Malaysia is a unique country with one part (Peninsular or West Malaysia) on the mainland neighbouring Thailand and the other part (East Malaysia) across the South China Sea on the island of Borneo. Even the sightseeing places and things to do while on a holiday to Malaysia will be unique and memorable.
If you are looking for inspiration on being a part of some incredible and truly authentic Malaysian experiences, then we have just the perfect travel tips for you.
You will get to experience a totally different side of Malaysia at the Cameron Highlands. As the name suggests, Cameron Highlands are situated in upper Peninsular Malaysia in the midst of Titiwangsa volcanic mountains in the Pahang region. This is one of those rare places in tropical humid Malaysia that you can enjoy a ‘hill-station’ feeling thanks to its cool pleasant climate.
The landscape around you is a feast for weary travellers. Lakes, forests, flowers and rolling carpets of undulating tea plantations cover the mountains as far as the eye can see. We suggest you book a homestay retreat to spend at least a couple of days at Cameron Highlands. Eat fresh locally grown greens, take long walks among the tea plantations, go strawberry picking at the Big Red Strawberry Farm, taste local honey and pick up a few bottles to take home if you like. You should also spend time in the delightful butterfly gardens and flower greenhouses. Cameron Highlands is famous for producing most of Malaysia’s tea and flowers. If you are an avid golfer there are some lovely golf courses where you can enjoy a game in this beautiful setting. And before we forget, don’t leave this idyllic location without tasting some lavender flavoured ice cream at the Cameron Lavender Garden!
If you are love the outdoors and are up for some wild challenges, there are plenty of adventures that await you in what is believed to be the world’s oldest tropical deciduous rainforest. Taman Negara National Park also in Pahang, is an ecotourism hotspot that is home to rich native flora and fauna. There are rare and exotic species of wildlife to be sighted here such as the Sumantran Rhinoceros, Malayan Tiger. Other activities include a guided night safari, birding tour to spot exotic birds, splashing in a multi-step waterfall, exploring large ancient caves, rafting, taking a forest trek and visiting an aboriginal settlement. The popular and key attraction at Taman Negara, spread across an area of nearly 4500 square kilometres, is to get a rare view of the rainforest from high above the treetops as you step on to the long suspension bridge for a canopy walk.
Take a short flight to Borneo Island in East Malaysia where you can spend a day with Orangutans in the Semenggoh Nature Reserve at Sarawak. The Reserve has a good number of Orangutans which gives you ample chance to spot and interact with these rare and intelligent apes. The idea of this Reserve is to serve as a place where the injured or abandoned creatures are rescued, rehabilitated and then released into the wild once they are fit to survive and thrive. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see Orangutans in their natural habitat at Semenggoh Nature Reserve.
For a more urban thrill and adventure, do make a trip to Legoland Resort at Johor Bahru at the southern tip of West or Peninsular Malaysia. The resort is vast, with not just many rides, attractions, an entire sea life zone and special events and shows being hosted, but also has facilities for stay, dining and shopping. Check out the miniature lego versions of famous monuments such as the Taj Mahal and Petronas Towers at Mini Land. The childlike excitement you will experience at this first-of-its-kind theme park in Asia is sure to delight kids and adults alike promising a fun-filled family outing.
Malaysia being a popular tourist destination, it is best to check out the best months to visit, find out about the Malaysian Visa application process and other details in advance. Our Travel Guide to Malaysia is a handy tool to help you plan your trip. Make sure you don’t overlook getting Travel Insurance for Malaysia before you set out. Overseas travel insurance is essential to protect you during untoward situations while travelling to a foreign country.