Malaysia Travel Guides

Children’s Activities

There are lots of activities and places which are ideal for kids in Malaysia. The weather is generally pleasant, making outdoor activities possible throughout the year. From theme parks to temples, museums to nature parks, Malaysia offers a wide variety of attractions for young ones. Beach destinations are plentiful, as are national and jungle parks, all of which make for child-friendly destinations.

Genting Highlands
Over 18 million people visit the mountain peak of Genting Highlands every year, home to a famous mountain resort that can be reached by car from Kuala Lumpur in about one hour. The resort is also accessible by the world's fastest cable car, Genting Skyway. The area is surrounded by beautiful forest and offers a cool respite from the hot and sultry lowlands. The resort includes an indoor and outdoor theme park with a multitude of rides that are suitable for the whole family. Other facilities include a sky diving simulator, shopping malls, bowling centre, archery and a cinema. In addition, the Awana horse ranch offers equestrian activities including lessons for beginners, as well as rides for children.Visit this website for further information about Genting Highlands,Sky Tour

Penang Bird Park
Established in 1988, the Penang Bird Park is the first and largest bird park of its kind in Malaysia. There are more than 300 species of birds from all over the world, of which more than 150 species are Malaysian. The geodesic domes and two giant sized walk-in aviaries offer visitors the chance to hand-feed some of the birds. The surrounding gardens contain waterfalls and ponds inhabited by free-roaming pelicans, flamingos, swans, egrets, storks, herons and colourful ducks.

Snake Temple
Kids will jump at the opportunity to have their picture taken with one of the snakes that reside at the Snake Temple in Penang. Meanwhile, adults will appreciate the Azure Cloud Temple, built in 1850 and dedicated to the deity Chor Soo Kong. Poisonous pit vipers can be seen coiled around the pillars and beams of the temple, and are believed to be made drowsy by the smoke of the burning incense.

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Located on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is an award-winning water park with over 80 acres of attractions. Kids will enjoy cooling-off in the waterfall garden, the lagoon express and the beautifully styled river. Those looking for a little more excitement can try the giant waterslides and twin speed slides. Back on dry land, there is an interactive zoo featuring exotic, small and friendly animals including a range of birds, reptiles and mammals. Older visitors will enjoy the extreme park and the ATVs, jet-boats and paint-balling.

Telekom Museum
This beautiful neo-classical, Greek-styled museum in Kuala Lumpur features 900 square metres of exhibition space containing state-of-the-art technology and archives of the country's telecommunications development over the last 120 years. The building is 70 years old and was formerly used as a telephone exchange. Displays include the first type of telephone to be used in Malaysia, present-day cellular phones and digital networks.

Tropical Fruit Farm
The 25-acre Tropical Fruit Farm in Penang has more than 250 types of tropical and sub-tropical fruits from the region and around the world, including Central and South America, Central Africa, India, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. Guided tours are available and visitors can sample the produce. An orchard assistant is on hand to provide information about the various fruits.

Cultural Activities

Malaysia offers visitors a rich cultural experience, together with comfortable and modern facilities. The colonial past of the nation is evident in many of the large cities, as well as glimpses of centuries-old traditions. Boasting dozens of top-notch museums and first-class architectural treasures, there are a number of ways you can soak up Malaysia’s cultural wonders.

Architecture
There is a wide range of architectural styles in Malaysia, from the Moorish inspired Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, exquisite mosques and colonial buildings designed by the British and Dutch. Some of the more impressive mosques include Kuching's Sarawak State Mosque, Seremban State Mosque and Tranquerah Mosque in Malacca. For something a little unusual, visit the unfinished ruins of Kellie's Castle, William Kellie Smith's attempt at re-creating an authentic piece of his Scottish homeland. Penang offers visitors the charming Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, built by a successful Chinese trader in the late 19th century.

Craft Cultural Complex
Malaysia's cultural heritage is best discovered at the Craft Cultural Complex, situated on a hill overlooking the sea at Teluk Yu on Langkawi Island. Among the complex’s collections are various handicrafts such as Langkawi crystal, intricate silverware and handmade batik. There are various demonstrations of traditional weaving using pandanus leaves to make household items. The ethnic tribes of Sarawak and Sabah are represented by bamboo carvings, beadwork and woven baskets which are hundreds of years old. Pua weaving of the Iban tribe and Mogah textiles are also on display. Souvenirs can be purchased from the on-site gallery.

Kota Bharu
There is abundant culture waiting to be sampled in Kota Bharu, the capital of Kelantan province. The night market is a great place to begin your explorations and soak up the lively atmosphere while sampling the spicy cuisine. Aside from fascinating museums such as Bank Kerapu and palaces like Istana Batu, there is some excellent handicraft shopping for those looking for unique souvenirs. Traditional activities such as kite-making and martial arts can be witnessed at Gelanggang Seni cultural centre.

Kota Kinabalu
The capital of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is a sprawling coastal city that has a stunning mountainous backdrop. KK, as it’s more commonly known, offers visitors a wide variety of comfortable hotels and restaurants serving up Asian regional delicacies, particularly Malay and Chinese dishes. The contemporary Islamic architecture of the State Mosque is impressive, as are the city’s museums. Visitors can also make a trip out to the fascinating Kampung Air stilt village, just south of downtown.Visit this website for photographs and further information about Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia

Museums
There are dozens of museums in Malaysia for those interested in the country's past. The Jasin Museum in Malacca has displays featuring the development of Jasin district, particularly its role as a major tin producer. Not far from Malacca, the Alor Gajah Museum focuses on the history of this small town and the battle with the British forces during the Naning War. The Forestry Research Institute Malaysia, situated in Kepong, is one of the world's oldest research centres and features a collection of indigenous conifers, monocotyledonous trees, and fruit trees. The megalithic stones that can be found on the road from Alor Gajah to Tampin, thought to be markings of ancient graveyards, are also of interest.

The Art Gallery
The country’s best collection of paintings by Malaysian artists can be found in The Art Gallery in Georgetown, Penang. The most significant paintings are from Khaw Sia, painted at the beginning of the century. There are also several paintings from the post-war period on display as well as works by Chinese brush artists such as Du Ziling, Li Baoyi, Tan Changrong, and a number of Singaporean and Indonesian artists. Major art exhibitions are organised on a regular basis.

Dining & Shopping

Eating out in Malaysia is a gastronomic delight, with a wide variety of restaurants serving dishes that have been influenced by various ethnic groups. The most popular dishes are Malay, Chinese, Thai and Indian however the bigger cities also have a good selection of western foods. Rice is the staple food and is readily available across the country. Long grained fragrant rice is typically used in Indian dishes. Noodles are popular, especially rice vermicelli (mee hoon) and yellow noodles (mee).

Traditional Malay food is often spicy and ingredients usually include kaffir lime leaves, ginger, lemongrass, pandan leaves, nutmeg, turmeric, cumin and coriander. The cuisine has been influenced over the years by traders from neighbouring countries and can be best described as a melting pot of herbs and spices.

Some of the popular dishes you will find are ayam goreng (chicken marinated in spices and then deep fried), nasi lemak (rice cooked with coconut milk and served with nuts, anchovies and cucumbers), ikan bakar (grilled fish with a chilli based sauce).

Chinese food can be found throughout Malaysia and is derived from mainland Chinese cuisine. Many dishes have pork as one of their ingredients, but chicken varieties are also common as Malays are predominantly Muslims. Moon cakes are very popular around mid-autumn and the moon cake festival. They contain fillings such as lotus seed paste, egg yolk, and red bean paste and there are a number of halal varieties.

Indian food arrived in Malaysia during the 19th century, when immigrants from India were brought in to Malaysia to work as labourers. Spices are the most important ingredients in Indian cuisine and curry powder is seldom used. Cumin, coriander, fennel, cardamom, turmeric and chillies are freshly ground and then added to dishes in a number of ways.

Among the dishes worth trying are biryani (rice mixed with meat, vegetables and various spices), thosai (a batter made from lentils and rice blended, fried and served with sambar, coconut chutney).

Malaysia offers a lot of shopping possibilities from modern, glitzy malls to traditional markets. Most of the shopping centres have big department stores set alongside book, toy and clothing shops. Some also house cinemas, arcades, rock-climbing walls, ice skating rinks and other amusements.

Shoppers will enjoy the wide choice of malls and specialist shops available in Malaysia. Multi-storey shopping complexes can be found in the large cities, together with boutique shops, street vendors, bazaars, and night markets. Shoppers can also benefit from duty-free stores in Padang Besar, Bukit Kayu Hitam, Rantau Panjang, Langkawi and Labuan. Malaysian handicrafts range from pewter items to pottery, rattan, silver and brass wares.

Kuala Lumpur has the widest choice of shops with the main shopping areas being Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Bukit Bintang, Jalan Ampang and Petaling Street. The islands of Penang and Sarawak also have some good antique and handicraft stores.

Outdoor Activities

The beautiful beaches and jungles in Malaysia are the main draws for those looking for outdoor activities and adventure. The tropical waters around the Malay peninsular and Borneo provide ideal conditions for scuba diving, with excellent visibility and a wide variety of sea life. Inland, the dense jungles and mountains are home to seven national parks, which have numerous hiking trails and canopy walkways.

Sailing
Most beach resorts rent out small sailing dinghies and catamarans, allowing you to discover the beautiful coastline and perhaps some off-shore islands. There are also several charter companies that provide yacht trips for experienced sailors. Some of the most popular places to go sailing include Perhentian, Langkawi, Tioman, Redang, and the Seribuat archipelago.

Scuba diving and snorkelling
The warm waters around Malaysia are the perfect place to enjoy diving or snorkeling. Offering some of the richest marine environments in the world and a choice of dive sites, Malaysia is one of Asia’s great dive locations. Water visibility is often greater than 100ft and the marine life includes turtles, whale sharks, barracudas, rays, frogfish as well as corals and school of fish covered with famous shipwrecks. There are 11 marine parks located on the mainland and in Sarawak, Sabah and Langkawi.Visit this website for further information about Activities in Kuching, Sarawak

Trekking
With seven national parks and 75 per cent of the land covered in forest, Malaysia is an excellent destination for trekkers and nature lovers. Most of the parks and wildlife reserves have recognised trails and organised tours are easy to arrange. Among the top trekking destinations are Gunung Mulu National Park and the recently discovered Sarawak Chamber. The 32 mile-long Clearwater Cave is only accessible by boat and the trek to the top of Gunung Tahan Mountain takes several days. The Kinabalu National Park in Sabah has been a long-time favourite, mainly due to the spectacular Mount Kinabulu. At 13,452ft, it is Southeast Asia’s highest peak and regularly attracts tourists for the easy climb to the top.Visit this website for photographs and further information about Trekking Trip in Sabah