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Malaysia Tourism And Travel Guide
24.4° C / 76° F
March to October
5 to 10 Days
Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
With white sand beaches, tranquil blue waters and dense rainforests, Malaysia is a breathtakingly beautiful Southeast Asian country. Perched on the Malay Peninsula the country of Malaysia offers a unique tourism and cultural experience as it is the melting pot of Malay, Indian, Chinese and European traditions and ways of life. Kuala Lumpur, the capital, is dotted with colonial buildings and architectural remains like the Bukit Bintang and the iconic 451m tall Petronas Twin Towers. You are sure to make a great holiday here. Read on for a comprehensive travel guide to Malaysia.
How To Reach
Malaysia is thoroughly well connected to different parts of the world by air. Almost all major airlines land on a regular basis at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Malaysian Airlines, Jet Airways, and Sri Lankan Airlines connect India to Malaysia quite thoroughly. Below are the best ways to get to Malaysia.
By Air: Getting to Malaysia via Air is really easy. Over 40 Airlines which include Malaysia’s national carrier, Malaysia Airlines connect Malaysia to the rest of the world. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) serves as a base for all arriving and departing flights. Simultaneously the old International airport, The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah caters only to domestic destinations.
By Rail: Malaysian railways or KTM connects all important towns in Peninsular Malaysia. Ekspres Langkawi is a nightly train service that departs from Kuala Lumpur to Arau, in Kedah.
By Road: Bus travel is an inexpensive way to travel within Malaysia. In most major cities, taxis are fitted with meters. One can also use rented vehicle services if one is an experienced driver. Hiring a car is quite simple as there are quite a few car rental companies.
Best Time To Visit
Malaysia experiences equatorial climate, with high temperatures, humidity and rains throughout the year. Malaysia is the perfect beach holiday destination. Since the rains hit the east and west coasts alternatively, there's a sunny, breezy coast awaiting your arrival here. The wet season on the east coast between November and February brings sunny dry weather to the West coast. Conversely, the wettest month in the west coast is between, April to October, which are driest months on the east coast.
The best time to visit most of the region is from March and early October, when one doesn't have to face the extreme monsoon and there is relatively less humidity in the air. Despite the rains, January and February often prove to be a favourable season for those who are keen to witness local festivals.
Things to Do
Home to dense rainforests and a rich cultural heritage, Malaysia has plenty to do for all types of travellers..
Explore the Tea Plantations: Cameron Highlands, Pahang. The weather here is cool and gives scope for cultivation of a variety of natural shrubs and plants along its breath-taking views. Teas, vegetables, flowers, cacti and strawberries are some to name. While you are taking a stroll here, you might as well visit BOH Tea Plantation and learn the art of tea-making and sip it while winning in the beauty around.
Explore the Ocean: If the underwater world ever fascinated you, here’s the perfect place to go exploring: Sipadan Island, Sabah. It boasts of the world’s richest marine habitat and is open for diving. You might want to try Wreck Diving at Redang Island. It’s clear water and live coral species are the specialty here. If underwater does not excite you enough, try river safari in the longest river in Sabah, Kinbatangan River.
Kinabalu Park, Sabah: A UNESCO World Heritage site, Kinabalu Park is home to Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia`s highest peak. A favourite destination for adventurous souls to scale its heights, the view from the summit of Mount Kinabalu, is often described as second to none.
When in Malaysia one must visit Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the most popular food haunts. Head here during the evenings. That's when the hawkers set up their shops and start dishing out freshly made delicacies to he hungry hordes that come here. Local favourites include grilled chicken wings or fish, char kuey teow, satay, chilly crabs, Assam laska and more.
Kuala Lumpur is a shopper’s paradise. Kuala Lumpur houses three of the world’s 10 largest malls. The BBKLCC, from Bukit Bintang to Kuala Lumpur City Centre, offers multiple choices for fashion lovers and shopaholics. The nine signature malls here offer a significant collection of local and international brands.