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10 Things that Make Malaysia the Best Holiday - Top 10 Reasons Why Malaysia is the Ideal Holiday Destination

Tipped to be one of Asia's most dynamic holiday hotspots, Malaysia is a dream holiday destination for a host of reasons. Here are ten reasons why the country is a must-visit vacation hub.


A Cultural Melting Pot

One of the main reasons why Malaysia is such a potent vacation hub is its cultural diversity. Home to a melting pot of cultures, the Southeast Asian nation is not a homogenous destination in the least. Lined with temples, mosques and Chinese shrines, the peaceful coexistence of the various cultures is an asset that is a celebrated attribute of the local cultural landscape.


Local Festivals Galore

The presence of so many different cultures in a single landscape also means that the Malaysian calendar is so full of exciting local festivals. From the Mooncake Festival and the Chinese New Year to the Gawai Day harvest festival and Thaipusam, the sheer variety of celebratory events is another reason to head to Malaysia.


Backpacker Friendly

One of the main reasons why backpackers and budget travellers from around the world flock to Malaysia is the country's affordability as a holiday Mecca. From accommodation options to wining and dining, the Malaysian Ringgit has a fantastic exchange rate for dollars and Euros so Malaysian holidays are easier on the wallet.


Fantastic Shopping Opportunities

Regarded as one of Asia's top retail hotspots, the shopping opportunities in Malaysia are among the best in the region. The nation's capital, Kuala Lumpur, in particular, is a shopaholic's dream with mega malls the likes of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Berjaya Times Square and Suria KLCC lining the streets while the Petaling Street Market and other thoroughfares also offer excellent retail opportunities.


Friendly Populace

Known for their laid-back and warm demeanour, Malaysians take hospitality quite seriously. There's no need to fear racial slurs, pickpockets and scammers when exploring the country as tourists are well treated and respected irrespective of age or origin.


The Beaches

Malaysia is also a beach holiday hub for the masses and the Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, or any other Desaru resort havens in the country are another reason why a holiday in the country is so irresistible. Fringed with white, sandy beaches, the rich marine life heritage and coral reefs occupying Malaysia's exquisite sea beds makes it the ideal location for diving and snorkelling activities too.


Exciting Cities

Although Kuala Lumpur is the country's best-known city, it is by no means the only city stop tourists should make on a journey across Malaysia. From George Town in Penang to Johor Bahru and Malacca the choices are as endless as they are captivating.


Foodie Hub

Digging into culinary wonders from Indian, Malay and Chinese cuisine in Malaysia is as easy as stepping in front of a food stall or street food vendor as the local food options are as diverse as they are delicious. From satays and Nasi Lemak to Laksa and Roti Chanai, wining and dining in Malaysia is also unbelievably affordable.


The Nature Hotspots

The Cameron Highlands and the breathtaking Taman Negara forests and the Gunung Mulu National Park are just some of Malaysia's awe-inspiring natural attractions.


The Theme Parks

Ideal for families on holiday, 20th Century Fox World, Legoland and KidZania are excellent reasons to head down to Malaysia this holiday season.