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HOW TO APPLY FOR KENYAN VISA

 

If your traveling bags are already parked to travel to Kenya, set them aside, and read this blog post on how to apply for Kenyan visa to save yourself a lot of stress.

HOW TO APPLY FOR KENYAN VISA

Africa is a beautiful continent that offers its visitors beautiful sceneries and experiences. Kenya is one of Africa’s fast-developing countries with a lot of tourist attractions and glamorous sites. Kenya’s capital; Nairobi is an amazing city with clean beaches and stunning destinations you can visit for your vacations and tours. If you’ve made your list of countries to visit in Africa and you haven’t included Kenya, then your list is incomplete. Leaving out Kenya from your list of must-visit countries is like baking a cake and leaving out the icing that makes it melt in the mouth.

Citizens of some African countries do not need a visa to get into Kenya. However, that cannot be said for Nigerians who must have a Kenyan Visa to gain entry into Kenya.

Consequently, if you must have a visa to gain entrance into Kenya, then you should know how to apply for a Kenyan visa. Before you go ahead with your application, here’s something you should know about having a Kenyan visa.

Having a Kenyan Visa doesn’t grant you entry into Kenya because you’ll have to meet the requirements of the immigration service before you enter the country. These immigration requirements make you eligible to apply for a Kenyan Visa. Here are immigrants that are not eligible to gain entry into Kenya even if they have a visa;

  • Ex-convicts or persons whose presence in Kenya poses a threat to its inhabitants.
  • Persons who do not agree to go for medical tests as advised by the immigration ACT.
  • Persons declared unfit to travel due to some serious health challenges that endanger them and/or people around them when they travel.

Kenyan Visa Requirements

Once you are certified eligible to apply for a Kenyan visa, then these following requirements should be made ready to obtain your visa.

  • A passport which is valid for a minimum of six (6) months with a blank page for your entry stamp
  • Two recent passport photographs
  • Photocopies of passport showing your passport number, picture and bio-data page.
  • A properly filled and signed Form 22 (Kenyan visa application form)
  • Visa processing fees
  • Marriage certificate
  • Childbirth certificate (if any)
  • Proof of financial abilities
  • Invitation letter (if you are visiting a family) or Hotel bookings (if you are visiting for business or any other purposes)
  • Travel itinerary
  • Tax clearance

Note: You should know that an incorrectly filled application form will make you ineligible.

Categories of Kenyan Visa

There are various categories of Kenyan Visa which include;

Single-Entry Visa: This visa is given to those who need to enter Kenya for business, tourism, and treatment purposes. This visa is valid for three (3) months, and once you leave Kenya, you will need to apply for another visa.

Transit visa: This is a Kenyan visa issued to travelers who need to journey through Kenya to their destination. It is valid for 3 days.

Service Visa: This visa is approved for individuals who need to travel to Kenya for official purposes.

Courtesy Visa: This visa is issued to diplomatic officials, service passport holders, and other country officials that are traveling to Kenya for official duties.

Multiple-Entry Visa: this visa is issued to individuals who make frequent visits to Kenya, and it is valid for 6 months – 1 year.

How to apply for a Kenyan visa online;

  • Create an account on the eVisa homepage by clicking on create an account.
  • Click on ‘register as a visitor.’
  • Select the ‘Department of Immigration services.’
  • Select ‘apply now’ to make an application.
  • Fill your application form correctly.
  • Submit your application.
  • Choose your payment method and make your payment deposit.
  • An approval email will pop up; once it arrives via your email, download and print the Kenyan eVisa.
  • Use your printed Kenyan eVisa to get into Kenya after presenting it to the immigration officer at the port of entry.

Having known what you need to do to apply for a Kenyan visa, go ahead and ensure that you apply at least seven days before your travel. Then wait for 2 business days to collect it after processing.

 

A BRIEF GUIDE ON GETTING A KENYA VISA ON ARRIVAL

Traveling is fun. It’s even more fun when you don’t have to go through the hassle of obtaining your visa before you travel. It’s easier when the country you’re visiting can issue you a visa on arrival. With this option, you don’t have to bother about getting a visa before traveling to the country. You process and get your visa after you’ve arrived on the shores of the country. That’s one of the reasons many Nigerian tourists enjoy traveling to Kenya.  You’re however advised to get your visa processed before traveling. This is to avoid the stress of queuing up for a visa on arrival in Kenya.

In case you’re wondering why you must get a visa on arrival, here’s why;

  • Firstly, because your 90 days visa ownership starts counting immediately you get a visa, regardless of whether you’re in Kenya or not, getting a Kenyan visa on arrival is the best way to use your 90 days effectively.
  • Additionally, you don’t fall prey to the rip-off look-alike sites for getting a Kenya visa online. When you process your visa physically at the airport, there is zero chance of getting duped of your hard-earned money due to the mistake of processing your visa from the wrong website.
  • Another fantastic thing about getting your visa on arrival is that you stand a chance of meeting some friends. These friends might be headed in the same direction as yours.
  • Furthermore, you get to save more when you process your visa on arrival. This is because most online/offline registration offices charge a horrendous amount to process your visa. You can save this extra money when you process your visa on arrival. Who doesn’t want more money in their pocket when traveling for a vacation?

 

Brief Guide to getting your Kenyan Visa on Arrival

To gain entrance into Kenya, you need a single trip visa which you can get on arrival in Kenya.

While you’re yet to get off the plane, you’ll be asked to fill out an arrivals card whether or not you have a visa. Though Kenya offers visa on arrival to many nationalities, it’s vital to check whether your country is on the list of countries that get Kenyan visa on arrival to avoid immigration problems.

At the airport, locate the immigration hall and join the visa processing queue. However, make sure you have cash in dollars, pounds, or Euros as credit cards are not accepted. Visa application goes for 30Euros or $50, though this rate might vary. After paying in cash, you’ll be given a receipt which you’ll use to get your visa.

We advise you to carry the exact cash as the immigration officers don’t give out any change. When you fill out a visa application form at the arrival hall, you’ll realize that it’s better than going online.

If you don’t have cash on you on arrival, there’s no reason to worry.

As long as you have your credit card, you can use an ATM in the hall or around the corner. You might encounter some strict security measures, but hey, it’s an airport, you don’t expect it to be a free walk-in and walk-out party.

Once you are at the ATM, make your withdrawals, and you’ll get Kenyan shillings.

Go back to the immigration hall and exchange the shillings for dollars, Euros or pounds at the currency exchange counter and then proceed to pay for your visa.

There you go; the process of getting a visa on arrival is not as complicated and stressful as you think.

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT KENYA VISA EXTENSION

One of the problems tourists face in Kenya, just like in other countries, is getting bounced on arrival or after a while because their visa got expired or has a close expiration date. We at Travel Beta believe nothing should steal into the time you have to tour Kenya not even an expired Visa.

To gain entry into Kenya, you need to possess a valid Kenyan visa. You can obtain this visa before you enter the country or once you touchdown at the airport. The Ordinary single Journey Visa which goes for about US$50/€40/UK£30, can be obtained on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Most Kenyan Visas, once issued, are valid for 90 days, regardless of when you applied for it. For you not to be denied a visa extension, we advise you to make necessary consultations with the Kenyan missions in the country you’re traveling from into Kenya.

Have you been enjoying the thrill of touring Kenya for almost three months? You will be saddened to have your tour cut short because of an expired visa. Of course, there are a lot more beautiful sites to see. The good news is that you don’t have to panic anymore if your tourist/holiday Kenyan visa is at the verge of expiring. You don’t have to throw in the towel yet, because your stay can be extended.

Yeah, you got that right. Your Tourist/Holiday (Ordinary Single Journey) visas can be extended for three months more. But you have to ensure that you apply for an extension before your current visa expires.

How do I go about this visa extension?

This blog post is an essential guide to teach you what you must know about the Kenyan visa extension.

Kenyan visas are renewed at Kenyan immigration offices during regular office hours, and the extensions are usually issued on a same-day basis.

The office hours are usually Monday – Friday from 08:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm. Kenyans are friendly and will make the process stress free for you.

You will need:

  • Two passport photos for a three-month extension
  • Some more cash for your visa extension.

The prices vary from one immigration office to another, depending on the office you visit.

Visa renewals occur at any of the following local Immigration offices located at;

  • Eldoret
  • Garrisa
  • Kisumu
  • Malindi
  • Lamu
  • Nakuru
  • Nairobi
  • Embu
  • Mombasa

Sometimes, the smaller offices that are not able to handle your extension request may refer you back to Nairobi, Mombasa or Kisumu for your visa extensions.

Keep in mind that;

  • A visitor who is over 18years and whose stay in Kenya goes beyond 90 days from their entry date is legally eligible to register as an Alien at any immigration office in Kenya.
  • The extension will be issued only to applicants who are visiting Kenya for a short period that doesn’t exceed 90 days. Therefore if you have to stay longer than 90 days, ensure to consult the Department of Immigration in Nairobi to apply for the right resident permit.
  • Always check with the Kenyan mission offices in your resident country for the latest entry requirements before you embark on your journey.
  • Your visa becomes invalid once you leave Kenya regardless of its expiration date.

Below are the major local Department of Immigration offices and their locations:

  • Nairobi –Nyayo House, along Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway
  • Kisumu –First floor, Reinsurance Plaza
  • Mombasa – UhurunaKazi Building, Mama Ngina Drive

This guide will help you go through the right process to apply for a visa extension without encountering any problems.

TOP 7 THINGS TO DO IN KENYA OVER A WEEKEND

If you haven’t been to Kenya, you might think so little of this beautiful country. Probably, you haven’t heard that Kenya is East Africa’s No 1 travel destination. Kenya is that beautiful place for your weekend getaway that has an excellent blend of both rural and urban culture that promises varieties of adventures. Kenya is packed with lots of activities for tourists which you can enjoy alone, in a group or with your plus one, over the weekend. These activities range from wildlife chasing and world-class mountain adventures to enjoying the peak of an impressive nightlife and having wonderful Indian Ocean beach moments.

Grab a seat, let’s go on an exciting ride highlighting the top things you should do when you visit Kenya for a weekend getaway or vacation.

Visit the Crocs

Somewhere in the middle of far-away Lake Turkana exists one of the strangest places in Kenya, which plays host to the world’s largest colony of Nile crocodiles. This place is known as the Central Island National Park. The Central Island National Park also harbors three active volcanoes, black sand beaches, three blue-green crater lakes, and a campsite. So while saying ‘hello’ to the Crocs, you can also board a speedboat to sail you across the perfect end-of- the-Earth scenery. Lots of adventures all packed in one place; sounds even more exciting.

Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling

If you are in Kenya between August and March, when the sea is smoother and quieter, do not fail to go for a scuba or snorkel trip. You can experience both activities on different occasions to get the complete feel and the rush of excitement that comes with these two fun activities for tourists in Kenya. Kenya’s Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park offers an unforgettable experience that would have you racing dolphins, sea turtles, and different species of fish at the bottom end of the Kenya Coast. Snorkeling amongst the beautiful creatures of the sea is an experience you won’t stop talking about. The experience is indescribable; go for it and always feel free to share your experience with us.

Commune with the Giraffes

The adventure in a Kenyan safari isn’t in standing far off and taking snapshots; it’s in going close and interacting with the safe animals (but do well to get an experienced tour guide). Visit the endangered Rothchild’s species of Giraffes at the AFEW Giraffe Centre, which is located on the outskirts of Nairobi. Get close to them, feed and interact with them and get for yourself a facial swipe of their long black tongues; some great souvenir that is.

Cycle through Hell’s Gate

Does that scare you?

Well, scary adventures are the most thrilling. Hell’s Gate, a gnarly lava-carved landscape that is situated 60 miles away from Nairobi, in the rumbling bowels of the great valley, is the next place for your cycling activities. Although it sounds unsafe, Hell’s Gate is that rare African National Park that lacks dangerous animals and is safe for cycling. You don’t have to worry about bringing a bike; you can rent a bike inside the Park or at the main gate.

Sail through Lamu Island with the Archipelago by Dhow

Looking back at the golden age of the Swahili culture, one of the outposts of the lateen-rigged sailing vessels known as traditional dhows considered the last great outpost is the Lamu Island situated on the Coast of North Kenya. These traditional Dhows were once the major means of transport sailing between East Africa, The Middle East, and India. A sunset or snorkeling trip down to the Takwa ruins will leave you awestruck with the natural beauties you never knew existed.

A Trip to Mount Kenya

Take a trip to Mount Kenya and experience mountaineering on a totally different but fantastic level. Mount Kenya rises over 17,000 feet and is known to be Africa’s second-highest peak after its counterpart – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Unlike the snowy trails of Kilimanjaro, the summit trails of Mt. Kenya is less crowded and eager to play host to your adventure-hungry feet. A trekking adventure in the mountain will last for five days, which will have you camping for four nights in the mountain’s calm embrace. All you need is a Mount Kenya Safari guide by your side and a camera to capture all the beautiful sights.

Have a Starry Night’s sleep

Camping in Kenya under the stars is one great nightlife experience you should endeavor to have. The Star Beds safari camp offers a luxurious night’s sleep under the stars, where the night’s breeze whispers sweet nothings in your ears, caressing your weary eyelids and cajoling them to sleep. Snoozing al fresco style is an experience that puts your being at total peace with nature and your surroundings. The camp, which can be found in Losiaba Conservancy, is run by local Samburu and Masai people. A night at the camp offers you a peaceful slumber in a four-poster bed rolled out onto the deck beside a rocky outcrop. If you sleep lightly, you could open your eyes to see a thirsty elephant or some other animal lapping up water from the waterhole beside the rocky outcrop.

 

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TOP FIVE COUNTRIES YOU CAN TRAVEL TO BY ROAD IN WEST AFRICA.

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TOP FIVE COUNTRIES YOU CAN TRAVEL TO BY ROAD IN WEST AFRICA.

It is no doubt the pandemic is a hard one especially on lovers of adventures and vacations. However, as the lockdown gradually eases off and many health team try to find a cure to COVID-19, it is time to sketch your bucket list of where to travel especially locally once things get better.

We have decided to help you with a travel- friendly list especially if you currently reside in West Africa, is stucked there (because of the ban on international flights) or will be visiting West Africa. Here goes the list.

Countries you can travel to from West Africa includes:

GHANA

Known for its colourful cultural wears and music and ranked Africa most peaceful country, Ghana is indeed a nice place to visit and enjoy a vacation in, especially in it’s capital, Accra.

Ghana weather is on the hot side. It can also get pretty hot, reaching about 30°C or 86°F, on most days. The heat is tempered by the cool breezes blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean.

They speak English as an unifying language. Two of the most widespread native languages are the Twi language of the Ashanti people – which is spoken in the southern and central regions – and the Dagbani language of the Dagomba people – more commonly spoken by people in areas to the north.

Ghanian food is a mix of indigenous flavours and outside influences – like European and Indian. You will find tomato-based stews with complex flavours throughout Ghana. The stews usually contain a type of marine or freshwater fish and are eaten with a dough, which is used to scoop up the fish and soak up the fragrant sauce. The dough – sometimes called fufu or akple – is made from any type of starch including cassava, plantain, yam, maize, millet, sorghum, potatoes or cocoyams. Another staple of Ghanaian cuisine is jollof rice: a one-pot rice dish that includes a variety of Ghanaian spices with tomatoes and chili. Peanuts are often used to flavour stews and garnish dishes. You will be sure to find taro leaves and okra in many of their dishes.

Considering trying Ghana for a vacation after the pandemic? Yes! Though ensure you have yourself a Kente cloth (a fabric worn by Ashanti royalty) while leaving. Also remember to change your money to cedi since this is the currency used in Ghana.

 

SOUTH AFRICA:

Wow! Now, this country, also known as “Rainbow Nation”, is known worldwide for their skills in sports including rugby, cricket, golf and soccer. They have about twelve tourist centres you don’t want to miss out either. You should also note that South Africa is the 24th-largest country in the world. That will help you when you feel you have exhausted all the places to visit while there.

South Africa has a generally temperate climate being surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides and is home to the oldest meteor scar in the world – the Vredefort Dome in a town called Parys. It is known for the winds.

At least thirty-five languages indigenous to South Africa are spoken in the Republic, ten of which are official languages of South Africa: Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venḓa, Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans.The most common language spoken as a first language by South Africans is Zulu (23 percent), followed by Xhosa (16 percent), and Afrikaans (14 percent). English is the fourth most common first language in the country (9.6%), but is understood in most urban areas and is the dominant language in government and the media. So be sure to keep your English language skills handy.

Don’t leave South Africa without eating their special meals: biltong & droewors, boerewors, malva pudding, chakalaka & pap, braai/shisa nyama, bunny chow, bobotie and melktert. South Africans enjoy not only beef, but mutton, goat, chicken and other meats as a centerpiece of a meal incase you are meatatarian. On weekends, many South African families have a “braai,” and the meal usually consists of “pap and vleis”, which is maize meal and grilled meat.

The South Africa currency is rands which is equivalent to 0.060 USD.

 

ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia is a landlocked country on the Horn of Africa, in the east of the continent. It is bordered by Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Somaliland (Somalia). Ethiopia covers Simien Mountains. There is a list things to do there and places to visit like the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, The Holy City of Harar, Gondar, The Blue Nile Falls, Addis Ababa and The Aksum.

Ethiopia enjoys a mild climate, with average temperatures below 20°C in the highlands. This number can rise past 30°C on the lowland fringes of eastern, southern and western Ethiopia. Generally the best time to visit is between October and June, when it is the dry season.

However, Amharic is the “working language” in Ethiopia together with Oromo, which is one of the two most widely spoken languages in the country though English is the most widely spoken foreign language.

Ethiopian cuisine (Amharic: የኢትዮጵያ ምግብ) characteristically consists of vegetable and often very spicy meat dishes. A typical dish consists of injera accompanied by a spicy stew, which frequently includes beef, lamb, vegetables and various types of legumes, such as lentils which are not only healthy and nutritious, but is also a great way to expose children (if you are visiting with your kids) to new flavors and teach them about other parts of the world at the same time.

Be sure to change your money to Ethopian Birr (ETB) in any Ethiopian bank while visiting. It is a plus to know their currency is known to be very strong.

A little extra tips…

While in Ethiopia, you might want to check out:

  • The Omo Valley and the ancient coffee ceremony to magnificent rock-hewn churches and the Queen of Sheba’s legacy.
  • Marvel at the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
  • Feel the heat at the Danakil Depression.
  • Be on top of the world at Semien Mountains National Park.
  • Feed hyenas at the historic town of Harar Jegol.
  • Travel back in time at Lake Tana monasteries.
  • Immerse in nature at Bale Mountains National Park.

 

TOGO

If you are a humanitarian and love to know people of diverse culture irrespective of socio-economic background and share your life with them, Togo might be a perfect place to visit.

Togo is a sliver piece of land which finds itself hidden on the topographical map between the countries Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin.  In West Africa, Togo stands to be one of the prominent tourist destinations with quite a variety of tourist attractions to offer to its visitors. It offers some extra-ordinary and interesting sites: Togo has great beaches, scenic spots and busy markets to make any holiday a memorable one.

It’s climate is generally tropical with average temperatures ranging from 27.5 °C (81.5 °F) on the coast to about 30 °C (86 °F) in the northernmost regions, with a dry climate and characteristics of a tropical savanna.

Togo is a multilingual country, which according to one count has 44 languages spoken though the official language is French. Two indigenous languages were designated politically as national languages in 1975: Ewé (Ewe: Èʋegbe) and Kabiyé.

The national dish in Togo is Fufu – ball of cassava served with soup. Other dishes are often staple foods including maize, rice, millet, cassava, yam, plantain and beans. Maize is the most commonly consumed food in the Togolese Republic. Fish is a significant source of protein, and bush meat is often hunted and consumed.

 

The currency of the Togolese is West African CFA franc.

MOROCCO

This North African country is mostly visited by tourists to see the famed Sahara Desert. Other places they want to see may include: Hassan II Mosque, Mint Tea and Pastries, Majorelle Garden, The Islamic Architecture, Todgha Gorge and The Tagine.

The best time to visit Morocco is during spring (mid-March to May) or fall (September to October). The weather is warm but pleasant, unlike the cold temperatures and snow of winter, or the scorching heat of summer. The coastal regions can be visited year-round.

In Morocco there are two official languages, Arabic and Amazigh, which are spoken in the streets and villages of Morocco. Classical Arabic, more commonly known as Literary Arabic, is the administrative language of the country. Generally speaking, you will hear Moroccan Arabic spoken in the streets. However, 18.3 % of Moroccans speak English -English is the second most spoken foreign language in Morocco, according to the most recent data disclosed by High Commission for Planning.

 

Tip:

You can say “As-salaam Alaykum” (literally) “Peace be with you” as a form of greeting to a Moroccan, interchangeable for “hello”  and “Walaykum As-salaam” is the response. Meanwhile, “Sbah l’kheir” means “good morning”.

The main Moroccan dish most people are familiar with is couscous. Beef is the most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco, usually eaten in a tagine with a wide selection of vegetables. Chicken is also very commonly used in tagines or roasted. They also use additional ingredients such as plums, boiled eggs, and lemon.

The best currency to use in Morocco is Dirham, denoted as MAD or Dhs. It’s preferable when you go out pay in Dirham currency. The Moroccan currency is the Dirham. £1 sterling is approximately 13 Morrocan Dirhams.

I hope you enjoy your stay in these countries. Bon voyage!

Compiled by: Chisom Juliet Obi

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It is easy to assume that many people know of the country called Malaysia. The Asian country stands out in many regards and ranks very high in terms of diversity. It is a country defined by a blend of ethnicities, religions, customs, and by extension cuisines. The country is geographically diverse, too, being made up of large islands, tropical rainforests, and the fertile highlands. Furthermore, Malaysia is made up of two major landmasses – East Malaysia, situated across the South China Sea within the Borneo Island and West Malaysia, located along the entire southern part of a peninsula shared with Thailand.

Putting into perspective the natural attraction sites, cultures, history, and many factors, we make a list of the TOP 7 PLACES/SITES TO VISIT IN MALAYSIA.

 

CAMERON HIGHLANDS

This is one of the oldest destinations of attraction in Malaysia. It comes with a gentle atmosphere, an escape from the heat the lowlands are known for. It is located within the Titwangsa Mountains and is a beautiful tableland with a touch of English garden lure. The area is the major flower and tea producer in Malaysia.

Top attraction sites and fun activities in the Cameron Highlands:

  • Tea plantations, forests, lakes.
  • Time Gallery; a museum that throws more light into the development, history, and people from the region.
  • Brinchang and Tana Rata; the most popular and historic towns.
  • Honey bee farms, vegetable farms, and fruit orchards.
  • Mount Brinchang; one of the most outstanding mountains of the Camerons, offering impressive views.
  • Mossy Forest

While in the Camerons, you can take a car drive to the mount, partake in the wildlife recreation, or take a boardwalk across the standing plants and trees.

 

PENANG

This Island of Penang is a well-known destination for tourists and visitors. It is located within the Strait of Malacca off the northwestern coast of the western part of Malaysia. It is known for its list of colorful cultures, which is attributed to the location around the busiest shipping routes around. It is popularly known as the food capital of the country.

Top attraction sites and interesting activities to do in Penang

  • George Town; a historically diverse location and the capital of the island
  • Botanic gardens.
  • Bird Sanctuary
  • White Beaches
  • Butterfly Park
  • Jerejak Island (which was a prison and leper colony)
  • Temple of Supreme Bliss

 

KUCHING

Across the entire Borneo Island, Kuching is the largest city. It is a well-known destination because it is a nice base for combing the state of Sarawak and Borneo’s rainforest. There are a lot of remarkable sites that would be of interest to visitors and tourists.

Some of these top attractions sites in Kuching are:

  • Astana Palace and Fort Margherita; historic landmarks,
  • DUN complex; a classic structure
  • Sarawak River
  • Main Bazzar; the oldest street in Kuching.
  • Planetrium
  • Picturesque

 

TAMAN NEGRA

The Taman Negra stretches across three states along the northern part of West Malaysia. It is known as one of the oldest tropical rainforests that can be seen anywhere in the world. Also, it is a known popular destination for adventure and ecotourism. Taman Negra is a national park that bubbles with wildlife. Some of this wildlife range from Malayan Tiger (rare species), Asian elephants, Sumatran Rhinoceros, and exotic birds.

Some of the top activities to do in Taman Negra, Malaysia includes; canopy walk, hiking, fishing, jungle hikes, climbing the Teresek Hill. You can well as use the guided night safaris to see nocturnal animals like leopards, owls, water dragons, and cats.

 

KUALA LUMPUR

This is the capital city of Malaysia and was created about two hundred years ago. The city was calm and bare, but today, it is full of life and activities and is the largest metropolitan city in the country. KL, as the natives call it, is a melting pot of culture. It is also known for the high-rise buildings, exotic shopping centers, and exciting nightlife. The diversity of the cuisine options are admirable too.

Top sites of attraction in Kuala Lumpur include;

  • British colonial buildings
  • Petronas Twin Towers
  • And many others.

 

GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK

This particular site is known for its outstanding formation of karst limestone as well as the unique cave systems. Coming to this park, you will get to see for yourself why it is known as one of the most glamorous sites in the entire country. In it are some of the largest cave systems in the world. Some of these include:

Sarawak Chamber, which is one of the most extended cave chambers in the world. It is so large that it can contain up to 40 Boeing 747 aircraft. Furthermore, the park is located along the sparkling rivers, rainforest, deep ravines, and rugged mountains. Owing to the Gunung Mulu Park location, the most efficient mode of transportation to this place is by air, through the Mulu Airport.

LANGKAWI

The Langkawi is situated off the northwestern coast of Malaysia within the sea of Andaman. It is an archipelago of 99 islands.

Some of the top beautiful sites in Langkawi include:

  • Beaches, rainforest, forest-clad mountains and mangroves
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Limestone cliffs
  • Furthermore, Langkawi allows tourists to witness the natural beauty of the archipelago.

 

In conclusion, Malaysia is a unique country with a deep sense of diversity. The rich culture, lush scenery, exotic cuisines, and outgoing natives should be enough reasons for you to make a trip to this beautiful Asian.

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TOP SEVEN PLACES TO VISIT IN INDONESIA

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Indonesia is one of the most popular, populous, and largest countries in Asia. It is a lively country with colorful and sumptuous meals and lots of sprawling sights to make you relish your stay. The lakes, rivers, mountains, caves, and beaches will be worthwhile if you take the time to tour them. If you are a lover of history, you will certainly enjoy being taken through Indonesia’s rich historical heritage.

One of the things that add to the beauty of Indonesia is the fact that it’s a mixture of ‘ancient and modern’ with skyscrapers situated next to ancient temples and mosques.

To help you have a feel of this country, let’s take a look at the Top 7 Places to Visit in Indonesia.

UBUD

This is one of Indonesia’s cities with an increasing number of tourists, owing to its rising popularity. Taking a few minutes drive beyond the heart of the city, you will be greeted with serene towns and paddy fields, situated within the outskirts. The city has a rich history you would love to explore as you make your way through the streets.

Top attraction sites in Ubud

  • Unique temples (having great stone carvings)
  • Museums
  • Nice restaurants
  • Local shops (for your humble shopping)
  • Bars

 

YOGYAKARTA

Yogyakarta is one city you would love to tour because it is the base of culture and arts within the island of Java. It is beautified by the rich cultural heritage of the Javanese, which radiates across many parts of the city. This city is one of the oldest cities in entire Indonesia and is a nice point from where you can tour the other regions nearby.

Top places to visit in Indonesia

  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Walled palace (where the Sultan lives)
  • Shopping malls
  • Spectacular temples

Also, you can witness the beautiful street arts, dining options, among other things.

 

JAKARTA

This is one of the most popular cities in Indonesia. Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia and a megalopolis city in structure. Visitors usually love the lively atmosphere, which could sometimes be too frenetic. It is home to more than thirty million residents, with the indigenes being very visitor-friendly. Over the years, Jakarta has been defined by her high rate of development, with an increasing number of high-rise buildings.

Top places to visit in Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Ancient towns
  • Classic restaurants
  • Eclectic bars and cafes.

You will also enjoy the numerous cuisines, cultural diversity, and energetic nightlife of the city.

 

KUTA

Kuta is known for its portable size – a small village with a fast-paced development rate, which is one of the reasons to visit Kuta. The environment is enjoyably serene and welcoming to all.

Top places to visit in Kuta, Indonesia

  • Fast-food joints
  • Bars
  • White beach (a primary attraction site in the city)

 

You can also make a trip to Legian and Seminyak for some quality time of quietness; take a boat ride to the glamorous beaches located within the Island of Gili.

If you are a lover of nightlife, then you will love Kuta.

 

SURABAYA

Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia. It is notorious for the noise and traffic, which is not unrelated to the fact that this city is like a thoroughfare to tourists being a significant transport hub.

Top attraction sites in Surabaya, Indonesia include;

  • Old colonial buildings
  • Arab quarter (with beautiful streets)
  • Large Chinatown (with many bars and restaurants)
  • Beaches of Bali.

 

BANDUNG

Bandung is the third-largest city in Indonesia, after Surabaya and is a lively city, known for its heavy traffic. Owing to this heavy traffic, it can be challenging, yet fun to explore the city.

Top attraction sites in Bandung include;

  • Shopping centers
  • Mountains
  • Architectural masterpieces and many more.

You can also make a trip to the Plea plantations, walk the volcanic peaks, or go for hot spring baths.

 

MEDAN

Medan is situated close to the northeastern coast of Sumatra and is a unique city with an exciting lifestyle and cuisine diversity. If you choose to, you can make a trip from Medan to the beautiful Lake Toba. This city, which is close to Malaysia, has lots of lovely restaurants and food stalls you would love to explore.

 

Conclusively, this beautiful Asian nation has captivating and interesting places to visit and things to do. The architectural masterpieces, diverse cuisines, museums, parks, and mountains are experiences worth exploring.

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