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The 5 Best Destinations in Malaysia

Malaysia isn’t just a stopover between Thailand and Indonesia. With a rich cultural heritage, beautiful nature, and food so good you may as well just move here, the country is a world-class destination with a treasure trove of fascinating places to explore. Here are 15 of the best destinations in Malaysia.
Fly south of the Andaman Sea and you’ll come to the tropical land of Malaysia. If you’re visiting the country for the first time, here are the top 5 destinations to land yourself in.

1.Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur: You can’t visit Kuala Lumpur without visiting Bukit Bintang. Cosmopolitan yet local, commercial yet cultural, the neighborhood of Bukit Bintang is buzzing with activity. During the day, you’ll want to visit Pasar Seni, a popular handicrafts market, as well as Kasturi Walk, a covered walkway with vendors selling local delicacies. Once the sun sets, head over to Changkat Bukit Bintang for the real fun, where an obedient row of colonial-style shophouses have been converted into boisterous pubs, bars, and cafes.

2. George Town, Penang: George Town is Malaysia’s secret to all things street. Street food? They’ve got food courts every half-mile, with the right kind of laksa (sorry, KL and Sabah folks). Street art? They’ve got legal and illegal ones. Street festivals? It’ll be strange if you don’t come upon one when you visit. Culture Trip recommends attending the arts and cultural George Town Festival in August.

3. Danum Valley, Sabah: This is the ‘real’ Borneo you’ve been looking for, with luscious primary rainforests and excited local inhabitants like gibbons and flying squirrels, who may stop to look at you. Travelers also enjoy checking out the three ancient burial sites here, which are complete with ceramic spirit jars and belian coffins.

4. Malacca City, Malacca: According to legend, Malacca was founded when Parameswara (circa 1400) was inspired by the courage of a mouse deer. This decision would foreshadow the bravery later required of the locals because Malacca would be colonized not once or twice, but three times over the course of the next 500 years. The marks of colonization color (quite literally) the city center, of which the Stadthuys is the most well-known.

5. Mulu World Heritage Area, Sarawak: If you want proof of Mother Nature’s blessings, this is the place to see it. Sheer limestone cliffs rise like the tower(s) of Sauron over the quiet, verdure, unsuspecting rainforest. The two caves — Deer Cave and Clearwater Cave — are massive with an array of natural limestone formations and sleeping bats. Small waterfalls offer a refreshing view while making your way through the forest. Sounds like paradise? Wait until you see it in person

Asia is the most beautiful, the most exciting, the most user friendly Continent on earth. This paradise is real, and affordable, for travel short term, long term, and for retirement. Use not just one country, but an entire continent to fulfill your travel and retirement dreams!