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TOP THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT IN NIGERIA

 

Nigeria, popularly called ‘The Giant of Africa,’ is a country blessed with rich cultural diversity and beautiful patriotic people who are passionate about the country. Decorated with beautiful sites and landmarks and promises of a memorable experience, Nigeria is an adventure to explore. The thrills and excitement, from simple activities like eating at a local eatery to the captivating tourist sites, enchanting arts and crafts, and so many others, Nigeria has got all it takes to make a memorable indent on you.

There are lots of things to do and many places to explore in Nigeria. Below are the Top 7 things you can do in Nigeria.

TOP THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT IN NIGERIA

Visit the Museums

Nigeria has museums holding an abundant wealth of scientific, artistic, and historical value and knowledge, with lots of fascinating art pieces. The history of Nigeria with memorable events like independence, colonial rule, civil war, and even slavery, with a collection of artifacts reflecting this rich culture, are all showcased in these many museums. Such objects, like the Soapstone sculptures in Kwara State, as well as the Nok and other sophisticated artworks by early cultures like the Benin and Ife civilizations, are also available on display at various museums in Nigeria. A walk into any of the museums will expose to the rich cultural heritage of this great nation.

 

 

  1. Get a Collection of Arty Souvenirs and Decoration

In Nigeria, there are two great places you should visit if you want to buy specially designed artworks, fabrics, and craftworks at affordable prices. These locations and art galleries include the Arts and Craft Village on Maitama, Abuja, and the Jakande Market in Lekki, Lagos. They provide an exciting and appealing selection of arts ranging from bags, paintings, carvings, stools, and other accessories. If you desire to get your home, car, or office decorated, or you want a beautiful gift for a loved one, these places are just the places to be when you visit Nigeria.

 

 

 

  1. Experience the Creative Arts

The scenery of Creativity in Nigeria is extensive and exciting. It’s always bubbling, with music in the air, inspiring spoken words, and cool dancing. There are lots of places you can visit to get exposed to the indigenous creativity and arts of the country. From the open mic and karaoke nights to the book clubs, night clubs, and music arenas, there are several places to visit for a great time. The Freedom Park in Lagos is a perfect example; artists from various facets of life come together to experience the beauty of creativity, eccentric music, plays, and spoken word performances.

 

 

  1. Visit the Resorts and Enjoy the serene environment

Nigeria is blessed with many beautiful beaches, natural parks, and resorts for relaxation and comfort. During your next trip to Nigeria, you should visit the likes of Obudu Mountain Resort, Ikogosi Warm Springs, Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort as well as LA Campagne Tropicana. These places are wonders to behold. With the beautiful landscape, indigenous languages and traditions, as well as the local dishes and cuisines you’ll experience at these places, you won’t want to leave. The views are impressive, with a fair representation of nature.

 

 

  1. Attend the Calabar Carnival

The Calabar Carnival, famous for being a fantastic international event, is held annually in the beautiful city of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. It is known to be one of the largest street carnivals in Africa as a whole and attracts visitors from all over the world. The carnival is organized by the government of the state and showcases the beauty, hospitality, and culture of Nigeria.

 

 

  1. Visit the local Bukas, Snack Stands and Joints

To get a feel of local food traditionally, check out the bukas and street food sellers. From tasty varieties of rice to soups from various regions and tribes, regular snacks made with love like the Moi Moi or bean cake; you’ll not be disappointed. Your stomach will have its fill and ask for more.

These cafeterias are unique in their structure, the kinds of delicacies served, their presentation, and the essential aspect, the taste. In your search, be on the look for little shacks with curtains at the doors and wooden stools and chairs. They usually have big cooking pots at the front of their shop, giving off enticing aromas. You may also find some of them in better structures; however, this does not take out the homely and local feel. Renowned Areas in Nigeria like Surulere and Lagos Island, both located in Lagos, and Ibadan and Bodija, both in Oyo are well known to have large numbers of bukas and local joints. Ask a local tour guide to show you the best to visit.

 

  1. Shop at the Local Markets

It is not new to tourists and travelers that the best deals and offers can be gotten at traditional markets. Nobody does it better. There are a wide variety of fascinating products that are not only beautiful but cost-friendly as well. For any such visitors or travelers to Nigeria, the local markets give the best deals and products, with a taste of adventure, fun, and excitement. Be it at the famous markets like the Kurmi Market in Kano, or the famous Lagos Idumota Market; exceptional experience is assured. The community markets all over the country aren’t left out as visitors shop for just about any kind of items, from foodstuff to household items and many others. There are several amazing local markets to visit in Nigeria; even if you don’t wish to buy anything, you could watch traders in action, and the hustle and bustle of the marketplace is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

 

Conclusively, there’s no greater way to have fun and relax away from your home than a holiday trip to Nigeria. So, the next time you’re considering a weekend or holiday vacation, think of visiting Nigeria.

TOP 7 PLACES TO VISIT IN NIGERIA

Tours, Picnics, adventures, and all the likes keep your cheeks flushing and your hearts as happy as it should be. A lot of countries are known to give nothing less than the best when it comes to beautiful places for family vacations and tours. If you didn’t count Nigeria in when you are making the list of places to go and have fun and feast your eyes on the beautiful things of creation, then you should reconsider.

Nigeria has fantastic centers, parks, landmarks that give you a certain kind of fulfillment that you wouldn’t get from Paris or any other global tourist attraction destinations. You are right, Paris has some great places to see, but they have nothing like what Nigeria offers you; Africa’s subtle taste of tourism that would blow your mind away. Sit tight, let’s travel around Nigeria and view seven wonderful places you should visit on your next vacation.

OLUMO ROCK COMPLEX, ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE

Rocks are a magnificent sight to behold. Olumo Rock is one of the wonderful places you should visit in Nigeria. It is located in Abeokuta, a city whose name literally means ‘Under the rock.’ You probably imagined how high Olumo rock is. The highest point of the rock is 137m above sea level, and it has several caves where you can decide to play hide and seek with your heartthrob or beautiful family. Just have a tour guide with you, in case you miss your way while hiding. A tour to Olumo Rock will definitely get you riled up for your next visit.

OBUDU CATTLE RANCH RESORT

Obudu Cattle Ranch Resort is a little bit of everything when it comes to tourism in Nigeria. It gives you a taste of nature wrapped in the warm arms of man’s inventions, making it easier to bond with nature. This Ranch offers you a refreshing time sliding down a water slide into a swimming pool, a great time of golf at the golf course, special family bonding or story time around night-time bonfires and horseback riding. Hiking through the forests and mountains while watching birds with your heartthrob isn’t something you’d like to pass on for a trip to the Eiffel Tower. The resort has you and your loved ones at heart when it comes to feeding and lodging as they provide you with the best African and international cuisines and state of the art accommodation facilities.

IDANRE HILLS, ONDO STATE

If you’ve had enough of rocks and water bodies, a trip to Idanre hills could renew your craving for more adventures in Nigeria. The Historic Idanre Hills is a beautiful sight to behold and should rank first on your list of places to visit for tourism whenever Ondo state crosses your mind. These hills will have you giving credit to nature for its great sense of perfection when it comes to architecture. Ever seen a picture of the hills and how they are arranged? You’d think a human purposely went there and arranged it to look the way it does today. The green vegetation surrounding the hills and crystal clear Arun River sitting perfectly on the hilltop makes it a beautiful spot to be in sync with nature.

YANKARI GAME RESERVE

Watching animals interact with themselves and nature can help you see the world in a different way and moreover your kids would be amazed at the sight of hippos, elephants, baboons and so many animals they only thought existed in wildlife documentaries. All these and more are what the Yankari Game Reserve offers; the explicit sight of nature. Heading to the Marshall Cave systems and Wikki Warm Springs, you’d see that Nature has provided all that you need to entertain you.

OWU WATERFALLS

Waterfalls are amazing sights to behold. Getting into Nigeria and heading to Kwara state, you will find out that this state isn’t left out when nature was on the assignment of setting up interesting places to visit in Nigeria, for your entertainment. So you think you’ve seen it all? You just got started. Owu waterfalls which fall down 330 feet through a rocky landscape forms an ice water pool below. So if you are in search of fresh pools to calm your nerves while visiting Kwara State, here is Owu waterfalls; one of the best natural pools in Africa.

ABRAKA TURF AND COUNTRY CLUB

This vacation spot is the best holiday treat on the plains of Delta coastline that you can give your loved ones. Abraka Turf and Country Club offer a savannah adventure decorated with natural reserves and a clear emerald green river whose rhythmical flow gives your mind a certain kind of peace. Try it out, and you’ll never regret the family bonding.

TARKWA BAY

Located along the harbor of Lagos, the wonderful sheltered beach has not failed when it comes to giving its visitors an amazing time. Tarkwa Bay can be accessed using a boat from Maroko or under Falomo Bridge on Victoria Island. It offers you so many recreational activities while splashing around in the beach. As one of the best beaches in Nigeria, you sure don’t ‘wanna’ miss the experience.

Having seen 7 of the best spots to be in Nigeria, you must not fail to visit while in Nigeria, go ahead and make a pick and get the tours started.

TOP 7 NIGERIAN DISHES FOR DINNER

Nigeria is a blessed country. From natural resources to the delicious meals with their origin in Nigeria, Nigerian has all it takes to put smiles on faces. An aroma of a lovely Nigerian cuisine wafting out from a restaurant or local canteen can make you run into a wall or possibly miss your way. The sight of a well prepared and garnished Nigerian food makes your hunger hormones run loose and wild until soothed by that food the eyes have eaten.

From the Hausas, Yorubas, and other tribes’ food, down to the Nigerian dishes Igbo people dish out, you will observe that you haven’t tasted anything as delicious. ‘Sumptuous’ has no better definition than ‘an ideal dinner in Nigeria.’ You might wonder how you can cook these delicacies that make your tastebuds crave more food even when your mind screams ‘no more.’ You have absolutely nothing to worry about because Nigerian foods are simple and easy to make. All you need to do is follow keenly on the ‘How-Tos,’ and you can “personally” certify yourself a Nigerian Chef.

A lot of debates circulate that Nigeria doesn’t have enough food. The truth is, Nigeria is blessed with so much food that there are thousands of recipes that you might never exhaust if you decided to take each of them one day at a time for a whole year. A lot of people are stuck with a boring food menu and so find the foods annoying.  Whether you are new to Nigerian foods or you are just in search of something different from the traditional dinner of garri or fufu and egusi soup, then you are at the right place.

Talk about heartwarming dinners with satisfaction and a happy family as its signature; then you are talking Nigerian dinner dishes.

The modern day Nigerian cuisine has modified Nigerian meals timetable to incorporate healthy Nigerian dinner ideas from different parts of the country. These nutritious dishes for dinner include different food crops like yam, rice plantain, spicy herbs and extras like meat, fish, oil, etc. Most of these dinner dishes are also meat-based soups, creamy stew, sauces, and tasty snacks.

Today, we introduce to you the top 7 Nigerian recipes you can have for dinner and fall victim of ‘love at first swallow.’

·        PLANTAIN PORRIDGE

Plantain porridge is your go-to meal when you need the veggies but not a soup for dinner. It is easy to cook and contains lots of vitamins that leave you potbellied for the evening. The plantain porridge can be prepared in different innovative ways and with different vegetables or a combo of the aromatic ones. All you need are; unripe plantains, salt, onions, pepper, vegetables (ugu or scent leaves), fish or meat and seasoning to taste and there you have it. Yummy!

·        BALANGU JOLLOF

If your family cannot do a day without rice then here is another way of making rice your dinner without having plain rice and stew. Balangu Jollof is a favorite dish amongst the Northerners. It is deliciously made of any meat and made extra smoky and delicious. Your meat is fried with onion and tomato paste, and then some very common spices are added (thyme and yaji); this mixture is mixed with the white rice and set on fire until it is properly cooked. The super tasty Balangu makes for a lovely dinner dish for a change.

·        SEMOVITA/EBA WITH OKRA SOUP

This food is indigenous to the Igbos as a lot of families eat soup for dinner. This dinner is known to be one of the best traditional national meals for dinner; and it needs okra, spices, vegetable and fish or meat. Serving Okra soup with Semovita /Eba/ Fufu makes it an ideal dinner in Nigeria.

·        SPAGHETTI WITH BEEF STEW

A lot of people succumb into the delicious arms of Spaghetti professing their undying love while they wolf it down with beef stew. This is one of the quickest Nigerian dinner dishes you can make. It comes to life when the Spaghetti is boiled, and you make your new stew.

.       FISH AND YAM STEW

This is also easy and quick to prepare. The stew that is made from the yam and fish wouldn’t make hunger worms grow trees in your stomach by the time the food is done. All you need have for this meal include; Fish (of any choice), yam, vegetables (of any choice) and spices that will eventually make you hunger for more.

.        RICE AND STEW GARNISHED WITH VEGETABLES

This is your perfect idea of a tasty, nutritious and healthy dinner. It fits perfectly into any Nigerian meals time table. The vegetables (carrots, green peas, green pepper, and some others) are cut separately after the rice has been prepared and steamed. Serve the white rice with your stew garnished with meat and vegetables.

.        JOLLOF RICE

This is the renowned dish in competition with Ghanaian Jollof. It is made using your tomato stew, chicken or beef sauce, vegetables, fish (of your choice), seasoning to taste. It is often eaten at parties, but it makes a sumptuous dinner too.

We believe we’ve been able to inspire you with top seven Nigerian dishes you can try out for dinner.

Are you excited about the new experience that you’ll have with cooking and eating dinner?

Have fun and enjoy your dinner always, preferably, with a glass of freshly prepared fruit juice.

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

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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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TOP SEVEN PLACES TO VISIT IN MALAYSIA

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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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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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