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Malaysia “UnPackaged”- 5 Things Every Traveler Must Do

Introducing to you the Unpackaged Series! Discover some of our curated secrets about selective countries across the world.

Malaysia is popularly known for its busy, bustling capital Kuala Lumpur. Not everybody knows about the quiet side of Malaysia. Malaysia is filled with picturesque nature reserves, islands and beaches which will leave every traveler mesmerized by its beauty. We will let you on the 5 secrets of Malaysia which will make your travel awesome!

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1. Kinabalu Park, Sabah

View from Mount Kinabalu
Image credit – toomanyways

Kinabalu Park was Malaysia’s first UNESCO world heritage site. It is also an important landsite with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna. Kinabalu Park is a completely different scene from the usual city life. It gives a touch of everything related to nature. You can take long walks in the pleasant weather without the sound of vehicles that you may be used to. Many of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. You can even expect to find rare plant species such as the Rafflesia flower here. Kinabalu west and Kinabalu east are separated by a U-shaped gorge which is 1.5 km deep.

2. Jalan Alor, KL

People at Jalan Alor market
Image credit – bp

Jalan Alor comes alive with the aroma of food every evening. This street in KL is cramped with hawker stalls that sell delicious and mouth-watering delicacies. The street turns into an open air restaurant, with plastic chairs and tables, in the evening. If you’re craving street food while you’re at Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Alor is the place to go to satisfy your cravings. You can feast on dishes like grilled chicken wings, dim sum, wantons, fish etc. Be sure to try local fruits when they are in season.

3. Turtle tomb exploring in Sipadan Island

Remains of a turtle in a turtle tomb at Sipandan
Image credit – zahnerphoto

Jacques Cousteau, a French film maker said, “I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago, but now no more. Now we have found an untouched piece of art.” The turtle tomb in Sipandan is an underwater cave which is a labyrinth of tunnels and passageways. Here, one can find hundreds of turtle skeletons. These turtles are believed to have died from asphyxiation because they couldn’t find their way out of the underwater cave. Every diver must exercise precautions before planning on exploring the tombs.

4. Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation centre

An orangutan at the rehabilation centre
Image credit – flickr

This rehabilitation centre was started in 1964 to rescue  orphaned baby orang-utans and prevent the species from facing extinction. There is no better place than this to see orang-utans in their natural habitat. The centre also has a hiking trail which is peaceful and provides scenic views.

5. Georgetown, Penang

A building at Georgetown
Image credit – wikimedia

Take a walk down history in the old streets of Georgetown. It has been recognized as an UNESCO world heritage site for having the most unique townscape in South East Asia. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Kapitan Keling Mosque are some of the must-visit places if you are a history buff. The modest cafes and restaurants in Georgetown offer delicious food for the foodie in you.

 

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