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5 Ways to Explore Malaysia: From Heritage Trails to Tropical Rainforests

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Malaysia is a mosaic of cultures and flavors, blending the best of China, India and Southeast Asia with elements of the colonial legacy. Sample tasty cuisines, go explore the rainforest or just relax by the beach. This 5-day itinerary is packed will an array of experiences that are way different from the well-trodden tourist trails.


5 Ways to Explore Malaysia: From Heritage Trails to Tropical Rainforests:

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Day 1. Explore colonial buildings and Chinese markets in Malacca

Explore colonial buildings and Chinese markets in Malacca
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Malacca is a melting pot of Malaysia, a montage of many cultures. Explore the crumbling European colonial buildings, the Indian bazaars, and the Chinese markets set side by side. Take an eco-friendly trip and pedal across the local villages. Visit the Jonker Walk, the Stadthuys which is believed to be the oldest surviving Dutch building in the Eastern countries.

Day 2. Taste the colonial charm and Malaysian snacks in Ipoh

Taste the colonial charm and Malaysian snacks in Ipoh
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One of the largest cities of Malaysia, Ipoh has plenty of colonial charm. Known as foodie’s paradise, the city offers endless street stalls and restaurants offering mouthwatering local fare. Jog to the limestone caves of Perak, explore the Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village and visit the Ling Sen Tong temple.

Day 3. Get far off the beaten path in the rainforest of Belum

Get far off the beaten path in the rainforest of Belum
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Immerse yourself in nature and relax under the thick canopy amidst twittering birds in Belum rainforest. If you’re a nature enthusiast, then explore the trekking trails or go fishing for the giant snakehead fishes. If you’re up for camping, take the boat from Pulau Banding to upper Belum area which is rich with Rafflesia flowers, an endemic wildlife, and waterfalls you can bathe in.

Day 4. Unwind on the idyllic palm-lined beach of Perhentian Islands

Unwind on the idyllic palm-lined beach of Perhentian Islands
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Fringed with warm white sands, palm-lined beach, crystal clear turquoise sea, small wooden cabins, and the laid back atmosphere and the natural beauty will transport you to a different world. Later, as the sun sets, a quiet buzz of music and chatter fills the air, together with the thin string of smoke and aroma from the barbeque fire.

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Day 5. Get back to modern day civilization in Kuala Lumpur

Get back to modern day civilization in Kuala Lumpur
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Dotted with space age scrappers, colonial architecture, charming locals and lively food culture, the city of extremes Kuala Lumpur will keep you hooked.  Make sure you enjoy the bird’s eye view from Petronas twin towers, explore the bustling Petaling street flea market and visit the 400 million-year-old Batu Caves.

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