Cameron Highland took its name from William Cameron, a British explorer who, in 1885, was commissioned by the colonial government to map an area of 712 square kilometers, one of the cooler hills of Malaysia.
Cameron Highland is located approximately 85 kilometers from Ipoh and about 200 km from Kuala Lumpur. It is the highest point in Malaysia which is accessible by car.
During the day the temperature rises little above 25° C, but at night can drop to below 12° C
Looking for beautiful beaches and quite disappointed by Penang’s seaside I moved with the ferry to Langkawi.
We are talking about an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea off the northwest coast of Malaysia, the largest of the islands is Pulau Langkawi. The only other inhabited island is Pulau Tuba.
Pulau Langkawi extends about 25 km north to south and slightly more from east to west. The coastal areas consist of alluvial plains dotted with limestone ridges and mountains covered with forest.
From Kuala Lumpur, after resolving the issue of visa for Burma, I moved to Penang.
The island’s history is fascinating so I probably expected too much. The city of Georgetown is chaotic and smelly with cars stuck in traffic anywhere. The pollution is unsustainable and can barely breathe.
The British were the first to reach Penang, the navigator Sir James Lancaster, on 10 April 1591, under the command of Edward Bonadventure, sailed from Plymouth for the West Indies, reached Penang in June 1592.
I was really curious to visit Taman Negara one of the oldest and most amazing national parks in Malaysia. It is huge, with 4,343 km sq of uncontaminated jungle, inside the park is present Gunung Tahan the highest point of Malay Peninsula.
In 1938 the National Park was entitled to King George V, but was later renamed in Taman Negara National Park after independence, a name that literally means “national park” in Malay language.
I just could not miss Malacca and all the history over there so I planned a full day trip from Kuala Lumpur. Regretfully I got nearly a full day of rain! Anyway my Canon did the hard job.
The historic center of Malacca was inscribed on the World Heritage List on 2008 together with George Town, the capital of Penang.
Before the arrival of the first Sultan, Malacca was a fishing village inhabited by local Malays. The town was founded by Parameswara, also called Iskandar Shah or Sri Majara. He understood the importance of Malacca around 1400, the place was accessible in all seasons, located in the narrowest point of the Malacca Straits. Really a strategical place.
Batu Caves is a limestone hill 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur. I was there on a daily trip renting a taxi from Kuala Lumpur and have to bargain a lot to get a good price. There are also some public transport to get to Batu Caves.
The light was quite good outside but of course my Canon was forced to do miracles inside the cave where the light was really low coming down just from the opening of the ceiling.
Here we are, my second time in Kuala Lumpur. Definitely when you leave a place you never know when and how you will be back there. I have been in KL in 2007 and the reason of this second visit was mainly to get the Visa from Myanmar embassy.
I had three possible choice. One was quite expensive in Italy to get my Visa from Myanmar embassy in Rome.
The second one is to get a Myanmar Visa in Bangkok and the third one is to get the Myanmar Visa in Kuala Lumpur.
Waiting in Kuala Lumpur to obtain a visa from the embassy of Myanmar, I visited the Petronas Towers, something which I consider a truly beautiful architecture. It was not possible to go up, but I really enjoyed exploring around them taking pictures of people who work there.
The architecture of Kuala Lumpur is a blend of old colonial influences, Asian traditions, Islamic inspirations, modern and postmodern design.
It is a relatively young city compared to other Southeast Asian capitals like Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila, most of Kuala Lumpur’s colonial buildings were built in the last two centuries.