Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Malaysia Fantasia - My dream Malaysian Trip

Remember the Malaysia Truly Asia Campaign? 

One of the impressive tourism campaigns in recent times.  

Here is a sneak peek - the latest avatar:



Lot of options there, but here are my dream 5 things to do in Malaysia:

1.  Formula 1 - Malaysian GP - Sepang International Circuit:

Well, for an ardent sports fan & especially F1 at that, its almost religious to first visit the GP circuit.  I would love to visit during the race week and have a live race experience; if that is not the way it goes, I would at least - even if its off-season, love to take a lap around the circuit and soak in there.




I have loved being at the Australian GP venue, the scenic Albert Park and its only right that my next F1 stop should be the Malaysian GP!

The weather is quite intriguing at the circuit, blowing hot & cold at truly F1 speed :)  

The Sepang International Circuit is among the most technical of F1 circuits & despite long straights & some tight turns, I innately like its room for overtaking; i personally love overtaking & tracks that inherently permit it because they are designed wider.  Otherwise, we'll get to see overtaking in F1, like, once in a blue moon <sigh>!

So, F1 will be my number 1 dream stop in Malaysia.  It would be a dream come true if i can be there during the race & if I can see my current favorites Red Bull Racing & Sebastian Vettel get to a P1 finish :)





The 2014 Petronas Malaysian GP is scheduled for March 28-30.

2.  Fruits & Flora:

Regular readers are quite aware I love gardening, thanks to my Mom :)  Mom & I cultivate a good range of natural flowers in our garden & take great pride & fulfillment in providing them to temples, far & wide.

My natural bent of mind will draw me towards the flora & fruit farm attractions in Malaysia.  It would be lovely to have Mom accompany me.  She would do a thesis of sorts on the natural habitat!

With 370 fruit species in its orchards, Malaysia's Fruit Farms will definitely be my next stop.  Very curious to see mangosteens, dragon fruits, pomelos & exotic varieties of the 'king of fruits' durians in their natural habitat.


 


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Malaysia, blessed with one of the world's oldest rainforests & one of only 12 mega-biodiversity countries in the world, is naturally rich in flora.

I would love to take fulfilling days of visits to the rainforest habitat and to parks and gardens.


The Kinabalu Park & the Penang Botanic Gardens would certainly be on my itinerary.


 

I would be particularly interested, also, in the Taiping Lake Gardens:




The Taman Mini Malaysia Cultural Park near the town of Ayer Keroh would draw me for my interest in traditional architecture & way of living:



3.  Heritage Trails:

Talking of culture, I would definitely take a heritage trail like the Ipoh Heritage Walk through the historic portions of the city.  Highlights include a century old railway station, town hall & post office :)





Historic Melaka, a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO, is just what I would love to explore by foot, at my speed, soaking in the culture & history.

I would click pics in these river-view Malacca painted houses:





4.  Shopping:

Ah, take a fashionista where you will, its tough to take shopping out of a fashionista :)

I would, for sure, frequent malls, stores and its mandatory for me to always indulge in street fairs, flea markets and country markets.


  



Central Market, Petaling Street and Sunway Pyramid will surely see me!

5.  City Entertainment - Genting Highlands, Panang:

They say fun never stops at Genting, City of Entertainment, perched atop the cool, breezy Genting Highlands.  At 2000 m altitude, this proves Malaysia is much more than Truly Asia - its also a feel of Europe :)





Golf, magic, theme parks, ice-skating rings, shopping and food fiesta on the anvil :)

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Note: Any pictures above without an immediate source quoted belong to Tourism Malaysia.