Explore the paradoxical powerhouse of southeast Asia – Malaysia
Malaysia, situated in southeast Asia near Thailand and Indonesia, is a unique country. Its culture combines both the glitz and glam and a sophisticated modern lifestyle in cities like Kuala Lumpur or George Town, with rugged, rustic countryside and the adventure offered by those more remote areas. While the economy in Malaysia is strong, life is still quite affordable, even compared to other nearby countries. This combination, especially the fantastic geography and biodiversity found outside the cities leads to awesome opportunities for adventure in Malaysia!
Malaysia is a paradise for adventure sports and outdoors activities. The national parks offer gorgeous hiking trails, and scuba enthusiasts can enjoy fantastic diving off Malaysia’s shores. For a little more adrenaline and adventure in Malaysia, there is a vast interconnected network of mountain biking trails, or you can hit up one of the excellent paintball fields throughout the country!
Home to thousands of kilometers of coastline and thousands more square kilometers of land area, Malaysia is split into two main parts. Both are relatively similar, featuring beautiful coastal plains rising high to meet the hills and a few towering mountain peaks. Amazing geographic features abound, especially in the eastern part of the country. Your Malaysia trip should not skip the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kinabalu National Park, where Mount Kinabalu is located, nor the massive cave system of the Mulu Caves in Gunung Mulu National park! Along your Malaysia travel adventure, be sure to revel in the fantastic flora and fauna that call this place home. You can find dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of species of frogs, birds, mammals, plants, and sea life. A few highlights include the Malayan tiger, Hawksbill sea turtle, and Proboscis monkey.
Malaysia’s climate is primarily characterized by the annual monsoons, with one out of the southwest from April to October and the other out of the northeast from October to February. While humidity is usually quite high, with about 250 centimeters of annual rainfall, the temperature is moderated by the surrounding oceans. The climates of east and west Malaysia differ due to the wind patterns, but local climates can be divided into three regions, highland, lowland, and coastal. There isn’t necessarily a single best time of year to visit, so you’ll be able to find a great Malaysia tour package year-round.
Malaysia is home to a very diverse culture with multiple ethnic groups, multiple languages, and various individual cultures. It originates from the indigenous peoples and Malays but is heavily influenced by Chinese and Indian culture. Traditional Malaysian art is focused on carving, weaving, and silversmithing, while the indigenous East Malaysians are known for their wooden masks. You must visit at least one local craftsman during your Malaysia trip and witness their amazing abilities! Malaysia’s cuisine definitely reflects the cultural diversity. Even individual towns and villages have their own specialties! Keep an eye out for dishes such as Penang’s noodle dish known as “char kway teow,” Kajang’s satays, or Ipoh’s bean sprout chicken. Don’t be afraid to venture to out-of-the-way places or asking the locals for their personal recommendations!
Traveling from the U.S. or Europe will require at least one lengthy flight, but is not terribly tricky otherwise, and you can reach the international airport in Kuala Lumpur from a number of major cities throughout Asia, as well as Sydney, Australia. U.S. and E.U. citizens can also stay for up to 90 days without a visa.
Aside from pickpocketing and tourist scams, crime towards tourists is quite minimal in Malaysia. However, drunk driving and drug use are both severely prosecuted in Malaysia! If you use common sense, then you are unlikely to have any problems with crime during your Malaysia trip. One health concern to be aware of involves Malaria, Chikungunya, and Dengue, which are mosquito-borne illnesses that are endemic to Malaysia. Ensure you pack and use what you need to adequately prevent mosquito bites! Lastly, ensure you have all the necessary vaccinations and medications based on what your healthcare provider recommends.
What Planet Ride offers for adventures in Malaysia
Planet Ride makes it super easy to find the Malaysia tour package that fits your needs! We search for and feature only the best local guides offering the coolest tours. Our partner guides are experts on the local culture, customs, and roads, as well as the vehicles you’ll use during your trip. They will work to meet your every need and make sure your Malaysia travel adventure goes off without a hitch! Whether you need a hand changing a tire or figuring out what to eat at the delicious roadside restaurant, they are there to help.
For example, one of our Malaysia guides, Venky, hosts an 8-day 4×4 trek through the province of Sabah. You’ll journey through pristine rainforest and have the chance to see pygmy elephants, orangutans, and the proboscis monkey! Adventure awaits as you load up in Ford or Toyota 4x4s and trek to the city of Kudat on the tip of Borneo, then venture off the beaten path into Kota Kinabalu Park. From there, it’s off to Sukau, where you’ll stay in one of the world’s most unique lodges (according to National Geographic) and enjoy a cruise up the Kinabatangan River where you might see elephants, orangutans, and monkeys. Next, this 4×4 adventure takes you to the region of Danum, which is home to some of the world’s most exotic and interesting plant and animal species! Finally, you’ll head back to the city and fly out of Sandakan Airport.