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Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

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Lenggong Valley declared a UNESCO world heritage site

The Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley in Perak (about 50km southeast of Penang) was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2012 for its archeological sites. One of which holds the oldest record of a human outside the African continent.

The Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley is the 5th site to be honoured a spot on UNESCO's world heritage site list. The others are Kinabalu Park (listed in 2000), Gunung Mulu National Park (2000) and the historic cities of the Straits of Malacca - Melaka and George Town (2008).

 

UNESCO's brief description of the The Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley:

Situated in the lush Lenggong Valley, the property includes four archaeological sites in two clusters which span close to 2 million years, one of the longest records of early man in a single locality, and the oldest outside the African continent. It features open-air and cave sites with Palaeolithic tool workshops, evidence of early technology. The number of sites found in the relatively contained area suggests the presence of a fairly large, semi-sedentary population with cultural remains from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Metal ages.
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The Lenggong Valley is located in the state of Perek between Ipoh and Penang. Important archaeological sites in the valley include Kota Tampan, Bukit Jawa at Kampung Gelok and Kampung Temelong.  The Lenggong Archaeological Museum in Kota Tampan exhibits artefacts excavated from the area.

One of the things found in the valley is the complete skeleton of the Perak Man which is more than  11,000 years old.

 

Location of Lenggong Valley:


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