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Public Transportation
Taxis
Taxis are the most widely and easily available
transportation provider. City taxis operate by meter and
may be hired from taxi stands, hailed by roadside or
through a radiophone paging system. There are also
minivan type taxis for carrying larger groups.
Buses
Air-conditioned express buses are available from Kuala
Lumpur to many towns in Peninsular Malaysia, and
between other towns and cities in Malaysia. Buses
connecting towns and cities throughout the country
charge fares according to the distance covered.
Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Monorail
There is a system of Light Rail Transit (LRT) and a
monorail service in Kuala Lumpur. These are two metro
systems providing light rail network transportation
services: Star and Putra. KL Monorail is an inner-city
public transit system which serves the central business,
hotel and shopping districts of Kuala Lumpur. The fares
are lower than that of taxis and will link-up with the LRT
and other train networks at KL Sentral, Malaysia’s largest
transit hub.
General Information
Language
With a multi-lingual population and English being widely
spoken, meeting planners and delegates will be able to
communicate with ease. Most Malaysians can speak at
least three languages, including the national languages:
Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin and Tamil.
Climate
Malaysia has a tropical weather year round, with
temperatures ranging from 21ºC to 32ºC. Higher
elevations are cooler, with temperatures between 15°C to
25°C.
Festivals
Malaysia showcases an exciting year-round calendar of
festivals,
ensuring that visitors have endless
opportunities to enjoy nature-based adventures,
enriching cultural experiences or fabulous shopping
sprees. Citrawarna or “Colors of Malaysia” held in May
annually features Malaysia’s various cultures: from the
performing art and ethnic traditions to food preparations,
dances, poetry and other customs.
Gastronomy
Irresistible aromas, delicious tastes and lip-smacking
flavors! Malaysia's street food is reputed to be among
the best in the region. From spicy, subtle to sweet, the
different tastes of local food will leave you absolutely
delighted. Malaysia was ranked by the Huffington Post
USA as the top 10 New Food Travel Destinations for 2011,
at No 2.
Excellent Value for Money
The World Economic Forum ranked Malaysia 3rd Most
Price Competitive Country in the World for Travel &
Tourism in 2011. Malaysia is excellent value for money
for both meeting planners and delegates. UBS Price and
Earnings Report 2009 also rated Kuala Lumpur as having
the most competitive hotel rates in Asia.
Safety, Stability and Security
Malaysia is ranked the most peaceful country in South
East Asia and 4th safest in Asia Pacific behind New
Zealand, Japan and Australia. It is also the 19th safest
and peaceful country out of 153 countries in the world
(Global Peace Index 2011).
Visa Requirements
Visitors to Malaysia must hold a valid passport or travel
document with a minimum validity of six months beyond
the intended visiting period. Most nationalities do not
require visas for social or business visits. For further
information, please contact the nearest Malaysian
diplomatic mission or Tourism Malaysia office.
• Immigration Department Malaysia
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia
Venues For Group Events
Sepang International Circuit
Learn how a race is managed and the basic skills for battling the turns and corners of an
F1 Track. Drive a familiarization lap with an instructor and then on the world-renowned Sepang Track.
The Rainforest of Janda Baik
Capacity Banquet 300
Experience an evening of Malaysian village culture amidst the
lush rainforest, 40 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. Highlights for gala dinner events can include action hawker stalls, activity
stations and entertainment by Malaysian Bhangra Troupe, the local drum symphony, traditional dances to a rock band.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Capacity Banquet 200
Awarded the UNESCO 'Most Excellent' Heritage Conservation Award
in 2000, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was built over seven years from 1896 to 1904 by teams of master craftsmen from
China. This mansion is only one of three of its kind left outside China, and is available in its entirety for themed events.
Central Market
Capacity Banquet 500
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the original 1936 Central Market was
converted into a “festive hall” and in 1996, reopened as the country’s foremost cultural shopping center showcasing the
finest local crafts in the country. Set against the backdrop of Central Market, the outdoor area can be used for off-site
events.
Thean Hou Temple
Capacity 2,000 outdoor, 1,000 indoor/banquet
Dedicated to Thean Hou (Queen of Heaven), the
Thean Hou Temple is one of the largest Chinese temples in South-East Asia. Upon reaching the temple shrine, one will
be amazed by the dragon-inspired columns, decorative beams, spectacular roofs, murals and elaborate embellishments
reflecting the features of Chinese architectural beauty in Malaysia. Reveling in its cultural offerings, the indoor hall or the
front area of the temple are available to hold a ceremonial banquet or a regaling gala dinner.
Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)
Capacity Banquet 1,000
Surrounded by the forest reserve, the Forest
Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) offers a back-to-nature experience for off-site events whilst enjoying the flora, fauna,
landscapes and the remains of an old Orang Asli or the Malay indigenous people settlement. A waterfall and river cutting
through this forest reserve adds serenity to this peaceful natural landscape.
Suffolk House
Capacity Banquet 300
Suffolk House – Penang’s first “Great House”, served as the residence of Francis
Light, the founder of the British settlement on the Penang Island. With the stylish interiors of a 200-year old building and
picturesque lawn, Suffolk House provides an elegant alternative for social and corporate events. It was the winner of the
Award of Distinction in the 2008 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.
Places Of Interest
Penang
Witness the delightful fusion of the East and West as well as the old and new in the Pearl of the Orient, Penang.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Penang has also hosted numerous heritage meetings and conferences. Its capital city,
George Town, has the most number of pre-war buildings in Southeast Asia.
Sarawak
Be awed by the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gunung Mulu, which has it the world's largest cave chamber
and the world's most extensive cave system with limestone pinnacles. Watch the exodus of millions of bats from the dim
caverns at dusk. Then retire to the comforts of a jungle resort.
Sabah
Sabah’s vast tracts of rainforests offer a wide range of eco-tour packages. Its beach resorts are ideal for
incentives. Visit Mount Kinabalu and the Orang Utan Sanctuary at Sepilok.
Batu Caves, Selangor
Selangor is home to the Batu Caves, which houses a shrine where Malaysia’s Hindus flock to for
the Thaipusam festival.
Malacca
This historical city center has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 7th, 2008. There is a
sign-posted heritage trail which visitors can follow to visit all the historical places in the old part of town.
Kuala Lumpur
Come experience Kuala Lumpur’s kaleidoscope of cultures, costumes and cuisines. Kuala Lumpur is also
home to Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers.
Langkawi Island, Kedah
Kedah’s UNESCO Global Geopark Langkawi boasts stunning white sand beaches and luxurious
resort hotels, as well as jungle escapades, eco-tourism, cooking and artistic activities.
Perhentian Island, Terengganu
Perhentian Island is splendid for snorkeling and scuba diving. Surrounded by crystal
clear waters, the island offers an untouched jungle, wind-swept palms and powdery white beaches.
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