Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Zoo Negara

address: Zoo Negara, Hulu Kelang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia - tel: +603-4108 3422/7/8
zoo-negara-kuala-lumpur.jpg, Zoo Negara (National Zoo) is major zoological park in the north-east of Kuala Lumpur. The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society.
entrance to the National Zoological Park
photo by Panoramio user bodria
Zoo Negara (National Zoo) is major zoological park in the north-east of Kuala Lumpur. The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society.

Entrance Fee (rates / prices)

with Insect Zoo & Butterfly Park
Adult: RM35 (RM25 Malaysian citizens)
Children: RM18 (RM9)
Senior Citizen: RM35 (RM9) / 60 years or older

without Insect Zoo & Butterfly Park
Adult: RM30 (RM20 Malaysian citizens)
Children: RM15 (RM6)
Senior Citizen: RM30 (RM6) / 60 years or older
 

Opening Hours:
daily 9am - 5pm
last admission at 4.30pm

Links:

Zoo Negara (Official Website)


How to get to Zoo Negara

By Light Rail Transit System (LRT) :
- Kelana Jaya Line to Wangsa Maju Station
- take a taxi or Rapid KL bus (number U34) from there

By Bus
- Metrobus number 16 from Central Market, KL
- Rapid KL number U23 from Titiwangsa Station, KL

 

The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society. As it is run by privat a organisation without government funding it relies on donations and entrance fees to finance its operations. This lack of funding seems to be the reason why some visitors complain about the state of some of the animal shelters and the state of the Zoo in general, even though things seems to be improving slowly. Still it has long ways to go to get on par with the Singapore Zoo.

Nevertheless, the Zoo Negara is a popular family destination and it can get crowded during holidays and and the weekend, finding parking can be problematic during this days.


giraffes
photo courtesy: rlzzza



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