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  1. 1. Cameron Highlands is Malaysias premier hill resort. Located in the state of Pahang, on the Main Range ofPeninsular Malaysia, at 1524m above sea level, it is the largest of the Malaysian hill resorts. Much of its appeal lies inthe neat sprawling tea plantations which date back to 1929, as well as terraced flower gardens, strawberry farms,orchards and vegetable gardens. Being a popular hill resort, Cameron Highlands is well-developed with visitoramenities.tourist attractions, activities and a range of accommodation for a comfortable, leisurely holiday in coolinvigorating climate.Temperature here hovers between 16 to 26o C. It used to be very cold but nowadays you can make do with just alight sweater.Formerly known as "Kedah Peak", this forest-clad Gunung Jerai is a massivelimestone outcrop that rises 1200m above sea level. As the highest peak in thestate, it adds a touch of variety to the scenic flat plains seen throughout the area.There are a number of legends and historical facts attached to this mountain.During the Hindu-Buddhist era, it was a sacred mountain. Ruins of Hindu andBuddhist temples were discovered at the foot of the hills. Varied tales of a "RajaBersiong" (the King with Fangs) also abound. He had once held power over anancient kingdom near the mountains.2,000 meters above sea level, Genting Highlands, a magnificent city on the hilltop,is but a mere 50km from Kuala Lumpur. It offers a cool respite from the hustle andbustle of the city capital. Crisp invigorating mountain air complemented by majesticscenery spreads out before your eyes. Lush green tropical rainforest shrouded in aveil of perpetual mist makes it hard to believe that you are just minutes away fromthe sweltering equatorial heat and the ever dusty city. Here, consistenttemperatures between 16 and 23 degrees provide natural air conditionGenting Highlands Resort offers the bountiful harvest of nature together with astaggering potpourri of international standard facilities. Besides the cool air andscenic surroundings, this hilltop city also houses the countrys one and only casino.However, one should not underestimate its value as this casino has been featuredin many films produced by Hong Kong, Taiwan, and even Hollywood. Besides thecasino, this hilltop resort also has a theme park of its own and an entertainmentcenter.
  2. 2. The Kinabalu region is on the west coast of Sabah, "The Land Below the Wind".Herein lies Southeast Asias highest peak, the mystical Mount Kinabalu, which risesa grand 4,101 meters above sea level. Kinabalu holds the promises of manyexhilarating moments for its visitors. Tour Kota Kinabalu, the bustling capital city ofSabah, or retreat to Kinabalu Park, a paradise for naturalists, botanists, birdwatchers, mountaineers, or just about anyone who wants to be close to nature. Ithas a population of about 300,000 and is a relatively new town. The original townwas destroyed during World War II. This is a sprawling, relaxed town that affords asplendid view of the sunset over offshore islands. KK has mushroomed in sizewithin the last decade and now has one of the most striking buildings in thecountry. The largest ethnic group is the Kadazans/ Dusuns who make up aboutone-third of Sabahs population. They are prosperous agricultural people and arethe main producers of rice in the state though many have now gone into differentprofessions. Their system of beliefs revolves around their rice planting andharvesting with female priestess called "Bobohizan" presiding over the rituals. Themany subgroups of the Kadazan/Dusun include the Rungus, Lotud, Tambanuo,Kimarangan., Sanayou, Minokok, and Tenggera.Located approximately 9km from Taiping, Bukit Larut (Malaysias oldest andsmallest hill resort) stands at 1,035m above sea level. Accessible only bygovernment-owned four-wheel-drive vehicles, the road up twists and turns throughtropical virgin jungle with the fresh green fragrance and cool air greeting you asyou ascend. At the summit, one is greeted by a spectacular view of the west coastof Peninsular Malaysia. The hill abounds with groves of evergreens and vibrantlycolored flora and fauna. Roses, dahlias, daisies, pansies, petunias, lupins, andmarigolds abound in profusion. The cool climate also favors golden sunflowers withreputedly the largest variety in the country.

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