Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Official language: Bahasa Melayu is the National and Official language, with English being widely spoken
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
Must see places in Malaysia
The capital of Malaysia is any shopper’s dream come true. On offer here are some of the most luxurious malls with product price tags that won’t break the bank. It’s a popular metropolis lined with shops, bars and restaurants to keep you entertained all through the day and night.
Situated in the northwest part of the Peninsular Malaysia, the island of Langkawi is the main island from a group of 99. It has been dubbed the most beautiful island in the world. The best way to explore the beautiful natural surroundings is to hire a moped and do some solo sightseeing. There are also lots of resorts and food stalls on the island, which will ensure more than enough entertainment.
The cities on the eastern side of Peninsular Malaysia
The three cities we’re talking about are Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu. All three of these cities are known for their lively atmospheres and bustling markets that sell some of the most superb produce around. They are also great departure points to some of the tropical islands such as Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang.
Boasting remote jungle beauty, tropical adventures and a cultural experience second to none, Borneo is one destination you cannot afford to pass by when you’re touring Malaysia. With its amazing array of exotic animals, national parks and the sheer quirkiness, Borneo is a one of a kind destination to visit.
Surrounding the capital city, Selangor is also known as the golden gates because it is home to the country’s most influential sultan. On show here are spiritual landmarks like the Batu Caves and the Blue Mosque
Known as the Silver State, Perak is known for its scenic and undulating countryside. From Anglo-Malay ad Chinese mansions to colonial buildings and ancient limestone caves, this district is a destination you cannot afford to pass by.
Located in the western part of Peninsular Malaysia, the Cameron Highlands offers an escape from the heat and humidity of central Malaysia and is the perfect scenic destination to go hiking and to enjoy a cup of fine afternoon tea.
The city of Perlis screams unspoiled beauty and rustic charm. You’ll be charmed by the laid back village lifestyle here and be amazed by sights such as the Bukit Kubu Recreational Forest, the Kelam Caves, and the Perlis State Park.
Penang’s capital city is home to Malaysia’s biggest Chinese population. This town offers an inspiring mix of Asian and European influences, enshrined into the city’s architecture and stunning historical buildings. For culturally inclined travelers, this is a destination that cannot be missed.
This small archipelago with its two islands, Besar and Kecil, boasts some splendid beaches, white sands and dazzling shallow blue beaches rounded off by tall palm trees. Because the islands are mostly uninhabited, it’s the perfect place to kick back and unwind. Swimming, canoeing, scuba diving and snorkeling comes naturally on these tropical paradise islands with their rich coral reefs and exotic aquamarine life
With beaches, islands, tropical jungles, fishing villages and breathtaking natural waterfalls, Terengganu truly is an amazing beach paradise.
Things to do in Malaysia
Explore the aquatic Malaysia with diving
Go bird watching
Explore the diverse ecosystems
Embrace the beach bum lifestyle
Shop up a storm
Best time to visit Malaysia
Tourists visit Malaysia during the dry season
Malaysia has a tropical climate with hot weather and high humidity levels throughout the year. Average daytime temperatures easily rise above 30°C and nights rarely drop down below 20°C. The west coast of Malaysia sees its wettest times during the months of May to October, while the east is wetter during September to December. Kuala Lumpur has its wettest season from March to April and again from September to November. If you’re looking for dry weather, the best time to visit would be between June and July for the east coast, January and February for the west coast and June to July in Sarawak.
Did you know?
- Nasi Lemak - this national dish consists of rice that is steamed with coconut milk and served with dried anchovies, sambal, peanuts and eggs.
- Char Kway Teow - a popular and cheap meal is this fried rice noodle dish with meat or fish.
- Nasi Goreng - a favorite local dish is this Malay-style fried rice
- Roti Canai - this is another cheap snack which is a fried flat bread with a curry sauce
- Radang Daging - this rich main meal consists of slow-cooked beef with lemongrass and coconut and is often served at festivals
Chinese New Year
Malaysia loves to celebrate the Chinese New Year just as much as any other Asian country and they go big! With fireworks and music shows, bright decorations and dragon dances, this 15 day festival is a sight not to be missed.
This religious festival is dedicated to honoring the Hindu Lord Murugan, the god of war. A 15km long procession from Kuala Lumpur to the Batu Caves attracts more than one million devotees carrying superficial burdens (sacrifices) for the lord in order to be blessed.
This Buddhist celebration honors the birthday, day of enlightenment and the achievement of Nirvana in the life of Buddha. Food donations, the burning of incense and a breathtaking float carrying a Buddha statue are all part of the festivities.
The Hindu Festival of Lights (New Year) is very colorful and festive, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. Fireworks, processions and street bazaars highlight the Indian festival.
Take of your shoes when entering religious buildings or the homes of locals
- When visiting places of worship your arms and legs should be covered by moderate clothing
- Do not touch locals on the head or pass items over their heads as this is a taboo
- When giving or receiving something to and from locals, always use your right hand