Malaysia is a prosperous country with a lot to offer to the world. It should be the first place to visit if you want to see the image of Asia, which is situated in the Southeast Asian country surrounded by the parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. Malaysia is famous for its beautiful beaches, rainforests jungle and a mixture of Malay, Indian, Chinese and European cultural influences.
The capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is a home to skyscrapers with its famous iconic building, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, colonial buildings surrounded by busy shopping districts.
West Malaysia or Peninsular Malaysia shares its border with Thailand, and connected by a bridge to Singapore, and share its coastlines in the South China Sea at Straits of Malacca. East Malaysia also called Borneo shares its borders with Brunei and Indonesia
Malaysia is a tropical holiday destination, where temperatures fluctuate between 25 and 35 degrees during the year. It is usually very hot and humid, especially in the major cities. Often due to haze, warm air is trapped inside the cities, which results in very warm temperatures. It is less hot on the many islands surrounding Malaysia, mainly due to the cool breezes. It is also less hot in the ‘highlands’ of Malaysia; here you can enjoy cooler temperatures that never exceed 25 degrees.
Best Time To Visit
Peak travel seasons are Dec–Feb & Jun-Sep. The weather is hot and humid year-round, with rainy/monsoon seasons Nov–Mar on Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast and northwestern Malaysian Borneo, Apr-May & Oct–Nov on Peninsular Malaysia’s west coast. For major holidays such as Chinese New Year (dates vary), Hari Raya Puasa (dates vary) and the end of Ramadan, many shops, and restaurants close. Other key events include the Hindu festival of Thaipusam (Jan/Feb), Sabah Fest (May) and Gawai Dayak (Sarawak, Jun).
How To Reach
National carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has extensive worldwide network coverage and regularly ranks high in airline quality assessments, while no-frills low-cost carrier AirAsia and its sister company, AirAsia X, now cover an ever-expanding set of destinations including Australia, China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
The national railway operator in Peninsular Malaysia is the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM, also known as Malayan Railways), which offers international train services to Thailand (together with the State Railway of Thailand) and Singapore.
Long-distances buses/coaches in Malaysia run from Brunei, Indonesian Borneo, Singapore, and Thailand. Please see the relevant city pages for more details.
Land crossings are possible from southern Thailand and Singapore into Peninsular Malaysia, as well as from Brunei and Kalimantan (the Indonesian side of Borneo) into Sarawak. An International Drivers Permit (IDP) is required. See the respective city or state pages for more detailed information.
Ferries connect various points in Peninsular Malaysia with Sumatra in Indonesia and southern Thailand, Sarawak with Brunei, and Sabah with East Kalimantan in Indonesia and Mindanao in the Philippines. Luxury cruises also run from Singapore and sometimes Phuket (Thailand) to Malaysia.
You can walk in/out of Thailand at Wang Kelian and Padang Besar (both in Perlis), Bukit Kayu Hitam (Kedah), Pengkalan Hulu (Perak) and Rantau Panjang (Kelantan). However, crossing the Causeway or the Second Link on foot from Singapore is not allowed.
Good communication infrastructure
Being the heart of the country, Kuala Lumpur connected the rest of the regions through cheap and available flights. A bus ride will be the most pleasant and cheapest which can smoothly take you anywhere and the trains are also impressive. You will find buttery smooth roads with modern facilities. Just everything one needs for a perfect holiday trip.
Malaysia can offer you a cozy accommodation at $15 a night, meals that only cost $3-4 apiece. Malaysia wonderfully balances between quality and cost, comparing to modern tourist spots such as Singapore or any other Asian countries and developing destinations such as Yangon or Vientiane.
Thailand and Vietnam shouldn’t get all the credits for delicious foods while Malaysia can be a foodie paradise. Cities like Penang or Melaka serve melting pot where food from India, the Middle East, Europe and the other parts of Asia have come together brilliantly and often are fused.
It’s a must since. In recent times, many hipster cafes have sprung up, revolutionizing the coffee scene in Malaysia! A few popular choices would be VCR, Breakfast Thieves, Pulp and Coffee Societe. If you love coffee, do take the opportunity to taste our freshly brewed coffee.
It’s a friendly country to visit from any kind of view. Instead of being a Muslim country, there is no sign of the extremist. You will always be warmly welcomed, and it’s safe & secure for all.
The Culture & History
The country has a vast and inspiring culture of their own. One will find the diversity of the nation once they step in the land. Love history? Cities like Melaka and Penang hold plenty of historical sites. Love beaches? The country is full of crystal clear water and golden fluffy sand specially Perhentian Islands. Want to go wild? Try the world’s best well-preserved jungles by visiting Taman Negara. Shopaholic? Asia is famous for cheap and quality shopping pace and Malaysia is no exception
In Malaysia, the uniqueness of each culture has always been making the country proud. Each different religion has their unique cultural events such as (Hari Raya Korban, Thaipusam, or Mooncake Festival) which even the local yet to discover all of them. By having a travel buddy with you could let you learn more about their individual culture and at the same time, both of you all could learn more about other culture as well.
You thought Bukit Nanas is the only choice for you to get close to nature? There are many more choices nearby which you can get close to the nature such as Templer Park, you can enjoy the fresh air, waterfall, and of cause some exercise to do too.
Road trips are the best to get away from the city and experience some time alone with close ones. They say the journey is often better than the destination itself. Perhaps consider exploring Terengganu, Penang, and Malacca as a mini getaway to experience it for yourself.
Get a sun-kissed glow as you stroll along the soft, sandy beaches that Malaysia has to offer; you have the option to experience snorkeling and diving as well! Some of the beaches/islands that I would recommend are Sapi Paradise Island, Redang Island, Monkey Beach and Langkawi Island
You may know the regular mall shopping experience, but you should try our night market which is usually filled with food, accessory, fashion and etc. The longest Pasar Malam (night market) in Malaysia is 2.2KM! Located in Shah Alam.
The Kuala Lumpur shopping scene is a pretty comprehensive one. For high-end fashion, the Bukit Bintang and KLCC areas provide the most variety, with upmarket malls such as Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC home to international brands such as Jimmy Choo, Diane Von Fürstenberg, and Louis Vuitton. Meanwhile, shopping centers like Low Yat Plaza and Berjaya Times Square are great places to spend your ringgit on tech-related products, and indie fashion finds.
Some Amazing Facts
- Malaysia is the only country that includes territory both on the mainland of Southeast Asia and in the islands that stretch between the Asian continental mass and Oceania.
- Borneo is the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea. Three countries share the island: the Independent Sultanate of Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
- The largest cave chamber in the world by area is the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysia’s Sarawak.
- Malaysia has 40,934 miles (65,877 km) of the highway. This is more than Earth’s circumference of 24,901 miles (40,075 km)
- The biggest roundabout in the world is located at Putrajaya in Malaysia. It is 2.2 miles (3.5 km) in diameter
- The largest undivided leaf in the world, Alocasia macrorrhiza, comes from the Malaysian state of Sabah.
- The Japanese invaded Malaysia on December 6, 1941, the same day they bombed Pearl Harbor. They landed at Khota Baru and stole bicycles in every town they took on their way to Singapore, making the trip in 45 days.
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has recorded 200 rainy days in a year. The city of Kuching in Sarawak holds the unenviable record of rainy days in a year with 253
- The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998–2004. They are still regarded as the world’s tallest “twin” buildings. The two buildings are joined by a sky bridge at levels 41 and 41, which are 558 feet (170 m) off the ground.
Malaysia is home to one of the world’s largest populations of king cobras (Ophiophagus Hannah). They are the world’s longest venomous snakes with lengths up to 18.8 feet (5.7 m).
- According to a survey in 2010, Malaysians had the highest number of Facebook friends, with an average of 233.
- Malaysia’s Taman Negara (literally, “national park”) is one of the oldest rainforests on Earth. At 130,000 million years, it is older than the tropical rainforests of the Amazon and the Congo Basins. It supports more than 10,000 species of plants, 1,000 types of butterflies, 140 types of animals, 350 bird species, 100 kinds of snakes, and 150,000 kinds of insects.
- Malaysia is the world’s third largest natural rubber producer. In 2011, the country produced 996,673 metric tons of rubber.
- According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Malaysia has developed into the ninth most visited country in the world.