Malaysia Travel Guide

Use this Malaysia travel guide to help plan your trip.

Malaya is a word that conjures up the mystery of the East: sultans and headhunters, jungles with exotic wildlife and travel on clippers on the South China Sea. Malaya is now modern Malaysia, where jungles are contained in national parks or turned into rubber and palm oil plantations; Kuala Lumpur is a modern metropolis of glass; and container ships, not clippers, now sail the sea. Even so, the country has retained its cross-cultural stamp with its Indian markets, Buddhist temples and the mosques' prayer call. Read our Malaysia travel guide to discover where to travel, either on the Peninsula, with its vibrant western side and bucolic east, or Sarawak and Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, which dovetails more closely with the romantic vision of ‘Malaya’.

Malaysia Travel Guide Highlights
Malaysia Travel Guide: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur
Get a night view of glittering Kuala Lumpur and its thrusting skyscrapers from the Petronas Towers.
Malaysia travel guide: Kuching, Malaysia, Photo by Johnnydevil
Despite the number of high-rise buildings, Kuching has still retained its 19th-century charm.
Malaysia travel guide: tea plantation, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, Photo by Kaeru
Cameron Highlands
Enjoy a stroll through colonial Malaysia, amid tea plantations and Tudor lodges. 
Malaysia travel guide: longhouse, Rejang river, Sarawak, Malaysia, Photo by Davinci
Tiny craft bump through rapids on Malaysia's longest river, the Rejang, to reach forest longhouses.
Malaysia Travel Guide: Taman Negara National Park
Taman Negara National Park
Spot the footprints of endangered animals while exploring the trails.
Malaysia travel guide: Chinatown, Melaka, Malaysia, Photo by Rene Drou
A rich cultural heritage can be seen in Melaka's vibrant Chinatown and fine colonial buildings. 
Malaysia travel guide: Perhential Islands, Malaysia, Photo by Olena Buyskykh
Perhentian Islands
A hidden paradise of forest tracks and glorious golden sands.
Malaysia travel guide: Gunung Kinabalu, Malaysia, Photo by Her Meng Lee
Gunung Kinabalu
Experience the world's highest Via Ferrata up one of Southeast Asia's loftiest mountains.
Malaysia travel guide: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, Photo by Danilo Mongiello
Explore the pre-war Chinese shophouses and sample the finest curries outside the subcontinent.
Malaysia travel guide: diving, Sipadan, Malaysia, Photo by Wongsrikul
Sipadan Island
Voted one of the top scuba diving destinations, divers can enjoy an up-close view of the wildlife.
Malaysia travel guide: Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia, Photo by Skykh
Pulau Langkawi
Part of an archipelago of coral-fringed islands, the rugged Langkawi has picturesque beaches, fishing kampongs and paddy fields.
Malaysia travel guide: Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia, Photo by Aik Leng
Gunung Mulu National Park
Ancient rainforest carpets Sarawak's second highest peak, containing one of the world's largest cave systems.

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