The Southeast Asian nation of Malaysia consists of 878 islands, several sprawling metropolises and a wide mixture of different cultural influences including Malay, Indian, Chinese and European. From the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur which is well-known for the iconic Petronas Twin Towers to the uninhabited islands near Borneo, Malaysia is a country rich in exciting activities waiting for you to get a taste of it all. Check out some of these incredible activities for you to discover here. Take a look at some of Malaysia’s best things to do:
Let the Beauty of Borneo Enchant You: The islands of Borneo actually are a part of three countries—Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei. Malaysian Borneo is one of the most biodiverse places in the world where tropical rainforests meet pristine white sand beaches. Here you can encounter orangutans in the jungle and swim with the dolphins in the sea. Nothing beats the scuba diving pleasure you can find off the Sipadan Island which is also the gateway to the famed volcanic getaway of Mount Kinabalu. You’ll need your hiking boots though as Mount Kinabalu is one of the tallest peaks in the region standing at over 13,000 feet in height!
Get a Taste of Malaysian Culture. Malaysia has so many exciting cities and places you can explore. One place you shouldn’t miss is the town of Malacca—an ancient port and the home of the Chinese-Malay Peranakan culture. This is the culinary heaven where you can find a fusion of flavors from the region combined with the freshest ingredient. Another amazing place to check out is Penang’s capital of George Tower which is considered the street-food capital of Southeast Asia. Just be sure to bring your appetite!
Set Sail on the Perfect Cruise: With so many islands, the best thing you can do is in Malaysia is boat cruise and explore as many of them as you can. Each island has its own specialty whether you are looking to enjoy snorkeling at Tioman, surfing in Redang or fishing off the coast of Perhentian. Outside of the capital of Kuala Lumpur, just a short sail away are the famous Batu Caves which is a Hindu Temple carved into limestone cliffs—a truly stunning sight! The one thing to remember is that Malaysia is big so give yourself plenty of time so you can fully experience the many incredible things there.