Faces of
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.

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

address: Kuala Gandah, Lanchang, Pahang, 28500, Lanchang, Pahang, Malaysia - Tel: +60 9-279 0391
Kuala-Gandah-Elephant-Sanctuary.jpg, Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary about 100km (2 hours driving time) east of Kuala Lumpur has been translocating elephants since the 1980s. The sanctuary is open to public.
Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary about 100km (2 hours driving time) east of Kuala Lumpur has been translocating elephants since the 1980s. The sanctuary is open to public.

Opening hours
9am - 4.45pm




No more elephant rides and bathing with elephants

The main attraction used to be riding on the elephant and bathing with the elephants on the river. As of October 2012, these activities have been put on hold as the Wildlife Protaction Act 2010 is enforced. Read more:
Elephant conservation centre suffering after new wildlife Act enforced

Links:

official website


swimming with elephants
swimming with the elephants in the river

 

How to get to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
There is no public transport to the sanctuary so you depend on your own car or book a tour.


busy on weekends & holiday
the Elephant Sanctuary can get very busy on weekends or public holidays (like on this picture)


feeding the elephant
feeding the elephant


Elephant show

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tours:

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3 days 2 nights tour to Taman Negara (from Kuala Lumpur) with a stop at the Elephant Sanctuary in Kuala Gandah

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price from:
RM970
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day trip to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, includes visit to Batu Caves

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price:
RM230
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This daytrip includes a visit to Batu Caves, the Elephant Conservation Centre and the Fireflies Tour

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price from:
RM430


Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Matahari Lodge

Hostel / Guesthouse located just across Central Market, near Chinatown

The Travel Hub

Hostel / Guesthouse in a quiet part of Chinatown

Attractions

Menara KL (KL Tower), Kuala Lumpur

Menara KL or KL Tower, with a height of 421m, is the 7th tallest tower in the world. As it is built on hill, the observation decks offers higher ground than the Twin Towers and the best views in town.

Royal Selangor Pewter Factory, Kuala Lumpur

Pewter Factory with a visitors center, guided tours and shop, popular stop for tour operators

Attractions

The Habitat, Penang

The Habitat is a rainforest experience on top of Penang Hill with a guided nature walk, canopy and treetop walks.

Tian Hou Temple, Kuala Terengganu

Buddhist temple at the bank of Sungai Terengganu and next to Kampung Cina