Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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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