North of KL are the temperate hill resorts and tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands and Fraser's Hill and the entertainment gambling hub of the Genting Highlands.
The former tin-rush town of Ipoh offers Straits Chinese architecture and some superb food. It's off the beaten track for many tourists and so makes a welcome break from the usual travel network.
Offshore, there's the 25 km-long island of Penang with its fine capital Georgetown, which is packed with Chinese shophouses, temples and clan houses. On the north shore is an array of beachside hotels. Less developed than Penang are the islands of Pulau Pangkor to the south and Pulau Langkawi to the north, the latter being closer to Thailand than to mainland Malaysia. Langkawi has world-class resorts, fine beaches and jungle adventures.