Malaysia

Malaysia

Etymology

The name “Malaysia” is a combination of the word “Malay” and the Latin-Greek suffix “-sia”/-σία. The word “melayu” in Malay may derive from the Tamil words “malai” and “ur” meaning “mountain” and “city, land”, respectively. “Malayadvipa” was the word used by ancient Indian traders when referring to the Malay Peninsula. Whether or not it originated from these roots, the word “melayu” or “mlayu” may have been used in early Malay/Javanese to mean to steadily accelerate or run. This term was applied to describe the strong current of the river Melayu in Sumatra. The name was later adopted by the Melayu Kingdom that existed in the seventh century on Sumatra. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Board Game Chill Up – We are here to introduce a new hobby – tabletop gaming! It’s about immersing yourself in the theme, a duel of wits, lying, or a sense of accomplishment when you made allies, enemies and accomplish a goal. [meetup]

KlBoardgames – We focus on learning, sharing and playing Board Games (mainly European), as well as making new friends who share this interest! [meetup]

KL Comedy Lovers Meetup – Are you someone who loves to laugh and knows how to have a good time? Do you enjoy watching comedy? if YES then let’s meet up and check out some awesome comedy shows, right here in the heart of KL! [meetup]

Kuala Lumpur Hiking & Trail Running – is established with the purpose of finding like minded individuals who enjoy going out for the purpose of getting/staying fit and enjoying nature. This group was not so much about the activity being a social gathering, but about getting some serious exercise on a regular basis. [meetup]

PJ-Volleyballers – Any one who needs a volleyball fix ? and would like to meet new friends too. [meetup]

The Kuala Lumpur Friends Meetup – Make friends in activities. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

AsianDating.com – AsianDating.com is the second best dating site in Malaysia and is the one where you should spend 95% of your time. The site is part of the Cupid Media network (like MalaysianCupid.com above) and has over 1 million registered members to browse through to find your perfect match. Although with that many members it is possible to have a few bad apples in the bunch, there is a plethora of single men and women in search of the “one.” [visa hunter]

Badoo.com – A massive worldwide online dating site launched in 2006, Badoo is a third option if you are looking to date someone in Malaysia. You will have to weed through a lot of frogs on this site though before you find your prince or princess. Because of my issues with the quality of profiles on Badoo, I would not focus on it as a starting point for my dating search. Badoo works on the “freemium” model, which means that it is free to sign up, but you have to pay for upgraded features. The site operates in over 180 countries. [visa hunter]

DateInAsia.com – DateinAsia.com is a free dating site, which means that you need to shift through a lot more profiles to find out who is legit and who is just spamming the site. The site is pretty basic with not many bells and whistles like some of the other dating sites out there. Bottom line: use this site as a last resort option for Malaysia. [visa hunter]

MalaysianCupid.com – MalaysianCupid is the premier online dating service in Malaysia. The website is operated by Cupid Media, which is an established online dating company that owns other websites in countries around the world. The website hosts hundreds of users at any given time, making it easy to meet new people with similar interests and goals. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Free Tours in Kuala Lumpur – Join us on a free tour of Kuala Lumpur and get to know this amazing city. [airotour]

Klia Ekspres – The KLIA Ekspres, which was designed with the air travelers’ needs in mind, is a high speed, non-stop air-rail connection between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KL CAT) at Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station. [klia ekspres]

Kuala Lumpur Travel Tour – KualaLumpurTravelTour.com is a managed by DEVINE HOLIDAY SDN BHD. KualaLumpurTravelTour.com specialized in organizing tours for local and foreigners. [kuala lumpur travel tour]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Ascend Maxwell Hill in Taiping – A less well known spot that has the double claim to fame of having the only Chinese name in Malaysia and being the wettest city in the country, Taiping is located outside of Penang in Perak State. This second statistic is the more important one as it means that the local fauna is lush and fertile and some of the trees found in the Taiping Lake Gardens are over a hundred years old. [the crazy tourist]

Climb Mount Kinabalu – The highest mountain in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu sits in the Crocker mountain range and lies within Kinabalu Park which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mount Kinabalu has a host of biodiversity including many types of flora, fauna, and fungi. The trek to the top of Mount Kinabalu is strenuous and not recommended to inexperienced hikers and due to the advanced elevation there is a risk of altitude sickness. [the crazy tourist]

Dive in at the Perhentian Islands – Actually a group of islands in the state of Terengganu, the Perhentians lie close to the coast of Thailand. The islands can be visited by ferry and water taxis operate between the various islands giving visitors the chance to island hop at their leisure. [the crazy tourist]

Enjoy the culture in Malacca – Malacca or Melaka is also known as ‘The Historic State’ and lies next to the Malacca Strait from which it gets its name. The state is said to have the most interesting architecture in all of Malaysia as it was formerly colonized by the Portuguese and features a number of red lacquer buildings from the period such as Christ Church. [the crazy tourist]

Explore the culture in Kota Bharu – Kota Bharu is to be found on the west coast of Malaysia in the state of Kelantan and is an interesting change of pace and atmosphere to the east coast and many visitors to Malaysia fail to visit this city, perhaps due to its reputation as a more conservative region than much of the rest of the country. [the crazy tourist]

Get away to the Genting Highlands – The Genting Highlands, also dubbed Resorts World Genting is a resort located in the Titiwangsa Mountains and sits at an elevation of over 5,000 feet. The resort is a popular destination with local visitors and has a wide range of attractions to enjoy. These include several different theme parks, bars, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as a cable car attraction known as the Genting Skyway which previously held the title of the world’s fastest and South East Asia’s longest gondola lift. [the crazy tourist]

Get back to nature at Gunung Mulu National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park is located near the town of Miri in Sarawak, East Malaysia, and is famous primarily for its caves and karsts formations (made from dissolved rocks such as limestone). The park takes its name from Mount Mulu which is the second largest mountain in Sarawak and visitors can explore the caves, the rainforest, and enjoy hiking and trekking opportunities. [the crazy tourist]

Get out of town at Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park – Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is actually a collection of five islands that are found off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia. The park is accessible by ferry and some of the islands such as Sulug Island are almost untouched, while others such as Gaya Island are busier and more crowded. [the crazy tourist]

Go climbing in the Batu Caves – To explore the Batu Caves head outside of Kuala Lumpur to the region of Selangor and marvel at these limestone cliffs that are studded with caves and carved cave temples. The caves and temples are Hindu shrines and as such are a site of pilgrimage for the many Tamil residents of Malaysia. Aside from visiting the caves to worship, travelers can also experience the local flora and fauna including wild monkeys that inhabit the area as well as bats that dwell in the caves. [the crazy tourist]

Go for a night out at the Golden Triangle – The Golden Triangle is an area of Kuala Lumpur known for its nightlife, bar, clubs, restaurants, and hotels. The area extends over several streets but the central hub is said to be Jalan P. Ramlee where visitors can choose from a wide variety of venues to drink and party into the wee small hours. The area also includes a large shaping center for those looking for some retail therapy before a night on the town. [the crazy tourist]

Go trekking in Taman Negara National Park – Taman Negara National Park is located in the state of Pahang as has several claims to fame that attract a steady stream of visitors. One of these is that this is the largest national park in peninsular Malaysia, as well as the fact that the park features the longest rope walkway in the world. The park also has some serious treks, as long as 100km round trip, as well as more gentle hikes for beginners. [the crazy tourist]

Head to Tioman Island – If you want to get out of the city then head to Tioman Island located in Pahang state. There are eight villages on the island and much of it is still covered with lush rainforest and visitors can go trekking from one side of the island to the other in a day. There are also pristine coral reefs for those who like diving to enjoy and several resorts and hotels on the island. Like Langkawi, Tioman also has duty-free status. [the crazy tourist]

Marvel at the Islamic architecture of the National Mosque – Located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s National Mosque is a sight to behold and can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any given time. Built in 1965, the mosque follows principles of Islamic architecture and has as a roof in the shape of a sixteen point star. There is also a strong emphasis on water features such as fountains and reflective pools throughout the mosque complex and visitors can tour the mosque but must wear appropriate dress which is provided to do so. [the crazy tourist]

Meander around Penang – Penang is an island off the west coast of Malaysia that has Georgetown as its capital, named after British king, King George. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang has a focus on conservation and preservation and visitors can experience this at one of the many famous hotels in Penang, such as the E&O established by Stamford Raffles who also founded the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. [the crazy tourist]

Observe the orang utans in Sepilok – Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, East Malaysia, is found outside of the city of Sandakan and was the first orang utan rehabilitation centre of its kind in the world when it opened in the 1960s. The aim of the centre is to rescue orphaned orang utans who have been left to fend for themselves due to illegal poaching and logging, or who have been found being kept as pets (which is illegal in Malaysia), and administer healthcare and training to the mammals so that they are able to reintegrate and survive in the wild. [the crazy tourist]

Relax in Kuching – The city of Kuching in Sarawak in East Malaysia was actually named after a miscommunication between James Brooke who discovered the region, and the local indigenous population, who, when asked the name of the ground that the city stood on thought he was pointing to a stray cat. The name stuck, and the area is located on the island of Borneo that shares a border with Indonesia. [the crazy tourist]

Sample some local flavor with Nasi Kandar – Nasi Kandar is a staple food in Malaysia and actually means ‘mixed rice’, as customers are given a plate with rice over which they can choose a variety of toppings and sauces. Nasi Kandar is based on Tamil dishes due to the high number of South Indian immigrants and the flavors reflect this with an emphasis on curry powder and chili. [the crazy tourist]

Seek out cooler climes in the Cameron Highlands – The Cameron Highlands actually refers to a hill station located in Pahang state, and was discovered in the 19th century by Sir William Cameron who lent his name to the area. Many local visitors flock to the area as the elevation of the hill station provides cool weather in which to enjoy outdoor activities such as tea and coffee plantation tours and fruit picking at one of the many different fruit farms. [the crazy tourist]

Shop and eat at Gurney Drive – Gurney Drive in Penang is a seafront promenade that overlooks a series of beaches including North Beach. The area is well known at night when dozens of local food sellers set up in the area and visitors can buy local delicacies and snacks. If you prefer to do some shopping then head to Gurney Plaza. This large shopping mall has a mix of high end shops, restaurants, and smaller Malaysian outlets for visitors to stock up on souvenirs. [the crazy tourist]

Sunbathe on Langkawi – If you fancy getting out of the city then head to Langkawi Island, actually an archipelago of over a hundred islands in the Andaman Sea, only two of which are inhabited and of which Langkawi is the largest with a population of over 60,000 inhabitants. [the crazy tourist]

Take to the skies at the Langkawi Cable Car – Take off from the ‘oriental village’ at Teluk Burau and rise to the majestic heights of Mount Machingchang where you will also find the Langkawi Sky Bridge. The journey by cable car takes around fifteen minutes and offers visitors panoramic views of the island and on a clear day you can every see all the way to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. [the crazy tourist]

Venture to the Lost World of Tambun – The ‘Lost World of Tambun’ in Ipoh is actually not an archeological wonder but rather a theme park and resort and is said to be one of the city’s premier attractions. The park features several ‘lost world’ rides and discovery adventures and also has a range of hotels and a large spa offering a variety of treatments for tired would-be archeologists. [the crazy tourist]

Visit Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple – Located in the town of Johor Bahru, on the border between Malaysia and Singapore, Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple is set in an area of rapid development and can be found nestled between several skyscrapers. The temple is thought to be around 130 years old although no clear records exist, and features several important historical relics such as plaques and a large bronze bell. [the crazy tourist]

Visit the PETRONAS Towers in Kuala Lumpur – One of the most iconic sights in the world, the PETRONAS Towers, also known as the PETRONAS Twin Towers due to the fact that they come in a pair, are located in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and are the tallest twin towers in the world. The architecture is postmodern in style and also features motifs found in Islamic art to represent the Muslim majority in Malaysia. [the crazy tourist]

Wander through China Town in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia, in addition to Malay and Indian nationals, has a large Chinese population and as such China Town has developed as a predominantly ethnically Chinese area of the city. Essentially located in and around Petaling Street, the area features a market, Chinese food options, and Chinese cultural attractions such as temples. [the crazy tourist]

Festivals

Festivals

Deepavali Festival of Light – Deepavali is commonly celebrated by Indian community in celebrating the victory remark for the defeat of evil and fight for win from the darkness. Deepavali also symbolizes “Good Triumphs Over Evil”, Indians always Illumine lighting in Hindu Temple and home in Deepavali festival as decoration and transmit the core value of culture. Indians celebrate Deepavali in October or November, in the Indian calendar which falls on eighth month. [festival walker]

Gawai Dayak – Gawai Dayak Festival is generally celebrated by Dayak, indigenous people of Sarawak include Ibans and Bidayuhs. The festival is celebrated in June 1 to 2 each year. Some of the indigenous ethnic group practiced headhunting at the old century. [festival walker]

Hari Raya Aidilfitri – Malay is the majority race in Malaysia, therefore Hari Raya Aidilfitri remarks the most significant celebration festival, as the religious holiday for Muslims. Hari Raya Aidilfitri that fall on specific day in each year determined by new moon location following the start of Muslim calendar year. Its which commonly falls on August. [festival walker]

Johor Bahru Chingay Celebration – Johor Bahru Chingay is commonly known as “Chinese New Year celebration part 2”, because it dated for 20-23rd in first month of Chinese lunar calendar. There are a folk saying on Johor Bahru people that “Chinese New Year never come to end if no celebrate Johor Bahru Chingay”, therefore how the special and localize festival like this close ties with Chinese in Johor Bahru, especially links with Johor Bahru Old Chinese temple. [festival walker]

Lantern Festival – Also called as Moon Cake Festival or Mid-autumn Festival, falls on 15th August in Chinese calendar. The festival celebrated by Chinese community with a beautiful folklore story. Chinese usually eat mooncake to memorial Chang’e, the moon Goddess of Immortality who was the lady took the elixir accidentally and flew into the sky, eventually stopped at the Moon. The folklore story continues until today and remark the festival. Mooncake is a round pastry similar with fist-size, baked pastry ingredient include lotus paste or red bean paste with duck egg yolk at the middle, therefore mooncake cut into pieces, a slide of mooncake with brightness colour of egg yolk which can triggering appetite. [festival walker]

Thaipusam – Thaipusam celebrated by Indian Hindu and commemorates the occasion to conquer evil demon. Thaipusam as the religious festival gathering amount of devotees perform ritual worship at Hindu Temple. One of the most special and unique ritual performed by devotees is called carrying a Kavadi (burden), devotees must wear a burden of semicircular decorated canopy on the shoulders with many small spears and steel skewers pierce into devotee’s body and cheek, symbolizes the sense of given great power of endurance and performing penance and devotion. [festival walker]

Wesak Day – Wesak Day is the day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. Chinese Buddhist are commonly to celebrate Wesak day, signifies it as the important religious day to pray in Buddhist temple.On the Wesak Day, devotees will attend at Buddhist temple with present flowers and lit candle, made offering with sincerity to the monk, a sign of pay respect for the contribution. [festival walker]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bicycles – You can now explore KL on bicycles. Bicycles together with safety vest, helmet and map can be rented at KL City Gallery near Dataran Merdeka. Effective 1 June 2016, through the “Ride N’ Ride” programme, you can now take your bicycles on the KTM Komuter trains. [malaysia vacation guide]

Buses – There are many buses that serviced the city of Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding. All the buses are air conditioned. Move around the city of Kuala Lumpur on Rapid KL buses from RM1+ depending on your destination, much lower than taking a cab if you are not rushing for time. [malaysia vacation guide]

Express Rail Link – The KLIA Express and KLIA Transit are the fastest means of transport to get you from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the city. [malaysia vacation guide]

KTM Komuter – The KTM Komuter train has 2 lines and covered a longer distance compared to the LRT. It is hence less frequent compared to the LRT. The first line stretches from Sentul to Port Klang. The second line stretches from Rawang town to Seremban town. There are 41 stations that are served by KTM Komuter. [malaysia vacation guide]

Light Rail Transit – Light rail transit is the most preferred mode of transport as it is punctual and the cost of traveling is reasonable. As it has its own track, the traveling time is not affected by the traffic jam that happens almost everyday during the weekdays. Operation time is from 6am to 11:45pm. [malaysia vacation guide]

Monorail – The Kuala Lumpur public transport include the monorail which serves 11 stations covering a distance of 8.6 km in the city centre. Major shopping centres such as Bukit Bintang, Imbi and Chow Kit are serviced by the monorail. It stretches from Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station to Titiwangsa Station. [malaysia vacation guide]

Sunway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – If you intend to go to Sunway but want to avoid the traffic congestion during the peak hours, take the Sunway BRT which was launched on 2 June 2015. [malaysia vacation guide]

Taxis – There are many taxis that you can take in the city and they are available 24 hours a day. The flag-off rate is RM3 with RM0.10 charged for every 115 metres. [malaysia vacation guide]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Malaysian Project Management Meetup Group – Let’s get together and meet other locals who are interested in Project Management as their career choice. We’ll meet once a week to discuss project management issues , experiences and its disciplines: career paths, project experiences, education, certification, etc. [meetup]

Microsoft Developer Malaysia – This is a group for anyone interested in building cool stuff using Microsoft Technologies. It could be .NET, Cross-Platform using Xamarin, Windows 10 UWP development, Microsoft Azure or even Bot Framework!  [meetup]

Technology Start-up KL – You got a great idea but don’t know where to start? This is a group for entrepreneur to look for like-minded, cofounder, funding for venture, and advise. We going to have monthly meeting in Mid-valley, to discuss current trends, possibility programming tutorial, and others. Looking forward to meet enthusiastic founder all over Malaysia, to share their experience and offer advise to others. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Japanese Language & Cultural Exchange – JCM Agape Network is a Christian-based NPO. We aim to offer a safe and loving environment for our members to develop lasting & meaningful friendships, through which we may together grow in our understanding and appreciation for one-another’s cultures and languages. [meetup]

KL Language Exchange – Suitable for people who are in the intermediate level of a foreign language. But if you are not you can still join us and hurry get some basic learning on the language you intended to learn. Research shows that a 1000 words would allow a speaker to hold a simple conversation. So hurry up 🙂  [meetup]

Kuala Lumpur Bahasa, Mandarin and English Practice & Social – We have created this group to allow those interested in learning these languages to get together, practice, and support each other in learning. Practice, practice, practice! That is the only way to get better.  [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

LGBT Malaysia – A Malaysian based page that fully supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual community. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

Places in Malaysia

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