Malaysia’s gentle appeal is different to the buzz and grandeur of its neighbours, and it’s an enticingly easy place to visit. Smooth connections, accessible towns, welcoming hotels and miles of gorgeous coastline are its headline features - especially tempting for less-seasoned travellers and families. Those picture-perfect beaches are great if you want nothing more than pristine sands with an undisturbed view of the horizon, and if you want to discover the country in greater depth there are old-world ports, pockets of tropical jungle and an uber-stylish metropolis to explore.
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Most visitors to Malaysia make a stop in one of its famous port towns, either Malacca in the south or Penang in the north. Not that you have to choose, but if you could only visit one then Penang might just take the edge thanks to it’s foodie scene. Georgetown is often said to be the best place to eat in Malaysia due to its dizzying wealth of street-food vendors and locally-run eateries. Take a walk through the town sampling a non-stop array of tempting dishes including rich char kuey teow noodles, soul-warming laksa and dozens of other delights. Perhaps even learn to create them for yourself at a cookery class?
Whenever you pass through Malaysia, whatever the season, there’s a stretch of soft golden sand somewhere that’s waiting for your footsteps. At the tail-end of any enriching itinerary in South-East Asia, a few days on the beach beckon, allowing you to enjoy dedicated downtime and process all you’ve seen and done during your trip. Malaysia has some fantastic options for just these moments. During our summer, head for one of the best east coast resorts, whilst during the winter opt for Langkawi’s famous shores. Settle in, let your shoulders lower, and feel yourself fully relax as you stare out towards the azure horizon.
Kuala Lumpur is the quintessential modern Asian metropolis, full of the dual bustle of business and culture. When you’ve seen the sunset from the Petronas Skybridge, and eaten your fill of street-food treats, it’s worth staying a little longer to discover some of the locals’ favourite ways to see the city. Kick-start your day with a caffeine hit from an artisan coffee shop, take a wander through the alleys of Old KL to see some phenomenal street art, book a booth at the Traders Skybar for mee goreng noodles as the sun sets behind the Towers and burn the midnight oil with a few retro cocktails at a trendy speakeasy.