The Land of Malaysia
Malaysia, called as the 'Land of the Indigenous Malay', is a splendid country known for its diversified heritage, traditions and culture. Malaysians are the friendliest people ever. Malaysia has been portrayed as underrated and that has made it one of the lesser-visited countries in Southeast Asia, but what many don’t know is that it is blessed with white beaches, pristine forests and magnificent temples. It will take you through ancient history and the modernized urban jungles of Kuala Lumpur, all at the same time. Malaysia has a lot to offer for every different type of traveller, so plan accordingly to please all your moods and demands.
Malaysia is a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indians with the ethnicity of Thai, Portuguese, Dutch and English, this means that you will find all the best cuisines under one roof. The best time to visit Malaysia is between March to early November when it is less humid and as it has a moderate climate you can pack and travel light.
When traveling to Malaysia most of us end up in Kuala Lumpur which is also its capital and very famous for its crazy nightlife, street-food, flea markets, glittering streets and stores. Not to forget the world-famous Petronas Towers, The KL Tower observation deck and many beautiful skyscrapers. A trip to Malaysia is incomplete without snapping the gigantic buildings. It is a worthwhile destination of its own. This place is best for all the party-animals and shopaholics.
Also known as the ‘Land of Azure Waters’ is a group of ninety-nine islands surrounded by turquoise sea where you can soak yourself, sunbathe and enjoy water-sports. Ride the cable-car, check out colorful fish in the Underwater World or take a mangrove tour. This island is also known for the famous Eagle Square, where you can click some great pictures. You can relax in the hot water springs at Air Hangat village and make sure to visit the Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise which has many exquisite and exotic species of birds. This place is fit for all nature and adventure lovers.
This island is known for its crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. Traverse this island by trekking, dive into the deep blue sea, snorkel, swim, watch turtles swim around. Visit the Marine Park Centre, or pamper yourself at the spa. Indulge in the local cuisines and sea-food or lay down on the beach while you enjoy the sunrise and sunset on the beach. This place should be on every water baby's bucket-list.
This is the city of archaic and historic architecture built by the Dutch in the 18th century. You will find a variety of things to do here. Visit the old forts, churches, Stadthuys (official house for the Dutch governors and officers built in the 1600s). Admire the Sultanate Palace, Heritage Museum, Maritime Museum Mini Malaysia and ASEAN Cultural Park, Chinese Temple, or the Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary. Enjoy the view from the Taming Sari revolving Tower and go shopping at the Jonker Walk night market. Explore this city on a Trishaw or on a river cruise, this is a must-visit place for all history and archaeological lovers.
Putrajaya is a perfectly-planned city, also known as the Pride of the Nation. It is well-known for its architecture and many Government buildings. Do visit the Iron Mosque, Botanical garden, Natural History Museum and Agriculture Heritage Park. Spend an evening capturing a scenic view while cruising on a boat on the beautiful Putrajaya Lake or shop at the famous Alamanda Mall or cycle around while you spot birds at the Wetlands Park. You can ride a horse at the Equestrian Park or fly-away in a hot-air balloon. End your visit to Putrajaya with a bang by visiting District 21 Kuala Lumpur, which is an adventure theme park. Putrajaya itself has a variety of things to do and will keep you entertained throughout your visit.
Selangor is known for its world-famous Batu Caves. Apart from this you can visit i-city, which is a snow-park with ice-houses and amusement park rides, Sunway Lagoon or the Negara Zoo. Spend a day either at the Sepang International Circuit, relax at the Kanching Rainforest waterfall or at the hot-springs. You can also go to Ostrich Wonderland where kids have a ball or make your dream come true by flying an aircraft at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.
You can also visit some of the best wildlife places like the Aquaria KLCC, KL Bird Park. Visit Semengohh Nature Reserve which is the Land of the Orangutans. Or plan a day-trip to Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and the Turtle Sanctuary Beach. I am sure that after you have visited these places you will have an entirely different opinion on Malaysia.