Malaysia offers holidaymakers a textured adventure, in which gleaming skyscrapers stand alongside colonial buildings, and verdant rainforests stretch all the way down to pristine beaches. Visitors come to play, to unwind, to connect with nature, and to ride the energy of a titan among Southeast Asian cities: Kuala Lumpur.
On the cultural side, tourists are exposed to some of the region's most well-known peoples and some of its rarer groups. Every one of them has imprinted on the place, adding new notes to its character. Jungle walks, ancient caves, stunning mosques, isolated villages and the world's most diverse marine ecosystem are part of the experience.
All in all, the destination's attractions celebrate Asia's history, and some of its best features.
The Petronas Towers were designed to capture Malaysia's emergence as Southeast Asia's cultural and commercial centre. Celebrated as the world's tallest twin towers, they dominate the city skyline. Architects followed the traditional geometric principles of Islamic architecture when designing the buildings, using modern technology to... see full details
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
Five pristine islands make up Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, with each idyllic setting comprising white beaches, offshore coral reefs and inland forests teeming with animal life. These destinations are all perfect for camping, trekking, swimming and snorkelling. Gaya Island is the largest of... see full details
This mushroom-shaped island is known among divers around the world for its unique seascape and exceptional beauty. Something like 3,000 varieties of fish, hundreds of coral species, and numerous rays, sharks and turtles populate its translucent waters. Sipadan Island certainly tops the Malaysian itinerary... see full details
Mount Kinabalu rises from the Kinabalu National Park. At an impressive 13,500-foot (4,101m), it's one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia. It's a relatively easy climb, though, with tourists of varying ages and fitness levels enjoying the two-to-three-day ascent. Most people spend a... see full details
Niah National Park and Niah Caves
The Great Cave of Niah is one of the largest limestone caves in the world. More importantly, it's where archaeologists discovered evidence of man's existence dating back 40,000 years. A display of tools, rock paintings and human skulls tell the story of ancient civilisations.... see full details
Sepilok Forest Reserve and Orangutan Sanctuary
Sabah District's vast, enchanting equatorial rainforest is home to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, where orphaned orangutans find temporary shelter and rehabilitation before their re-release into the forest. The centre was set up in 1964 and gives tourists and researchers the priceless opportunity to observe... see full details
Located at the northwestern edge of Pahang state, the Cameron Highlands hill station is the largest of its kind in Malaysia. The fertile region is home to a scattering of villages, and terraced plantations. Visitors will enjoy the scenic drive along the area's main... see full details
Langkawi is the collective name for a group of 99 tropical islands located 20 miles (30km) off the northwestern tip of the peninsula. Pulau Langkawi is the largest and most developed of them. Much of the island's prolific development has been focused in the... see full details
Two islands make up the popular holiday destination, which for all intents and purposes is a backpacker's paradise. Fisherman double as tour guides, and simple beach bars spill out onto the pristine shore. Travellers have the option of securing more high-end accommodation if they... see full details