Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country known for its islands, beaches, rainforests, mangroves, temples, and a mix of Malay, Indian, European and Chinese cultural influences. Occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo, Malaysia is a confluence of nature, culture, historical and futuristic architecture. With Langkawi Islands, Cameron Highlands and Mount Kinabalu the country is nothing short of a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur is an iconic landmark in Malaysia. Joined by a double-decker Sky Bridge, the architecture of these twin towers is Islamic-inspired. Another important architectural marker is the Menara KL Tower. It offers spectacular views of the city. Besides the view, the Islamic and Persian style architecture of this grand tower will leave you stunned. Chinatown in Petaling street of Kuala Lumpur represents Malaysia's multicultural and multi hued background. From herbs to antiques you can find everything you desire to buy as a souvenir. Jonkar walk is a prominent street in Malacca known for its vibrant night market. The entire street comes alive at night as music courses through the area creating a party-like atmosphere. Sabah is a slice of heaven with soaring Mount Kinabalu, rivers and lush green jungles. If you seek spirituality and peace, Ipoh is an ideal place to visit as it is home to numerous temples and caves.
Dataran Merdeka is a historic landmark home to many beautiful structures, monuments, museums and cathedrals. Merdeka square is popular for its rock concerts. However, Sultan Abdul Samad Building is the prime attraction especially at night as the place is filled with vibrant lights. A'Famosa Fort is a must visit historical site in Malacca. Built in 1511, this grand structure is one of the oldest European architectural remains in Asia. Islamic Arts Museum displays around seven thousand artifacts that tell more about the Islamic culture and traditions. This is the largest Islamic Arts Museum in Southeast Asia. There are 12 galleries including the Indian gallery, Quran and Manuscripts gallery, Islamic architecture, Chinese gallery. It also displays armour, textile, ceramic work, jewellery and Islamic glassware. Sabah State Museum has many sections including ethno botanic garden, a zoo, the Sabah Art Gallery and a heritage village. It's an ideal place to learn more about the history and Islamic civilization of this region. Atkinson Clock Tower, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Melaka Sultanate Palace are some of the other heritage and historical sites you must visit.
Some of the best beaches in Malaysia can be found in the Perhentian and Langkawi Islands. Turtle Sanctuary Beach in Pulau Perhentian Besar is an exquisite sight to behold. The white sand, crystal clear water, lush green forests and indescribable tranquility make this beach a traveller's paradise. If you are lucky you can even witness baby turtles hatching or moving about in the delicate sand.Pantai Kok Beach in Langkawi is an ideal place to sit-back, pause and live in the moment. The tranquil waters, tropical vegetation and powdery white sand enhance the beauty of this place. If you seek adventure then head to Batu Ferringhi Beach in Georgetown for you can try parasailing, jet ski and deep sea fishing. Tanjung Rhu Beach, Kapalai Island Beach, Mataking Island Beach are a few of the other scenic beaches in Malaysia.
Aquarium KLCC is known to be the world's largest aquarium. It is home to over 5000 freshwater and marine creatures such as garfishes, bright coral fishes, tiger sharks, seahorses, blue rays, arapaimas, among others. Bako National Park is the oldest national reserve in Sarawak. It's rich in flora and fauna and also holds seven distinctive rainforest ecosystems. Mammals such as Langurs, flying squirrels, wild boar, long-tailed macaque monkeys can be spotted here while trekking. It's a great place for birdwatching as well as it is home to different beautiful species of birds. The riverine forest along the Sungai Kinabatangan river is home to slow loris, Orangutans, short-tailed macaque monkeys, Borneo gibbons, among others. Oxbow lakes, freshwater forests, limestone caves, mangrove forests and wildlife reserves are also found here.
A major chunk of Malaysia can be explored in 8 to 10 days. Starting from Peninsular Malaysia, spend a day exploring Kuala Lumpur’s markets, twin towers, museums, and historical places. Moving upwards, spend a day in Ipoh visiting the ancient Buddhist shrines, temples and caves. You can spend a day in Genting Highlands, exploring the parks and exotic resorts. You can spend a day or two in Langkawi and the Malacca Strait exploring the small islands and relaxing at the scenic beaches. Moving to Malaysian Burneo region, spend a day or two in Sabah exploring nature, biodiversity, Sipadan Island and even trekking at Mount Kinabalu. Take a day trip to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park by boat from Kota Kinabalu city. The beaches in this region are heavenly. You can end your trip in Sarawak spending a day amidst nature.