Which Parts of Malaysia You Won't Regret Visiting

Which Parts of Malaysia You Won’t Regret Visiting

Thinking of visiting Malaysia? You may want to check which parts of the country suit your travel style better.

Malaysia is a destination for everyone but it’s good to know that not all parts of the country are suitable for all. Divided geographically by the South China Sea into West (or Peninsula) Malaysia and East Malaysia (on Borneo), West Malaysia is generally more economically developed, divided by a mountain range into the more urbanised West Coast and the more rural East Coast, while East Malaysia is popular for eco-tourism in its nature reserves and national parks, and partly covered with impenetrable jungle where headhunters still live in longhouses.

If you’re planning to visit Malaysia, you’d best know which area of Malaysia suits you better, especially since West and East Malaysia ain’t just a drive away from each other.


Colours of Malaysia Festival, 2011

For the urbanites

The Petronas Twin Towers, featuring a double-decker skybridge.
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The main gateway to the rest of Malaysia is its capital, financial centre, and largest city, Kuala Lumpur, known informally as KL. Landing at the modern airport, you enter a wonderful gem of a city – with some of the world’s cheapest 5-star hotels, great shopping and even better food. The nation’s crowning jewel is the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world, which offers panoramic views of the city and beyond.

Another landmark is the nearby KL Tower, the world’s second tallest telecommunications tower. These landmarks anchor the “Golden Triangle”, home to most of the city’s hotels, offices, and malls. The original city centre at Merdeka Square is the core of KL’s history, rich in colonial architecture with Moorish influences. Chinatown and Little India are the engaging ethnic districts, while the Lake Gardens are a green sanctuary in the city.

Also read: 8-Days Quick Guide to the Best of Malaysia

For the culture vultures and history buffs

The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, located at George Town, Penang.
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The best historical sights and museums are located in the sleepy town of Malacca and Penang of West Malaysia. Malacca retains much of its old-world charm, with evidence of previous Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonists mixed with the cultures of Arabs, Indians and Chinese who came here to trade, and subsequently settled, centuries ago. Once the seat of British power in the region, Penang bustles with charm – old shophouses on narrow streets, the smell of incense from places of worship, and the taste of famous dishes in this food paradise, make for a true feast for the senses.

For the nature lovers and tree huggers

Descent from Mt. Kinabalu, Southeast Asia’s highest point.

Nature lovers and tree huggers will enjoy exploring the rich biodiversity and untamed forests of Malaysia’s national parks. Taman Negara National Park is famous for jungle treks through its canopy of 130 million years old primary rainforest, night hides to observe flora and fauna up-close, cruising down the rapids and through caves, and meeting the indigenous Orang Asli community. Kinabalu National Park is home of Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in South East Asia and known to be one of the most accessible mountains in the world, which makes for a great climb that rewards travellers with a picturesque view at 4,095m.

Also read: Explore the Mighty Jungles of Sabah, Malaysia

For the thrill seekers and beach lovers

A view of the sea from the Perhentian Islands.
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Thrill seekers and beach lovers will find their paradise amongst the many beach resorts offering watersports in idyllic tropical island destinations. Off the West Coast, Pangkor is a secluded hideaway while Langkawi is one of the region’s best island paradise destination. Tioman, once nominated one of the most beautiful islands in the world, is accompanied by Perhentian and Redang off the East Coast – these islands are popular for scuba enthusiasts and snorkelling.

Also read: 8 Obscure Islands in Malaysia for an Exotic Beach Vacation

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