In a fast-paced busy world, there are only a few places left where one can truly enjoy a true getaway. There is a place of natural splendor in the Far East where legends and mysticism still live in harmony with the land. That place is none other than Malaysia. Shaped by the fusion of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures, this country presents a unique and rare experience for visitors to come. See how these three cultures mixed and produced one of Asia’s most fascinating destinations.
Malaysia is in the tropical monsoon area. The climate is hot and humid with a lot of rain all year round. Therefore, tourists should expect to encounter a sudden and very heavy downpour, but it would be gone quickly as well. Due to the monsoon, the rain season hits different areas at different timings. During May to October, rain hits the west coast of the peninsula and the southwest coast like the capital of Kuala Lumpur and Melaka; as to the time between September and October, the rain hits the northern part, like Penang and Langkawi. It is an issue to Langkawi in this season, since floods may happen due to heavy rain.
Malaysia is like heaven for great food. The country’s multicultural background and rich history enables it to have a variety of cuisines and fusion foods. Recipes from China, India, Singapore, and other parts of Asia harmoniously blend together here to form some of the most unique dishes in the world.
Drinking tea has never been so captivating as much as drinking Teh Tarik. Literally meaning “pulled tea,” its allure comes from the artistic method it is served. An expert handler will stream the tea back and forth between different containers creating an illusion that the tea is being “pulled.”
Malaysian dinner shows are also never to be missed. Take part in an unforgettable experience as you indulge in exotic dishes while watching a stage of cultural performances. Regardless of the reason for your visit, Malaysia can offer you a great journey, not just traveling, but for your taste buds as well.
Famous dishes include:
- Satay- Although this dish can be found in other parts of Asia, Malaysians are especially proud of their satay, grilled skewered meat. The meat is marinated in local spices and you can choose to either enjoy the meat or dip it into a sweet and spicy peanut sauce.
- Nasi Lemak- Possibly Malaysia’s national dish, nasi lemak is rice steamed with coconut milk and pandan leaves. It is often served with other dishes including eggs, peanuts, vegetables, or a choice of meat.
- Rotia Canai- It’s a common breakfast meal and it is a flatbread that is twirled and grilled. The bread is served in curry and dhai. There are also many varieties that include multiple fillings like eggs or bananas.
- Rendang- Commonly mistaken as curry, coconut milk and spices are slowly simmered until the liquid evaporates and meat absorbs the spices. Rendang is served with different meats like beef, chicken, or lamb.
Kuala Lumpur is the lively capital of Malaysia. It has grown from a small sleepy village to a bustling metropolis within the past 50 years. Perdana Putra, or the Prime Minister’s Complex, demonstrates some of the most stunning architectural accomplishments of Malaysia.
Some of the most stunningly beautiful sites in Malaysia are its tropical beaches. Almost undiscovered by many, what a lot of travelers don’t know is that Malaysia has some of the world’s best and relaxing coastlines. The great thing is that there is more to them than just sun and sand. There are plenty of activities and water sports available, depending on which beach you go to. Langkawi, for example, offers some of Malaysia’s most lavish resorts and is home to the Pulau Paya Marine Park. This is the island said to have unrivaled beauty in all of Asia. Penang, the former British colony known as “Pearl of the Orient,” is a bustling island-city with excellent cuisine. The island also has a number of culturally and historically interesting sites such as the Botanical Gardens, Kek Lok Si, and the world’s only Snake Temple. With a relaxing pace like no other, if it’s an island get-away you’re looking for, Malaysia definitely has it!
Top attractions include:
- Petronas Towers- Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, these buildings are some of the tallest buildings in the world. Located in the capital, the tallest twin towers’ architecture is influenced by Islamic designs. The building also serves as the headquarters of Petronas, Malaysia’s biggest oil and gas company. Malaysia’s icon is grand at day and stunning at night. It is a must-visit for every traveler.
- Genting Highlands- This is home to the famous mountain resort also known as the “Las Vegas of Malaysia.” The resort includes theme parks, golf course, shopping malls, sky diving simulator, casinos, concert halls, and much more! The world’s largest hotel also sits atop this one of a kind mountain peak.
- Cameron Highlands- About 93 miles north of Kuala Lumpur exists another well-known highland region, the Cameron Highlands. At nearly 5,000 ft above sea level, it is the highest area on the Malaysian mainland, and enjoys a comfortable cool climate all year round. Much of Cameron’s appeal comes from its natural beauty. Rolling green fields, blue skies, and mountain forests occupies most of the scenery. It is also the country’s largest tea-producing region, and is evident with the many tea plantations that can be found there.
- Georgetown- The UNESCO World Heritage Site demonstrates the flow of time in Malaysia’s second largest city. The colonial architecture and indigenous culture leaves visitors with a unique experience. The full range of activities and sights available in the city is just a few of the reasons why it is so loved by visitors.
When it comes to nightlife, there is no shortage of activities at night .Most of Malaysia’s nightlife is centered in Kuala Lumpur, the capital. There’s a variety of lively bars, pubs, and clubs. From hip hop tracks to fancy bars, the best of the city’s venues are along the Changkat Bukit Bintang area. Known as Malaysia’s Times Square, the area is a popular destination for partying and socializing.
Malaysia money is the Ringgit Malaysia (RM). Malaysia Money is issued in denominations of RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, RM100, RM500, and RM1000. One ringgit is equal to 100 sen. Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen, and there’s also a 1-ringgit coin. Don’t buy Malaysia money (Ringgit) in your home country, exchange your dollars at the airport or any bank/moneychanger, you’ll get far better rates in Malaysia than abroad. For travel checks and credit cards, they are acceptable in most hotels and big restaurant. However, be aware that they may not be available for small shops or restaurants.
Customs & Languages
Malaysia’s official language includes: Malay and English. However, sometimes people would prefer to speak in English and it is widely spoken by the majority of the population. Their culture includes a variety of different people (mainly Chinese and Indian culture) due to trading, indigenous tribes, and increased immigration to Malaysia. Malaysia’s tradition includes their art and music. This includes carving, weaving, percussion instruments, and many more. If you are planning to visit Malaysia, here are some things that you should not do! One, do not touch or pass an object over an adult’s head. It is considered the most sacred part of the body. In addition, pointing is rude and you should instead, make a fist with your thumb over the top, using your thumb to point. Try to avoid public display of affection! It is not considered appropriate and should be done behind doors. However, if you plan to go to Malaysia,
Here are some helpful words/phrases:
- Thank you — Terima kasih
- Hello — Hello
- Please — Sila
- Excuse me — Maafkan saya
- How much? — Berapa bayak?
- Where is the restroom? — Di manakah tandas?
Go to Malaysia!
It’s just truly different. Malaysia offers some of the best experiences that rival other famous destinations in the world. From vibrant cityscapes to white-sand beaches, world class casino-resorts to natural caves and forests. It is a fun-filled fusion of three major cultures. Those who have discovered it will definitely attest to an unforgettable journey!