Malaysia is described as a ‘megadiverse’ country with it’s bounty of biodiversity, stunning landscapes and beautiful sea life. If you are planning to visit Malaysia in 2012 then this blog post is a great place to start…
Where is it?
Malaysia is made up of 13 united states that are spread across the Peninsular of Malaysia as well as being situated in East Malaysia. With these still seen as historically royal kingdoms, Malaysia still has royal families in much the same way as the UK.
It shares its borders with Thailand and Indonesia on land and sea or ‘maritime’ borders with Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines and its capital city is Kuala Lampur which will serve as a main point of departure for your travels in Malaysia.
To get to Malaysia you can fly directly from London to it’s main airports so it is ideal for a short holiday if you can’t afford to take a few extra days to travel to a holiday destination.
When is the best time to visit in 2012?
If you are planning to visit Malaysia in 2012 then June and July is a great time period to visit in. May through to September is considered as the prime weather period for visitors.
Make sure you take an anorak for random rain showers and a giant hat for protection from the powerful island sun. A high SPF sunscreen is also advised as sun burn can be a serious effect of spending so much time in the sun there; especially if you’re coming from the UK where sun isn’t a regular thing to encounter.
What are the main attractions?
If you are planning to visit in June and July then you’ll be privy to two major events. The Penang Dragon Boat Festival happens on the 30th of June this year. It is a great event for you to get all dressed up in your summer finery and watch some fierce competition as locals show their boat race skills.
The Kuala Lumpur World Marching Band also takes the stage in June and is not to be missed. You’ll be caught up in a colorful world of marching band beats, drum battles and cultural parades that will really submerge you in everything Malay.
Hotels are great if you choose to stay at one as they can advise on what events to see when. If you are visiting this year for a special event then there are a variety of hotels in Malaysia to choose from and they will be able to get to and from events and advise on the best spots to visit while you are there. Hotels also organise tours of local attractions so this is the best port of call before you set out into the beautiful array of features and landmarks that Malaysia has to offer.
Tasty Malay treats
When in Malaysia you have to eat Malay style street food. Fish to chicken and beef is all cooked fresh on the sides of the main city streets and in much the same way you would order a KFC bumper meal you can order fresh kebabs, rice rolled in corn husks and fish cooked crisp and salty in their skins.
Watch the video below to get your taste buds excited about Malay street food where eating with your hands is the way to do it and dipping your food in coconut milk is as normal as you dipping french fries in tomato sauce.
Tell us whether you are planning a trip to Malaysia after this and if so what you plan to do there. Can’t wait to hear all about your travels!