Malaysia is one of Southeast Asia’s forgotten paradises. Located in between Indonesia and Thailand, Malaysia has the same wild jungles and painfully pretty beaches. As much you enjoy the beaches, you don’t just visit Malaysia to lie on a beach. You will be blown away with the incredible culture experience. Made up of residents of Malay, Chinese & Indian, your visit to Malaysia is like visiting three places at a time.
Let’s see how to spend your money and time wisely.
If your only experience of a Southeast Asian city consists of walking down Khao San Road or Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, wedged between 40,000 sweaty tourists buying hemp caftans and tie-dyed beach dresses, then you haven’t experienced a Southeast Asian city properly. Kuala Lumpur is one of the most advanced cities in Asia, with amazing skyscrapers. From the twin tower of KLCC and KL Tower to name a few.
Visit to the Islands – Snorkeling or Diving
Despites of what can you get in Bali or Phuket, there’s more option for you to chooese in Malaysia. Sipadan, Perhentian, Tioman and more. It has pretty much everything you could ask for: lush jungle & Blue Crush–like beaches. One of the best parts about a tropical vacation is exploring the tropical marine life. Malaysia has some of the best snorkeling and diving locations in the world and Tenggol Island is one of them. Located off the east coast, Tenggol and the surrounding islands are arguably some of the most naturally beautiful places on the planet. Getting there requires a 1.5 hour boat ride from the mainland, where tropical fish and teeny-tiny (incredibly harmless) reef sharks await.
Eat Your Way Through Penang
Everyone in Malaysia will tell you to go to Penang for the food. To satisfy them—as well as eat your way through Malaysian cuisine, Penang should be on the top of your list. This is your chance to experience Malaysian hawker food at its best, Roti canai, assam laksa, satay, nasi lemak. If you’ve no idea what any of those words mean, google them..lol Throw caution to the wind and allow yourself to get lost in the wonderful world of Malaysian street food. Just make sure you save room for dessert.
Get Lost in the Jungle
Okay, don’t really get lost in the jungle, but you should go exploring the jungle. The island of Borneo (which is split between Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia) has one of the oldest rain forests on the planet, home to incredible species like the Bornean orang utan (which is endangered) and the adorable orange proboscis monkey. If you like to split your time between a bit of jungle trekking and away from hustle bustle of the city, make Gaya Island Resort) your base. You can explore the lush wilderness all day and sleep in an opulent suite located in a tropical mangrove, all night.
Hope this will help you to ease your visit to Malaysia.