Malaysia Tourism on this majestic country located in the Southeast region of Asia including the Malay Peninsula and a large part of Borneo Island.
The fabulous landscapes, the islands, the big cities and mainly the capital, attract millions of tourists a year, making it the 11th most visited country in the world.
Weather in Malaysia is tropical with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Climate can be considered hot and humid during the days and cool in the evenings.
Kuala Lumpur the exotic and thriving Capital of Malaysia
The Capital of Malaysia is a busy city with skyscrapers, colonial architecture and lots of green spaces. Six lane highways take you everywhere among huge traffic of a very big city.
It offers many shopping centers making it Southeast Asia’s most important shopping city, with many malls, selling worldwide brands, as well as street markets for those who like to mingle with the locals.
Called by locals, KL, this is an exotic city with a mix of mosques, tall high risers, markets and above all great Asian Cuisine.
Petronas Towers are the tallest twin towers of the world
Petronas Twin Towers
This was the tallest building in the world until it was surpassed by Taipei 101 in 2004. However they are still the tallest twin buildings in the world.
Towering 88 floors they were built with reinforced concrete with a steel and glass façade resembling motives of Islamic Art. The two towers are linked by a two story Sky Bridge on the 41st and 42nd floors. The view from the bridge is just awe inspiring. Entrance is free but limited to a certain number of people a day. So make sure you get there early on the day of the visit.
The most important attraction for shoppers and diners is Suria KLCC where you’ll find a wide range of goods from all over the world, as well as restaurants ranging from the top ones to the food court.
Then visit the 17 acres KLCC Park that includes jogging and walking paths, wading pools, children's playground and also a fountain with a light show.
Located in the Malaysian Borneo they are part of Gunung Mulu National Park. You’ll find here incredible caves, karst formations and an equatorial rainforest.
The Sarawak chamber in the caves is the largest cave chamber in the world. They say it could accommodate 40 Boeing 747s without touching their wings of one another.
They are located near the Thai border on the northeastern side of the peninsula. This is the place for budget travelers. The beaches are to die for, the diving incredible and above all inexpensive accommodations.
The two Islands Perenthian Besar and Berenthian Cecil, meaning big and small, are surrounded by white sand beaches and palm trees.
This is the place for hikers because it is renowned for its trails. First developed by the British, it is home to a mix population of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups. Locals will guide you through the trails including forests, waterfalls and other natural spots. This sanctuary is also known for its tea plantations. Visitors can book a tour to the Tea Factories.
It is the highest mountain Borneo with a height of 4,100 meters. It is world renowned for its abundance of biological and botanical species. The visitor will find over 300 species of birds, over 600 species of fern and over 100 mammals that all live in or in the vicinity of Mt Kinabalu. It is not so difficult to climb but it must be done accompanied by guides.
Don't miss a visit to Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Called Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur in Malay, is a public aviary and one of the most popular attractions in this country with an average number of visitors of 200,000.
It houses more than 3,000 birds representing about 200 species, all in an enclosed aviary. The birds are 90% locals and only 10% imported from other countries.
Founded in 1888 this is part of the Lake Gardens and the Bird Park built only in 1991. It includes an artificial lake, the Butterfly Park, Orchid and Hibiscus gardens, besides the National Monument.
Elected by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Tioman is located off the east coast of the peninsula. The island is surrounded by amazing marine life and coral reefs making it a heaven for scuba divers.
The interior of the island is full of lush vegetation with great forests. This is the place to go to find paradise.
Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur
Meaning Independence Square it is located near the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which grandly overlooks it. It is one of the most important landmarks built by the British. Designed by A. C. Norman it was completed in 1897. The Merdeka Square was officially renamed “Dataran Merdeka” on January 1, 1990.
Meaning National Park in Malay, it is one of the oldest
tropical forests in the world featuring waterfalls, large trees, jungle treks
and the world canopy walkways.Taman Negara is a sanctuary for endangered species including
the Asian elephant, rhinos, tigers and leopards. Be sure to view a few birds,
small deer, lizards and snakes
Located on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, this is the number one tourist destination in Malaysia. Even though it is a 100 island archipelago, only a few of the islands are inhabited. The largest of them is Pulau Langkawi is surrounded by white sand beaches with crystal blue waters, while the interior is pure jungle and mountain peaks.
Sipadan Island on the Celebes Sea is very exclusive
This island located in the Celebes Sea was formed thousands of years ago on top of what was an extinct volcano. As it grew with the years corals grew and this is why today the island is so famous with divers.
The marine life is one of most diverse in the world. It is also known for the amount of turtles living here and one can enjoy these creatures swimming underwater undisturbed by your presence.
The island is also a sanctuary for more than 3,000 species of fish and many species of corals. In the interior of the island you’ll find exotic birds.
In other words the visitor will be surprised with the amount of things he’ll find in such a small island. Much more than in other big islands in the world.
The best time of the year for diving is between January and August when the waters are so clear that visibility underwater is over 30 meters. But it is recommended to always do it with local guides that know the power of the undertows.
By the way fishing is not permitted on the island. And one more thing, the island is so exclusive that the visitor will need a special permit to visit it.
For more information visit our page on Malaysia Beaches
Map of Malaysia West and East
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