Oh sure, you could head out to all the usual touristy places on your next vacation, but (whisper it) don’t they get a little boring after a while? If you’re continually heading out to the same places year after year, you aren’t doing very much to step out of your comfort zone. Instagram has been the main leader in exotic vacation ideas, I see more and more people traveling to places that are not your everyday vacation spots more and more. Perhaps it’s time we visited Malaysia! I have a really good friend who was born and raised there and she is giving me the low down. Here are some of the reasons why you should add Malaysia to your list of places to see.
Malaysia is a tropical paradise
Tanjung Rhu Beach (Image)
With a wonderfully warm climate most of the year round, Malaysia is the ideal place to visit during any season.
Beach lovers will be in seventh heaven, so exploring the country’s islands and coastlines are a must. Tanjung Rhu Beach in Langkawi Island is the perfect place for anybody looking for somewhere a little secluded, with golden sands and crystal clear waters as far as the eye can see. Mabul Island Beach at Sabah is one of the best diving destinations in the world, so if you wanted an up close and personal look at the tropical fish below the waters, this is the place to do it. And if you wanted to get a closer look at wildlife above shoreline, then take a trek to Golden Beach at Sarawak. Why? Well, if we told you that it’s also known as Turtle Island, you won’t need any other clues.
Two-thirds of Malaysia is covered in lush rainforests which are just begging to be explored. Trekkers, bird watchers, and wildlife enthusiasts can envelop themselves within the country’s natural beauty, setting up camp in any area that is deemed safe. Stand in awe at the magnificent waterfalls cascading through the greenery. Explore on one of the many hiking paths, or take a treetop walk, and gaze at the natural beauty and wildlife from above. Deer, wild boar, and monkeys await. Of course, you should take one of the many guided trips to be safe, especially in Borneo, where a safari package will let you get (reasonably) close to elephants, rhinos, and patrolling tigers.
Malaysia dials up the excitement
As if getting up close to a tiger wasn’t exciting (pant-wetting) enough, there are plenty more ways to dial up the excitement in Malaysia. If you have a head for heights, you can go tandem skydiving in Kuala Lumpur, and see the lush green islands and golden beaches from a height you never thought possible. You could ride the Awana Skyway in Genting Highlands, travelling skywards through temples, hills and valleys before you get to the incredibly popular Genting Resort World which offers fun for all of the family. And talking of fun for all the family, if you or anybody you are traveling with enjoys theme parks, know that there are plenty to choose from in Malaysia. Check out the leisurely boat rides and adrenaline-fuelled roller coasters at Mines Wonderland in Seri Kembangan. Visit the Lego Kingdoms at Legoland Malaysia at Johor Bahru. And if you’re a Hello Kitty fan (who isn’t), you will have a purrfect (sorry) time at the Hello Kitty Theme Park (the only one of its kind outside of Japan) at Persiaran Puteri Selatan, where you can enjoy the themed rides and enjoy stage performances from Kitty and her friends.
Malaysia is a cultural melting pot
Malaysia is an incredibly friendly country to visit, with a fascinating mix of communities living harmoniously together. Malays, Indian, and Chinese communities make up much of the population, alongside the Orang Asli people who are indigenous to the country. By visiting Malaysia, you have the opportunity to visit cultures perhaps unfamiliar to your own and take part in a number of unique experiences. You can enjoy the local foods, taking in a range of colourful dishes and spices that will make your mouth water. You can experience the religious variety, visiting the pilgrimage sites and temples that reflect the Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim cultures that have laid down their influences. And you can engage with Malaysia’s annual festivals that reflect the country’s multicultural heritage. From the celebrations of Chinese New Year to the spooky happenings at the Hungry Ghost Festival, check out the some of the best Malaysian Festivals here. This is truly one country to visit if you ever wanted to open your mind and engage in a life far from your own.
Malaysia is a shoppers dream
Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur (image)
For starters, let’s talk fashion! You don’t need to visit London or Paris to get the lowdown on the clothes you should be wearing. Malaysia’s flagship clothing boutiques are loaded with the very best from Southeast Asia’s biggest fashion designers, from the unmistakable trademarks of Jimmy Choo to the bohemian styles of up and coming designer Ezzati Amira. Kuala Lumpur is one of the best places to try out the latest fashion, so head here for some of the more lavish shopping malls in the country to immerse yourself in the eclectic fashion experiences available to you. Aside from fashion (yes, other stores do exist), there are plenty of other mainstream and unique stores in the bigger shopping places, where you can get everything from home decor to jewellery, much of which is native to the region.
Of course, you can always get away from the bustle of city streets and shopping malls and spend your money elsewhere. The markets in Little India sell a range of fashionable and homemade handbags, clothing, and fragrances. And Chinatown is a popular place to visit, not only for the shops, diners and street bazaars but also for the decorative Chinese temples which line the area’s streets. Explore off the beaten path, and who knows what you might find?
Malaysia has something for everybody. From beach-side excursions to top-notch shopping experiences, you won’t regret booking a stay somewhere within the country. Add Malaysia to your bucket list today, and then start to make up your itinerary using some of the ideas my friend has suggested to you within this article. Let me know what you think, and if you do decide to visit, don’t forget to send me a postcard! With that being said I wanna go, who’s coming with me??