Malaysia

Flag_of_MalaysiaMalaysia is a diverse and culturally rich destination consisting a thirteen states and three federal territories. From the sprawling metropolis of Kuala Lumpur to the thick rainforest jungles of Borneo; from authentic Malay long house stays to sampling the delicious cuisine options influenced by multi-cultural origins, there is a travel experience for everyone and every taste.

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Kuching’s Cat Museum, Malaysia

Posted by on 10:58 am in Asia, ITKT Staff Writers, Malaysia, Spotlight | 5 comments

Kuching’s Cat Museum, Malaysia

  Discovering a Different Kind of Kuching Through the Cat Museum I am finally happy. I have found the place where I am no longer ashamed of who I am, and where I am surrounded by the furry creatures that I love without the fear of being branded ‘the crazy cat lady’. The attraction of Kuching for me was not so much its Malay culture and British heritage, its beautiful mosques and temples, its colorful street fare of Jalan India and the excellent fresh produce at the Sunday Market. No, the foundation of my visit is much more feline in...

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Five Fun Facts About the Maldives

Posted by on 8:31 am in Announcements, Malaysia | 2 comments

Five Fun Facts About the Maldives

What you did not know about the Maldives An Island Paradise worth exploring The Maldives. An archipelago of islands off the southernmost tip of India is for many an idyllic vision of tropical paradise. Small islands, lush with palm trees and fringed by powder white sand, it’s little wonder they’ve been attracting hordes of tourists. Yes, there are plenty of hammocks and cocktails, but there is so much more to these islands than meets the eye. Here are 5 things about the Maldives you might not have heard about in the travel...

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More Bangkok for Your Buck

Posted by on 11:45 am in Announcements, Malaysia, Thailand | 0 comments

More Bangkok for Your Buck

(Jenkintown, Pa., September 21, 2011) - Southeast Asia’s dazzling rainforests, dynamic cities, and exotic culture has made it an alluring destination for travelers from around the globe. Due to distance and cost, this type of Asian vacation has typically been out of reach for most Western travelers. But, Friendly Planet Travel’s all-new 11-day Exotic Borneo and Bangkok tour offers a creative and unique destination combination, with prices starting at just $1,999 including airfare, escorted touring, great hotels and much more. The...

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The Dragon of Tioman Island

Posted by on 6:42 pm in Malaysia, Spotlight | 1 comment

The Dragon of Tioman Island

I only noticed the leathery old grandmother much later, when the general hubbub of a boatful of excited tourists had finally mellowed into a peaceful lull, and the munching mouths were silenced by sleep. It was then that I noticed her; a native Malay woman seated across the aisle cradling a boy no older than five. She was very old; a spidery web of wrinkles had spread across her face and her spine was bent, as though she was carrying the immense burden of her age, but her eyes, when they caught mine, twinkled brightly. In her lap, her...

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The World’s Largest Flower, the Rafflesia, in Borneo

Posted by on 8:25 pm in Malaysia, Spotlight | 2 comments

Now, I am not particularly green-fingered. Nor am I particularly botanically minded. To tell you the truth, I have never felt the particular urge to drive into the wilderness for several hours in search of a flower before. But this flower was different, some how. Maybe it had something to do with it being the ‘world’s biggest.’ Whenever I am the approximate vicinity of the, ‘worlds biggest,’ something, or the, ‘worlds tallest/highest,’ something else, I always feel that to has to be worth a look. And I admit part of the intrigue lay in the...

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Cruise the Rajang River for the First Time

Posted by on 3:08 pm in Announcements, Cruises, Malaysia News | 2 comments

Pandaw River Cruises is excited to announce that they will inaugurate a new expedition cruise on the Rajang River in Sarawak starting July 2009. Following in the footsteps of the British explorer and travel writer Redmon O’Hanlon, the brand new 60 passenger ORIENT PANDAW will make an eight night cruise three times a month from Sibu to the Pelagus Rapids and beyond up the Baleh River. The Rajang River is rarely visited by travelers on account of its inaccessibility and lack of tourist facilities. It is though the longest river in...

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Mountain Torq on Mount Kinabalu

Posted by on 8:42 pm in Adventure, Announcements, Malaysia News | 10 comments

The World’s Highest and Asia’s First Via Ferrata – Mountain Torq on Mount Kinabalu offers the newest mountaineering sport in Asia Via Ferrata allows people of all ages to traverse rock faces previously only accessible to mountaineers and rock climbers One of the safest mountaineering sports requiring no prior training or technical expertise Mountain Torq, the world’s highest and Asia’s first via ferrata opened in December 2007 offering a new, exhilarating, adrenalin-charged experience to climbers and hikers to world heritage site, Mount...

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Malaysia Golf!

Posted by on 10:55 am in Golf and Gaming, Malaysia News | 0 comments

Malaysia was conferred the ‘2008 Asia and Australasia Golf Destination of the Year’ award from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) during the 2007 annual awards gala dinner held at the Gran Melia Hotel in Cancun, Mexico, on 6 December 2007. The award is a significant recognition of Tourism Malaysia‘s accomplishment in promoting Malaysia as a premier golf paradise. With more than 210 different courses found in a variety of settings around the country, Malaysia is set to be the popular year- long...

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Malaysia’s Holiday Season Sale

Posted by on 11:25 am in Announcements, Malaysia News | 0 comments

The holiday season is under way, and what better way is there to celebrate than by shopping to your heart’s content? From Dec. 1 to Jan. 1, 2008, the Malaysia Year End Sale (M-YES) promises a month of bargains and promotions to indulge savvy shoppers nationwide. From Dec. 3-12, Kuala Lumpur’s Starhill Gallery will present the “Journey Through Time” exhibition. This will be Asia‘s largest watch and jewelry showcase, offering visitors the rare opportunity to view and purchase the finest timepieces and jewelry from...

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Malaysia Is a Growing Player in North American Tourism

Posted by on 6:45 pm in Announcements, Malaysia News | 0 comments

LOS ANGELES – The Honorable Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Minister of Tourism, Malaysia, led a whirlwind Sales Mission tour through the United States and Canada from September 8—14, 2007. The tour started in New York, then continued in Canada’s Toronto and Vancouver, and concluded in Los Angeles last Friday evening. The Los Angeles event took place at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel in San Pedro, California and coincided with the grand opening of the hotel. The Minister delivered speeches at the ribbon-cutting...

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Happy Merdeka Day

Posted by on 8:21 am in ITKT Blogs, Malaysia | 0 comments

I am sitting in an internet cafe in Philadelphia, checking my email when I received a note from the Malaysian Tourism Board. I almost forgot, Malaysia has just turned fifty! So I wanted to wish all of my Malaysian friends (during my visit last year I had made a couple good friends) a special and wonderful 50th anniversary of independence — it’s a big deal being a fairly new country with 13 states, so of should identify. I was saddened by not being able to check out Citrawarna this year. It’s an impressive event filled with...

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Malaysia Everest

Posted by on 10:02 am in Malaysia, World | Comments Off

Right before I left for my visit to Sweden and Denmark, I showed up bleary-eyed and met Muhamad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin. Better known, thankfully, as Qobin, and as “the youngest Muslim, the youngest SE Asian, and the youngest Malaysian” to climb Mount Everest (During our interview I thought he was the youngest man period, sorry for the confusion). I got to him just in time before he officially launched on his bike and run across the U.S. before he continues on across 24 additional countries. He is an amazing guy and definitely...

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Mount Everest Climber Now Bikes U.S.

Posted by on 12:25 am in Announcements, Malaysia News, United States News | 0 comments

LOS ANGELES – Muhamad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin, an inspired 25-year-old Malaysian man, will embark this week on an arduous journey few have attempted before. He plans to run and bike across the United States from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., starting Thursday, July 12, 2007. Mokhtarrudin, or Qobin as he is known to family and friends, is making the United States the first leg of his journey around the world. He plans to bike and run in 20 countries in 300 days, across North America, Asia and Europe. Qobin is undertaking this expedition in...

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Merdeka Day in Malaysia

Posted by on 12:34 pm in Announcements, Malaysia News | 0 comments

LOS ANGELES -This August, come and be apart of the celebrations and happiness that Merdeka Day has to offer. Cap off an exciting Merdeka Month with Merdeka Day Celebrations on August 31st in the beautiful city of Putrajaya. Merdeka Day welcomes in Malaysia‘s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain, but more importantly, the stupendous and astounding progress Malaysia has achieved over the years. Merdeka Day is packed with great events that the government has put together for all to enjoy. Events for the day will include a two-hour...

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Malaysian Mega Sales Begins

Posted by on 10:30 am in Announcements, Malaysia News | 0 comments

LOS ANGELES — Get ready for the shopping party of the year! Malaysia‘s annual Mega Sale Carnival hits the streets and malls of every major Malaysian city on June 16, 2007. The Malaysian Mega Sale Carnival, happening from June 16 to September 2, offers discounts on a wide variety of items, including a multitude of Malaysian handicrafts. Special discounts and promotions will be offered by the various shopping malls and stores nationwide. The Mega Sale Carnival is the largest of Malaysia‘s three major annual sales. The other...

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