Map by Peter Fitzgerald
Why holiday in Malaysia?
Malaysia's mainland is modern, efficient and comfortable though sticky, centred on the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron Highlands are cool and colonial while Taman Negara National Park is a buzzing rainforest with some good walking trails, though hardly loaded with wildlife.
Tourists going to Malaysian beaches are guaranteed heat and plenty of sun and sand, with clear water, terrific scuba and snorkelling.
Borneo island is Malaysia's really wild destination, a primitive environment populated by colourful Dayak tribes, with a serious jungle that is home to several endangered creatures such as the orang utan, as well as mountains and spectacular caves.
Prices for individual travel in Malaysia are not bad, food is excellent and tourists are fairly safe, though the country cannot compete with the brilliant cultures and sights of its neighbours, Indonesia and Thailand.
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