Saturday, October 9, 2010


A World of Fantasy, Excitement and Adventure.
Fascinating MalaysiaFascinating Malaysia beckons all - especially those who are traveling with their families and young children. Malaysia has a string of thrilling theme parks and fun resorts that will transport one into a world of fantasy, excitement and adventure. In theme parks, heroes and villains come alive in thrilling games. Roller-coasters loop and twirl at terrifying speed as thrill-seekers find themselves free from the daily routine of life and transported into a world of make-believe. Malaysia's range of theme parks generally combine a mixture of water activities, adventure, futuristic experiences, games and rides, while resorts are just the place for relaxation and sightseeing.

Here are few suggestions for great family vacation locations below:
Colomar Tropicale
Families will enjoy exotic resorts such as Colmar Tropicale - a French-themed resort located in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, approximately 40 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur via the Karak Highway. Situated on 80-acres of forest land and 2,600 ft above sea level, Colmar Tropicale has a host activities and facilities just perfect for the family to enjoy in the beautiful outdoors of the panoramic Pahang mountain range.

Genting Theme Park
First on the scene in the world of Malaysia theme park entertainment was Genting, a highland resort about 51 km northeast of Kuala Lumpur. Carved out of the Ulu Kali mountain range at 2000 metres above sea level the hill resort soon acquired the tag 'City of Entertainment' because of the range of entertainment activities. Cool mountain air further added to its lure as a place to get away from it all and be transported into a world of excitement.

The Genting Theme Park is divided into indoor and outdoor sections. Indoors, the theme park contains skill games, computerised as well as coin-operated, and an opportunity to go into mysterious landscapes, or experience double action. Space Odyssey 20 zaps you through the darkness of space on a terrifying roller coaster ride.

If you want to get a quick glimpse of the attractions of the world, take the Around the World Train Ride where animated figures dressed in their national costumes will greet you as you pass each country's landmarks.

Genting is also well-known for its casino which offers Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette, Keno, French Bull and Tai Sai among its range of games.

A'Famosa Water World
Water WorldThis is the southern region's playground for water lovers. Designed for families it offers water-based attractions with safe bathing and water activities for children. Among its novelty rides are high speed slides, body slides and jet skis which enable older children to enjoy action-based thrills on water.

For the younger ones, there is the 'Arabian Village', a brightly-coloured playground structure inspired by Moorish architecture. Topped by onion-shaped domes and minarets, the Arabian Village offers unlimited fun for younger children as they climb the steps, go through water tunnels or slide down water tubes and slides.

The Lazy River, 504m long and 3 - 9m wide is the longest and widest theme park river in the country and here families can enjoy a leisure ride together aboard a family raft. If you think there is no fun without waves, just head towards the Wave Pool where swelling waves are simulated artificially and recreate the 'seaside atmosphere'. You can experience getting splashed about by waves - but without fear of getting into the 'deep end'.

Bukit Merah Laketown
Laketown, at the Bukit Merah Interchange along the North-South Highway. All that you need for a refreshing stay can be found at the resort - the Bukit Merah Laketown Inn, Bukit Merah Laketown Marina Village, and Bukit Merah Laketown Waterpark. Surrounded by lush tropical greenery and natural lake, the resort makes a suitable getaway for the whole family.

The Bukit Merah Laketown Marina Village is a tourist festival shopping village where you can find a wide variety of shops offering items such as crafts, swim wear and suntan lotions. Its restaurant Cafe Le Lac offers local and international cuisine's while its bakery offers a variety of pastries and cakes. Its four function rooms are available for seminars, exhibitions and events such as wedding dinners or annual get-togethers. For family entertainment, visitors can head towards kids amusement rides and also interactive fountain.

The Bukit Merah Laketown Waterpark comprises 8 water attractions, among them a Giant Wave Pool with simulated waves, Slow River Ride, and Raft Tube Slides. The Giant Wave Pool creates waves up to a metre high. For kids there is a Kiddie Bay. A 300m long Slow River cruise on floating tubes is available for adults as well as a specially-designed one for children. The Kid's Water Playground is a unique 'obstacle' playground with big buckets of pouring water and waterjet-guns to spray. The Giant Bubble, a first in Southeast Asia, is a Swedish-made inflated bubble for visitors to climb, bounce, slip and slide. Three Giant Water Flume Slides are provided where you can ride through a 'Midstation' pool or race down the 100m slide directly to the bottom pool. Facilities here include the Bubbles Restaurant, a fast food themed restaurant that serves western and local delights.

Wet World
Water ParkLocated in Shah Alam, Wet World was established as a neighbourhood waterpark. It is targeted for families who just want to have a splashing good time without the stunts. There are, however, recreational rides like the Monsoon Buster - the world's longest uphill watercoaster that rises and dips for 222 metres. Facilities include a fast food centre, gift shops and changing areas.

Malaysia Holidays

Malaysia SportsMalaysians are enthusiastic sportsmen and many international sports are played in the country. The bright, tropical climate ensures that most sports. can be enjoyed throughout the year. Popular national sports include soccer, badminton, hockey, tennis and squash. Other favourites are biking, cricket, bowling, rugby, table-tennis, softball and grand prix racing.

Malaysia has a long coastline with several offshore islands Oki and sea sports are coming to the fore. There are plenty of opportunities to water-ski and wind-surf or snorkel and dive in the many islands and marine parks found throughout the country. The country's large river system has made canoeing and white-water rafting popular adventure sports.

On a national level soccer is played at school right up to international level. Soccer matches and competitions such as the Semi-Pro League and the Malaysian -Cup are two popular matches. Badminton is another favourite sport with international competitions held from time to time.

Golf Activities in Malaysia
Malaysia also has a great variety of excellent golf courses scattered around the country. Golfing holidays are becoming trendy and combine splendid golf courses to play in with the country's many other attractions. Motor sports are becoming increasingly popular and the country now has a challenging Formula I circuit just outside the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang. The Sepang Ft Circuit has a double-frontage main grandstand for 30,000 spectators and natural stands able to accommodate 100,000 spectators. The course is a 5542krn circuit which features 15 turns and 9 straights. The Malaysia Grand Prix Formula I in October 1999 brought the world's top drivers together on this latest Ft circuit.

Diving in Malaysia
DivingLocated in the heart of the Indopacific Basin in the centre of the area famed for the greatest marine bio-diversity in the world, Malaysia's marine parks offer diving enthusiasts an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful marine sights in the world. Since Malaysia hosted the inaugural Asian DEMA (Diving and Equipment Manufacturing Association) Show in 1996 and 1997, more professional and recreational divers are discovering the enchantment of its waters. With sites catering to every level of expertise, Malaysia is a true divers paradise.

Accredited dive operators offer packages for every need and budget. Premium packages include pickup at the airport, transfer to the dive sites, food, accommodation and dives. Alternatively, one can opt for a dive only package by making arrangements with a dive shop or operator. The holiday diver stays for an average of 12 days which allows for a week's worth of diving.

Whitewater Rafting in Malaysia
Rivers have long been the life blood of the indigenous people of Malaysia. They have served as a means of transport, a source of food and now, a resource for eco-tourism. The native groups of Sabah have been using rafts for centuries but white water rafting has only been a recreational activity since the 1980s.

The two main rivers for rafting in Sabah are the Padas and Kiulu rivers which are certified as Grade 3 and Grade 2 respectively in the international white water rafting grading system.

River Safaris and Cruises in Malaysia
River safaris and cruises are becoming increasingly popular among visitors to Malaysia. Well organised and with expert guides, they provide an interesting, exciting way to explore the country's interior. River safaris and cruises are available in Melaka, Kuala Berang in Terengganu and Taman Negara and Lake Chini in Pahang and Sarawak, also offer scenic river safaris and cruises.

Cave Exploring in Malaysia
Batu Caves, Kuala LumpurThere is a great network of caves in Malaysia for carving enthusiasts. it has been found that most caves date back to the Stone Age and some caves in Sarawak are 60 million years old. The majority of caves are limestone and are above ground level. These include Gua Kolam in Perlis, Gua Tempurung and Kundu in Perak, Batu Caves in Selangor and Gua ikan in Kuala Krai, Kelantan. The appearances of caves can change within months as the humid Malaysian weather affects stalagmite and stalactite formation.

Adventure caves like Drunken Forest Cave and Loagan's Cave remain close to their natural state. Show caves such as Deer Lang and Clear Water Caves in Mulu National Park, Sarawak, are those which have been opened up for public viewing with guides, lights and walkways.

Mountain Climbing and Abseiling in Malaysia
Mountain climbing is a wonderful way to discover the diversity and uniqueness of Malaysia's natural landscape ranging from the dense tropical rainforest in the lowlands to the montane vegetation in the highlands, From easy walks in the cool comfort of the Main Range of Peninsular Malaysia to the more challenging mountains of Sabah and Sarawak, there are mountains to tempt every class of climber. Abseiling is also offered in certain locations. Beginners can start with the well marked trials in Gunung Jerai in Kedah, Gunung Korbu'in Perak and Gunung Tangsi in Negeri Sembilan. For those wanting bigger challenges through rainforest, rivers and mountain ridges, there is Gunung Gagau in Taman Negara and Gunung Tahan, the highest point in Peninsular Malaysia. Then there is Gunung Kinabalu in Sabah, one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia at 4093metres.

Angling in Malaysia
Malaysia, a prime tropical retreat, is also a relatively undiscovered fishing destination. Its sun drenched beaches, sparkling islands, profusion of flora and fauna and magnificent mountains provide a diverse array of activities for the holiday maker, diver, eco-tourist and angler.

Malaysia is endowed with quality freshwater and marine game fishing. The Prime Malaysian freshwater sport fish include the ferocious Giant Snakehead, the fast running Malaysian Jungle Perch, the GiantFeather back and the elusive but powerful Malaysian Mahseer.The seas host the king of the game fish, the Black Marlin. Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna and Dogtooth Tuna can be found in the Malaysian seas along with Wahoo, Narrowbarred Mackerel, Sailfish, Giant Trevally, Barracuda and Rainbow Runner, to name a few.

Bird Watching in Malaysia
Bird Watching - MalaysiaFor an adventure that is a little more refined and certainly less strenuous, try bird watching. Malaysia's vast expanses of rainforests are home to more than 700 species of exotic bird-life, including some extremely rare ones. Due to its location on the cross-migratory path of certain bird species, Malaysia has emerged as a bird watching haven. This avian extravaganza is one to behold. Scan the treetops, listen for the telltale calls. Look hard. If you manage to see a Mountain Peacock Pheasant or a Malayan Whistling Thrush, you are one of the privileged few, as they are the rarest of birds to be found.

Paragliding in Malaysia
The latest sport to take hold of enthusiasts is Paragliding with the use of Para motors. Para gliders can reach speed of up to 45kph and climb to heights of 150 to 200 meters. This sport is becoming popular in the wind swept states of the East Coast and along beach areas.

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