Malaysia is a nation that has its eye on the future. Just the same, it also values the diverse cultures - Malay, Chinese, Indian and tribal influences – that have intermingled over the centuries, making Malaysia a truly intriguing and colourful destination. In its cosmopolitan cities, highrises, majestic mosques and temples compose the skyline. Beyond them, tropical island resorts, endless white, sandy beaches and world-class dive sites, orangutans and the oldest rainforest in the world are just waiting to be discovered. A trip to Malaysia also offers a chance to visit its neighbour, Singapore.
Overflowing with ancient geological wonders, mysterious caves and mist-shrouded mountains, this holiday destination is a tropical paradise endowed with great beauty and variety.
- The pristine underwater world of Pulau Payar Marine Park, which includes an underwater coral garden, where you can swim and snorkel amidst the multi-colored fish. View it from a glass-bottom boat if you’d rather stay dry.
- Sailing to a any of Langkawi’s island to observe wildlife, such as deer, monkeys and iguanas.
Malacca, the third-smallest Malaysian state and a World Heritage Site, stretches along the southern Malay Peninsula, facing the Straits of Malacca. Its fascinating multicultural heritage is evident in its magnificently mixed-up architecture and wonderful cuisine.
- Old Malacca, a maze of narrow, winding thoroughfares lined with decorative houses, dinky shops, mosques and temples. Wander along photogenic streets, sample excellent food and pick up interesting trinkets.
- Temple Street for houses of worship representing Malaysia's three principal religions: Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese temple, Sri Poyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu temple, and Kampung Kling Mosque.
With gorgeous beaches, rich culture and history, and excellent food, this "Pearl of the Orient" is like a concentrated version of the entire Asian continent, but also manages to keep an identity all its own.
- George Town, Penang’s charming and eclectic capital, a World Heritage Site where almost every building has a historical or architectural significance.
- Jade Emperor’s Temple, dedicated to the Jade Emperor, who according Taoist believe, is the supreme ruler of heaven. Malaysia's largest Buddhist temple. Finally, if you still have any energy left, there are always the monkey-ridden, 70-acre Botanical Gardens.
- The chance to binge in the "food capital of Malaysia.” Culinary influences from China, Malaysia, India and Thailand have yielded an array of exciting delicacies that belong uniquely to Penang.
- Oceanic adventures: waterskiing, windsurfing, parasailing, fishing, snorkeling, sailing and scuba diving. If you prefer golf, Penang has five gorgeous tropical courses (advanced booking recommended).
- The 65-storey Menara KOMTAR, Penang's largest shopping mall and tallest building and the night bazaar at Batu Feringgi road.
Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur)
Once forbidding jungle terrain, Kuala Lumpur, or KL, has become one of the most fascinating architectural landscapes on earth. A blend of native Malaysian, Chinese Imperial and European influences has created a breathtakingly beautiful city alive with culture. Port Klang is your gateway to KL.
- The soaring Petronas Towers, the world's second-tallest buildings, which also houses the Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic and the National Theatre.
- Merdeka Square, the core of KL's history, which also includes the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club, and the National History museum and other buildings that bear Moorish influences.
- Cosmo's World Theme Park, the world's largest indoor amusement park.
- The celebrated 93-hectare Lake Gardens.
- The Malaysian Grand Prix Formula 1 at Sepang.