Malaysia is divided into two distinct areas: Peninsular Malaysia and Eastern Malaysia. The former shares a border with Thailand to the north, with Singapore lying at its southern tip.
Halfway up the peninsula on its eastern side is Kuala Lumpur, the nation’s capital. Contingency planning and controlled development have made Kuala Lumpur one of the most pleasant and attractive cities in Asia. It is now also home for one of the tallest building in the world, the Petronas twin Towers.
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Divided into two distinct areas, the peninsula and Borneo (an island shared with Indonesia and Brunei) Malaysia offers two very distinct experiences. The peninsula is the mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavors with Kuala Lumpur as an efficient and modern capital. With wild jungle, orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes, Malaysian Borneo feature some of the most interesting places in Malaysia. Combined with some beautiful islands, luxury resorts and colonials towns, Malaysia present a happy mix for most of the visitors. Some of the top tourist attractions of Malaysia are:
Located in close to the city of Ipoh, in the western part of Peninsular Malaysia and first developed by the British in the 1920s the Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. The Cameron Highlands is renowned for its trails, which leads visitors through the forest to waterfalls and other tranquil spots. The sanctuary apart from its jungle walks is also known for its tea plantations and visitors can book several “tea factory” tours.
Georgetown Inner City
Known for its astounding sights and sounds to see and experience Georgetown is Located on the north-east corner of Penang Island and is named after Britain’s King George III. Due to strict controls, George Town retains many of its colonial-era shop houses to this day. It is officially recognized as having a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in Southeast Asia. The town becomes more alive with fun and pleasure in the evenings when most of the locals go out and enjoy their time with drinks and meals in those nearby street hawkers.
Taman Negara is one of the oldest tropical rain forests in the world. The name is derived from Malay and means “national park” and it features massive trees, waterfalls, jungle treks of various duration and the world’s longest canopy walkways with several trails enable the visitor to explore the forest without a guide. Taman Negara is a heaven for endangered species such as the Asian elephant, tigers, leopards and rhinos, but numbers are low and sightings are very rare. It is unlikely that you will see anything more than birds, small deer, lizards, snakes or perhaps a tapir in here.
Located off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia is a small island of Tioman. The island was selected as one of the world’s most beautiful islands in the 1970s by the Time Magazine. The island is surrounded by numerous white coral reefs, making it a heaven for scuba divers while the interior is densely forested. Tourists have surged to the island ever since, seeking a taste of paradises. Tioman can be virtually deserted at times except outside the monsoon (November to February) when Visitors outnumber villagers.
Mount Kinabalu is known worldwide for its tremendous botanical and biological species biodiversity and is the highest mountain in Borneo. At Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding over 600 species of ferns, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species have been identified. Although climbers must be accompanied by guides at all time the main peak of the mountain can be climbed easily by a person with a good physical condition, and requires no mountaineering equipment.
Petronas Twin Towers
Before being surpassed in 2004 by Taipei 101 the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings however, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world. Featuring a sky bridge between the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors The Petronas Twin Towers were constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion and have 88-floors.
Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea and Malaysia’s best-known holiday destination. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. It’s easy to see why this is Malaysia’s most heavily promoted tourist destination, it is fringed with long white beaches and have an interior of jungle covered hills and craggy mountain peaks. With a wide choice of restaurants and eateries and some of the best resorts in Langkawi the most popular beaches can be found on the west coast.
Located not far from the Thai border, off the coast of northeastern Malaysia are the Perhentian Islands. It is a must-go place in Malaysia for budget travelers having some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and great diving with plenty of cheap accommodation. Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”) are the two main islands of the group and both the islands have palm-fringed white sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea
Sepilok Rehabilition Centre
Opened in 1964 for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations and illegal hunting, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre trains the orphaned orangutans to survive again in the wild and are release them as soon as they are ready. The Orang Utan sanctuary is located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, much of which is virgin rainforest. You will find many orangutans living free in the reserve. It is one of Sabah’s top tourist attractions and a great stopover on any Malaysia itinerary.
Located in the Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysian Borneo, The Mulu Caves are one of the incredible caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting encompassed by the park. The Sarawak chamber is the largest cave chamber in the world found in one of the underground caves and has been said that the chamber is so big that it could accommodate about 40 Boeing 747s, without overlapping their wings. The enormous colony of Wrinkle-lipped bats in the nearby Deer Cave exit almost every evening in search of food in a spectacular exodus