An exotic mix of high-tech urban living and old-world Asian ambience, countless Malaysia attractions lure travellers to its tropical beach-fringed shores, making Malaysia holidays more and more popular.
Existing somewhere between a developing nation and one offering the latest in modern innovation, Malaysia has all of the comforts of its neighbours Singapore and Thailand mixed with a unique culture and beauty all its own.
If you believe the advertising slogans, then Malaysia is "Truly Asia". With a multicultural melange that draws influences from across the continent, particularly India and China, it's hard to disagree with the tagline.
Reconnect with nature by…
- Climbing Mount Kinabalu
- Trekking through the Borneo jungle
- Meeting monkeys at Kuala Selangor
From the soaring Petronas Towers to its laidback island beaches, the dense rainforests of Sarawak and the ethereal Batu Caves, it’s little wonder millions of visitors flock to Malaysia annually.
Most people like to start their Malaysia tour in Kuala Lumpur, the country's glittering capital. This fast-developing city is home to many of the country’s most popular attractions, including the omnipresent "Twin Towers", which are a mainstay in many Malaysia travel guides.
Make sure to stop for some shopping and entertainment at the impressive Bukit Bintang – an enormous shopping centre where something exciting happens around the clock.
Take in the capital’s sights at…
- Petronas Towers: a Kuala Lumpur must-see
- Bukit Bintang: premier shopping precinct
- Lake Gardens: a popular recreational park
International flights to Malaysia often land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which is worth checking out even if you've arrived by an alternate route. Its incredible architecture has ranked it one of the most beautiful airports in the world.
Step outside the vibrant capital to see another side of Malaysia, including some of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular beaches on the island of Redang or the iconic longhouses of regional Sarawak.
Get off the beaten path in Sabah, where you can enjoy world-class scuba diving and gorgeous nature reserves. Sabah is located in northeastern Malaysia on the breathtaking island of Borneo. Here, you can climb Mount Kinabalu or dive into the relaxing ocean waters surrounding Sipadan Island.
Go beyond the capital and visit…
- Penang’s majestic capital, George Town
- The Batu Caves, a short drive from KL
- Kuching, just across the South China Sea
Thrill-seekers can continue their adventure with excellent zip-lining courses, white water rafting and cliff diving, while those searching for a bit of rest and relaxation can try golfing or a day at the spa.
Often called the 'Pearl of the Orient', Penang is another must-visit destination. Its capital George Town is a World Heritage site known for its beautiful colonial mansions and stunning mosques. Penang is also a food lover's paradise, home to what many consider the best street food in the world.
After indulging in hot curries and delicious desserts, take a cooking class at the famous Nazlina Spice Station and learn how to recreate unique Malaysian flavours in the confines of your own kitchen.
Kick back on the beach at…
- Langkawi’s Tanjung Rhu
- Perhentian in Terengganu
- Juara Beach on Tioman Island
If you came for the beaches, you simply must visit Langkawi – an island paradise with white-sand beaches and sparkling blue water. Enjoy the island's adventure activities by day on a jet-ski tour or sailing excursion. At night, check out the market for a cheap and delicious Malaysian meal.
An undoubted jewel of the region, Malaysia is one of the best and most diverse holiday destinations you'll find in Southeast Asia.