Malaysia is a beautifully destination, a land where ancient rainforests give way to multicultural city life. Malaysia is a interesting fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indians as well as indigenous cultures and customs. It offers combination of experiences including historic towns, modern cities, beach resorts, cool highlands and virgin rainforests. Capital city Kuala Lumpur is visually defined by the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, while in charming Melaka the vibe is more quaint and historical.
Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia which includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan.
Recommended activities in Malaysia and its neighbourhood
Petronas Malaysia Formula One racing event
The cultural hub of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is visually defined by the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which, at 88 stories high, are the tallest twin buildings in the world and a vision of modern architecture.
Penang Island Discovery tour including renowned stretch of Batu ferringhi beaches, fishing village, batik factory, Buddhist temple and snake temple
Langkawi is a serene archipelago of 140 islands – only a few of which are inhabited. The largest of these is the eponymous Langkawi Island, which has UNESCO World Geopark status because of its richly populated (by wildlife, that is) conservation areas. The best way to experience these ecological wonders is from high above, on the Langkawi Sky Bridge that stretches above the rainforest.
Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo is the bustling gateway to acclaimed Kinabalu National Park. The parks high point is 13,400-foot Mount Kinabula, Malaysias tallest peak, a mecca for climbers.
The beauty and rich history of Georgetown keeps travellers flocking all year round. Georgetown offers views of the famous Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Kapitan Keling Mosque and many of the capitals golden crowned Buddhist temples.
Melaka, the charming city is a UNESCO world heritage site, with a rich trading history and multicultural heritage. Melaka is a rewarding town to explore and is about two hours from Kuala Lumpur.
Johor Behru is the second-largest city in Malaysia. It is recommended visiting the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, a unique Hindu temple decorated with brilliant glass mosaics
Shop till you drop – BBKLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Featured as the world’s fourth best shopping city, Kuala Lumpur is indeed a shopper’s paradise. The BBKLCC stretch from Bukit Bintang to Kuala Lumpur City Centre, in particular, will leave you spoilt for choice with its abundant fashion, food and entertainment options.
Batu Caves is an iconic and popular tourist attraction in Selangor. Site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshippers and visitors. Its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, besides a steep 272 climb up its steps to finally view the stunning skyline of the city centre.
Want a little fun on your holiday without leaving the city? Head over to Sunway Lagoon, a multi-award winning theme park located just 15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. Here you’ll find five different theme parks in one amazing destination, with more than 80 rides and attractions to choose from.
Putrajaya lake is in the heart of the administration city, and visitors can take a leisure cruise on the lake.
World’s tallest twin towers – Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Towering at 451.9m above street level, this world-renowned icon is currently the worlds tallest twin structure and fifth tallest skyscraper. The skybridge that links the two towers is also the worlds highest two-storey bridge, doubling up as a superb viewing platform. The 88-storey building features glass and steel on the outside, and a traditionally-inspired interior, reflecting Malaysias aspirations in moving forward while maintaining its national identity.
Entertainment that never stops – Genting Highlands, Pahang
Perched on top of Ulu Kali Mountain at some 1,800m above sea level, Genting Highlands is a one-stop hill resort with hotels, theme parks, a casino and a number of entertainment, dining and retail options. Its cool climate and close proximity to Kuala Lumpur – approximately an hours drive – make it a popular highland getaway among city folks. Genting Highlands is also Malaysias only licensed on-land gambling spot.