Planning A Trip To Malaysia
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Stopover Holidays

KLIA - Kuala Lumpur International Airport

For stopover holidays, many travelers choose to transit at the Kuala Lumpur International Airports (KLIA) for immediate connections to popular destinations like Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. Located at the crossroads of Asia, Malaysia is a convenient place for business meetings or conferences. Adding a few days before or after such activities enables visitors to gain a better appreciation of just what Malaysia offers. Many travelers on long-haul flights also choose to break their journey here. Alternatively, spend a few days in Kuala Lumpur to indulge in shopping, dining, partying and sightseeing. One of the best things about Malaysian stopover is that it gives a brief introduction to the country but just enough time for visitors to contemplate when to return.

Holidays In The West Coast

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Peninsular Malaysia’s west coast is where most people live and work. A fly and drive holiday is the best option to explore the west coast as it is well-serviced by the North-South Expressway extending from Johor Bahru in the south to the border of Thailand in the north. The highlights include cities like Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Georgetown, Malacca, Johor Bahru and Ipoh. There are cool hill stations such as Cameron Highlands, Fraser’s Hill, Bukit Tinggi and Genting Highlands. The tranquil islands of Langkawi and Pangkor offer relaxing retreats with their scenic beaches, deluxe hotels and water sports. Kuala Lumpur is unique for its contrasting architectural styles from Moorish, Tudor to contemporary. Other interesting spots are the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and National Museum.

Visit the Central Market for souvenirs and hunt for bargains in Petaling Street. A half-day tour of Putrajaya with its beautifully landscaped roads and parks as well as innovative modern buildings will delight the senses. The historic trading of Malacca and Georgetown in Penang are eclectic in character having been shaped by settlers from many lands. Penang is known for its balmy beaches, tasty food, colourful festivals and the historic Eastern and Oriental Hotel. On the overland route to Penang, visit Kellie’s Castle, cave temples in Ipoh, the royal town of Kuala Kangsar and colonial Taiping, Perak. The natural attractions here include Kuala Selangor’s fireflies, Perlis State Park, eagle feeding in Langkawi, bird watching in Fraser’s Hill and diving in Pulau Payar Marine Park.

Holidays In The East Coast

Snorkeling At Pulau Perhentian Island

The east coat of the peninsula includes Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. It is usually referred to as the heartland of Malaysia culture where traditions are still preserved amidst a rustic lifestyle. Visitors will quickly notice how different it is to the west coast – less people, smaller settlements and a slower, more relaxed predominantly agrarian lifestyle. Take in one of many pastimes here such as top-spinning or kit-flying and simply watch craftsmen at work at the cottage industries nearby. The lively markets in Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu should not be missed.

There are stretches of beautiful beaches and charming fishing villages along the east coast. The offshore islands are particularly appealing providing simple chalets and up market resorts. There are several resorts around Kuantan and mostly village style chalets in Cherating. Turtles lay eggs along some sandy beaches. Beserah beach near Kuantan is where buffaloes pull in the fishing catch at certain times of the year. Diving and snorkeling is excellent off islands like Perhentian, Redang (well-known worldwide), Lang Tengah, Kapas, Tenggol and Tioman Island. The inland Tasik Kenyir is the largest man-made Lake in the region, a very popular spot for angling and nature lovers.

Taman Negara, the country’s premier national park can be accessed from any of the three states on the east coast. For easy accessibility to these states, visitor can fly directly to Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Redang Island, Tioman and Kuantan from Kuala Lumpur. To enjoy the coastal scenery one can drive via the East-West Highway in the north or Karak Highway in the central peninsula.

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East Malaysia Map

Holidays In Sabah

Sabah River Cruise

Sabah in Malaysian Borneo is similar to neighbouring Sarawak as they both highlight eco-adventure holidays amongst various cultural communities. Activities include trekking, rafting, diving, mountain climbing and there are superb coastal resorts to relax in afterwards. Shop in at ‘tamu’ or local markets in Kota Belud, Kota Kinabalu’s Gaya Street or near Mount Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu is a cosmopolitan city with several islands just off the coast. Kinabalu National Park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site and its jewel is Mount Kinabalu at 4,095m. The adventurous will attempt a two-day challenging trek to the summit or enjoy leisurely walks at the park headquarters. Orang Utans are one of the state’s great icons and the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary outside Sandakan is the best place to see them.

Further a field, the Lower Kinabatangan River, Gomantong Caves, and Danum Valley are other destinations to explore the state’s exotic flora and fauna. Diving sites such as Mabul, Langkayan, Layang Layang and Mantanani offer superb marine life and comfortable accommodation. Only day trips are allowed to Sipadan, one of the best diving spots in the world. Borneo’s antique train operates from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom while tourist steam trains operate to Papar and back, offering views of the scenic countryside and lifestyle. International and domestic flights service Kota Kinabalu and from here, there are flights to other destinations in Sabah. Flying is an economical way of discovering the state although there’s a good public bus system.

Holidays In Sarawak

Sarawak Ethnic

Also know as the ‘Land of the Hornbills’, intricate rivers and pepper, Sarawak beckons with verdant rainforests and the diverse lifestyles of its indigenous people. Travellers here need to factor in the remoteness of some locations especially those ‘upriver’ where boats are still the only form of communication. This remoteness is what makes Sarawak so appealing. It’s unlike Peninsular Malaysia and appeals to the adventurous. Rivers like the Skrang, Belaga, Batang Ai, Rejang and Baram with their remote tribal longhouses provide access to the state’s magnificent natural and cultural heritage. Explore ancient rainforests by boat or head cross-country for trekking, rafting and climbing adventures. Many longhouses appear stuck in a time warp.

Handicrafts like wood carvings, beadwork, pua weavings and basketry are still made along communal verandas. Visit natural treasures like Gunung Mulu National Park and the archaeologically significant Niah Caves. Many of the state’s tourist attractions are its national parks protecting natural features like caves, the exotic Rafflesia flower, endangered wildlife, beaches, rivers and various plant communities. Get to know the people of Sarawak and their lifestyles at the Sarawak Cultural Village. Set within 15 acres of natural jungle, the traditional longhouse dwelling of each ethnic group, arts and crafts demonstrations and dance presentations can be seen here.

The state has a coastline that runs 700km along the southern side of Borneo where good place to begin discovering its beauty is Damai Beach in Santubong. Kuching, the state capital is the main international gateway and together with Miri to the north, operate as regional hubs for air services to remote parts of the state.

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