The great thing about Malaysia, is that whatever travel means to you, you can find an experience here that will fulfil all your wildest, travel related, dreams. Add to that the great weather, and the fact that it’s super cheap and you’ll see that Malaysia has, quite literally, got it all. These are the 5 things that you won’t find them elsewhere.
The Blueness of the Perhentian Islands.
Indulge in some R&R at the Perhentian Islands, one of the most beautiful spots in Malaysia. It’s also a cheap option in Southeast Asia to score your PADI scuba diving course, so you can swim with the many rays, cuttlefish and parrotfish for a discount. And have you ever seen water this clear in your life? To reach this mythical paradise, one must take an overnight bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut, and then a boat to the island. Accommodation gets full fast so make sure you book your hostel in advance. Rainforest Camping offers sky roof showers and a private beach with turtles and glowing plankton. Imagine a pinch yourself moment, every moment!
The Culture Diversity of Penang.
A multicultural melting pot of Asian culture, with strong influences from China, India, local Malay and the rest of Southeast Asia, everywhere you look there are fusions of influence. That fusion is most apparent in Penang. Wander the streets of the capital George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is packed with historical and cultural gems including beautiful colonial architecture, classic churches, Buddhist and Hindu temples and grand mosques. If you’re not too scared, visit Snake Temple where live snakes actually live inside!
Food Food and Food Everywhere.
The cultural diversity of Malaysia has led to a delicious diversity its food, and eating is a national past time, particularly in Malacca, Penang and the east coast of the peninsular Malaysia which are famous for its food. The main common element is spiciness, and alongside traditional Malaysian dishes such as satay and nasi lemak, you’ll also find Malaysian Chinese dishes (including the nyonya style) and Indian dishes such as curries and roti canai. At roadside stalls most dishes are so cheap, meaning it’s easy to try multiple things.
The Natural Wonders of Sabah and Sarawak.
The forests of Malaysia, in particular on Borneo, are home to many endemic species. Sarawak is one of the few places where you can still see orang-utans in the wild. There are also great opportunities for viewing turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs in Sabah, Mount Kinabalu plus coral reefs perfect for diving and snorkeling off many islands in both the west and east of the state.
The Shopping Haven of Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysians love their shopping and one of the best reasons to visit KL is purely to go shopping in the large, air-conditioned malls (while also escaping from the heat and humidity). Even just outside of the discount airline airport in KL is a shopping mall. In Langkawi Island for example there’s plenty of cheap roadside stalls also selling the usual t-shirts, dresses and thongs, plus artier souvenirs on sale in Georgetown and Batu Feringghi Penang.