun Bears, Sambar Deer, Civet cats as well as three large aviaries that house Sea Eagles, Hornbills and other birds in Sarawak.

Jungle trekking is also possible as there are four jungle trails here, the Pitcher Trail (takes about 2 hours), the Sungai Rayu Trail ( about 3 - 4 hours), the Sungai Senduk trail (about 1 hour) and Sungai Buluh trail (about 2 hours). Picnic spots, an information centre, accommodation facilities, a car park and a small canteen are available at the park headquarters.

Fireflies Watching At Sungai Lebam|Interesting Places In Johor|Malaysia

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Firefly-watching is one of the main attractions in Sungai Lebam Wetland Preservation area. Fireflies also known as lightning bugs, have emitting light organs that glow luminous flashes on the underside of their abdomens. Catch the blinking lights and keep silent while watching the fireflies, to view the magical lighting wonders! The fireflies congregate at a vast mangrove swamp, especially at the Berembang trees.

The elusive fire-fly that once buzzed in vast numbers within the forest and jungles of Asia is now a dying breed with urbanization and destruction of our natural flora and fauna. They are harmless, and seeing it for the first time is always a magical experience! Come over and see for yourselves the amazing fireflies of Lebam River.A truly unforgettable experience.

To reach the Lebam River site, travel from Kota Tinggi town towards Desaru for about 43km, then turn right for 3km. Distance: 91km from Johor Bahru city centre or 46km from Kota Tinggi town.

Deerland Park|Pahang|Malaysia

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Just a few minutes away from the popular Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, is the Deerland Park, a privately owned and managed deer park in Lanchang, Pahang that has a few other wild animals for visitors to observe and fall in love with. The park has some 30 Indonesian deer (Cervus timorensis).

Visitors to the park has a chance to hand feed these gentle creatures and observe their behaviour at close hand. Other attractions in the 4-hectare park located at the edge of the Krau Forest Reserve, include ostriches and a sun-bear (Helarctos malayanus) named Muda.

There is also a section dedicated to the cultivation of traditional herbal plants, which has over 40 species of traditional herbs. A 200-metre wooden walkway runs through this area, leading up to an observation tower in the middle of Bukit Rengit.

Snake and Reptile Farm|Perlis|Malaysia

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Surrounded by the Bukit Bintang Forest Reserve near Sungai Batu Pahat, the snake and reptile farm is located in the Sungai Batu Pahat area, just 10km north of Kangar. The Snake and Reptile farm is one of Perlis major tourist attractions. It houses a large collection of snakes and other reptiles. The farm holds some 23 species of snakes in large open-air enclosures as well as iguanas and crocodiles. Those brave enough, can have their pictures taken with some of the larger snakes, with some help and supervision from the snake handlers.

Run by the Institute for Medical Research, its main objectives are the biological study of Malaysian snakes, the dissemination of information and findings of the research as well as the production of anti-venom for local consumption. The Snake and Reptile farm currently houses some 200 snakes, both local and foreign species. The Snake and Reptile Farm is located near Batu Pahat river, surrounded by Perlis' Bukit Bintang Forest Reserve.

Desaru Fruit Farm|Johor|Malaysia

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Tropical Malaysian fruits are abundant all year round in Malaysia. Some fruits are seasonal like Durian, Rambutan and Mangosteen whilst others like Papaya, Banana, Pineapple, Rose Apple, Star Fruits, Lime, Oranges and Coconut are available all year round.

The Desaru Fruit Farm is planted with many different types of tropical fruits. Their experienced guides will give talks on the different plants and show you around the farm in a leisurely bullock-cart ride or in your own vehicle.

The Mini Zoo houses indigenous animals such as goats, different types of birds, including ostriches, peacocks, turkeys and wild fowl. The farm also boasts of an apiary, where local bees tap the flowering fruit trees for nectar. Fishponds dot the farm where anglers can try their luck.

At the souvenir shop, visitors can find many Malaysian goods such as batik clothing, local handicraft and food products, including the farm's products such as honey and the different types of fruits.

The farm has about 50 acres of Limau Madu-sweet green oranges and the rest is planted with Limau Kesturi-musk lime, Belimbing Asam, Durian, Jambu Air or water apple, Chiku, Jambu Madu/Mawar-Guava, Rambutan, Pulasan, Cempedak, Kedondong-Great Hog Plum, Papaya and other local fruit trees.

Khoo Kongsi | Pulau Pinang | Malaysia

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Khoo Kongsi is located in Cannon Square in the heart of the oldest part of the city of George Town,Pulau Pinang in the midst of narrow, winding lanes and quaint-looking pre-War houses exuding a palpable old world charm. When the first immigrants from the Hokkien province of China arrived in Penang, one of the first things they set out to do was build one of the most magnificent clan houses in Penang. Work began on the clan house in the 1890's which resulted in what was said to be a palace which rivalled that of the Emperor of China.

One of five clan houses still standing in Georgetown, the Khoo Kongsi clan house takes on a remarkable resemblance to a mini clan village. One of the grandest clan houses in Penang, the Khoo Kongsi features tall thin columns supporting a gently sloping, red tiled roof, topped with carvings of dragons, phoenixes, mythical animals and various scenes from popular Chinese legends.

The clan house also has a grand hall adorned with resplendent and intricate carvings and richly ornamented pillars which are said to have been crafted by master craftsmen from China. Other major Hokkien clan houses that can be found in Penang are the Cheah Kongsi, Yeah Kongsi, Lim Kongsi and Tan Kongsi.

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia | Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia

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The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is situated at Jalan Lembah Perdana,in between the Lake Gardens and the National Mosque. Interest in Islamic art has grown enormously in recent years. Reflecting this awareness, in December 1998 Malaysia became home to Southeast Asias largest museum of Islamic art.

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia houses more than seven thousand artefacts, as well as an exceptional library of Islamic-art books. The art objects on display range from the tiniest pieces of jewellery to one of the worlds largest scale models of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. The aim is to create a collection that is truly representative of the Islamic world.

Instead of concentrating on works from the heartlands of Persia and the Middle East, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia also puts the emphasis on Asia. China and Southeast Asia are especially well represented. The third component of the Malaysian melting pot is India, which is also given special status. India, China and the Malay world are in an exclusive category.

Other parts of the collection are displayed according to type of artefact rather than geographical origins in the museums 12 galleries.

Homestay Seri Tanjung | Melaka | Malaysia

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The Seri Tanjung Village is in Alor Gajah District, approximately 24km away from Melaka Historic City. Visitors will stay with host families, the villagers of Seri Tanjung. As such, visitors will experience the essence of village life in Seri Tanjung, an experience which is becoming a rarity nowadays.

Warm, hospitable, tight-knit communities offer the best home-cooked meals and are eager to share their customs and traditions with visitors. Beautiful scenery is part of village life - slanted coconut trees that pierce the bright blue sky and line red dirt roads add to the enlightening and fun-filled experience.

You will be invited to participate in animal husbandry and farming, if you want a hands-on experience. It is common for children to play traditional games in the cool, late afternoon. They will eagerly teach you these games, but be prepared to lose gracefully to these expert players. This is village life at its best!

The villagers will organise traditional performances such as Silat, the Malay martial arts, or traditional top spinning. This is the perfect way to learn about Malaysian culture and get to know Malaysians.

Felda Semenchu Homestay | Johor | Malaysia

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Felda Semenchu Homestay is located about 80 km from Johor Bahru town centre and Singapore. It is 42 km from Kota Tinggi town on the way to Desaru/ Tanjung Balau in Johor. This unique homestay program is a golden opportunity to admire the culture of the Johor Malays.

Join in the many activities with the locals such as traditional Malay dances such as kuda kepang, or play gasing (traditional top) and congkak. Visit places of attractions as well as an educational visit to an oil palm estate. Learn more about the lives of the locals, and immerse in their culture with these extraordinary visits.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion | Pulau Pinang | Malaysia

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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is located at 14 Leith Street, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. The mansion's indigo-blue outer wall makes it a very distinct building in the area. Built in the 1880s, this famous indigo-blue Chinese Courtyard House in Georgetown was the residence of Cheong Fatt Tze, a prominent Chinese figure in the newly established Penang Straits Settlement during the 19th century. The mansion was built by master craftsmen brought in especially from China, who used their skills to fashion the mansion with 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 windows.

Restoration work on Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion begain in 1991, and was completed in 1995. The restoration project was documented and submitted to Unesco Asia-Pacific, which awarded it the "Most Excellent Project" award for cultural heritage conservation.

Today, the mansion is given the name "Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion", after its founder. It has been readapted as a boutique hotel. It is one of the few private residences of its kind outside of China, and is one of the two by the Cheong Fatt Tze clan.

Cheng Ho's Cultural Museum | Melaka | Malaysia

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Cheng Ho Cultural Museum (Muzium Budaya Cheng Ho) is located in Bandar Hilir, Melaka. It was built in the honor of a Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral called Cheng Ho or Zheng He. Cheng Ho was a famous Chinese explorer, who went to the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia between 1405 and 1433. In one of these voyages he came to Melaka, and he is credited with the honor of discovering the Melaka Port for the Chinese.

In the mid-15th Century, he was entrusted to bring the Emperor's daughter, Princess Hang Li Po to marry the Sultan of Melaka. The Princess' entourage consisted of several hundred sons of ministers and handmaidens, a group of people who eventually intermarried with locals in Melaka, creating the Baba Nyonya culture.

The museum is filled with artifacts related to the great explorer. There are about 2,000 items of historical importance related to Cheng Ho and the Ming Dynasty on display at the museum, including crockery, coins, the Cheng Ho Well, clothing and a replica of Cheng Ho’s ship.

Carey Island | Selangor | Malaysia

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Carey Island or Pulau Carey is an island in Selangor, Malaysia. Carey Island is located to the south of Port Klang and north of Banting town. It is a huge island separated from the Selangor coast by the Langat River, connected by a bridge from Chondoi and Teluk Panglima Garang near Banting. It was named after Valentine Carey, a former British civil service officer in Malaya. Despite its name, many locals from Klang do not consider it a real island compared to Pulau Ketam due to its proximity to the mainland and the river that separates it from the mainland is practically a stream.

It is famous for its seafood such as crabs, prawns, and various fishes. The island has palm oil plantations owned by Sime Darby Plantations. It is an initial settlement area for the Mah-Meri (pronounced [max mri]), one of the aborigine Orang Asli tribes of Malaysia. They have assimilated into modern life, with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms, but they retain their unique culture and way of life.

Apart from exhibitions of their traditional dances and music, the Mah Meri are particularly known for their votive sculptures, fashioned from a kind of swamp hardwood known as "Nyireh Batu".

Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill)|Perak|Malaysia

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Bukit Larut or Maxwell Hill is Malaysia's oldest hill station. It is located just ten kilometres from quiet Taiping in Perak. Bukit Larut is approximately 1250m above sea level. It is located in the wettest part of the country, this hill station experiences the highest rainfall in the country.

Bukit Larut was founded in 1884 by William Edward Maxwell, the British Assistant Resident of Perak. It is the wettest place in Malaysia, with an annual rainfall of over 500cm. Temperature here hovers around 15 degrees centigrade in the early morning and late afternoon, dipping to 10 degrees centigrade at night.

Bukit Larut is not nearly as developed as more celebrated hill resorts such as the Cameron or Genting Highlands. However, it preserves much more of the atmosphere of a colonial hill station, with modest, welcoming bungalows, carefully cultivated gardens, and a pervasive atmosphere of cool quietude.

The Tea Garden House, situated mid-way up the hill, was once the office of a tea plantation. However, when their tea plants did not grow very well here, the British shifted their agricultural endeavour to the Cameron Highlands, where the Boh Tea Plantation is now.

The hill is riddled with groves of evergreens and vibrantly colorful flora and fauna. Nowhere in Malaysia will you witness a wide canvass of roses, dahlias, daisies, pansies, petunias, lupines and marigold abound in profusion. The cool climate also favours golden sunflowers, reputedly the largest variety in the country. To top it all there is a waterfall for cool fun.

On a clear day, one can view the peninsular coastline and the Straits of Malacca, sometimes stretching as far as Penang to the north and Pangkor Island to the south. The scenery is captivating during the day, magical and bewitching at night. However, the view is often obscured by cloud build-up in the afternoon, especially from September to December.

Army Museum|Negeri Sembilan|Malaysia

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Army Museum is located in Sri Rusa Camp,Port Dickson,Negeri Sembilan. The Army Museum will lead us back to the memoirs of various inheritance, ultimate collections of artifact which had once witnessed the battlement to retain the sovereignty of our beloved country.

Port Dickson was home to the first Malay Regiment batch in 1933. As time went by, several army museums sprouted in PD such as the Muzium Angkatan Tentera Darat which showcases canons, tanks, locomotives and vehicles used during the war.

The Army Museum has been honoured a MERIT AWARD in category of "Best Tourist Attraction" with National Identity (Heritage) 2005/2006 by the Tourism Malaysia.