Home to both the towering twin peaks of Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers and rural tea fields, plus rust-bucket boats floating in age old harbors, the contrasts of ancient and modern, rich and poor make Malaysia a welcoming and captivating place to visit.
Cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur still has the age-old hazard of falling to the sewer and the sugary stench of Durian, but it’s fast becoming a must-see Asian city. Staring up boggle-eyed at the soaring skyscrapers and wandering amongst the temples and shrines of Malaysia’s harmonious religious mish mash is seductive, as is the market stall laksa (coconut noodle soup) and the non-stop haggling of the colorful night markets.
As great as KL is, though, most come to Malaysia for those characteristic forested hillsides and white sand beaches. You’ll find them both on the Perhentian Islands, where astonishing tropical waters meet lush jungles, and teeming reefs wait just offshore. You can stay in stilted houses hovering over the water (some even incorporate glass floors), and sip from your coconut with a straw as you ride out to some even more far-flung islands.
Borneo’s indigenous tribes and orangutans have drawn tourists for decades, and whilst well developed, offer a mesmerizing look at extraordinary tropical wildlife, whilst the adventurous can head for the heart and summit the heights of Mt. Kinabalu. Hiking in the Cameron Highlands takes you past endless tea fields, while Kota Bhalu is home to temples galore, and a famous night market where day-trippers from Thailand can snap up shadow puppets and vivid handmade kites. In Penang you can glance back through the centuries by exploring the colonial architecture, or head for the resorts of Pulau Langkawi to bask in sumptuous luxury.
Food is the locals' main reason for being. A melting pot of different cultures provides for a heavenly feast when dining out, whether it's a roadside stall or an upmarket restaurant, nothing excites the senses than the burst of of flavors found in the local cuisine.
For all its glories, one of the biggest draws of Malaysia is its ethos. With a host of national parks and wildlife projects, and lacking the inbuilt hassle-factor that comes with travel in large parts of Asia, Malaysia is a country on the up, and modernizing fast. That’s not to say you won’t stumble across tribes living out their lives in shambolic log houses in the middle of the jungle, though, and the experience is all the better for it.
Kuala Lumpur (known to most as KL) is Malaysia’s modern and eclectic capital. Sometimes smoggy but always lively its temples redolent with the smoke of countless sticks of incense while mar…
A collection of just under one hundred islands -or just over one hundred, if you count the ones that reveal themselves at low tide – Langkawi is an increasingly popular Malaysian tourist sp…
Malacca is the third smallest Malaysian state. It is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, on the Straits of Malacca. The capital city of state of Malacca is Malacca Town (Ba…
The capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is a place of tropical luxury, heavenly beaches and exotic local cultures.
Close to Kota Kinabalu there are plenty of attenti…
Penang is considered to be one of the main tourist stops for visitors in Malaysia. Also known as Pulau Pinang (in Malay which translates to Penang Island). This beautiful island is also known…
Along with being the largest city in the state of Sarawak in East Malaysia, Kuching is also the capital. It is the largest city on the island of Borneo, and the fourth largest city in the ent…
Georgetown has been named by the British after King George III, but is unmistakebly a Chinese city.
It is the capital of the island and state of Penang on the West Coast of Malaysia.
Johor Bahru is the capital city of Johor in southern Malaysia. The city of Johor Bahru is located at 1°29′N, 103°44′E. The city council administers the highly developed southern central…
Sandakan is easily accessible from Kota Kinabalu or Kuala Lumpur and is a pretty quiet place on it's own.
There is of course the contemplative Sandakan Memorial Park, which is stood on a …
Ipoh is the capital of Perak, a state in Malaysia. It is about a three hours car drive (or five hour bus drive) from Kuala Lumpur via the North-South Expressway.
Ipoh is a slow paced city…
Located high in the mountains in the northeastern section of Pahang, Malaysia, the Cameron Highlands are much like the name suggests: mountainous. This is a landscape of rolling hills covered…
Batu Ferringhi, where the translation means Foreigner's rock, is the famous famous beach for both tourist and locals Penang, Malaysia. While the beach is definitely not the best beach in Mala…
A satellite city of Kuala Lumpur in the Klang Valley, Petaling Jaya, or PJ, is known for its mix of industrial and residential activity.
It's the largest city in the state of Selangor and …
Port Dickson is a beach located in the state of Negeri Sembilan.
If you are in Kuala Lumpur and wish to visit a beach or sun bathing, Port Dickson is the closest beach! It is abouth 34KM …
Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang, the 3rd largest state in Malaysia. It is situated near the mouth of the Kuantan River and faces the South China Sea. If one measures the distance along…
Dubbed the 'City of Entertainment', this mountain resort offers a casino, indoor and outdoor theme parks and a golf course. Located an hour from Kuala Lumpur, visitors can drive up to the res…
Kota Bharu is a city in Malaysia, is the state capital and Royal City of Kelantan. It is also the name of the territory (jajahan) in which Kota Bharu City is situated. The name means 'new cit…
Located on the island of Borneo in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Miri is what some of us call a 'gateway" city which is in fact the second largest city in Sarawak. It is also the Oil City s…
Tanah Rata is the biggest town in the Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. It is 4km from Brinchang, another town in the Cameron Highlands. Tanah Rata means 'flat ground' in Malay, a referenc…
Tioman Island is off the coast of peninsula Malaysia. Quiet and secluded, it is perfect for snorkling, scuba diving, exploring mangrove forests, hiking and even rock climbing.
You can walk…
The state capital is Shah Alam and the royal capital is Klang. A third major urban centre is Petaling Jaya which was awarded city status on 20 June 2006. Hence, Selangor is one of only two Ma…
Pulau Perhentian is an island situated in the east coast of Malaysia under the state of Terengganu.It is situated about a 30 minute speed boat ride from Kuala Besut Jetty.
There are 2 isl…
Kuala Terengganu is the state capital of Terengganu, in the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia. This place is characterised by strong Malay culture, laid-back lifestyle, tranquil coastal towns …
Semporna is the gateway to the most amazing diving in Malaysia. However it is also a dirty, smelly, poor place. Not as bad as small towns in Indonesia or Philippines but very close. The mar…
Sabah is located on the north of Malaysian Borneo and is one of the 13 states in Malaysia. Sabah is a popular destination for tourists. Mount Kinabalu, the highest Mountain in South-East As…
Putrajaya,which was originally Prang Besar ڤراڠ بسر, was opened in 1918 as Air Hitam by the British and also(Known as Malaysia's first Intelligent Garden City) is the new federal admin…
Alor Setar, known as Alor Star between 2004 and 2008, is the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia, and Kota Setar District's Administrative Centre. It is also a distribution center for manufac…
Klang is one of the oldest towns located southwest in the state of Selangor. It was a tin mining town that the two local chieftains, Raja Abdullah and Raja Mahadi, fought over. Klang is known…
Subang Jaya is a middle to upper class housing area in Selangor, Malaysia. You will only find houses, houses and more houses. This place used to be palm plantations some 30 years ago. Commonl…
Borneo is the largest island in Asia. It is also the third largest island in the world.
Borneo's territory is shared by three countries: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. Indonesia controls …
Pantai Cenang is a white sand stretch of beach at the south eastern tip of Pulau Langkawi. It has a reputation as being a cheaper area of the island and attracts the mid budget and backpacker…
Pulau Redang (Redang Island) Malaysia lies about 45 km north-northeast of Kuala Terengganu and is accessible via Merang jetty and Shahbandar jetty.
Pulau Redang offers some of the best di…
Perhentian Kecil is the smaller of the two Perhentian Islands, with the other one called Besar.
Perhentian Kecil is truly paradise on earth. White sandy beaches, crystal clear water ideal …
Tioman Island (locally known as Pulau Tioman) is a small island located 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang, and is some 39 km long and 12 km wide. Surround…
Pahang is the third largest state in Malaysia. The capital city is Kuantan, but the most famous place in this state is probably Genting Highlands, undoubtedly the main source of income of the…
Mabul island is where most divers and snorklers stay in order to visit nearby Sipadan island. There are 2 Bajaut Laut villages and several luxury resorts along with various hostels and longho…
Sipadan island is a small island located near the island of Mabul. Since 2005, only 120 divers and non-divers per day are allowed. Most accommodation, budget longhouses and 5 star resorts are…