Malaysia is known for its beaches, rainforests and the harmonious blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultures. In fact, multiculturalism and the friendliness of the population are two strengths of this land.
Its peculiarity is given by the extreme contrasts that characterize it: immense skyscrapers next to wooden houses built on stilts, luxurious resorts next to ancient coral reefs.
So, let’s see together what to absolutely see in Malaysia and the most beautiful itineraries to follow.

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants : 2,000
  • Capitale : Great Stop
  • Languages : Malay, English
  • Local currency: Malaysian Ringgit (€ 1.00 = MYR 4.69)
  • Climate : tropical with high and humid temperatures
  • Vaccinations : no vaccinations required
  • Entry requirements : passport and return ticket. Visa not required for stays of less than three months.
  • Distance from Italy : 9,947 km (14-18 hours of flight).
  • Travel / health insurance : recommended. With us you get a 10% discount and you have full coverage, 24h medical insurance and unlimited telephone advice. Get
    a free quote

Where it is, how to get there and how to get around
Malaysia is a federated state in Southeast Asia. It is divided politically into thirteen states and geographically and consists
of a continental part located in the so-called Malay Peninsula (or Malacca), and an insular part consisting of over 900 islands, located in the northern area of ​​Borneo (a large Asian island politically divided between Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia).
The main city is Kuala Lumpur , whose airport is well connected to the West. Flights with at least one stopover are available from Italy, lasting approximately 15 hours overall. Flights departing from Milan usually make a stopover in Dubai, those departing from Rome make a stopover in Singapore (prices from € 409.77 )
. domestic flights. In large urban cities you move by public transport (buses and trains). In the smaller towns , on the other hand, you can travel by rental car or taxi. To reach the various islands such as Perenthian, Tioman and Pulau Langkawi, you can rely on the ferries or organized excursions with transfer included. When to go: climate and best time In general it must be said that Malaysia is a very rainy country all year round

. From a geographical / climatic point of view, two main areas can be identified, each of which with a specific recommended period:

  1. Western Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, Penang): February / April is recommended for the east coast, January / February and June / August for the west coast. Avoid the months between October and December as they are rainier
  2. East Malaysia (Borneo Island – Sibu, Bintulu): recommended from June to August. The worst time is from late October to March, months in which rainfall reaches its peak.

It can be said that March / April and September / October are excellent compromises between climate and savings : they are transitional periods in which the climate is good and it is possible to save, thanks to hotel and flight promotions.
Finally it must be said that Malaysia is located just south of the latitude where tropical cyclones are formed, so it can be affected marginally and in the northernmost part. The cyclone season runs from May to December , with a probability peak in December.

What to see: islands, beaches, parks and cities

1 – Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Don’t miss the Petronas Towers, two 451 meter high skyscrapers, built of glass and steel with Islamic motifs. Inside there is a suspension bridge and an observation point, both open to the public; the entrance ticket costs around € 17.00.
Furthermore, in the city there are the railway station and the Palace of Sultan Abdul Samad , monuments of the British colonial era, the Bukit Bintang district where you can go shopping, Brickfields (Little India) and Chinatown. At the National Museum and the Islamic Arts Museum you can admire the art and history of Malaysia, while at the northern border of Kuala Lumpur there are the Batu Caves, with some Hindu temples inside.

SEE ALSO : What to see in Kuala Lumpur

2 – Kota Kinabalu and Gaya Island
Photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/thienzieyung/. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, north of the island of Borneo. Coastal city partly surrounded by rainforest, famous for beaches and the Kota Kinabalu State Mosque, overlooking the water, its bustling markets and the modern promenade. From this city we leave to visit the Kinabalu National Park, where the famous Mount Kinabalu is located, but you can also make excursions to the nearby Gaya Island, a destination chosen by lovers of eco-tourism, characterized by coral formations and beaches. golden and pink .

3 – Kinabalu National Park Kinabalu
National Park was the first in Malaysia to be declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It collects one of the largest concentrations in the world of plant and animal species, but the pearl is its wonderful Mount Kinabalu which, with its 4,093 meters, is the highest peak in Malaysia.
It can be donetrekking inside the park, or climbing the mountain with an excursion that generally lasts two days. Although the paths are well signposted and the guides prepared, equip yourself with the appropriate equipment, warm clothing and above all good resistance. The cost to climb is about € 50.00 with insurance and guide included, while for access to the park it is just over € 3.00.

4 – Taman Negara National Park
Taman Negara is located near Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, endangered animals such as the Malayan tiger , the Sumatran rhinoceros , the Asian tapir and the Asian elephant live here .
As for the vegetation, in this park stands the Gunung Tahan (2,187 meters), the highest mountain in the peninsular part of Malaysia. It is not very easy to climb, but it can be done with a guide; other activities to do are trekking , bird watching or sailing with canoes inside the rivers of Taman Negara. To visit the park, it is essential to bring a raincoat, hiking shoes, a flashlight, insect repellent, water with you. Entrance to the park does not cost even one euro, while taking part in the tours costs from € 5.00 to € 7.00.

5 – Perhentian Islands
Photo by Chris. The Perhentian Islandsare a small archipelago located off the eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula. It is a heavenly place with enchanting beaches and coral reefs full of colorful fish, sharks, rays and sea turtles: perfect for snorkeling and diving!
The beaches not to be missed are Long Beach , Perhentian Besar , Three Coves Bay (best place to observe sea turtles), Turtle Beach , Romantic Beach and the small coves north of Kecil.
The islands can be reached in 20 minutes by boat from the Kuala Besut pier.

6 – Mulu National Park
Photo by Paul White. TheMiri Gunung Mulu National Park is located in Malaysian Borneo and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A spectacular park that contains important caves and karst formations , located in the heart of a mountainous equatorial forest. Often, expeditions are organized for the exploration of caves and forests (note that of the Royal Geographical Society, which saw over 100 scientists at work for 15 months).
To see the Sarawak chamber , the largest natural enclosed space, the Caves of the Wind , the Deer , the Benarat and the Fresh Water , in which there is part of a long underground river that crosses the park.
Inside the park there is a five-star hotel, small tropical-style hotels and cheaper apartments. The cost per night is about € 50.00, while the entrance fee is just over € 6.00.
Mulu is an almost inaccessible area and can be reached using Miri airport . Boats are used to move around the park.

7 – Kuching

Kuching , capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, with architecture ranging from colonial buildings to modern skyscrapers. Stroll along the Sarawak River , filled with street food stalls, craft shops and viewpoints overlooking 19th-century landmarks, such as Fort Margherita, built as a defense from pirates and the Palazzo dell’Astana , home of the Raja Bianchi.
Kuching (which means cat in the local language) is known as the “city of cats” and, therefore, in its streets and squares you can meet numerous statues depicting cats, as well as a museum dedicated to this animal.
8 – State

of Penang and Georgetown Penang is a state of western Malaysia which, with an extension of 1,031 sq km, occupies a western part of the Malaysian peninsula and the entire island of Penang in the Strait of Malacca. It can be reached by plane , since it has its own airport.
Its capital is Georgetown, an interesting colonial city where one of the main ports of the entire federation is located: obviously the visit starts from here. Worth seeing are Fort Cornwallis , the Seri Rampai cannon , the Kapitan Keling Mosque and the historic center, home to some important monuments. On the north coast there are the most beautiful beaches, such as Batu Ferringhi Beach and Teluk Bahang.

9 – Arcipelago di Langkawi
Photo of CEphoto, Uwe Aranas. The Langkawi archipelago consists of 99 islands and is in the Andaman Sea. It is also one of the most popular destinations for movie stars, especially its Black Sand Beach. Here the water is crystal clear, rocks and islets emerge from the sea, and the sunsets are breathtaking.
The other enchanting beaches are Pasir Tengkorak Beach , populated by mischievous macaques that occasionally steal something from tourists, Pantai Kok with fine white sand and two artificial islands that complete the panorama. Again, Pelangi Beach , a strip of sand framed by a dense forest of palm trees.
The largest island in the archipelago is Langkawi of the same name and is a fantastic destination for snorkelers .
On the island of Langkawi you can go to the discovery of the Kilim parkthanks to numerous organized boat tours. You will pass through the mangrove forests to discover a wild and unspoiled nature. You can take the funicular and climb up to Mount Mato
Do not miss the Skybridge , from which you can see Thailand with the naked eye and the falls of Telega Tujuh , Durian Perangin and Temurun . Langkawi can be reached by sea or by air from Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

10 – Tioman Island

Tioman is an island located about 40 kilometers off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, in the state of Pahang. There are 8 main villages on Tioman , reachable by boat.
The warm, transparent waters make Tioman a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers , who can enjoy swims among Napoleon fish, horned parrotfish and schools of fusiliers.
Tioman is also home to a variety of plants and small animals, including butterflies, monitor lizards, deer and monkeys, while the granite formations make it an excellent place for those who love climbing .

11 – Island of Sipadan
The island of Spidan is of volcanic origin and is counted among the wonders of the underwater world . Here you can dive and see parrotfish, hawksbill turtles, green turtles, barracudas and countless small species.

12 – Mabul
Island The island of Mabul has coasts full of houses on stilts: they are the homes of the last marine nomads, the Bajau Laut: chatting with them will only enrich your trip. Bathing in its crystal clear sea will allow you to see seahorses and water snakes.

13 – Redang Island
Photo by yeowatzup. Redang Island is part of an archipelago declared a protected marine park , where tropical fish and turtles find home. This means that if you want to dive, you will need a permit. On the other hand, you can enjoy absolute relaxation on the sandy crescent of Long Beach .

14 – Pangkor Island
Photo by Arne Museler. The island of Pangkor was once therefuge of Malaysian pirates . Today completely safe, it still contains the charm of the fishing villages. You cannot miss a visit to Pangkor Town to truly immerse yourself in the spirit of the island.

15 – Lang Tengah Island
Photo by Renek78. The island of Lang Rengah is almost uninhabited and is therefore ideal for those who want to dedicate themselves to complete relaxation, but also for novice divers , who want to make wonderful dives in total safety.

16 – Sibu Island
Photo by Peter D. Kennett. The island of Sibu has a wild aspect that is divided into thick tropical vegetation, kilometer-long beaches and caves carved into the rock. During your visit, you can walk through the jungle to discover the marshes, discover anchovy fishing at the dock and learn about the coconut smoking process in local villages.

17 – Cameron Highland
Photo by udeyismail. Cameron Highlands is a spectacular hilly area in the state of Pahang. It is an area that offers breathtaking landscapes , in which to enjoy lush nature, exploring rose and lavender gardens and beautiful tea and strawberry plantations .
The Cameron Highlands stretch over approximately 71,000 hectares of land and are a stronghold of things to do, especially for nature lovers. Here you can try your hand at fantastic jungle trekking routes or climb the summit of Mount Brinchang.

18 – Ipoh
Photo of Visions of Domino. Ipoh, in the state of Perak, is one of the least explored cities in the region despite having a huge number of interesting attractions, such as the cave temple of Kok Lok Tong or the temple of Ling Sen Tong . Ipoh is known in Malaysia for its historical center where you can discover a wealth of interesting history as well as its beautiful murals and museums. but it is also possible to enjoy the fantastic surroundings, full of attractions such as cave temples and imposing limestone cliffs.

19 – Malacca
Malacca is a wonderful mix of modern life and centuries-old heritage, it is a historical city located on the Panisola of Malaysia.
This UNESCO World Heritage city is certainly not as lively as Kuala Lumpur, but it has an incredibly valuable cultural and historical heritage, including religious sites, interesting museums and quiet alleys. Just think that in the period of maximum splendor it was called “the Venice of the East”.
Here you can enjoy a cruise on the Melaka River, visit the Menara Tming Sari tower, explore the Botanical Garden, visit the Malaysian village of Kampung Morten and stroll along Jonker Street, the most famous street.

20 – Batang Ai National Park
Batang Ai National Park extends for 24 sq km on Borneo Island and borders two other protected areas, namely the Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Malaysia and the Bentuang-Karimun National Park in Indonesia. These three areas together constitute the natural habitat for various animal species at risk of extinction including about 1000 specimens of Bornean orangutan.
For conservation reasons, the Batang Ai National Park is the only part of this area open to visitors, and gives you the opportunity to go on excursions in nature with the opportunity to admire some of these very rare specimens up close.

Suggested

itineraries 8-day itinerary: Classical Malaysia

  1. First day : intercontinental flight to Kuala Lumpur.
  2. Second day : Arrive at Kuala Lumpur airport and transfer to the hotel.
  3. Third day : Kuala Lumpur half day tour. Free afternoon.
  4. Fourth day : departure for the historic city of Malacca, boat excursion across the Melaka River. Travel back to Kuala Lumpur and rest of the day at leisure.
  5. Fifth day : departure in the morning for the Batu Caves Temple, continuation to Cameron Highlands through naturalistic landscapes. Stop in Tapah. Arrive in Cameron Highlands in the afternoon. Check-in at the hotel and overnight.
  6. Sixth day : departure from the hotel and visit of a tea plantation, then visit of Ipoh, the capital of Perak, travel to Penang. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel.
  7. Seventh day : visit of Penang, afternoon and evening at leisure.
  8. Eighth day : transfer to the airport and return to Italy.

How much does it cost
Price details

  • Price per person starting from : from € 1390.00
  • The fee includes : transfers to and from the airports, visits, entrances with the assistance of local guides and a private car with driver. Accommodation in hotels with American breakfast, meals indicated. Medical and baggage insurance.
  • The fee does not include : flights, airport taxes, meals not included in the various programs, drinks, tips, personal expenses, travel cancellation insurance policy (the price of which is equal to 5% of the value of the services purchased).

11-day itinerary: Grand Tour of Borneo

  1. First day : intercontinental flight to Kuching.
  2. Second day : Arrival at Kuching airport and transfer to the hotel.
  3. Third day : visit of Kuching and free afternoon.
  4. Fourth day : departure from the hotel towards Batang Ai with a stop in Serian and the village of Lachau. Hotel accommodation in Batang Ai.
  5. Fifth day : departure with the traditional “perahu panjang” (long boat) in the heart of the lake and visit the village. Return to the hotel in the afternoon and rest of the time available.
  6. Sixth day : return to Kuching, hotel accommodation and overnight.
  7. Seventh day : transfer to the airport to board the direct flight to Mulu. Arrival and visit of Mulu National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in Malaysia.
  8. Eighth day : visit of Mulu. Departure for the boat excursion to the Grotta del Vento and the Acqua Chiara cave. In the afternoon we proceed to the suspension bridge immersed in the forest. Dinner and overnight.
  9. Day 9 : Transfer to the airport to reach Kota Kinabalu. Arrival, transfer to the hotel. Free day and overnight stay.
  10. Day 10 : Excursion to Mount Kinabalu National Park. In the afternoon, return to Kota Kinabalu.
  11. Eleventh day : time available until transfer to the airport to board the flight to Italy.

How much does it cost
Price details

  • Price per person starting from : from € 1990.00
  • The fee includes : transfers to and from the airports, visits indicated, entrances with the assistance of local guides and private car with driver, accommodation in hotels with American breakfast, all meals indicated as per program, management fees, medical insurance and Baggage.
  • The fee does not include : intercontinental and domestic flights with relative air taxes, any airport entry taxes to be paid at the airport, meals not included in the various programs, drinks, tips, personal expenses. Any travel cancellation insurance policy (the price of which is 5% of the value of the services purchased).

Travel Insurance: Our Advice
We always rely on the company
, which provides comprehensive coverage at absolutely competitive prices .
They also provide customer assistance, an always active call center and 24- hour medical insurance with unlimited telephone medical advice : we know well that when you are abroad in emergency situations, you can find a consultant who is always ready to answer
the most
important.
Visit their website and receive a 10% discount on your policy reserved for Travel365 users .

Previous articleGypsy dream book – What does it mean to dream about Gypsies (Roma people)
Next articleUnited States 1999: the match and the national team that changed women’s football