Malaysia is essentially one of the better places tourists may find anywhere on the planet. Its amazing landscape, splendid beaches, national parks, rich cultural heritage and a couple of modern cities happen to provide everything a visitor may long for. This beautiful country is dotted with avenues for water sports like scuba diving, white water rafting and so on.
Its diverse cultural heritage makes it a pretty interesting place to visit. One may find innumerable buildings belonging to diverse cultures worth visiting along the length and breadth of this immensely beautiful country. Prominent festivals of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and other religions are celebrated with great pomp and show. It is a great idea to be around in Malaysia during such celebrations.
Prominent cities in Malaysia include capital Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kuantan, Miri, Penang and Malacca. Malacca, Penang and Johor Bahru are rich with cultural heritage and popular among tourists for heritage tours. A number of major national parks such as Gunung Mulu National Park and Kinabalu National Park deserve a visit as well.
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city, is a cosmopolitan one in many regards. It is home to a number of better known buildings in the entire world. The imposing Petronas Twin Towers have become symbol of this city and even featured in countless movies produced around the globe. Kuala Lumpur is truly a world class city.
George Town can be visited to have a glimpse of its multiple heritage buildings with impressive architecture. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Fort Cornwallis, Pinang Peranakan Mansion etc are popular landmarks in George Town. Johor Bahru is another important city having a strategic location in the region. A couple of palaces, museums, historical and religious buildings, memorials and parks make it quite popular among tourists.
Malacca is another historical city in Malaysia. It was an important city during colonial era and changed hands between different kingdoms including Dutch and British rulers. A number of prominent buildings of that era are worth visiting here.
There are numerous destinations across this country to enjoy white water rafting. Rapids ranging from tame ones of Grade I to the massive ones of Grade V can be found all over the country in plenty. Pahang, Perak, Sabah and Kedah regions are home to a major chunk of popular rapids. Jeram Basu, Telom River, Lipis River, Padas River, Singoh River and Kampar River etc are only some of the rivers where one would find best known rapids in the entire world.
The Perhentian Group of Islands is composed of numerous picturesque islands that deserve a visit. These islands have remained out of sight of tourists for long, but are becoming popular among global and local visitors quite rapidly.
Enthusiasts of hiking and trekking will find Malaysia too tempting to resist. Expeditions of various durations are possible in numerous national parks in the country. Such expeditions range from a few days to a couple of weeks. It is quite likely that trekkers venturing into deep jungles may come across wild animals like tigers and elephants.