The gorgeous country of Malaysia in South East Asia, is a popular destination for travel, with both backpackers and those seeking real luxury. With everything from ancient rainforests, home to some of the most diverse animals and plants in the world, to stunningly beautiful white sand beaches, Malaysia has something to offer everyone.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s bustling capital city, is a modern metropolis with gleaming skyscrapers, including the famous Petronas Towers. Rising over 450 metres above the city, the gleaming silver spires are inspiring, completed in 1998 as a statement to the world of Malaysia’s economic strength. Along with the modern wonders and fantastic shopping opportunities, Kuala Lumpur retains an eastern charm, with old colonial buildings standing proudly in the centre. With a visit to Chinatown, Little India and the Malay centre of Chow Kit, you will experience the vibrant cultural diversity of the city, and the night markets, with noisy street vendors plying their wares, will transport you back in time.
For those seeking Malaysia’s famous white sand beaches, amazing nightlife and world class diving and snorkeling, there is a huge range of islands to choose from. Including the tranquil, backpacker’s paradise of Pulau Perhentian, offering crystal clear water and quiet beaches. Here you can stay in great value accommodation for a relaxing break after trekking in the national parks or exploring the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands.
No visit to Malaysia would be complete without a stop at Taman Negara National Park. This huge area boasts one of the last pristine primary rainforests in the world, with dense jungle that has remained largely unchanged for around 130 million years. With everything from gentle one-hour strolls around the park HQ to hardcore nine-day treks, Taman Negara is a paradise for walking, with fantastic bird and animal life. For a truly memorable experience, stay overnight in one of the park’s many hides, for the chance to see the animals in their natural habitat. Then take a walk through Gua Telinga cave, home to thousands of bats – be sure to take a torch and expect to get dirty! A variety of boat trips round Taman Negara’s rivers and close to the gorgeous falls can be booked, and anglers can get a rod for the chance to battle with the famous fighting fish.
The island of Langkawi is a popular honeymoon paradise, with high-end resorts perfect for pampering! Relax on the beach or take a trip to the island’s fantastic hot springs and waterfalls. Boat trips run to surrounding islands and Pulau Payar Marine Park, which has an amazing underwater observation chamber from where you can view the gorgeous coral reef. Snorkelling and diving is available, so you can get amongst the wonderful, brightly coloured fish for an insider’s perspective on this fascinating underwater world. Experience the delights of fascinating cultures, spectacular beach scenery and beautiful natural habitats for yourself with a visit to Malaysia.