Monday, 1 October 2018

Making the Most of Malaysia


Malaysia is in Southeast Asia and is close to other countries such as Singapore, Indonesia Thailand, and Vietnam. Its largest city is Kuala Lumpur, which is also its capital. The population of over 320 million people is multi-ethnic and multicultural, with English being a language that is spoken by many of them.


Economically, it has one of the best records in Asia its GDP having grown steadily for the last 50 years. This has meant that there have been the funds to make cities larger, and build better road infrastructures to make it easier for locals and tourists to get around. The government has worked hard to attract new business to the country, something that has met with a great deal of success. They have also been encouraging the tourist industry, and now that has become the third largest source of income for Malaysia.

There is every reason to think you will have a wonderful time in Malaysia, whether you are backpacking around the country or there for a vacation. However, there are differences in cultures, and these tips on some of them may help.

Tips for when you visit Malaysia

Alcohol is very expensive. It is not illegal but is frowned upon. The authorities have hiked the prices with taxes to try and discourage it. If you want a boozy holiday you would be better of in nearby Thailand.

Malaysia has many fine restaurants, but if you want to try the real local food you should eat at one of the street cafes. You can watch the cook the fresh products, and for very little money will be served more tasty food than you can eat.


Taxi’s in Malaysia do not have meters, so agree your fare before you step inside. The public transport systems are good and very reasonably priced, especially if you are trying to get around one of the cities.

The country has restrictions in bring large amounts of their currency into Malaysia, so change your dollars when you get there.

The big cities are always the largest attractions but if you want to experience the real Malaysia, do it with the locals. They are some of the friendliest people in the world and will happily show you the best places to go and the easiest way to get there. They will be aware of the hidden gems that you do not find in the travel brochures,


You should always respect the traditions of any country you visit. In Malaysia, the head is considered to be sacred, and touching someone on the head or face is thought to be very rude. If you visit a Buddhist temple, remove your shoes and hat before entering.

Women should avoid touching monks, even accidentally. They have to go through a cleansing and fasting ritual if a woman touches them.

Only drink bottled water, which is available in most shops.

Best Places To Visit In Malaysia

Of course, it depends are what you are looking for from your travels to decide what are the best places for you to visit, but there are some that you really should not miss. Here are some of them:

Kuala Lumpur started off as a quiet tin mining town but has now grown into a cultural melting pot that is noted for its impressive buildings, fine dining, and shopping. Finding a studio for rent in kl is not difficult if you are on a budget, or you may want to stay in one of the hotels. Most tourists head for the Chinatown district and the Golden Triangle as these present the modern face of the city.

The Gunung Mulu National Park is famous for its limestone spikes and fantastic cave formations. It is one of the most awe-inspiring natural places in the whole of Southeast Asia and should be a must for anyone visiting Malaysia. The limestone spikes stand proud above the treetops, and the park has the largest cave in the world, which is said to be big enough to hold 40 passenger planes.


The Cameron Highlands in the Titiwangsa Mountains are a welcome relief from the heat of the lowlands. As one of Malaysia’s oldest tourist destinations, this beautiful location has lush green scenery, lakes, forests, wildlife, and outdoor activities. The area abounds with flower farms and tea plantations, many of which are open to the public.

These are just three of the amazing places to visit in Malaysia. There are many, many more. If you have a family, I would personally recommend traveling to Genting Highlands. They've got a themepark and plenty of holiday activities great for couples and kids. It was one of the highlights of my trip to Malaysia as a 16 year old for a family holiday.


Beaches In Malaysia

In comparison to the well-known beaches of Thailand, the Malaysian beaches are lesser known and so do not get so crowded. They are however just as stunning and their beauty is hard to rival.

Most people head for the beaches on the East coast of the country, as the waters are clear and warm. The sands are soft and white and very safe. Watersports are available at most of them and you will also find things like the turtle sanctuary at Redang.

There are several small islands off the East coast that you can reach on ferries, and some of them on a short flight. Tioman Island is part of the protected marine park islands, as well as being a snorkelers and divers paradise. Langkawi is said to be the liveliest of the islands and has a wide range of hotels, restaurants, and shops. The islands are close enough for you to island hop from the East Coast and can be an ideal part of your stay in Malaysia if you are based in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian Festivals

Just like the people of all the other Southeast Asian countries, the Malaysians love festivals. There is always something taking place all year round, and it is easy to find out when and where they are and plan your stay to coincide with some. You do not have to be a local to have fun at these events. The people will welcome you with open arms as they like everyone to take part.


Malaysia is a country that has so much to see and do, that most tourist’s visit more than once, It is a friendly country with delicious cuisine and some of the most beautiful sights you will ever see.


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