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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!

National Monument in Kuala Lumpur

The National Monument (Tugu Negara) is made in remembrance of the fallen ‘soldiers’ during the fight for freedom to independence in Malaysia. It represents the fallen soldiers during the 2nd World War, when Japan occupied this part of Southeastern Asia (next to that also the repelling of communism is often mentioned).

National Monument Kuala Lumpur

The monument is one of the largest bronze statues in the world, it is 15,5 meters of height, built in 1966 and designed by architect Felix de Weldon (has designed amongst others the famous Iwo Jima monument). The statue represents the general freedom in Malaysia; the national anthem (anthem of freedom) is typically associated with this. The statue consists of 7 soldiers carrying the Malaysian flag. Each of the warriors represents one of the seven qualities of leadership: command, unity, strength, wariness, suffering, courage and sacrifice.

National Monument main entrance

National Monument main square

National Monument main square cenotaph

National Monument cenotaph

You can also find the monument on the 1RM notes. Upon arrival at this place, you cannot instantly see the bronze soldiers. You first walk across a beautiful wide stairway up the hill, after which you walk through the first part of the monument (here descriptions and other information about the monument itself and the history of the monument can be found). Only after that you find yourself before the fallen soldiers. It looks beautiful.

National Monument 1

National Monument 2

National Monument 3

National Monument 4

Somehow I associated the image more with the US/European history than with Malaysian. Nevertheless it remains an overwhelming image. The National Monument is located next to the Lake Gardens, on the Westside of the centre of Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Parlimen). The KL-City tour visits this place, and there is more than enough time to scout the monument and its surroundings. On a sunny day you should keep in mind that there is not much shadow and you can get sun burned easily. Bring along an umbrella, sunscreen and enough water.

Plaza Tugu Negara

Right next to the National Monument you will find Plaza Tugu Negara. Here you will find a couple of small shops where you can buy drinks, ice cream and small snacks. Here you will find toilets too. Right opposite Plaza Tugu Negara there is a small park with some nice benches covered by trees.

Plaza Tugu Negara Asian sculpture garden

Plaza Tugu Negara entrance

Plaza Tugu Negara overview

Plaza Tugu Negara shops & toilets

How to get to the National Monument

Probably the easiest way to get to the National Monument is by taxi, though this might also be quite an expensive way to get to this attraction as it is best to have your driver waiting for you which means he will keep the meter running. Without rushing it should take about 30 minutes to one hour to explore the area.

Another option is to take the Kuala Lumpur Hop-on, Hop-off bus from Jalan Bukit Bintang. One of the stops is the National Monument. You can explore the area for a bit and then take the next bus to continue the city tour of Kuala Lumpur.

The cheapest way is to take the metro to the Old Railway Station. From there it is a 10/15 minute walk to the entrance of the wonderful Lake Gardens, one of the biggest parks in Kuala Lumpur. It will take another 15/25 minutes to walk through the park to the north entrance where it is only a 5/10 minute walk to the National Monument.

Opening Hours National Monument

Daily opening hours are between 7am and 6pm.

Map of the National Monument in Kuala Lumpur

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2 comments on National Monument in Kuala Lumpur

  1. life
    2 years ago
    November 17, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for finally talking about >National Monument in Kuala Lumpur
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  2. Ong Gf
    3 months ago
    April 13, 2019 at 11:03 am

    is the time right ? as i found a web with time from 8am to 10pm. Can anyone justified for me the time as i call but 03 9235 4845 seem engaged n keep advise us to “cuba lagi”. Kindly advise if anyone have better known about it. Appreciate.


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