Malaysia draws visitors time and again thanks to its tropical climate, natural beauty, exotic wildlife and its spotless, beautiful beaches. The safe and accessible capital Kuala Lumpur has beautiful gardens, great shopping and restaurants, water parks and caves. Just a short flight from KL is the idyllic and unspoilt island of Langkawi. Set like a jewel in the Andaman Sea, it is a perfect place for a relaxing escape thanks to its impressive mountainous interior, pristine forests and stunning, deserted northern beaches. Sabah in northern Borneo is home to stunning tropical islands, wild rivers and jungles and of course one of Asia’s most unforgettable creatures, the wonderful orang-utan.
Turquoise Holidays Top 5 Reasons To Visit Malaysia
1. A visit to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre is a truly privileged encounter with orang-utans living wild in the reserve. The rangers place fruit and sugar cane on the feeding platform, approximately 60 feet from your viewing area where these human like primates come for their morning feed. It''s a magical experience for all, as the trees begin to shake, and a flash of orange appears!
2. If you enjoy your diving head to the stunning island of Tioman, just an hour''s flight off the east coast in the middle of a marine park. Here you can kick off your shoes and hide out at JapaMala Resort. Hidden away from the rest of the island by jungle, this little diamond sits happily on its own stretch of perfect white sand beach. This is true rustic jungle chic and without a doubt the Seychelles of Asia!
3. From Kota Kinabalu journey deep into the jungle staying at the Borneo Nature Lodge, located ojn the banks of the Kingabatangan River. View the wide variety of wildlife that inhabits the reserve; spot Proboscis Monkeys, Langurs, Pygmy Elephants, wild Orang Utan and abundant bird-life.
4. Between May and October Malaysia’s unspoilt East Coast is enjoying its best weather, making it a perfect time to visit Tanjong Jara, a traditional but luxurious reateat located on a secluded stretch of beach. Outside the Resort, enjoy cycle tours to nearby fishing villages, trek through the jungle, join a river cruise or explore the reefs by diving or snorkelling off Tenggol Island – one of Asia’s best kept dive secrets
5. As with the rest of South-East Asia, the best time of year to visit Malaysia is between the months of November to April. However, this should not deter visitors who are planning to travel between May to October, since showers are usually short and restricted to the afternoon or evening. In addition, this is the best time of year to visit the East Coast, where the rainy season lasts from November to January.
More About Malaysia
Malaysia is split into two parts, the first being the mainland of Peninsula Malaysia (including the islands of Langkawi, Penang and Pangkor) which is sandwiched between Thailand to the North and Singapore to the South. East Malaysia consists of the two states, Sabah and Sarawak, on the island of Borneo to the East. Borneo is also shared with the Royal Kingdom of Brunei and the Indonesian province of Kalimantan to the South.
A true fusion of many cultures, traditional Malay mores still exert a strong influence on modern day Malaysia yet are complemented by a vibrant Chinese community and a large Indian population. Whilst Kuala Lumpur is a thoroughly modern Asian capital, areas such as Taman Negara contain million year old rainforest and the fishing villages of the East Coast exist much as they have done for hundreds of years.One of Malaysia’s main attractions is her pristine beaches, being amongst the world’s most picturesque, be it on a larger island such as Langkawi, a smaller resort island such as Pangkor, or along the untouched stretch of mainland on the East Coast. With white sand, attractive offshore islets and coconut trees, Malaysia’s beaches are the epitome of the dream Asian getaway.
Malaysia also takes great pride in preserving her heritage and culture, with both Penang and Kuala Lumpur boasting some colourful architecture and fascinating museums. Tropical Malaysia also offers some stunning scenery. The tea plantations and fruit farms of the Cameron Highlands cling to verdant mountains and Taman Negara’s rivers and rainforests are typically lush. Thanks to its history as a former British colony, modern Malaysia still retains a strong British influence, which is particularly present in the hill stations of the Cameron Highlands and in colonial era architecture in urban centres. English is very well-spoken throughout the country and is widely used in commerce.
When To Visit Malaysia
Renowned as a safe and civilised country, the great value of the Ringgit versus the British Pound Sterling makes this a desirable destination for British travellers. As with the rest of South-East Asia, the best time of year to visit Malaysia is between the months of November to April. However, this should not deter visitors who are planning to travel between May to October, since showers are usually short and restricted to the afternoon or evening. In addition, this is the best time of year to visit the East Coast, where the rainy season lasts from November to January. With delicious cuisine, fantastic shopping, beautiful beaches and plenty of activities on offer, there is little wonder why Malaysia is an enticing and ever-popular haven.
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