The Perhentian Islands are extremely seasonal. Accommodation can be difficult to find in July, the peak month, while the islands are mostly empty in the winter months.
4. Malaysian Borneo
The option to exchange dirty concrete for green rainforests and abundant wildlife is only a cheap, quick flight away! Visitors to Malaysia often stick to the mainland and forget about the natural wonders on earth’s third-largest island only a short hop away.
From endangered orangutans to rainforest canopy walks and some of the best diving in the world, Malaysian Borneo should definitely be a part of any trip to Malaysia.
Spelled locally as ‘Melaka’, Malaysia’s Peranakan city is a worthwhile stop for cultural, historical, and colonial sites. UNESCO even declared Malacca a World Heritage Site in 2008.
Visitors are rarely disappointed by the old town in Malacca. If nothing else, the relaxed vibe is pleasant enough to keep people around for a few days. Many shops and museums close in Malacca on Tuesdays — plan your visit accordingly!
6. Taman Negara
Taman Negara literally means ‘national park’ in Malay, and well, that’s what it is! Taman Negara is Malaysia’s oldest national park and is considered to be one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests. A long canopy walkway gives visitors a chance to see life high in the trees that normally isn’t visible from the ground.
Visitors can enjoy waterfalls and beautiful trekking, bird watching, rafting, fishing, and have a chance to see wild elephants. Tourists sleep across the river in Kuala Tahan and then take cheap boats to the park entrance.
7. Cameron Highlands
Malaysia’s green Cameron Highlandsare one of the few places in Southeast Asia where you’ll want a jacket — particularly at night — but after sweating across tropical climates, you may appreciate the change. You’ll have plenty of lush scenery, beautiful tea plantations to tour, and access to decent trekking trails that weave through plantations and around volcanoes.
Strawberry farms, butterfly gardens, and flower greenhouses are all enjoyable distractions in the Cameron Highlands.
8. Tioman Island
Located on Malaysia’s east coast and not too far from Singapore, Tioman Island is a different kind of destination. Both accommodation and excellent diving are cheap; development is minimal. The little island is carved into different beaches; some secluded and some — such as ABC Beach — quite busy depending on the season. A speed boat is required to move around unless you’re up for a jungle hike through the interior.
Tioman Island is duty free, but don’t even consider taking your tax-free liquor across the border into Singapore!