Malaysia: Fun at Genting Highlands and Chilling at Zouk

Genting Highlands Snow World

The slide house at Snow World Genting Highlands

I was measuring the altitude of the mountain from my phone’s GPS while Marie was securing our park ride passes after arriving here in Genting Highlands. I was on a level where I was looking up at the First World Hotel and is nearby one of the signature rides in Genting Highlands, the Flying Coaster. My GPS reads 1720m on that level. I’m sure on higher ground it would be around 1800m+. Marie soon handed over our tickets and it’s the start of the fun.

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Transit: Going to Genting Highlands Malaysia

Genting Highlands Cable Car

Gentng Highlands Skyway, the longest cable car service in South East Asia and one of the fastest in the world

The day after our Malacca visit, we head out to the Kuala Lumpur LRT Station on our way to Genting Highlands. We could use the Van to go there but Marie wanted us to try riding the LRT to the last station heading there which is Terminal Putra to get a feel of what it’s like to use the public transportation. While I’m a bit familiar with the Light Railway System in Kuala Lumpur, I’m excited to see what I could learn more.

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Malaysia: A Glimpse of Old Malacca at the streets of Jalan Tokong to Jonker

Jonker Walk Houses

A Peranakan house and antique shop at Jonker Street

We saw a mix of cultures and beliefs when we visited the temples at Jalan Tokong. Our afternoon walk continued through the stretch of Jalan Tokong towards the Jonker Street. This side of Malacca houses some of the old dwelling places dating as far back as the 17th century. It’s one of their versions of our very own Vigan which is also a UNESCO heritage site, an old town heritage site preserved.

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Malaysia: Malacca’s Kampung Kling Mosque and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in Jalan Tokong

Kampung Kling's Mosque minaret

Kampung Kling’s Mosque minaret

The visit to the Studthuys, St Paul Church and A Formosa was just part of what Malacca has in terms of heritage sites. We had an authentic Nyonya Cuisine lunch at Seroni Restaurant to take a break from the tours. Once satisfied, we moved on for some walking tours at a couple of popular streets in Malacca, the Jalan Tokong and Jonker Walk.

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Malaysia: Old Walls Tell Tales at St Paul’s Church and A Famosa

Malacca St Pauls Church Facade

St Paul’s Church Facade

We found ourselves up hill continuing our walk from the Studthuys Square. We could feel the sea breeze coming in as we walk the hill. It was refreshing as it dampens the humidity a bit. From the hill we could see the parts of Malacca heading to the sea. I remember Marie telling us that most of the lands here were reclaimed. Originally, the sea shore reached up to the main road near the hill.

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Malaysia: Enter Malacca, Bukit China and Stadthuys Square

Malacca Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower

Malacca Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower and rickshaws

We originally had a different itinerary for the day. But with help from Martin’s persistence to his higher ups, we were granted our request to go to Malacca (Melaka as how the locals call it) instead. Being one of the recent awardees by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site last July 2008, I’m equally excited to see the place and to add to the list of UNESCO sites I’ve been to. We left Kuala Lumpur past 10am then took an hour’s drive to Malacca.

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Malaysia: A Merdeka Eve Celebration and the ASEAN Pass

MegaFam Pre-Merdeka Programme

Malaysia Tourism Chairman Datuk Victor Wee with Live Ghazai Music band

The day before was packed with a visit to Petronas Skybridge, Aquaria, Istana Negara, Tugu Negara, and Sunway lagoon. It’s a good thing that this day we were allowed an option to sleep over a little and regain some needed zest for this day. While it’s pretty packed as well considering the main event this afternoon it’s a lot relaxed. Our day started with the chocolate factory at Beryl’s Chocolate Kingdom, Malaysia’s best chocolate brand.

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