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  • Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's capital
  • Tea plantation on the Cameron Highlands
  • Historical Malacca and the Christ Church Melaka
  • Thean Hou Gong - a six-tiered Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia offers the visitor a wide array of diverse attractions. First, it is necessary to understand the geography of the country. It consists of two distinct parts, Peninsula Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo separated by the South China Sea. Between the two sections of the country, Malaysia consists of modern cities, beach resorts, rainforests, jungle, highland retreats, national parks and much more. The country has an abundance of outstanding natural beauty be it gorgeous beaches, exotic mountainous terrain or fascinating tropical rainforests. Malaysia’s national parks are superb for trekking and wildlife-watching, and sometimes for cave exploration and river rafting. 

Another Malaysian quality is its multiethnic influences with its predominant native Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures all live side by side together in peace and harmony. This mixture has influenced both the cultural diversity and the varied cuisine of Malaysia. It is no wonder that Malays love celebrating and socializing. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and friendly. 

Where to go and what to see? Starting with Peninsula Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is the capital, a city which combines the old and the new with its bustling markets, steel-clad skyscrapers, large shopping malls and trendy nightspots. It’s hard to not notice the twin Petronas Towers, opened in 1998 and world’s tallest structure until 2004 which offer amazing views of the city.   Merdeka Square, where Malaysian independence was declared in 1957, is ringed by heritage buildings. The colourful, ornate Sri Mahamariamman Temple is a lively Hindu temple and the oldest in Malaysia.  To see the Chinese influence, head to Petaling Street with its restaurants and street food stalls. Just outside the city is the sumptuous National Palace contained in its own grounds and home to the elected Monarch. Also close to Kuala Lumpur are the Batu Caves with their Hindu rock carvings and unique rock formations. The best known museum is the National Museum with its exhibits from Malaysian history and crafts. 

The second most important destination is Penang, literally an island off the coast of Western Peninsula Malaysia. Georgetown, its capital, brings back memories of the old colonial era depicted in its architecture and the historic Fort Cornwallis built in the late 18th Century. However, perhaps Penang’s biggest attraction is its beach resorts such as those found in Batu Ferringhi. A visit to Penang Hill introduces you to some of the grandest colonial mansions while enjoying the cool, refreshing air and panoramic views of the island. Another attraction is the tropical butterfly farm in Teluk Bahang with its   live museum of winged butterflies. Something different is the Snake Temple, home to several pit vipers and green tree snakes and featured in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. 

Malacca, in the south, has a colonial past reflected in its preserved town centre. Influences include Portuguese, Dutch and British rules that all left behind their historical and cultural backgrounds. The older part of the city has, in addition to the old palace and the large buildings left by the Europeans, many private houses and shops from nearly a century or more ago. Some of the buildings well worth visiting are the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, the Fort of Santiago from the Portuguese era and St. Paul’s Church, originally built in 1521 by the Portuguese. It has been used as a burial ground for the Dutch and you can still see the tombstone along the walls of ruins of the church.

Probably, the best known resort in Peninsula Malaysia is Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea of which only two are inhabited. The main island is scenic Pulau Langkawi which offers a series of beautiful bays each with its own beach area offset by a mountainous backdrop. Two of the many attractions here are the Tujuh Waterfalls where one can swim in the pools and also go hiking and the local cable car which goes to the top of a hill with great views of the island. 

The British influence is reflected in the hill stations of the Cameron Highlands and the Genting Highlands with their more moderate climates. Cameron Highlands, which was once the getaway for officers and their families during the British occupation, has evolved into a bustling tourist destination.  The unique forest at Cameron Highlands is a major attraction in itself offering invigorating treks through the local countryside.  Genting Highlands comprises hotels, casinos and a theme park. On a clear day, the peak overlooks lush valleys of rainforest stretching all the way to Kuala Lumpur. 

Taman Negara National Park, a tropical rainforest and reputed to be the oldest jungle, features damp, impenetrable jungle. Inside this tangle of ancient trees exist elephants, tigers, leopards and rhinos as well as flying squirrels. However, these animals stay far from the park’s trails and sightings are extremely rare. You can consider an overnight trek or boat trip up one of the park’s rivers. The flora & fauna here has evolved naturally over hundreds of millions of years without any disruption.  

Tioman Island, off the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia, was selected by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Its beaches were depicted in the 1958 movie South Pacific as "Bali Hai". It is surrounded by numerous white coral reefs making it a haven for scuba divers.

Malaysian Borneo is made up basically of two states, Sarawak and Sabah and consists of mostly lowland rainforests with areas of mountain rainforest.  The capital of Sarawak, Kuching is small enough to walk around but interesting enough to keep you there for a few days and also a good base from which to explore Sarawak. The Sarawak Museum is the oldest museum in Borneo and houses various ethnic displays and historical items from the state. Fort Margherita, completed in 1879, resides at a strategic position at the riverside of Sarawak. It has been converted into a Police Museum with old cannons, guns, pistols, swords and other vestiges of armoury.   The whimsical Cat Museum should not be missed with its large collection of cat memorabilia of exhibits, photos, feline art and cat souvenirs. Some interesting cat characters like Felix the Cat and Garfield the Cat are also housed here. 

A stay in Sarawak is not complete without a visit to a longhouse, the traditional dwelling of many of the natives here such as the Iban. A longhouse is a terraced street of separate dwellings covered by one roof and where every family has its own separate room. Communal activities are carried out on the verandah. Visitors are normally greeted with a glass of rice wine and a welcome dance. After that, they tour the longhouse and are entertained by various cultural performances. 

Mulu National Park near Miri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting. The park is famous for its caves and the expeditions that have been mounted to explore them and their surrounding rainforest. The national park is named after Mount Mulu, the second highest mountain in Sarawak.

The main city and capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu. Although mainly the gateway to Sabah’s major attractions, it is worth a couple of days to explore the city. 

Tanjung Aru is a beach resort nearby with a stretch of clear, soft sandy beach.  At sunset, beach activities thrive and people appear to enjoy the cooler air and the absolutely magnificent sunsets. To obtain a different perspective of the city head to the Signal Hill Observation that offers a prime view of Kota Kinabalu.

The highest point in Borneo and in fact, South East Asia, is Mount Kinabalu, located in the Kinabalu National Park. It is clearly visible from many parts of Sabah including Kota Kinabalu. There are several good walking trails in the rainforest at the base of the mountain, the climate is agreeably cool and accommodation both inside and outside the park is good. 

There are hundreds of beautiful islands within Malaysia. Sipadan is one of the most beautiful scuba diving spots in the world and acts as a shelter for many sea animals and fish. There are only a few places in the world that have such a concentration of sea turtles. It is almost impossible to list all the fish and other sea creatures that one might encounter under water here.  

One cannot complete one’s visit to Malaysia without considering a visit to an Orangutan sanctuary. One of only four Orangutan sanctuaries in the world, Sepilok, in South East Sabah, is the perfect place to view them Orphaned and injured Orangutans are brought to Sepilok to be rehabilitated in order to return to forest life. Another place is the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, not far from Kuching in Sarawak. That said, nothing beats an encounter with a wild Orangutan during a jungle trek in one of the national parks in Borneo. 

Traditional crafts in Malaysia range from hand-woven baskets from rural areas to silverwork. Indigenous East Malaysians are known for their wooden masks. Hand-woven textiles, masks, drums, brass gongs and statues are also popular. Not far from Kuala Lumpur is the world's largest pewter manufacturer offering some very appealing souvenirs made from this malleable alloy of tin and copper. 

So, as has been described, Malaysia, in many ways, has something for everyone. Book one of our Malaysia tours today and experience one of South East Asia's most exotic countries.

 


 

Malaysia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Malaysia.

Learn about the history and culture of Malaysia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Malaysia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Malaysia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Malaysia tours today!

 

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  • Cameron Highlands and Berinchang Explorer

    The Cameron Highlands in Malaysia is a perfect getaway to retreat into the highlands. Trek in the forest to the waterfall or take a 4-wheel drive to the top of the mountain for a breathtaking view of the hills.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 443
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Classic Malaysia

    From colonial settlements to the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia invites you to experience its diversity.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 901
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Essential Borneo ex Kota Kinabalu

    An exciting tour of an exceptional land. Experience the highest mountain range in South East Asia, lush rainforests and a native longhouse on this perfect in-depth journey through Borneo.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,113
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Essential Borneo ex Kuching

    An exciting tour of an exceptional land. Experience the highest mountain range in South East Asia, lush rainforests and a native longhouse on this perfect in-depth journey through Borneo.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,468
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Essential Malaysia

    This locally hosted tour visits the highlights of Southern Malaysia and is the perfect way to experience the cultural, historical and natural aspects of this varied and interesting country.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 837
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Exotic South East Asia

    Combine the highlights of Malaysia with exotic Bangkok on this 12 day tour from Singapore to Bangkok. Discover cosmopolitan cities, lush tropical countryside and historical landmarks.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,576
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Gems of South East Asia - Stay of Distinction

    The last word in luxury, this tour offers three renowned hotels, Raffles in Singapore, the Oriental in Bangkok and the Peninsula in Hong Kong plus a journey on the Eastern and Oriental Express.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,919
    Trip Type:
    Stays of Distinction, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Historic Penang

    A self-contained island, Penang reflects many interesting influences including the British. Add to this, excellent beaches, panoramic countryside and you will find your time here well spent.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 160
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Kota Kinabalu Stopover

    A modern city on the island of Borneo offering sandy beaches, coral reefs and tropical scenery, Kota Kinabalu is a first class resort as well as the gateway to majestic Mount Kinabalu.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 267
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Kuala Lumpur Kaper

    Kuala Lumpur is an interesting blend of the old and new. From gleaming high rises to colonial architecture, the city offers a cultural melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 219
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Kuching City Stopover

    Located on the shores of the Sarawak River, Kuching has a distinctive charm. Easy to stroll around, you will enjoy this city which combines the modern day with historical yesterday.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 202
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Langkawi Island

    This tropical island of many secluded coves, excellent beaches and a mountainous backdrop, Langkawi is for someone wanting serenity, scenery and all the facilities of a first class resort.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 189
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Malaysia Self Drive

    This program gives adventurous travellers the opportunity to explore Malaysia at their own pace. Malaysia has some of the best roads in Southeast Asia. You may choose to drive on the excellent main highways, or turn onto coastal roads passing through sleepy towns and local scenery.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,413
    Trip Type:
    Self Drive Road Trip Ideas
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  • Malaysia-Bali Getaway

    A week in the colourful and friendly island of Bali is combined with a short stay in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy an insight into a busy bustling city followed by a relaxing stay in a wonderful and beautiful destination.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 842
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules, Lodges & Beach Stays
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  • Malaysian Connector - Kuala Lumpur to Penang

    A journey through the heart of Malaysia travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Penang while enjoying not only the varied and colourful countryside but also stopping in interesting destinations.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 392
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Malaysian Connector - Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

    A journey through the heart of Malaysia travelling from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur while enjoying not only the varied and colourful countryside but also stopping in interesting destinations.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 435
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Malaysian Connector - Singapore to Penang

    A journey through the heart of Malaysia travelling from Singapore to Penang while enjoying not only the varied and colourful countryside but also stopping in interesting destinations.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 801
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Malaysian Paradise, Culture, Markets and Beaches

    This Malaysia tour invites you to explore the heart and soul of one of Southeast Asia’s most diverse countries. Hit the sights and shopping of bustling Kuala Lumpur, then unwind on the sandy beaches of Langkawi.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,099
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Getaways, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Mount Kinabalu

    Climb Borneo’s highest peak on this challenging and spectacular overnight excursion.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 874
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Sabah Adventure

    Borneo, the largest island in Asia offers something for everyone. Climb Mt Kinabalu, watch sea turtles lay their eggs on Turtle Beach and share laughs with local village hosts.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,279
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Tours
    Malaysia See Trip Details
  • Sabah Nature Trails

    Sabah is a nature lover’s paradise. Explore Mount Kinabalu national park, cruise the Kinabatangan River and check out Borneo’s Orangutans, at Sepilok rehabilitation centre.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,651
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Safaris
    Malaysia See Trip Details
  • Sandakan Explorer Safari

    Sandakan is the gateway to wonderful nature centres including the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Turtle Islands Park and the Gomantong limestone caves. An unparalleled area for nature lovers.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 655
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Safaris
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  • The Great Iban Longhouse Experience

    A totally unique experience. Spend time in the hinterland of Borneo becoming acquainted with the tribes who were formerly headhunters. Stay in an authentic longhouse and become one with nature.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 637
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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