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Malaysia is a federation of thirteen states in Southeast Asia. The country consists of two geographical regions divided by the South China Sea.

flag Introduction to MALAYSIA

Date travelled: 23rd February to 17th March 2001
Tour Operator: Kuoni

Batu Caves

Batu CavesThe country's most sacred Hindu shrine, set in rugged limestone caves, were discovered in 1892. The Batu Caves are situated thirteen kilometers (seven miles) north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high. You have to climb 272 steps to reach the religious and magnificent Batu Caves.

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers in Kuala LumpurThe Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, celebrated as the tallest towers in the world until the recent completion of Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The buildings stand at a height of 1,483ft (452m) and are joined by a skybridge extending 192ft (58m) across. The towers, which were designed by architect César Pelli were completed in 1998. The 88-floor towers constructed of largely reinforced concrete with a steel and glass facade were designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia's Muslim heritage.

Georgetown

Street in GeorgetownCatch a glimpse of the bustling Little India, home to many traditional Indian traders dating back to the days when the British declared Penang as a trading post in the 18th century. Experience Penang's Indian culture first-hand and take a walk down memory lane. Not to be missed is Market Street, the main shopping street where rows of Indian shops are lined up selling all sorts of Indian traditional wares like saris, Punjabi suits, stainless steel wares, accessories and handicrafts. Spicy Indian food such as thosai, dhall or roti canai are available at several restaurants and road-side stalls.

Colonial District in Singapore

Temple in ChinatownThe core of downtown Singapore is formed by the Colonial District embellished by cathedrals and cricket lawns. The notable sites of the area include the Empress Place Building and the luxurious Raffles Hotel. Although most of old Singapore has been demolished to make way for the modern city, many major landmarks within the Colonial district have been preserved. The surrounding ethnic enclaves of Little India, Chinatown and the Arab Quarters also provide glimpses into the traditions that have sustained their respective communities through the centuries.

 

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Travel Advice for Malaysia

WEATHER

Hot and humid except for the cool hill stations. The rainy season on the west coast is from Sept - Dec & from Oct - Feb on the east coast

PASSPORT

A passport valid for at least six months after return is required for entry

VISA

Visa not required for UK citizens except for stays of over one month

MONEY

Most major credit cards are accepted
Currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM)

ELECTRICITY

Electricity is 220-240v AC with square for 3-pin plugs

TIME ZONE

Time difference is +8 hours GMT

FLIGHT

Flight time approx. 2½ hours

WATER

Tap water is said to be safe in major areas

DISEASE

Recommended vaccinations - Hepatitis, Meningitis, Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, TB (children only). Anti-malaria drugs

LINKS

Tourist Office - Tel: 020 7235 8033 or link to Malaysian Embassy

** Information on the travel pages was correct at the time of publishing. Passport & Visa information applies to UK citizens.