For some time, Malaysia, as well as the rest of Southeast Asia, has been held up as an example of an exotic travel destination that can be enjoyed by people of any socioeconomic status. Indeed, this region has never been more popular than it is right now, with new arrivals rising year over year for some time now.
You might be tempted to think that there would be little offered in the way of exclusive accommodation and experiences in a section of the world that aggressively promotes how “cheap” it is, but this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth.
Not only are there abundant offerings for those at the luxury end of the travel market, but the bargains that everyone else enjoys extends to this sector as well. In the following paragraphs, we will explore what this highly progressive Southeast Asian nation has in store for the discerning traveler, and the unique experiences that await those willing to pay a premium price for their fulfillment.
To start, let’s begin by discussing the lodging available in this peninsular country. Malaysia is home to the world’s best values for luxury accommodation, as there are many beachfront resorts such as the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort in Langkawi, The Cameron Highlands Resort in the tea-and strawberry studded mountains of the same name, and The Majestic Hotel in the historic core of Kuala Lumpur that all offer top-end experiences for little more than $200-$250 a night, a price point that holds true no matter where you go in Malaysia.
At your chosen base, enjoy classic colonial touches like four poster beds and high teas that keep the British heritage of this region alive, as all-inclusive active options like windsurfing in Langkawi for a spot of sporting fun before settling in for a Malay style beach BBQ after a rousing sunset!
Around the world, Malaysia is becoming renowned for its culinary scene, which combines the local Malay traditions with Chinese, Indian, and even Thai schools of thought, all of which that combine to create a melting pot of flavours that will have you craving dinner each day well in advance. The best place to experience this edible artistry is on the island of Penang, where all the aforementioned groups are present in significant numbers.
You can choose to indulge in these creations at street level in famed cookhouses like Line Clear, or if you are looking for a restaurant that present this island’s food in a more elegant setting, we recommend that you try a dining room like 1885, which merges local flavours with colonial influences to create an experience that is top shelf. This restaurant does have a strict dress code, so don’t leave your fine clothes, or your manners at home.
With Malaysia’s diverse environments come the opportunity for a variety of activities that will fill your days with stimulating experiences…
In the Cameron Highlands, tea factory tours reveal the fascinating process that goes into converting humble tea bushes into the tiny bags that produce a fine cup of Earl Grey, and some resorts offer a therapeutic tea bath for those who are truly enamored with this beverage.
Langkawi grants those with more ambition than the sun tanning masses the chance to improve their seafaring skills through sailing lessons, or at least to take to the water at sunset on an atmospheric cruise.
When one is in the capital of Kuala Lumpur, head for the Petronas Towers after dark, and after snapping some electrifying photos, go up to the observation deck for some outstanding views of the rest of this dynamic city. Luxury shopping also abounds here, making for some great souvenir shopping for those stuck at home.
Malaysia has much to offer the traveler for whom money is no object. With resplendent scenery, delectable cuisine, and kind people, anybody can get a lot out of a trip here, but for those with means, truly decadent experiences can be had for a value that is unmatched elsewhere in the world!