Malaysia is a country that flaunts its heritage while embracing a new era. It’s a South East Asia tourist hub, famous for its tranquil beaches, islands, breathtaking natural scenery, and sumptuous food. With a cultural cocktail of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and other ethnic communities, Malaysia is bold, bright and engaging.
Malaysia’s sparkling capital Kuala Lumpur is a rapidly-growing, innovative city filled with modern marvels and ancient wonders. Sky scrapers and shopping complexes abound, while temples, mosques and cultural precincts all find their unique home in the busy Kuala Lumpur streets. Regarded as a destination with good value accommodation, food and sightseeing, Kuala Lumpur is in high demand with tourists worldwide.
KUALA LUMPUR FOOD
With a variety of cultural tastes in Kuala Lumpur, there’s a fulfilling mix of cuisines and flavours throughout the city. Petaling Street is the bustling Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur where you can try Hokkien black mee noodles, sambal dry noodles and long yok (minced pork). The Brickfield neighbourhood is known as Little India, where banana leafs are served for breakfast, and dahl and vegetable curries are plentiful. Traditional Malay buffets are found in Kampung Baru.
MENARA KUALA LUMPUR
Also known as the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Menara Kuala Lumpur is the 6th tallest telecommunications tower in the world. At 421 metres high, Menara KL is an engineering marvel and the perfect place for city views. The observation deck and revolving restaurant provide even greater views, while the 6D adventure ride provides excitement for kids aged 6 and above.
MOSQUES AND TEMPLES
Jamek Mosque is in the heart of KL and the oldest Islamic mosque in the city. Built in 1909, its architecture is based on Northern Indian influences. The National Mosque, or Masjid Negara is a display of modern Malaysia, built in 1965 shortly after independence from Britain was gained. Set amongst beautiful gardens, it is a peaceful site. There are also many Hindu temples in Kuala Lumpur including The Batu Caves in the Gombak district.
The whole family will enjoy Malaysia’s funloving vibe. Popular amusement parks include Legoland, which has over 40 rides and attractions, with all buildings made of the worldwide famous lego bricks! The Genting Highlands is a family entertainment mega-complex, perched at an altitude of 2,000 metres! For something unique, i-City in Shah Alam is ‘a city of digital lights’ with its unique displays lighting up the city.
With arguably some of the best beaches in the world, Langkawi has a wide selection of different beaches to suit your mood. Black Sand Beach is popular for its uniquely coloured sand; Pantai Cenang is a tourist favourite for soft sand, restaurants and bars; and Pantai Kok is the secluded beach to go to if you don’t ever want to be found!
LANGKAWI CABLE CAR
The ideal way to view Langkawi’s incredible surrounds is a trip on a cable car. Taking you to the top of Mount Mat Cinang, Langkawi’s second-highest peak, the cable car is also a great way to cool down in the mountain air. You can take a full tour including a cable car trip, a journey through Oriental Village, and a trip to the Langkawi Wildlife Park.
LANKAWI ISLAND CRUISES
Only a few of the Langkawi islands are developed for tourism, while the others are largely uninhibited. You can take various cruises around these idyllic islands, private or chartered. Some operators specialise in ‘sunset tours’ due to the beauty of the Langkawi sunset. Paulau Bumbon is an island known for its seclusion and peaceful beaches, while Pulau Tuba is fishing-villageperfect for hiking and bird-watching.