Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia, is an incredible mix of cultures. Bordering with Thailand and South China Sea to Brunei and Indoneshia. Malaysia is centrally located and should not be overlooked when exploring Southeast Asia.
Malaysian fascination lie in its diversity. So, you can explore thriving, modern cities, explore colonial architecture, relax on some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet and hike through lush green jungles. Here are just some of the top reasons to visit Malaysia on your next trip to Asia.
Malaysia is ranked very high in the world for tourist arrival, and it is fifth best in Asia. In 2016, Malaysia recorded 26,757,392 tourist arrivals as compared to 25,721,251 in 2015. However, most of the tourists are Singaporeans who daily cross the border to Malaysia for work and go back at night time.
Islands and beaches
Malaysia has several tropical islands, some of which have been voted the most beautiful in the world. Some of the islands attractions in Malaysia are:-
· Langkawi - Malaysia is a tropical country with a warm climate and miles of coastline, so it should come as no surprise that beaches are plentiful, Langkawi is the ultimate spot for a relaxing beach vacation, complete with shopping and dining.
· Penang Island - The western half of Penang includes George Town
National Parks and Nature Reserves
· Kubah National Park (Sarawak) – famous for wildlife like Bornean bearded pigs and proboscis monkeys.
· Bako National Park is a popular tourist attraction for travelers who enjoy great outdoors. Travelers can see wildlife, rainforests, tumbling waterfalls, beaches and sea stacks.
· Batang Ai National Park
· Gunung Mulu National Park
· Gunung Gading National Park
· The Genting Highlands, another hilltop resort, is a theme park city that is accessible by skyway cable car. Sitting atop lush forested hilltops, guests will be surprised to see a large collection of theme hotels and resorts similar to the strip in Las Vegas.
The culture of Malaysia draws on the varied cultures of the different people of Malaysia. The first people to live in the area were local tribes that still remain; followed by the Malays, who moved from Asia in ancient times. Chinese and Indian cultural influences can be seen due to trading links with these countries resulting increased immigration to Malaysia. Other cultures that deeply influenced Malaysia include Persian, Arabic and British. The many different ethnicities that currently exist in Malaysia have their own unique and distinctive cultural identities, with some crossover.
Malaysia offers two very distinct experiences: the peninsula and Borneo (an island shared with Indonesia and Brunei). The peninsula is a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavors with an efficient and modern capital, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian Borneo features some of the most interesting places in Malaysia with a wild jungle, orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes. Combined with some beautiful islands, luxury resorts and colonials towns, Malaysia, for most visitors, presents a happy mix.
Travelers may like to stop at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s main shopping district which has several malls, including Benaya Times Square, one of the largest malls in the world. This mall houses an indoor theme park. The district is filled with malls that specialize in electronics. After a day of shopping, visitors can have a leisure time at a sidewalk café or nightclub, since Bukit Bintang also is Kuala Lumpur’s trendiest entertainment district.
Having 100s of golf clubs with courses big and small to choose from, what makes your stay unique, by explore the natural surroundings. Malaysia has a huge touristic appeal due to its scenic locations, rich cultural and heritage and exotic cuisine. One of the ultimate destination spots when it comes to weddings, it provides a natural, exotic and a heavenly abode for the would-be-couple to tie the knot. In the evening, you can join cultural dances, musical performances or even a mock wedding.
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings before being surpassed by Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world. The 88-floor, Towers feature a sky bridge between the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors. The city of is a fantastic place to admire the more modern architecture found in Malaysia, and in particular the contemporary skyscrapers that create one of Asia’s most iconic skylines