Hey, can you suggest a place for Asia travel that is well connected internationally, cheap to fly, convenient to explore, ideal for budget travel, offers worldclass activities and is fun for everyone?
This is a common question I am often asked when solo travelers, groups, couples or families start planning their Asia travel. And, my answer is mostly Malaysia. Wonder why? Here’s the answer.
After spending a considerable time exploring South East Asia, I can confidently say Malaysia is a culturally rich nation that reflects a blend of Asian, European, Malay, Indian, Chinese and other cultures. The country has beaches that can rival the best in the world, and its choice of gastronomic offerings is truly legendary. Often overlooked in the shadow of its popular neighbors such as Indonesia and Thailand, Malaysia, is truly Asia. However, it would be a mistake to miss out on Malaysia that boasts of bustling cities, rare wildlife, incredible temples and mosques and rolling green tea plantations. Nowhere else would you come across such diversity of landscapes and culture! Also, being a technologically savvy nation, it offers easy online hotel booking. If this side of Asia Travel is on cards for you, don’t forget to visit these 6 must-visit places in Malaysia:
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1) Petronas Twin Towers
Completed in 1998, Petronas Twin Towers are like twin wonders. Located right in the middle of the Kuala Lumpur city, the twin towers comprised of a complex of conference halls and office buildings. They also boast of an upmarket shopping complex and a sprawling 50-acre park. Petronas Twin Towers are connected at by a 58-meter long double-decker Sky Bridge at the 41st and 42nd floors.
2) Genting Highlands
Drive from about 45 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur for a quick getaway in Malaysia. The nippy hill station is immensely popular because of its outdoor theme parks and Vegas-style casinos. Stay at Genting highland hotel to get a fantastic experience and great vacation. Roll the dice at the exclusive Casino and ride the world’s fastest – cable car system. Hike through jungles or take part in indoor rock climbing to keep the adrenalin rushing.
Penang Island is one the most popular destination in Malaysia. It is a fascinating mix of eastern and western influences and is able to embrace modernity while clinging on to its colonial traditions. Georgetown, Penang’s capital, is a well-preserved heritage building and is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Dominated by Chinese storefronts, Georgetown boasts of refurbished Chinese manors, swanky shopping complexes as well as artsy boutiques, cafés, and rowdy pubs. It is a good idea to get up early and make a trip to all the popular attractions in Penang such as the Habitat on Penang Hill and the Kek Lok Si Temple.
Cameron Highlands is located near the central part of the country. A suggestive of the English countryside, it is a joy to explore the lush green rolling hills in the countryside that are dotted with Tudor houses. Make a trip to Malabar Tea Plantations which is one of the most popular tea plantations and offers a great viewing platform. Enjoy tea tasting along with factory tours. Hike through the jungles and enjoy the nature around. One can go strawberry picking and enjoy more fun activities in the area. Tourists love the cool surroundings and opportunities for hiking.
If you are looking for the highest mountain in Malaysia, then it is none other than the Mount Kinabalu with a 4092 meters summit. There is no snow at the summit, but th4e temperatures are a lot colder when compared to sea level. The mountain in Borneo Malaysia and the closest city near the mountain is Kota Kinabalu. It is indeed an incredible experience to make a trip to the summit and create some wonderful memories.
Another must see in Malaysia is the Malacca City, which oozes with history and culture. The capital of Malacca State is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colonial city attracts visitors because of its amazing architecture, great food options, and Night Markets. One can see the influence of Portuguese and Dutch in this historical city. It is also home to the well-known Nyonya cuisine Visit the St Paul’s Church and Famosa Fort as well as the official residence of the Dutch governor, Stadthuys. Today, Malacca has become one of the most sought-after destinations because of its many historic attractions.
Have you been to Malaysia? I would love to know your thoughts.
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