Reasons to Visit
Malaysia`s picture perfect white sand beaches and year round travel season means they are the envy of their Southeast Asian neighbours! From the private island of Pangkor Laut, long quiet beaches around Kuala Terengganu, popular white sand beaches on Langkawi and hidden gems on small islands off the East coast.
UNESCO sites Malacca and George Town were once cities which rose from humble fishing villages to become major centres of the spice trade. Four centuries of European influence have left behind rich cultural icons including Dutch churches, remnants of ruined Portuguese and British fortresses and imposing town halls.
Enjoy the peace and solitude around the Cameron Highlands, following jungle trails to streams, lakes and waterfalls, or take time to visit one of the nearby tea plantations.
Explore Taman Negara National Park on foot, by boat and even 25 metres up in the jungle on a canopy walkway. Climb Teresik Hill, swim in the water holes around the rapids of Lata Berkoh or just walk amongst the flora of the oldest rainforest in the world.
A foodies delight! Malaysia is a true melting pot of cultures and the Indian, Chinese and Malay influence is strongly evident in the food. Places like Penang, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur have hawkers stalls and local restaurants on every corner. Eating really is a national hobby here so get involved!
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Our country specialists have travelled the length and breadth of Malaysia - here are a few of their favourite things to do
Malaysia is one of the wealthiest countries in Southeast Asia and offers a diversity in culture and landscapes that is both inspiring and breathtaking.
From the glittering skyscrapers of its hyper-modern cities to the primary rainforests of its unspoiled interior, Malaysia encapsulates Southeast Asia in all its variety.
The people also span cultures and creeds, with the original Malays adopting Buddhist and Hindu beliefs from Indian and Chinese immigrants long before Arab traders introduced Islam. Relaxed and self-sufficient, the Malays, Chinese and Indians of Malaysia make any visit here feel safe and easy.
There’s a great deal to see, with colonial history alive in the streets of many towns and cities, countless temples and churches reflecting Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage, quiet tea plantations blanketing the cool highlands and stunning national parks filled with tropical birds and butterflies. Dotted around this beautiful landscape are traditional kampung villages and minority tribal groups still practising ancient beliefs.
But for many visitors it is the coast that is the major draw, with superb beaches on the mainland as well as a scattering of tranquil islands, poised between virgin jungle and clear coral-filled waters.
The Cameron Highlands is a wonderfully unspoiled region of lofty mountains, tea plantations, forests and waterfalls. It’s great for walkers and it's possible to visit remote villages of the Orang Asli people.
Highlights of Kuala Lumpur include Chinatown’s busy markets, the elegant colonial buildings of Merdeka Square and the Petronas Towers. There are also many high quality hotels in the city.
The 99 islands of the Langkawi archipelago lie some 20 miles off the northwest coast of Malaysia, in the Andaman Sea. You can explore caves and waterfalls, play a round of golf and enjoy a boat trip.
Accessible by boat or a short flight from Kuala Lumpur, these twin islands lie off the west coast of Perak Province.
Arguably the most beautiful islands in Malaysia, the Perhentian Islands feature crystal clear water and white-sand beaches. Activities include diving and snorkelling and short walks.
Taman Negara’s dense virgin rainforest are the setting for an unforgettable jungle experience in one of the world’s oldest tropical woodlands. Private guides to escort you on your exploration of the park.
12 1/2 hours (Kuala Lumpur)
Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways & Singapore Airlines
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