Malaysia is a country unlike any other: Full of promise and fragility. Its history, cultural and religious diversity make it a rich, compelling and surprising land.” 

Tariq Ramadan

It’s pretty easy to overlook Malaysia. Most people heading to South East Asia are heading to Thailand or Singapore. The more adventurous might decide to head to Vietnam, but you will almost never hear anyone talking about Malaysia. We hate to let the cat out of the bag, but Malaysia is a multicultural country just as varied in its geography as it is in its population. From modern cities to lush highlands to the most absolutely gorgeous topical islands we have ever laid eyes on. Malaysia has it all.

After spending some time there, it’s not hard to realize that Malaysia’s position off the normal tourist path is probably its greatest strength. Things feel authentic and the people genuine. Breathe in the smell of the tea trees in the Cameron highlands, enjoy the crisp chicken of Nasi Lemak, and listen to the waves (and only the waves) crash on the shores of the Perhentian islands. Just don’t tell too many people about how amazing it was.

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Tips on Malaysia/

  • Grab app is king when booking transportation. It gives you a fair price, and is fast, easy, and convenient.
  • If you have time, do not miss the Perhentian islands. I know what you are going to say: They are too far away. Do we really have to fly to get there? Can’t I go to the islands somewhere else in SE Asia? Do yourself a favor, put the doubts away, and find the time to go. You won’t regret it.
  • Kuala Lumpur Bird park is pretty fantastic, whether you have kids or not.
  • Beware the monkeys when visiting Batu caves, they are always watching and they really want your food.