A first-timer’s guide to travel in Malaysia

by Huyen Nguyen
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To Malaysia is well known as a multicultural country. This beautiful variety in culture is the reason why Malaysia attracts many tourists to visit. In addition, visitors can also enjoy the modernity of the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur or the vivid natural scenery of Johor and Penang. Besides, Malaysia is also known as a culinary paradise with plenty of special dishes. Such a great destination is exactly what you are looking for, isn't it?

1. Why you should choose Malaysia as your travel destination?

The first reason is that the cost in Malaysia is quite cheap. That is a motivation for you to experience as much as possible. Next, Malaysia is the most multicultural country in the world. With 60% of the population following Islam, followed by Buddhism, Christianity, Christianity, Hinduism…There is also a combination of East-West culture creating a very unique Malaysia. Despite the diversity of cultures and people, Malaysians have harmony, respect, and have a close connection with each other. Therefore, this will be a great place for you to experience many different cultures. Finally, the cuisine in Malaysia is extremely diverse due to the mixture of many different ethnic groups such as Malay, Chinese, Indian, etc. Combining all of the mentioned factors, how can you miss Malaysia?

 

2. When is the best time to visit Malaysia?

Malaysia is a tropical country with warm weather and a lot of rainfall throughout the year. The best time to visit Malaysia depends on the part of the country one wants to visit. For the eastern areas, the best time to visit is from April to October, while for the western areas, the best time to visit is from December to February

 

3. What are top Malaysia Tourist Attractions?

Tourist attractions in Malaysia are diverse from experiencing nature to modern constructions. If you intend to travel in Malaysia without much time to experience it all, please pay attention to our following suggestions.

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur: 

Petronas Tower

Petronas Twin Tower

Batu Caves, Selangor

Located less than an hour outside Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves complex consists of three main caves, most of them containing statues and 100-year-old shrines dedicated to Hindu gods.

Sipadan Island is one of the world’s richest marine habitats, which is home to many endangered species. The island is also known as one of the best diving destinations in the world and is fiercely protected—visiting requires a permit in advance and only 120 permits are given out per day.

Kek Lok Si Temple, George Town

Malaysia’s largest Buddhist temple sits on a hill of Air Itam mountain. The massive seven-story Pagoda surrounded by 10,000 Buddha statues make this a striking destination that can’t be missed.

Cameron Highlands, Pahang

A stunningly emerald green hill station, the Cameron Highlands cover an area of over 712 square kilometers. The main attraction here is the tea estates, a legacy from British colonial times. The area also offers orchards, lavender farms, aboriginal villages, waterfalls, and lakes.


4. Things you should not miss when traveling to Malaysia

– Visit Langkawi Island
Langkawi is known as a peaceful place, where you can relax on the beach, eat delicious street food and generally just live at a slower pace.
– Climb Mount Kinabalu
Standing at 4,085m above sea level, hiking on this mountain is a long and wild expedition.

– Sample Some of the World’s Best Foods at the Penang Street Markets
The Gastronomic Capital of Asia is none other than Penang in Malaysia. Over time, the food culture in Penang has grown to be somewhat legendary. Some of the most popular street foods that you can try such as char kway teow, Assam laksa, Hokkien mee, rojak, and cendol. Some of the more popular markets are Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Chulia Street Night Stalls, and Red Garden Food Paradise.

– Experience a Unique Culture in Malacca
Located in the southwestern region of Malaysia, it is a wonderful place to explore the Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan culture prominent in Malaysia’s mixed-race society. An amalgamation of distinct customs, traditions, food and lifestyle, it’s also home to rich Malaysian history, leading it to the title of the unofficial historic capital of Malaysia.

– Visit the Iconic Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur 
Petronas Towers actually used to hold the tallest towers position in the world from 1998 – 2004, and now they are considered a landmark of Kuala Lumpur. They’re both 451.9m in height, and are a whopping 88 floors high!

– Take a Cooking Class with the Original Masterchefs
Cooking classes have catered for everyone from fresher to master. The high recommendation is joining the home-cooking style classes like the Penang Home-cooking School run by Pearly Kee. Her traditional style and her careful attention will make you feel like not being a ‘student’.

– Visit the Idyllic Islands of Perhentian
The Perhentian Islands are a small cluster of untouched, stunning coral-fringed islands off the coast of north-eastern Malaysia. One of the most popular activities that people do in the Perhentian Islands is snorkelling and scuba diving.

– Trekking through the Jungle
Malaysia is the best destination for those who wanted to trek the safari. The affordability, the mysterious beauty of the rainforests and the ease of planning a self hike attract trekkers the most.

5. Where to stay in Malaysia?

Planning for a wonderful holiday in Malaysia, you cannot miss finding a good place to stay at. Therefore we are here to help you make the right choice for your trip. Our following suggestions are some of the luxurious hotels and resorts in Malaysia:
– Pangkor Laut Resort
Three miles off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, the Pangkor Laut Resort proves that the “one island one resort” concept is not unique to the Maldives. Resort guests have all 300 acres of a two million-year-old rainforest as their private playground, including four acres set aside for the spa village. The 140 villas and suites include the 242 square meters Pavarotti Suite, named after the tenor who performed at the resort’s official launch and opening of the spa village.
– Casa del Mar
Casa del Mar is a boutique hideaway along Pantai Cenang, the most popular and developed stretch of sand on Langkawi. With Mediterranean style, deluxe and Junior Suites of the resort feature large balconies with a hammock from which to kick back and enjoy the view. Guests can stroll along the beach lined with shops and restaurants.
–  The Datai Langkawi
If you stay here, you won’t want to leave. For sure! The luxury resort, located on the northern shores of the island, is nestled amongst the rainforest with rooms interconnected by a network of pathways. Of the 124 guest rooms, suites, and villas, 14 one-and two-bedroom beach villas were launched earlier this year, with only a grassy lawn separating the residences from the beach. All rooms feature a private balcony or veranda. The full suite of facilities includes a beach club that looks out over the Andaman Sea to Thailand’s Tarutao island in the distance, and a spa tucked in the forest next to a babbling stream.

– Eastern & Oriental Hotel
E&O is located near some of Georgetown’s main heritage attractions, including Fort Cornwallis and the City Hall. Situated along a sweeping sea frontage overlooking the Straits of Malacca, the E&O comprises the 100-key Heritage Wing and the Victory Annex, the latter opening in March 2013 with an additional 122 suites. Rooms in the Victory Annex retain the old-school charm, but with a little more modernity in furniture.

–  Tanjung Rhu Resort
The hotel is located in Mukim Ayer Hangat, Langkawi. This is the best choice for a relaxing holiday at Tanjung Rhu Resort. The hotel is a peaceful haven that features extravagant and lavishly spread facilities amidst the natural aura of sun-kissed beaches and the aquamarine waters of the Andaman. There are chefs to please your taste buds and so many recreational activities to spend your time in. The retreat offers full-fledged rooms with at par facilities to offer relaxation and comfort in its best form.

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