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Spotlight on Malaysia

clock 26th September 2017 | comment0 Comments

Malaysia is an interesting and exciting country, with a mainland uniquely separated by the South China Sea.

The destination offers a beautiful blend of cultures, with European, Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences impacting on the architecture, food, and general atmosphere of the place. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to how and where to spend their time, and it is likely that a return trip (or indeed trips!) will be necessary to see everything.

 



Kuala Lumpur

 

The capital of Malaysia is undeniably enchanting and invigorating. Here you will find some fantastic shopping opportunities, fascinating museums, impressive modern architecture, and not forgetting the delicious food. Both upscale restaurants and tasty street food can be found peppered throughout the city.

 

Sarawak

 

Located on the Island of Borneo, this Malaysian state is home to some incredible wildlife. Go on safari to see orangutans, crocodiles, all kinds of species of birds, and other beautiful creatures. If you have time, visit Gunung Mulu National Park where you can see more wildlife, including an immense colony of bats.

 

Cameron Highlands

 

This stunning area of Malaysia will bring a breath of fresh air – literally. Located at between 1,100 and 1,600 metres above sea level, the Cameron Highlands boast simply remarkable vistas, with bright green rolling hills stretching as far as the eye can see. The land was developed when the British were in Malaysia, to enable an escape from the heat of the lowlands.

 



George Town

 

On the island of Penang, George Town demonstrates the influx of cultures that have been present in Malaysia. There are colonial buildings, mosques, and Chinese style buildings all within this small town. Take in all the sights, visit the museums, and spend time in cafes and restaurants serving everything from otak otak (steamed fish curry), to cakes and ice cream.

These are just four of the top spots to visit in Malaysia, and it is entirely possible that you will want to spend all your time exploring only one of them considering how much they have to offer. The country truly has something for everyone; you just need to think about the kind of holiday you’re after before deciding where to spend your time.

Could Malaysia be the next adventure for you? Find out more about our Asia cruises and start planning your holiday today, and be sure to sign up for our new Asia brochure.



Best Places To Celebrate Chinese New Year

clock 13th February 2015 | comment0 Comments

With Chinese New Year fast approaching on the 28th January 2017, we thought we’d take a look at some of the biggest and brightest celebrations the world has to offer during this colourful celebration.

Beijing, China

Beijing’s temples and parks are buzzing with fairs, carnivals and parades. Circus-style acrobats fill the streets alongside lion and dragon dances and families celebrating hand in hand.

Singapore

Singapore celebrates in style with its annual Chingay Parade, Asia’s largest street procession. Beautiful decorations and fireworks light up the city. It’s a raucous sight to behold.

Hong Kong

With one of the loudest and most lively celebrations of all, Hong Kong brings in lively crowds from all over the world to spectate its Chinese New Year celebrations. Boasting a breath-taking fireworks display over Victoria Harbour, festive celebrations, food and shopping.

Penang, Malaysia

As well as a Chingay parade, Penang is home to a very unique Chinese New Year celebration. During the fifteenth night of Lantern Festival, single women and girls throw oranges into the sea in the belief that this will help them find good husbands. They write their contact details on the fruit, and the men scour the water for the oranges in the hope of finding ‘the one’.

London, Chinatown

Can’t get away this time of year? Don’t fear. London boasts one of the biggest and best Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia, host to spectacular celebrations from Chinatown to Trafalgar Square. You can expect inspiring performances, arts and crafts stools and 100s of bars and restaurants with open doors.

 

2017 is the Year of the Rooster (1933, 1945, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005); people born in these years are believed to be trustworthy, responsible at work and have a strong sense of timekeeping.

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

 

Feel like celebrating the Chinese New Year in 2018?

 

Browse some of our favourite Chinese New Year itineraries:

18 Nt Chinese New Year, Vietnam & Philippines from Singapore with Celebrity Cruises
19 Nt Chinese New Year Tour & Southeast Asia from Singapore with Royal Caribbean
16 Nt Chinese New Year, Vietnam & Philippines from Singapore with Celebrity Cruises





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