For a stopover or as a stand-alone destination, long overlooked Malaysia is on the rise. And why the hell not? KL is great for a quick shopping sojourn, cities like Penang and Melaka wear their colonial past on their sleeve, and its islands and forests are sublime. You’ll be bowled over as you gorge on curries, noodles and hawker cuisine.
And let’s not forget Malaysia’s administrative share of the island of Borneo, where there’s a mishmash of extraordinary ecosystems. From the world’s largest flower to its smallest elephant, Borneo boasts a biodiversity like no other – not to mention an unforgettable opportunity to get up close and personal with an orangutan. Sabah is its star drawcard – given that it’ll leave beach bums and rainforest junkies alike salivating and hikers heaving to catch their breath as they traverse Mount Kinabalu. You’ll find hanging out in the longhouses along Sarawak’s rivers (most likely slugging rice wine) will give you an appreciation of the traditional ways of the local tribes.