Explore Malaysia
Malaysia
Haven for Islands

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. 


Popular Cities/States: 

  • Kuala Lumpur

  • Sabah

  • Penang 

  • Malacca 

  • Langkawi

  • Genting highlands 

Climate
Climate of Malaysia is mainly tropical and quite humid. The wet season on the east coast is between November and February and on the west coast the wettest months are from April to October. The best time to is between March and October

  • January — Wet
  • February — Wet
  • March — Humid
  • April — Humid
  • May — Humid
  • June — Humid
  • July — Humid
  • August — Humid
  • September — Humid
  • October — Humid
  • November — Wet
  • December — Wet
Things to do
City Life

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. 


Heritage/Historical Places

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. 


Islands
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a group of five different islands, which include Pulau Sapi, Pulau Mamutik, Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sulang and Pulau Manukan. These islands are home to scenic beaches that offer several water activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling. The Perhentian Islands are rich in marine biodiversity and vibrant coral reefs. Pulau Perhentian Besar (Big Island) and the Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Island) are two main parts of this island. Situated nearly 32 km from Pahang, the Tioman Island is a group of small islands housing about 8 villages. Juara, Air Batang and Tekek are some of the famous villages. Scuba diving and snorkeling are extremely popular here owing to the magical white coral reefs. Known as the 'Pearl of the Orient', Penang Island indeed is an embellishment of Malaysia. Because of its location along the sea-trade route, Penang is an important historical island. The picturesque spots in Georgetown, in addition to the diverse culture and scrumptious cuisine make your trip to Penang Island an unforgettable one. Langkawi is a mountainous group of 99 islands. The Jewel of Kedah located in the Malacca Strait is famous for its splendid views and adventurous activities. You can explore the Langkawi Sky Bridge on a cable car ride that offers breathtaking views of the rainforest and Telaga Tujuh waterfalls below. You can even indulge in jungle trekking, gliding, boating, snorkeling, surfing etc. Dataran Lang is one of the finest man-made attractions in Langkawi. Also known as the 'Eagle Square', this 12 meter long eagle's statue offers splendid views of the Kuah Bay. Rebak Island, Pulau Singa Besar, Pulau Dayang Bunting Island are a few of the most popular attractions in Langkawi. Sipadan Island is a favourite spot for divers and underwater activities enthusiasts. Rawa Island, located 16km off the east coast of Malaysia, is an exquisite coral island perfect for a secluded vacation. Pangkor Island, Redang Island, Mantanani Islands, Lankayan Islands are some of the other beautiful islands in Malaysia.
Nature & Adventure
Located in the Langkawi islands, the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is an extraordinary place graced with natural mangroves which can be explored through boat tours. You can also swim in the rivers, enjoy fish farming, and explore nature like never before. This park is a perfect melange of flora and fauna. The oldest rainforest in the world, Taman Negara is one of the top ecotourism destinations in Malaysia. Here you can indulge in different adventurous activities such as jungle trekking, rapid shooting, canopy walks, jungle walks, wildlife observation, trekking at Gunung Tahan, fishing, boating trips, visiting aboriginal settlements and exploring caves, among others. The Clan Jetties, situated on the waterfront in the Georgetown area of Penang, is an old Chinese establishment. Presently, there are six floating villages which can be visited by tourists. The tranquil waters, welcoming locals and beautiful temples makes a trip to this place worth it. Kokol hills offer incredible views as the place lights up after dusk. Kiansom Waterfalls nestled in the Kokol mountains enhance the beauty of this hill. Paragliding is also enjoyed here given the scenic location of this place. Genting Highlands is one of the famous hill stations in Malaysia. Surrounded by rainforest covered hills, this place is a favourite spot of nature lovers. Besides nature, this hill station also houses different theme parks and other recreational facilities. Mount Kinabalu in Sabah is one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. Despite it being one of the highest peaks many people can easily trek here. It's an ideal place for nature lovers as many variations of flora and fauna can be found here at different altitudes. Cameron Highlands in Pahang state is home to orchards, strawberry farms, gardens, tea plantations, museums, hiking trails and much more. Its thick vegetation and scenic locations make trekking more like a relaxing activity. Boh Plantation, Lavender Gardens, Thompson Falls, Time Tunnel Museum are some of the prime attractions of Cameron Highlands. Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Shangri-La's Orangutan Care Project, Perdana Botanical Gardens, Bukit Panchor Forest Park, Penang Hill, Gunung Raya are some of the other wonderful places in Malaysia for a nature lover to explore.
Beaches

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. 


Wildlife/Marine Life

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.


Places of Worship
Located in the Selangor region, the Batu Caves is one of the holy Hindu shrines in Malaysia. The magnificent shrine is of Lord Murugan. Surrounded by nature and innumerable caves, this serene religious site is equally mystical. Masjid Negara also known as the National Mosque of Malaysia is one of the extremely important places of  worship in Malaysia. With intricate glass-work, mosaics, a minaret, and a gigantic blue-tile and umbrella-shaped roof are some of the major highlights of this Sunni affiliated Mosque. The architecture of this mosque will leave you spellbound. Masjid Bandaraya is another architectural wonder reflecting the brilliance of Islamic and modern architecture. Surrounded by a human-made lagoon, this mosque is one of the best places to see in Malaysia. Arulmigu Karumariamman is a Dravidian style South Indian Hindu temple. This temple is renowned for the tallest main sculpture tower in all of Malaysia. The classic towering facade of the temple is absolutely awe-inspiring. Dating back to the 1920s, the Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist places of worship in Ipoh. The idols and deities of Chinese and Buddhist gods and the intricate carvings on the walls create a divine aura in and around this cave temple. Perak Cave Temple, Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple, Ling Sen Tong Temple in Ipoh; Christ Church, Sam Poh Temple, Penang Floating Mosque are some of the divine places of worship in Malaysia that you can visit to attain innate spirituality and to know about different mythological stories.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

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. 


Cuisine
  • Malaysian cuisine reflects the multi-ethic makeup of its population. The flavours range from authentic Asian Malay to Chinese and Indian. Some well known dishes include Nasi Lemak, Nasi kandar, Roti canai, Char kway teow, Banana Leaf Rice, Nasi Dagang, and many others. Street food in Kuala Lumpur is also very famous in Malaysia. Satay, Rojak, Ikan Bakar, Ramly Burger, Asam Laksa are some of the must try street food items in Kuala Lumpur.
Costs
  • Meal prices in Malaysia can vary, the average cost of food in Malaysia is RM 15 (USD 3.54) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa
Season to Visit
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 8 - 10 days

Known For
  • Islands
  • Beaches
  • Rainforests
  • Temples
  • Architecture
  • Mountains
Areas to Visit
  • Langkawi & Perhentian Islands in peninsular region for beaches
  • Cameron Highlands for nature & biodiversity
  • Kuala Lumpur for street food and nightlife
  • Mount Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo for hiking

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