Malaysia Tourism

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Read 34 Malaysia reviews with average rating of 4.4/5

Anika khanna khurana

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Borneo Malaysia! What a stunning destination.

We have a 1 year old so wanted to do our first international trip with him. We found this fantastic hotel in Borneo kotakinabalu called the Sutera harbour. Stunning 5 star hotel with huge grounds. Abd to top it off amazingly child friendly resort. We loved every minute of if and so did our son!

Nike Gladwinratingratingratingratingratingrating3.6/5

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Malaysia truly Asia

This country happened to be my first foreign destination. I actually learned what it is to travel and see all by oneself through this trip.
Malaysia is country which respects nature and develop itself without harming the ecosystem. A good place for a leisure trip. With a limited budget Malaysia truly sets an example for what it takes to be a tourist destination. Genting highlands remarkably one of the best attractive and also is a must visit place for its beauty adventure fun and also the food. Kuala Lumpur the capital city is of course the centre of attraction for this beautiful country. A beautiful city with modernity being it's signature. Every national monument in the country is to be seen for its beauty and the way it is preserved for tourists to enjoy. Malaysia sets an example for its art in architecture and modern infrastructure to be seen and experienced.

A few tips for travel
1. Research about the place before you start the journey.
2. Get the entire planning done on your own never depend on tour operators as they only take to places where they get commission.
3. Get a sim card from the country in arrival.
4. Browse the net for more details about the country as to where to go and where to spend etc etc.

Have a fun trip.

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Getting to Malaysia

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Visa: Prior application

Cost: INR 5,600

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Transit time: 6hrs from major cities

Cost ₹9,371 per person

Malaysia Overview

A perfect example of modernity co-existing in harmony with nature, Malaysia has something for every traveler. From stunning cityscapes to breathtaking natural wonders to amusement parks and national landmarks, there is plenty to do and see in this nation of diversities.

History

There is evidence that Malaysia was first inhabited by humans nearly 40,000 years ago. It was in the first century AD that Indian and Chinese traders and settlers made their way to the Malay region. Various Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic dynasties ruled over the region till the early 16th century when the Portuguese conquered the land. This was followed by the Dutch invasion and then the British took control by the mid 19th century.

During the Second World War, the territory came under Japanese rule for a while. It was during this time that the movement for independence started gaining momentum and in 1948, the Federation of Malaya was established and it continues to be the only federation in South East Asia. There are 13 states in this federation and three federal territories. A Prime Minister heads the country and administers it with help from his Cabinet and Najib Razak is the current head of state.

The country shares land borders with Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei as well as maritime boundaries with Vietnam and Philippines. A causeway and a bridge link Malaysia with Singapore.

Why You Should Visit

A diverse culture and spectacular scenic beauty are just two of the reasons you should visit Malaysia.

A multicultural hub of Asia, the country has strong influences from China, India, and most other South East Asian countries. It is the perfect place to get a glimpse of colonial architecture and places of worship from different religions.

It is a foodie paradise with a range of cuisines available to suit every palate. Malaysian, Indian, Thai, and Chinese are just a few that you can try at the many restaurants and food stalls that dot the streets.

The sandy beaches and the sparkling seas beckon you to spend some time in the sun and the surf. Quite a few of these are also great for water sports such as jet skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and good old-fashioned swimming.

The natural wonders are conducive to adventure activities such as backpacking, hiking, interacting with elephants, or swimming in waterfalls.

Tourist Hotspots

Kuala Lumpur, Malacca (Melaka), Cameron Highlands, Penang, and Langkawi are the cities that attract the most tourist footfalls for a variety of reasons.

With its soaring skyscrapers and numerous malls, Kuala Lumpur is a shopper’s paradise. This city is best explored on foot to help you discover little known dining spots and to find bargains.

Once a bustling trading port, Malacca or Melaka, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The weekend night market, its iconic trishaws, and quaint architecture are all a must-see on every tourist itinerary.

Malaysia’s spectacular hill station of Cameron Highlands is where you can find fresh strawberries and a cup of fresh brewed tea made from leaves sourced right from the plantations that abound here. The cool temperatures and natural beauty put it firmly on the tourist map.

Home to George Town, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang is a perfect blend of old world charm and modern life. It is also a must-visit for foodies with the variety of eateries found here.

This stunning archipelago of 99 islands is located on Malaysia’s west coast. Langkawi is the ideal beach destination with its smooth sand and clear water.

Local Attractions

Kuala Lumpur’s famous Petronas Twin Towers top the list of sights to see in this bustling city. Synonymous with the city, these towers resembling silver rockets, were completed in 1998. With 88 storeys, they tower 452 m over the city and have a floor pattern that resembles an eight-sided star.

Get a glimpse of life in Malaysia in the 19th century at the Baba & Nonya Heritage Museum in Melaka City. Laid out like a traditional town house of a bygone era, this museum makes for an interesting visit.

A visit to the Cactus Valley is sure to change the way you think about cacti. Located in Cameron Highlands, this place is also home to tiered terraces full of various types of local flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the island from the top of Penang Hill after a ride on a funicular railway. Sitting pretty at a height of 821 m, it offers views extending as far as the Langkawi mountains on a clear day.

One of the famous symbols of Langkawi is its Sky Bridge which curves for 125 metres at a height of 700 metres. Accessed by the Langkawi Cable Car, this bridge can accommodate up to 250 people at a time.

Favourite Local Foods

With Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences dominating, the exotic dishes found in Malaysia have to be tasted to be believed.

A sweet pancake with a generous stuffing of sugar, peanuts, and corn, Apam Balik is what Malaysian food is all about. Call it a dessert or a snack, but a taste of this cross between an omelet and a crepe might leave you craving for more.

Mamak Mee Goreng or noodle stir fry with an Indian flavour is a popular street food. Made with beef, chicken, or shrimp, tossed with veggies, soy sauce and eggs, it makes for a meal in itself or an accompaniment.

Nasi Lemak is Malaysia’s unofficial national dish. It is rice cooked in coconut milk and accompanied with one or more sides. Vegetarians can opt for vegetable curries while others can choose from chicken, lamb, beef curry, or eggs and sambal.

A common fixture on Malaysian menus, Laksa is a type of noodle soup with Chinese and Malay influences. The soup is made from coconut milk or tamarind juice and can have chicken, prawn, or fish.

Similar to Naan, the Indian flatbread, Roti Canai goes well with curry. Made from flour, butter, and water, the sweeter version has condensed milk as an additional ingredient.

Penang and Kuala Lumpur are where foodies should head out to. A smattering of Indian restaurants offering vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines are also found across Malaysia.

Favourite Local Things to Buy

Famous for its annual shopping festivals, Malaysia is a shopper’s dream destination. Even if you are not a shopaholic, the sheer variety of designer brands and the latest electronics is sure to leave you weak at the knees. Kuala Lumpur leads the way as far as shopping for these items is concerned and Golden Triangle is the place to be.

Get a Baju Kebaya or two for yourself or as a gift. This traditional Malay women’s attire is a blouse and skirt set. You can also buy just the top and pair it with trousers or your favourite skirt. Go for Songket or Batik fabrics which are of better quality.

Pewter goods such as vases and kitchen ware are available in plenty in Malaysia. But not all of it is pure pewter which tends to be on the expensive side. A pewter tea caddy with an interesting design might be a good choice too.

Hand woven purses, bags, baskets, and decorative items can be souvenirs of your memorable visit to Malaysia. Bamboo, rattan, mengkuang, coconut shells, and pandan leaves are commonly used in these handicrafts.

Silk or cotton fabric or clothing with Malaysian Batik designs are great for casual and work wear. Or choose a Batik sarong for wearing to the beach. None of these are expensive and can be bought at bargain prices in some of the city markets.

Things to Do in Malaysia

There is plenty to do in Malaysia and you will definitely not have time to be bored.

Lose yourself in the fascinating entertainment available at Genting Highlands amusement park. Situated atop Ulu Kali Mountain at a height of 1800 m, this is an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.

Food, food, and more food; tasting a whole lot of flavours is a must when in Malaysia. Gorge on some lip-smacking food at Siti Fatimah, Langkawi’s famous Malay restaurant. Enjoy to your heart’s content at the reasonably-priced buffet mid-morning onwards.

The only one of its kind in Asia, Legoland Park is not just for kids but for also those who are young at heart. The thrilling rides, interactive displays, and themed entertainment make for a fun time.

Meander through the streets of Malacca historic city and enjoy the Nyonya cuisine that is unique to the region. The Jonker Walk Night Market held on Friday and Saturday is a great place to pick up trinkets and enjoy snacks such as fried egg ice cream and fried radish cake.

Gaze upon frolicking primates at the vast limestone cavern that is known as the Batu Caves. The Hindu shrine is accessed by climbing up 272 steps and is a centre of attraction during the annual Thaipusam festival. Beware of the long-tailed macaques that roam the place.

Ride the Langkawi SkyCab for unparalleled views of the sea, the tropical forests, and waterfalls. Get off midway to explore the walking trail or continue onwards to reach the Langkawi Sky Bridge. Do not forget to take your camera along for some unbeatable photographs.

A trip to Malaysia is incomplete without an exploration of George Town, the multicultural capital of Penang district. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is reminiscent of a movie set with its narrow lanes, bustling markets, and old world charm.

Ideal Tour Package

An itinerary of one week to ten days is perfect for a taste of Malaysia. Ideally you could take the Kuala Lumpur – Malacca – Cameron Highlands - Penang – Langkawi –Kuala Lumpur route for optimal use of your time here. Travelling around the country is fairly easy and inexpensive using public transportation such as buses and trains. Global car rental companies have a presence here and you could opt to drive yourself around.

VISA and Travel

Malaysia is the second most popular tourist destination in South East Asia and 11th in the world. Tourism is the country’s third largest source of foreign exchange income accounting for nearly 10% of the country’s economy.

Indian citizens can apply for a visa at the Malaysian Consulates/High Commission at various Indian cities. A duly filled visa application form, photograph meeting certain specifications, and relevant documents supporting the application must be submitted. A visa fee as well as service charges will also be payable at the same time. The passport validity should be more than six month upon arrival in Malaysia and passport must have three blnk pages.(two blank pages in passports for applicants applying in Ahmedabad, Pune). It is advisable to apply for a visa at least one month before your intended date of departure.

Indian passport holders entering Malaysia from a third country such as Singapore, Thailand, or Indonesia, are eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VoA) under certain conditions. The VoA fee is RM 330.

Note: Malaysian Ringitt is the currency of Malaysia. The current exchange rate is 1 MYR=15.12 INR.

Best Time to Visit

Sitting just north of the Equator, Malaysia enjoys a tropical monsoon climate with warm temperatures round the year. Intermittent rain is also a possibility during the year but this is nothing that an Indian traveler cannot handle. March to early October is the tourist season when the humidity is low and there are few rainy days. It is the right time if water sports, sun, and sand are on your mind. However, if you want to see the festive side of Malaysia and don’t mind the rains, then January and February might be the right time to visit. This is when the Chinese New Year and the Hindu festival of Thaipusam are celebrated annually. Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Langkawi are pretty much hot all throughout the year.