Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Langkawi Discovery Package

Category : Island & Beach
Package Availability : 1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009
Price :

3D 2N from RM 558.00 per pax (min 2 pax)

Minimum price : RM 558.00
Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
State : Kedah

Package Includes :

02 night accommodation, daily breakfast, welcome drink, 02 x lunch, 02 x dinner, return airport or jetty transfer to hotel, half day round island tour
Package Excludes :

(exclude entrance fee)

Travel Agent Information
Name : De Mawardah Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd
Address : 5-1, Plaza Mahkota Melaka, Jalan PM 2, 75000 Melaka
Phone : 06 – 288 3281/ 288 3282
Fax : 06 – 288 3382
Email :

Explore Langkawi Geopark

Category : Island & Beach
Package Availability : 1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009
Price :

from RM 330.00 per pax (min 2 pax)

Minimum price : RM 330.00
Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
State : Kedah
Accommodation : 02 night twin share accomodation at Kuah or Pantai Cenang,

Package Includes :

Return ticket ferry (from Kuala Perlis Jetty/Kuah Jetty), 03 hours mangrove or island hopping and free use standard car for 02 day (self drive)

Travel Agent Information
Name : Isa Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd
Address : No 11 Lorong Machang Taman Pengkalan Machang, 13800 Sg. Dua, Butterworth, Pulau Pinang
Phone : 04 – 356 2943
Fax : 04 – 356 2543
Email :

Pangkor Leisure

Category : Island & Beach
Package Availability : 1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009
Price :

from RM 250.00 per pax (min 2 pax)

Minimum price : RM 250.00
Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
State : Perak
Accommodation : 02 nights accommodation in Teluk Dalam Beach Resort

Package Includes :

Welcome drink upon arrival, daily breakfast, 02 x buffet lunch, 02 x buffet dinner, return ferry transfer from Lumut jetty to Teluk Dalam jetty, return shuttle transfer from Teluk Dalam jetty to resort

Travel Agent Information
Name : Adventure Quest & Tour Sdn Bhd
Address : No 19A, Jalan Pudu, Off Jalan Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Phone : 603- 9286 3385
Fax : 603- 9281 1277

MADA Agro Tourism Homestay Kampung Jeruju

Category : Homestay
Package Availability : 1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009
Price :

from RM 120.00 per pax (min 5 pax)

Minimum price : RM 120.00
Duration : 2 days / 1 nights
State : Kedah

Package Includes :

Accommodation, agro tour to Paddy Museum, MADA Centre, fish fam, heritage tour to Anak Bukit Royal Palace, state mosque, hall of drums, royal hall, royal golden jubilee garden, cultural & musical show, 02 x breakfast, 02 x lunch, 01 x dinner

Travel Agent Information
Name : Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan F2
Address : Kompleks Geraktani MADA Jerlun KM 15, Jalan Putra, 06150 Ayer Itam, Kedah
Phone : 04-7940263
Fax : 04-7947372

Heritage Sleepover “A Nite In The Museum”

Category : Heritage
Package Availability : 1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009
Price :

2D 1N from RM 115.00 per pax (min 20 pax)

Minimum price : RM 115.00
Duration : 2 days / 1 nights
State : Melaka

Package Includes :

Hotel room usage, welcome drink, service of a registered Tour Guide for Melaka River Cruise, riverwalk & museum tour, sleepover facilities, supper at the museum, breakfast at the hotel, certificate of participation and one way boat ride

Travel Agent Information
Name : Mahabbad Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd
Address : PD 349, Jalan Sebang Mutiara 1, Taman Sebang Mutiara, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka
Phone : 606 – 554 9010 /554 9012
Fax : 606 – 554 9320
Email :
Website :

Melaka Historical Sightseeing with Melaka River Cruise

Category : Heritage
Package Availability : 1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009
Price :

from RM 188.00 per pax (min 2 pax)

Minimum price : RM 188.00
Duration : 2 days / 1 nights
State : Melaka
Accommodation : 02 night acommodation at selected hotel

Package Includes :

Meals (01 x lunch or 01 x dinner), Malacca City Tour (Porta de Santiago, St.Paul Church, Melaka Tree, Melaka Sultanate Palace & Independent Memorial, The Street of Harmony, Sri Poyyatha V.Moorthi Temple, Kampung Klng Mosque & Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, Dutch Square, Christ Church, Tang Beng Swee Clock Towe & Queen Victoria’s Fountain, Heeran Street, Baba Nyonya Heritage & Jonker Street, Bukit Cina, Poh San Teng Temple & Hang Li poh’s Well and to Melaka River Cruise Ride) local product shopping with one local desert ‘cendol’, return transfer from Melaka Bus Terminal, entrance fee fo Melaka River Cruise Ride

Travel Agent Information
Name : Cammy Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd
Address : 311, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, 75300 Melaka
Phone : 06 – 283 4898
Fax : 06 – 284 8589

Honeymoon Package – Bayu Beach Resort Port Dickson

Category : Honeymoon
Package Availability : 1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009
Price :

3D 2N from RM 699.00 per couple

Minimum price : RM 699.00
Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
State : Negeri Sembilan
Accommodation : Accommodation in studio room

Package Includes :

Welcome drink, breakfast, 01 x set dinner, 01 x candle light dinner, fruits basket, special gift

Travel Agent Information
Name : East Coast Adventure Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd
Address : Room 402, 4th Floor Bangunan Kerjasama Jln Dhoby 80000 Johor Bahru
Phone : 07-224 4546
Fax : 07-223 2571
Email :

Romantic Relaxation(3 Days / 2 Nights)

ategory : Honeymoon
Package Availability : 1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009
Price :

3D 2N from RM 1180.00 per couple

Minimum price : RM 1180.00
Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
State : Negeri Sembilan
Accommodation : 02 night stay at deluxe or Executive Water Chalets

Package Includes :

Welcome drinks upon arrival, daily breakfast, a romantic candle light dinner

Travel Agent Information
Name : Kurniaga Holidays Sdn Bhd
Address : No. 1762, Tingkat 1, Jalan Rasah, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Phone : 606- 633 7868/ 633 8868
Fax : 606- 633 9868
Email :

Pulau Tenggol

Pulau Tenggol is another beautiful diving getaway and lies just 45 minutes off Kuala Dungun in the south of Terengganu. It is small - just 3 km long and 2 km wide. However, this doesn't prevent it from being a paradise, especially diving enthusiasts.

The interior of the island is filled with steep, rocky cliffs. This rocky terrain extends from the interior of the island right into the ocean and has created a dramatic 'drop-off' - a sort of vertical canvas of marine life - that divers never seem to tire of.
Key Tips
Beware of the strong currents Tenggol has if you are a diver. Most dives are scheduled for the calm inter-tidal window, but even so, currents can be strong - perfect for drift diving!

How to get there
By Road
Take a bus or taxi to Dungun. From Kuantan, take a bus at Jalan Besar Terminal. If you are coming from Kuala Terengganu, take the bus at the Syed Hussin Central Bus Station.

By Sea
From Dungun, board a boat at the jetty to reach Pulau Tenggol.

Who to contact
For more information, please contact Terengganu Tourism Office Tel: +609-622 1433 / 1893
Accommodation Overview
There are decent resorts on the island, but it is best to book them as part of an organised dive tour so that meals, diving and accommodation are all-inclusive.

Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang, located 45km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu, is the largest of a group of nine protected islands dotting the South China Sea off the Terengganu coast. The island offers crystal clear waters and numerous dive sites for enthusiasts. Sheltered within the Pulau Redang Marine Park, the waters here are rich in marine life. At midday when sun rays penetrate the sea, brilliant hues of coral, anemones and fish can be seen.

The waters around Pulau Redang also contain two historic shipwrecks: The H.M.S. Prince of Wales and H.M.S. Repulse, which sank here at the start of World War II, setting the stage for the Japanese occupation of Malaya. This paradise island is perfect for snorkelling, swimming, scuba-diving, jungle trekking, boating and canoeing. No fishing is allowed within a 3.2km radius of the island as Pulau Redang is gazetted as a marine park. The collection of corals and other aquatic life is also strictly prohibited. Berjaya Resort offers a golf course in an idyllic setting.
Key Tips
Pulau Redang is larger and has more activity on it, the two Pulau Perhentian islands are smaller and quieter.

How to get there
By Boat
Begin your island-hopping adventure by catching a boat at any of the jetties in Kuala Terengganu and Merang. Travelling time to Redang is one hour from Kuala Terengganu and 50 minutes from Merang.

Who to contact
For more information, please contact Terengganu Tourism Office Tel: +609-622 1433 / 1893
Accommodation Overview
This marine park offers an astounding range of accommodation, from budget guesthouses to a 5-star resort. If you are here for diving, it is best to book them as part of an organised dive tour so that meals, diving and accommodation are all-inclusive.

Pulau Perhentian

Pulau Perhentian, meaning 'stopover island', is not to be missed. Situated 21km off the coast of Terengganu, it consists of the islands of Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Covered by unspoilt jungle, windswept palms, powdery white beaches and surrounded by sapphire blue waters, Pulau Perhentian is a sanctuary for fishermen, migratory birds and of course, discerning holiday-makers.

Located just off the edge of the Pulau Redang Marine Park, Perhentian's coral-fringed waters have excellent underwater seascapes for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Arrangements can also be made for island cruises, and boats can be hired to go exploring for private bays and secluded coves. A trip to these tropical islands is also a must for those who enjoy windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and deep-sea fishing.

Of the two islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil is more geared towards backpackers. Here, you'll find a wide range of budget options for both food and accommodation.

Pulau Perhentian Besar, on the other hand, is more developed and therefore offers better facilities. Nevertheless, there are chalets, dormitories and campsites on both islands.
Key Tips
For the best sunsets in the Perhentian Islands, go to Coral View Island Resort , get a cool drink at the café overlooking the sea, and soak in the view.

How to get there
By Road
From Kuala Terengganu, take a taxi or bus to the fishing port of Kuala Besut. It lies about 1 hour north of town. The jetty is here.

By Boat
Board a boat at the Fisheries Complex for Pulau Perhentian. The boat ride to the island takes about an hour.

Who to contact
For more information, please contact Terengganu Tourism Office Tel: +609-622 1433 / 1893
Accommodation Overview
The twin islands offer an astounding range of accommodation, from budget guesthouses to a 4-star resort. If you are here for diving, it is best to book them as part of an organised dive tour so that meals, diving and accommodation are all-inclusive.

Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Mossy Forest at Cameron Highlands in Malaysia
Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands is one of the interesting places to visit when you are on holiday there. I have personally been to Cameron Highlands more than 20 times in the last 4 years but I only visited the Mossy Forest once which is located in the Batu Gangan Forest Reserve of Cameron Highlands, 2031 meters (6,700 feet) above sea level. Sometimes this 200,000 year old Mossy Forest is called Lord Of the Rings Forest or Fantasy Forest by the local tour guides there.

Getting to the Mossy Forest was pretty simple but you needed to get a guided service there. Well, for the backpackers, you could take a long hike there which would not cost a cent. Just your time involved. So, I had engaged a personal guide named Bala in Tanah Rata town. Bala was a pure bred Cameron Highlands guy so he knew everything there is to know and that was my bonus - plus he had the baddest 4WD truck too. The entrance to the Mossy Forest is just outside the Equatorial Hotel on the highest point of Cameron Highlands.

We started our journey from Tanah Rata town in his custom Land Rover and we drove through the Sungai Palas Boh Tea Plantations through some very narrow and curvy roads. The drive to the entrance of the Mossy Forest would take about 10 to 15 minutes only. But if you plan to self drive there, please be warned that these roads are brutal so a 4WD is suitable for the journey there. I have heard some people driving their cars up but if you have a small engine capacity car, it is not advised.

On arrival at the Mossy Forest entrance, I was already surprised that the moss grew out on to the side of the road. This was really something not what you see normally so it was going to be great. Camera armed and ready, we started to make our way in.

Walking into the Mossy Forest was like going into another world as the moss covered almost everything in sight. All the trees and branches were literally mossed up. It really looked like a set from Lord of the Rings in there and I was absolutely amazed with the entire experience.

I was also told by Bala, my personal guide, that we should follow the path inside the Mossy Forest and not to venture off as it can be dangerous at certain points. The ground was damp, soft and spongy while there were no leeches or mosquitoes there due to the weather. This was most excellent for my partner Lilian. So ladies, no worries here.

Trees which have fallen over are covered in moss and plant life is abundant here. Apparently some orchids are found in the Mossy Forest but the star plant which is the Pitcher Plant is easily spotted here.

On my exploration here, I must have seen at least ten wild pitcher plants. They are found hanging from trees and please do not touch them. some of the pitcher plants are about 10 inches long. Besides pitcher plants, there are many ferns and other flora found here.

Bird watching is apparently popular too as there are about 70 species of montane rainforest birds that dwell in this forest. There have also been sightings of small wild creatures by some of the guides. None of them man-eating though. Snakes and lizards are common so be a look out for them. Usually if you have a guide, they will point it out to you.

Certain parts of the trek may take you vertical so you are advised to hold on to the tree barks, roots or branches along the way for support. Note that these branches may be covered in moss too. Apart from this, the trek will be a muddy one so do not expect a clean trek here.

Apparently, a series of wooden platform and walkways have been built last year to make it easier to move around the Mossy Forest. However, my last trip to the forest was back in 2007. So I probably need to go explore it again to update my posting. Any takers?

On completing out Mossy Forest exploration we headed to the Brinchang Look Out Tower. The telecommunication tower is located a couple of minutes from the Mossy Forest and is the tallest point of Cameron highlands. This three story 50 feet tower has the best views of the mountain range and on a good day, you can see all the way to the neighboring state of Perak. But usually the tower is covered by mist so check when you are there. The only way up the look out tower is via the tower staircase and you can see 360 degrees around.

To get to the Mossy Forest

* If you engage a guide, they will drive you there
* If you self explore, the entrance is just outside the entrance of the Equatorial Hotel
* There is a huge sign in brown that says 'Mossy Forest' on the left side of the road
* Average time spent there is about 2-4 hours

Tips on the Mossy Forest

* Best to engage a local guide as they know the forest well
* You can self explore this place but go in a group
* The forest is huge so stay close
* There are no toilets or shops near by
* Bring your own snacks and drinks
* Bring a tripod for excellent photography
* Wear proper trekking shoes and clothing

For more detailed information, visit this site - Mossy Forest

Tour Guide Services for Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands

* Contact: Mr.Bala
* Tel: +6 019 6415 748
* Office: Tanah Rata Town

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hotel Information

Hotel Information
Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Ampang,City Centre.

4 Star,
The Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s hottest commercial, shopping and entertainment centre, Corus Hotel is only a short 5 minutes’ walk to the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers, Suria KLCC Shopping Mall and KLCC Convention Centre. Just next to the hotel is the underground LRT station for easy access to the various city attractions.

All guest rooms are well-equipped with modern facilities such as touch technology key card, internet access and cable TV. If shopping is high on your must-do list, Complimentary shuttle trips to other shopping areas such as Bukit Bintang and Chinatown, are provided to cater to your shopping spree!

Area Details
Distance to City center 0.2 km - KLCC
Distance to Airport 75 km - KLIA
Distance to Beach 100 km - Port Dickson
Distance to Attractions 0.2 km - Petronas Twin Tower /

Activities Near Hotel

Petronas Twin Tower (0.2km)
Shopping at Suria KLCC Shopping Megamall (0.2km)
Shopping at Bukit Bintang area (2km)
Dining at KL Tower (2km)
Clubbing at HardRock Café (1km)
Strolling at KLCC Park (0.3km)
visit Aquaria (0.3km)
or attend conference at KLCC Convention Centre (0.3km)

Number Of Rooms

Number Of Pools

Hotel Properties
Within just 10 minutes' walk is the world class Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The hotel's 388 comfortable guestrooms are well-equipped with broadband internet access & cable TV. For the business traveller, the business centre offer's secretarial services & working facilities. Scheduled shuttle trips to and from major shopping areas are provided to cater for leisure guests.

Hotel Facilities

24 hour security
Tour desk, Aeroline Bus Service and limousine service
Non-smoking rooms (subject to availability)
Business centre
Outdoor swimming pool
Laundry and valet service
Banqueting facilities
Danai Spa

Meals and Restaurants

Enjoy Chinese & Japanese cuisine at our popular restaurants Ming Palace and Komura or continental and local authentic / local specialities at Dondang Sayang Coffee house. The Cellar is the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink or an all night long party, with entertainment by our resident band.

Surrounding Area

Strategically located 5 minutes' walk to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers & Suria KLCC shopping mall, the hotel is just next door to the Putra LRT Station for easy access to the airport & other city attractions.

Room Types Description

Our Deluxe rooms exude a contemporary style and are equipped with modern facilities for enhanced comfort and services.

In-room facilities:
o Television with in-house movies and Astro channels
o High-speed Internet access (chargeable)
o Mini-bar
o IDD telephone
o Personal safe
o Bath & shower
o Hair dryer
o Tea / Coffee making facilities
o Music / radio
o 24-hour room service
o Air-conditioning

Bed rooms
Total Number of Room Types:4
- Deluxe Room (Buy 1 Free 1 promo)
- Deluxe Room (Mother's day promo)
- Deluxe (Pick of the Month)
- Deluxe Room

* room rates are nett and for 2 adults per room night
* extra bed and crib may be available subject to individual hotel policy and should be requested at the time of booking ; fees may apply
* individual charges such as extra bed, mini bar, telephone calls, etc -- must be paid to the hotel upon check-out
* a valid ID or Passport and credit card must be presented upon check-in.
* name on ID or Passport should match the guest name under which the room is booked
* credit card authorization is required to guarantee payment for incidental
* special requests subject to availability upon check-in
* check-in time after 2.00pm and check-out time is 12.00 noon

S'pore-KL coach fares cut

HIT hard by budget carriers flying their route, express coach companies are starting to fight back.

One company, Transtar Travel, is planning a promotion with half-price tickets to Kuala Lumpur. It will offer $9 one-way tickets to the first 9,900 customers travelling between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur on its new express coach service.

The offer can be booked at the three-day Travel Malaysia fair starting on Friday at Suntec Convention Centre, where seven bus companies will have booths. These promotional seats are normally priced at $17 and offer the usual perks of reclining seats, shared entertainment screens and a food and beverage bar. One-way express bus tickets range from about $20 to more than $60, depending on how luxurious the coach is.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Straits Times.

Latest comments
Thats what competition is about. The commuters win.
Posted by: sharlynrj at Tue Oct 13 15:32:44 SGT 2009
> Where is the bullet train?

== begin ==
.....Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director-general, Sulaiman Mahbob, told Bernama news agency on Tuesday.

He said the government would have to bear a significant cost based on the financial model that was submitted by YTL.

"Based on the financial model submitted by YTL, the government has decided not to go ahead with the bullet train (project)," he said, without elaborating on the amount the government has to bear.
== end ==

Extracted from
Posted by: hannweitoh at Tue Oct 13 15:27:51 SGT 2009
Where is the bullet train?

Wait until the two M and MM are out of the way.
Posted by: BBBAAANNN at Tue Oct 13 15:00:50 SGT 2009
> bus drivers taking 30-40 minute breaks despite announcement telling that the stop will be
> for 15 minutes (I understand rest is important for safety, but it's ridiculous to stop this long).

I drove many times between Johor Baru and Kuala Lumpur a few years ago, at around 90 to 100 kph, the same speed as most express buses. The minimum break time was 30 minutes, and could reach 60 to 120 minutes, especially during daytime when it is hard to drive continuously for more than 45 minutes. I would say for a 350 kilometer journey, 15 minutes of break is too short. But then, it may be because I do not drive at 180 kph

Monday, October 12, 2009

Travel Agent

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Abbey Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Business Suite 19A-13-3, Level 13, UOA Center, No. 19 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-21646486


Z'tronic Holidays Sdn. Bhd.
Lot 2.01, 2nd Floor, Plaza Berjaya, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-21489544/21489144


ZA Adventures Sdn. Bhd.
81-2, Medan Setia 1, Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2094 9907 / 0907


Yang Guang Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd. (Star Express Travel (M) Sdn. Bhd.)
154-1-3A, Kompleks Maluri, Jalan Jejaka, Taman Maluri Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9283 3366


YGMB-Asha Holidays Sdn Bhd
Ground Floor, No.301 & 302 Wisma YGMB, Lorong Selangor, Pusat Bandar Melawati,Tmn Melawati Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4106 6588 / 6589


Wai Kong Tours & Travel (M) Sdn. Bhd.
12M, Jalan Utara, Off Jalan Imbi Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2142 3228


Agensi Pelancongan Winnie Sdn.Bhd
Lot. lll (lst) Floor), Wisma MPL, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2141 2130 / 2141 2039


Shukri Lee & Ng Tours & Transport Co.
Block B06-6-7, Queen's Avenue, Jalan Bayam, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9205 5752


Utas Holidays Sdn. Bhd.
No. 30-5, Tingkat Bawah, Wisma Sabarudin, Jalan Raja Alang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-26920436


Rictour Holidays Sdn. Bhd.
3.72, 3rd. Floor, Wisma Cosway, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-21441616


Having had an interesting past and being a part of the international spice route many hundreds of years ago, Malaysia has turned into a mosaic of cultures. Everything from its people to its architecture reflect a colourful heritage and an amalgamated culture. To understand Malaysian culture, you must first get to know its people.

Malays, Chinese, Indians and many other ethnic groups have lived together in Malaysia for generations. All these cultures have influenced each other, creating a truly Malaysian culture.
The largest ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. In Sabah and Sarawak, there are a myriad of indigenous ethnic groups with their own unique culture and heritage.

Today, the Malays, Malaysia's largest ethnic group, make up more than 50% of the population. In Malaysia, the term Malay refers to a person who practices Islam and Malay traditions, speaks the Malay language and whose ancestors are Malays. Their conversion to Islam from Hinduism and Theravada Buddhism began in the 1400s, largely influenced by the decision of the royal court of Melaka. The Malays are known for their gentle mannerisms and rich arts heritage.

The second largest ethnic group, the Malaysian Chinese form about 25% of the population. Mostly descendants of Chinese immigrants during the 19th century, the Chinese are known for their diligence and keen business sense. The three sub-groups who speak a different dialect of the Chinese language are the Hokkien who live predominantly on the northern island of Penang; the Cantonese who live predominantly in the capital city Kuala Lumpur; and the Mandarin-speaking group who live predominantly in the southern state of Johor.

The smallest of three main ethnic groups, the Malaysian Indians form about 10% of the population. Most are descendants of Tamil-speaking South Indian immigrants who came to the country during the British colonial rule. Lured by the prospect of breaking out of the Indian caste system, they came to Malaysia to build a better life. Predominantly Hindus, they brought with them their colourful culture such as ornate temples, spicy cuisine and exquisite sarees.

Orang Asli
Orang Asli is a general term used for any indigenous groups that are found in Peninsular Malaysia. They are divided into three main tribal groups: Negrito, Senoi and Proto-Malay. The Negrito usually live in the north, the Senoi in the middle and the Proto-Malay in the south. Each group or sub-group has its own language and culture. Some are fishermen, some farmers and some are semi-nomadic.

Collectively known as the Dayaks, the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu are the major ethnic groups in the state of Sarawak. Dayak, which means upstream or inland, is used as a blanket term by the Islamic coastal population for over 200 tribal groups. Typically, they live in longhouses, traditional community homes that can house 20 to 100 families.

The largest of Sarawak's ethnic groups, the Ibans form 30% of the state's population. Sometimes erroneously referred to as the Sea Dayaks because of their skill with boats, they are actually an upriver tribe from the heart of Kalimantan. In the past, they were a fearsome warrior race renowned for headhunting and piracy. Traditionally, they worship a triumvirate of gods under the authority of Singalang Burung, the bird-god of war. Although now mostly Christians, many traditional customs are still practised.

Peace-loving and easy-going, the gentle Bidayuh of Sarawak are famous for their hospitality and tuak or rice wine. Making their homes in Sarawak's mountainous regions, they are mostly farmers and hunters. In their past headhunting days, their prized skulls were stored in a 'baruk' a roundhouse that rises about 1.5 metres above the ground. Originally animists, now most of them have converted to Christianity.

Orang Ulu
Also known as upriver tribes of Sarawak. Forming roughly 5.5% of Sarawak's population, there are over 100,000 different Orang Ulu tribes. Arguably Borneo's most artistic people, their large longhouses are ornately decorated with murals and superb woodcarvings; their utensils are embellished with intricate beadwork; and aristocratic ladies cover their bodies with finely detailed tattoos.

The largest indigenous ethnic groups of Sabah's population are the Kadazan Dusun, the Bajau and the Murut.

Kadazan Dusun
The largest ethnic group of Sabah, the Kadazan Dusuns form about 30% of the state's population. Actually consisting of two tribes; the Kadazan and the Dusun, they were grouped together as they both share the same language and culture. However, the Kadazan are mainly inhabitants of flat valley deltas, which are conducive to paddy field farming, while the Dusun traditionally lived in the hilly and mountainous regions of interior Sabah.

The second largest ethnic group in Sabah, the Bajaus make up about 15% of the state's population. Historically a nomadic sea-faring people that worshipped the Omboh Dilaut or God of the Sea, they are sometimes referred to as the Sea Gypsies. Those who chose to leave their sea-faring ways became farmers and cattle-breeders. These land Bajaus are nicknamed 'Cowboys of the East' in tribute to their impressive equestrian skills, which are publicly displayed in the annual Tamu Besar festival at Kota Belud.

The third largest ethnic group in Sabah the Muruts make up about 3% of the state's population. Traditionally inhabiting the northern inland regions of Borneo, they were the last of Sabah's ethnic groups to renounce headhunting. Now, they are mostly shifting cultivators of hill paddy and tapioca, supplementing their diet with blowpipe hunting and fishing. Like most indigenous tribes in Sabah, their traditional clothing is decorated with distinctive beadwork.

Selamat Datang,Welcome to Malaysia

Dear friends,

Selamat datang, a warm welcome and a Happy New Year 2009!

We are delighted to introduce you the latest addition to the Tourism Malaysia website, our very own Tourism Malaysia blog.

Journey with us through lush rainforests, unique city landscapes and traverse the hustle and bustle of life in cities around the country.

We will be posting travels’ ups and downs around Malaysia, and quirky nuances you might never have heard of, too.

We’ll also be posting photos of travels in the photo gallery and videos, so do check them out!

Share with us your comments, and don’t forget Malaysia: The wonders of Asia in one exciting destination!

Best of luck for the New Year 2009!

Terima kasih, and Selamat Datang to Malaysia !


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