Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur – Little India and Planetarium
Brickfields aka Little India used to be an ordinary residential district near Kuala Lumpur. However, as of late it transformed to a wide boulevar featuring Indian sotres, and Indian restaurants.
Brickfields district got its name after the era of brick production in this place. Here you will feel as if another world. Stores sell all kinds of traditional Indian products such as sárí (a typical Indian women costume), flower girlands, and spices for local delicacies such as (Indian pancakes made of fermented rice flour). Visiting Little India is that much great experience if you consider hearing Indian music in the background. All here is in stark contrast to the rest of the city – very Indian and bit kitsch – colorful architecture, elephant, decorated columns and arches. Brickfields became, after its renovation, one of the most tourist popular localities in Kuala Lumpur. During the visit, be sure to try some of local specialties- typical mango coctail of lassi, spiced sauces with meat, and martabak. Locals usually eat with hands, nobody minds and they say they enjoy the food even more like this.
Brickfields is a paradise of Indian culture in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It is an oasis for Hindus. Moreover, there are stores, restaurants, massage parlors, and beautiful temples. Plus it is an important multicultural junction. Brickfields is a living community with its own heart. If you want to see every corner of this Little India, try „Brickfields Guided Walking Tour“, an interesting project by local town hall. It allows you to walk through and learn about every attraction in this beautiful district. The tour takes place every first and third Saturday of a moth from 9.30 am.
In case you love science and astronomy, visit the National Planetarium while in Lake Garden. Opened in 1993, the building was designed so it would resemble a blue mosque. It sits on a little hill between the park and the National Museum. Its blue roof resembles bit Greek-style of architecture.
Inside planetarium's tower, there are telescopes. From here you may get a better vista over lake gardens and the rest of city center. Inside the planetarium, international science and space films are screened all day long. The entrance is free of charge. You only pay for seeing individual movies (6 RM, ca. 35 CZK). There is no state of the art tech you may find in planetariums in New York or London. Yet these are surely worth visiting. The main entrance looks like a teleporting station. From here you get to many halls of the planetarium. For instance, there is the exhibition of the International Space Station where you may see how austronauts sleep or use toilets. Also, there is a space suit and the food of the first Malaysian astronaut. Moreover, you may see the mock-ups of old Chinese and Indian observatories (the latter is a scale-model of Jai Singh observatory, Delhi). What may be surprising is that there is a Stonehenge replica.
Next Saturday we take you further into the city so don't forget to come back to us!
GPS: 3°07'41.0"N 101°41'04.3"E
Text and photos: Monika Fuchsová
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.
From Penang harbor we set off with a small ferry to the very popular and popular tourist resort - the island of Langkawi (Pulau Langkawi). It takes about three hours to get there, and it is definitely a good idea to take something warmer, because the ferry is extremely cold due to extreme air conditioning. Outside the closed part of the ship, unfortunately, there is not much room for comfortable long journey. The island can also be transported by air, such as from Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
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.
Our stay on the beautiful Malaysian island of Langkawi is nearing the end and the last trip is ahead. Today we set out on the most famous icon of the island, the Sky Bridge. The bridge is less than 20 kilometers by car from Pantai Cenang.
After hot days on the sunny island of Langkawi, we move to the coldest area of our journey - the Cameron Highlands. Located at a higher altitude, there are lower temperatures, which is a bit unusual for us in Malaysia. But it is nothing dramatic, the windbreaker and long pants are enough for morning and evening. Our destination for the next two nights is the city of Tanah Rata, which will also serve as a starting point for our two scheduled trips.
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.
The sobering-up station provides sanctuary for elephants who have fallen into poacher traps or other difficulties. They use their own elephants, who are very ethically trained here (do not really expect any circus, here it helps). Injured elephants are undergoing rehabilitation and, if possible, their return to nature. The station also takes care of moving elephants due to the ever-increasing agricultural area. The employees are doing a really beautiful job here, be sure to come to support them.
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.
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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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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