Malaysia

From majestic mountains in the country to skyscrapers among the buzzing cities, Malaysia brings visitors to new heights.

Cities buzz, rainforests hum, colours bursts, and aromas tantalise all across the beautiful nation of Malaysia. This multicultural country weaves Malay, Indian, and Chinese influences together to create an extraordinary culture. Visitors are welcomed by the warm and friendly Malaysian people and encouraged to soar to new heights in urban and country landscapes.

Asia Malaysia

Diving

Rich and diverse marine life along the Indo-Pacific Basin makes Malaysia one of the world's leading dive destinations. Lankayan Island, Mabul Island, Pulau Sibuan, and Langkawi Island are only some of the country's most popular destinations. Magnificent coral reefs, schools of fish, hammerhead sharks, and shipwrecks bring life and mystery to each dive.

Shopping

Bazaars dot the streets and luxury malls tower in the city. In Malaysia, shopping opportunities are around every corner. On duty-free islands of Labuan and Langkawi, or in the duty-free shops in Kuala Lumpur and Panang, visitors can snag all types of goods. While you are not encouraged to haggle at these stores, you are welcome and encouraged with street vendors.

Street Food

George Town dominates the street food scene in Malaysia. Some of the must-try dishes include Asam laksa, Lor bak, Apom manis, Otak otak and Chendol. Sample traditional cuisine at local favourites: Lorong Baru Hawker Stalls, Mews Cafe, and My Nonya Favourites, where you'll find nasi goreng, cincalok cher bak, and eggs balanda.

Parks and Hikes

Malaysia is recognised as one of the 12 mega-biodiversity countries in the world. The incredible flora colour the Parks in cities, such as Kuala Lumpur's Perdana Botanical Gardens and Perka's Taiping Lake Gardens. Further from the cities lie sprawling national parks: Kinabalu, Endau Rompin, Gunung Mulu, and more.

About Malaysia

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language
    Bahasa Melayu and English
    Currency
    Ringgit (MYR)
    Visa Requirements

    CIBTvisas

    Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort | Tourism Malaysia
    Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort | Tourism Malaysia
  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Walk the Skybridge at Petronas twin Towers (Kuala Lumpur) - the mighty Towers rise 450 metres above sea level. Visitors can take in the incredible views skyline from the Skybridge, the world's highest two-story bridge.
    • Sip afternoon tea in Cameron Highlights (Pahang) - one of the most delicious legacies from the British in Malaysia is tea and scones. Sip Cameronian tea at this station in the country.
    • Celebrate Thaipusam at Batu Caves (Selangor) - the legendary Batu Caves include three limestone caves and a renowned cave temple. An epic golden statue of Lord Muruga stands guard as the Caves becomes host to Thaipusam Festival, one of the world's largest religious gatherings.
    • Eat hawker food in George Town (Penang) - the shores of this UNESCO World Heritage Site has become a legendary foodie mecca. Stop by a traditional Kedai Kopi shop for Ipoh White coffee before hitting the street for a feast for the books.
  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Sunway Lagoon Park (Selangor) - this one-stop-shop for fun celebrates everyone's inner child. Six parks are home at Sunway Lagoon: Water Park, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park, Scream Park, and Nickleodeon Lost Lagoon.
    • Petrosains Discovery Centre (Kuala Lumpur) - Science is a fun, hands-on exploration at this incredible Centre. Housed in the heart of the KLCC, an abundant shopping centre, imaginations will run wild all day for children and parents alike.
    • KL Bird Park in the Perdana Botanical Gardens (Kuala Lumpur) - an oasis in the middle of the city, KL Bird Park sprawls over four zones that house more than 200 different species of local and foreign bird. The free-flight concept allows the birds to live naturally and visitors to enjoy this special environment.
  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Pasir Gudang International Kite Festival (February)
    • Colours of Malaysia (May - June)
    • Raptor Watch Weekend (March)
    • Malaysia Water Festival (April)
    • Malaysia Grand Prix (April)
    • Sabah Fest (April - May)
    • Sabah Dragon Boat Race (June)
    • Gawai Dayak Festival (June)
    • Malaysia Mega Sale (July - August)
    • Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival (July)
    • Merdeka Month Celebration (August)
    • Ramadan Bazaar (August)
    • Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) (December) 
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Admire street art in George Town (Penang) - quirky, imaginative street art has popped up all across the walls of the exciting capital of Penang. Explore the city by foot to best experience art everywhere.
    • Witness turtle landings at Turtle Island Park (Sabah) - sitting in the Sulu Sea this Park is home to a turtle hatchery and countless turtles. Visit to witness the miraculous landings after dusk, when turtles come ashore to lay eggs before returning to sea.
    • Dive at Pulau Payar Marine Park (Langkawi) - the Langkawai islands has become a destination for divers and snorkelling enthusiasts. Explore the corals reefs and marine life beneath the calm, sheltered waters of the Park.