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Malaysia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in Southeast Asia. Having been settled by British, Portuguese, Dutch, and Chinese over the centuries, this country is a proper melting pot of cultures.

Most people start their Malaysian travels in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city. This urban metropolis is home to near 2 million people and contains strong influences of Malay, Chinese, Hindu, and Muslim communities all seemingly coexisting.

Further north of Kuala Lumpur you can escape the tropical heat while visiting the Cameron Highlands, or Genting Highlands, and get lost in the jungles of Taman Negara National Park.

Approximately 1,500 kilometers away, the state of Sabah on Borneo offers pristine jungles where Orangutans and wild Pygmy Elephants still roam wild. This is a region that nature lovers cannot miss.

How Long to Spend in Malaysia? If you want to see the whole of Malaysia, two to three months is recommended. However, you could also pick a region and explore for two weeks if short on time.

I like to think of Malaysia in four distinct regions.

  • West Malaysia (Peninsula Malaysia) which can be explored north of Kuala Lumpur heading towards Thailand, or south of Kuala Lumpur heading towards Singapore, and,
  • Borneo where the states of Sabah and Sarawak share borders with Brunei and Indonesia.

Getting Off the Beaten Track. Malaysia is far more developed than other countries in Southeast Asia. Buses and trains cover much of the country and are an easy way of getting around. To get further off the beaten track you can take local vans to smaller towns like Ranau, or visit the national parks.

Visas. Travelers of most European, Commonwealth, and ASEAN nationalities can get a 90 day tourist visa on arrival for free when entering Malaysia.

Where to go in Malaysia? This Malaysia travel guide contains loads of information for your trip. Below you will find some travel highlights, loads of detailed blog posts, and an easy to use travel map among other resources.


Blog Posts on Malaysia

Malaysia Travel Map

Need Help Planning Your Trip?

First time heading to Malaysia? If you are still unsure how to plan your trip through feel free to send me a travel planning inquiry.

First, I will collect the essential details about your trip. Then, I’ll work on a trip plan which we can review.

Together, we will develop a unique travel itinerary that gives you the experiences you are after with the knowledge I have after spending over 6 months traveling across Malaysia multiple times.

My goal is that you get the most epic trip possible.