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Malaysia, the cultural melting pot of Asia, is a stunning place to visit. Most of its popular attractions are connected by excellent infrastructure making them easy to get to. The country has much to offer visitors regardless of budget or what their idea of fun may be.
Malaysia despite ranking well among most visited countries in Southeast Asia, Singapore usually steals the limelight. Long term budget travellers prefer Thailand to Malaysia mainly because alcohol is cheaper and the currency exchange rate. Despite that, Malaysia has a lot to offer in terms of beauty, diversity, and adventure, as showcased by these tempting top destinations.
Most flights will land in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and an express train will bring you straight into the heart of the city in about 30 minutes. Unlike most other Asian cities where travellers try to escape the hustle and bustle almost immediately, Kuala Lumpur itself is a worthwhile destination on its own.
The mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian influences mean you'll have no shortage of culinary exploits in Malaysia's capital city. Cultural diversity is a big part of Malaysia's allure. Take a walk or jump on the modern and extensive public transportation network and you can experience the delights of numerous cultures.
There is no shortage of adventure in Kuala Lumpur with neighbourhoods from Little India to Chinatown to Bangsar, many offering their own unique experiences. Places of interests include Petronas Twin Towers, National Zoo, KL Tower, Lake Gardens and Aquaria KLCC provide plenty to do before venturing out of the city into other states.
If you are a foodie, then the colonial city of Georgetown, Penang should not be missed. Famous for its street-food scene, museums, local historical architecture and religious sites, Georgetown is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While hopping from food stall to food stall, you can also check out street art and murals left by numerous artists along the streets of Georgetown. Aside from food, there are many other things to do and visit.
Penang is considered one of the best places in Southeast Asia for delicious street food of all types. The waterfront esplanade known as Gurney Drive in Penang is lined with stalls and eateries for trying local Malay, Chinese, and Indian treats, among others.
Divided into 2 main islands, Perhentian islands cater for budget and luxury travellers.
Backpackers and budget travellers will head to Perhentian Kecil — the smaller of the two islands — where fine sand and excellent snorkelling/diving fill the day before partying the night away.
Nearby Perhentian Besar — the bigger island — caters more to families, couples, and travelers who are willing to spend more.
You will need to take a speedboat ride to Perhentian from the Kuala Besut Jetty in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. The trip to Perhentian Island usually only takes about 45 minutes, depending on which beach you are going to as the boats stop at multiple locations.
The best time to visit the Perhentian Islands is during the dry season from March to November. The islands are practically empty, and many businesses are closed during the rainy months. July is peak season so book accommodation in advance.
If you prefer the green rainforests and wildlife instead of the concrete hustle and bustle of urban areas, then your destination is an affordable, quick flight away.
Sarawak in the south and Sabah in the north make up the Malaysian Borneo. Both have unique offerings that cater for every traveller. The annual Rainforest World Music Festival held outside of Kuching is one of the most exciting music-and-culture events in Southeast Asia. The annual Sabah Adventure Challenge (SAC), the oldest established adventure race in Southeast Asia, is a team race over 3 days covering 120 km of rugged highland terrain in northern Borneo.
If you love diving, then planning a trip here is a must do item on your list.
Spelled "Melaka" by the locals, this Peranakan city of Malacca is a worthwhile stop for cultural, historical, and colonial sites. Malacca was declared a World Heritage Site in 2008 by UNESCO.
Peranakans are descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Penang, Malacca, Singapore and Indonesia, inter-marrying with local Malays. In Baba Malay, a female Peranakan is known as a nonya (also spelled nyonya), and a male Peranakan is known as a baba. Their cuisine combines Chinese, Malay, Javanese, South Indian, and other influences.
Visitors are rarely disappointed by Malacca town. From river cruises to feasting on local food and hunting for trinkets, the relaxed vibe is pleasant enough to keep people around for a few days. The close proximity to Kuala Lumpur makes getting there by bus easy.
Tip: Many shops and museums close on Tuesdays — plan your visit accordingly!
Taman Negara literally means "national park" in Malay, and the park encompasses three states, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, each with its own legislation. Taman Negara is Malaysia's oldest national park and is considered to be one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests. A long canopy walkway gives visitors a chance to see life high in the trees that normally isn't visible from the ground.
You can enjoy waterfalls and beautiful trekking, bird spotting, rafting, fishing, night safaris, and there's even a chance to see wild elephants — if you're very lucky. Tourists can sleep across the river in Kuala Tahan and take cheap boats to the park entrance.
Attractions found near Kuala Tahan (where the Park headquarters for Pahang is located) include a canopy walkway, the Gua Telinga cave system, and the Lata Berkoh rapids. Visitors can experience the tropical rainforest, birdwatching or jungle trekking and the river views along the Tahan River.
Cameron Highlands is a cool getaway from the heat of the city. Locals go there to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and to enjoy the lush scenery, tour beautiful tea plantations, and enjoy access to decent hiking trails that weave through plantations and around volcanoes.
There are many farms to visit from strawberry farms, butterfly gardens, and flower greenhouses can be found in and around Cameron Highlands.
The Boh Tea Company plantation is located in Cameron Highlands and is one of the most famous brands of tea in Malaysia. Visiting the plantation can give you an insight into how tea is harvest and grown.
Tioman Island, Pahang, is excellent for beach vacations and diving. Both accommodations and diving are surprisingly affordable. You will be spoilt for choice with the many beaches to choose from in Tioman. Some beaches are secluded and surrounded by jungle. The most popular beach, ABC Beach, is popular particularly for budget travellers.
No diving is allowed between the months of November till February as it the Monsoon season. The best time is from mid-March till May and September till mid-October.
Langkawi, the jewel of Kedah, is one of the top island destinations in Malaysia for both foreign tourists and Malaysians.
Aside from the many islands to explore, Langkawi will spoil you for choice. The island is home to Malaysia's largest indoor aquarium, a cable car, and the Sky bridge that allows views across the island. It also has duty-free status meaning that beer is sometimes barely more expensive than bottled water!
Langkawi’s pristine beaches – namely Datai Bay, Pantai Cenang, and Tanjung Rhu – are also rated among the best in the world. Due to the size of the island, Langkawi’s best attractions are best explored by rented vehicle, which are easy to get.
Selangor is the most developed and populated state neighbouring Kuala Lumpur. It is home to Malaysia’s MotoGP racetrack, the National Zoo, theme parks and numerous malls.
But aside from the modern buildings and shopping sprees, Selangor is home to the world famous Batu Caves that houses the word’s largest statue of Lord Murugan. There are also many hiking and climbing trails and treks to feed your need for adventure.
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