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Malaysia travel - Activities and Attractions in Malaysia

Things to do in Malaysia ••
Malaysia travel, activities and attractions in Malaysia

Dining and Entertainment
Malaysia foodPerhaps, one of the many reasons to visit Malaysia is for its variety of delicious foods. Almost anywhere you go you'll be reminded of food (as opposed to pure sustenance)in its many splendours and variation of enticements. Although the whole country is like one huge centre of dining, there are still places that stand out as representing the better version of each culinary delight.

The unique and authentic cooking styles and flavours of Malay, Chinese, Indian and the other ethnic communities is a very fulfilling experience. Dining out is relatively inexpensive. You can dine in five-star hotels, food courts, hawker centres, 'kopitiam' (Chinese coffee shops), restaurants, local and international fast food outlets or even al fresco at warungs or roadside stalls. Through the decades the interesting potpourri of local cuisine has gone through many transformations, resulting in what has been termed as fusion food or 'improved' versions of favourite dishes.

Entertainment & Nightlife
A wide variety of entertainment can be found in the cities. There is a huge selection of nightclubs, karaoke lounges, discos, pubs and cineplexes where you can relieve those tired nerves or just numb them temporarily with excitement.

Malaysia's multifarious moods of entertainment come to life after dark. Nightspots cater for almost every type of preference and themes - from R &B, blues, jazz, country, canto pop (Chinese), the popular Malay dangdut, Bollywood, to alternative.
If you preference is other than popular entertainment, you could opt for cultural shows and theatre. Perhaps, you may not have to seek out spots that offer cultural shows if your coming to Malaysia is designed within a package, as this is usually included

Traditional performances of wayang kulit (shadow theatre), menora and ronggeng are mainly found on the east coast of the peninsula. To catch any of these performances, you may want to check out the calendar of events listed by the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board.
If you'd rather be cooped up in your hotel room, you could tune-in to the good variety of local and international programmes on radio and television. If you are a cinema buff, there are good cineplexes with state-of-the-art facilities. These cinemas screen the latest Hollywood, Bollywood and other international films. Just take your pick.

Shopping center Shopping in Kuala Lumpur promises variety, value and convenience. There is a bewildering range of shopping establishments catering to every taste and budget, these include modern air-conditioned shopping malls, department stores, handicraft centres, duty-free shops, bazaars and nightmarkets.
Among the items high on the shopping list of tourists are pewter, batik, duty free items, electrical products, pret-a-porter attire, sportswear and handicrafts.

A novel experience for overseas visitors is the night markets or 'pasar malam' which begin their trading activities in the late afternoon.
These open-air markets feature hawker stalls that sell a variety of local produce, foodstuff, clothing and cakes. Haggling is a common practice. Street artists and traditional medicine vendors are an entertaining sight here.

The Shopping Carnival, an annual sale held in March/April in Kuala Lumpur and other major cities in Malaysia is an opportune time to pick up great bargains. There are several principal shopping precincts in the city. The most popular is the area bounded by Jalan Cheng Lock, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman , Petaling Street, Jalan H.S.Lee and Bangsar.

Things to do and See
Just visiting Malaysia - seeing a few sights, meeting its people, and eating good food - is more than enough to make for an unforgettable trip. Your best memory might be a quiet day you spend wandering the colonial streets of Malacca, or breathing in the earthy air of a kampung. Usually, it will be the Malaysians themselves you remember most, their smiles and generosity. That said, Malaysia also offers some very special activities, and if you make room for one or two of them, they will enhance your trip immeasurably. Here are some suggestions:

Visit the rainforest:
This is usually high on the list for anyone planning a trip to Malaysia, and it should be: the Malaysian rain forest is unique in the world, the oldest on the planet. A trip to one of the national parks, where you can take guided jungle treks both day and night, can be a profound experience. Nature has been infinitely inventive with life here, producing the world's largest flower, fantastically adapted insects and mammals, and trees that will make you gawk at their size. How thoroughly you experience it is up to you: most parks have resort-like headquarters where you can stay in comfort, or you can opt for a hard-core, guided trek deep into the jungle interior (which will of course require you to be in shape!).

The tropical waters off both Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo offer some of the world's best scuba diving. This is a place endowed with some of the sport's best possibilities: you can dive with whale sharks, hover around immense coral gardens and walls, or dive on ominous and hulking WWII shipwrecks. In many places, you can get 100 + feet of visibility. Also, the country has become increasingly aware of the biological and economic importance of its marine heritage, and each year brings better access to and protection for the unique marine life. Because of the hundreds of islands, there are many dive options. Visit the dive pages to learn more about Malaysia's diving options.

Next to activities like spelunking and jungle trekking, "shopping" may sound a bit tame, but make no mistake: exploring Malaysia's outdoor markets is pure adventure (and of course you can take home whatever you hunt - or bargain - down). The variety of bargain items you can find in the major markets is endless, ranging from quality electronics to blowguns to traditional arts and crafts. Currently, the dollar goes a long way in Malaysia, so if you're serious about shopping you might consider bringing an extra bag along

Visit a longhouse:
Along the rivers of Sarawak and Sabah are some very unique native communities where people live in structures called longhouses, which are really entire villages housed under a single long roof. They live off small crops and the bounty of the rain forest, and their communality and generosity might best be summed up by one simple fact: anyone is welcome to stay for free for as long as they like (though it is recommended that you bring some small gifts, such as a candy for the kids). Most visitors come with a native guide who can also take you on a jungle walk and translate for you. Some longhouses have special "guest longhouses" adjacent for visitors, others host guests inside the main longhouse itself.

Nature has been almost as generous to Malaysia regarding its caves as it has with the rain forest. Both the world's largest single cave chamber, and the longest cave passage in Southeast Asia can be found in Sarawak's extraordinary Gunung Mulu National Park. In fact, almost every national park in Malaysia has a significant limestone cave system, and many of them offer guided tours, with varying levels of penetration.

Dining Out:
Because of its myriad cultural influences, Malaysia is a country renown for its creative, complex, and lovingly prepared original cuisine. Food is taken very seriously here, from the five-star restaurants right down to the hawker's booths. Sauces tend to be highly developed, often incorporating local fruits and spices, and the seafood dishes are what you'd expect from a country almost entirely surrounded by ocean. To get a good overview of what's out there, check out the cuisine section.




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