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Essent ma tion iiaall TTrraavveell IInnffoorr August 2016 - November 2016 National Monument Park | Tugu Negara Kuala Lumpur , Jalan Parlimen


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Useful Phrases Bahasa Malaysia or Malay is the official language and many words are phonetically similar to English. The letter ‘C’ is pronounced ‘ch’. Hello Helo / Hai Good morning Selamat pagi Good afternoon Selamat tengahari Good evening Selamat petang Good night Selamat malam Welcome Selamat datang Please come in Sila masuk How are you Apa khabar I’m fine Khabar baik My name is {name} Nama saya {nama} I’m from… Saya dari… What is your name? Siapa nama awak? This is {name} Ini {nama} Husband Suami Wife Isteri Mother Emak Father Ayah Grandmother Nenek Grandfather Datuk Child/ Children Anak Time and Day Second Saat Minute Minit Hour Jam Day Hari Week Minggu Month Bulan Year Tahun Sunday Ahad Monday Isnin Tuesday Selasa Wednesday Rabu Thursday Khamis Friday Jumaat Saturday Sabtu Whatisthetime? Sekarangpukulberapa? {x} o’clock Pukul {x} Yesterday Semalam Tomorrow Esok Now Sekarang Greetings Goodbye Selamat jalan/ Selamat tinggal See you again Jumpa lagi Directions How do I get to…? Bagaimana saya nak ke…? Please draw me a map Tolonglukiskansayapeta Right Kanan Left Kiri Straight ahead Terus Here Di sini There Di sana Front Depan Back Belakang Common Words Yes Ya No Tidak None iada Many Banyak Less Kurang Expensive Mahal Cheap Murah Thank you Terima kasih You’re welcome Sama-sama Asking Questions Where? Di mana? How? Bagaimana? Why? Mengapa? Who? Siapa? What? Apa? Which? Yang mana? When? Bila? Howmuchisthis? Berapakahhargabarangini?


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C O N TENT S INTRODUCTION Exclusive Interview 04 Calendar of Events 08 Transportation 12 Map 18 ABOUT KL_English Independence Day Exclusive 20 KL Climate 22 A DAY’S TREK_English A Day’s Trek In KL 23 SIGHTSEEING_English Introduction 26 Historical Sites 26 Old vs. Mordern Architecture 29 Modern Buildings 31 Places of Worship 33 Memorials & Museums 37 Parks & Gardens 40 Nature 42 ABOUT KL_Chinese KL Climate 43 A DAY’S TREK_Chinese A Day’s Trek In KL 43 SIGHTSEEING_Chinese Introduction 45 Historical Sites 46 Old vs. Mordern Architecture 47 Modern Buildings 48 Places of Worship 49 Memorials & Museums 51 Parks & Gardens 52 Nature 52 Transportation 56 82 ABOUT KL_Arabic KL Climate 58


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A DAY’S TREK_Arabic 59 A Day’s Trek In KL SIGHTSEEING_Arabic 61 Introduction 61 Historical Sites 63 Old vs. Mordern Architecture 64 Modern Buildings 65 Places of Worship 68 Memorials & Museums 70 Parks & Gardens 72 Nature SPECIAL FEATURE 73 Sabah : The Land Under the Wind 73 Introduction 75 Guide to Travelling to Sabah 76 Place of Interest 80 Spending the Night SHOPPING 81 Introduction 81 Shopping Malls EATING OUT 85 Restaurants 85 Malay 88 Chinese 92 Indian 96 Others NIGHT OUT 102 Party Time! 102 Clubs/Bars/Pubs MEDICAL 106 Medical Tourism 106 Healthcare Facilities ACCOMMODATION 110 Check-In 112 Luxury Hotels 116 Budget Hotel 119 Backpackers Lodge TRAVEL SMART 122 Travel Tips ENDLIM 124 Motoring in Malaysia 126 Essential Info


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The Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW 1. What makes Malaysia so unique? First of all, Malaysia has a unique blend of cultures and traditions from various ethnic groups, races and religions. Tourists can get a taste of various cultures throughout Southeast Asia here such as the Chinese and Indian cultures. Other than that, people of various ethnicities in Sabah and Sarawak also make up the fabric of Malaysia, making it a very colorful and diverse one. The festivities and the delicacies in Malaysia are made up of these different cultures, making a visit to Malaysia a truly Asian experience. 2. How can we promote our unique traditions and cultures to foreign tourists better? This can be done by encouraging more locals to operate homestays, especially those in kampong areas where nature thrives and people live in the traditional way. I believe that the best way to learn the culture is to live the culture itself, and one of the best ways to experience this in a short period of time is to live in a homestay while participating in cultural activities with the locals such as weaving and playing traditional games. Providing conducive, exciting and comfortable homestay programs to foreign tourists will help in promoting the raw and original Malaysian lifestyle. 3. What is Malaysia’s focus when it comes to tourism products available in the country? The National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) which includes the Greater Kuala Lumpur is an important driver of economic activities, so the government has placed its focus on these areas which mainly include the city of Kuala Lumpur. This is to attract tourists to shop and dine in our vibrant and lively city of Kuala Lumpur as well as the other major cities here in Malaysia. Malaysia also aims to be a leading business tourism destination; an ongoing effort by the government. Other than that, agro-tourism in Malaysia has been growing in popularity among tourists. Furthermore, Malaysia is 4


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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW blessed with a nice, tropical climate, breath-taking natural wonders and peaceful surroundings. So, tourism products such as forest reserves, nature sanctuaries, beautiful beaches and islands are also some of the highlights of the industry. measured on a scale from one to 10, and based on four categories; ease of getting around, value, variety and experience. It is one of our biggest achievements in the tourism industry and I believe that tourists will have a great time when visiting the city of Kuala Lumpur. 4. What are the efforts done by the government in preserving our precious tropical Mother Nature? The government has developed several initiatives to retain the natural wonders in Malaysia. Our country is blessed with diverse flora and fauna that appeals to tourists, where programmes such as “Plant a Tree” as well as establishing nature sanctuaries and reserves are being done rather extensively around Malaysia. This is not done solely for tourist attraction only but we are also committed in preserving Mother Nature for the sake of its importance for our survival in the long run. 5. Malaysia is very versatile, suitable for those seeking for adventure or a time for leisure. So, apart from the nature attractions, the shopping scene in Kuala Lumpur has grown extensively over the years. What are your views regarding this? I am proud to say that Kuala Lumpur has grown to become one of the most exciting metropolitan in Southeast Asia. Moreover, Kuala Lumpur was ranked as the fourth best shopping city in the world in a survey conducted by CNN Travel. The top three cities are New York, Tokyo and London. Kuala Lumpur clinched the number four spot by beating Paris, Hong Kong and Dubai. According to the New Straits Times, the survey was 6. 2015 MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index awards cities that rank the highest in tourists’ expenditures. In the list, Malaysia is ranked at number 8 with cities like London and Bangkok holding the topmost title. How can Malaysia improve in this aspect? We can improve by paying more attention to the overall quality of our tourism products in terms of service, cleanliness, comfort, accessibility to the various attractions in Malaysia and many others. Under the Ninth Malaysian Plan (2006–2010), the government spent RM1.8 billion on upgrading tourist destinations and infrastructure, and on marketing promotions in major source markets. Malaysia Tourism Transformation Programme (MTTP) was also formulated to tap the growth potential of tourism sector after foreseeing the potential of NKEAs as an economy booster where we will see major developments in terms of providing affordable luxury, business tourism, nature adventure, family fun, events and entertainment, as well as spa and sports for tourists. 7. What are your views regarding the value of Malaysian ringgit and how it affects the tourism industry in our country? It can be quite of an advantage for the tourism sector as it increases our appeal factor in the sense that 5


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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW tourists would spend less when visiting Malaysia due to the profitable currency exchange. This is why it is crucial for us to improve the quality of our tourism destinations that will increase its worth and will eventually help us boost our economy for a better future. 8. In your opinion, what is the best part of visiting and going around Kuala Lumpur? Kuala Lumpur is full of pleasant surprises. In the nooks and crannies of Kuala Lumpur, you can find ageold, vintage buildings nestled among the modern ones and most of these buildings are utilized and preserved in great condition over the years. Take for example the buildings in Medan Pasar Lama where you can find colorful Grecian-Spanish style buildings with intricate designs that ooze classical beauty. On a larger and more notable scale, historical structures such as the Sultan Abdul Samad building and KL’s Old Railway Station show how Kuala Lumpur has always been the center of attraction and development since the early 19th century. As the city grow to become one of the most exciting metropolitan in the region with a plethora of attractions ranging from natural wonders to a world-class shopping hub, I believe that tourists will never run out of things to do as the city promises a journey that is both entertaining and rewarding. comprising of creamy fragrant rice, spicy sambal, fried anchovies and peanuts with slices of cucumber. It is an all-time Malaysian favorite everybody can enjoy. Fruits like the creamy, pungent durian and rambutan with its luscious white flesh are also some of the most enjoyable treats worth trying. As for the various attractions Kuala Lumpur has to offer, I would suggest the Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle – Kuala Lumpur’s commercial, shopping and entertainment hub. The Golden Triangle encompasses several major streets in Kuala Lumpur: Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan. These streets form a triangle that borders some of the most exciting attractions like shopping malls and world class hotels. Other than the shopping district, Kuala Lumpur also has mesmerizing natural and cultural attractions such as Perdana Botanical Garden and Sultan Abdul Samad building that must be included in your sightseeing list. Yours truly, 9. Last but not least, as a Malaysian yourself, what are some of the local delicacies and attractions that you would suggest to foreign tourists when they come to Malaysia? I would suggest tourists to try Nasi Lemak, a special Malay dish YAB DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB Prime Minister of Malaysia 6


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August Events CALENDAR Jay Chou “The Invincible” Concert Tour 2016 Malaysia Date & Time: 6th August 2016, 8pm Venue: Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur Organizer: Speedy Tickets: www.ticketcharge.com.my Website: www.ticketcharge.com.my Malaysia International EG Premium Baby Expo Date & Time: 19th – 21st August 2016 Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur Organizer/Tickets: EG Groups Holding Sdn Bhd Website: www.eggroups.com Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Date & Time: 20th August 2016 Venue: Batang Kali, Hulu Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia. Organizer: Great Eastern Tickets: www.eventbrite.sg Website: www.viperchallenge. com/108-events/240-great-easterngenting-i-king-off-the-mountain-i Colour's of Malaysia - Holi Fest Date & Time: 20th August 2016 Venue: Stadium Merdeka , Jalan Stadium, Kuala Lumpur. Organizer/Tickets: Malaysian Young Leader's Association (MYLA) Website: www.eventbrite.com 2016 Traditional Arts Schowcase Indian Classical Dance Collection Date & Time: 27th – 28th August 2016 Venue: Auditorium Tuanku Abdul Rahman, MaTiC, Kuala Lumpur Organizer/Tickets: The National Department For Culture And Arts Website: www.jkkn.gov.my Exclusive National Day 31st August 2016 59 Years of Independence 31 August 1957 marks the day that the Federation of Malaya gained its independence from British colonization, forming what we know of today as Malaysia. Hence, 31 August is a National Public Holiday to commemorate and celebrate the freedom and independence gained. This day is also known as Hari Merdeka in the Malay language and that is why the celebration of Independence Day is incomplete without the seven shouts of “Merdeka!”. This gesture was initiated by the First Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman back in 1957 at Dataran Merdeka. Although it is only a one day public holiday, the celebration builds up from a month before right up to Malaysia Day which is on the 16th of September. During this whole month of August, also known as the Merdeka month, you will see most Malaysians express their patriotism and love towards their culturally unique country by raising the Malaysian flag on their vehicles, balcony of their homes and even along the streets! It is also during this time that government buildings all over Kuala Lumpur and most shopping malls are hoisted with the Malaysian flag, Jalur Gemilang. The whole build up towards Malaysia’s Independence Day is celebrated with pride and joy where competitions and parades will be held; sometimes school children practice for performances which will be presented during Independence Day itself. 8


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CALENDAR Matta Fair Date & Time: 2nd – 4th September 2016 Venue: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Organizer/Tickets: MATTA Sdn Bhd Website: www.mattafair.org.my Battle of The Reds Date & Time: 3rd September 2016 Venue: Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam, Selangor. Organizer/Tickets: Maxim Profile Sdn. Bhd. Website: www.malaysia.travel REX Home Renovation Expo Date & Time: 9th – 11th September 2016 Venue: Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur Organizer/Tickets: EG Groups Holding Sdn Bhd Website: www.eggroups.com ASEAN Songket Weaving Exhibition Date & Time: 15th September – 31st December 2016 Venue: National Textile Museum, 26 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur. Organizer/Tickets: National Textile Museum Website: www.muziumtekstilnegara. gov.my September Events Konsert Tiga Suara Dato’ Jamal Abdillah Date & Time: 23rd – 25th September 2016 Venue: Istana Budaya, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. Organizer/Tickets: N/A Website: www.istanabudaya.gov.my Asean Bamboo Exhibition 2016 Date & Time: 27th – 29th September 2016 Venue: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur Organizer/Tickets: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Website: www.abs2016.uitm.edu.my ITX Asia Trade Exhibitions Date & Time: 29th – 30th September 2016 Venue: Hall 4 & Hall 5, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organizer/Tickets: Business Media International Website: www.itxasia.com Lampu 2016 Date & Time: 30th September – 2nd October 2016 Venue: Precinct 3, Putrajaya. Organizer/Tickets: Perbadanan Putrajaya Website: www.facebook.com/ putrajaya ARWAE 2016 @ ISKL: Enriching Ideas Date & Time: 23rd – 25th September 2016 Venue: ISKL Ampang Campus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organizer/Tickets: www.eventbrite. com Website: www.ararte.ning.com 9


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CALENDAR September Event Festive Exclusive Hari Raya Haji 12th September 2016 During the season of Hari Raya Haji, financially and physically able Muslims are required to perform the hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. The holiday of Hari Raya Haji marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage season. Hari Raya Haji (hajj celebration day) is an event observed by Muslims all over the world to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. As Ibrahim was about to strike his son, Allah stopped him and revealed that it was a test and a ram was to be sacrificed instead. Hari Raya Haji is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice. At Hari Raya Haji, the sacrifice of four-legged animals such as lambs, goats or cows, is performed to commemorate this event. The animals are killed according to the proper religious rites and meat is then distributed to the family, neighbours and to the less fortunate in the community. However, making the sacrifice (korban) is not a compulsory religious duty but an obligation for those who can afford it. Although it may seem to be a more subdued celebration as compared to Hari Raya Aidilfitri (the Feast of Breaking the Fast), Hari Raya Haji is a very important celebration for Muslims to reaffirm their faith in Allah and give thanks to the blessings he has showered upon them. Exclusive Malaysia Day 16th September 2016 Malaysia Day is held on 16 September every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia. Since 2010, Malaysia Day has been a public holiday. Prime Minister, Najib Razak, made the decision after a question-and-answer session at Parliament on 19 October 2009, giving Malaysians two celebrations related to the country's independence. 10


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CALENDAR CIMB Classic 2016 Date & Time: 1st October 2016 Venue: Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Organizer/Tickets: CIMB Bank Website: www.cimbclassic.com 7th Muslim World Biz 2016 Date & Time: 18th – 22nd October 2016 Venue: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur Organizer/Tickets: OIC International Business Centre (OICIBC) Website: www.2016.muslimworldbiz. com October / November Events Malaysia International REX Home Interior Design & Renovation Expo Date & Time: 4th – 6th November 2016 Venue: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur. Organizer/Tickets: EG Groups Holding Sdn Bhd Website: www.eggroups.com Asia Islamic Fashion Week® (AIFW) Date & Time: 10th – 13th November 2016 Venue: Exhibition Hall 1 & 2, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur Organizer/Tickets: AIFW Sdn. Bhd. Website: www. asiaislamicfashionweek.com 1Malaysia Year End Sale Date & Time: 14th November 2016 – 3rd January 2017 Venue: Throughout Malaysia Organizer/Tickets: Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia Website: www.motac.gov.my International Aborigines & Indigenous Arts Festival Date & Time: 21st – 23rd October 2016 Venue: Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur Organizer/Tickets: Cultural Arts Development Division, JKKN Website: www.jkkn.gov.my A Journey Through Time X by Starhill Gallery Date & Time: 18th – 25th November 2016 Venue: Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Organizer/Tickets: YTL Corporation Berhad Website: http://www.malaysia. travel/en/my/events/2016/11/ajourney-through-time-x-by-starhillgallery 11


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TRANSPORTATION Travel Info TRANSPORTATION Traveler’s Guide to Kuala Lumpur from KLIA/klia2 Via High-Speed Train, Bus and Taxi Via KLIA Ekspres to KL Sentral (non-stop) Time: 28 minutes (Trains depart every 15 minutes during peak hours) Cost: Adult – MYR 55 (One-way), MYR 100 (Return) Children – MYR 25 (One-way), MYR 45 (Return) Via Bus to KL Sentral 1. SkyBus (non-stop from klia2 only) Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes (approx.) Bus Frequency: 1 hour (klia2 – KL Sentral), 30 minutes (KL Sentral – klia2) Cost: MYR 10 Contact Num.: +6016-217 6950 2. Airport Coach KLIA (non-stop from KLIA/klia2) Time: 1 hour ~ 1 hour and 15 minutes (approx.) Bus Frequency : Regular intervals of 30 minutes Cost: MYR 10 (Ticket Counter), MYR 8.50 (online) Contact Num.: +603-9212 1818 3. Aerobus (klia2 – KL Sentral) Time: 1 hour ~ 1 hour and 15 minutes (approx.) Bus Frequency: Irregular intervals (30 mins – 1 hour) Cost: MYR 9 (Adult), MYR 5 (Children) Contact Num.: +6016-220 6292 Via Taxi to KL Sentral 1. KLIA Taxi Limo Pickup Service (From various areas around KL – KLIA) Time: 1 hour (approx.) Cost: MYR 85 (Budget), MYR 105 (Premier), MYR130 (MPV), MYR 200 (Family Van) Contact Num.: +6011-1060 4810 **other taxi services’ fares for KLIA/ klia2 – KL Sentral – KLIA/klia2 range from MYR 80 – 120 for regular or budget taxis. Additional charges may occur depending on the size of the vehicle and for late-night bookings. Useful Mobile Apps for Taxi Services in Kuala Lumpur • GrabTaxi • Uber Via KLIA Transit (KLIA – Salak Tinggi – Putrajaya/Cyberjaya – Bandar Tasik Selatan – KL Sentral) Contact Num.: +603-2267 8000 Source: www.kliaekspres.com/plan-buy/fares-passes 12


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