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Malaysia’s New ‘MYPass’ Travel Card Makes It Easier to Travel in Country, Save Money

September 14, 2013

The newly launched ‘MYPass’ travel card enables visitors to Malaysia to conveniently travel within the country and save money. ‘MYPass’ is a prepaid and discount flash card issued by Touch ‘n Go, Malaysia’s leading e-payment service provider. ‘MYPass’ can be used to pay for products and services, in cities such as Kuala Lumpur (KL), the country’s capital, and wherever the Touch ‘n Go signs are displayed, including KL’s public transport, retail stores, restaurants, theme parks, attractions and more.

The card can be reloaded from as low as RM10 and up to a maximum of RM1,500 at convenience stores, transit stations, petrol stations and selected retail outlets. Visitors can purchase, reload, and refund their ‘MYPass’ pack from the ‘MYPass’ Mini Hubs at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Departure Hall Level 5 and The Zon, Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), the moment they land.

‘MYPass’ also comes with a complimentary SIM pack, which includes discount vouchers. Visitors simply need to present the card along with the voucher to enjoy exclusive discounts and other great benefits.

KL’s public transport is operated by different entities. However, visitors can use their ‘MYPass’ to pay the fare on all of the different transit systems including KLIA EKSPRES, the non-stop airport rail service and the fastest way to reach city center. Avoid having to stand in line to purchase tickets or figuring out the fare schedule. Visitors only need to get their ‘MYPass’ and the transit map, and they are set to go. It is recommended that visitors have a minimum of RM10 per day to cover public transport needs during their stay in Malaysia.

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Kuala Lumpur ranked among top 10 cities for shopping by CNN; Malaysia Year-End Sale goes to Jan 1

November 29, 2012

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) ranked fourth in CNN’s survey on the top 10 best shopping cities in the world, ahead of well-established shopping hubs such as Paris, Hong Kong and Dubai. The top three best shopping cities in the world were New York, London and Tokyo, respectively.

The judging was based on four categories comprised of ease of getting around, value, variety, and experience. Kuala Lumpur scored a total of 30 out of a maximum 40 points: 6 points for getting around, 10 points for value, 8 points for variety, and 6 points for experience. According to CNN International’s travel website, CNNgo, Kuala Lumpur’s impressive score came from its winning combination of high quality shopping, affordable prices and reliable sales, which can stretch for several months, citing 1Malaysia Year-End Sale as an example.

The Malaysia Year-End Sale held this year from November 10, 2012 to January 1, 2013, aims to encourage shoppers from all over the world to come to Malaysia to celebrate the last two months of the year with a fabulous shopping experience. Shoppers have 55 days to take advantage of great discounts and special offers put together by various shopping malls nationwide.

Shopping is a lucrative sector of Malaysia’s tourism industry. It holds the second biggest share of tourist expenditure after accommodation. Last year, tourists spent RM17.5 billion on shopping which constituted 30% of the total receipts of RM58.3 billion. Its important contribution to the economy has led the Government to focus on developing the shopping sector as one of the main tourism drivers. Efforts include positioning the country as a duty-free shopping destination for tourist goods, designating KLCC-Bukit Bintang as a vibrant shopping precinct and establishing three new premium outlets in Malaysia.

The country has more than 320 shopping malls and the top 10 largest shopping malls are bigger in size than the top 10 shopping malls in the UK.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to visit Malaysia, Sept 13-16 as part of Diamond Jubilee World Tour

September 11, 2012

Prince William and Kate Middleton on their wedding day. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a Diamond Jubilee Tour that will take them to Malaysia, Sept. 13-16, 2012 © 2012 Karen Rubin/

Prince William and Kate Middleton will travel to Malaysia from September 13 – 16, 2012, as part of the Diamond Jubilee World Tour celebrating the Queen’s 60th year of reign.

The public will get a glimpse of the royal couple during a cultural event at the KLCC Park where they will experience the richness and diversity of Malaysian culture beneath the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

Their Royal Highnesses will also attend a business lunch organized by the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC), where the Duke will deliver a speech underscoring the importance of UK-Malaysia ties and prosperity. The lunch will be attended by 1200 guests comprising key members of the business fraternity, ministers and senior government representatives.

Meanwhile, two lucky winners of The Ultimate Royal-Tea Photo Competition, announced September 7, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the royal couple at a Diamond Jubilee Tea Party hosted by the British High Commissioner at his residence. The contest ended on September 1 and saw entries from Malaysian residents nationwide.

Their Royal Highnesses’ other engagements in Malaysia include a lunch hosted by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak at Seri Perdana and an official dinner hosted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara. They will also visit Hospis Malaysia where the Duchess, a patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, will give a speech to patients and staff. This is only the Duchess’ second public speech and her first outside the UK.

In Sabah, the royal couple will go deep into the rainforests of Danum Valley where they will learn about the conservation efforts of the Royal Society, of which the Duke is a Fellow. Sabah is home to some of the last remaining areas of virgin tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia.

“I am thrilled that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Malaysia as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration,” said British High Commissioner HE Simon Featherstone. “I know the couple are eagerly anticipating experiencing the warm welcome, rich cultural diversity and stunning natural environment of a key Commonwealth country with such enduring connections to Britain.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Malaysia from 13 – 16 September. Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to Malaysia is the second leg of their tour through Singapore (11 – 13 September), Solomon Islands (16 – 18 September) and Tuvalu (18 – 19 September).
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, have marked The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a series of regional visits and engagements throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland during the year.

In addition, members of the Royal Family will travel overseas representing The Queen throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, visiting every Realm, the 15 other countries where the Queen is head of state as well as undertaking visits to some other Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.

Malaysia was once a part of the British Empire. It received independence on August 31, 1957.

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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang, Malaysia Voted as Top Ten Grand Houses in the World

July 3, 2012

The Cheong Fatt Tze mansion in Penang, Malaysia, was voted as one of the top ten “greatest mansions and grand houses” in the world by Lonely Planet. “The mansion blends Eastern and Western designs, with louvred windows, art nouveau stained glass and beautiful floor tiles, and is a rare surviving example of the eclectic architectural style preferred by wealthy Straits Chinese of the time,” stated Lonely Planet.

Built in the 1880s, this famous indigo-blue Chinese courtyard house in Georgetown, Penang, was the residence of Cheong Fatt Tze, a prominent Chinese figure in the newly established Penang Straits Settlement. The mansion was built by master craftsmen brought in from China and includes 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases, and 220 windows.

Rescued from the perils of development in the 1990s by a small group of Heritage preservationists, the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion possesses splendid Chinese timber carvings, gothic louvre windows, russet brick walls and porcelain cut & paste decorative shard works, and art nouveau stained glass panels. The building layout is based on feng-shui principles, and is filled with a rare collection of sculptures, carvings, tapestries, and other antiques.

In 2000, the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion received the inaugural Unesco Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award, selected as the ‘Most Excellent Project’ in the Asia Pacific Rim following its USD 2.39 million (RM 7.6 million) restoration work. The mansion has been partially converted into a hotel, offering a unique heritage experience to visitors. Each room was individually designed by a famous local artist according to specific themes, complete with period furnishings. Guided tours are also available on a daily basis.

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Mabul Island in Sabah, Malaysia, Named One of the World’s ‘Best Secret Islands’

August 3, 2011

Travel + Leisure searched the world to compile a list of the Best Secret Islands. Mabul Island in Sabah was featured as one of the best islands in the world with that is not teeming with fish instead of tourists. The travel magazine stated, “Diving enthusiasts should opt instead for the secret island of Mabul, off the northeastern coast of Malaysia, where the marine life is on a par with the Galapagos.” The magazine adds, “Even better, the native sea moths, bobtail squids, and elusive paintpot cuttlefish are some of the only inhabitants.”

Diving is a year round activity on this island, with more than eight popular dive sites. It takes approximately 15 minutes or less to reach any of the Mabul dive sites by boat. Most of the diving in Mabul is very shallow with depths from 10 – 60 feet. Marine life that can be seen include fire gobies, crocodile fish, pipefish, cuttlefish, snake eels, sea horses, exotic starfish, and much more.

Mabul Island is reputed to be one of the best destinations for underwater macro-photography in the world. Located in the clear waters of the Celebes Sea off the mainland of Sabah, it is surrounded by gentle sloping reefs. It is considerably larger than the nearby world-renowned Sipadan Island, covering approximately 51 acres
(21 hectares).

Three resorts cater to scuba divers; two are on the island itself while one is on a converted oil rig platform about 1,600 feet offshore. All of the resorts provide day trips for their guests to the nearby Sipadan and Kapalai Islands.

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Malaysia Emerges as a Leading Ecotourism Haven

July 14, 2011

“Going green” is a phenomenon that has been permeating in all aspects of life – including travel. A consistent growing percentage of travelers are looking for destinations and activities that offer nature-based activities with minimum impact to the earth. Thus, ecotourism has become the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry and it is expected to grow at an annual rate of 4.3% until 2017.

For this reason, Malaysia is growing in appeal as it emerges as a major ecotourism destination. Tourists can experience a range of ecotourism activities in Malaysia, such as caving, hiking, jungle trekking, white water rafting, river cruising, bird watching, and diving.

Mega-Biologically Diverse Country

Malaysia offers a wide range of natural and cultural assets that makes ecotourism a highly beneficial, sustainable and long-term form of tourism. The country, located in Southeast Asia, is one of the 12 most mega-biologically diverse countries in the world. It boasts more than 15,000 species of flowering plants, 286 species of mammals, 150,000 species of invertebrates, and 4,000 species of fish, in addition to countless micro-organisms.

Covering almost 60% of its landmass, Malaysia’s ancient tropical rainforests are millions of years old and are home to an incredibly diverse array of flora and fauna. Experts believe that many animals, plants, flowers, and trees living beneath its lush canopy have yet to be discovered.

The ocean and seas surrounding Malaysia shelter various marine life that rely on the delicate balance of an undamaged ecosystem. Turtles from the other side of the world migrate thousands of miles to nest on Malaysian shores.

Listed as a World Heritage Site

Malaysia’s reputation as a premier ecotourism destination is further strengthened by the inclusion of the Gunung Mulu National Park (Sarawak) and Kinabalu Park (Sabah) in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List. Langkawi Island, located in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia, has also been recognized by UNESCO as a geopark, a title given to outstanding geological landscapes in the world.

Malaysian Government Promotes Sustainable Tourism

While promoting natural attractions in the country to tourists, the Malaysian Government also recognizes the importance of sustainable tourism and the balance of conservation and development. As such, the Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia, has adopted the National Ecotourism Plan (NEP) to provide policies and guidelines for the conscientious development of ecotourism.

Malaysia will continue to protect its environment, to ensure that travelers from across the world will be able to enjoy the country’s unique and natural wonders.

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October 15, 2010

Dubbed the City of Digital Lights, i-City is the first lightscape tourist destination in Malaysia. The city is a culmination of real estate development, information and communication technology that creates a knowledge-based society, all with state-of-the-art facilities. It is located in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Showcasing state-of-the-art LED technology, i-City is an exciting and fascinating place to visit, especially during festive seasons such as Chinese New Year. It combines LED lights technology and traditional elements for a unique sight.

Visitors can stroll around a colorful forest that resembles a four-season park filled with dozens of wonderful sculptures. Many beautiful and colorful lanterns can also be seen. The sculptures and themes, as well as the lighting decoration in i-City are changed periodically.

With numerous bulbs lighting up i-City nightly, some people might be concerned about their effect on the environment. i-City is quick to assure that the digital lights with total power consumption equivalent to about four shop lots, are environmentally friendly.

i-City has hosted various large-scale events and programs, such as Malaysia’s Independence Day Celebration and the Mid-Autumn Festival. During the 2010 World Cup, i-City screened the matches live from Johannesburg on its 21’ x 28’ video wall, the largest video screen in Southeast Asia.

i-City is “open” 24 hours a day as it has been approved as a technopreneur campus, where cosmopolitan lifestyle outlets can operate on a 24-hour basis. Under this concept, i-City will be a “gated but open” zone where security, traffic management, landscaping, rubbish management and other township services will be the responsibility of i-City. This is in recognition of i-City as a night tourist destination and a knowledge hub.

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Tourism Malaysia, Singapore Airlines offer 5-nite inclusive package with air at $1,299

October 15, 2010

Tourism Malaysia and Singapore Airlines Vacations are offering a five-night all inclusive trip to Kuala Lumpur, one of Asia’s most fascinating and multicultural cities,  starting at only $1,299. The offer includes roundtrip airfare, accommodation at a five-star hotel, local transfers, daily breakfast, and a half-day city tour inclusive of lunch. With this amazing value, the time to get-away is now.

A two-night extension to one of four destinations is available for only $299 (per person/double). Destinations include Penang, Kuching, and Langkawi in Malaysia, or Singapore.

This special fare of $1,299 (per person, based on double, taxes not included) must be purchased  by November 15, 2010 for travel until November 30, 2010 and from January 1 – March 31, 2011.

Round-trip Economy Class airfare is provided on award-winning Singapore Airlines. Departure airports include LAX, SFO, JFK and IAH.  Airline fuel surcharge is included. The two-night extension offer includes economy class airfare from Kuala Lumpur to destination airport, accommodation at deluxe hotels, daily breakfast and local transfers for only $299 (pp/double).

Rich in cultural diversity, Malaysia offers a truly Asian experience. The exotic country provides a unique culture experience, tantalizing food, an array of attractions and activities, and great value for your dollar. English is widely spoken throughout the country.

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