Home to sprawling megalopolises that boast towering skyscrapers and crowded streets, idyllic paradisiacal beaches, scenic trekking trails and lush green rainforests, Malaysia is home to one of the most diverse landscapes in the world and offers plenty of activities for the intrepid adventurer – regardless of their specific interests. Many travellers to Malaysia first venture to the busy capital of Kuala Lumpur, but in order to experience the best of the country’s beauty and nature, it is best to venture a little further afield to the picturesque regions of Penang and Gopeng.
Visit the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
No visit to Malaysia is complete without a short stay in the capital of Kuala Lumpur and the opportunity to marvel upon the Petronas Towers – a structure which has undoubtedly became an icon of the country.
Stroll Along Penang’s Harmony Street
Malaysia has long been home to a diverse blend of international cultures and that could not be more evident in Penang. The city’s “harmony street” – situated on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling is filled with countless places of worship each built to satisfy different faiths – from Sikhs to Hindus and Buddhists. It is not unusual to wander along the lengths of this street during weekends and see that it is jam-packed with devotees. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the Kuan Yin Temple and the Masjid Kapitan Keling all open to the public and provide an interesting insight into the multiculturalism of Malaysia. Between the religious buildings, eateries and tea shops serve up a diverse international blend of delicacies.
Go Trekking in Penang National Park
Those who love immersing themselves in nature and the great outdoors will relish in the countless hiking trails scatter through Penang National Park. Here, travellers can get up close and personal with Turtles in their natural habitats and see some of Malaysia’s most breathtaking nature. The trails here offer far more than a brisk walk through greenery – they transcend past mangrove plantations, ethereal looking lakes and stunning beaches. It is possible to spend several days here exploring all the area has to offer.
Visit Gaharu Tea Valley
Situated in Gopeng, the Gaharu Tea Valley has seen an increasing number of tourists in recent years however visiting is certainly worthwhile to visit. Travellers can try the famous “Gaharu” (agarwood) tea, rumoured to possess healing properties. No doubt a box of fresh Gaharu tea makes a unique souvenir for those at home. The valley provides an interesting insight into local life as visitors can watch the plantation in action, or sit out at one of the picturesque viewing platforms and admire the scenery away from the humid Gopeng jungle.