One of the most culturally diverse nations in South Asia, Malaysia has a lot to offer the plucky globetrotter. However, before you board the plane and jet off for the experience of a lifetime, you’ll need an itinerary.
Touching down in one of the country’s many airports without a plan isn’t a good idea, which is why we’ve decided to make things easier for you and give you a whistle-stop tour of Malaysia’s top attractions. Although not extensive, this list should give you some of the major points of interest among the wealth of options available.
The Petronas Twin Towers
If you’ve got a head for heights and an appreciation of engineering excellence, then Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers are a sight to behold. Formerly the tallest buildings in the world (still the tallest twin buildings), these impressive structures contain 88 floors each and the glass exterior has been designed to reflect Malaysia’s Muslim roots. In terms of scale, there are few attractions in the world, let alone Malaysia, that can compete with the Petronas Twin Towers.
Taking in the wonderful sights and sounds of Malaysia’s top tourist destinations is one thing, but if it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for then the Langkawi Islands are a must. Located in the Andaman Sea, this archipelago consists of 99 islands and a stunning array of natural wildlife. By far the largest of the islands is Pulau Langkawi and among its mountainous coastline is a string of beaches offering some of the most relaxing (and picturesque) moments in Malaysia.
Have a Flutter
Asia is known for its love of gambling and while cities in Malaysia aren’t quite as keen on casinos as places such as Macau, there’s still a longstanding affinity with the industry. Aside from simply being places to wager money, Malaysian casinos, such as Casino de Genting at the wonderful mountain resort Genting Highlands, have a distinctly entertaining vibe with restaurants, bars and spa facilities in each.
Obviously you don’t want to spend your cash without knowing what you’re doing, so our advice is to play some free money casino games online, for example at SA Gaming, before you visit a Malaysian casino. That way, you won’t go completely broke after you’ve anted-up.
Heading into the Forest
For a look at what life was like before humans invaded Malaysia, then Taman Negara is a must. Meaning “national park” in Malay, this rain forest is one of the oldest in the world and a haven for some of the most exotic animals you’ll ever see.
Not only that, but the impressive tress help form a maze-like setting as you climb across rope bridges and navigate forest walkways on your way through the park. Although the weather is never predictable, it’s best to visit Taman Negara during the dry season which runs from February to September. If you want to avoid the crowds then resist visiting during peaks time between April and August.
Malaysia is a wonderful country to explore and one that requires several different plans of attack. Indeed, as you can see from our list of suggestions you can indulge in everything from modern feats of engineering to stunning beaches and dense forests. However, regardless of the places you choose to visit, we’re certain you’ll have a fantastic time when you visit Malaysia.