ABOUT MALAYSIA

A land of diversity with modern cities, rugged mountains and ancient forests, palm fringed islands with ethnic groups equally diverse.

Malaysia is divided into 2 parts, Peninsular Malaysia which joins Singapore at the bottom and Thailand at the top. This is home to the bulk of the population as well as the more popular beach resorts of Penang and Langkawi. East Malaysia shares the large island of Borneo with Indonesia and Brunei. Borneo is less developed and is more an adventure tourism destination, although some luxury beach resorts also make it a beach getaway. Dayak or Iban tribes still live in traditional ways and orang-utans live wild in the forest.

MALAYSIA Destinations

PENANG

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A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, this small island has a fascinating mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and colonial English flavours in its architecture and cuisine, especially in George Town. Stay in the heart of the old city with its heritage buildings if you want to experience something quintessential. For beach lovers head out to Batu Ferrringi, known for its sandy beaches, seafront night market and water sports.  
Wander the streets of George Town to see the historic buildings and quirky artwork. Indulge in the unique fusion food that Malaysia is famous for. Enjoy a day at the beach at Batu Ferringhi.  

MALAYSIA BORNEO

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Made up of mostly lowland rain forests and long winding rivers, traditional Dayak tribes (originally headhunters), small villages to explore, wild orangutans as well as rehabilitation centres, plus the 5 highest mountains including Mount Kinabalu at 4095 metres, this is an adventurers dream.    
Take a trip deep into the jungle's rivers on a longtail boat and feel like you're one of the original explorers of the region. Just be thankful that poisoned darts from headhunter tribesmen aren't that common anymore. Explore the jungle by foot and hopefully you'll get to see plenty of wildlife including proboscis monkeys swinging in the vines above, possibly pygmy elephants, clouded leopards and orangutans. Climb Mt Kinabalu on a 2 day trek. It's difficult and a guide and climbing permit are essential. After Jacques Couteau raved about Sipadan Island's diversity of marine life the island has become Malaysia's most famous scuba destinations. Relax on the beach at one of Kota Kinabalu's beach resorts. A great way to unwind after exploration.      

LANGKAWI

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Near the Thai border, just over 200km from Phuket is Langkawi, with palm fringed powder white sand tropical island and a jungle clad interior. Beyond the tourist hub of Cenang Beach with its main street of restaurants, bars and hotels, you'll find luxury resorts nestled in more secluded beachfront locations around the island. The island is duty free too!
Langkawi is an ideal island to relax and enjoy the beach.

KUALA LUMPUR

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The fast paced capital city of Malaysia with its modern skyline dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers. With a population about the same as Auckland it's not as crowded or congested as other major South East Asian cities. Here you'll find mega shopping malls, skyscrapers, parks and bustling street markets, many within reach of their convenient rail systems. Getting from the airport is easy too onboard the KLIA Express train that travels at 160km / hour.
While fairly light on things to do compared to other South East Asian cities, street food is one of the big highlights here on Jalan Alor. Shopping malls are in abundance and there are several markets. The Petronas Twin Towers reach for the sky at an incredible 451 metres and look amazing at night when all lit up. The Bird Park is a nice way to fill in a spare afternoon