The Colorful Meeting Pot !
>> Description ? A multi-cultural country with charming colonial cities, tropical islands, jungles walks and English speaking people
>> Why go there ? Discover all Asia in one place / Taste all Asia in one kitchen / Compare all the religions under one sky / Share discussions with the local people / Explore jungles, tea plantations or the underwater toward wild animals, tea pickers or colorful fishes / Cultivate yourself in some of the best museum of Asia / Research all the records of Malaysia for the Guinness Book of Records /
>> Drawback ? The conduct of some Malay toward western girls / The cost and availability of beer in Muslim Malaysia / The lack of big attractions / The dirtiness / The local tourism development turning forests into concrete jungles
>> Cultural Highlights ? All the museums are interesting but those of KL, Melaka or Kota Bharu are the best / All the temples are holly but those of Penang are the most charming / All the Chinese districts are colorful but those of Melaka or Penang are the most active / All the Mosque are impressive but those of Kuala Kangsar and Shah Alam are the most striking / All the religious caves are intriguing but those near KL or Ipoh are the most filled /
>> Natural Highlights ? The underwater of the Perhentian Islands / Spotting a turtle on the East coast / Any jungle walk / The tea plantations panorama at Cameron Highlands / The lake gardens of Taiping or KL /
>> How long ? A good tour can be done in three to four weeks.
>> Budget ? Around US$10-12 per day on the Peninsula. More on the islands. Much more if you drink a lot...
>> Visa ? Not necessary. Up to 3 months given at the border for most foreigners (sometimes on request).
>> When to go ? All year round is fine but March to early May are the best months for the popular islands of the East coast : after the monsoon and before the crowd...