Culture and history always make a good combination. And when it finds to be together in Malaysia, then is there any need to look further??? Malaysia is a rich destination for different cultures, traditions, and languages.  Its diverse culture makes it one of the few countries with thousands of celebrations and festivals across the world. With lots of social accommodations, if this rich cultural destination is calling you, this travel guide to Malaysia will surely offer you proper tips and guidance to make your excellent holiday in this wonderful nation. Let us start our trip now….


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Malaysia Overview: Quick statistics of Malaysia

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Languages: Bahasa Malaysia or Malay, English is one of the widely spoken languages in Malaysia.

Time: GMT+ 8

Dial Code: +60

Currency: Malaysian Ringgits (RM)

Malaysia is one of the most underrated destinations in Southeast Asia. It is surrounded by Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia.  It has a beautiful mixture of cultures of these countries in Malay, Chinese, and India with a multicultural heritage, rainforests, and amazing beaches. It is home to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Penang and Melaka, Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Kinabalu Park in Sabah, and Lenggong Valley in Perak. These some important tips and suggestions will help you to properly enjoy the best time in Malaysia.

Also read: Things To Know Before Heading To Malaysia

When to go to Malaysia?

If you are looking to visit Malaysia, then it is important to know that Malaysia nation has different weather in its different zones. Due to its location, you can often find that this nation has warm weather throughout the year with a lot of rainfall. If talking about rainfall, the eastern and western part of Malaysia has diverse rainfall patterns, and inversely the best time to visit Malaysia is decided. That means the eastern part of Malaysia has rainfall from April to October, and at the same time, the western part is driest which likely makes it the best time to visit. In the same way, the western part has rainfall during the months of December to February, then the eastern part can be considered as the best time to go to Malaysia.

How to get around in Malaysia?

There are various ways to travel through Malaysia. With convenient options and a great infrastructure network, tourists can explore Malaysia with a hassle-free trip. We have some best transportation services in Malaysia that will take you to different corners of the country.


There are lots of tropical islands in Malaysia that can be explored through small-sized boats. They are quick and transfer you within 30-45 minutes. With one exception, if you are traveling to the Taman Negara, you will have a wooden jungle boat that will take you almost 2 hours.


Malaysia bus service is very quiet and comfortable with air-conditioning features. Buses leave from Kuala Lumpur to take you to different areas like Malacca, Singapore, Taman Negara, the Cameron Highlands, and Penang. Buses will also take you through the islands between the islands of Pagkor and Penang. It is an affordable and efficient way to travel around Malaysia.


Trains are also a great way to travel in Malaysia. The main train service in Malaysia is Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM). These Malay Land Trains have a Y-shaped network that starts from Singapore to takes you to the Gemas Town in Malaysia. There are two types of trains in Malaysia, i.e. express trains and local trains. Express trains in Malaysia are fully air-conditioned, well-maintained, modern, and only stop at major locations. In contrast, the local trains might be not that comfortable, but they still reach the small areas in Malaysia.

Domestic Flights

If you want to cover long distances in a shorter time then domestic flights in Malaysia are an appropriate option. For example, you can fly between Penang and the East Coast with some popular airlines like Air Asia, Silk, and Batik Air.

Where to go in Malaysia?

Malaysia with contrasts of modern architecture, beautiful parks and beaches, tall buildings, and areas with tea plantations is a melting point for various kinds of tourists. There are lots of best places to visit in Malaysia with cultural and religious diversity. Some of the places are:

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the largest and the capital city in Malaysia. Shortly known as KL, it is best known for Petronas Twin Towers which include this city in one of the top 10 tourist cities in the world. Tourists may find modern, Asiana, and Malay architecture throughout the city which is different compared to other Southeast Asian cities. The two famous attractions to visit in Kuala Lumpur are The National Place and the House of Parliament.

George Town

It is the second-largest town in Malaysia which is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The George Town is popular for its food and its architecture. It is also known as the food capital of Malaysia as it provides some best street food in Asia that can be found at Gurney Drive, Chulia Street, etc. The tallest building in George Town is the U-shaped Rainbow Skywalk which is an outdoor glass viewing platform of 68 floors to the air.


Due to its location i.e. right to the South China Sea, it has great fame for its beaches. Teluk Cempedak Beach which is one of the best beaches in Malaysia is just a few minutes away from the main city and provides a tree-lined, clean coastal area, etc. There is also Sungai Pandan Waterfall and Esplanade Park where tourists can take a boat ride to get different views of the popular attractions nearby.

Borneo Rainforest

Borneo Island has a huge part of one of the oldest rainforests in the world which has various endangered species like Sumatra Rhino and Bornean Orangutan. Tourists head here to experience the rich indigenous culture, the jungle wildlife, and some of the best wild trekking places in the world.

Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands is a hilly area that has a long history of tea plantations. The Tea plantation is a major attraction for visitors that provides them with one of the best-photographed areas. Apart from tea, it is also home to lavender & strawberry farms, orchards, herbal gardens, & nurseries, and the Mossey Forest boardwalk.

What to do in Malaysia?

Malaysian experience has a blend of Indian, Chinese, and Malay culture which makes it a truly amazing place for touring. Its sandy beaches, tall mountains, rich rainforests, and lively cities, provide lots of experiences for tourists. Some of the best things to do in Malaysia are:

Explore Langkawi: It is one of the famous beaches in Malaysia that tourists are attracted to due to its white beaches, calm waters, and other lots of things to do. Tourists can enjoy thrilling water sports, hiking at scenic mountains, and relaxing at luxurious resorts. It is best to visit in the dry season from November to March when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear with no rain.

Reach the top floor of The Twin Tower: The Twin Tower i.e. Petronas Twin Tower is an iconic and truly Malaysian attraction. Your Malaysian trip is incomplete without a visit to this wonderful landmark. To reach the height, visitors need to take an elevator to the observation deck. Witness the tallest skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur across the city. You must take a half day to visit the Twin Towers.

Try White Coffee: The white coffee in Ipoh is the signature drink in Malaysia. This coffee is more bolder and whiter than other traditional coffee. White coffee beans are roasted with palm oil margarine, on the other hand, normal coffee is made with sugar and wheat.

Legoland Malaysia: This part is apart from the normal imagination. The Legoland in Malaysia is the first international theme park in Malaysia & the first theme park in Asia. It is one of the most wonderful places to visit in Malaysia with family as it provides thrilling rides, shows, slides, and multiple other attractions. The best thing to experience in Legoland is to get an underwater experience with more than 13,000 aquatic creatures from 11 habitat areas.

Penang: It is in the north-western area of Malaysia. This island has so much to explore like Wonderfood Museum, Fort Cornwallis, Reclining Buddha, Burmese Temple, and Waterfront Village which are also some of the best places to visit in Malaysia.

What to eat in Malaysia?

Food is an important part of culture, and if talking about Malaysia, has a mixture of diverse cultures. Dishes in Malaysia are more with spices makes them rich in flavour and taste. These dishes can be found at top restaurants in Malaysia.

Nasi Lemak: Nsia Lemak is the national dish of Malaysia that is made with rice, coconut milk, and pandan leaves. It is often served with sambal, prawns, fried anchovies, cucumber, and peanuts in the mixture. This traditional dish is served as a breakfast dish which can be found in every food stall across the nation.

Ayam Goreng: Ayam Goreng is generally fried chicken which is very different from the fried chicken in the US. It is garnished with spices and served with rice instead of coated with flour. Sambal Terasi and Sambal assist with this dish and add more flavor.

Nasi Dagang: It is a seafood dish made with coconut milk, fish (tuna), fresh coconut shavings, and vegetables. It also comes with hard-boiled eggs. It is another variant of Nasi Lemak which varies in flavour. It is a fast food in Malaysia and is traditionally served by blue-collar workers.

Lontong: Lontong is the best option for vegetarians in Malaysia which is made with coconut milk. However, it is a traditional breakfast food in Malaysia but also made on special occasions in the country.

Laksa: It is a spicy noodle soup often served with meat like fish or prawns. This food comes in diverse flavors depending on the spices. It is garnished with vegetables for more texture. The popular variety of Laksa is Asam Laksa which is a sour soup with the flavour of tamarind.

Malaysia is no less than a cultural wonder that forces travelers to make once a visit to this destination. Read this travel guide to Malaysia and start your wonder tour. For more assistance, call The Travel Makers at +971-4256-2434 get the cultural richness with Malaysia tour packages.