Once a popular stopover location, Aussie visitors are now flocking to Malaysia to tick off some of their world-class ‘must-see’ attractions and experiences. A short stopover is not enough to fully appreciate this truly extraordinary part of the world. Malaysia holidays really are a ‘choose your own adventure’ encounter. From trendy fashionistas to intrepid travellers and families to foodies, there are niches and nooks to embrace every kind of visitor. There is so much to see and do in this cultural melting pot, but here are 6 must see things to experience in Malaysia.
Enjoy the view from the tallest dual high-rises in the world
The Petronas Towers might just be the very definition of the word skyscrapers. These 88-floor marvels of modern engineering are icons of the Kuala Lumpur skyline and offer the best views of the entire city. It takes just 41 seconds to zip up 41 floors to the sky bridge that links the towers. The bridge is a stunning viewing platform and is also the highest double-storey bridge in the world. However if you really want to take your viewing experience to the next level, the 86th floor features a viewing deck with views so good they’ll make your head spin!
Get a taste of the night markets in cultural enclaves
The cultural enclaves of Kuala Lumpur are some of the most popular tourist hangouts in the city. Shop and sample local cuisine at the Chinatown night markets or follow your nose to the fragrant smells of Little India. If you’re visiting in January or February, don’t miss the Chinese New Year celebrations and Lantern Parade. For those lucky enough to be visiting in October, the annual Diwali Festival of Lights is a must-see. Any time of year, experience the evening colours of Kuala Lumpur with a dinner and show tour offering a buffet of traditional Malaysian cuisine and Malay cultural performances.
Immerse yourself in culture with Georgetown’s hawkers and heritage
Penang is Malaysia’s culinary capital and Georgetown is a beacon of history and culture that is a must-see on any visit to Malaysia. Wander into Georgetown and discover the old colonial houses which date back as far as 100 years. Explore these architectural gems on foot or by rickshaw and sample the many delights offered by the hawkers that line the streets. Don’t just settle for one, the prices are so cheap you can afford to try a variety of snacks and dishes from each vendor.
Discover the shimmering skyline of the Malacca Strait on a scenic night tour
When you’ve explored Georgetown and sampled dinner from the local hawkers, explore the city on the back of a trishaw. Join a scenic night tour and drive over the famous Penang Bridge. At 13.5km it’s one of the world’s longest bridges and will deliver you to the mainland. For something a bit different, take the ferry back to Penang and enjoy the wonderful views of the glittering skyline as you cross the Malacca Strait.
Learn the legends on Langkawi Island
Located on Malaysia’s northern tip, the island of Langkawi has something for everyone. Bursting with natural beauty, this majestic island is shrouded in age-old legends and myths. Learn all about them as you soak up the island’s stunning landscape. Immerse yourself in the scuba diving paradise of the Pulau Payar Marine Park, see the island from on high from a Skycab cable car or discover the picturesque coastline on a jet ski, sail boat or yacht.
Discover the tropical rainforest of Langkawi on a jungle trek
The lush landscapes of Langkawi are well worth exploring deeper than just on a cable car ride. Join a 3 hour jungle trek tour and experience nature at its best. An experienced guide will help you to discover everything from butterflies and birds to monkeys and much more in the incredible habitats of the island. The moderate trek will take you on a memorable journey through the rainforest where you will marvel at the amazing wildlife and spectacular wilderness.