Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Handmade Batik - beautiful art

Handmade batik cloth is well-known in Southeast Asia since ancient times. It is wax printed cloth using silk or cotton fabric. Malaysian batik is very famous and mostly uses butterflies and flowers paintings with different patterns and designs. The batik production goes through a very special process. First the artists will draw the design on the material then they use wax to form a foundation. Finally the fabric is dyed and the process is repeated. The batik then can be made into clothing, tablecloths, curtains, handbags, hats or pictures.

Indonesia and Malaysia have been always competing on the origin of batik cloth, which in the end is a national treasure. The debate on this issue can be endless. However we will concentrate here on the features of the Malaysian batik.

Batik is considered a traditional custom in Malaysia and you can see it worn by both men and women in special occasions. Batik can be found in so many places for cheap prices but there are also the more fashionable and high quality types of it.

When you visit Malaysia next time, make sure to buy yourself a piece of batik cloth. It is very easy to find in the local market. As the Malaysian batik is traditional product, so many tourists will go and visit a number of workshops and batik stores. They also can see the production process.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Malaysia's beaches

Malaysia has hundereds of beautiful beaches and islands. Here are some of these interesting places:

Datai beach (Langkawi island)

Pantai Cenang - Cenang Beach (Langkawi)

Pantai Teluk Belanga - Emerald Bay (Pangkor)

Tioman island

Long Beach (Perhentian Island - kecil)

Redang island, Redang archipelago

Turtle Beach, Similajau (Sarawak )

Friday, November 28, 2008

Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower)

Menara Kuala Lumpur
A short stroll away from the city's major hotels, the Menara KL is the tallest telecommunications tower in South East Asia and the fourth tallest tower in the world at 421m.

The ceiling of the lift lobby is decorated using tiny mirrors, an Islamic art form technique. High-speed lifts take visitors to an observation deck that provides a panoramic view of the entire city and beyond. The revolving restaurant above serves a lunch and dinner buffet daily with Hi-tea, as well on weekends.

Facilities on the ground level include a pedestrian mall with a reflecting pool, mini theatre, amphitheatre and a restaurant. A 100 - year old Jelutong tree stands preserved in the compound.International events that take place here include the annual Kuala Lumpur International Towerthon, X-treme sports performances and a B.A.S.E. Jump.

Getting There: Located at Bukit Nenas, buses and taxis are easily available to its entrance at Jalan Raja Chulan. It's also a short walk away from the major hotels at Jalan Sultan Ismail.
Source: Tourism Malaysia


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is located in Lanchang and around 2 hours drive from Kualalumpur. The sanctuary is implemented and managed by the Malaysian wildlife department and it is a very ambitious program to help in reservation and protection of the endangered elephants in Malaysia. At the same time visitors of the sanctuary are given the chance to observe and spend enjoyable time around these friendly elephants.

Visitors can participate in feeding, bathing and other daily activities of the elephants. There is no entrance fees. However, visitors can make donations to the sanctuary if they will. The sanctuary is well organized with information centres and introductory materials available for everyone.

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary have been established for around twenty years and during this period have helped to prevent the elephants population from declining and helped to save hundreds of elephants by relocating them to the sanctuary.

Spending a day in this unique place can be a great fun where you can experience elephant riding which is a real special experience as elephants are the biggest mammals on earth. You can also feed the elephant by yourself while the sanctuary staff will be giving you instructions on how to do it. Finally, you can participate in bathing the elephants which is one of the favorite activities for the elephants and is becoming one of the favorite activities for the visitors as well.

Reviews from visitors to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary say that they have spend a very unique experience there and had a lot of fun.

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