My ten year old niece resides in Canada. In her last visit to India, she made me give her a promise . A promise that i would take her on an adventure holiday to Malaysia, Truly Asia ever since she learnt that i had been to SE Asia for holidays.
We decided on Malaysia as i had told her that it would offer a gamut of adventures in just a few days.
I decided to pick 5 destinations which i would like to initiate her about Malaysia. And these are:
1. Petrona Towers
Kick start the adventure by riding in the lifts which take a mere few seconds to reach the observation deck on the 41st floor. gulp in the cool fresh air even as you feel dizzy looking down to the ground!
Soaring to a height of 451.9 meters, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur's crown jewel. Majestic by day and dazzling at night, the PETRONAS Twin Towers is inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad's vision for Malaysia to be a global player.
It would be such great fun to stand with her at the deck and get a vie of the majestic skyline of Kuala Lumpur. I would buy her a perfume from the many world renowned brand shops as she loves perfumes. We would end the tour of the Towers by dining at a nearby restaurant to enliven the experience of the Towers.
2. Genting Highlands
The next place i would take her is to the' FUN CITY ABOVE THE CLOUDS', the Genting Highlands.
I would become a child too as i would take her on the many rides at the resort.
Genting Highlands is a hill resort in Malaysia .
The hill resort is at an average elevation of 1,740 metres . It is accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour, or also accessible by a cable car called Genting Skyway which at its opening used to be the world's fastest and south East Asia's's longest gondola lift.
Genting Highlands is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country . And not to be missed is trying our luck at the Casino!
Although The Genting Theme Park is closed from 1 September 2013 to make way for the world’s first Twentieth Century Fox Theme Park, Other rides and attractions located in First World Indoor Theme Park, SnowWorld, Sky Venture, Genting Bowl, Vision City and Funtasy World Video Games Park are opened as usual.
3. Sipadan island, Sabah
The third adventure i have planned for her in Malaysia is the Sipadan island. She is a great swimmer and very keen to try her hand at snorkeling. We would explore the possibility of going under water to see the amazing marine life, albeit with a trained scuba diver. It would be exhilarating experience for sure.
Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia , rising 600 metres from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, East Malaysia (which is on the island of Borneo).
Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. Sipadan has been rated by many dive journals as one of the top destinations for diving in the world.
Frequently seen in the waters around Sipadan: green and hawksbill turtle which mate and nest there, enormous schools of barracuda in tornado-like formations as well as large schools of bumphead parrotfish. . More species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks also visit Sipadan.
4. Kabili Sepilok Nature Resort, Sabah
The fourth adventure i have picked for her is the Kabili Sepilok Nature Resort as it is her life time wish to cuddle an Orang Utan. and what better place in the world than the Rehabilitation centre.
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is located in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia.
The centre is the first official orangutan rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting or kept as pets. The orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild and are released as soon as they are ready.
The sanctuary is located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve which covers an area of 4,294 ha , much of which is virgin rainforest..Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. It has become one of Sabah's tourist attractions.
Today the Sepilok Centre attracts about 90,000+ people a year. Some 260 people a day come to the centre just to see the orangutans in their natural habitat. Most of the time, visitors only get to see the young orangutans during feeding time at the observation platform a mere 10minutes walk into a forested area.
The clinic, nursery and other areas where young orphaned orangutans are kept - are out of bounds. The orangutans are susceptible to infections and virus that humans carry and can die easily from contagions.
For the wellbeing of the older ones, the rangers encourage as little interaction with humans as possible in hope that when they are released back into the jungles, they will learn to live independently of humans.
5. River safari – Kinabatangan River, Sabah
The fifth adventure i have picked for her is a River Safari on the Kinabatangan River.
We would cross our fingers to get a glimpse of the endangered Proboscis monkey which is also the mascot for Tourism Malaysia 2014.
Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah. It is home to one of the world's most diverse ecosystems, especially around its lower basin.
The Lower Kinabatangan forest-covered floodplain – one of the largest in the country – is a renowned wildlife sanctuary where exotic species such as Proboscis monkeys, Sumatran rhinos and Asian elephants can be found.
A river safari is the best way to discover Kinabatangan's rich ecosystem and abundant wildlife.
Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia, with a length of 560 kilometers it runs across the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo.
The beautiful river offers great opportunities to see amazing wildlife.
Water takes in a central position, people travel by boat in search of wildlife. During a visit you may encounter an enormous variety of animals.
There is so much more than just five destinations in Malaysia. The Batu Caves, The Gulu National park, The Living Museum, The Lego World , Petaling Street in KLand more.If time would be on our side i would explore these too and many more.
Having spent a few days with her , we both would come back with a cartload of memories and a desire to go back again and explore more of this magnificent country,