Mumbai, Jan 31, 2012 – Malaysia invites you to visit three of its most mesmerising destinations – Terengganu, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching – for an unforgettable getaway this summer. There’s something for everyone here; from close encounters with fascinating creatures on land and under water, to awe-inspiring sights of natural and man-made wonders, to adrenaline-pumping adventure and first-time experiences. Add to this endless shopping options and exotic fare, and you’re in for a holiday break like never before.
Terengganu – also known as the Land of Turtles – sees a variety of turtle species come to nest on its beaches every year. It’s a charming holiday destination, with beautiful beaches and romantic islands. Stop over at Redang, a tourist’s paradise, with its hilly landscapes and coral beds teeming with fantastic creatures. The island will charm you with its sleepy fishing villages, warm beaches, verdant rainforests and seasonal encounters with Hawksbill turtles. Pulau Kapas Island, relatively isolated from the mainland, is ideal for some blissful relaxation. If you prefer activities, Terengganu offers golfing, river cruising, snorkelling and more. A must-visit is the Istana Maziah, the official palace of the Terengganu Sultan, which is still used for official ceremonies such as marriages and hosting state guests.
Kuching, fondly called the City of Cats, is the capital of Sarawak. This lively city offers diverse options – historical buildings, places of worship, museums, malls, a fascinating waterfront and even a grand Palace. The Sarawak Museum, housed in a Victorian style building, is home to native arts and crafts from various eras, and has a faithful depiction of the tribal past of Malaysia. Kuching also offers the extraordinary Rainforest Kayaking Adventure, where you can paddle past impressive limestone formations and towering trees, see the carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes, and enjoy a cool dip in the river. Music lovers will thrill to the Rainforest World Music Festival, which brings onstage world renowned musicians as well as performers from mythical Borneo.
Kota Kinabalu, situated on the island of Borneo, is the capital of Sabah. KK – or Api Api as it is called locally – is blessed with mesmerising natural splendour, long sandy beaches, beautiful islands, virgin coral reefs, tropical rainforests and the mighty Mount Kinabalu. Stop over at Kinabalu National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site – to get up-close with the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, and visit the Gomantong caves to see the edible swiftlet nests being harvested for bird’s nest soup. KK is perfect for relaxing and watersports, or shopping at sprawling malls, or chilling out at a little kedai kopi (cafe). This place is home to 30 different ethnic groups, and you can savour their tasty delicacies everywhere – from posh restaurants to roadside stalls.
For Indian food lovers, a number of restaurants serving desi fare can be found across all three destinations. So make your holiday plans for Terengganu, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching – getting to any of these places is very easy, as direct flights are available from Kuala Lumpur.
To enjoy a memorable Malaysian getaway, visit www.malaysiajao.com and avail of special summer packages.