From its colonial history to its emergence as a Southeast Asian powerhouse, Malaysia is coming up fast. A blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous cultures, this place is a mixing pot of food, history and adventure, and you’ve never be short of things to do in Malaysia.
Let’s start in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. As the political, economic and cultural centre of the country, there’s stacks to learn about what makes this country tick. Head straight to the National Museum to soak up as much about Malaysian history as you possible can. If you’re more into the arts, pay a visit to the National Art Gallery to see some seriously impressive modern and contemporary art, as well as the National Textile Museum, to drool over beautiful Malaysian handicrafts and costumes.
If you want to get out of the big city, there are plenty of options available. Fast becoming the go-to beach holiday destination for travellers, be blown away by the beauty of Langkawi’s beaches. Snorkel, dive and swim your way around some of its many islands. For a taste of colonial times, head down to Melaka. Once under control of Portuguese colonial forces, with its crimson-coloured buildings, Melaka has an unexpectedly strong Latin flavour. Nature lovers, we know exactly where you’ll want to end up: Borneo. For wild jungle, cute orangutans and general good vibes, you’ll drink up everything this state has to offer.
Throw in some amazing nasi lemak and beef rendang, Chinese New Year and Wesak Day celebrations, and you’ve got more than enough culture to sink your teeth into.
With amazing beaches, great food and friendly people in truck loads, get ready for one heck of an amazing Malaysian holiday.
Currency: Malaysian ringgit
Visas: Click here to see if you need a visa to enter Malaysia.
Dialing Code: +60
Time Zone: (GMT +08:00)
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