Malajsie, Langkawi – A Trip to Kilim Geopark
We have an organized a trip to Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. In fact, there is no other option, because the tour of the Geopark takes place only on the water. It is not a physically demanding trip, no visitors will enjoy much walking, but it is still worth visiting the geopark. Stretching is possible at least while swimming on a nice beach.
Kilim Geopark is one of three geoparks in Langkawi. There is also Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park. Langkawi Island has been known as a UNESCO World Geopark since 2007 and has also become the first in Southeast Asia. Formerly the locals lived here mostly from fishing, but today the Geopark is the most successful ecotourist destination in Langkawi and improves the local economic situation. The Kilim Geopark is home to a large number of animal and plant species, with mangrove stands, karst caves and other natural wonders, including carbonate rock formations.
From Tanjung Rhu Beach we leave first towards the fish farm. In addition, there is also a floating restaurant, where we later refresh. There are several nets with a variety of fish on the fish farm - from small colored fish and corals to really large and some scary enough to sharks and rays. The tour is led mostly by young boys who speak perfect English and are really great. We laugh a lot, stroke the shark and feed the stingray. It is a really great experience for children and adults.
After feeding, we embark again and set off on a stunning hilly landscape, which our guide aptly compares to that of Kong: Skull Island. We're headed to the eagle watching. In fact, we are not very enthusiastic at first, because feeding stingrays is something far more attractive than watching the eagles that we have in the Czech Republic. However, in the end we are pleasantly surprised. We have never seen so many eagles hunting above the surface in our lives. There are more species of beautifully colored birds of prey and it is a really great show.
Then, from a relatively open area, we head deeper between mangrove stands. Floating between roots is more difficult, sometimes we see a lizard and someone is lucky to snake. Soon we will have other attractions. And very funny! On the roots sit macaques waiting for us. The guide tosses a few watermelons into the water, and at that moment the mela falls. Macaques are running, jumping as far as possible into the water and swimming for the tasty watermelon. We must admit that we really laughed.
Gradually we leave the siege of mangrove and get to the crocodile cave, but the name is unfortunately only illustrative, no crocodiles here do not expect. We head towards the bat karst cave, about which the poem guide tells us what the best experience of the day is. But the opposite is true. The small cave is packed with noisy tourists who provoke the local nervous macaques. Bats hang quite high, and overall this is an experience for someone who has never seen them before. Otherwise, everything was great.
GPS: 6°24'25.1"N 99°51'30.9"E
Text and photos: Veronika Schubertová
When anyone mentions Malaysia, the vast majority of people think of the Petronas Twin Towers, the twins that dominate the capital Kuala Lumpur, some of the Cameron tea plantations, others of the cultural city of Melaka. However, Malaysia also offers great swimming, endless sandy beaches, turquoise blue sea and unspoilt surrounding nature. A perfect example is the island of Tioman, also known as Pulau Tioman.
Architecturally stunning cities, tea plantations, tropical rainforests, historical landmarks and white beaches. Welcome to Malaysia, a multicultural country with strong influences from China, India and the rest of Southeast Asia.
The most interesting, most visited and beautiful place in Malaysia. Today we visit a city, which should not be on the list of any traveler. Just two hours southwest of Kuala Lumpur, we meet the city of Melaka, the capital of the Malaysian state of the same name. This historic city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
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Our second day in the Cameron Highlands we again take a trip to the tea plantations. We take a taxi and go from Tanah Rata through the city of Brinchang to about 10 km distant Kea Farm, where roses are grown.
Are you attracted by the clear sea, which with its crystal color resembles the Maldives, but it is not the Maldives? Who wouldn't want to see a real paradise with their own eyes. Perhentian Islands is an archipelago of two islands with white sandy beaches, coconut palms and turquoise sea on the east coast of Malaysia.
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Our last day in Malaysia has come. We don't want to go too far from Kuala Lumpur and we also enjoyed the beaches a lot, so we will visit the city of Putrajaya. It has served as a federal territory since 2001 and is the planned capital and administrative center of Malaysia. The seat of government moved here as early as 1999 due to the congestion of the existing capital Kuala Lumpur. However, the king, parliament and embassies are still based here.
The capital of Malaysia is famous mainly thanks to the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest double building in the world. But the most interesting thing about it is its diversity and both national and architectural diversity. The city is one of the important centers of international trade and you will know at a glance that it is a really rich city. And also one of the most visited cities in the world. Let's now look together at what awaits you as a traveler.
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A quiet island with white beaches, turquoise sea and an unspoiled underwater world is the dream of each of us. Have you ever heard of this little paradise? Thanks to the white beaches, the island was named Pulau Kapas or "Cotton Island". (Kapas means "cotton" in Malay, Pulau "island").
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