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5 reasons to travel to Malaysia

Set off on a Malaysian adventure and tour one of the most surprising countries in Southeast Asia. An exotic feel, loads to discover, mile upon mile of primary jungle...just some of the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday.

Get to sample all of Asia's cooking styles.

Malaysian cuisine is a subtle combination of Chinese, Indian and Malaysian flavours; it's tasty and uses age old recipes. Being on the Spice Route, the country's food is spicy and perfumed. Chilli is an ingredient commonly used in dishes such as sambals or currys. Certain specialities including beef rendang, roast canai and asam laksa have made Malaysian cuisine popular the world over. 'Hawkers' (street side food stalls) are everywhere and visitors can enjoy a wide range of unusual dishes.

Visit a country that's avoided mass tourism

When we think of Southeast Asia, it's often Thailand, Cambodia or Indonesia that spring to mind. Which is why Malaysia is not always on the tourist trail and remains less well known than its neighbours. Nonetheless this country has a lot to offer travellers who are curious, want to avoid mass tourism and enjoy activities that bring them closer to the local population. Depending on the season, travellers can quickly find themselves alone and plunged into local life - a unique holiday guaranteed.

Discover a multicultural society.

Malaysian society is rich and contrasting. This cultural diversity makes it stand out from other Southeast Asian countries. Malaysians, Indians and Chinese make up the majority of the population. Over the centuries, Malaysia has absorbed different cultural influences which can be seen in its religious and architectural heritage. Visitors invariably fall for Malaysia's charm, with its Rajahs' palaces and the immense Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang.

Dive into the depths with tropical fish on one of country's idyllic islands.

It has to be said that Malaysia's islands are nothing like those of Thailand or Indonesia. They all differ greatly. On the east coast you'll find heavenly archipelagos such as Perhentian, Tioman or Seribuat, with their calm waters, perfect for snorkelling. On the west coast, you'll have a hard time deciding between Pangkor, with jungles that overlook its beaches, Penang island one of Asia's most enchanting destinations or Langkawi, the country's biggest island.

Head into the jungle

The Malaysian jungle is one the oldest in the world and covers almost three quarters of the territory. The country boats numerous national parks that are the largest in the region. So nature lovers are certainly spoiled for choice! You can go searching for rafflesias, the world's biggest flower, in the Cameron Highlands or head out on a trek through the Taman Negara National Park. Spot giant monkeys on the island of Borneo or spend a night in a traditional house in the Kelabit Highlands.
Paul Engel
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Updated 26 October 2018
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