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Your Trip to Malaysia Just Got Better
Published 5th February 2015
It doesn’t matter if this is your umpteenth time or first at MIFF, there is always
something new that waits to excite you. For starters, the Buyers’ Night is a must
attend. A fun-filled occasion held on the evening of 4th March, be awed by magnificent
stage performances, indulge in great food, unlimited drinks, and try your luck at
winning great prizes. Collect your entry passes (first-come-first-serve) at the
International Buyers Lounge at Level 3, PWTC.
Come by Hall ‘A’ of MECC any day from 3 – 7 March and have a look at the proud display
of awesome furniture designs made from the finalists of MIFF Furniture Design Competition
2015. If you are curious to find out which designer takes home the grand prize, be
sure not to miss the Prize Presentation Ceremony at 2.30pm on 5th March at the main
entrance of Hall ‘A’ where prizes will also be awarded to the best exhibitor booth
presentation and exhibitors for furniture excellence.
Experts of the furniture industry coming from as far as Italy and the USA will be
conducting five seminars in total from 4 – 6 March at PWTC. Be on the lookout for
them and don’t miss this rare opportunity! Check the sessions here and register now to guarantee a seat.
Right next to the seminar rooms you will find the International Buyers Lounge (IBL)
- your best bet for a quick recharge or a cup of coffee. Free use of internet/computers,
foot massages and light refreshments are served in a comfy surrounding. The IBL is surely
your go-to place during half-time.
Your trip shouldn’t just end here. Outside the exhibition halls, Malaysia has ample to
offer. We’ve list several hotspots that would put the icing on the cake for your trip.
Petronas Twin Towers
The most significant skyscraper in Malaysia. This piece of engineering genius was once
the world's tallest building, that was until 2004 when a certain Taiwanese skyscraper
topped it. Nevertheless, it is still the tallest twin tower in the world. The Sky Bridge
on the 41st and 42nd floor connects both towers. Visitors are allowed to purchase tickets
to enjoy the bird's-eye view of the beautiful city; and when night falls, whether up close
or from afar, it makes a breathtaking sight.
Take a 10 minute walk via the sky bridge from the Petronas Twin Towers and you’ll reach
the heart of the city – Bukit Bintang. One would find a cluster of shopping centers in
this happening district (by the way, Kuala Lumpur is ranked the 4th city in the world for
shopping). This place is a hub that gathers everything ranging from bars to street food to
high-end fashion chains. Popular amongst the locals and tourists, Bintang Walk is definitely
THE place for a great night out.
If you have more time on your hands, you should consider Batu Caves - one of the most frequented
tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. It is a Hindu temple and shrine with more than 100 years
of history and is located approximately 13 kilometers from downtown Kuala Lumpur. The main
attractions here are the idols and statues erected around the caves. The main cave has a large
statue of the Hindu God and you’ll need to climb up 272 stairs to reach the top of Batu Caves.
A couple tips to bear in mind, don’t wear shorts, and beware of the monkeys!
Taman Negara National Park
If you’d like to venture out of the city, then the Taman Negara National Park is the perfect place
for travelers who love nature and wild life. It is one of the oldest tropical rain forests in
the world and covers an area over 4000km². The diversity of its fauna and flora is a result of
incessant growth over 130 million years. While on your stroll, try to spot the Rafflesia (shouldn't be
too hard, it is the biggest flower in the world afterall). For hikers, did you know the Peninsula’s highest
mountain, Gunung Tahan (2,187 meters), is located in Taman Negara as well?
Further up north lies the state of Penang, also known as 'Pearl of the Orient'. It carries the
unique cultural heritage and natural beauty of Malaysia. Despite its rapid development in recent
years, it is still commonly perceived as a laid-back tropical paradise rich in history with a captivating
fusion of East and West. If you are a foodie, then you have come to the right place. Penang is
well known for their local delicacies and hawker food. Sample authentic dishes and truly see the
real culture of Malaysia.
Islands of Malaysia
If you are looking for a scenic escape from the busy world, Malaysia boasts at least 10 world class
islands where white sandy beaches meet crystal clear waters. In the day time, enjoy leisure
activities like parasailing, jet skiing, jungle trekking, scuba diving, snorkelling and at night,
spoil yourself in the care of five star resorts sprinkled across the islands. Sipadan, to name a few,
is widely considered to be one of the top five diving destinations in the world! With the patrolling
hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, more than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species, it is
nature at its best, a true heaven for the diving enthusiasts.