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In Malaysia, there is not a day without fun and adventure during Visit Malaysia Year 2014. Whether it is mountain climbing, white-water rafting, river cruising, jungle trekking, diving, sea sports, shopping, food sampling to entertainment or cultural experience, this kaleidoscope of activities will colour up your holiday here. Come, celebrate with us right here, right now.

1. Jungle Trekking
Trek through dense forests, hills or parks. Explore the world’s oldest rainforests and verdant hills. Don’t forget to bring along your camera as you discover some of the world’s rarest flowers, plants and wildlife, from the world’s biggest flower Rafflesia, biggest butterfly, Brooke Birdwing, rare pitcher plants to the kapur trees with crown leaves that will not overlap one another and many more.

With spectacular vistas, undulating terrains, primeval rainforests and national parks, Malaysia offers unlimited opportunities for a trekker to unlock the treasure trove of nature. Whether you are a seasoned or novice trekker, you will find Malaysia has a lot to offer through its jungle trails. While the outgoing and adventurous trekker may try to trek along difficult terrains, the casual trekker may just prefer to trek in forest reserves or parks. From the freshwater swamp forests of the Kinabatangan floodplain where Proboscis monkeys squat in treetops munching leaves, to the undisturbed dipterocarp rainforests of Taman Negara, one of Asia's finest conservation areas, trekking in Malaysia is a rich and rewarding experience. Camps are available in some places like national parks for those who would like to stay overnight after a tiring trekking.

Recommended Places to Visit:

  • Taman Negara
  • Mulu National Park
  • Kinabalu National Park
  • Endau Rompin National Park
  • Danum Valley
  • Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)

2. Diving
Change your office suits and put on your dive suits. Get ready for a diving spectacular in Malaysia, known for having some of the world’s finest dive sites, including Sipadan Island, ranked No. 5 in the world by Lonely Planet.

Whether it is muck, macro or wreck diving, diving in Malaysia is one of the most thrilling adventures of all. For muck and macro diving, Mabul Island with its extensive colourful nudibranches, frog fishes, leaf fishes and pygmy seahorses makes it a prime dive site. Perhaps the closest thing to Titanic in Malaysia is wreck diving in Labuan, Aur Island, Mantanani Island, Layang-Layang Island and Lankayan Island where ancient ship wrecks provide great interest to explore the sites.

From school of hammerhead sharks, barracudas, leatherback turtles, to the bizarre frogfish and ghost pipefish, there is always something fascinating awaits your discovery when you dive in the incredible marine parks and islands. So dive and explore the treasures of the sea.

Recommended Places to Visit

  • Sipadan Island
  • Mabul Island
  • Layang-Layang Island
  • Langkawi Island
  • Tioman Island
  • Pangkor Island
  • PulauPayar Marine Park, Langkawi
  • Redang Island
  • Kapas Island
  • Lang Tengah Island
  • Perhentian Island
  • Aur Island
  • Sibu Island
  • Rawa Island

3. Luxury Shopping
Walk tall with a Jimmy Choo stiletto. Flaunt your new Prada bag. Express your love with a Tiffany’s necklace. Well, loosen up your purse or wallet a little. Go for luxury shopping in Malaysia, ranked as the 4th world’s top shopping destination by CNN Travel 2012 and the 2nd best shopping city in Asia Pacific by The Global Shoppe Index 2012.

Luxury shopping in Malaysia is a voyage of never ending discovery and an exciting experience for tourists.

From designerwear, footwear, bag to jewellery and other fashion accessories, Malaysia is home to some of the world’s most celebrated brands. Among them are Jimmy Choo, Bernard Chandran, ZangToi, Padini, Bonia, Carlo Rino, British India and Farah Khan. Other renowned international brands like House of Dior, Hermes, Guess, DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Armani Exchange, Burberry and Tiffany’s can be found in Malaysia’s luxury shopping malls.

Shopping for tax-free luxury items is made easier at designated duty-free shopping areas like Langkawi island, airport, ports and border towns.The best time to go luxury shoppingis of course during sales. Malaysia has three big sales annually: 1Malaysia GP Sale, 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival and 1Malaysia Year End Sale. All in all, luxury shopping is a must when you are in Malaysia.

Recommended Places to Visit:

  • Golden Triangle – BBKLCC (Bukit Bintang& KLCC)
  • Royal Selangor Visitor Centre


4. Heritage Trail
Taking a heritage trail is one of the best ways to see and experience the rich heritage of Malaysia. Whether you are a backpacker or join a pre-arranged tour, you will find heritage trails exciting as it takes you to the old world charms and unique sites only found in Malaysia.

Just get yourself a map or GPS and all basic necessities that enable you to walk long hours. George Town, Melaka and Lenggong Valley are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Therefore, a heritage trail at these sites is truly awe-inspiring. George Town Heritage Trail will enable you to see historical landmarks, old places of worships, pre-colonial shophouses and Moorish-style colonial buildings and the latest popular attraction, wall murals which feature lifestyle of Penangites. Melaka Heritage Trail will take you to Portuguese, Dutch and British historical landmarks as well as the Straits Chinese houses. The Lenggong Valley Heritage Trail will allow you to get an insight into this “archeologists’s dream valley” and the Perak Man, Southeast Asia’s oldest complete human skeletal remains.Other city heritage trails like Kuala Lumpur Heritage Trails, Ipoh Heritage Trail, Klang Heritage Trail, Royal Heritage Trail in AlorSetar, and Sandakan Heritage Trail. Apart from walking, you can actually “rent a bicycle” and enjoy a healthy ride and imposing city landmarks along the way.

Recommended Places to Visit:

  • George Town
  • Melaka
  • Lenggong Valley
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Ipoh

5. Street Food Tasting
Sample Penang Assam Laksa, NasiKandar, Satay, Roti Canai, Char KoayTeow, HokkienMee, Rojak and many more. Rest assured you will ask for more.

After all, Malaysian street food has proven to be one of the best in the world with George Town earning high world rankings -  3rd in 2021 by Virtual Tourist, 12th in New York Times’ Frugal and Food Category in 2009, 7th (Penang Assam Laksa) in CNN’s World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods in 2011 and ranked among CNN Go’s Asia’s 10 Greatest Street Food Cities in 2012

It is often mentioned that to explore Malaysia is through its food. The culinary adventure will give tourists a deep insight into the lifestyles, cultures and traditions of Malaysians.Malaysia is truly a food paradise, offering a multi-flavour of street food which started long ago, evolved over the centuries, and varies from race to race and state to state. Malaysia’s past as a British trading depot brought together a rich mix of cultures, allowing Indian, Malay, Chinese, Thai, and Arab communities to assimilate, and the result is a unique array of street foods which is undisputedly Malaysian such as Assam Laksa and Rojak. Street foods can be found anywhere, in street stalls, restaurants, cafes, food courts and even in five-star restaurants in hotels.  Enjoy eating!

Recommended Places to Visit:

  • George Town
  • Jonker Walk
  • Petaling Street (Chinatown) Kuala Lumpur
  • PekanRabu, Kedah

6. Mountain Climbing
Defy odds. Challenge perilous terrains. Conquer the tallest peak. Mountain or rock climbing is a fascinating way to explore the diversity and uniqueness of Malaysia’s natural landscapes.

Go for the climb of your life at Southeast Asia’s tallest peak, Mount Kinabalu (4095m) at Kinabalu National Park, Sabah. The mountain is one of the easiest peaks in the world to conquer, taking just two days to ascend and descend.

Beginners can take comfort that there are less arduous climbs with well-marked trails on popular trees. For the bold and adventurous, check out Mount Api’s Pinnacles at Mulu National Park which go skywards 40 to 50 metres like razor sharp knives through the surrounding rainforests. The formation of these pinnacles started centuries ago from water erosion of rocks.Climbers can also choose to climbMountain Torq of Mount Kinabalu via ferrata, a route equipped with fixed cables, stemples, ladders, and the world’s highest suspension bridges.Other mountains include Peninsular Malaysia’s tallest peak, GunungTahan and the mystical Gunung Ledang.

Recommended Places to Visit:

  • Mount Kinabalu
  • Mount Kinabalu via Ferrata
  • GunungTahan
  • GunungLedang (Mount Ophir)


7. Wellness and Spa
Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Refresh your senses after a long and tiring travel and tour. As a traveller, you need tomaintain a certain level of fitness. What better way to stay fit than making a stop at any wellness and spa centre in Malaysia.

Malaysia is home to some of the top wellness and spas in the world with most of them located on hills and beach resorts, and city centres. According to a survey by Intelligent Spas, the number of spas in Malaysia has grown over 200% since 2002 with more than 170 spas operating in 2010. As a multi-racial and multi-cultural nation, Malaysia has at its disposal a huge range of traditional spa treatments handed down from generation to generation. The different ethnic groups offer different health treatments and spa reflective of Javanese, Indonesian, Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions.  Among them are age-old Javanese beauty and wellness regimens, ancient Ayurvedic treatments, reflexology, acupressure and Shiatsu practices and many more.With trained masseuses and a menu of traditional herbs and fragrances, you are assured a pampering fit for royalty, while your body and mind relax and rejuvenate.You can choose from luxury spa, traditional spa, beach spa, jungle spa and fish spa.

Recommended Places to Visit:
For a comprehensive directory list of wellness and spa centres, Click Here

8. Homestay
Forget about the hassle and tussle of city life. Take part in Malaysia’s Homestay programme. Homestay is a great way to make friends, learn about Malaysia’s multi-racial culture, and have a taste of the kampung or village lifestyle. It is enjoyable, safe, and an affordable way to stay in Malaysia and at the same time, a chance to interact and experience village-style living first-hand. Live with the locals, eat with them, be part of their family and get to know the real Malaysia.

The villages involved in the Homestay programme are located within natural surroundings, from the beach to the fringe of the forests or countryside. Those who relish peace and tranquillity, Homestay is the perfect time to unwind and experience a host of village activities. Among them are home-cooking lessons, sampling of Malaysian cuisines, harvesting of local fruits, participating in traditional games and sports, such as kite flying, top-spinning, and congkak; cultural performances, a mock-wedding and more.In fact, Malaysia’s Homestay Experience Programme was the winner of the prestigious UNWTO Ulysses Award 2012 for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance.

Recommended Places to Visit:

  • Homestay FeldaSemenchu
  • KampungPelegong Homestay Programme

9. Family Theme Park Outing
Spend quality time with your family. Cheer up your children. Rekindle family ties. Go for a family outing at some of the finest theme parks and water parks in Malaysia.

With clear blue skies and warm weather all year round, Malaysia is the perfect place to enjoy a day out with your family.  From the mountain top to the bottom of a former mining pool several floors below ground level, each theme park offers their individual unique attractions. Whether it is a pulsating roller coaster ride, a haunted house experience, a water ride or just a simple man-madejungle trek, your holiday is fun-packed all the way. Obviously, one of the best places to go is Genting Highlands, known as the City of Entertainment, or check out Asia’s first Legoland Theme Park in Johor and the multiple award-winning Sunway Lagoon Theme Park.By incorporating state-of-the-art-design with fun and safety in mind, these theme parks are truly a fascinating and entertaining place for your whole family to spend quality time together.

Recommended Places to Visit

  • Genting Highlands
  • Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
  • Aquaria KLCC
  • Petrosains “The Discovery Centre”
  • National Science Centre


10. Golfing
Swing to success. Have a “tee”riffic time playing golf. Malaysia offers over 200 golf courses and some are the finest courses of their kind in the world. These golf courses which have the best facilities and amenities around, allow you to tee off on the mountains and hills, along the sea shore, amidst towering rainforests and within the city itself.

Some were designed by renowned designers and golfers alike, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Greg Norman, Peter Thomson, Ronald Fream, Robert Trent Jones, Ross Watson, J Michael Poellot, and Max Wexler – who have all brought out the best features of the environment while incorporating their own unique signature skills. Most of these courses are built as part of 5-star resorts and luxury clubs.

With such world-class courses, it is not surprising that Malaysia has been playing host to a number of local and international golf tournaments including the prestigious CIMB Classic, Maybank Malaysian Open, the 1999 World Cup, the Women’s World Cup in 2000. Tourism Malaysia also organises the highly successful World Amateur Inter-Team Golf Championship. This annual tournament brings together amateur golfers from the world over to play in some of the best courses in Malaysia while they can spend their free time relishing the fascinating sights and sounds of Malaysia.

Recommended Places to Visit

  • Datai Bay, Langkawi
  • Tioman Island
  • Desaru Beach
  • Port Dickson Beach
  • Fraser’s Hill.

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