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Malaysia charms Asean stars

Deep into Langkawi Island’s Kilim Geoforest Park, one easily gets mystified by a sprawling masterpiece—a natural landscape that is perhaps one of the best places to worship nature. Here, the river flows mysteriously from clear to murky or from calm to eerily calm, depending on where you are heading to – very much like those thick mangroves that, in one area, gnarl themselves into some painful patterns of brown to burnt shades but suddenly spring into a merry bundle of green as you go deeper into the forest. Breathtaking panorama The Kilim Geoforest Park was the final stopover of about 100 celebrities, journalists, bloggers, and tour operators from 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) who took part in the seven-day Asean Explore Quest Malaysia event hosted by Tourism Malaysia. The participants traveled from Kuala Lumpur, Perak and to Kedah (Langkawi). Langkawi provided the much-needed relief to the participants whose bodies were pleasantly exhausted by days of fun games and discovery of Malaysia's treasures – food, people and places. The group's two-day experience in the island was first sparked up by the breathtaking Panorama Langkawi – where the sunset smeared the sky with an explosion of orange and yellow. From the base station, gondolas slowly ascend to the Machincang range and back – allowing tourists to feast over the rich natural biodiversity and man-made environment in the area. Meeting new friends Singaporean blogger and aspiring actor Tiffany Yong said her favorite part of the trip was "making friends with people from other countries, doing different activities together and also coming together to complete the tasks (e.g. drawing murals as a group)." For Yong, the highlight of the trip was "meeting people and making friends with them." "The memories created with them makes the whole trip unforgettable," she said. "It makes me want to visit their countries as there will be something to look forward to when I fly there. It will no longer be going there as a tourist, but also visiting friends." Dato' Mizra Mohammad Taiyab, director general of Tourism Malaysia, said Explore Quest Malaysia is part of Malaysia's effort to invite tourists from the Asean region. "Tourism Malaysia will continue to carry out promotions to constantly excite the Asean market with new attractions and holiday ideas to rejuvenate their interests in returning time and time again," he said. Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/lifestyle/2013/11/24/malaysia-charms-asean-stars-315313

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