Malaysia is fast catching up on its neighbours as a must-see destination in South-East Asia. It has enjoyed a fast-growing and political stability for decades. Award-winning low-cost airline AirAsia has expanded at breakneck speed from its base outside the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and can be a very cheap way of visiting. The country is split between the Malay Peninsula and the far less populated island of Borneo, which offers excellent wildlife opportunities and the magnificent Mount Kinabalu.

Langkawi is an island in the north designated a geopark. It has a variety of wildlife and an unusual sky bridge. The Cameron Highlands offer excellent jungle trekking, and cooler temperatures amid tea plantations.


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Why you should go:

It's the laid-back face of Islam.

Why you shouldn't:

It tends to be hot and wet.

Map of Malaysia