Visit Malaysia (Truly Asia) 2020 makes the decision much easier, with countless offers, activities and events
After last year’s official partner country status at ITB Berlin, Malaysia is back with an even broader offer of ideas and destinations for discerning travellers of all kinds.
Malaysia goes one step further to meet one’s needs for a holiday, with pristine beaches and islands, a rich tapestry of cultures and history, well-preserved heritage treasures, world-class modern facilities, a fascinating collection of flora and fauna, lush and well-maintained nature reserves, a delightful array of mouth-watering cuisine and a long list of shopping hotspots.
The country’s population is an amalgamation of varied ethnic backgrounds, bringing together an enchanting medley of cuisine, crafts, traditions and architecture. Malaysia’s diverse cultural heritage is evident in their costumes, social practices, recreational pursuits, handicrafts, food, music and other forms of entertainment.
The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is undoubtedly one of Asia’s most exciting and vibrant cities, not to forget is historical origins. Malaysia’s other key destinations such as Melaka, Penang, Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu each have their own unique charms. Some hold UNESCO world heritage status, such as Georgetown, Melaka, Kinabalu, Gunung Mulu, Bujang Valley and Langkawi.
Eco-tourism enthusiasts love Malaysia for its abundance of activities. For example, many areas popular for birdwatching, jungle trekking, white-water rafting, mountain climbing, or fishing are available 365 days a year.
For underwater enthusiasts, Malaysia is blessed with many marvellous marine parks, each with excellent visibility with a thriving underwater ecosystem. Pulau Payar, Pulau Tiga Park, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and Turtle Islands Park, Mabul, Layang-Layang, Kapalai – are world-renowned dive sites and marine parks. In Sarawak, there are “muck diving” in Bum-Bum Island and marine wonder Blue Hole in Darvel Bay. On top of that is Sipadan in Sabah is renowned as one of the best diving spots in the world.
Photo: Mah Meri “mask man”
SO MUCH TO DO IN MALAYSIA 2020
Home to many world–class events, Malaysia hosts Moto GP, Rainforest Music Festival, LIMA Langkawi, Malaysian Open House programmes, and many others. For shopping experiences, areas in Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Bangsar are well-known shopping districts offering everything from designer labels to local made souvenirs. Duty-free shopping is also available in Langkawi, Pangkor and selected areas, promising a great therapeutic experience.
Malaysia is also a well-known health tourism destination, offering world-class facilities with great expertise, plus value-for-money services.
Looking for more? A paradise for golfers, there are more than 200 golf courses around Malaysia, including the Els Club in Desaru, Johor. For more family-oriented indoor or outdoor adventures, make your way to Lego Land, Sunway Lagoon, Genting Highland, Escape Penang and Desaru waterparks for a memorable family holiday in Malaysia – Truly Asia.
STARLUX AIRLINES COMMENCES FLIGHTS FROM TAIPEI TO PENANG
Direct flights between Penang International Airport (PEN) and Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) in Taipei, Taiwan began this January, operated by Airbus A321 Neo aircraft. This marks an important initiative to boost travel between Malaysia and Taiwan, enhancing more tourist traffic between the two destinations.
MALAYSIA 2020 CAMPAIGN WEBSITE – A NEW DIGITAL INITIATIVE
Tourism Malaysia’s VM2020 Website Campaign can be accessed at vm2020.malaysia.travel. YBhg. Datuk Musa Yusof, Director General of Tourism Malaysia said, “With an enhanced digital experience and experiential content, we hope to entice more international and local tourists to visit the various destinations in our country, in support of Visit Malaysia 2020.”
The campaign aims to feed both the international and domestic travellers with valuable information on Malaysia’s numerous tourist attractions, including recommended destinations, ‘must-try’ meals, travel itineraries, and things to do in Malaysia.