Malaysia’s rapid growth, multi-lane highways, spectacular theme parks, sprawling malls and glitzy cities might take you away from many of its real charms, but head over to the countryside or simply visit one of those colorful markets in its big cities and you realize that this is a country that is full of culture and traditions. British, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Dutch and Portuguese cultures intertwine to form the basis of Malaysia, and each culture has left its mark on the local customs, traditions, cuisines and architecture.
Natural beauty and futuristic aside, the simple pleasures of Malaysia often end up becoming the biggest highlights of your journey. The cheap and tasty food makes you fall in love with your tummy and the combination of Malay, Moghul, Victorian and modern architecture ensures that you always have things to see and do. The coastal regions and islands such as Langkawi, Perhentian and Tioman are also full of splendid snorkeling and scuba diving spots.
A trip to Malaysia always feels like you’re visiting two different countries. One that has beautiful colonial-era architecture, enchanting tea plantations and world-class cities and the other that has vast ancient jungles, remote tribes and beautiful granite peaks.