Malaysia is no doubt 'Truly Asia' as it presents a mesh of various cultures and ethnicities put together that have come to define this South-east Asian country. This multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual society happy co-exists with mosques, Hindu temples and Chinese joss houses comfortably sitting side-by-side. Malaysia is a happy mix of the urban and modern universe with avant-grade infrastructure and technology as well as retains it's roots and traditions with a glorious heritage and illustrious history.
Kick-off the holiday by making Kuala Lumpur (KL) your first stop. The Malaysian capital is the classic representation of what a 21st-century dynamic megalopolis ought to look like with glittering skyscrapers spruced all over the cityscape, luxurious hotel chains and sprawling shopping complexes. When in KL, be sure to first head over to stunning Petronas Twin Towers. Sharply piercing into the sky with it's tall self at 451.9m (1,483 ft), this magnificent piece of architecture symbolizes Malaysia's futuristic development. Other notable highlights to visit are the Menara KL Tower, Chinatown, Mederka Square, Sultan Adbul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club, St. Mary's Church, Batu Caves - 100 year-old temple and Aquaria KLCC - home to over 250 varied species and more than 5,000 land and marine creatures from Malaysia and all over the globe.
Famous for being the twin-sister of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya is known for it's fun and adventurous theme park - Sunway Lagoon. Encompassing 80 acres, the park comprises of an array of rides and attractions and is split into a Water Park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park. The port state of Penang is a classic blend of European and Asian sensibilities owing to past British colonization. This island city's capital Georgetown - UNESCO World Heritage Site - is home to spectacular attractions such as the colonial buildings, 19th century churches, temples, mosques and the famous street art like 'Little Children on a Bicycle' featuring a real bicycle attached into the wall. When it comes to Penang island, stroll around the Penang Botanic Gardens (Waterfall Gardens), visit the Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, Town Hall and Supreme Court to learn more about the city's heritage.
When it comes to exotic islands, Malaysia has plenty to boast about. Langkawi, truly an emerald jewel, is made up of 99 islands. This tropical retreat is a paradise for divers from all over the planet with the archipelago housing some of the finest snorkelling and scuba diving zones in the globe like the Pulau Payar Marine Park, a collection of four emerald-green islands. The tiny island of Tioman, situated off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia is another isle that is a haven for scuba divers owing to it's numerous coral reefs. To lounge around on white sandy beaches and gaze at the turquoise blue sea, head over to the Perhentian islands, known to be one of the most budget-friendly destinations to vacation.
There are abundant national parks in Malaysia. One of them is the luscious Taman Negara. Famous for being one of the oldest tropical rain forest in the planet, this forest features huge trees, waterfalls, jungle treks and the globe's longest canopy walkways. Numerous endangered species have made the densely-thick woods their home such as the Asian Elephant, tigers, leopards and rhinos. The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center in the state of Sabah houses several rescued baby orang utans, train them to survive in the wild and release them when they are ready. The Orang Utan sanctuary, resides within the Kabli-Sepilok Forest Reserve and is home to around 60-80 orang utans. The Gunung Mulu National Park, situated in the state of Sawark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is packed in with caves and Karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest zone.
When it comes to shopping, traditional Malaysian fabrics (batik) are a classic favourite for souvenirs. Kuching in East Malaysia is the cheapest place to purchase ethnic souvenirs, particularly those that are wood-based. When it comes to gourmet,Malaysia is famous for being a destination that considers eating to be it's national obsession. So do dig into the national dish of Malaysia - Nasi lemak - rice cooked in light coconut milk/cream and served with anchovies, peanuts, slices of cucumber and little bit of chilli. Be sure to sip refreshing and rejuvenating Teh tarik, a hot milk tea beverage, regarded as the national drink of Malaysia.
A plethora of stay options are available in Malaysia. Those who are willing to pay and splurge in the best luxury hotels the country can boast of can do so for they are abundant. The choices for budget travellers and backpackers who are light on the pocket also have plenty of comfortable and modest accommodations and cheap hotel apartments.
Malaysia experiences a tropical climate. The best time to visit this country would be during January as most of the nation will be receiving a good amount of sunshine and less rainfall.