Why Malaysia Should Be on Your Bucket List

Located in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand in the north and Singapore and Indonesia to the south, it’s a vibrantly developing country and represents a melting pot of cultures.

An area with dreamy beaches, astonishing wildlife and such nature my eyes have never seen. A destination which offers something to everyone – whether you seek the thrill of an adventure, whether it’s about integrating into cosmopolitan metropolises or you wish to enjoy the exquisite cuisine.

If I may add the lovely weather throughout the whole year, and the fact that it’s quite cheap, the list of pros just goes on and on.

Impressive History and Cultural Heritage

The country’s ethnic diversity plays a large role in politics, nation’s prosperity and cultural richness. With Islam as the official religion, other religions and cultures also thrive here – like the Chinese, Indian or indigenous ethnicities.

Fusion of cultural influence is most present in Penang. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site George Town, where one can enjoy beautiful colonial architecture, classic churches, mosques or Buddhist and Hindu temples.

I am also amazed how reasonable English is widely spoken – much more so than in other Asian countries.

Paradise Beaches and Lively Cities

When I’m describing the marvelous beaches of Malay Archipelago, it sounds unreal. First I’d mention the ones at the small island paradise of Redang. With very few inhabitants and occasional egg-laying turtles, they offer a perfect relaxation.

A bit more ‘touristy’, but equally stunning are the beaches of Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands.

With crystal clear seas and lush tropical greenery these are the beaches that you really hope exist, but I’m glad they do. If you ask me, I cannot think of a better place for a wedding or honeymoon.

Among other cities, with a unique Malaysian style, Kuala Lumpur is a world famous capital. You can climb its Petronas Towers for a great view or drop by at busy shopping centers and market bazaars.

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Breathtaking Nature and Magnificent Wildlife

It’s a heaven for nature-lovers. The bio-diversity at Borneo Island blows my mind. Consisting of 2 states – Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo just takes your travels to the next level.

Explore the country’s natural highlights and see the incredible orangutans in Sepilok Orangutan Centre and Kinabatangan Rainforest, take a trek up the highest mountain Kinabalu among other. All the attractions are located in a geographically close area.

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Embark on an Adventure!

Calm waters and abundant marine life makes yachting experience enchanting around the islands off the mainland. Try caving at Turtle Cave in Gunung Mulu National Park or go white water rafting at Kuala Kubu Bharu.

What if I tell you to scuba dive up to 28 meters at the sea bottom and observe a wide variety of fish, coral reefs or even shipwrecks? Yes, you can do all this near the Lankayan Island. Places like this make you move the boundaries of your comfort zone and jump into an adventure you’ll never forget.

Delicious Food

Cuisine is one of Malaysia’s finest points. Tasting the cheap street food, visiting one of capital’s deluxe restaurants or somewhere in between – I can recommend something for everyone.

Chicken Satay, Roti Chanai, Nasi Lemak (a rice dish with coconut) and Beef Rendang are just some of the options. Penang is accepted as Malaysia’s food capital. Try its Laksa Penang (a spicy and sour noodle soup) or the Nasi Kandar, if you’re visiting the city.

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Planning Your Life in Malaysia?

I’d advise expats living in Malaysia for an extended period to register with their embassy/consulate upon arrival, just in case if an emergency support is required. It is also good to be aware of the government initiatives – a whole range of plans and schemes which can impact the living in Malaysia. One appealing aspect of your life in Malaysia is that you can get relatively cheap labor services – like domestic cleaning, gardening or household repairs.  

It seems hardly to believe. No, the answer I have for you is quite simple – Malaysia simply has got it all. And an icing on the cake for the end – there is a great selection of cheap flights to and in Malaysia. After reading these numerous arguments, I’d start packing my bags already.

 

Featured Image Credit: McKay Savage

 

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Alex Chester is an economist currently working on a few projects in Australia.

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