Selamat Datang! Malaysia
Collected by Julee K., AFAR Local Expert
Selamat Datang is a Bahasa Malaysia phrase that roughly translates to "Welcome". Though I've lived in the US for decades, I was born and raised in Malaysia. I've not been back in years, opting instead to see the rest of the world. but someday soon, I will be going back and I'm very excited about that. Here are some wonderful images, thanks to AFAR's intrepid travelers, of the special country I call home.
Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
These two young gentlemen were kind enough to let me take their portrait. After our photo session the one on the right gave me quick tour of this fabulous Hindu Temple.
68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Once you've survived the 272 steps up into Batu Caves, you'll find yourself inside a huge area surrounded by limestone. You'll see Hindu shrines and statues. When you reach the other side of the cave, you walk up a few more steps to an area lit by...
Ground Floor, 14, Leith Street, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
One of my favorite travel experiences was staying at the beautifully restored Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, which was like staying overnight at a living museum. http://0dysseusjournal.blogspot.com/2012/01/magnificent-malaysia-undiscovered-gem.html
Tucked away inside Taman Negara National Park, in the far reaches of Malaysia, you will find the world's longest canopy walk. Originally built for researchers, the suspended paths are now open to the public. The walk stretches for 500 meters and...
Jusco Metro Prima Shopping Centre, 1, Jalan Metro Prima, Metro Prima, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bak-kut-teh literally translates as "meat bone tea". It consists of meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices for hours. In addition, the soup-like dish ingredients may include offal, varieties of mushroom, and small dishes...
Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
...stay at Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Apart from its nice, modern interiors and lovely little pool on the rooftop, it's located right smack in the middle of KL, with an unbelievable view of the KLCC Park and of course, the Petronas Twin Towers....
Kolombong/Bdc Industrial Estate, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Sabah | Borneo From behind the door we could hear a tribe of men yelling – something like a war cry. The gate swung open, about 10 headhunters eyed us as they walked by, spears in hand. They spoke in some tribal language and even got in our face...
98200 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
After a 1 -hour walk through Borneo’s rainforest, I find myself at the entrance to Niah’s Great Cave. The terrain changes, and I feel like I’m beginning a journey to the center of the Earth. As I enter, the air grows damp and thick, and the...
Padang Tengku, Pahang, Malaysia
Lots of people go to visit Tioman to go scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, or just to relax... Travel guides suggest areas on the west and north end of the island, we chose to go totally south to stay at this gorgeous resort. Boy, was that a good...
3, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The traditional coffee shop in Malaysia is called Kopitiam (pronounced "ko-pee tee-um"). Here you can find simple food, like toast with kaya (coconut jam), soft-boiled eggs, and noodles. And, of course, coffee and tea. The decor usually consists...
Jalan Buluh Kubu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
I'm generally more of a details guy, but now and again there's a place for a high-level, 30,000 foot view of a place (and cheesy sociology jargon). Kota Bharu's massive central market is not for the feint of heart - or the vegetarian. The central...
Jalan Pantai Cenang Lot 1047 Langkawi, Pantai Cenang, 07000 Pantai Cenang, Kedah, Malaysia
Bon Ton is a collection of old Malaysian wooden huts and buildings with thatch roofs - incredible architecture. The huts are scattered around a long pool with a restaurant at one end. Other buildings serve as great places for a snack or drink. Our...
89, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Every street in George Town has a story, and Lebuh Armenian is no different. Once occupied by Armenian merchants, it is now a testament to George Town's startling diversity and enduring beauty. Encompassing landmark temples, artists' galleries and...
Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
This cave was featured on the BBC series Planet Earth, so I had to check it out while in Borneo. You have to get to Mulu National Park and stay in the dorms offered by the park. From there you can take guided tours to the caves and see the ribbon...
Mount Mulu, Sarawak, Malaysia
This is a raw landscape respected by the local inhabitants and refreshingly un-changed by human hands. Reaching the summit takes around four days of what I’d call, intense trekking, a little breathless we eventually reached the highest point,...
75200, 135, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
In a town that inspires a desire to consume six meals a day, there's no lack of tasty fare in Melaka. However, before you fill every curve of your stomach, take the time to sample "oh chien" (oyster omelette) at Sin Yin Hoe, an unassuming...
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