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Having celebrated 50 years of independence in 2007, Malaysia is fast becoming the destination of choice for Southeast Asian tourism. There is a lot to tap into in this nation. Development has begun to see Malaysia step up to the plate in terms of resources, while also retaining its culture and heritage.

Malay, Chinese, Indian and tribal influence have lead to a broad spectrum of people and pastimes that make Malaysia a colourful and enticing place to visit.

There are staggeringly beautiful beaches on display here and where world-class dive sites await discovery. There are plenty of sights to take in also from the regal mosques and temples to the oldest rainforest in the world. And if that weren’t enough there is also the astonishing coastline ideal for wandering and taking in views of the sunset.

There is also quite a lively nightlife on offer in Malaysia- particularly at Kuala Lumpur where you can find a good selection of reputable nightclubs and bars. Bars and clubs usually stay open till around 0500 am here, with the possible exception of those located within hotels.

There is a range of shopping opportunities on offer too from street markets where bargaining is a way of trade, to department stores, which are a bit more exclusive and commercial. There are also several duty free zones, primarily on the islands of Labuan and Langkawi, where everything from perfumes to electrical goods can be snapped up at discount prices.

Malaysia is a truly varied destination take in the magnificent landscapes, enjoy the cultural hotspots and get the best out of the nightlife and shopping.

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Things to do

Malacca: This is Malaysia’s oldest city, located a couple of hours south of Kuala Lumpur. There are plenty of sights to take in here particularly the Dutch Colonial buildings and the extremely traditional Jonker Street whose various shops sell a wide rang of traditional Malaysian items, perfect for souvenirs.

Tuna Negara: This is a National Monument constructed in remembrance of the successful fight against the occupying Japanese during World War II. The monument is surround by a beautiful park, perfect for spending a lazy day while taking in some of Malaysia’s history.

Langkawi Island: This is the perfect place to drop by for some relaxation and retail therapy. Hit the beach for the early morning sun before taking to the shopping district to avail of all the duty-free goods on offer!

Rainforests and Nature Parks: Malaysia is renowned for its rainforests and jungles. Templar Park is a well-preserved section of rainforest definitely worth exploring with its jungle paths, swimming lagoons and waterfalls. Take the time to drop by the Taman Negara national park. This is a great place for people interested in ornithology with many different species of birds taking residence in the almost dauntingly tall trees.

Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation: This is an amazing opportunity to see these amazing monkeys in their natural environment. Located in Sandaken, Borneo, this centre has the world’s largest orang-utan population so there are plenty ready for you to acquaint yourself with.

Penang: Penang is one of Malaysia’s most precious areas. It is one of the smallest regions but has the largest populace. There are many interesting shopping areas and nightlife districts that add to the areas appeal- not to mention the many historic centres and places of worship sprinkled on every turn.

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