Welcome to the sixth of ‘WHAT’S IN SOUTHEAST ASIA?‘ blog series.
Last week I posted nothing. I back to Jakarta for my graduation and I kind of lazy to write about this series and I even too lazy to schedule the post. So, I post nothing. But it’s time to moving on to another Southeast Asia country like I promise, and the sixth country is Malaysia!
According to WIKIPEDIA
Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and has a total landmass of 330,803 square km (127,720 sq mi) separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo).
Malaysia has its origins in the Malay kingdoms present in the area which, from the 18th century, became subject to the British Empire. The first British territories were known as the Straits Settlements, whose establishment was followed by the Malay kingdoms becoming British protectorates.
NB: Malaysia using Ringgit or MYR (Malaysia Ringgit) as their currency.
The official and national language of Malaysia is Malaysian, a standardised form of the Malay language or known as Bahasa Melayu. English remains an active second language, with its use allowed for some official purposes under the National Language Act of 1967. In Sarawak, English is an official state language alongside Malaysian.
Malaysia is a little bit similar with Indonesia, like the culture, food and language. Except most Indonesian can’t speak english because it isn’t part of active language like Malaysia. I must admit, that Malaysia is much great than Indonesia (their system and country is over develop than Indonesia) and still I love Indonesia though.
What can you do in Malaysia?
Many people think that Malaysia best toursim is the city like Kuala Lumpur or Johor Baru. Or even Genting for people who’s like to gambling. But the thing is for me I like a workout tourism. Not doing some gym or really workout, but an adventure. And that tourism place in Malaysia I like to say is Borneo.
Why Borneo?It’s a little bit bias but, I like to tell the world how great and beauty is Borneo. I posted Indonesia edition in Borneo and Brunei also in Borneo so, why not Malaysia either? Borneo might be not popular enough, but once you going there, you’ll feel amazing. One place that really captivated by me in Malaysia (Borneo’s part) is Kinabalu. So I’m gonna take you to explore Kinabalu with me!
Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state in the northern part of the island of Borneo. Often referred to as KK, it’s a coastal city partly surrounded by rainforest. It’s known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalk, beaches and waterfront Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. It is also a gateway to Kinabalu National Park, the home of 4,095m-high Mount Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu itself also formerly known as Jesselton.
What can you do in KK?
The Green Connection Aquarium
The Green Connection is an aquarium and science discovery centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. The Green Connection opened in May 2010 and is located just outside down-town Kota Kinabalu in the North west corner of the island of Borneo
The best place to see Borneo’s aquatic wildlife without leaving the city. Particularly popular with children. Lots of things to see and do, including touching certain creatures like sharks and snakes or diving into a large tank and feeding the fish within it. Opportunities for interns & volunteers are occasionally available. 10 minutes outside the city centre by taxi (RM15-20).
It’s like no matter you go, no matter country you visit, China Town always there and is a must to visit. In KK, Malaysia China Town also known as Gaya Street. It is because Chinatown is located in the city centre surrounding Gaya Street and Beach Street.The name “Chinatown” is mainly a tourism gimmick after the arch gate was erected not more than after 2005, so many locals would not know what Chinatown is. Use instead “Gaya Street”.
Usukan Bay near Pulau Mantanani or Mantanani island is suitable for diving. Located near the fishing port of Kota Belud 30 nautical miles north of Kota Kinabal these dive sites are ideal day trips from Kota Kinabalu. Boat trips north from Kota Kinabalu normally depart from Sutera Harbour Marina or Jesselton Point and take approximately 2 hr. These dives are only suitable for divers that already have PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or similar certification and some previous wreck diving experience is advised. There are three popular wrecks spread over a distance of about one kilometre lying 7 n.m offshore.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park comprises a group of 5 islands located between 3 and 8 km off Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. The park is spread over 4,929 hectares, two-thirds of which cover the sea.
It offers many snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities between 20 and 30 min from Kota Kinabalu by boat. Dive operators depart from the Jesselton Point Jetty and Sutera Harbour Marina. Islands and beaches are beautiful, even though the water color is very green and not transparent. Underwater visibility can be an issue around the entire park, it sometimes drops below 3m due to dirty river water from Mt. Kinabalu by everyday-pouring rain.
It might be get weird if you are visiting Kinabalu but not going to Kinabalu Park. Kinabalu Park established as one of the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964, is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its “outstanding universal values” and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species, and over 110 land snail species.
To get to Kinabalu Park you could going with minivan, taxi, shared-taxi, or even a tour. The park entry fees are adult/ person below 18: RM3/ RM1 (Malaysian), RM15, RM10 (Non-Malaysian) while for climbing permit for Mount Kinabalu are adult/ Person below 18: RM50/ RM30 (Malaysian), RM200, RM80 (Non-Malaysian)
NB: The permit for summit-climb day within a single day was permanently abolished in 2015.
Mount Kinabalu is Borneo’s tallest mountain. You can climb to the top of Low’s Peak (4,095.2m or 13,435.7ft above sea level). The height of the mountain is often given as 4,101m but recent satellite imaging has proven this to be incorrect.
There are few thing you could do in Malaysia even there’s a lot of things you could explore and much more than the list I made. It just a thing when you’re a perk of being a Southeast Asian, you have a lot of similarity but there’s something different in that. Which is our uniqueness and foreign like to come.
That’s the wrap for Malaysia!
There’s a lot of thing that you could see in there and see you next week with ‘WHAT’S IN SOUTHEAST ASIA; MYANMAR!’