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Crystal clear water at Perhentian Island

Perhentian Dream

One of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia is Perhentian Island, which actually consists of a big island and a small island. Both islands offer fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The islands are especially famous because of the laid-back atmosphere. Alongside the beaches you will find basic lodges, moderately luxurious resorts, cozy restaurants, dive centers and boat operators advertising their services ranging from water taxis to snorkeling trips.

Lake Kenyir

True Paradise: Lake Kenyir

Lake Kenyir is a beautiful lake located in the state of Terengganu in northeast Malaysia. It is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia. The lake borders the wildlife park Taman Negara to the west. In and around Lake Kenyir you will find hundreds of small islands, stunning waterfalls and amazing caves. Lucky travelers can spot wild animals, birds and insects like hornbills, monkeys, snakes, spiders and even wild elephants and tigers.

Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Most popular National Park Taman Negara

Ultimate Jungle Experience

Taman Negara is one of the world's oldest primary rainforests. The national park stretches roughly across the center of Peninsular Malaysia and is easily accessible from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Over recent years the park developed into a popular ecotourism destination. Taman Negara is home to some very rare mammals but due to the sheer size of the park, close encounters with wildlife is not that common.

Tropical island of Langkawi

Tropical Gem Langkawi

The tropical island of Langkawi is one of the most popular destinations within Malaysia. Though the island is recognised as one of the most beautiful islands in the world; you will never feel you're visiting a crowded tourist overrun island. Visit Langkawi for wonderful jungle, fantastic sightseeing and beautiful beaches. There is an abundance of accommodation available for every type of traveler, ranging from basic B&B's to luxurious 5-star resorts.

First vacation in Malaysia

Welcome to Malaysia where you can enjoy vast jungles, the beautiful underwater world, amazing tropical islands with crystal clear water and white beaches. Most tourists come to Malaysia because of the great mixture of authentic Asia combined with many modern influences. Another reason of course is the wonderful tropical climate. In Malaysia you can shop till you drop, not only at one of the many modern shopping malls in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur (KL), but also at numerous other cities and even at most of the islands. You can eat fantastic dishes right along the streets, but also fine (dining) meals at many great restaurants. In this tourist guidebook you will find all the information you need when you are planning your first vacation in Malaysia.

Most visitors will arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA); about an hour drive from the city of Kuala Lumpur at Peninsular Malaysia. More adventurous travelers will skip KL and immediately continue towards Borneo, where many great jungle experiences start from cities like Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Sandakan and Miri.

First timers will often visit a few of the must-see destinations in Malaysia. Among these are a visit to islands like Penang, Langkawi, Perhentian, Redang and Tioman, a trip to the highlands like Cameron Highlands, exploring the jungles at Taman Negara or one of the National Parks in Borneo, often ending their trip in Kuala Lumpur for some last-minute shopping. Check our top10 to do's.

List of great attractions based on region

West coast Peninsular Malaysia

Map Peninsular Malaysia smallMost popular and easiest tourist attractions and destinations are located on the western side of Peninsular Malaysia. This area has no real monsoon season which makes it a perfect destination all year round.

Most popular attractions at the western side of Peninsular Malaysia

Most popular attractions are: Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Malacca, Penang Island, Langkawi Island, Pangkor Island, Kuala Selangor Fireflies, the city of Ipoh, Genting Highlands, Port Dickson, Ketam Island, rafting at the Selangor River at Kuala Kubu Bharu, Royal Belum National Park, Gunung Ledang (Mt Orphir) and Taman Negara National Park.

East coast Peninsular Malaysia

The eastern side of Peninsular Malaysia is especially popular because of the wonderful tropical islands where you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, sun bathing and kayaking. Resorts are often located right on the beach, only a few meters from the crystal clear water. Other popular places are the quiet and quaint cities, a few nice lakes and a national park. The east coast has a monsoon season that affects your traveling possibilities, as most resorts on the islands are closed and the attractions on the mainland are less fun when it rains 24/7.

Most popular attractions at the eastern side of Peninsular Malaysia

The most popular attractions are: Perhentian Island, Redang Island, Lang Tengah Island, Tenggol Island, Kapas Island, Tioman Island, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Lake Kenyir, Kuantan, Kuala Rasang, Endau-Rompin National Park, Lake Chini and the city of Johor Bahru (especially popular because of its location nearby Singapore).


Map Borneo smallBorneo is especially popular among those that like adventure during their travels. Besides many beautiful tropical islands many visit the states of Sabah and Sarawak to explore the beautiful national parks, the caves and the local tribes. Borneo can be visited all year round, but during the months of November to March there can be more rainfall and nasty weather conditions because of the typhoon season north of Borneo. Scuba diving enthusiasts might want to avoid those months as visibility is less great and some may have difficulties with the strong(er) currents.

Most popular attractions on Sabah

Most popular attractions on Sabah are: Mount Kinabalu Summit Climb, Kota Kinabalu, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Poring Hot Springs, rafting at Kiulu River and Padas River, Pulau Tiga (Survivor Island), Labuan Island, visiting the 'Tip of Borneo', Sandakan, Turtle Island, Langkayan Island, Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Gomantong Caves, Kinabatangan River Cruises, Danum Valley, Sipadan Island, Mabul Island, Mataking Island, Kapalai Island.

Most popular attractions on Sarawak

Most popular attractions on Sarawak are: Gunung Mulu National Park, Bako National Park, Kuching, Niah National Park, Semenggoh Orangutang Sanctuary, Miri, Talang-Talang Island, Iban Longhouses near Sibu along the Rejang River, Batang Ai National Park, Kubah National Park, Lambir National Park, Bario and Kelabit Highlands and Gunung Gading National Park

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