Malaysia is home to two independent regions that bear entirely different landscapes and experiences. Our illustrated Malaysia travel guide for first-timers covers the best of both and how to make the most of each of them.
Malaysia is the perfect Southeast Asian getaway for those looking for the best of both worlds. With the luxury of nearby Singapore and the price range of the much more reasonable Thailand, travellers can explore the most exciting of locations without breaking the bank.
Boasting a combination of idyllic islands, cosmopolitan cities and untouched rainforest, there are few experiences that can’t be had in Malaysia. From sky-high dining in a luxury restaurant to hands-on trekking in the Malaysian Borneo and scuba diving in clear blue waters to exploring traditional temples.
Kuala Lumpur is an extremely modern capital donning an array of international cuisine, impressive architecture and interconnecting malls leading all over the city. Luxurious restaurants and bars line the streets and even some of the street food areas are surprisingly upmarket.
Bukit Bintang, the entertainment district, offers an impressive choice of retail therapy and attractions. The city also boasts two of the tallest buildings in the world, the Petronas Towers, which can be viewed from a bridge leading between the two or admired from afar in the Kuala Lumpur SkyBar.
The country of Malaysia is split into two regions separated by the South China Sea. The first, Peninsular Malaysia, can be found south of Thailand and North of Singapore. This region is home to Kuala Lumpur as well as the Cameron Highlands, 275 square miles of hills of tea plantations and mountains of forestry.
The second region, East Malaysia, can be found on the island of Borneo which is retrospectively owned by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Sabah is located in the north of the island and is home to a vast array of flora and fauna as well as many protected species. Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is known for its amazing underwater marine life and Mount Kinabalu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for it’s immense biological and botanical diversity.
The state of Penang actually comprises both mainland and island territory, which arguably reflect Malaysia’s diverse landscape. George Town provides a bustling city experience whereas Penang Hill andKek Lok Si share a much more traditional and simplistic impression of the country. Langkawi, on the other hand, offers the classic impression of island life with miles of greenery and buckets of water activities.