You'll be amazed by Malaysia. Soak up shiny and modern skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, enjoy a homecooked, traditional meal in a small village, visit the dreamy beaches on one of Malaysia's many islands, and explore the amazing wildlife and nature. The reasons to travel to Malaysia are many. Even though the country has a predilection for the Western lifestyle it has kept its own distinctive stamps very well. One thing you can't miss out on is the local Malaysian cuisine, and in particular the Malay Chicken Satay – spicy chicken on barbeque skewers served with a sweet peanut sauce. YUM!
The capital Kuala Lumpur appears is a modern and busy metropole. Kuala Lumpur, often shortened as KL, simply means "muddy estuary". Unlike the rest of the country where the major ethnic group consists of Malay, the majority in KL are Chinese. The city becomes more and more popular among travellers, and offers a variety of exciting culture, attractions and sights. You'll find plenty of cultural temples, exotic markets and historical museums. Furthermore, it makes a perfect city for a little luxury getaway – KL in fact offers some of the cheapest 5 star hotels in the world! The area called Golden Triangle is where you'll find most of the luxury hotels, nightclubs and shopping malls as well as the famous Petronas Twin Towers.
Visiting Borneo and the Malaysian state of Sabah, "the land below in wind" in local words, is a must for any traveller in Malaysia. Borneo is the world's third largest island and here you can climb Mount Kinabalu (the highest mountain in Southeast Asia), dive in Sipadan (one of the best diving resorts in the world) and meet the orangutans and proboscis monkeys on close hand.
Perhentian Islands consists of two islands with endless beaches, crystal clear water and gorgeous coral reefs just waiting for you to explore! If you prefer relaxation in beautiful surroundings as well as a choice of exciting adventures, then you should pack your bikini immediately and head towards these wonderful islands.
In addition to cool water sports the Perhentian Islands offers nice trekking through the lush jungles and spot some unique and colourful wildlife. Catch a bus from KL to Kuala Besut where there's a speedboat service which takes you to your final destination, takes about 30 minutes from the pier. If you prefer flying, jump on a plane to Kuala Terengganu or Kota Bharu and take a bus or taxi to the pier in Kuala Besut, it takes about 1 – 1½ hour.
Penang is an island located to the north-west, close the border of Thailand and offers lush jungle forests, cosy farms and small fishing villages. Georgetown is Penang's centre where most travellers head to. Be prepared for herds of Englishmen with pale legs and socks in their sandals! Don’t miss out on the cable car ride up to Penang Hill, a mountain with amazing views over the entire island. From here you can spot South East Asia's longest bridge among other beautiful sights. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the restaurants located here on the top of the mountain, followed by a tour to Kek Lok Si, the country's largest Buddhist temple – absolutely worth a visit. From the temple you'll get great views over Georgetown, and inside it there's a little lake with cute turtles you can handfeed.