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6 reasons why Malaysia is the ultimate travel destination

Malaysia is the ultimate travel destination. That’s a pretty big statement I know, but I think I’ve got the goods to back it up. Let me explain…

Travel means very different things to different people. For some it’s all about soaking up the sun on a beautiful beach for days on end, for others it’s about integrating in to a new culture and really getting under the skin of a country, some like to test themselves and do things that will take them out of their comfort zone and for others it’s all about indulging, whether that means food, shopping or a bit of pampering. And the list goes on.

The great thing about Malaysia, is that whatever travel means to you, you can find an experience here that will fulfil all your wildest, travel related, dreams. Add to that the great weather, and the fact that it’s super cheap and you’ll see that Malaysia has, quite literally, got it all.

6 things that prove Malaysia has got it all

I’m going to break it down a bit further. Below are six reasons why I believe Malaysia is the ultimate travel destination. Take a look, consider them and let me know in the comments box below what you think!

Beautiful beaches

 

We can all appreciate a beautiful beach, even if you’re not the kind of person whose idea of happiness is being sat under a palm tree with a good book for days on end (are you crazy!). I’m talking about the kind of beaches that you really hope exist, although you’re not really sure anywhere could actually be that beautiful. Well let me tell you, it’s possible and you can see them in Malaysia.

Number 1 on the list has got to be the beaches of Redang (pictured above), a small island paradise just off Malaysia’s east coast. With very few inhabitants it’s quiet and the perfect secluded relaxation spot. In the north of the island turtles lay their eggs on the beach, so if you go snorkelling, you may be able to spot sea turtles swimming beside you.

A little less effort to get to, but equally stunning, are the beaches of Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands. They’re more ‘touristy’ than Redang, but that really just means more opportunities for cold beers in chilled beach bars.

Fascinating History and Culture

George Town, Penang is rich in the very best examples of Malaysian culture.

A multicultural melting pot of Asian culture, with strong influences from China, India and the rest of Southeast Asia, everywhere you look there are fusions of influence.

That fusion is most apparent in Penang. Wander the streets of the capital George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is packed with historical and cultural gems including beautiful colonial architecture, classic churches, Buddhist and Hindu temples and grand mosques.

If you’re not too scared, visit Snake Temple where live snakes actually live inside! *shudder*

The vibrant metropolis

The Petronas Towers are among the most recognised landmarks in the world and offer incredible views of the city.

Kuala Lumpur is one of the world’s great cities and has everything you’d expect, and hope, to see and experience in a legendary capital, all with a unique Malaysian twist.

Sample tasty street food, get lost in busy shopping centres, haggle at market bazaars, climb the famous Petronas Towers for great views, and ride the KL Monorail for easy access to each part of the city.

Kuala Lumpur is also a great start point for day trips to the ancient Batu Caves and city-state Melaka.

Amazing wildlife and nature

Mingle with orang-utans in the jungles of Borneo.

Think of Malaysian wildlife and what’s the first things that come to mind? Yep, orangutans! It’s the best place to see these incredible animals in the wild.

Head over to Borneo to see these charismatic creatures hanging out in the jungles of Sepilok and take a trek up Mt Kinabalu for amazing views of rice paddies, jungles and remote villages.

Trips such as The best of Borneo will make sure you don’t miss out on any of the best bits of this incredible part of the county.

If you like your wildlife a little less hairy, the famous Tropical Butterfly Farm in Teluk Bahang, Penang is also well worth a visit.

Delicious cuisine

Laksa with sea food - yum!

If you’re anything like me, food will take up a large portion of your thoughts each day, and one of the best things about travelling, in my opinion at least, is the opportunity to indulge in the very best local cuisine; and Malaysia is one of the best places in the world to find a huge selection of delicious dishes to sample.

Whether you’re stopping on a street corner, splashing out in one of the capital’s best restaurants or hovering somewhere in between, prepare for a culinary wake-up call thanks to some amazing flavours.

Head to Kuala Lumpur to try the cheap, and completely scrumptious street food, such as Chicken Satay, Roti Chanai, Nasi Lemak (a rice dish with coconut) and Beef Rendang (a curry type dish with coconut and lemongrass).

If you’re in Penang, widely accepted to be Malaysia’s food capital, try the Laksa Penang (a spicy and sour noodle soup) or the Nasi Kandar (a Malaysian curry dish with rice).

Need more to tickle your travel-hungry tastebuds? Check out these fifteen Malaysian dishes you need to try when you travel there.

It’s packed full of adventure!

If you want your travels to take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you a bit, then you won’t be disappointed with what Malaysia has to offer in terms of adventure.

Snorkel and scuba dive around the Perhenthian and Tioman Islands, go caving at Turtle Cave in Gunung Mulu National Park, trek through the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands, bungee jump at Sunway Extreme Park and go white water rafting at Kuala Kubu Bharu. Phew!

Have you been inspired to add Malaysia to your travel ‘to do’ list? If the answer is a big fat ‘yes’ then check out our Malaysia travel guidecheap flights and huge selection of adventure tours that will take you right through the heart of this spectacular county.