Drive through the lake gardens; with stops at the National Mosque and Independence Square. From there, take a short walk to Central Market passing the convergence of the Gombak and Klang river – at Masjid Jamek, one of the first buildings were erected in Kuala Lumpur.
Stroll through Chinatown, board the bus and proceed to Kampung Baru, a typical Malay area where most houses are still built in traditional Malay architecture. Journey continues toward KLCC for a great photo shoot of one of the world’s tallest twin towers.
The historical centre of Kuala Lumpur becomes particularly alive and colourful during the evening hours. Tour includes the Central Market; a former wet market now restored and converted into a handicraft centre and Jalan Petaling, Chinatown’s main street, where the bargaining skills of all participants will be put to test. Stop at the Sri Mahriamman, a small Hindu temple wedged between pre-war Chinese shop houses. Proceed to the Kuala Lumpur Tower and take an elevator up to the revolving restaurant located 282 metres above ground for an international buffet dinner. It takes approximately 1 hour for the restaurant to make a full revolution. (D)
Depart from Kuala Lumpur, heading east for approximately 2 hours. Stop at a deer park to see these gentle animals before going to Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary. A video presentation is scheduled at 1400hrs and the 25-minute show entitled “The plight of the homeless elephant” provides an insight of the work conducted at the centre and the dangerous jobs of the rangers conducting the translocation projects. When there are not too many people, the tour include elephant feeding
Kuala Gandah Elephant conservation was established in 1989 by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. The centre is a base for the Elephant Relocation Team, which began the elephant translocation program in 1974. The only one of its kind in Malaysia, the team is dedicated to locating, subduing and then translocation from areas where their habitats are constantly being encroached by plantations and to other suitable habitats. Over the past 25 yrs the centre has helped prevent further decline of the elephant population by relocating more than 300 wild elephants. (L)
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