When one thinks of Malaysia, one thinks of the adventure and the excitement of Borneo, the national parks of Sarawak and the cultural heritage and ethnic diversity of the small villages dotted across this island nation. One thinks of the jungle trails, the ocean vistas, and very rarely, of the bustling, busy metropolis of Kuala Lumpur. However...
Sarawak, also known as Bumi Kenyalang (Land of the Hornbills), is the largest state in Malaysia and is home to 27 distinct and diverse ethnic groups. But did you know that it is also one of the world’s most environmentally protected areas? With over 30 national parks, 10 nature reserves and 4 nature and wildlife sanctuaries, Sarawak has over 835,000 hectares of land and water that is under protection.
Environmental protection is so important to Sarawak, and Malaysia at large, that only 15 of the national parks and nature reserves are open to the public. None of the wildlife sanctuaries are open to the public, so as to preserve the natural biodiversity and delicate natural balance of this island state.
This is the official name of the Malaysian government’s tourism campaign, intended to bring more than 36M tourists and RM 168B to the nation’s coffers in 2014. The first “Visit Malaysia…” was initiated in 1990 and was hugely successful. Each campaign has significantly increased the number of world visitors coming to Malaysia to take part in hundreds of festivals and special events. According to the Minister of Tourism, Malaysia has become the 10th most popular tourist destination in the world. They consider themselves to be the crown jewel of the Southeast, a land of diverse cultures, sights, environments, and people.
For travelers looking for something beyond the typical plush hotel and who want a memorable experience not just seeing the sites, but also while relaxing, these 5 unusual hotels that provide adventure.
Hotel Silken Puerta America, Madrid is a futuristic hotel designed by cutting-edge architects to provide a constant visual diversion. Halls and rooms are characterized by curves rather than straight lines, with some rooms in pristine white or bold colors. Smoothness and shine characterize the feel of the design, with bold lighting and minimalist furnishings created for efficiency, comfort and convenience.