4 Must-Try Experiences for New Malaysia Residents



Malaysia has long been a hugely popular tourist spot. Genuinely beautiful and sporting a rich stew of cultural influences, its reputation as a gateway to Asia has been well-earned. While a relocation to work in Malaysia might happen for many other reasons, it would be silly not to take advantage of the nation’s incredible sights and experiences once your relocation specialists at Allied Pickfords have settled you in. Once you’re established in your new home, here are our recommendations for which local flavours to sample first:


Survey the landscape from Petronas Towers

A fantastic first stop for those looking to experience what Kuala Lumpur has to offer is the iconic twin Petronas Towers. The tallest buildings in the world until 2004, they remain as impressive as ever, beacons of the commerce and development which drive modern Malaysia. The right ticket will allow you to skip the queue and, after a brief tour, proceed to the indescribable view from the Observation Deck. Looking over the country from 170 meters up, you can really get a new idea of its character.


Embrace the culture at Batu Caves

Experience some of Malaysia’s rich panoply of cultures with a guided tour of the Hindu temple at Batu Caves and the surrounding area. A short drive from Kuala Lumpur brings visitors past the colourful Little India neighbourhood to the breathtaking limestone caves, and the historic shrines standing within. Walking the steps up to the magnificent golden statue of Lord Murugan, god of warfare, gives a great reminder of Hinduism’s significance in historical and present Malaysia. The tour also includes opportunities to witness local craftsmanship, in the traditional forms of batik cloth and pewter smithing.


Speak with the elephants at Kuala Gandah Sanctuary

Experts estimate that there are only some 1,200 Asian Elephants left in the wild across Malaysia. This sobering fact has led to the creation of the Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary, a natural conservation centre set up to offer displaced or orphaned pachyderms a home in their preferred environment. Managed by the National Elephant Conservation Centre, a carefully monitored visitor’s program allows you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to touch, ride, bathe and speak to elephants of all ages.


Walk the iron road at Mt Kinabalu

Mt Kinabalu, long a key destination for adventurers and climbers, is a Malaysian natural treasure. Now, the experience of climbing this incredible edifice is open to all able-bodied travellers, with the opening of the world’s highest “via ferrate” climbing trail. Italian for “iron road”, these tracks assist less experienced or conditioned mountaineers with a stable path of cables, rungs, and rails. Feel the granite face of the mountain and enjoy the thrill of the climb without the need for training or expensive equipment. 


So when you’re ready to make the move to Malaysia, come to Allied Pickfords and we’ll get your belongings there safely, on time and at an affordable price. www.alliedpickfords.com.my


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