Split by sea
Malaysia is made up of a couple of strips of land, separated by the seat of the South China Sea. In the west, you’ll find the more popular Peninsular Malaysia, where the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur sit shoulder-to-shoulder with vast natural parks and jungle-like terrain. East Malaysia, meanwhile, is a blanket of untouched rainforests and mountains covering the northern reaches of Borneo.
Shop ‘til you drop
Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s main attention-grabber, thanks to its cloud-piercing skyline and first-rate shopping scene. The twin Petronas Towers are the city’s most iconic landmark – they’re impossible to miss, and you’ll find a trio of swanky designer malls in their shadow. Delve a little deeper, beyond the ultra-modern façade, and you’ll find bustling marketplaces and lashings of spicy street food.
Tea and trekking
You’ll have to leave Malaysia’s modern comforts to catch a glimpse of the breath-taking scenery, but boy is it worth it. Head north from Kuala Lumpur and you’ll reach the striking green plains of the Cameron Highlands, where tea plantations roll out as far as the eye can see. The rainforest at Taman Negara is a must-visit, too, with Malay tigers, Indian elephants and macaque monkeys roaming beneath the thick canopy.