When you’re planning a holiday there is a lot to consider. When, where, what is just the beginning and if you have more questions than answers, then Malaysia could be the perfect solution to all your holiday dilemmas!
Here are 6 reasons why Malaysia is the perfect destination for your next holiday.
After a tumultuous history of colonisation and fractured ruling, Malaysia gained independence and united the Malayan states including Singapore in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Singapore later separated to become its own state and the area of Malaysia now covers a beautiful peninsula and part of the island of Borneo.
Thanks to the influences from the ancient Asian cultures, the British era of colonisation and successful modern development, not only does Malaysia physically unite 3 separate nations but it also encompasses a huge variety of culture, architecture and landscapes. It really is a feast for the senses with something different around every corner.
Australia is so far flung that travelling internationally often means long flights and stop overs. One of the best things about a holiday to Malaysia is direct flights. With the major travel hubs of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore giving perfect access to all of Malaysia, flights are plentiful and deals are common
For budget travellers, try finding direct flights to Kuala Lumpur with budget airlines. If you are looking for a little more on board then you’ll have no trouble finding flights direct to Singapore.
The best part is that shorter, direct flights mean you get to spend your precious holiday time actually on holiday and not just getting there.
Choosing a holiday destination is often ruled by the conflicting seasons of the northern and southern hemispheres. One of the best things about Malaysia is that it has a consistent yearly average temperature of 27 degrees. That is the perfect recipe for a brilliant tropical holiday. The only thing to consider is that as with any tropical destination, there will be impressive downpours. The rainiest months differ from east to west so you can time your travel if you aren’t a fan of the rain.
If cities are more your thing then Malaysia has got you covered. Malaysia has experienced huge growth since its formation and modern cities have grown from small villages. Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital and is the go-to for shopping. There are over 8 million people in the greater city region which is made up of many smaller business centres instead of one main central district. The Golden Triangle is the most modern of the areas and is home to the famous Petronas Twin Towers. Head to the bottom six floors of these buildings for some luxury shopping. Also check out Berjaya Times Square - it is packed full of stores as well as a food market, theme park, bowling alley and more.
If you want to experience the natural beauty of Malaysia, but still base yourself in a city, then Kota Kinabalu is the destination for you. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia’s island state Sabah, on Borneo. From the city you have easy access to islands for beaches and diving, the jungle for animal sanctuaries and tours, as well as Mt Kinabalu, Malaysia’s tallest mountain if trekking is more your style.
Half of Malaysia itself is an island, the other half is a water-surrounded peninsula. With year round temperatures that are perfect for swimming there is no wonder that this is a beach seekers paradise. If mainland Malaysia isn’t enough for you, then head for Langkawi. Located in the north-west of Malaysia, Langkawi is an archipelago made up of around 100 islands, dotted across the crystal sea. Known officially as Langkawi Permata Kedah which means Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, it’s not hard to imagine why this is beginning to be one of Asia’s best tropical destinations.
The islands are not overly developed and many local villages still thrive beyond the new resorts that welcome visitors. You can find a range of accommodation to suit your budget and though it’s not as cheap as mainland Malaysia it does have the added benefit of being a Duty Free island. Car hire can be more affordable thanks to this. If you are hiring a vehicle remember to have the right international travel insurance* to help out if anything goes wrong.
After basking in Malaysia’s warmth for a while, you might find yourself longing for a cool change. Head to the mountains and not only will you find the temperatures drop a few degrees, you will also be rewarded with spectacular views over jungles and plantations.
Explore the wildlife in the highlands of Sabah which is home to rare and protected species including orangutans, elephants, the Sumatran rhinoceros and the secretive clouded leopard. There are many wildlife tours and conservation projects to get involved with and experience these amazing animals.
To see another side of Malaysia, visit one of the many tea plantations. The rich green of the sprawling farms is breath taking and luckily most are open to the public for tastings, so you can take a minute to relax and take it all in. The Cameron Highlands is a large tea growing region and is also known for its flower farms which really add to the beauty.
Whatever your taste, Malaysia surely has something to offer you!