Get Inspired / Asia / Malaysia Experience Malaysia Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Asia / Malaysia Experience Malaysia story by: House of Travel From stunning beaches and islands with world class snorkelling and diving, to the vast rainforest and national parks abundant with wildlife, mixed with the amazing cuisine, great shopping and friendly people, Malaysia makes for a great holiday destination no matter what your tastes are. Comprising of three distinct parts, Peninsula Malaysia and the two island states of Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia on the island of Borneo, are areas all well developed, yet rich and varied in cultural tradition. Kuala Lumpur is the focal point of Malaysia and the nation’s capital. The action here lies in the city centre dubbed the ‘Golden Triangle’ – a madcap mix of modern hotels and large shopping complexes complemented by traces of its British colonial past and cultural beliefs. The islands of Penang and Langkawi on the west coast of the peninsula are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere and beautiful beaches. Penang, the food capital of Malaysia, offers Batu Ferringhi beach and the night bazaar in the evening along with Georgetown, unmistakably Chinese with a colonial architectural infl uence. Langkawi, an archipelago of islands, is blessed with many natural features, stunning waterfalls, tropical jungles and pristine sandy beaches, not to mention its duty free status. On the east coast of the peninsula, slightly less known islands of Tioman, Redang and the Perhentian Islands also offer some fantastic island escapes. Renowned for their white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and abundant marine life, they are fast becoming ‘must dos’ for underwater enthusiasts or those that just want to laze around on an exotic tropical island. If you’re looking for holiday with a difference, don’t be too quick to cross Malaysia off your list! MALAYSIA FAST FACTS Malaysia is where lush tropical vegetation meets blue waters with just a fringe of white sand separating them. It’s where you can experience some of the world’s best marine and wild life. COUNTRY NAME: Federation of Malaysia POPULATION: 27.5 Million CAPITAL: Kuala Lumpur LANGUAGES: Bahasa Malaysia RELIGION: Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism CURRENCY: Malaysian Ringgit TIME ZONE: 5 hours behind New Zealand (6 hours with daylight saving) ELECTRICITY: Current is 220/230V, 50HZ Plug is a 2 rectangle pin with bottom round pin adapter. Malaysia Highlights: Our favourite things to see and do PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS – Observe KL from the world’s tallest twin towers; it takes all of 41 seconds to shoot up to the midpoint of Petronas Twin Towers. Tickets to the skybridge sell out fast, but how often do you get to feel on top of the world? CAMERON HIGHLANDS – Malaysia’s largest hill resort in the country, this highland paradise still retains much of the charm of an English Village. Primarily an agricultural domain, you will fi nd an abundance of vegetable and fruit farms here. Cameron Highlands is the leading producer of fl owers and tea in Malaysia. Explore the tea plantations, strawberry farms or butterfly centres. PENANG HAWKER FOOD – If Penang is the food capital of Malaysia, Gurney Drive is the best of Penang on a plate! Hawkers fi re up their woks and dish out street food fi t for a king. The popular seafront promenade exemplifi es the colours and atmosphere of Penang – fun, lively and vibrant. LANGKAWI CABLE CAR AND SKY BRIDGE – A 15 minute journey by cable car will see you to the top of Mt. Mat Cincang. Admire the lush rainforests and the miniscule islands from the 708 metre peak. Head to the observatory deck or make your way to the 125 metre long curved skybridge. This bridge suspends by cable, so it’s not for the faint-hearted. HOMESTAY WITH THE LOCALS – Experiencing a homestay in a traditional village or ‘kampung’ is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get to know the real Malaysia. You will discover local life moves at a slower pace than in the city, and for those who relish the quiet calm of the rustic life, this is possibly as good as it gets. Homestay guests will not just be immersed in the lifestyle of the locals, they will also quickly establish a bond with their warm and welcoming families who will treat them like their own. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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