Malaysia situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, combines the best of Asia. It has vibrant modern cities, traditional merchant ports and remote villages in pristine rainforest landscapes. There is also a delightful variety of delicious cuisines and shopping hotspots.
How to reach Malaysia?
Recommended airlines – Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines.
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Kuala Lumpur– KL International Airport (KLIA) is among Asia’s major aviation hub. It is surrounded by four cities- Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Seremban and Malacca. The airport was designed using the ‘Airport in the Forest’, Forest in the Airport’ concept, in which it is surrounded by green space. KLIA has been voted as the world’s best airport in the 2005 AETRA awards, 2006 ACI- ASQ awards and 2007 ACI- ASQ awards.
- Petronas Twin Towers– The 88 storey building features glass and steel exterior and traditionally inspired interior. The sky bridge that connects the two towers is the world’s highest two-storey bridge which is an excellent viewing platform as you get a magnificent view of the city.
- KL Tower– The tower at a height of 421m is the one of the prominent landmarks in the city. It has world’s seventh tallest telecommunications tower which has an observation desk at around 276m above ground and a revolving restaurant. You get an all-round view of city’s skyline while having your meal.
- Pasar Seni (Central Market)- The city’s best local arts and crafts can be found in this heritage landmark. Art events take place at Annexe Gallery. Kasturi Walk, a covered walkway offers more shopping options. You can also feast on local delicacies along Kasturi Walk. The best time to visit this place is during Annual Lantern Parade and Chinese New Year celebrations.
- Chinatown and Little India Chinatown is renowned shopping hotspot. The streets lined with shopping and dining options, heritage buildings and temples.
Genting Highlands– A popular highland getaway for city people. It comprises of hotels, theme parks, a casino and number of entertainment, dining and retail options.
Do not miss out on Skyway Cable Car to the top of the hill. Once you reach this hill resort, you could play at the indoor and outdoor theme parks, get lucky at the casino, enjoy live performances and shop till you drop. The climate is cool here.
Cameron Highlands– It is largest hill resort in Malaysia. You can visit the BOH tea plantation and learn about the tea-making process with a hot cup of tea. The view of the tea plantation is spectacular and refreshing. The cool weather is ideal for flowers, cacti, vegetables and strawberries.
Taman Negara– A premier national park and oldest rainforest are home to diverse flora and fauna. You can stroll along the longest canopy walkway while enjoying the magnificent view. You can try out eco-adventure activities -rapid shooting, jungle trekking, canoeing and mountain climbing. For nature lovers, you can spot over 380 species of birds.
Kinabatangan River Safari– You cruise along the Kinabatangan river to spot a variety of wildlife. The renowned wildlife sanctuary has exotic species such as Sumatran rhinos, Asian elephants and Proboscis monkeys. A river safari is an ideal way to explore Kinabatangan’s rich ecosystem.
Langkawi– comprises a group of 99 tropical islands lying off the northwest coast of Malaysia. It is a beautiful geological heritage of stunning landscapes, caves, sea arches, stacks and fossils. The clear waters around are perfect for water sports and recreational activities. It is a diver’s paradise.
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January– It is an ideal time to head to beaches of Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca. The Chinese New Year is an exciting time to visit with festivities and celebrations.
March– East coast Tioman
April – Penang and Langkawi bathe in sunshine. Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and Pangkor Laut.
May – The snorkelling and diving season begins.
June– Peak diving season on Tioman, with Redang and the Perhentians experiencing hot, dry weather.
Malaysia has everything whether you are on a romantic escapade, a fun-filled family holiday, on a shopping spree, or just on a quiet retreat within the lap of nature.
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