Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Experience truly asia

Here are a few snapshots of our absolutely wonderful trip in Malaysia, a truly multicultural and vibrant mix of ethnic cultures.

Batu Caves in Selangor(north of Kuala Lumpur) is a site of a Hindu temple and shrine and attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. It features a large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance and if you're up for a physical challenge, climb up 272 steps to enjoy a panoramic of the city.

Walking in the historic town of Melaka, a Portuguese colony from 1511 to 1641. Walk through the charming streets and one could witness the different architectural styles and also a mix of local artisans products. It was also the place where we savoured the BEST food of the trip - The nonya cuisine.

A Chinese temple in Melaka.

The largely intact architectural influence and rich cultural value also made Melaka a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We also flew to Sarawak in Borneo, a region well known for its rich biodiversity.

This amazing waterfall (after a 2 hours hike) is located in Bako National Park, Sarawak's oldest national park. The park contains an incredible variety of plant species and vegetation types and is home to 275 rare proboscis monkeys (whom can be really mischievous).

Orang Utan (Malay) - "Person of the forest"

The Wildlife center in Kuching where we came within close proximity with the endangered Orang Utan.

The wildlife center runs a training programme that teaches Orang Utans, who have been orphaned or rescued from captivity, how to survive in the wild.

Well known for their intelligence and differentiated by their long reddish brown hair, the Orang Utan share a 97% genetic similarity with humans.

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