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Rafflesia biggest flower in the world

Rafflesia

Rafflesia is a genus of flowering plants that is made up of 16 known species. The best known of these species is Rafflesia arnoldii, which has the distinction of being the world's largest flower, reaching a diameter of about three feet. The Rafflesia flowers have been found only in Indonesia - on the islands of Sumatra and Java - and Malaysia, in particular in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. All of the known species of Rafflesia are threatened or endangered.

Food in Malaysia

Food in Malaysia

If shopping is the national pastime in Malaysia, then food is the national obsession. It is not uncommon to be greeted by the phrase 'Sudah makan?' (Have you eaten already?). Everything in Malaysia revolves around great food. Pleasant social get-togethers are always combined with having a nice meal. In Malaysia, more people blog about food than about anything else. Locals usually never eat at home; unless it is with family. Everybody eats outdoors every night; Malaysia is all about food!

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. This goes for the Chinese population in Malaysia too where the day itself is declared a public holiday. For Chinese locals the new year means a new start where they can make new money and attract new businesses. At numerous locations in Malaysia people light fireworks during the celebrations. Chinese New Year is the only day in the year most of the shops are closed for business.

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Though using the KLIA Express is a quicker way to reach Kuala Lumpur city center, using the airport taxi is a much easier way to reach your destination within Kuala Lumpur. KLIA Express only brings you to KL Sentral while the airport taxi drops you off right in front of your hotel. If you are traveling alone it might be too expensive compared to other options as you pay RM74.30 for a ticket. You can buy tickets for a fixed price at one of the taxi counters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Matta travel fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) is the biggest and most popular travel fair in Malaysia. Malaysians do not yet use the internet as the standard way to book their trips and holidays. Many either go to travel offices or they consult their travel agent when they want to go on a trip. Matta Fair is the place for the best bargains; and it can even be interesting for foreign travelers as there usually are great bargains to destinations outside and within Malaysia.

Flora and fauna in Malaysia

Rafflesia biggest flower

The tropical circumstances and the extensive rainforests have led to a huge diversity of plant and animal species. Surveys identified that there are 8,000 species of flowering plants which inclusive of 2,000 tree species, 800 types of orchid and 200 types of palm besides being home to more than 200 species of mammals, 600 different bird varieties, 140 species of snakes, 80 types of lizard, 300 species of fresh water fishes and thousands of insects making their home in the rainforest. A well-known plant only found in Southeast Asia is the Rafflesia. To be specific; it occurs only in the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo. This is the plant with the largest flower in the world, and can reach a weight of 10 kg. This plant is the symbol of the province Sabah on the island Borneo, although it has a strong odor of decaying flesh.

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Many rare animal species in Malaysia

Sunbear in Malaysia

Malaysia inhabits over a thousand species of birds, mammals, snakes and insects. It is possible to spot rare animal species during traveling through Malaysia. For instance, elephants, orangutans, tigers, panthers, monkeys, rhino's, Malaysian sun bears, crocodiles, and tapirs occur in Malaysia. However, as a tourist you should better not expect really seeing rare species in the wild. For that, you really would have to go deep into the inlands. By the way, it is actually not that bad if you do not 'spot' a rare animal species during a jungle tour. It is often a good sign when you do not just bump into them, for this means they still have enough free space, untouched and uninfluenced by human beings.

Monkeys on streets in Kuala Lumpur

In the inhabited areas, you often encounter several animal species too. Do not be surprised if you see monkeys walking around along the streets of Kuala Lumpur's suburbs. The same goes for the streets on the islands Penang and Langkawi. Here it is mainly the monkey species 'Macaque' which are often not too friendly to humans. However, if you leave them alone, nothing should happen. Especially on the island Langkawi you often come across the most beautiful animals. Rent a moped for a day and explore the north side of the island, this part already inhabits several animal species like monitor lizards, hornbills, silver leaf monkeys and multiple squirrel species.

 

The wildlife heaven of Borneo

Orangutan Wildlife Center in Sepilok Sabah

Borneo is well known for its extensive jungles, this is by far the best place to go if you want to see nice plants and animals. Especially in the area around Sukau, you can take beautiful river tours. You can spot animals from the water (from a small boat) on the riverbank. If you are lucky, you will meet elephants, crocodiles and maybe even orangutangs. However, if you are not that fortunate, you can still pay a visit to the special Orangutan Wildlife Centre in Sepilok (close to the city Sandakan).

Orangutan in the wild at Kinabatangan River

The last few years the World Wide Fund for Nature holds a campaign here to protect the orangutang in its habitat. Due to woodcutting, this animal is threatened with extinction. Now this subject is often seen on the television. Only when you have been there for yourself, you can fully understand how sad it would be if this great ape would disappear for good.

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