Being a Southeast Asian country bordering on Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia, Malaysia includes two distinct parts East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo) and West Malaysia (Peninsula Malaysia). When it comes to a Malaysia trip, travelers should not miss its famous tourist destinations as Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Melaka/ Malacca, Langkawi, Cameron Highlands and Tioman island. Malaysia tourism has grown thank to its cultural diversity (it is known as one of the world’s great cultural melting pots), stunning islands off the Pacific Ocean and works built in the colonial period.
1. How to get around Malaysia
There are three common ways to transfer from a city to another while traveling in Malaysia. The first way is traveling by air. Malaysia Airlines and the budget carriers AirAsia are the national airlines operating Malaysian domestic flights with low-cost carriers and fairly inexpensive airfares. The second way is train including in two main classes: express train and local train. KTMB and Jungle Railway runs respectively in West Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. The third way is bus, the cheapest means of transport in Malaysia. It is easy and comprehensive to use its national bus network due to its good quality and wide coverage.
2. Malaysia’s tourist attractions
Kuala Lumpur-the capital of Malaysia is the most developed area in Malaysia as well as the most important tourist destination. This place is well-known for the symbol of city- the Petronas Twin Towers. Some popular destinations in this city, built in the British colonial period, comprise the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Merdeka Square and the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. BB Plaza and Berjaya Times Square in Bukit Bintang-the famous shopping district are ideal sites for shopping lovers when coming to Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, Chinatown, Lake Garden, the National Cathedral with the Islamic architecture, the Southeast Asia’s largest Islamic Art Museum IAMM, Muzium Negara National Museum, Zoo Negara National Zoo, Istana Budaya National Theater, Batu Caves and Genting Highlands are outstanding places visitors should note for their Kuala Lumpur trip.
Being about 30km from the south of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, formerly known as Prang Besar, is the federal administrative center of Malaysia. Some splendid buildings travelers should not miss out in this city are Perdana Putra, Putra Mosque, Seri Perdana, Taman Putra Perdana, Millennium Monument and Seri Wawasan Bridge.
Penang is Malaysia’s great western island and also a name of Malaysia’s state including Penang island and part of land adjacent to the mainland. Due to its cultural diversity and rich culinary life, Penang plays an important role in Malaysian tourism. Penang Hill/Bukit Bendera, Penang Botanic Gardens, Kek Lok Si temple with the combination of Khmer, Thailand and Chinese style, Penang Butterfly Farm, Snake Temple and War Museum are some famous tourist attractions in Penang.
Being the capital of Penang state, Georgetown is also one of the most captivating tourist places of Malaysia tourism. Thanks to the combination between the influence of Chinese culture and Islamic culture, the relics built in the British colonial period, this city is recorded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Georgetown is known as a paradise for food lovers with plenty of dishes stemming from India, China, Malaysia and the West.