A vast nation with diverse destinations to explore, Malaysia will not disappoint travellers seeking unique holiday experiences; here are some insights that will help when planning your trip.
The largest city and capital, Kuala Lumpur is home to modern marvels like the Petronas Twin Towers, glitzy malls and more, while those heading to Penang can explore George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For coastal bliss, one can look for the best resort in Langkawi, a charming island with unspoiled beaches, fun water sports and sites like the Langkawi SkyBridge. Other key places to go include Johor Bahru home to Legoland Malaysia, the Cameron Highlands with its enchanting mountain scenery and Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
While there are plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets, it pays to spend time doing extra research to choose an ideal place to stay. Ensure it’s in a prime location so you can enjoy the best of the destination; for example, in Langkawi, a property along Cenang Beach like Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa makes a great choice with rooms and suites that include those with sea views or beach access. Such resorts also offer diverse dining venues and spa rituals as well as exclusive offers when you book directly through the official website for greater savings and special benefits.
Deciding When to Go
Malaysia offers something to enjoy and experience year-round so there’s never really a ‘bad time’ to visit! That said, the optimal period for a holiday is generally the dry season that runs from November to March; this includes the west coast where you will find Langkawi and Penang where you can also plan off-season getaways since at other times, it won’t rain for too long and the rates and crowds will be less. Over on the east coast, however, the best time to visit is from April to October and it’s best to avoid the monsoon season which follows.
Selecting What to Pack
When it comes to packing, keep in mind that Malaysia has a hot and humid climate so light cotton or linen clothing would be ideal. While shorts, t-shirts and tops as well as swimwear for beach getaways are great options, remember that this is a majority Muslim nation so more conservative attire in public will be suitable; this also applies to visiting religious sites where you should cover bare shoulders and legs. Having plenty of effective sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses and a sunhat or cap will come in handy; additionally, a portable umbrella, sarong or scarf (to cover up at sacred sites), a plug adapter (the standard voltage here is 240 V at 50 Hz) and comfy walking shoes will be helpful too.