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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.

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.

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.

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!

Fabulous Food 1Malaysia 2011

Mouth-watering nasi briyani, rendang and char koay teow will be used to tempt and lure tourists from all over the world and make the country a top food destination. Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen (pic) said the three popular delicacies were chosen to be showcased to visitors in this year’s Fabulous Food 1Malaysia campaign, which will run from next month until December.

Dr Ng said the three dishes were picked as they reflected what Malaysians liked. “These iconic dishes are familiar, common food found throughout Malaysia. We wanted to embrace multi-culturalism and not choose dishes that were specific to certain states,” she said at a press conference on the campaign here yesterday. “We want tourists to see and experience foods that represent Malaysia,” she said, adding that the three dishes reflected the three major races in the country, namely the Malays, Chinese and Indians.

Dr Ng said food and beverage is a big contributor in the tourism industry, with RM9.7bil spent by tourists on meals last year. “We hope to increase such expenditure and want Malaysia to be recognized not only for eco-tourism and shopping but also for food,” she said. Dr Ng said her ministry had yet to set a revenue target because it ultimately aimed to increase the awareness of international tourists on local food.

The campaign will kick off with the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival in October where 28 restaurants will have promotional menus at discounted prices. “In November, Chef Wan, our tourism ambassador for food, will help lead the Asean Heritage Food Trail while hawker fare will be featured in the Street and Restaurant Food Festival in December,” Dr Ng said. On Malaysian gourmet food, she said she believed the fine dining culture in the country could be further developed, especially since fusion food is becoming popular here.

The Fabulous Food 1Malaysia campaign was launched in 2009, with nasi lemak, laksa and bak kut teh selected as its featured dishes.

Read more at the official Fabulous Food 1Malaysia website.

Author: YUEN MEIKENG – Source: thestar.com.my

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