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Places to Visit in MalaysiaA fusion of natural beauty, intriguing cultures, rich history, delectable cuisine and friendly people, nothing else better describes Malaysia’s vast diversity. The jingle 'Malaysia: Truly Asia' sums up the essence of the country located in South-East Asia. From the impressive high-rise buildings of Kuala Lumpur, mesmerizing tropical islands of Langkawi Island, the vibrant yet serene Penang Island and the Genting Islands (popularly known as the ‘City of Entertainment’), Malaysia has a variety of city choices for travellers to choose from.
Places to visit
Considered the ‘heart and soul’ of Malaysia is the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, fondly referred to as KL by most regular visitors. The city has managed to preserve its rich history, having once been a tin-mining centre in the 1850s. KL aptly fits the title of ‘Malaysia: Truly Asia’ with its Asian cyber city, towering hi-tech buildings, skyscrapers, historic temples and mosques, shopping malls and glitzy hotels.Much like its food, the people lend the city a distinct culture that sets it apart from other Asian cities. Wherever you go, you can hear the breathless chatter of ethnic Malays, Chinese Muslims, Indians and Punjabis. English is widely spoken throughout the city.
Dubbed as Malaysia’s Capital City of Entertainment, Genting Highlands takes its role quite seriously. There are two primary reasons why most people visit the resort - first, of course, is gambling and the second reason is the theme park and entertainment here. An added advantage of visiting Genting Highlands is its natural surroundings and cool climate, a far cry from the typical Malaysian heat, making it a popular spot for tourists and locals alike who come here to enjoy the ‘European’ weather.
Come and discover one of Malaysia’s best kept secrets, Langkawi. Basking in the glistening turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, the cluster of 99 islands guarantee serenity and tranquility at its best. From unending stretches of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, rich and varied marine life to natural reserves and delectable cuisine, the archipelago of Langkawi offers several perks ideal for travellers. Experience the beautiful countryside and landscape of paddy fields by exploring the island and head up the thrilling cable car to Mount Mat Cincang. If outdoor adventure is more your thing, then go jungle trekking in the rainforest and explore the rich flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.
With its intriguing amalgamation of the western world and eastern culture, Penang never fails to amaze its tourists, who have in the past included the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Rudyard Kipling and Noel Coward. The ‘Pearl of the Orient’ as it is very often referred to has the perfect ingredients for a complete Malaysian experience. While in Penang, enjoy the cool mountain air and spectacular views of the city as you take the funicular train up Penang Hill. A year round destination, this beautiful island beckons you to discover the land of captivating diversity.
History of Malaysia
The history of Malaysia marks the domination of Srivijaya, Melaka and the Bugis before the British colonized Malaysia around 1786. In accordance to the Treaty of London 1842, the British and the Dutch divided the region between them. As time passed, the country saw a rapid growing influx of Indian and Chinese workers. The British restricted themselves to trade and commerce till the Treaty of Pangkor which was passed in 1874 marking the beginning of British political control in Malaysia. The Japanese however invaded Malaysia and ended the long British rule when the last British troops surrendered in 1942. After many changes of government, Malaysia finally adopted a new economic policy in 1971 and Malaysia changed from an agriculture country to a purely industrial one.
Weather in Malaysia
The months between December to February and May to August is considered to the peak season as the weather is quite balanced. Temperature ranges from 21 degree Celsius to 33 degree Celsius.
The months of March to April and September to November are relatively the wetter months.
Weekend Getaways from Malaysia
Singapore: The 'Lion City', Singapore is a preferred weekend getaway from Malaysia. Abound with natural beauty, fine British colonial architecture and diverse ethnicity, the city is an absolute example of pan Asian culture.
Indonesia: With exotic places like Bali, Jakarta, Lombok, Bandung and Bogor, Indonesia is a perfect weekend getaway from Malaysia.
Thailand: From beaches to temples, spas and shopping districts, Thailand offers a wide variety of options for tourist. It is a real treat for the senses with stunning coastline and is an ideal weekend getaway from Malaysia.