#01 The Perhentian Islands

A popular pair of islands off the east coast, with beautiful beaches, great snorkelling and accommodation for all budgets.

#01 The Perhentian Islands

#02 Traditional crafts

Malaysia boasts a wide range of crafts, from batik and songket (brocade) to rattan baskets and labu, gourd-shaped ceramic jugs.

#02 Traditional crafts

#03 Taman Negara

Malaysia’s premier national park, Taman Negara, is one of the world’s oldest rainforests, with hides for wildlife-spotting, treetop walkways and treks lasting from an hour to a whole week.

#03 Taman Negara

#04 Sungai Kinabatangan

Cruise through pristine jungle along this spectacular river, spotting proboscis monkeys and, occasionally, orangutans.

#04 Sungai Kinabatangan

#05 Shopping in KL

Malaysia’s capital boasts a host of excellent malls, as well as vibrant street markets where bargaining is de rigueur.

#05 Shopping in KL

#06 Georgetown

A bustling Chinese-dominated haven with elaborate temples, colonial-era mansions and beaches galore.

#06 Georgetown

#07 Proboscis monkeys, Bako

These odd-looking creatures roam kerangas forest and mangrove swamps in the national park, not far from Kuching.

#07 Proboscis monkeys, Bako

#08 Rainforest Music Festival

Held annually near Kuching, this world-music festival is an opportunity to see indigenous performers alongside musicians from across the globe.

#08 Rainforest Music Festival

#09 Melaka

The city’s complex historical heritage is evident in its Portuguese, Dutch and British buildings and Peranakan ancestral homes.

#09 Melaka

#10 Cameron Highlands

Misty tea plantations, afternoon tea and jungle trails in cool mountain air.

#10 Cameron Highlands

#11 Mount Kinabalu

Watch dawn over Borneo from the summit of Southeast Asia’s highest mountain.

#11 Mount Kinabalu

#12 Gunung Mulu National Park

A view of razor-sharp limestone pinnacles reward the challenging haul up Gunung Api, and the park also boasts underground caves that teem with wildlife.

#12 Gunung Mulu National Park

#13 Kelabit Highlands

These remote uplands offer excellent walks and hikes, plus encounters with friendly tribal communities along the way.

#13 Kelabit Highlands

#14 Langkawi

Luxurious resorts on sublime beaches pretty much sums up these west-coast islands, close to the border with Thailand.

#14 Langkawi

#15 The Petronas Towers

KL’s iconic towers not only hold your gaze from all angles but also house one of the city’s best shopping malls.

#15 The Petronas Towers

#16 Food

Simple stalls in markets and malls and on the street serve up mouthwatering noodles, snacks and desserts.

#16 Food

#17 Diving at Pulau Sipadan

The spectacular islands off Sabah offer the thrill of swimming with sharks and turtles.

#17 Diving at Pulau Sipadan

#18 Longhouses in Sarawak

Large communal dwellings, home to members of indigenous tribes, are found along rivers and in remote mountain locations.

#18 Longhouses in Sarawak

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