5 Experiences to Try in Malaysia

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We've visited Malaysia several times and absolutely love it. Kuala Lumpur still holds many fond memories, especially the food. But there's so much to see and do, it's a perfect city for families.

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia, divided into two regions with the South China Sea in between: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. It's a fairly low-key country in terms of tourism, which makes it ideal if you are looking for a less crowded and touristy place.

But don't underestimate what Malaysia has to offer to travelers. It has everything from the colourful wildlife, rainforests, and delectable cuisine, but doesn't forego the modern comfort. Whatever your style is, you'll be sure to find something you like in Malaysia. Here are 5 things you can consider trying in Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur

No visit to Malaysia is complete without seeing its capital city. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city while eating and shopping, and then round out your day by getting a spa treatment in the Golden Triangle. 

You can also enjoy the city's night view on the KL Tower or the Petronas Twin Towers; if you are not nauseated by the height, you can even cross the bridge connecting the Petronas Twin Towers.

Taman Negara National Park

While Kuala Lumpur is nice, there comes a time you need a break from the city.

Taman Negara National Park, the largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia, provides you just that. You don't need to go all the way to the Amazon to see the rainforest, because Taman Negara National Park has it! You can do jungle trekking, go on night safaris, walk on one of the world's longest suspension bridges, watch the birds, or just take a hike.

Riding a Trishaw

Trishaw is a cycle rickshaw you can see in Penang or Melaka. In Penang, trishaw is referred to as beca, and it's unique in that the passenger sits in front of the driver. It used to be the primary mode of transportation in Malaysia before cars. You can taste a small part of what's frozen in time as you ride around a trishaw. In Melaka, it's also fun to watch how each trishaw is decked out with colourful decorations.

Sarawak Cultural Village

Sarawak Cultural Village is a living museum that showcases the customs and cultures of different ethnic groups. 

You can see performances, participate in workshops, or just observe the authentic homes of the local tribes. You can actually get married here in traditional style if you so choose.

See the Tea Plantation in Cameron Highlands

There are many activities you can do in Cameron Highlands including trekking and golfing, but one thing you should definitely see is Boh Tea Plantation. The largest tea plantation in Malaysia, it's scenic and covered with lovely green tea bushes which will please both your eyes and nose. Buying tea from here will make a great gift for people back home.

Contrary to its unassuming front, Malaysia packs many different experiences and is always welcoming travellers. Whether you enjoy the city life, want to relax and unwind, or be culturally enriched, Malaysia will meet your needs and expectations.

Mary Beard is a passionate writer and foodie. She loves to travel and share her experiences. She has explored most of Southeast Asia, from the jungles to the beaches and everything in between.

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