|Malaysia offers many different appeals to the tourist. It is stunningly beautiful, it has amazing beaches, tropical islands and scuba diving and has cities like Kuala Lumpur which have leapt into the 21st century with incredible architecture and major developments.
Kuala Lumpur (or KL as it is fondly known) is the capital and largest city of Malaysia and is situated near the west coast of Western Malaysia. It’s a great city for travellers because of its affordable accommodation, food and services, and apparently has the world’s cheapest 5 star hotels!
One of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous landmarks are the Petronas Twin Towers. These were the tallest buildings in the world at the time of construction, though have since been over-taken; they do still however hold the record for the tallest twin buildings! The two towers are connected by a double-floor Skybridge on the 41st and 42nd floor. This is the highest 2-storey bridge in the world and can be visited by tourists, although only the bridge on the 41st floor is open to visitors.
The Petronas Twin Towers are within the area known as the Golden Triangle, which is the city’s main nightlife and shopping district and is also the location of most of the 5 star hotels. Plus, for a higher view than the Twin Towers Skybridge can offer, you should go to the observation deck of the KL Tower, which has great views across the city.
Away from the city, Malaysia has various national parks to enjoy, each offering something a little different. For caves and limestone karst formations, visit Gunung Mulu National Park on Borneo. These include the 10th longest cave in the world and there are also some excellent trekking opportunities here, particularly up Mount Mulu, which the park was named after.
Kinabalu National Park is home to the highest mountain in South East Asia, Gunung Kinabalu, which peaks at 4100 metres. Climbing the mountain has become extremely popular and can be done using well-marked trails.
The Kubah National Park has many wildlife species including orang-utan, as well as six jungle trails and waterfalls and rock pools for cooling off!
Malaysia’s tropical islands are the perfect place for enjoying the sun, sand and water! There are many islands, some more developed for tourists than others. Redang Island and Sipadan Island are recognised for their great scuba diving, whilst the Perhentian Islands and Pangkor have not been truly discovered by mass-tourism yet so will be quiet. If you prefer all the facilities though, choose to stay at Langkawi which has some very posh resorts and is also home to the Pulau Paya Marine Park.