A popular spot on the well-trodden backpacker path, Malaysia is often visited, but rarely appreciated in full. Many tend to stop off here for a couple of days before moving on to Thailand, Singapore or Australia. If you’re planning your next flashpacker adventure, give this magical country a chance to intrigue and impress you. It’s well worth setting aside a couple of weeks to explore and discover the sights, sounds, and smells.
You could spend weeks, even months traveling around Malaysia. But most of us are on a schedule of some sorts. Here are some highlights to include in your itinerary.
The majority of visitors land in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. A sprawling metropolis dominated by the Petronas Towers, this is a city bursting with character. There are clear traditional influences, but you’re never too far from Western commercialism. Ornately decorated malls stand a stone’s throw from street markets and inner city temples. Bukit Bintang is the place to be when night falls. The stalls come alive, there’s live music, and you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy a drink and a dance. Book tickets in advance to enjoy the views from the Petronas Towers or avoid the crowds and head for the Kuala Lumpur Tower instead. Before you leave, take a trip to Merdeka Square and the Batu Caves. When it comes to accommodation, there’s something to suit everyone. The best thing to do is research and book a hotel in Kuala Lumpur online.
If you’re looking to chill out after a frenetic few days in KL, head to the Cameron Highlands. Famed for the endless tea plantations, this is a verdant wonderland, which will enchant you from the get-go. Think rolling green hills and scented air. Take a tour of the fields, and sample the produce. This is also a great spot to enjoy an eco-friendly hike. You’ll stumble across deserted temples and mysterious forests on your travels.
Have you ever dreamed of starring in your own version of Treasure Island? If so, now is your chance. The Perhentian Islands are the definition of paradise. These golden sand-covered masses bobbing around in vibrant blue waters are an idyllic spot to rest and relax. Enjoy a good book curled up in a hammock or take advantage of the incredible snorkeling and scuba diving. Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu and then catch the ferry.
Langkawi is a popular beach resort, which forms part of an archipelago of 140 islands in the Andaman Sea. The beaches are beautiful, but they do tend to be busy. This is an area you’re guaranteed to meet fellow travellers if you’re up for sharing tales over a cool cocktail or two.
If you’ve never been to Malaysia before, you’re in for a treat. This is a land of contrasts, and it offers all kinds of holiday opportunities for every traveler. Visit the cities, beaches, islands and national parks to make the most of this incredible destination.