Let Malaysia Capture Your Heart

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Malaysia has long been a favorite in terms of travel destinations for many people across the world. Why? Simply because it is so vast and beautiful. There’s so many different islands to visit. And whilst the atmosphere out there always seems to be rushed, at the same time it is so peaceful and tranquil. Yes you might be nearly hit by a crazy driver or two now and then, but you’ve also go the idyllic beaches across the road where nothing can be heard but the waves crashed against the sand. Sound amazing? Well it does to most other people as well. If you’ve never been before, then we guarantee that before the end of this article you’ll be wanting to book a flight now. Yes, for most of us the flight is pretty long, but watch a couple of films and it will be over in no time! So without further ado, here is how you can let Malaysia capture your heart.

The Islands

The islands are one of the first thing that brings people to Malaysia in the first place. There’s just so many of them it can be hard to know which one to actually visit. But, because there are so many of them it means there’s just so much to do out there! A lot of the islands are close together as well, so it means you can spend your holiday island hopping to explore all the wonders. Some of the islands are better than others, one of the best and one of the most popular of the islands is the Langkawi island. It literally feels as though you’re being transported for a holiday in Hawaii. It has the most perfect beaches you could wish for, and one of the most relaxed vibes out of all the Malaysian islands. If you’re looking to kick back and relax, then this is the island to you. The main island of Langkawi in the Pulau Langkawi. Langkawi is made up of many different islands that lie in close proximity. If you;re looking for something fun to do whilst you’re there, one of the most popular things to do is the cable car ride up the mountain of Gunung Mat Chinchang. It isn’t that expensive, and it might not feel the safest, but if you have the heart to brave it it offers some of the best views that you’ll ever see. It attracts hundreds and hundreds of tourists in the height of the season. There are some really nice hotels on the island which you shouldn’t see yourself paying too much for either. Spending money over there is extremely cheap as well, so all in all, the holiday is going to be pretty cheap overall.

Borneo is another amazing island that seems to attract a lot of people each year. Once you go, you’ll instantly fall in love with the feeling of the whole place. A lot of people head there to volunteer with building houses, schools, and teaching. But it is an ever better place to go as a holiday destination. Just like with Langkawi, there is plenty to do on the island, but it is also perfect for those days where you just want to relax by the beach. Whilst you’re in Borneo however, there is plenty to do in terms of exploration. One of the most favored things to do is Tanjung Puting. It is a beautiful national park where wild orangutans wonder around. Just make sure you have all of your belongs secured! There are a few other national parks, and a mountain to climb. It really can go either way with this holiday. You’ll either want to be sat by the beach, or climbing or walking somewhere taking in the amazing scenery.

The Culture

The culture in Malaysia is a world away from ours. You’ll be completely amazing by the difference in the way of life. The main difference being the religion. Most of the Malaysian islands are highly religious, as you’ll gather from the many temples there are. You’ll often see monks walking around who take their religions and beliefs very seriously. It is important that you don’t disrespect this whilst you’re over there. Another, one we’ve briefly touched on, is the way of life. The main islands and cities will often feel a bit rushed, but at the same time calm and peaceful. It isn’t recommended that you drive on the roads over there. They are pretty crazy. But by all means rent a ped and go up the mountains. The roads up there are a lot clearer, and you’ll get some truly stunning views without having to walk or sit on a bus to get to the top. The food is also something you’re either going to love or hate. There’s a mixture of traditional foods, Thai foods, and often some foods you’ll never even have heard of. To them, growing up and eating bugs was nothing. It would be like growing up and eating chocolate for us! But be sure to give it a go and try something you’d never usually go for!

Staying For Good?

Malaysia will truly capture your heart. The beautiful beaches with the amazing blue seas. The way of life, and the amazing scenery. It captures the heart of so many to the point where they actually don’t want to leave. But is setting up a home and a life in Malaysia really worth it? Well, yes it is. There are a few new house development areas at the minute that are just truly stunning. Can you imagine yourself in a brand new home in a country that has the most beautiful weather and surroundings? We can too! Fitting into the way of life over there really isn’t hard. It is pretty easy to start and run a successful business over there as well! So you could be making a lot of money.

So, has this article made you realize some of the wonders Malaysia has to offer? We hope it has! There’s so much more out there for you to explore, and so many different islands that we’re sure you’ll love. Do some research and see which island might be suit you!

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South America: 5 Must-Visit Places

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In many ways, Asia has overtaken South America as the favorite backpacker destination, but you would be crazy to overlook this continent full of towering peaks, ancient civilizations and dense jungles. Added to all this, you have bustling cities and awe-inspiring landscapes aplenty. The hospitality and kindness of the people are legendary, so now is the perfect time to go and see the place for yourself. If you don’t really know where to begin, here’s a brief overview of just five of the must-visit places that this continent has to offer.

Angel Falls, Venezuela  

Though Niagara Falls may still hold the plaudits as the most famous waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela is nearly 1,000 meters high and is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. However, deep in Canaima National Park with no accessible roads to get here, it is a remote natural wonder that feels like it is shut off from the rest of the world. You can even take a flight to witness it from above.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

If you start to Google ‘most incredible natural wonders in South America, Salar de Uyuni will come up again and again. The world’s largest salt flat is incredibly over 10,000 square kilometers. Staying in the Hotel De Sal Luna Salada gives you great access to the area. There is a sense of being in another world when you are in this area which features smoking volcanoes, colorful lagoons, and grand deserts.

Machu Picchu, Perú

The ancient abandoned city of Machu Picchu in Peru was built in the 15th century and is one of the most iconic attractions in the world. Situated high in the Andes mountains, you can enjoy panoramic views around the area. Thousands of people flock here every year to complete a multi-day hike to finally reach the site. One way of attempting to escape the crowds is by arriving in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the peaks.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Of all the cities in South America, Rio de Janeiro is probably the one that captures the imagination of the most people. For one thing, it has the beautiful sandy beaches and crazy party atmosphere which many people love. The best views of the city come from the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue which is certainly worth visiting. The city also has the world’s largest urban forest, so hiking up into the mountains is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while.

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

An entirely different city to Rio, Cartagena de Indias features well-preserved colonial architecture that will make you feel like you have stepped back in time. The city has a very clear energy to it, and you could easily spend a few days strolling around the colorful streets.

This guide gives you a brief overview of just what a special and diverse place South America is, so hopefully, you have been inspired to take a trip yourself.  

The Charm of Sharm…El Sheikh

There are few locations as steeped in history and romantic mysticism as Egypt. Most of us, as children have been enthralled by the tales of Egyptian mythology and thus, visiting the country as an adult, we tend to retain a sense of wide eyed mysticism when feasting our eyes on the wonders of this historically and culturally rich civilization. From the pyramids to the Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt is steeped in exotic history that has captured the hearts and imaginations of Western visitors for generations. The beauty of Sharm El Shiekh is its ability to combine this sense of vivid and romantic history with peerless luxury so that one can explore or relax in this divine city while experiencing a vacation that is unique and full of character.

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Sun, sand and sea

If you want to take your sandals for an airing, you can hit one of Sharm El Sheikh’s many wonderful beach resorts and enjoy the uniquely arid beauty of the coastal regions.

Naama Bay is the epicenter of the region’s resort life, boasting ultra-luxurious hotels like the Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Resort and the Royal Savoy. Each offers a subtly different but undeniably luxurious stay from which you can begin your journey across the windswept sandy vistas.Naama Bay is famous for its expansive beach with its pedestrian only promenade ringed with profuse cafes and restaurants.

If, however, you’re looking for something more sedate and solitary, we recommend a trip to the Nabq Protectorate 20 km north of Sharm El Sheikh proper. Here you can spend a whole day without seeing another person, although you’ll find plenty of examples of the region’s exquisite wildlife. You’re likely to encounter gazelles and ibexes, and you can even explore the world’s most northerly mangrove forest which is also in the region.

Under the sea

For those with a restless sense of adventure, Sharm El Sheikh has a plethora of opportunities to scuba dive or snorkel among the region’s bountiful sea life. The Gardens Reef at the northern end of Naama Bay offers three different snorkelling and diving sites that can be accessed either off the shore or by boat. There’s a richly diverse palette of sea life to be found here to suit veteran divers and neophyte snorkelers.

Seasoned divers, however, will be drawn to the vivid coral of Thomas Reef where you can explore the spectacular underwater vistas amidst schools of fish.

Step back in time

A trip to Sharm El Sheikh isn’t complete without sampling some of the ancient wonders that give the city and its surrounding regions so much of their character. Take a coach trip to St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. The ancient site is home to a still functioning Greek Orthodox monastery and is home to the legendary “burning bush” of the old testament.

The bustling streets of the Sharm Old Market are also a must for those whose trip is not complete without some friendly haggling. Here you can shop, eat and drink in the unique atmosphere that one would not expect to be able to experience without a time machine.

THE MOST SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT EVERYDAY INDIA LIFE FOR A TOURIST?

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Have you been curious about seeing this historic nation filled with priceless traditions, lifestyle, spices, and amazing festivals and attractions? Well, why not? One way or the other, you must have seen and heard about this iconic country. Hence, you decided to have a firsthand view of this place, to share their lifestyle and rich heritage. We believe your position is right; this is why this article focuses on bringing to tourists awareness, interesting facts on nations that will help them better adjust, and appreciate the country they wish to explore. Today, we bring to your awareness daily facts that will shock your mind. These are happenings you never knew occurred in India.

FACTS ABOUT INDIA

  1. LEFT HAND IS CONSIDERED UNCLEAN

When you get to India it is important you do know which hand is appropriate to eat with. For those who love to use the left hand when dining, these action is frowned upon. Traditionally, the natives perceive their left hand unclean and never uses it to eat. This action is as a result of their preference in utilizing their left hand to clean up themselves by utilizing the toilet.

  1. KILLING COWS IS A TABOO

During your stay in India, you will find a lot of cows walking freely on the streets. This occurrence is as a result of the high value placed on cows. In India, cows are seen as one of Humans seven mothers. This perception lies in the fact that we thrive on cow’s milk as we survived through our mother’s milk. Hence, cows are not killed, they are rather reverenced and worn the Tilak for good fortune.

  1. SHAMPOOING BEGAN IN INDIA

Yup, the word shampoo was derived from the Sanskrit word Champu; this word means to massage, and before the world developed their shampoo products, India has been making use of their herbs to clean the hair. Hence, one of the things to do when you get to this beautiful land is to try their herbs shampooing. Indian herbal medicine called Ayurveda has been a subject of numerous studies of modern western scientists. If you are willing to research this topic further, you can check custom essay writing Eduzarus to get professional assistance.

  1. THE LARGEST POSTAL NETWORK

India, till date, remains the country with the largest postal network. As a tourist, you will be amazed by the amount of functioning post office settled in the country. Some of these offices float above water, which is one of the beautiful things to see when you get there. These postal offices serve an average of 7175 people each per day.

  1. THE WETTEST PLACE IN THE WORLD

The wettest place in the world is housed in India. When you get to the country, you should check the Mawsynram village on Khasi Hills, Meghalaya. This village is recorded to have the highest rainfall average in the world. If you decide to check out Mawsynram, endeavor to go with your umbrella.

  1. THE LARGEST NUMBER OF VEGETARIANS

Indians have the numbers for the largest population of vegetarians in the world. When you arrive at the country, you will find out that 20-40% of the people resident there are vegetarians. This surprising occurrence does not stray away from religious beliefs and personal choices. Hence, the land remains the most vegetarian-friendly country in existence.

  1. A SPA FOR ELEPHANTS

As a tourist in India, you might be unaware of this unless you are looking. India treasures elephants, if not more than the same way they treasure their cows. Hence, it is not far-fetched to come across an Elephant Spa in the country. One of these Spa establishments is Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre, located in Kerela. Elephants receive food, bath, and massage in this establishment. You seeing it, will not will not only be a fun thing to experience but one of the things you should do when you get there.

  1. THE LOTUS FLOWER IS SACRED

The lotus flower is a sacred symbol in the Country. When you get there, you will find its design on some Hindu and Buddhist temples. Currently, the Lotus Temple also known as Baha’i, situated in Delhi, is built to look like a lotus flower. The Temple has a 27 mammoth lotus petals structure covered in marbles. It is a fantastic sight to behold.

  1. LOTS OF SPICE

Spice is integrated into everyday India life. Currently, the country produces 70% of the world’s spice consumption, which makes it the highest spice producer and exporter in the world. When you get there, certainly you will see lots of stuff to buy when it comes to spices.

 

 

 

World Cities Where East Meets West

There is no doubt that travelling to Asia an unforgettable experience for everyone. The culture, languages, food and architecture are just a few of the things that make the continent such a fascinating and intoxicating place to visit. But there are also cities where western culture has had a very clear impact, and these are the places we are going to be talking about in this article.

This fusion of East and West is incredible to behold, and these cities also provide the perfect introduction to Asia if you have never visited before. You will be able to see the familiar and the not-so-familiar sitting side-by-side. We will also look at a couple of European cities where the Eastern influence has been obvious. So, let’s start looking at each place in more detail.

Hong Kong

Though it is part of China once again, Hong Kong has a very different feel to the rest of the country. After decades of British rule, the remnants are still there despite being handed back 20 years ago. A centre of business and commerce, people still flock here from all over the world to live and work. While the stonework of many of the buildings makes the city feel distinctly Eastern, just look at the road signs and street markings to see the British influence. Depending on which district you visit, you will experience something different every time.

One of the highlights of a visit is a trip between the two main islands on the Star Ferry, where you can truly appreciate the grandeur of the place. Another way to do this is to hop on the Peak Tram for panoramic views over the city. And while you can wander down one of the main shopping streets and feel like you are in London, you can just as easily wander over to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery and feel like you are in a different world.

Bangkok

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The capital of Thailand has been a melting pot of different cultures, races and religions for hundreds of years. Today, that legacy still lives on, and many people use the city as a gateway to Asia, helped by the fact that one of the region’s busiest airports is located here. While there are big parts of the city where the traffic, noise and sheer number of people can feel overwhelming, there are plenty of hidden corners where you can get some much-needed peace and quiet.

The main party district of Khao San Road is where you will find party-lovers from all over the world. But for more traditionally Eastern sights, you will find numerous temples around, as well as the mighty Grand Palace. An unmissable traditional sight is the floating river markets where you will get a better idea of why Bangkok is sometimes known as the Venice of the East. As for the cuisine, there is no better place to try the many dishes which have become so popular all over the world.

Istanbul

If you are looking from a purely geographical perspective, Istanbul is a city where East and West literally meet. But there has also been plenty of cultural influence from both of the European and Asian continents that the city straddles. There are three main areas of Istanbul where you can see this clearly – Asian, Modern European and the old city of Constantinople. While you will see incredible Islamic buildings like the Suleymaniye Mosque, you will also find dazzling Christian monuments like the Church of St Saviour in Chora.

For fans of shopping and food, Istanbul’s markets are a dream come true. And one of the main pleasures of visiting this city is simply wandering the street to witness the pace of life and diversity of sights, sounds and smells. The city is a unique one that you will want to take your time to appreciate in its entirety.     

Sarajevo

Still one of the most overlooked cities in the whole of Europe, Sarajevo is small but it packs a lot into what it has. Surrounded by hills on all sides, you can hike up here for a spectacular sunset over the city. At the same time, you will hear the call-to-prayer echoing from the minarets which will make your feel like you have travelled a lot further east than you actually have. But there are still plenty of Christians living here as well, and there aren’t many other cities where you can find a church, a mosque and a brewery on the same street!

Sarajevo still bares the remnants of its four-year siege during the 1990s, but there is a peaceful feel to wandering the city now. You can enjoy a coffee (served thick and black in the Turkish style) and wander around the various markets. At times, it is easy to forget that you are still in Europe! Best of all, the city is small enough to explore entirely on foot.

Singapore

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With its towering skyscrapers mixed with an undeniable sense of Asian culture, there is no doubt that Singapore is a place where East meets West. Okay, so technically Singapore is a country, but it is small enough to feel like a city. Next door to the obvious symbols of Western modernity, you will find plenty of Chinese shop houses, Hindu temples and Malay mosques.

There are also plenty of job opportunities for people all over the world, so take a look here if you are looking for room for rent. But it is also great for travellers as well, and the perfect ‘decompression chamber’ for first-time visitors to Asia. Though Malay is the official language, you will find that English is spoken pretty much everywhere you go. One of the most cosmopolitan places in the world, people largely value openness and an acceptance of other cultures. And when it comes to the climate, the temperature stays warms and appealing all year round.

Ho Chi Minh City

Another place where colonial rule has had its influence is Ho Chi Minh City. When you first arrive here, you will probably think that Eastern culture has taken over, but take a closer look at the elegant buildings and leafy boulevards and you will clearly see the French influence on Vietnam’s capital. But at the same time, in the Old Town, you will see plenty of Buddhist pagodas and Chinese temples

The city has become such a backpackers hub that people from across the globe flock here to get an introduction to this beautiful country. And it is probably the most developed place as a starting point, before you snake your way up the country towards the capital of Hanoi. Of course, there are still the sad reminders of Western influence on the country which you can see when you go to the landmarks and museums dedicated to the Vietnam War.

Shanghai

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Not so long ago, the whole of China was off limits to foreigners. But the city that has embraced Western culture more than any other is Shanghai. Just take a stroll along the Bund and stare at the modern skyscrapers or wander the charming streets of the French Concession and you will see how the city has been influenced. But, at the same time, it has still not lost its roots as you will see from attractions like the 16th century Yu Garden.

Alongside many local Chinese eateries, you will also find plenty of big brand foot outlets and European themes restaurants so you really can take your pick. If you are looking for a spectacular view over the city, take the elevator to the top of the World Financial Centre to stare across at just how far this city has come in a few short decades. You will also get a glimpse at China’s potential for the future

Take Your Pick

If you are very much used to Western culture and the idea of travelling to Asia scares you, choosing one of these cities as a starting point is a good idea. As well as some sights that will surprise you, there will also be many that seem a lot more familiar. Once you have gotten your first taste of the continent, it is likely that you will want to experience more and visit some places that are a little more off the beaten track. But the beauty of starting in one of these cities is that you will have easy access to many of your home comforts so you don’t feel too disoriented!   

With the exception of Sarajevo, all of these cities have busy international airports so they are easy to fly into from most places in the world. Best of all, the cost of flights is steadily decreasing so there are more opportunities than ever to explore each of these incredible destinations. The East is much closer than it ever was before, so now is the time to get exploring!    

 

 

 

  

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