It's time to turn your ideas into a tailor-made trip to Malaysia
Standing on the shores of the Strait of Malacca, the main artery of the spice trade between India and the South Pacific, Malaysia has been buffeted by cultural crosswinds since antiquity.
Over the centuries, Chinese settlers, Sumatran empires, Islamic sultanates and a string of European colonies have all left their mark on the peninsula’s indigenous culture. This tangled skein of history is apparent today in the jumble of mosques, temples, and colonial buildings of its World Heritage ports — but Malaysia isn’t all about the past.
Malaysia is a taste of a very different sort of Southeast Asia: one where you can go from unspoiled beaches by glittering seas to 130-million-year-old rainforest on smooth, paved roads, stopping in rural towns and villages where even the farmers speak English. It’s one where you can see hipster street art at a colonial port, or get a drip coffee in a little mining town in the mountains — and where the cities are among the most modern and connected in the world. This is Southeast Asia for the future, with all the best bits of the past.
Our favorite guided tours and excursions
No matter where you travel, it’s the people who really make it special. That’s what these experiences are all about. Whether it's the Peranakan cook who’ll teach you Chinese-Malay fusion cuisine in Penang, or the jungle guide who’ll take you in search of hornbills and corpse flowers in the Belum Rainforest – these in-depth, hands-on experiences will introduce you to our favorite aspects of Malaysia.
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