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There's beauty in diversity, and indeed Malaysia is a testament to that. Known for its multi-cultural heritage, beautiful beaches, and lush rainforests, Malaysia is a gem tucked in South East Asia. Located just above the Equator, Malaysia is made up of two regions - Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia or West Malaysia lies on the Malay Peninsula while East Malaysia is on the island of Borneo. Journey your way through the regions and witness its old-world charm and natural heritage mixed with modern development.

At A Glance

petronas tower in malaysia

With 257 places to visit, you might be pressured on where to go first when you arrive in Malaysia. When you look through the window of an airplane when you’re approaching the country, you’ll see patches of green surrounded by the blue sea. But there’s a lot more than meets the eye. From natural and wildlife preservation parks, rolling hills, limestone formations, and colorful history and tradition, Malaysia should be one of your destinations when you find yourself in Asia. Dive through its clear waters teeming with rich marine life, trek the trails of the forest in search of majestic falls and raging rivers, and find what treasures lie within dark caves. If you’re up for an exotic trip, then Malaysia’s multiculturalism might just surprise you.

How to Go to Malaysia

Traveling by plane is the easiest way to arrive at the Land of the Indigenous Malay. It’s the swiftest mode of transportation to get you started on what you came to do in Malaysia. Both regions of Malaysia have international airports, so you can directly fly to which region you will be visiting.

Getting Around

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The places in Malaysia are as diverse as its culture, so familiarizing yourself with the local transportation is handy to have hassle-free touring. An efficient railway system, low-cost buses, and an extensive ferry system are some of the commuter's way to go around the country. The trains are comfortable and fast with stops at famous Malaysian tourist spots. Buses are air conditioned and reasonably priced run between the major towns in Malaysia. Bus trips are usually scheduled every 30 minutes. Because the two regions of Malaysia are separated by the South China Sea, ferries are available to transfer from one region to another. There are also taxis available in Malaysia but most are unmetered, so you have to settle the fare beforehand.

Famous Tourist Attractions in Malaysia

batu caves in malaysia

Malaysia is a fusion of Malay, Indian, and Chinese culture. The influences brought by the melting-pot of society are shown on its religion, lifestyle, and tradition. Witness the perfect sceneries and be surprised at what Malaysia has to offer to the world.

  • Petronas Twin Towers
  • At 451.9 meters, these are the highest twin towers in the world. Visiting this iconic Malaysian architecture will be incomplete without walking the sky bridge that links the two towers and admiring the city's skyline on the Viewing Deck on the 86th floor.

  • Aquaria KLCC
  • Learn all about the marine ecosystem and observe the lives of creatures living underwater without getting wet. The Aquaria KLCC is a state-of-the-art aquarium that features over 5,000 exhibits of aquatic and land animals. A visit to Aquaria will fill you with new learnings and experiences.

  • LEGOLAND Malaysia
  • LEGOLAND Malaysia is not your ordinary theme park. It features miniature replicas of the popular landmarks in Asia made with over 30 million LEGO bricks. This is the first international park in Malaysia, and it's filled with exhilarating rides, interactive activities, and exciting themed areas.

  • Batu Caves, Selangor
  • A venue to one of the world's biggest religious festival, the Thaipusam Festival, the Batu Caves are one of the most popular tourist spots. It consists of three limestone caves with the Temple Cave the biggest of the three. A 140-feet high golden statue of Lord Maruga is at the foot of 272-step stairs that leads up to the Temple Cave.

  • Sipadan Island, Sabah
  • Dive into one of the world's richest marine habitats and observe the biodiversity under the sea. Discover the untouched beauty of the marine ecosystem in any of the 13 dive sites of the island.

Travel Seasons

The weather in Malaysia is characterized by monsoons - the Southwest Monsoon, which is experienced from late May to September, and the Northeast Monsoon which is experienced from November to March. Since the regions of Malaysia are far apart from each other, the best time to visit certain states is different. The east coast of Malaysia is particularly dry from March to September while the west coast experiences good weather from November to August.

Travel Tips

malaysian street food
  • Pack lightweight and light-colored clothes. Malaysia has a tropical climate, so it’s almost always hot and humid. When visiting places of worship, you may be asked to cover your hair or wear more conservative clothes, so make sure you have a couple of scarves, long skirts, or pants handy.
  • It's always good to learn the most commonly used sentences, like "how much?" or "how to go to --" in the local language.
  • Experience their street food! The food is great and affordable.