MALAYSIA

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Official language: Bahasa Melayu is the National and Official language, with English being widely spoken
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit

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Malaysia has 65,877km of highway
Welcome to the sampling plate of Asian culture!

From reefs to rainforests, mountains and minarets to skyscrapers and sampans, Malaysia is your one stop destination to experience all things Asian. The best thing about this magnificent country is that you actually get a little two-for-the-price-of-one deal when visiting Malaysia. One the one side there’s Peninsular Malaysia that borders Thailand and then there’s the East Malaysia that borders Indonesia and Brunei. That fact alone should act as an open invitation for you to come and explore all the mystery and magic that this country has in store. In Malaysia there’s so much to choose from that you might feel a little dazed and confused. What do you opt for? Glitzy modern city streets or the untamed nature dripping with all things exotic? Let’s not forget about the idyllic tropical resorts with their swaying palms and pristine reefs. Oh…and then there’s the rich colonial history that also lay ready to be delved into. The possibilities are endless, and the time to start exploring is NOW!
Malaysia is probably most famed for the fact that it caters for travelers from all walks of life, from cosmopolitan shopper to nature enthusiasts and history buffs. The multiculturalism has also made Malaysia somewhat of a gastronomical paradise, home to what seems to be the most colorful festivals around the world. In two words…Extreme Contrasts…that’s what Malaysia is famed for, seamlessly integrating the old with the new and the manmade with the natural environment.
We’ve touched on the subject of Malaysia’s diverse landscapes and people, but what else makes this country so unique? Well for one, it’s home to some of the world’s largest skyscrapers, but it’s also a foodie paradise. It’s a place where hundreds of cultures and beliefs peacefully coexist and has some of the most awe-inspiring beaches in all of Southeast Asia. There’s also the stunning Cameron Highlands with some of the most exquisite teas in the region, and then there’s the fact that it’s loaded with UNESCO world heritage sites. All these things including the oldest rainforest in the world and the largest Buddhist temple in Asia makes Malaysia a one of a kind tourist destination that’s guaranteed to steal your heart!

Must see places in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

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.

Langkawi

Langkawi

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 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.

Borneo

Borneo

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.

Selangor

Selangor

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

Perak

Perak

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.

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

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.

Perlis

Perlis

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.

George Town

George Town

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.

Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Islands

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

Terengganu

Terengganu

With beaches, islands, tropical jungles, fishing villages and breathtaking natural waterfalls, Terengganu truly is an amazing beach paradise.

Things to do in Malaysia

Diving in Malaysia

Explore the aquatic Malaysia with diving

Explore the aquatic Malaysia with diving - with one of the richest marine environments in the world, Malaysia is one of the best diving destinations in the world. From sloping reefs to wall dives, coral blocks to deep dives and wreck dives, the opportunities are endless. There are a lot of certified diving schools all across Malaysia that can help you get qualified and have you in the water as soon as possible. Some of the best places for diving include Sipadan Island, Labuan Wreck Diving, Layang Layang Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Pulau Redang.

Go bird watching

Malaysia is somewhat of a bird watching heaven, with over 600 species in the Peninsula, 580 species in Malaysian Borneo and over 120 migratory birds. Some key places where bird watching is at its best include the Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary, Fraser’s Hill, Matang Wildlife Center and the Tree Top Walk in Kedah.

Explore the diverse ecosystems

Explore the diverse ecosystems - with 75% of Malaysia’s land area still forested, it’s no surprise that they have a huge variety of plant and animal life that make for some awesome sight seeing. Malaysia is home to at least 15,000 species of flowering plants, 286 species of mammals, 150,000 species of invertebrates and 4000 different species of fish. Some of the best spots to explore the fauna and flora include the Rompin Natural Park, the Danum Valley, Bako National Park, the Belum Forest Reserve in Perak, the Langkawi Mangroves and the Gunung Mulu National Park.

Embrace the beach bum lifestyle

Malaysia has endless stretched of palm fringed beaches with crystal clear emerald seas. With the Andaman Sea to the northwest, the Straits of Malacca on the west and the South China Sea to the east, the possibilities are endless when it comes to lazing around on tropical beaches.

Shop up a storm

Shop up a storm - as one of Asia’s premier shopping destinations, Malaysia has more than enough on offer for avid shoppers. With huge numbers of luxury malls, street-side stalls and seriously attractive price tags, you won’t be disappointed. Some of the best spots to do your shopping at include KLCC, the Sungei Wang Plaza, the Starhill Gallery, The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and the Mid-Valley Mega Mall.

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?

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Sarawak Chamber is the world’s largest underground cave chamber
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Many global brands are produced in Malaysia
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Malaysia is home to the Rafflesia flower, the largest in the world
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Malaysia’s local time has been adjusted 8 times

Travel Tips

Local dishes to try
  1. Nasi Lemak - this national dish consists of rice that is steamed with coconut milk and served with dried anchovies, sambal, peanuts and eggs.
  2. Char Kway Teow - a popular and cheap meal is this fried rice noodle dish with meat or fish.
  3. Nasi Goreng - a favorite local dish is this Malay-style fried rice
  4. Roti Canai - this is another cheap snack which is a fried flat bread with a curry sauce
  5. Radang Daging - this rich main meal consists of slow-cooked beef with lemongrass and coconut and is often served at festivals
Seasonal Specialties
  1. January

    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.

    February

    Thaipusam

    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.

    May

    Wesak

    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.

    October

    Deepavali

    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.

Good to know!
  • 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
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