Malaysia is not necessarily the first country we think about on a trip to Asia. Thailand often steals the show. Yet this multicultural country is not to be missed. Natural parks and dream islands are the two big strengths of the country. Not to mention its cuisine, one of the best in Asia! Traveling in Malaysia is also easy. In short, what are you waiting for?
Why go there
Many reasons make Malaysia a dream destination. Whether you plan to travel alone or accompanied, here are some reasons why you should visit Malaysia:
- A destination not to be forgotten for those wishing to travel to South-East Asia: Malaysia, divided in two between the Malay Peninsula and northern Borneo, separated by the China Sea, offers many faces, Kuala Lumpur skies, some of the oldest forests on the planet with its beautiful beaches.
- Lovers of tropical beaches and diving in exceptional seabed will find their account, including the Perhentians Islands. Off the eastern coast of the peninsula, they offer exceptional landscapes and marine life, all in an environment of fishing villages.
- The jungle train, which connects Kota Barhu, in the northeast, to Singapore, in the south-west, a trip closer to the inhabitants of the peninsula.
- Taman Negara National Park: one of the oldest forests in the world, around Mount Tahan, the highest point in the country.
- In the states of Sabah and Sarawak, north of Borneo, indigenous lifestyles and cultures are the best preserved, but here too there are primary forests rich in exceptional biodiversity.
- Traveling in Malaysia also means discovering its cultural diversity, between Islam and Hinduism, between the local culture and its Chinese, Indian or Tamil influences, especially in Kuala Lumpur, to appreciate its spectacular skyscrapers as much as possible.
The geography of Malaysia
Malaysia has the distinction of being a country split into two parts: the Malacca Peninsula, bordering Thailand in the north, and East Malaysia, which occupies the north of the island of Borneo.
The China Sea separates these two distinct parts. The peninsula forms about 40% of the territory. It is crossed from north to south by the chain of Titiwangsa, which rises to a little over 2000 meters at Mount Tahan.
This highly forested region is one of the oldest forests on the planet. The west coast is the most industrialized, with undeveloped land consisting of mangroves.
To the east, it is rather large blue sand beaches that dominate the landscape. The states of Sabah and Sarawak, north of Borneo, represent 60% of the territory, but only 15% of the population.
Here we find a landscape of jungle, alluvial plains near the coast, rising in mountain ranges as one progresses inland. Mount Kinabalu is the highest point in Southeast Asia at 4100 meters.
Discover Malaysia with your family
Malaysia is one of the safest countries in Asia. Thus, it is a perfect family destination for your next holidays. In Malaysia, the cost of living is quite affordable. You can enjoy beaches, luxury hotels if you book through Opodo.
You will also enjoy the gastronomy of the region. All without spending a fortune. What you have to do is to visit the Opodo website, find a flight, and again, Opodo takes care of everything.