Experience the melting pot of Asian culture and nature’s enchanting wonders at Malaysia. A multi-cultured nation with Indian, Chinese, Malay influences along with the ethnic natives of Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia bursts with an enchanting cultural verve that reflects in its lifestyle, cuisine and surrounds.
Malaysia is truly a nature lover’s paradise as it has verdant tropical rainforests, stunning islands and beaches surrounded by azure waters and stretches of rolling green highlands. Be it a leisure visit, an adventure trip or a stopover, Malaysia gives you something to discover on your trip. There is so much to explore that we have narrowed down the choices to some of the ‘must see, do and eat’ experiences you shouldn’t miss on your Malaysian vacation.
1.Visit the Petronas Twin Towers
Just as it is impossible not to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York or the Pyramids in Egypt; one cannot miss the splendid sight of shimmering Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. This iconic soaring twin structure set in the heart of Kuala Lumpur looks majestic by day and magnificent at night. Get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city skyline from the tower’s level 86 observation deck or from the Sky Bridge which connects these two identical towers together. The neighbouring areas surrounding the Twin Towers are packed with exciting attractions, entertainment and shopping hotspots that will let you have a great time wandering around the city centre after your visit to the Petronas Twin Towers.
2.Shop till you drop at Petaling Street
Malaysia is a major shopping hub where you can purchase an assortment of goods in extravagant shopping malls. However, shopping at Petaling Street is a different experience all together. It is a shopper’s paradise with a street filled with hundreds of stalls selling all kind of goods at slashed prices. This well known shopping district transforms into a lively market at night making it one of the most happening night markets in Malaysia.
3.Visit the Limestone Caves and the Hindu temple at Batu Caves
Set north of Kuala Lumpur is a collection of naturally formed limestone caves – a preferred tourist spot among the locals as a short weekend getaway. The Batu Caves are a splendid attraction consisting of three main caves and a series of smaller ones. A trip here lets you explore these wonderful natural marvels as well as gives you an insight of Malaysia’s diverse culture as one of these caves is a Hindu shrine considered as sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia.
4.Enjoy a hearty meal at food streets of Malaysia
The culinary scene in Malaysia is a luscious fusion of diverse Asian influences. Malaysia has some of the best food varieties with a mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines and some with Portuguese touches in it. Malaysia presents a vast range of dining options –from exclusive restaurants to local eateries, but the best lip smacking experience awaits you at the casual open air street side food stalls in Malaysia. Stroll through the bustling streets of Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur where you can savour an endless array of mouth watering delicacies from different stalls selling their speciality treats. Another great experience for food lovers is the Hawker Food Centres in Penang which are popular spots for epicurean treats. Enjoy a delicious outing at popular Hawker stalls such as Gurney Drive, Lg Baru and Pulau Tikus.
5.Gorge on the local favourite dessert – Cendol
Cendol is the nation’s favored dessert to beat the heat. Cendol is more like a cold dessert soup made of shaved ice, coconut milk, jelly, drizzled with palm sugar and many additional variations of flavours. An excellent refresher on hot days, this simple delicious sweet soup is a great way to chill out in the Malaysian tropical heat.
6.Have a cultural shopping experience at Pasar Seni, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia boasts of a rich cultural heritage that mirrors on the vast array of festivals, cuisine, architecture and crafts. Come to the Pasar Seni or The Central Market in Kuala Lumpur to experience the artistic wealth embedded in Malaysia. A short walk from Petaling street, this famous landmark is an art deco style area with an immense collection of impressive handicraft and art outlets – the best place to shop for authentic Malaysian souvenirs.
7.Feast on an authentic Satay
Quiet popular in Malaysia, Satay is simply skewered marinated meats barbequed over charcoal usually served with a spicy peanut sauce dip, or peanut gravy, slices of onions, cucumbers, and rice cakes – a must have dish if you are in Malaysia. The rich deep flavours and the appetizing aroma of Satays remain etched in memories of those who have relished this mouth-watering dish.
8.Wander around in fascinating George Town in Penang
A UNESCO World Heritage site, George Town is a quaint town in Penang that echoes the colonial era influences as well as present its urban vivacity. The city has a charming ambience with indigenous, British colonial buildings, Chinese houses, mosques, colourful houses that contrast with soaring skyscrapers and stylish constructions. Take a stroll through the city to view these distinct sights of the city, enjoy a trishaw ride through the streets of old Georgetown, sample some great food delights or plan a short city tour to visit the many attractions like the Campbell Street, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Fort Cornwallis, Kuan Yin Temple, Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple.
9.Discover the underwater world at some of Malaysia’s pristine islands
Being blessed with a vast assortment of refreshing islands surrounded by untouched teal waters; Malaysia is rapidly gaining popularity for clean and beautiful diving sights. The waters of these islands have a diverse aquatic life and coral species and each island gives you a different ambience and experience. Go swimming, snorkelling or diving in clear waters and indulge in a multitude of water sports at beautiful island destinations such as the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Sabah, Redang Islands, Pangkor Islands, Sipadan Islands and Perhentian islands to name a few.
10.Discover the natural paradise of Taman Negara
Malaysia’s premier national park and oldest rainforest, Taman Negara is a refreshing nature escapade – a perfect way to get away from the city life and relax among the blissful hues of sprawling green landscapes. Cross the longest canopy walk in the rainforest, see the mystifying sights of verdant nature with a vast diversity of flora and fauna, and try a range of outdoor eco adventures such as mountain climbing and trekking on your trip to Taman Negara.
Malaysia has all the aspects a perfect vacation should have – right from nature’s abundant beauty, fusion of delectable cuisine, well preserved historic and heritage sites, vibrant cities, exciting outdoor adventures and shopping hot spots. Whatever your reason for visit in Malaysia is – be it a short stopover, an exciting family holiday or a romantic getaway, Malaysia will give you countless choices for having a fabulous time in Malaysia. When you plan your Malaysia holiday, do take into consideration the document requirements that will let you have a pleasant journey in Malaysia. A passport is a must with 6 months validity with sufficient pages for the embarkation stamp upon arrival and a visa is essential to get entry into Malaysia. Malaysia visa is not mandatory for all countries, however if your country falls in the category which need to have a Malaysia visa, you need to apply and obtain the visa before entering the country. For Indian and Chinese nationals, visa on arrival can be obtained if travelers from these countries are arriving from a third country –Thailand, Singapore or Indonesia and meet certain eligible criteria. To apply for a visa, firstly, you can opt for single entry visa, multiple entry visa or transit visa as per your Malaysia travel itinerary. For your Malaysia visa, you need to submit a properly filled application form along with specified photographs, confirmed return air-ticket with flight details, other specified documents and visa fees. Travel Malaysia with all these procedures completed and with a valid visa issued and you are guaranteed to have a hassle free Malaysia tour.