A South East Asian melting pot
The country is partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland, bordered by Thailand in the north, and across the South China Sea it takes in the jungles, mountains and reefs of the northern third of the island of Borneo. The capital is the shiny, modern metropolis of Kuala Lumpur ('KL'). One of its tourism hotspots is the 99-island archipelago of Langkawi, with postcard-perfect beaches. Anyone with a hankering for jungle, beach and heritage will find themselves enjoying Penang.
Such variety is precisely why you can get a lot out of a holiday in Malaysia. If you're a hiking, trekking or watersports junkie, Sabah might tick all your holiday boxes, boasting Malaysia's highest mountain, teeming wildlife and some of the best diving in the world amid the Sipadan Islands. Sabah's capital, Kota Kinabalu is the city base for most travellers in this part of the world.