Malaysia — What’s There for Me
Malaysia’s tourist slogan is ‘Malaysia- Truly Asia’, which gives you an idea of the amazing diversity you can find here. Malay, Chinese, and Tamil have strong influences in the country and these can be seen in everything from the glorious architecture to the delicious food. Not only that, but Malaysia is also blessed with a huge range of things to do, ensuring that whatever your preferences may be, you are certain to find something to enjoy here. Just a few of the destinations you can enjoy here include famous beaches and islands that are perfect for those who love water sports, big cities if you want to indulge in some shopping and nightlife, and some of the best national parks in the region if you like the outdoors and wildlife. Basically, this is one place where you will never be bored!
Is Malaysia for me?
You can do a lot here so it is almost impossible to see everything in one trip. And thanks to the country’s diversity, you can choose the attractions to visit and activities to do based entirely on your own personal tastes and hobbies.
Diving and Water Sports:
Compared to other countries in the region like Indonesia or Thailand, Malaysia doesn’t have much of a reputation for water sports which is a shame, as the country offers a number of great diving sites such as Perhentian Islands and Langkawi Island. If you don’t like diving, then snorkeling, paragliding, and swimming are also popular.
Clubbing and Nightlife:
If you want to party the night away then you can certainly do so in Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, particularly in the famous Golden Triangle District. Here you will find a number of bars and nightclubs that will keep going until the morning.
Families with Kids:
Malaysia is a great place to visit for a family holiday with your kids, as it is particularly known for being one of the safest countries in Southeast Asia. You will also find a huge range of child-friendly activities all over Malaysia such as zoos, safaris, children’s museums, theme parks, and water parks.
Quiet Island Destinations:
If you want to get away from it all, then you will not be disappointed in Malaysia. The country is considered as one of the nicest honeymoon destinations in Southeast Asia, especially low-key and relaxed islands such as Tioman or Langkawi Island. Many of the resorts on these islands have packages, especially for honeymooners.
Malaysia has a rich history that has been really well preserved compared to other places in the region. As such, you will find a wealth of museums here as well as some gorgeous spots dedicated to depicting the story of how modern day Malaysia came to exist. You can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgetown in Penang, as well as the city of Melaka, which still showcases a strong Dutch and Portuguese vibe to learn more about the history and culture of Malaysia.
Some people might not realise that Malaysia is a top spot for anyone who loves nature, and there are a number of national parks here including the breathtaking Mount Kinabalu National Park in Sabah or Taman Negara National Park in Peninsular Malaysia. You go can trekking with a local guide and if you want to know all about Malaysia’s flora and fauna then you won’t be disappointed.
Locals will tell you that Malaysia has some of the most delicious food in Southeast Asia, and part of the reason for this is due to the mixture of influences here. This means that you can eat traditional Malay Nasi Lemak (rice wrapped in a banana leaf) for breakfast, enjoy some Chinese noodle soup for lunch, and finish off the day with a fiery Indian curry set.
One Country, Many Destinations:
Although the country is considerably vast, you can still visit a number of different locations in just one trip. If you stay in Peninsular Malaysia (the main part), then you can go from historical cities like Penang to main hubs like Kuala Lumpur or visit cooling hill stations such as the Cameron Highlands. If you are feeling more adventurous, then you can also head to East Malaysia including Sarawak and Sabah, where you can climb the iconic Mount Kinabalu or float down the Kuching River on a traditional wooden boat.
Value for Money:
It may not be quite as cheap as some of its neighbours, but Malaysia still offers plenty of bang for your buck, and its food, in particular, is considered one of the cheapest in the region. Traveling around by bus or train also offers you some great affordable experiences and if you choose to go out to the islands, then you can find hostels and homestay that are surprisingly economical. That said, you can also stay in some of the most luxurious accommodations in the world in places like the Four Seasons on Langkawi Island if you have the resources to splurge.