Malaysia is absolutely a beautiful place, but many Westerners don’t seem to know much about it beyond “it’s beautiful”. They may not know about its long history, or its amazing cultural events, or how it’s a great holiday destination for people with children. But I’m here to show you why Malaysia ought to be your #1 choice no matter what you want to get out of your holiday.
For parents with kids
Malaysia isn’t the first place you think of when you think of family-friendly theme parks – but maybe it should be. There are several theme parks, designed for kids of all ages, pretty much wherever you look.
Kids who love thrill rides will probably want to head straight for the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, the second-largest indoor theme park in Malaysia. It’s located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and it boasts, amongst its other rides, one of the longest indoor roller coasters in the world.
A little bit further away (but still easily accessible via Malaysia’s easy-to-use public transport system) lies the Sunway Lagoon, an 88-acre water park with almost a hundred rides and a cartoon-themed Nickelodeon section which children will love.
Sound exhausting? It will be, but it’s worth it.
For party goers
Kuala Lumpur is absolutely packed with bars, pubs and clubs. Some of them are rooftop bars, where you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you sip on a cocktail.
Check out the Luna Bar if you really want a treat. It’s situated on the 34th floor of the Pacific Regency Hotel, and it gives you, in addition to great food and drink, a panoramic view of the whole city and a pool. It’s a well-known party venue for expats living in the city, and it’s not as expensive as you’d think given all that!
During the day, you can check out any of Kuala Lumpar’s huge shopping centers with their international fashion outlets, or go further afield to other cities and check out the markets there. You could combine it with a day relaxing by the beach!
For history and culture lovers
Malaysia has a truly rich history, and it does very well indeed in showcasing it. People who are interested in great architecture and art should visit George Town, a UNESCO world heritage site in Penang. There, you can explore the history of the town from its founding to the present day, taking in its World War I and II history along the way. You can also photograph the golden-topped temples in the area, or visit some of the many museums around.
But also, you’ll want to make time to check out the great festivals of Malaysia. Malaysia is a multi-cultural society, and so the people there celebrate everything from Christmas to Chinese New Year to the Buddist Wesak Day. Tourists are usually welcome to observe or take part, so have a look at a calendar before you get on the plane to Malaysia and see what’s happening near you.
For adventure seekers
Malaysia is considered one of the best places in the world to go on a diving vacation, and it’s easy to see why. The waters are clear, cool and full of marine life, and diving professionals are on hand to ensure that everyone who wants to partake in the sport can do so safely. There’s multiple beautiful locations to choose from, so do a bit of research into the underwater worlds available and decide which one you want to visit.
There’s more around than even that, though, for people keen to tick a few more things off their bucket list. How about camping beneath the stars in a 100 million year old rainforest, Belum Temenggor? Or how about going rafting or kayaking on the man-made Temenggor Lake?
You can participate in exciting adventures without leaving the city, too. Ever tried out an escape room? This game involves players being trapped in a room which they have to escape in a set time, and it gives you all the thrills of a nail-biting action movie.
Of course, people have different ideas of what constitutes adventure – perhaps you enjoy golfing, or you want to see the famously foul-smelling “corpse flower” take bloom? Then Malaysia’s the place for you.