Most visitors to Malaysia - in fact, many travellers to South-East Asia at large - will arrive at Kuala Lumpur, the country’s buzzing capital, whose international airport is a key gateway to the region. The UNESCO World Heritage cities of Malacca and George Town on the island of Penang recall Malaysia’s role as a trading port in their colonial architecture and traditional shophouses. The Cameron Highlands tea-growing region is an excellent place to relax and refresh yourself, given its cooler climate and lush tea-growing mountainsides, whilst a wilder side of nature can be found in Taman Negara, one of the oldest rainforests in the world with an excellent canopy walk.
Offshore, clusters of tropical islands festoon Malaysia’s coastline, with one to suit every need from family beach holidays to exclusive private honeymoons. Langkawi, in the Andaman Sea, is perhaps best known, with its long picture perfect beaches and upmarket hotels, and Pangkor Laut is certainly the most exclusive, but we also love the little low-key Tioman Island and Perhentian Islands, where the diving is world-class and the scenery amongst Malaysia’s finest.
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This fascinating country is full of surprises and is one of Southeast Asia's most underrated destinations. Featuring heavily on our itinerary ideas for visiting Malaysia, these places below are destinations that we know prove consistently popular with our travellers.
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