Malaysia is packed full of richly cultural cities, ancient temples, fascinating history and lush rainforest lined by picture-perfect islands dusted with soft white sand. Sound like bliss? These are our top 5 Malaysia must-sees...
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Penang’s night markets are a heady mix of bustling crowds, glaring lights, delicious food aromas and lively stalls selling everything from DVDs to jewellery, toys, clothes, and, more importantly hundreds of different types of food. Follow the aroma of hot cinnamon rolls, slurp a spicy laksa, take on a local curry or try a steaming duck dish and you’ll understand why it’s known as one of the world’s best street food destinations. Head to Georgetown for the widest choice, where the Art Deco architecture just outside the market gives it a completely unique atmosphere, too.
From submerged corals to the peak of the highest mountain in South East Asia, the landscapes of this vast country are unforgettable. Challenge yourself with a climb up Mount Kinabalu for jaw-dropping views, or head deep into the virgin jungle in Taman Negara National Park for Asia’s toughest trek. Alternatively, stroll Malaysia’s rainforests, some believed to be 130 million years old, or simply relax on the beach in a luxury spa hotel for a more peaceful Malaysian escape.
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Malaysia is home to many world-class beaches, but the waters around The Perhentian Islands, just north east of the mainland, are some of the clearest you will ever see. A scuba diving mecca, here turtles, reef sharks and vibrant coral hide just below the surface waiting to be discovered, and perfect white sand beaches line the shores ready to welcome sun-worshippers. With no roads, you’ll need to head through the jungle or take a sea taxi to get around, which adds to the charm and laid-back vibe.
The Malaysian government really know how to throw a party, with thousands of the world’s sports stars, spectators and media heading to Sepang each year for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The events schedule is packed all year round with art, golf, sailing, exhibitions, shows and celebrations. This year’s highlight is set to be the Colours of 1Malaysia festival on the 19th May, with traditional dance, colourful parades and impressive displays of local art and culture.
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And last but certainly not least, you can only find Orangutans in two places in the world, and Borneo is one of them. These intelligent apes act curiously human, and you can watch them in their natural habitat in Borneo’s Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan. Just don’t forget your camera.