Things to do in Malaysia
Head to the coast. Beach life in Malaysia is on either coast with the Perhentian Islands and Langkawi all accessible from KL via road or an internal flight. Three east coast locations worth a visit: Kapas Island, about 5kms offshore from Kuala Terrengganu; Cherating, which includes a turtle conservation and some surfable swells; and Tioman Island, a marine reserve that encapsulates the sublime shores of the South China Sea – definitely one to remember.
Discover multi-cultural Malacca. Enjoying a couple of drinks overlooking the river at sunset is well worth the visit to Malacca alone but thanks to a huge selection of museums, exhibiting everything from Islamic art to the world's bees, there's plenty to look forward to even on a cloudy day. Ruined Portuguese forts or Jonker Walk in Chinatown, if you're looking for cultural comparisons, Malacca's definitely worth a couple of days.
Street art in George Town, Penang. The hawker stalls of Gurney Drive and the blend of Anglo-Indian-Chinese architecture has long attracted visitors to George Town although, since 2010, it’s probably become better known for its commissioned street art and graffiti. 101 Lost Kittens, Kids on Bicycle, Kungfu Girl, Jimmy Choo’s former workshop and more than 50 cast iron structures, with not a Banksy in sight.