10 Things You Must Do When You’re in Malaysia

Adventure Travel – Malaysia

Malaysia is an amazing country that has so much to offer. It is a very popular destination for travelers.

Malaysia is a country of natural fusion, located on two separate landmasses on the east, between Brunei and Indonesia, and to the west, on the Southeast Asia mainland, which facilitates this fusion for what it is known for. This makes it quite an adventure vacation for travelers. It has a very diverse cultural background, and while it is rich in historical value, it has also followed current modernization trends. The official language is Malay. English and Chinese dialects are also major languages used.

When Should I go to Malaysia?

The climate is equatorial or tropical. The weather patterns are: southwest monsoon from April to October and northeast monsoon from November to February. The best time to head there for trekking, diving, or swimming would be during the cool and dry northeast monsoon months, the peak season, anytime from November through February, with emphasis on trekking and hiking. Highlands are vulnerable to landslides during the southwest monsoons due to some deforested parts. Typhoons are harsher and more common, and accidents have happened because of this. During the hot season, forests, on the other hand, are more in danger of forest fires.

What’s the Best Way to Get Around?

One of the best ways to experience Malaysia is to drive it. This is sure to be an adventure; there is a ton to discover in this beautiful country.

A popular starting point is the capital, Kuala Lumpur. This is a fairly new city, so there are few historic buildings; however, its modernism makes up for it. One of those is the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest in the world.

From Kuala Lumpur, you will want to head to the west coast. This is the most popular way to take your driving adventure. The first city you will come to is Shah Alam. Here, you will find the biggest, most beautiful Mosque in Malaysia. It is also one of the largest Mosques in South East Asia.

Traveling a couple of hours north, you will come across the city of Ipoh. Make sure you get a city map! There are tons of one-way streets and, unfortunately, not so many road signs. All the confusion is worth it, though. This city has so much to offer. One of the main attractions is the contrast in architecture between “Old Town” and “New Town.” Adventuring outside of city limits, you will find Kellie’s castle and some famous temples.

Further up the West Coast, you will come to the gateway of Penang Island. This is a beautiful and exotic island, and if you want to experience some culture and history, Georgetown is the place to go. The culture comes from a mixture of Chinese and Muslim Malays, and the history is mostly colonial and architectural. That being said, there is a lot to keep you busy here, such as historical and religious sites, museums and markets, and even shopping malls and restaurants. The rest of the island has nice white sandy beaches to relax under palm trees.

Off the North West coast are the islands of Langkawi. The most popular island is Pulau Langkawi because it is duty-free and has stunning beaches and resorts. It is a very popular tourist destination, and there is a lot to do. Aside from shopping, you can enjoy a day cruise on a yacht, go snorkeling or bird watching, take a trek through the jungle, or even drive around the island.

Can I go off the Beaten Path?

The East Coast of Malaysia is not as touristy. Backpacking is the most popular way to travel here. It is more adventurous than the West Coast. It is largely covered with thick jungle and has very few roads.

The good thing about this is that there are no crowds so you get the beach all to yourself. And you can visit the most unique little villages tucked away in the jungle. There is one dependable road that goes from Singapore up the East Coast to Kota Bharu. This is an amazing adventure!

Malaysia is an amazing country that has so much to offer. It is a very popular destination for travelers. The West Coast is full of culture, history, and architecture, perfect for an exciting but not too audacious. The East Coast is more adventurous, with thick jungles and secluded villages. Backpacking is the way to go for an incredible adventure vacation.