Exotic East and pragmatic West, past and present, tropical parks and skyscrapers, temples of five religions and tribes of skull hunters – all these seemingly incompatible things have merged into a single whole in Malaysia for your holidays. Despite the economic boom, it is still a country of villages, jungles, rice fields, and pristine white beaches. The high level of service and good logistics make it possible to combine all recreation types in Malaysia – sightseeing, beach, family, and active.
When is the best time to go to Malaysia for your holidays
In the land of eternal summer, there are no distinct seasons. Air humidity and water temperature also vary slightly throughout the year. The amount of precipitation depends on the monsoon winds blowing from the southwest in summer and northeast in winter. This explains the difference in weather between coasts in mainland Malaysia. On the west coast, on the islands of Langkawi and Penang, it rains more often from May to September, on the east coast resorts – Tioman and Redang, from October to May. Some hotels on the East Coast islands may be closed from November to February.
There are hundreds of beaches to visit in Malaysia for your holidays, each of which deservedly claims to be a protected paradise. Most hotels provide sun loungers and umbrellas to their guests free of charge.
The most popular beach on the island of Langkawi is the two-kilometer- long, crowded Chenang with white sand and rare shell rock splashes. It has a wide coastline and developed infrastructure – cafes, shops, equipment rental. With clear turquoise water, Quiet Pantai Kok is located in a protected bay where kids can splash around. It is surrounded by a green jungle, for which lovers of nature and relaxation especially appreciate it.
Penang’s beaches are chosen by those wishing to combine relaxation with sightseeing in the island’s capital, Georgetown. Fans of fine dining and lively nightlife prefer the legendary Ferringhi Beach with its soft, fine sand, which stretches along the winding Jalan Batu Ferringhi Road. It is a popular destination for water sports: parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing. But its bottom is silted in many places, so the transparency of the water leaves much to be desired.
Tioman Island off the east coast of Malaysia is one of the ten cleanest islands in the world. Its beaches Salang, Juara, Paya, and Genting, are located in secluded coves and are linked by trails that run through the jungle. This is a real paradise for diving and snorkeling lovers. But you will have to forget about the nightlife.
The beaches of Borneo white sand no way inferior to continental Malaysia for your holidays, except that to get to the more difficult. The best ones are located in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near the city of Kota Kinabalu. There are also good beaches near the cities of Kuching and Sandakan.
Every diving enthusiast dreams of diving off the Malaysian island of Sipadan, off Borneo’s northeastern coast. Jacques-Yves Cousteau also called it the best diving destination in the world. The island is famous for its vertical reef wall extending to a depth of 680 m, which is home to huge schools of fish, sea turtles, and whitetip reef sharks. Apart from Sipadan, one of the three diving leaders in Borneo includes Lankayan island, where possible all year round dive and atoll Layang-Layang, consisting of coral reefs – the habitat of colorful tropical fish and hammerhead sharks.
Off the west coast of mainland Malaysia, there are excellent dive sites near Payar Island and off the east coast near Tioman Island, in the Redang Archipelago and the Perhentian Islands.
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Capital Kuala Lumpur is a fusion of many traditions, religions, and cultures. High-tech mosques here side by side with Buddhist monasteries, Christian churches, and Hindu temples; the main Batu Caves are located in a huge cave, where 272 steps lead.
The symbol of modern Kuala Lumpur is the 88-story Twin Towers, which look like huge corncobs made of glass and aircraft steel. Right in the middle of giant skyscrapers are the Orchid Park, Hibiscus Garden, Butterfly Park, and Bird Park, where more than 200 birds are collected.
Many people come to Malaysia to admire its virgin nature. In the National Park, “Gunung Gading” in November-February bloom the world’s largest rafflesia with a diameter of up to one meter. And in the Taman-Negara National Park, along narrow river channels by boat, you can get into the very heart of the jungle to watch the life of elephants, rhinos, tapirs, and, if you’re lucky, tigers.
Malaysia for children
Cleanliness, safety, gentle sandy beaches, warm sea, and high service standards have made Malaysia a popular family destination. Those who decide to spend a few days in Kuala Lumpur should visit the capital’s entertainment complex Sunway Lagoon. The vast territory houses a water park with pools and water slides, attractions, a wildlife park with a mini-zoo, a haunted horror park, and a corner of the Wild West with Indians and dashing cowboys.