Malaysia

Southeast Asia

Malaysia is a tropical country at the center of Southeast Asia, split between Peninsular Malaysia and Northern Borneo across the South China Sea, while sharing its borders with Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore. Covering a land mass of 329,847 km², the local community is a diverse mix of indigenous tribes and ethnic groups, the latter a result of migration from surrounding regions and Asian continents over centuries. Colonialisation by the Portuguese, Dutch and British have also left their imprint on the social landscape, introducing their political and economic systems. One of the world's most popular tourist destinations, Malaysia is rich with cultural heritage and natural wonders, including colourful cities, highland landscapes, ancient rainforests, beautiful beaches and remote islands.
Getting There & Accommodation
Malaysia has several international airports located across the country, and depending on where you want to visit, is easy to book a flight through various aircraft carriers from your country of origin. Malaysia Airlines Service (MAS) and local budget carrier Air Asia fly to various global destinations, including Singapore, Europe, United Kingdom (Britain), Australia, Japan, China, India, Thailand, United States of America (USA) and more. Most flights to domestic airports beyond Kuala Lumpur will transit at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) - the country's central airline hub at Sepang, about 40 minutes away from KL city. The country is also pretty developed at most parts, ensuring ready accommodation wherever you go, including budget hotels, family apartments and luxury resorts.
Weather & Climate
Malaysia has a tropical climate which is marked by hot and humid weather, with a short interval of haze in mid-year. Two monsoon seasons bring rain to the country - the North East Monsoon brings the heaviest thunder storms and floods from October till January, while the South West Monsoon from April till August is much milder, with frequent hot spells in between. The average temperature ranges between 30°C - 35°C during the day and 26°C to 29°C at night in the lowlands. For highland regions, such as Bukit Tinggi, Cameron Highlands and Fraser's Hill, there is a lot of mist and cold - often requiring a decent jacket or sweater. The country is relatively free of dangerous weather phenomenons and natural disasters, barring the occasional big flood and even rarer tsunami.
Explore Tourist Destinations in Malaysia

Bagan Lalang
Bagan Lalang is a beach destination 30km away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang Gold Coast. Its center is the Golden Palm Tree Resort & Spa, an integrated hotel development composed of boutique villas that fan out to sea. Suitable for a short luxury getaway while on transit at the airport.
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Kuantan
Kuantan is a beach resort destination along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, about 250km away from Kuala Lumpur. Also the capital of Pahang state, Kuantan is famed for its lovely beaches that stretch 50km north from the city towards Terengganu, including Teluk Cempedak, Pantai Balok and Cherating.
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Port Dickson
Port Dickson is a popular family getaway over the weekend, just an hour away from Kuala Lumpur. Located in Negeri Sembilan, this beach resort destination is well served by numerous hotels and apartments stretched along a 10-mile coastline of warm sands and calm seas that ends at Cape Rachado.
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Langkawi
Langkawi is a duty-free island along Peninsular Malaysia's west coast, located in the northern state of Kedah. Shopping is not the only attraction here, as the island is rich with geological formations and natural wonders that brand it UNESCO Geopark status. Also, many lovely beaches and boutique resorts.
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Tioman
Acclaimed as a geological wonder, ecological paradise and one of Southeast Asia's most beautiful travel destinations, Pulau Tioman is located 32 nautical miles off Pahang at Peninsular Malaysia's east coast, enchanting visitors with its warm beaches, lovely seas and lush rainforest surroundings.
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Redang
Pulau Redang is an island off the coast of Terengganu in Peninsular Malaysia. A popular tourist destination famed for its crystal blue waters, warm sandy beaches and rich coral reefs, Redang may be accessed by ferries and speedboat from Kuala Terengganu and Merang, with an option for a direct flight from KL.
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Kuala Lumpur
The capital city of Malaysia located south of the Peninsular, Kuala Lumpur (KL) is a cosmopolitan hub and gateway for local and international travel. The city has its own modern and natural attractions to discover, a teaser before embarking on a journey to explore the country's more rustic sights.
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Malacca
Malacca, also spelled 'Melaka', is a historical city filled with ancient buildings and landmarks - left by centuries of Portuguese and Dutch colonisation marrying local architecture. Located 150km south of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca also offers visitors an opportunity to explore Malaysia's diverse cultural heritage and culinary delights.
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Penang
Penang, also known as 'Pulau Pinang', is an island state located north of Peninsular Malaysia along the west coast. Its urban center is Georgetown, a vibrant city bristling with skyscrapers. Rest of the island, visitors can discover beautiful beaches, nature parks, ornate temples and a hill station.
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Ipoh
Ipoh is the capital city of Perak, located 200km north of Kuala Lumpur. Famous for its limestone hills and traditional Chinese cuisine, the city brims with structures and landmarks from the colonial era. Meanwhile, the surrounding region of limestone hills hold massive caves, some which have been converted into opulent temples.
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Kuala Selangor
Kuala Selangor is a popular eco-tourism destination to see fireflies - nature's very own Christmas lights, about 50km away from Kuala Lumpur along a rivermouth. Every night, boats ferry tourists from surrounding villages to watch these natural wonders light up mangrove trees along the river banks.
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Taman Negara
Taman Negara is the largest national park in the country, featuring the highest summit in Peninsular Malaysia - Gunung Tahan. Rich with wildlife, visitors can explore pristine rivers, jungle landscapes and mysterious caves. Located in Pahang, access is by speedboat or road leading to Kuala Tahan.
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Janda Baik
Janda Baik is a rustic nature retreat about 30km north of Kuala Lumpur, located opposite the highlands of Bukit Tinggi. A pastoral environment fringed by verdant hills and dense rainforest, numerous boutique resorts here provide cosy accommodation to enjoy nature's cool, sights and sounds.
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Taiping
Taiping is a town in northern Perak, about 70km away from Ipoh city. Here, visitors can explore numerous nature attractions, including rainforests, waterfalls and mountains, along with sightseeing colonial-era buildings in town. Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill), a former colonial hill station, sits in Taiping's background.
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Genting Highlands
Genting Highlands is an integrated resort development on the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali in Pahang, just an hour's drive away from Kuala Lumpur. The largest and only casino in the country, Genting also features a theme park, shopping center, cable car ride, hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions.
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Bukit Tinggi
Bukit Tinggi is a highland resort destination near Bentong in Pahang, about 30km north of Kuala Lumpur. Its most popular tourist attraction is Berjaya Hills, an integrated resort development that features Colmar Tropicale - a French-themed hotel complex - and Japanese Village lined with Bonsai gardens and landscapes.
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Fraser's Hill
Fraser's Hill is a charming colonial hill station in Pahang, about two hours away from Kuala Lumpur. A secluded nature getaway among the mountains, Bukit Fraser is a top birdwatching destination in the country. Also scattered around the landscape are various colonial-era structures and buildings to admire.
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Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands is the largest and most popular mountain resort destination in Malaysia, featuring tea plantations, strawberry farms and vegetable markets. A former colonial hill station, Camerons is rapidly transforming into an urban center booming with boutique hotels, family apartments and commercial developments.
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