Malaysia offers a fascinating fusion of cultures and traditions, and is a major hub for international business. A nation of more than 800 islands, its landscapes are as varied as its people. Vibrant cities with shimmering skyscrapers and colonial-era streets contrast with pristine beaches, and remote rainforests that are home to spectacular wildlife, like the amazing fireflies in Kuala Selangor, an hour’s drive from the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia has an open yet conservative culture. Visitors should dress modestly, and wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees when visiting religious buildings. Removing footwear is a requirement when entering mosques, temples and homes.
A Malaysia holiday gives you the opportunity to discover a rich melting pot of environments on foot in central Kuala Lumpur. It’s an easy walk from Chinatown to the British-Colonial grandeur of Merdeka Square, via the magnificent Jamek Mosque. Mix things up with a 30-minute stroll to the overflowing textile shops and fragrant roadside food stalls of Little India.
Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin buildings, are a popular landmark in Kuala Lumpur. Admire the towers from below, or head up to the Skybridge and Observation Deck for sweeping city views.
Among the best shopping in Malaysia, Bukit Bintang’s sleek, air-conditioned malls offer abundant dining and entertainment options. Stick around for cocktail hour, when the area’s buzzing bars and hip clubs come alive, making the district the centre of Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife.
For a break from the excitement of the city, Perdana Botanical Gardens, just outside the centre, is an expansive green space, home to the Butterfly Park and Bird Park, as well as the National Planetarium.
For a Malaysia beach holiday, the Melaka region has some of the best beaches in Malaysia less than two hours down the coast. Melaka’s status as a major 15th-century trading port, combined with later colonial influences, adds to the city’s unique appeal.
In Penang, half a day’s journey from Kuala Lumpur, renowned historical sights are within easy reach of the much-loved beaches of Batu Ferringhi. In the island’s capital city of George Town, the famous old town features charming shophouses built by Indian and Chinese artisans, and you can make the most of the opportunity to savour some of the best food in Malaysia. White sandy beaches lined with palm trees are just 10 km away in Batu Ferringhi.