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Exploring Malaysia

Penang & the North

The centre and north of Malaysia are home to the island of Penang, the Cameron Highlands, and Taman Negara.

Penang is where you’ll find George Town, a UNESCO-designated heritage city with beautiful boutique hotels built in renovated and restored shophouses, terraces, carriage houses, hotels, and one bright blue mansion. The city is renowned for its history, street food, and its growing arts scene. Many of the most popular hawkers have moved into restaurants as demand exceeded capacity of street stalls and while you’ll find plenty of street art as you walk around, a number of galleries and performance spaces are also drawing attention.

In the Cameron Highlands, located between Kuala Lumpur and Penang, you’ll find tea plantations, an other-worldly mossy forest, walking trails, and if you’re lucky, giant rafflesia flowers in bloom. Once a favoured hill station, the region remains a cool respite from the tropical heat of cities to the north and south. Nearby Ipoh was once the nation’s tin mining capital and its old town has remained mostly unchanged for decades. Just outside you’ll find cave temples, walking trails, and ancient limestone hills.

Taman Negara’s pristine rainforest is home to the world’s longest canopy walkway and a network of walking trails that take you deep into this lush ancient land. With waterfalls, caves, monkeys, wild boars, deer, and nearly 400 species of birds in the park, there’s plenty to see.

Kuala Lumpur
Bustling, vibrant Kuala Lumpur is home to an incredible array of old and new. Colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers, gourmet restaurants and simple street food stalls, luxurious hotels and shops, beautiful parks, mosques, and temples fill the city. The city is truly a feast for all five senses. More
Melaka
The port town of Melaka (formerly spelled Malacca) has been influenced by Portuguese, Dutch, British, Chinese, Indian, and Malay settlers and rulers. The resulting mix of culture, food, and architecture makes Melaka an ideal spot to see, taste, and experience the diversity that makes Malaysia such a unique part of Asia. Although you can visit in a day from Kuala Lumpur, we think it's worth an overnight visit. More
George Town
On the island of Penang sits the UNESCO-designated cultural highlight of George Town. It's home to some of the best food in the country, street art fun for all ages to find and enjoy, Chinese and Indian temples, British colonial buildings, pleasant beaches, a hill with stunning views of the area, and delightful boutique hotels. George Town truly offers a wealth of options for every visitor. More
Langkawi
Formally known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, the island boasts beaches, rainforest, monkeys, mangroves, and views to Thailand from an incredible hanging bridge atop Mount Mat. More
Cameron Highlands
Once the favoured hill station of British expatriates in Malaysia, the Cameron Highlands is a cool respite from the tropical heat. Tea plantations, giant rafflesia blooms, and a mossy forest that feels straight out of a story book can all be found here. More
Tioman Island
Well known to divers, Tioman is home to incredibly rich waters teeming with life, making for great snorkelling and diving. With beautiful beaches and pleasant walking trails through the jungle, it's a beautiful place to relax. Best visited March through mid-October as we don't recommend trying to reach the island during monsoon season. More
Perhentian Islands
The clear aquamarine South China Sea meets white sand beaches on the Perhentian and Redang islands. There are no roads on these islands, only foot paths and water taxis. We only recommend visiting between April and mid-October to avoid rough crossings and restaurants and resorts closed for monsoon season. More

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