From a country that has just so much to offer – vibrant cities full of traditional culture entwined with modern skyscrapers, to inland forests and waterfalls, or the unspoilt white beaches – it’s hard to pick just a few highlights. But after deep consideration, here are our top four must-see places of Malaysia!
Malaysia’s capital city bursts with exotic life, with its multicultural heritage reflected through the mosque-lined streets and traditional markets, entwined with the modern record-breaking sky scrapers that tower across the city. Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant city offering a great number of attractions, including Merdeka Square, Chinatown, the Petronas Towers and much more.
Soaring at a height of almost 452 metres stands Malaysia’s most iconic landmark – the Petronas Towers. The 88 storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel and a visit to Malaysia’s capital isn’t complete without venturing up the towers, or marvelling their beauty from a neighbouring skyscraper. This is also a great opportunity for the perfect view over the city, to see it in all its glory. At the centre of Kuala Lumpur’s original Chinatown lies Petaling Street Market. Lined with Chinese lanterns, the market maintains much of its traditional atmosphere, and is bursting with merchandise and all kinds of food stalls for those with adventurous taste buds! Some more of Kuala Lumpur’s top attractions include the National Museum, Jamek Mosque (the city’s oldest mosque), Batu Caves, Perdana Botanical Gardens and Kuala Lumpur Tower, a prominent feature of the city’s skyline offering beautiful panoramic views.
To top off an exciting trip to Kuala Lumpur, we recommend staying at the brilliant Majestic Hotel, one of the city’s great colonial landmarks where you will be treated to historical elegance combined with contemporary style, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s historical mile.
The Cameron Highlands – a region of outstanding natural beauty lined with mountains, tea plantations, strawberry fields, forests and waterfalls. As Malaysia’s most popular highland getaway, at 1,500m above sea level, the cooler climate and pleasant fresh air of the Cameron Highlands provides an essential respite from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur and other lowland cities. The wonderfully unspoiled region offers stunning panoramic views of vegetables and fruit farms dotted among the tea plantations and wild flowers that sprawl across the highlands.
A great location for walkers, this highland paradise offers a huge selection of trails leading through spectacular scenery of green forests and cascading waterfalls, and the chance to see the world’s rarest flowers – the Rafflesia. Enjoy longer walks or drives along breathtaking switchbacks winding their way up to the remote hill tribe villages of the Orang Asli people.
A trip to the Cameron Highlands isn’t complete without a visit to the Boh Tea Estate, the pioneers of the tea growers in Malaysia. Take a guided tour around the tea fields and the factory to gain a real insight into the history behind this family run business. At the end of the day, it’s time to enjoy a refreshing break to sample various different types and flavours of tea as you look out across the stunning and peaceful landscape.
For your trip to this highland paradise, enjoy a stay in the Cameron Highlands Resort, surrounded by tea plantations and rolling hills in a boutique heritage retreat.
A fascinating fusion of modernity and traditional charm, Penang is an island full of multicultural history with Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. The streets are lined with beautiful well-preserved heritage buildings, which led to its capital, Georgetown becoming a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. A myriad of delights, Georgetown is a maze of narrow lanes and alleyways, making it a pleasure to take time to wonder through the streets spotting old street art and seeing what delights are hidden around the next corner, something that may be missed on a hurried tour.
Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang also entices its visitors with its scrumptious cuisines. Ranging from street food to fine dining, Georgetown offers flavours unique to the island. Each race offers its own traditional dishes leaving the traveller spoilt for choice, serving everything from Japanese, Korean, Italian, English and
French to Indian, Chinese, Malay and Thai, cooked with the freshest ingredients and fragrant spices that create rich and aromatic dishes. Enjoy an evening meal at Red Garden – a food paradise located in the heart of Georgetown, where you will be offered the best local food of Penang, while finding yourself immersed in the culture and buzzing atmosphere the town has to offer.
As well as its famous local cuisine, Georgetown is also filled with a number of different attractions. Spend some time in Chinatown where you will sense and feel the heritage of the Chinese settlers, and become intrigued by the many clanhouses, shophouses and temples that line the streets, creating a sense of stepping back in time. Little India is a small enclave of Penang’s capital featuring a thriving and vibrant collection of historic attractions, places of worship, shops, restaurants, fruit sellers and herb dealers. Scattered across Georgetown is home to an endless selection of fascinating historic and cultural monuments and museums. Take time to visit Fort Cornwallis, Penang Museum and Art Gallery and the War Musuem to fully understand the history and culture behind this exciting island.
To fully immerse yourself in the culture and excitment of Georgetown, we recommend a stay at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, situated in the heart of Penang’s historic town.
Beautifully unspoilt, Langkawi’s rugged beauty and local legends offer an enticing combination of both cultural and natural attractions. Dense forest meets pristine beaches on the beautiful islands of Langkawi, 20 miles off the northwest coast of Malaysia. An archipelago of 99 charming islands awaiting discovery in the Andaman Sea, Langkawi is an idyllic hideaway of dramatic landscapes, lush rainforests and mysterious mangroves. In 2007, Langkawi was designated as Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO World Geopark, showcasing 550 million years of geographical history.
Langkawi is never short of surprises and the perfect place for all types of explorers. Embark on an exotic mangrove safari, sail among picturesque islands, encounter the myths and legends of freshwater lakes and limestone caves, take a cable-car ride up to Mat Cincang Peak for an idyllic view of the rainforests, and meander through Langkawi’s rural villages and paddy fields. Or maybe you prefer to relax on the gorgeous beaches? Why not kick back and soak up the sun on one of Langkawi’s many secluded bays, where unspoiled beaches are lined with beautiful warm waters, home to numerous marine species.
Make your trip to Langkawi an unforgettable adventure and stay at The Andaman, a charming luxury hotel set in the rainforest while overlooking beautiful coral reefs and pristine white beaches.
From colonial towns to vibrant cities, from unspoilt islands to the tea plantations in the highlands, these are just four highlights out of a whole range of diverse places and adventures that Malaysia has to offer.