Malaysia and Singapore — both the Asian countries have developed their infrastructure as well as urban facilities in last few decades to such extent that now, often, tourists from this part of this world consider these two countries as their travel destination. They have so many things to offer to the tourists — night life, fantastic culinary culture, friendly and hospitable crowd and modern advanced architectures. Raaisa Tariq recently paid a visit there with her family and shares the experience with New Age Youth.
The feeling of experiencing a new place for the first time or returning to a favourite place, there is nothing quite like it. For me, traveling is a spice of life and is the easiest way to escape the chaos of our daily life.
While many tourists travel to Paris, Greece or to some famous countries in Europe, fewer travel to the small countries in Asia. Two of the most enchanting places to visit in Asia are Malaysia and Singapore. Being in a family that loves to explore and enjoy new things, we decided to take a trip to Malaysia and Singapore.
Malaysia is a perfect mixture of greenery and metropolis. So our first destination was Langkawi but due to a delay caused by heavy traffic, we missed our flight to Langkawi and had to spend the night in Kuala Lampur. The next morning we headed towards Langkawi. Our one hour flight was quick and it was a beautiful ride over the Andaman sea. We headed directly to the hotel and relaxed for an hour.
So our tour started with island hopping which was basically roaming around the island on a speedboat. The trip by speedboat was a speedy one and we gradually got used to the swaying and splashing boat. On arrival to the island, we were immediately welcomed by a mob of wild monkeys and eagles that were waiting to be fed. The last station of the island hopping was a floating restaurant, where we had another approximately one hour stay for eating and relaxing.
After enjoying ourselves at going round the island, we set for the Langkawi Skybridge which was engineered at a heart-pumping altitude of 2,300 feet above the sea level. No number of words is enough to describe the sensational thrill which enveloped us when we were at the sky bridge. It is one of the most captivating attractions of the town. Since the elevation is quiet high, the place has to be accessed using a cable car. During the cable car ride, we got an aesthetic hawk-eye view of the earth from the top. We ended our day at eagle square which is one of Langkawi’s best known manmade attractions, a large sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. It offers a beautiful view of Kuah Bay. We stayed there for a while and headed back to our hotel.
The next day we had to swing for our next destination which was Kuala Lampur. As soon as we reached our hotel, we immediately started our voyage towards Putrajaya, the capital. One thing that I found really interesting about Malaysia is that the parliament along with the commercial and government residence of Malaysia is located at Putrajaya, a city located around 25 kms away from Kuala lampur. The entire city is built only for governmental activities.
Malaysia is one country where the weather cannot be trusted but we were lucky enough to experience a really hospitable weather. Then we headed back to our hotel to recharge ourselves. And then we finally headed out to witness the most popular attraction of Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Twin Towers. The towers looked nothing but breathtaking at night. After taking some snapshots we went inside the tower and did a little touristy-shopping. The next day we went to the KL tower. Standing tall at a height of 420 meters, it looked phenomenal. We went all the way up to the top and witnessed almost the entire city from up there. And then we decided to go for some casual shopping and wandered aimlessly in the local markets.
The Next day we headed towards our last destination, Singapore. The country has a modern layout where one can peacefully spend time amidst the fountains. It has fast food chain outlets, the world famous brand boutiques and not to forget, the most amazing airport out there. Our next venue was Santosa Island which is a small island that has the world famous Universal Studios which holds in it a gigantic aquarium, dolphin show and laser light show and a 4D movie theatre. We spent the whole day there and had a blast. Then we went to the renowned Marina Sands Bay. We went all the way up to the top and witnessed a spectacular view.
And finally the last day of the trip was a dream-come-true as I could visit the place I was most excited about, the ‘Central Perk’. Being a huge F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan, it was the most exciting part of the trip for me. I literally felt like walking onto the sets of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S, as I opened the door of the café. The orange couch, Phoebe’s performing spot and most importantly, that green Central Perk signboard, everything was there, EVERYTHING! There was a feature wall dedicated to each character, highlighting the little things associated to them. Rachel’s wedding dress, recreated especially for the café, there were dinosaurs on Ross’ wall, and Monica’s kitchen with the foosball table in Chandler and Joe’s area– it all really do take you down the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. memory lane. The trip definitely ended with a blast.
The trip couldn’t have been any more fascinating or as Chandler says, ‘could it be any more fun?’ I enjoyed each and every bit of it. Both the countries were visually outstanding. All in all, it was an ‘add to cart’ kind of vacation.
Raaisa Tariq is a student of American International University-Bangladesh.
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