Year 2014 has been declared as the Visit Malaysia Year. With hotels and tourist spots going on full force to welcome visitors from all over the world, this year is the best timing for you to explore Malaysia – the mysterious Southeast Asian country consisting of a peninsula and East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. These two regions are separated by South China Sea, at which a few beautiful islands stand.
Malaysia is summery all year long, with two monsoon seasons namely the Southwest Monsoon and the Northeast Monsoon. It is advised not to visit beaches and islands during monsoons. Refer to the list following for some of the hottest places for vacation ventures.
Perhentian Islands are located in the state of Terengganu. They can be accessed by water via Kuala Besut or Tok Bali. Compared to their peers along the same coast, Perhentian Islands are less congested with commercial activities. The surroundings are well preserved, featuring clear waters and clean beaches.
Activities to do: surfing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, canoeing, trekking and camping.
Taman Negara belongs to the Pahang territory although it essentially encompasses all three states on the East Coast. It is the habitat of a few of rare animals and you will be able to observe animals such as tapir, tiger, macaque, rhinoceros, and peacock-pheasant. The highest peak in the peninsula, Gunung Tahan, is also located within the national park.
Activities to do: canopy walking, bird watching, camping, trekking, cave exploring, fishing, mountain climbing.
Kuala Lumpur is the place to go for satisfying all your shopping pleasures. Visit its famous retail malls consisting of branded and high street vendors, cheap buys and local cuisine. For more local food and products, you can visit the Petaling Street at night. The city is rich in cultural buildings. Join a sightseeing tour to view them! Observe this enchanting city from the observation deck at KL Tower, the 7th highest communication tower of the world.
Activities to do: sightseeing, shopping, food hunting, bird watching, cave exploring, museum visiting.
Georgetown is another not-to-be-missed site. Located in Penang, it is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Georgetown for its beautiful religious buildings, museums, beaches, and some of the best cuisine in Malaysia. Tour along Batu Ferringhi, watch butterflies at Penang Butterfly Farm, or have a splendid bird’s-eye view of Penang while sipping on a warm cuppa from the top of Penang Hill.