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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.

Hotels and flight tickets

Hotel reservation tips Malaysia

When you are traveling to Malaysia for the first time you might be overwhelmed by all the different choices in airlines and available hotels. At our hotel review section we have published all the hotels we have ever visited. Our reviews combined with the personal opinions of our readers may help you in finding the right hotel at each destination within Malaysia. Besides our own reviews you could also check Tripadvisor.com for personal opinions, but beware those most of the user reviews are highly subjective (which is ok of course, but one bad review doesn't make a hotel or resort a bad one to stay at).

Making hotel reservations is usually cheapest at the hotel booking websites. Examples are Booking.com and Agoda.com . Remember to always check all of these sites to find the best deal. Sometimes Agoda has a great offer, other times you are better off at Booking.com. Compare all prices before making your reservations.

In some cases you will not be able to make reservations through the booking websites. This especially goes for the smaller resorts at the tropical islands and the more basic accommodation throughout Malaysia. In that case the only option to make reservations is to contact the resort (operator) directly via their website or via email or telephone. In many cases you are asked to email or fax a copy of your credit card. Banks and credit card companies would probably advise you not to do this as it might jeopardize your credit card. This means you are not able to make reservations up front, as the resorts offer no alternative methods of payment.

Some places in Malaysia are so popular that almost all accommodation is fully booked during peak season. Backpackers or travelers that do not like to make beforehand reservations will have a hard time to find a place to stay for the night. This only goes for certain destinations in Malaysia, other places have ample accommodation available and there you will always be able to find something suitable. Examples of places where things get quite crowded during peak season (or where there is a lack of available accommodation) are: Perhentian Island, Langkawi Island, Tioman Island, Taman Negara National Park, Cameron Highlands, Malacca, the area around Kinabatangan River and some popular guesthouses around the city of Sandakan.

Examples of places in Malaysia where you might need to make reservations directly at the resort or guesthouse are: Perhentian Island, Kapas Island, Tioman Island, basic accommodation at numerous other islands, most guesthouses in Kuala Lumpur, guesthouses in Malacca and most other popular cities.

Flight ticket tips Malaysia

How to find the best or cheapest flight tickets to Malaysia? We also listed all airlines that fly either directly to Malaysia, or with a short stopover. Usually the choice of airline boils down to the location you are departing from. One tip is to consider the great Arabic airlines like Qatar , Emirates and Etihad . All of them have won numerous airline awards the last few years, all fly with a very modern fleet and they offer tickets to Kuala Lumpur for real competitive prices. Possible downside is that you will always have a short stopover at the home base of each airline, but this is also the case with almost all other airlines (except for Malaysia Airlines).

Our personal favorites are Malaysia Airlines for the direct flights and fantastic in-flight service, and Singapore Airlines for the high quality of their overall service and their attractive ticket prices.

There are many websites that allow you to search for available flight tickets between the numerous airlines. Among those websites are Cheaptickets.com and CheapoAir.com . Most airlines offer great discounts via their own official websites too. Singapore Airlines for example often has great fares to Kuala Lumpur, the same goes for Etihad Airways and Emirates; both offer really affordable tickets and a first class service.

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