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Discovering National Treasure
An adventure filled trip from day to night for backpackers. Discovering historical sights, exploring green lavish forests, and natural cave chambers. City street markets, selling the best merchandises and hundreds of delicious local street food for you to try.
Historic Sites

 

Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis, Penang

Located in Penang, Fort Cornwallis is the largest and the oldest standing site in Malaysia. It was named after Cornwallis, the 18th Century Governor General of Bengal, India. Inside the fort is the prison cell, old barracks with an ammunition storage area, a harbour light once used to signal incoming ships and an old cannon that decorates the fort. Originally named Fort Point Lighthouse, it was renamed Penang Harbour Lighthouse after renovation in 1914 and 1925. The State Tourism Development Committee chairman claimed in 2006 that it was the only lighthouse in Malaysia that resembles a ship's mast, and the only one in Peninsular Malaysia not serving any navigational purpose.

 

Makam Mahsuri
Makam Mahsuri, Langkawi
Located in the island of Langkawi in Kedah, Malaysia, Makham Masuri is a tomb of a young woman named Mahsuri who was accused of infidelity towards her husband and was killed by her family. It is said that while dying she cursed the island for seven generations of bad luck. Mahsuri's Tomb was converted into a historical site which includes a shrine, a garden and a traditional Malaysian house with a museum which houses her jewellery and the weapon that killed her. Besides that, there is a reconstruction of a traditional Malay house, a theatre and a '€˜diorama museum' which houses some of Mahsuri’s jewellery and the weapon that killed her. There are also a few food outlets at Mahsuri’s Tomb and a well that is said to bless those who dip their hands into it with beauty.

 

Bujang Valley
Bujang valley, Kedah
The only archeological museum located in Kedah, Malaysia, exhibits collections of evidence of trade and the propagation of Hinduism and Buddhism in Southeast Asia. Many items like porcelain, stoneware, clay pottery and Persian ceramics that were dug out in this area and can be found curated in the museum. In Kedah there are remains showing Buddhist and Hindu influences which has been known for about a century now from the discoveries reported by Col. Low and has recently been subjected to a fairly exhaustive investigation by Dr. Quaritch Wales. Dr. Wales investigated no fewer than thirty sites round about Kedah. The results attained show that this site was the location of a Hindu–Buddhist polity similar to those found in western Indonesia.

 



Outdoor & Sports

 

Explore Gunung Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park, Sarawak
Mulu National Park is a very remote access area; the only practical way of getting to and from it is by air, through Mulu Airport. In this National Park you will find one of the longest cave networks in the world. These underground marvels are huge! Excursions to Mulu continues to retain the sense of adventure associated with its original exploration through the provision of adventure caving and other adventure activities. See the Sarawak Chamber, in which you could place forty Boeing 747 aeroplanes, and one of the world’s biggest cave passages, Deer Cave, which could accommodate five St. Paul'€™s Cathedrals! The caves are home to millions of bats, who swarm out into the surrounding jungle in massive clouds each evening.
Hike at Cameron Highlands

Mossy Forest, Pahang
Cameron Highlands jungle a great place to hang out for nature worship and just walk for exercise, take an early morning stroll to find pitcher plants, wild orchids, funky fungi, tree-bound epiphytes, huge tree ferns and lipstick plants. The Cameron Highlands has a reputation for being one of the top trekking destinations in Malaysia, with a network of 14 well known trails surrounding the main town of Tanah Rata. Take pleasant hikes amid the townships of the Cameron Highlands, 1500 metres above sea level. Explore the legacy of the colonial English and have tea and scones at a Tudor country inn. Stroll through sprawling tea plantations and between honey bee and strawberry farms, enjoying the cool respite from the heat at lower elevations.

 

Climb Gunung Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu, Sabah
Mt Kinabalu (4095m) is one of the tallest mountains in South-East Asia and is situated in the Kinabalu National Park in the province of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. Thousands of tourists visit Kinabalu National Park each year and most come with the intention of climbing Mt Kinabalu. Fortunately, Mt Kinabalu is one of the easiest peaks in the world to conquer. It takes just two days and climbers don't need any previous experience at mountain climbing. At sunrise, the views from the Mt Kinabalu's summit at Low's Peak are spectacular, making all the effort worthwhile. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and the willpower to push through fatigue and discomfort can climb to the summit of Mt Kinabalu. It is achievable and incredibly rewarding.

 



Night Markets

 

Petaling Street aka Chinatown Night Market in Kuala Lumpur

Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur
Anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur or KL is most likely to visit this place to find some sort of souvenir or knockoffs. Located in the core old town area of KL, this night market has evolved into some sort of tourist trap. Heaps of knockoff items sold by foreigners who speak multiple languages is a sight to see and experience. Petaling Street is open throughout the day but comes to life at night when vendors push in their stalls to fill up the centre of the road. This results in two walkways till the main intersection where more stalls branch out in all directions. Tourist restaurants and local hawkers are found at one of the main lanes here too.

 

Jonker Street Night Market in Melaka

Jonker Street, Malacca
Down in historical Melaka, the most popular night market is Jonker Walk Night Market which happens on Saturday and Sundays. Here, all sorts of local items, food, accessories and souvenirs can be found. The beauty of this place is that it is located along the famous historical shopping street which is nicely lit at night giving this place a beautiful ambience. Some sections branch off to food streets where you can try the local Melaka foods, cakes and drinks. Nothing from the super famous, but acceptable quality. For main shopping, you can find a lot of souvenirs here. For anyone visiting Melaka on the weekend, the Jonker Street night market would be highly recommended to visit.

 

Wakaf Che Yeh Night Market in Kelantan
In Kota Bahru, Kelantan, you can find Wakaf Che Yeh, which is the most famous night market in the north-east coast of Malaysia. This super massive market caters to mainly food produce, local food, fruits, clothes, shoes, accessories, Muslim apparel and many other interesting things. It is also a great place to explore to see how the locals trade here. Wakaf Che Yeh in Kelantan is hands down a must visit for anyone heading to this state. The speciality here is that many border Thai Malay people bring their wares here to sell them. This place is also another great place to look for wholesale items, especially jewellery and clothing.

 

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