Malaysia Travel Destination


Malaysia may not get the press that its neighbors do in terms of tropical exotic, but it is indeed a truly fascinating and unique country with a wealth of great tourist options. The country is highly developed, with excellent infrastructure and standard of living, and has some of the most varied and tasty food in the Asia region. From the economic powerhouse of Kuala Lumpur to the colonial charming Penang Island and all the way across to the steamy jungles of Borneo and diving mecca of Sipadan, you will never run out of fun things to do here.

Kuala Lumpur or KL as the locals call it, is the ultramodern capital of Malaysia, defined by its iconic Petronas Towers, with fine museums, excellent food, world class shopping, and a vibrant multicultural population. KL has plenty of colonial British architecture, a bustling Chinatown, and is also the staging point for a visit to the Batu Caves, which is the site of the exotic and bizarre Thaipusam Hindu festival each year. From Kuala Lumpur it is easy to access the UNESCO World Heritage Malacca, a historical and culturally mesmerizing city.

Pulau Penang, or Penang Island, with its historic capital of Georgetown, is one of Peninsular Malaysia’s biggest attractions. The hawker street vendor food here is legendary, and Kept Secrets can get you to all the best known spots for trying local favorites like curry laksa or Hainanese chicken rice. In addition to the food, Georgetown is an excellent city for strolling in and taking in the beautiful colonial architecture and turn of the century Chinese mansions. There is also a colorful Little India here, and old style trishaw bicycle taxis are a great way to travel the city. If the temperatures in Penang get too warm, the cool Cameron Highlands with misty green tea plantations are a short drive away.

Malaysian Borneo is divided into two parts, Sarawak and Sabah, with the two being separated by the Sultanate of Brunei. Borneo is an enchanting world unto itself, the third largest island in the world, and home to some amazing natural diversity; from tropical rainforest to the alpine slopes of Mount Kinabalu (at 4,095 meters the highest peak in Southeast Asia and home to over 5000 plant species due to its staggering array of diverse climatic zones), to some of the world’s best scuba diving in the Celebes and Sulu seas.

In Sarawak, you can go hiking and see proboscis monkeys in Bako National Park, orangutans at Semenggoh, visit the enchanting Mulu Caves National Park, or go up the Rejang or Batang Ai rivers to meet the Iban “headhunters” ethnic group and stay in their traditional “longhouses.” In Sabah, there are also great opportunities to see orangutans at Sepilok, sea turtles at Selingan, engage in wildlife photography and sleep in a boutique jungle camp along the Kinabatangan River, or push yourself to the limit with an ascent of mighty Mount Kinabalu. After all this activity, you can relax in the stunningly beautiful Celebes Sea, where Sipadan, Mabul, and Kapalai islands offer some of the world’s top dive sites and accommodations are in 5 star water resorts built on stilts right out over the emerald sea. Kept Secrets will take care of all your needs here, from Portuguese speaking and local wildlife or culture guides to private drivers, along with the most pampering places to rest up in after a full day of touring.