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Nazish Khan Sep 11 2014

Which are the top 10 reasons to visit Malaysia?

Jigyasha Prasad Sep 12 2014
4 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

Malaysia is an ideal holiday destination that offers something for everyone. Here is our list of the top 10 reasons to visit Malaysia. With many long weekends coming up soon, this is the perfect time to plan a holiday to this lovely country. Given that there are direct flights to Malaysia from all major Indian cities and is a short flight in most cases, Malaysia is the place to head to for a holiday.

1. Exotic Flora and Fauna

Home to a number of globally famous national parks, Malaysia is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Head to the the Gunung Mulu National Park to see the longest channel of caves or to the Taman Negara National Park, the world’s oldest primary rainforest where you can go canopy walking, explore caves, go on jungle trails or fishing.

Canopy Walk at Taman Negara National Park (by Xuanxu)

Pinnacles at Gunung Mulu National Park (by FlickreviewR)

The Lambir Hills National Park is another great option--it is teeming with innumerable species of plants and animals. Cameron Highlands, Lake Kenyir and Mount Kinabalu are some of the other famous places to visit in Malaysia.

2. Scenic Islands and Beaches

Malaysia is a beach lovers paradise. It has many picturesque beaches and tranquil islands to explore.Some of the most spectacular ones are Langkawi,Tioman, Penang and Redang among others.

Redang Sea Beach (by Mukherjeesaikat)

A bit of Paradise in Langkawi (by Amrufm)

3. Shopper’s Paradise

A delight for every shopper,Malaysia has been touted as one of the famous shopping destinations across the globe. There are a number of options to choose from, including high-end malls, local street shopping, small shops tucked away in bustling lanes of cities in Malaysia.

A busy mall in Kuala Lumpur (by Alexander Synaptic)

Great place to pick up knick-knacks and souvenirs (by shankar s.)

There’s loads of stuff that you can buy from here, and at great bargains too. Be it souvenirs, designer brands, pottery items and ceramic kitchenware, brilliant handicrafts and much more. Shopping in Malaysia is truly a remarkable experience. You can really “shop till you drop” here.

4. Dive Deep

The wonderful marine life make Malaysia a hot favourite among divers, both professional and amateurs. The incredibly wide selection of diving sites, like the islands of Sabah, acts like a magnetic pull on all those who love to dive deep into crystal blue waters to get a close look at the amazing aquatic life of this region.

Enjoying diving (by William Warby from London, England)

A diving site (by Jnpet)

A trip to Malaysia is considered incomplete if you don't try out diving and, not surprisingly, everywhere you look you can spot a scuba diving school, or shops selling or renting out scuba diving equipment.

5. Beautiful Festivals

It is often said that people living in Malaysia enjoy the maximum number of holidays in the world due to the umpteen festivals that are celebrated all year long. So no matter which time of year you are travelling here, be assured that you will get to witness a grand celebration of some sort.

Sarawak Regatta (from official Facebook page of government tourism website)

The Malaysian festival calendar has everything--annual music concerts like the Rainforest World Music Festival, one of the best music festivals in world, traditional events like Sarawak Regatta, Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival (attention shopaholics), International Movie Awards and more--phew! The list is endless.

6. Amazing Attractions

Home to some iconic buildings like Petronas Towers, Royal Palace and Menara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia offers the best of both worlds. These skyscrapers are a huge tourist draw for their contemporary architecture and unparalleled views of the adjoining surroundings. As majority of them are in Kuala Lumpur, it would be a good idea to include the city in your list of must visit places in Malaysia. The impressive buildings could be your one of the top 10 reasons to visit Malaysia.

Petronas Towers at night (by Jens Petersen)

7. Adventure Rush

With its rugged mountains, dense forests and islands, Malaysia is truly a paradise for those who love to indulge in adventurous activities like scuba diving, rafting, trekking, mountain climbing, canopy walking, hiking and much more. If you like a slightly slower pace, you can opt for jungle safaris, ferry rides and amusement parks to have your share of fun and adventure.

Rafting (by werner22brigitte)

8. Delectable Culinary Experience

Malaysia is known for its simple yet mouth-watering preparations especially their scrumptious seafood specialities. Try different and exotic varieties of seafood, including clams, mussels, fish, crabs, oysters, prawns and lobsters, prepared to perfection in different cuisine styles. You can also try some vegetarian options here, though the menu in local restaurants offers selected choices.

Seafood is an absolute must-try (by avlxyz)

9. Impeccable Hospitality

One major concern while travelling to a foreign destination is the nature and friendliness of the locals of that particular place. However, you can throw all such worries to the wind when you are visiting Malaysia. This country and its people are famous for their warm and excellent hospitality. No matter which city you are travelling to, you will always find cheerful faces ready to help you.

Hospitable locals (from official Facebook page of tourism website)

10. Easy on your pocket

Even though Malaysia is not among the cheapest countries of Southeast Asia, it is definitely one of the most affordable tourist destinations across globe. Without compromising on quality and services, you will get good deals on hotels, local and inter-city transportation, food and there is a lot of scope of bargaining while shopping as well!

Flea Market (by WT-shared Shoestring at wts.wikivoyage)

Take your pick from any one of the top 10 reasons to visit Malaysia and be ready for a wonderful holiday experience!

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