Malaysia is still a relatively hidden gem when it comes to tourism. But its sports and cultural activities, as well as the feeling of relaxation it inspires, should convince even the most sceptical.
Its capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a perfect example of the mix of cultures in this country, where Malays, Chinese and many Westerners live together in harmony. Make the most of your time in the capital by going on trips to the surrounding area: plan a visit to Malacca, one of the most beautiful towns in the country.
The island of Penang, in the North, is a jewel that absolutely merits a visit. Also of note is Georgetown,, with its street art and lively atmosphere, a beautiful place to wander through and to discover its gastronomy, reputed to be one of the best in Asia.
Even further North, near the Thailand border, you'll find Pulau Langkawi, with its fine sandy beaches, its duty-free products and its child-friendly spaces – it's an excellent choice for a family holiday.
At Borneo, the jungle is the main attraction, but there are other treasures to discover. Kuching, the capital and the most developed city in this part of the island, offers fantastic cuisine and night life, all just an hour's drive away from orang-utans in semi-freedom and wild crocodiles in the China sea.
In the North East, you'll find turtle island, entirely dedicated to preserving these impressive land and water species.
Give in to the temptation to also discover the Cameron Highlands, unique landscapes filled with strawberry fields and tea plantations. Situated in the Malaysian peninsula, this destination is popular among fans of hiking, with temperatures remaining comfortable all year round.
There's no doubt about it: Malaysia is home to many treasures, whether on land or in the water. And don't forget its incredible cuisine!