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Malaysia

Written by overland-underwater team. Uploaded 18 March 2005.

     Malaysia     

 

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Singapore

 
Arrive:Wed 28th Jun 06Depart:Wed 19th Jul 06
Days:21Approx km:3100
    
Capital: Kuala LumpurCurrency: Ringgit (MYR)
Weekend: Sat/SunTime Zone: GMT +8
Int. dial code:+60Language: Bahasa Malay, Chinese, Tamil, English
Visa Required: NoReligion: Sunni Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu
Side of road:LeftBest time to visit: May-Aug or Dec-Feb
Diesel Price: US$ 0.22Activities: Sightseeing, Trekking, Diving, Monasteries

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Diary Entry: 16th-22nd June 2006 - A couple of fruits... one nice, one nasty
Diary Entry: 23rd-30th June 2006 - Bloodsucking beasties and ones with flashing bums
Diary Entry: 22nd-26th June 2006 - Enter the jungle
Diary Entry: 27th-2nd July 2006 - An afternoon stroll
Diary Entry: 3rd-10th July 2006 - Wake up time to DIVE!
Diary Entry: 10th-21st July 2006 - A Crown-of-Thorns hunting we shall go
Diary Entry: 21st-26th July 2006 - The infamous Pulau Sipadan
Diary Entry: 26th July-5th August 2006 - The baton is passed to the next in network and continues to hold strong

Photo Album for Malaysia

Brunei

Diary Entry: 5th-7th August 2006 - Our Lust for Rust Satisfied
Diary Entry: 8th-10th August 2006 - Making the right acquaintances!
Diary Entry: 10th-18th August 2006 - The Empire strikes back

Photo Album for Brunei

Country Highlights En Route

Batu CavesBatu Caves: They are the sacred place for the Hindu's in Malaysia. They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high. They were discovered in 1892. Once a year they celebrate the Thaipusam festival in the Batu Caves. It's a celebration for the son of Shiva (Subramaniam) and the becoming "one" of Pusan and the Brihaspati stars. Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave is the best known and biggest of the caves. This huge chamber is lighted by daylight from several holes in the ceiling. You will see a lot of long tailed-macaque monkeys as you walk up the caves, but beware... if you have peanuts with you, they'll climb on to you for them!

Tasik Chini: Lake Chini or Tasik Chini, about 100 kilometers from Kuantan, Tasik Chiniwith an area 12,565 acres of lush tropical wilderness, is Malaysia's second largest natural lake. Situated on the right bank of the Pahang river, This magical lake is endowed with an endless and captivating scenic beauty and vast tranquil environment and at the same time conceals a mystery lurking beneath its calm waters. The mysterious Tasik Chini is Malaysia's answer to Loch Ness. Legend has it that the lake was the site of an ancient Khmer city, now completely submerged and guarded by mystical monsters.

Tioman IslandTioman Island: The largest of a group of 64 volcanic islands, has steep slopes of lush green vegetation and a multicolored profusion of orchids and other tropical flowers. Stunning waterfalls cascade down these tropical slopes and make their way down through secluded sandy beaches to the clear blue waters and its iridescent coral reefs. According to local legend, the mystical Tioman Island is the resting of a magical dragon princess who whilst flying from China to her beloved prince in Singapore, sought solace in the crystal waters of the South China Sea. She was so pleased with the surrounding charm, Divingthat she stopped her journey, and search for happiness in order to give pleasure and comfort to weary passing seafarers as well as providing shelter and refreshment to fisherman by turning herself into this beautiful island. The island offers underwater adventure, snorkeling, windsurfing, outdoor adventure and of course, fun !!

Diving

Malaysia's best diving is found off Borneo. The diving at Sipadan, Kapalay and Layang Layang enamour thoughts of swirling schools of barracuda and jacks to divers the world over. In fact, it has been said that's it's easier and quicker to point out what you don't see at Sipadan rather than what do see when consulting the fish guide book after a dive. Coral Gardens, White Tip Avenue, Turtle Patch, South Point, Staghorn Crest, Hanging Gardens, Lobster Lair, and West Ridge are other stunning areas to dive.

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