Animal sanctuaries and historic sites were the lure for Alisa Wilson from Flight Centre Auckland to travel to Asia for her Malaysia holidays. She shares her favourite sightseeing experiences and places to stay.
A Kaula Lumpur city tour is a great way to see the city. It includes the Petronas Towers, towering 1483 feet and 88 storeys high. There is a photo stop on the skybridge on levels 41 & 42. We also went to Aquaria KLCC, a big aquarium with over 5000 different exhibits. We also visited Little India, a market with lots of Indian crafts and clothing.
The Mari Mari Cultural Village was a good tour to see how the Malaysians lived - their huts, the way they lived and how they did day to day chores.
Sepilok Orangutan was an awesome experience getting to see these animals in their own element. It was originally set up in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orangutans, and is well worth the visit.
Labuk Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is another highlight for animal lovers. The long nose proboscis monkeys are located within an oil palm estate, which features a walkway and platform which allows you to see them up close and personal including in their twice daily feedings.
The state of Malacca is about 2 1/2 hours from KL, where we went on a tour around the historic and noteworthy sites. This included the ruins of St Pauls Church, built in 1521, and along Jonker Street, known for antique shops, clothing and crafts.
There are some nice places to stay in Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur, of which my top picks would be the following.
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur is a true 5 star resort where every room has big bathrooms, a walk-in wardrobe and great city views. The monorail is very close and is only 2 stops from Bukit Bintang, so is nice and central.
Gayana Eco Resort in Kota Kinabalu is a nice 5 star property with a range of jungle view, sea view and pool view villas. The sea view villas have a balcony which leads down into the water, whereas the pool view villas have a small private pool on their deck. There is also a cocktail lounge and the Solace Spa day spa on site. The resort even has its own marine biologist who can relate how they protect the coral and starfish.
Bunga Raya Island Resort has its own beach and is set amongst the forest. They have a huge area on the dock for private dinners in the evening and massages during the day. There are a range of villas available including Beachfront Villas with their own private pool, large bathroom and bedroom.
Le Meridian Kota Kinabalu is in a good location in downtown Kota Kinabalu with shopping and markets right on the doorstep and the Centrepoint mall right next door. The suites have a master ensuite bathroom, dining table and lounge area like an apartment, which would be a good option for families or couples travelling together.
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