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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Best of Malaysia Holidays


One of South East Asia's favourite holiday destinations, Malaysia is a country where 'something for everyone' is more of a daily itinerary than a promise.

Packed with attractions, experiences and activities to meet every traveller's needs, it is truly the ideal holiday destination. From its postcard white sandy beaches, UNESCO World Heritage sites, national parks, eclectic cities, adventure activities and rainforests abundant with nature, it is a bubbling melting pot of cultures, ethnicities and religions. Throw friendly and welcoming people into the mix, along with some of the best cuisine on the planet, and you'll truly be spoiled for choice!

Choose from popular destinations including Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi. Still not sure which is the right one is for you?

Kuala Lumpur

The main arrival point to Malaysia, dynamic, cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur is the ideal place to start. This eclectic city is full of attractions and entertainment options to suit all tastes and budgets. One of the most popular attractions are the Petronas Towers which soar 88-storeys into the sky, making them the world's tallest twin structure. The towering skyscrapers present the optimal photo opportunity – and the KLCC Shopping Centre at their base and home to a fantastic mix of renowned luxury and premium brands, is the place for a retail fix.

As well as modern architecture Kuala Lumpur offers beautiful historical temples. The Batu Caves and Temple Tour provides a unique insight into Malaysia's cultural and historical diversity. Don't forget to visit the night markets. With an array of aromas filling the air, it's impossible to resist the amazing mix of Malaysian street food on offer.

Penang

Known as the ''Pearl of the Orient, Penang is a fascinating fusion of East and West. Heavily influenced by its colonial and oriental past, the Island has its feet firmly planted in the 21st century while still retaining its traditions and old world charm. Venture through lively George Town, which was granted a world heritage status by UNESCO in 2008. View colonial-era homes, private mansions, historical museums and stunning temples, embark on a heritage walking tour, engage with friendly locals and ride a Trishaw.

Feeling hungry? With a unique mix of Chinese, Malay, Portuguese and Indian cuisine, Penang is also known as the 'foodie' capital of Malaysia, offering up some of the tastiest cuisine imaginable from first-class restaurants through to hawker stall delights.

A trip to Penang isn't complete without a visit to the three most popular shopping malls – Gurney Paragon Mall, Gurney Plaza and Queensbay Mall, for everything from the latest fashion to electronics.

Kota Kinabalu

Situated on the north west coast of Sabah on the tropical island of Borneo facing the beautiful South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu is one of Malaysia's loveliest cities, famous for its long sandy beaches, paradise islands, virgin coral reefs, and tropical rain forests. Join the locals congregating along the waterfront each night to witness the fiery sunset, with the popular boardwalk also providing an idyllic backdrop for sampling eateries, restaurants and night markets.

Plenty of wild life adventures are close by and Malaysia's first UNESCO Heritage site, the mighty Mount Kinabalu, is only 90 minutes away. The pristine marine water also makes Kota Kinabalu one of the most perfect destinations in the world for snorkeling and diving trips, with Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park just a short speedboat ride away. And adrenalin junkies can try their luck on the world's longest island-to-island zip-line – the Coral Flyer, at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Langkawi

Anyone who adores beautiful beaches, luxury hotels and resorts, and duty-free shopping will love Langkawi. Surrounded by turquoise sea, Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. Officially known as the 'Jewel of Kedah', the largest of these, features a range of breathtaking beachside resorts. The island's outstanding geological landscapes have also earned it the geopark title by UNESCO – making it the only geopark in Southeast Asia and one of only 50 worldwide.

With its traditional villages, sandy white beaches and sedated lifestyle, Langkawi offers up an idyllic setting for couples seeking a romantic escape. But thrill-seekers won't be disappointed. Check out Langkawi Wildlife Park, Underwater World Langkawi for a deep-sea experience and the Cable Car in Pantai Kok for a mountain high adventure.

Flights, accommodation and featured package. Sale ends 26 March 2017.

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