Malaysia Holidays & Accommodation Guide

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Malaysia is an intriguing mixture of idyllic beaches, steel and glass cities, jungles and shopping malls and different cultures – mainly Chinese and Malay, but many others. Malaysia is split between territory on the Malay Peninsula, next door to Thailand, and territory on Borneo, neighbouring Indonesia. The bulk of the population is on the peninsula, while the island has some excellent nature reserves and diving resorts. Malaysia is popular with divers, families, backpackers, and many other types of traveller. There are as many different types of cuisine as there are peoples in Malaysia, but typical Malay food is curry made with coconut milk.

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Kuala Lampur, Malaysia's capital city, is an enormous metropolis of over six million people. The Petronas Twin Towers are its most famous attraction – although they have been surpassed as the world's tallest buildings, the view is still excellent. Go early to make sure of admission. The Golden Triangle, where the towers are located, is the main district for shops, clubs and restaurants – although kids will be happiest in the aquarium. The east coast of the peninsula has many pristine beaches and several laid back resorts, including on the offshore islands – this area is a noted destination for those who want to snorkel or scuba dive.

Highlights and Icons

Frol de la mar
A Famosa
St. Paul’s Church
Perdana Putra
Putra Mosque
Palace of Justice
Melawati National Palace
Putra Bridge

To have an all-round experience of Malaysia, combine a visit to Kuala Lampur with a trip to offshore Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu is the biggest city on island Malaysia, and a transport hub – it also has a thriving restaurant and pub scene. Sipadan Island is noted for its beautiful beaches, sea life and scuba dive sights – the latter are some of the best in the world. Sepilok has an orangutan rehabilitation centre, which is a popular place to catch a glimpse of the rare orange creatures. Chill out at the Poring Hot Springs resort – as well as the baths, there is a canopy walk and easy forest trek routes.

Travel Tips

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Language: Bahasa Malaysia
Land Area: 329,847 km2 (66th)
Population: 27,565,821
Currency: Ringgit (MYR)
Time Zone: MST (UTC+8)
Airport: 50 km from Kuala Lumpur
January Temp : 26°C / Rain Days: 6
July Temp : 27°C / Rain Days: 6

Malaysia Travel Info
It is easy to make overland journeys to Malaysia from all the countries it shares a border with; Singpore is a great destination to spend a few days in.