Malaysia is a special country with an incredible history. A wonderful mix of landscapes gives you beautiful beaches, vibrant cities, enchanting rainforests and plenty of other places to explore. Influenced by Asian and European culture, there is a fascinating mix of things to see and do during your visit. Whether you’re planning a short stay or an extended trip, you’ll be able to enjoy some incredible adventure to help you make the most of your Malaysian experience. It’s also a great place to explore by motorbike, especially when coupled with other Southeast Asian destinations.
Here’s what you need to know to enjoy a thrill-a-minute Malaysian adventure.
Planning your route
Malaysia is a country that boasts an incredibly diverse range of landscapes and scenery, and you’ll want to experience as much of it as possible. Ideal if you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you’ll feel right at home in Malaysia. Think about the route you’d like to take to make sure you’re getting to see all of the highlights. The journey between different cities will bring you to some incredible spots, so there’s plenty of room for some mystery and excitement too.
The Tourism Malaysia website has some useful information for planning your motorcycle route around Malaysia, which can help you get started. Whether you’re bringing your own bike or you’re renting one, motorcycle really is the best way to get around. If you’re combining your trip with visits to another country like Singapore or Thailand, it’s probably easier to start your trip on one end of Malaysia and travel through to your destination.
Key places to visit
During your trip to Malaysia, you’ll want to explore some of the best the country has to offer, while also discovering some of its more remote towns and beaches. Some places you’ll definitely want to add to your itinerary include:
- Kuala Lumpur, the capital city
- Kota Kinabalu, which boats both incredible beaches and rainforests
- George Town, Penang, famous for its colonial buildings and impressive blend of cultures
- Malacca City, a beautiful city home to some of Malaysia’s most famous temples.
- Cameron Highlands, featuring stunning scenery and some great routes for biking.
During your stay you’ll likely discover some other fantastic places to visit, either through your own finding or by asking the locals for advice.
If you’re travelling around Malaysia, it’s worth booking a few places to stay in advance, particularly after long stretches of travel. For longer periods of stay, you’ll get better value looking for property to rent in Malaysia. Malaysian apartments, in particular, offer a modern, more luxurious feel for affordable rates, so you’ll get the freedom to come and go as you please as well as enjoy complete comfort as you build familiar surroundings. If your budget allows, you might also want to think about spending a night or two in one of Kuala Lumpur’s luxury hotels during your visit – possibly near the end of your travels.
Adventures and activities
There is a lot of choice for activities and adventures in Malaysia, so if you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie or you enjoy outdoor activities, you won’t be disappointed by what’s on offer. Some top recommendations include:
Skydiving is a popular activity for tourists in Malaysia, and is just one of its many popular extreme sports. You can even try tandem skydiving if you’re a complete beginner and need a bit of additional support for your first try.
Tasik Temengor is a popular destination to enjoy whitewater rafting, attracting both tourists and locals who enjoy a thrill on the water. There are different routes available depending on the level of challenge you’d like to attempt, and is a great activity to meet new people and enjoy shared experiences.
Motorcycle enthusiasts will love the thrill of ATVs in Malaysia, and there are some epic routes to choose from. Pick your destination and enjoy letting loose on the open road.
Head to Malaysia’s many fantastic beaches and you’ll be able to enjoy all kinds of wonderful watersports. From wakeboarding to parasailing, there’s a lot of choice out there. Choose from some fantastic Malaysian water sport destinations and make the most of those clear blue seas.
Malaysia is also known for its diving locations, so if you’re a fan, it’s worth going for a dip. You can even have a go on an underwater scooter and enjoy exploring the sea life without the hassle of diving equipment or training.
Something you’ll want to do a lot of in Malaysia is trekking. With so many incredible landscapes to see, you’d be crazy not to take the opportunity to explore different peaks and rainforests on foot. Remember to take your camera to capture the incredible views.
Getting a flavour of Malaysian life
Your trip to Malaysia wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the best local cuisine. The food scene in Malaysia is a diverse one, featuring a combination of Malay, Thai and Chinese influences, while also borrowing a lot from European cuisine. From street food to fine dining restaurants, you’ll find something to your taste in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian nightlife is also something to experience, with a wide selection of bars and clubs making places like Kuala Lumpur an excellent night out. Be sure to take in some rooftop bars during your visit to enjoy some panoramic views of the city.
On days when you’re not travelling, try to get out and visit some of the local attractions. From the many incredible temples to museums and town centres, you’ll be glad you took the chance to explore. Book a private tour for a more intimate experience and to avoid being sucked into various tourist traps and inflated prices.
Additional tips for travelling in Malaysia
Until you’ve visited somewhere before, it can be difficult to know what to expect, as well as those nuggets of information you only get after visiting a country. Some top tips to take with you for travelling in Malaysia include:
- Try to learn some of the language. Not everyone speaks English in Malaysia, and in rural areas, in particular, you might find that an initial greeting is all they have. There are some essential phrases for you to learn in Malaysia that will help you to get around.
- Sample the local cuisine, Malaysian street food is excellent.
- Dress appropriately, as the weather tends to be humid and very warm. Some light layers to keep you dry from any rain are a must, while you’ll also want to stock up on the sun protection for the sunnier days. Remember to wear cover-ups and respectful clothing if you’re planning to enter different religious buildings.
- Use public transport to get around when you’re not using your motorcycle. Trains are especially useful for getting around Kuala Lumpur, while other cities have some great bus routes.
- Tipping is included in the prices in Malaysia. If you want to offer a tip, it’s best to ask the person first, although it’s likely they’ll refuse and ask that you only pay the exact amount.
- Drink plenty of water, particularly when you’re hiking or you’re spending the day on the beach or walking the city streets.
A Malaysian adventure is the perfect way to enjoy travel in Southeast Asia. Whether you want to explore by motorcycle or in your own way, you’ll find plenty to fall in love with during your stay. Start planning your visit now to enjoy the trip of a lifetime!