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Popular Highlands in Malaysia

Malaysia has more than just islands and beaches. It has beautiful highlands that are worth visiting. Some of the hidden gems high up the air are paradises surrounded by lush green with magnificent view.

Cameron Highlands

Tucked away serenely amidst the clouds at 1,829 meters above sea level is Pahang's premier hill resort, Cameron Highlands. First discovered by British surveyor, William Cameron in 1885, Cameron Highlands is regarded as the "Green Bowl" of the country, supplying its produce of cabbages, tomatoes, lettuces, and green peppers to major cities in Malaysia, as well as to Singapore. The cool and fresh air in the highlands offers an attractive retreat for city dwellers who want temporary respite from the noise and pollution of the city.

Verdant green hillsides planted with young tea plants greet you as you drive slowly up the meandering road to the three townships of Ringlet, Tanah Rata, and Brinchang. The fresh mountain air will reveal just how prestige this mountain top gateway is, especially for those who want to unwind and relax amongst the cool serenity of the highlands.

During the British colonial rule, the Highlands resembled England and was thus a favorite with the British. Old English country inns, chalets, and government rest-houses in the form of quaint bungalows still dot the rolling countryside. Moreover, the green terraced slopes and mist-covered mountain tops make it an ideal holiday resort. Since then, this hill station has developed into a favored getaway for honeymooners as the beauty and tranquility of this captivating plateau has cast its spell of enchantment over locals and visitors alike. Blue skies, clear streams, and a profusion of colorful flowers add to the splendor of this magnificent holiday site!

Getting there : By road, head north from Kuala Lumpur to Tapah, the main entry point to Cameron Highlands. Tapah is about 60 km drive from KL.

Genting Highland

2,000 meters above sea level, Genting Highlands, a magnificent city on the hilltop, is but a mere 50km from Kuala Lumpur. It offers a cool respite from the hustle and bustle of the city capital. Crisp invigorating mountain air complemented by majestic scenery spreads out before your eyes. Lush green tropical rainforest shrouded in a veil of perpetual mist makes it hard to believe that you are just minutes away from the sweltering equatorial heat and the ever dusty city. Here, consistent temperatures between 16 and 23 degrees provide natural air conditioning.

Genting Highlands Resort offers the bountiful harvest of nature together with a staggering potpourri of international standard facilities. Besides the cool air and scenic surroundings, this hilltop city also houses the country's one and only casino. However, one should not underestimate its value as this casino has been featured in many films produced by Hong Kong, Taiwan, and even Hollywood. Besides the casino, this hilltop resort also has a theme park of its own and an entertainment center.

Kinabalu

Picture yourself in a country where the attractions are as varied as its inhabitants. Exciting and unspoiled beaches, isolated tropical islands, fascinating culture, colorful and beautiful marine life, spectacular countryside dominated by an awesome mountain, and genuine friendliness and hospitality of the people. Put this equation together and you will get Kinabalu, "Nature at its Peak".The Kinabalu region is on the west coast of Sabah, "The Land Below the Wind". Herein lies Southeast Asia's highest peak, the mystical Mount Kinabalu, which rises a grand 4,101 meters above sea level. Kinabalu holds the promises of many exhilarating moments for its visitors. Tour Kota Kinabalu, the bustling capital city of Sabah, or retreat to Kinabalu Park, a paradise for naturalists, botanists, bird watchers, mountaineers, or just about anyone who wants to be close to nature.

Kota Kinabalu (KK), Sabah's state capital on the west coast, is the gateway to the rest of Sabah. It has a population of about 300,000 and is a relatively new town. The original town was destroyed during World War II. This is a sprawling, relaxed town that affords a splendid view of the sunset over offshore islands. KK has mushroomed in size within the last decade and now has one of the most striking buildings in the country. The largest ethnic group is the Kadazans/ Dusuns who make up about one-third of Sabah's population. They are prosperous agricultural people and are the main producers of rice in the state though many have now gone into different professions. Their system of beliefs revolves around their rice planting and harvesting with female priestess called "Bobohizan" presiding over the rituals. The many subgroups of the Kadazan/Dusun include the Rungus, Lotud, Tambanuo, Kimarangan., Sanayou, Minokok, and Tenggera.

Getting There: Kinabalu is reachable by both air and sea. There are regular daily flights serviced by Malaysia Airlines. KK is also linked by international flights to places like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Manila.