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Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Colours of Malaysia

Every year in May (exact dates are usually to be confirmed) tourists and locals can enjoy a one-day festival called Citrawarna, Colours of Malaysia. The event takes place at Merdeka Square. It starts around 5pm and lasts until midnight. During this festival over 7,000 participants, consisting of school students, public and private higher education institutions, local cultural organizations and non-governmental organizations showcase everything Malaysia has to offer. The festival attracts around 100,000 spectators.

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Highlights of the evening are choreographed traditional performances that visualize the various tourism events and tourism products in Malaysia, as well as marching band performances. Central themes during Colours of Malaysia are Nature, Homestay, Sports Tourism, Shopping, Contemporary Art Tourism, Heritage, Parks & Gardens and Food.

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“The objective of Colours of Malaysia 2012 is to establish Malaysia as a premier tourist destination that is rich in culture and heritage, and to showcase the country’s various tourism events and attractions through an entertaining and colorful street performance.”

And that’s exactly what Colours of Malaysia offers; a great spectacle of beautifully decorated floats, dressed up dancers, clowns on stilts, 4WD range rovers, shopaholics with fully loaded shopping carts and even around twenty Trishaws that were lit up like Christmas trees.

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In 2012, the festival didn’t have the best start as heavy rain was pouring down at Dataran Merdeka. A few of the dance performances couldn’t take place as the grounds were too slippery. Luckily it cleared up around 7pm, right in time so the main event could start without any delay. The official opening ceremony with the Minister of Tourism Malaysia started at 8.30pm. If you only want to witness the main event, we advise you to just head there around 9.30pm. Try to get a seat in the middle of Merdeka Square, directly opposite the main clock tower of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, to insure you will have the best view possible.

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How to get to Colours of Malaysia

Getting to Merdeka Square to witness the Colours of Malaysia festival is easy. Just take an LRT train to Masjid Jamek station. From the LRT station you walk along Jalan Tun Perak towards Jalan Parlimen. Take a left into Jalan Raja and you will reach Merdeka Square. Another option is to take the LRT to Pasar Seni station, walk towards the Central Market and turn left in Jalan Leboh Pasir Besar. At the end you will reach Merdeka Square. Taxis are probably not able to bring you all the way to Merdeka Square as many roads will be blocked for the event.

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2 comments on Colours of Malaysia

  1. jardness
    7 years ago
    May 20, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I was there when they were setting up the whole place.. Too bad I missed the show.

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  2. Ilya
    7 years ago
    May 20, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Too bad indeed. I thought it was worth it, but missed a clear schedule or agenda, as we didn’t know when it would all start. The rain did ruin the first bit, I thought I’d be there early to make some day time pics, but it rained too hard. Dance performances and live singing didn’t take place because of that.

    We left around 8pm to have dinner in Chinatown, when we got back around 9pm the main parade had just started. It was fun. I can imagine tourists really like it, as it really showcases everything possible in Malaysia (apparently even ballerinas, though the Singaporean shows were canceled over here not too long ago).

    We were disappointed with the food options. I mean, food is so important….and a Colour of Malaysia on itself right :), but still no place to get some nice food, so we had to go to Chinatown for a nice local (and I mean local meal)….:)

    Local meal in Chinatown

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