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Malaysia is country full of good food, rain forest thick with jungle and teeming with life. It is diverse country and one you should check out with backpacking Southeast Asia.

Here are ten things to know before traveling to Malaysia. 

The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, or KL for short, is home to the Petronas Twin Towers. The Towers are a set of 88-story, identical, Islam-inspired, buildings in the heart of KL.

This 20-year-old towers are a highlight of visiting KL and one of the main meeting areas. There is a shopping center at the bottom and an amazing sky bridge 170 meters up and two stories tall; that gives way to a beautiful view of the rest of Kuala Lumpur.


Whether you’re a budgeting backpacker, or looking for an extravagant extended holiday, Malaysia has it all. The country has everything from cheap hostels to amazing cabins to beachside resorts.

A great website to check out when booking cheap hotels online is Traveloka.com.  They have no booking fee and they offer various payment methods which makes them easy to use.


The rainforest of Malaysia are thick, beautiful, and one of the natural wonders of the country. The FRIM has a canopy walkway that allows visitors to safely navigate the beautiful rainforest and get a quick taste of the biodiversity that fills the forests.


Sipadan Island is home to some of the best scuba diving in the world. The efforts to preserve the island have increased so that visitors can continue to dive and enjoy the natural beauty for years to come.

There are many places to learn diving, and Southeast is one of the cheapest places in the world to get your certification.


Malaysia is one of the most diverse countries in Southeast Asia.

The country’s population rounds up to about 30 million people and is made up of people from Malays, Chinese, and Vietnam.

Indians, Indigenous People, and an array of European influences. Malaysian culture is a beautiful blend of all of them and is what makes the country all its own. This makes for fantastic food, different neighborhoods, and cities that have a unique feeling to them.

With such a depth of culture Malaysia is perfect for hanging with locals, and getting off the beaten path.


Nasi Lemak is one of the well know traditional Malaysian dishes. Rice steamed with coconut milk, and pandan leaves make up this nationally traditional dish. It’s also said that the street food in Malaysia is some of the best food you can get for a small price.

There is also fantastic Indian and Chinese food in the major cities like KL. Get ready to pack on a few pounds. Don’t worry it is worth it!


Mt. Kinabalu, with an elevation of 13,435 feet, is the tallest mountain in Malaysia. If you’re like me and head to the nearest hike, Kinabalu is a must-see, must-climb. If you don’t consider yourself a hiker then still be sure to visit the Mt. Kinabalu National Park that is filled with a plethora of Malaysia’s natural beauty.


The main religion of Malaysia is Islam so drinking alcohol is socially frowned upon in Malaysia, although it still happens. In an effort to reduce drinking further, they do offer are unusually expensive. Try not to waste too much of your budget on getting a buzz.


Trishaws are elaborately decorated bikes that give rides around the cities of Malaysia. At least one trishaw ride is highly recommended. It is easy to get between cities by bus. Traveling in Malaysia is cheap as well.


While Islam is the national religion of Malaysia, Christianity and Buddhism are also very prevalent throughout.

It’s nearly impossible to pass through a major city without seeing some of the many religious temples that litter the streets, so seeing some as you pass through will be worth your time. Just make sure that before you leave grab this Uber Promo Codes and Airbnb coupon code to help you save more money.

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