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Smell some history at Malacca and George Town

Melaka and George Town are often listed on the top of any Malaysian holiday itinerary and match Kuala Lumpur in its popularity. And justifiably so. These two have been historic cities of the Straits of Malacca and the trading and cultural exchanges that took place here between the East and West Straits over 500 years is what has led to the development of these iconic places. I tell you why both of them are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Make sure you visit these historic sites on your next trip to Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is connected to both places via bus—the preferred mode of transport here. You can even check www.redbus.my for added convenience. 


Malacca has numerous historical places and buildings. In order to preserve those sites, numerous museums have been built to preserve those legacies. Most of the museums in the state are managed by Malacca Museum Corporation.


Museums in Malacca are Aborigines Museum, Agricultural Museum, Al-Quran Museum, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, Beauty Museum, Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, Chitty Museum, Customs Department Museum, Democratic Government Museum, Education Museum, Forestry Museum, Governor's Museum, History and Ethnography Museum, Islamic Museum, Kite Museum, Literature Museum, Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum, Malay and Islamic World Museum, Malaysia Architecture Museum, Maritime Museum, Navy Museum, People's Museum, Prison Museum, Pulau Besar Museum, Stamp Museum, Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, Submarine Museum, Toy Museum, Tradition and Custom Museum, UMNO Museum, World's Bees Museum and Youth Museum.


   

Brilliant examples of multicultural trading that carried mercantile exchanges between Malay and Chinese, Indian and European cultures.


   

The towns have developed significantly over the last 500 years since the exchanges began and the change has been complementary to the trading successes.


   

They have built a life that bears a testimony to the multi-cultural influences and traditions of the regions they traded with. This is not only seen in the architecture of the place, but in the religious institutions of different faiths, traditions, languages, music, food, art, etc.


   

The townscape demonstrated by both towns is unparalleled anywhere else in East and South Asia, especially taking into account the large number of shop houses and town houses that dot their landscape.

 

 

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Best Tours in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Over the years, Malaysia has risen to become one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations due to its appealing blend of seaside shanties and gleaming high rises as well as plenty of outskirt-attractions. As the capital state, Kuala Lumpur is home to magnificent feats of architecture such as the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and Menara KL Tower, the ever-bustling Petaling Street, and remnants of Moorish-style buildings.

 

Travel within Malaysia quite comfortably with the help of express buses that will drop you off at the major points in the city. Book these express bus tickets online from www.redbus.my  for extra convenience.

 

Batu Caves Tour

A half-day Batu Caves Tour takes you on a journey outside the city centre which houses some of Kuala Lumpur’s best-known cultural attractions. Inclusive of an English-speaking guide, convenient pickup from your hotel and admission fees, iconic landmarks covered on this tour include 400 million-year-old Batu Caves, Malaysian Batik Center, and Royal Selangor Pewter Center. Your first stop is the energetic Little India district, where you discover the delicacies of Indian culture through colorful food stalls and markets selling everything from saris to golden trinkets. From there, leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind as you head to the 400-million-year-old Batu Caves.

 

Kuala Lumpur city tour


Joining a Kuala Lumpur city tour is a good option for those looking to visit iconic attractions and learn about the history of the Malaysian capital during their holiday. Among the many highlights of this half-day excursion include Petronas Twin Towers, the National Mosque, Independence Square, and Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Lastly, the Royal Selangor Visitor Center is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir for loved ones back home.

Private Night Heritage Trails

 

Take a trip on Kuala Lumpur’s heritage trail and visit pre-war temples and historical streets still standing today. Great for experiencing the city’s multiracial community, this Kuala Lumpur private temple tour starts with the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and ancestral Chinese temple Chan See Shu Yuen Association, followed with a short stop at Petaling Street Flea Market.

 


 

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Best food courts in Malaysia

Food courts are a great option for those in big groups, or with different tastes, as you get to enjoy different varieties of food at prices that will not break the bank. Serving authentic local dishes similar to those found in hawker stalls, what makes food halls in Kuala Lumpur super popular is the fact that you get to enjoy good food in air-conditioned comfort.

 

Traveling in Malaysia is quite convenient since it has some major bus terminals and express buses are the preferred mode of transport here. Tickets for which can be booked online from www.redbus.my.

 

 

Hutong Food Court

A meal at Hutong Food Court is a dining experience that will leave the competition in the shade. An award-winning gourmet food hall housing more than 20 neon green-lit stands, vendors here are popular KL and Penang hawkers who have been handpicked to set up shop. Well-liked names that have spaces include Kim Lian Kee’s Hokkien mee (from Chinatown) and Honkee Porridge. Located on the lower ground floor of Lot 10 mall, Hutong Food Court has been designed to look like an old Beijing village with narrow ‘alleyways’ linking stalls. Instead of a central seating area, tables and chairs are placed around these stands. Prices are a little expensive by food hall standards (between RM10-Rm18 for a meal) but very worthwhile, whether you are in the mood for pork noodles or wan tan soup, it's all good. One thing to note: drinks are only available from the women walking around with trolleys selling beverages.

KLCC Signatures

Designed for the most finicky of eaters, KLCC Signatures is one of two food halls in Suria KLCC. Located on the second floor of the shopping centre, the choice of cuisine here is vast, from local dishes such as nasi kandar, nasi lemak and yong tau foo to western fare like burgers and pizza. We love the fact that there are even fast food outlets like MacDonald’s, Pizza Milano and Subway. Brightly lit, with tables and chairs in a kaleidoscope of colours, this food court has great views of KLCC Park – just grab a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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3 signature foods to try out in Malaysia

Every country has its own signature dish. For India, there is a long list of that, given the culinary diversity observed across its length and breadth. Malaysia is no different. Its cuisine is heavily influenced by Chinese and Indian flavours, along with the local Malay ones.

These signature dishes are available in different parts of Malaysia. To travel to places like Penang or Sarawak, to book tickets from redbus and visit these places in style.

So the next time you visit this country, do not miss out on (and it is quite impossible to do so) these three iconic and popular Malay foods:


Nasilemak: The national dish, it is sweet and spicy and savoury all at once—quite a representative of Malaysia’s cuisine. Fatty rice is cooked in coconut milk and served along a spicy sauce called sambal—not to be mistaken for sambar—and boiled eggs and roasted peanuts.In Malaysia and Singapore, nasilemak comes in many variations as they are prepared by different chefs from different cultures. The original nasilemak in Malaysia is arguably a typical Southern and Central Peninsular Malaysia breakfast, and is considered of Malay origin.


Laksa: There has to be a dish that celebrates noodles and Laksa does it like no other. One of the most popular dishes in Penang and Sarawak, noodles is served in a rich broth and is spiced with condiments favourable to each region. The type of laksa is based upon the soup base employed in its recipe; either rich or savoury coconut milk, fresh and sour asam (tamarind, gelugur or kokum), or the combination of the two. There are three basic types of laksa: curry laksa, asamlaksa and other variant that can be identified as either curry or asamlaksa. Curry laksa is a coconut milk curry soup with noodles, while asamlaksa is a sour, most often tamarind-based, soup with noodles.


 

Meekolok: Simple yet delicious. Plain noodles boiled, strained, stirred in cooking oil and is garnished with slices of roast pork—the people of Malaysia surely know to create a classic dish. 

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