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High Five… Malaysia!

Malaysia is often overlooked by first time travellers in favour of its more famous neighbours Thailand and Singapore. But scratch the surface of this intriguing country and you’ll find fascinating cultures and traditions alongside unique wildlife and some damn good food too! So take the road (slightly) less travelled and discover all that Malaysia has to offer.

Our Favourite Five Experiences in Malaysia

Roam Kuala Lumpur

There’s nowhere quite like Kuala Lumpur. Under the towering Patronas Towers (the third tallest in the world) you could be in any super-modern metropolis. Yet just a short ride out on the monorail (yes, monorail!) and you’ll be in little India where you can munch on banana rice and top up your sari collection.

Chow Kit is KL’s Chinatown – home to the stunning Masjid Jamek and Dim Sum restaurants galore! But to see what makes this city really special, get up high and stare out at the rainforest spilling over the surrounding hills and running down into the city in a torrent of green – you’re stood in the middle of a jungle….

Take a Breather in the Cameron Highlands

200km from the madness of Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron Highlands is like a cold shower on a warm day. Cooler than the lowlands (the average temperature is around 18 degrees) and with strawberry farms, village visits and tea tasting all on the menu you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the English countryside! For the more active traveller you can also go jungle trekking to hidden waterfalls and climb up to the observation tower on the top of Gunung Brinchang …or you could just have a nice brew and a sit down.

Stuff Yourself Silly in Penang

Step out of Indo-china and into China! Penang’s streets are lined with clan halls, ancient mansions and temples that all stem from the area’s Chinese population. Aside from getting lost in the colourful streets Penang is known as the food capital of Asia with many restaurants open 24 hours a day serving curries, noodles and dim sum. Take the local busses away from the beaches and you’ll find one of the hidden gems of the island – Kek Lok Si temple, the largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia.

Gety Back to Nature in Borneo

Orang-utans, flying foxes, sea turtles, pigmy elephants, Borneo is essentially an awesome animal theme park! Why not get up close and personal with the animals and invest in their future by volunteering at an orang-utan sanctuary? On the side you can climb to the top of Mt Kinabalu, swing through the trees at jungle retreats or kick back and relax on the beach – Borneo has something to please everyone. Well honestly, who wouldn’t be pleased about pigmy elephants?

Marvel at the Batu Caves

Just 20 mins outside of Kuala Lumpur stand the Batu Caves – massive limestone rock formations which have been a sight of Hindu worship for well over a century. So close to the metropolitan chaos of the city, the caves are surrounded by lush green jungle filled with the calls of birds and the cries of monkeys who will come so close to visitors you could touch them (But don’t. monkey rabies is not fun).

Aside from climbing the 272 steps to the awesome interior of the caves (phew) you can wander round the colourful shrines that dot the area and even take a walk on the wild side with a tour of the aptly named “dark cave”. Though, filled with bats, centipedes and millions of cockroaches, it’s not a walk for the faint hearted.

If Malaysia is on your travel radar, make sure you take a look at our cheap flights and our huge and varied selection of adventure tours that will help you experience the very best of the region.
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  1. It’s definitely true that Malaysia has a lot to offer to travelers. Last time I visited Kuala Lumpur, I really loved the city’s lake gardens. This natural gem provides great photo taking opportunities, especially with the green setting set against the city’s skyscrapers in the background. I’m planning for return trip and I can wait to explore Malaysia even more.

    1651 days ago
  2. Heather

    For something different visit Taiping an inland town, walk the night safari at the zoo, it’ an amazing experience and a delightful town

    1650 days ago
  3. jojo

    having visited Malaysia this spring, i found Malaysia to be the perfect introduction to Asia because of the diversity; chinese, indian, malay and other asian settlers. If you love to shop then you will also enjoy their Megamalls (they even have Tesco!).
    I didnt see the lake gardens in KL, but I did in Taiping and it was simply exquisite…Must go back…Malaysia…truly Asia!!!

    1650 days ago
  4. maureen wallace

    We have been to Malaysia several times. We have hired a car and driven all around mainland Malaya stopping in some very modern hotels and in some very quaint places. Driving is very easy not much traffic outside KL people are very friendly (even those who dont speak any English) . The only problem we have had was on the road running along the Thai border were we were stopped by 2 burly policemen brandishing guns who said we were speeding and demanded we pay “a fine” .
    The food everywhere is superb, dont avoid roadside food stalls which are all kept clean and food is cooked as you watch.
    My husband and I did our first trip when we were in our 20′s and the last when we were in our 60′s. Malaysia has something for everyone.

    1650 days ago
  5. Whoa! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a
    totally different subject but it has pretty much the
    same page layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!

    388 days ago