Travel in Malaysia
Malaysia. One country divided into two parts by the South China Sea, becoming known as Peninsular Malaysia and West Malaysia, which is made up of Sabah and Sarawak. Peninsular Malaysia is home to bustling cities and colonial architecture, and is where the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, sits. Sabah and Sarawak on the other hand, is home to wild jungles, orangutans, Mount Kinabalu mountain which attracts dozens of tourists each year as they attempt to climb to its peak, remote tribes and offers a completely different experience from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia is easily accessible via any of its three major airports – the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the Penang Airport or the airport located in Kuching for those who are venturing to the Sabah and Sarawak side of Malaysia. The best time to visit most of the country would be anywhere between March and early October where you will be mostly likely to avoid most of the rains and the air is less humid. January and February would be of interest to those who are keen on observing how some of the significant festivals – most notably Chinese New Year and Thaipusam – are celebrated here.
Where to Go in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a popular destination for many and tourists generally arrive in the capital city and make their way around the rest of the country from there. Kuala Lumpur, better known as KL, is the social and economic driving force of the nation, home to many major international and local business establishments, and an array of designer bars, international and local restaurants.
Just a few hours drive South of KL is Melaka, the birthplace of most of Malaysia’s rich history, making it one of the must-see destinations in the country. Further up north, another few hours drive away is the island of Penang, where the British first settled in Malaysia and also home to a lot of the country’s history especially during the British rule. The capital city of Penang, Georgetown, still features many of colonial buildings which have been beautifully restored. Penang is also home to Chinatown district, which, together with Melaka, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its cultural and architectural diversity.
Tourists can even enjoy a taste of Old England by heading up to Fraser’s Hill and Cameron Highlands, especially if they want to escape the hot temperatures of the city. The cooler climates on the hills are a great opportunity for walks close to nature, birdwatching, a round of golf and enjoying a nice hot cut of tea.
And then there is the island of Langkawi, a premier tourist destination located up north not too far away from Penang. With its international-style resorts and picture-perfect beaches, it is a must see for anyone looking for a beach vacation. Pulau Sipandan and Mount Kinabalu are among the two prime destinations in Sabah that are reasons enough to visit, in addition to enjoying its wildlife and exotic jungles.
Malaysia is a rich and vibrant country with plenty to see and do for everyone from all walks of life, whether they be coming to the country for business or pleasure. Either way, there is one thing you can be certain of when you choose to travel in Malaysia – it will be an experience like no other.