Things to do
Mulu Show Caves - The show caves are one of the most breath-taking attractions here. Take a longboat along the river to the entrances of the Clearwater Cave and the Cave of the Winds.
Kinabalu National Park - Post breakfast, you set out to get a glimpse of the Kampong lifestyle at the small town of Tamparuli, where you shimmy across the Jambatan Tamparuli, a suspension bridge and the landmark, to get to the clump of people awaiting you.
Gomantong Cave - Arrive at Gomantong Forest reserve and plank walk into the Gomantong Cave, the largest bird's nest cave in Sabah.
Kota Kinabalu - Boat about 20 minutes into the cluster of islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, where you will be guided by an expert on the finer points of snorkelling, before you go through your initiation.
Bako National Park - Wake up today for a drive to the fishing village of Baka where you will aboard a boat to enjoy a 30 minute ride along the coast to end up at the Bako National Park.
Best time to visit March - September
Malaysia is a good summer destination. The country's capital and west coast are hot all year round, making it an ideal place to visit anytime of the year. The best time to visit the east coast of the peninsula is from April or May to October, when you can expect calm waters and clear blue skies.
Malaysia sees a fair amount of rain year round and it's not at all unusual to see a heavy downpour in the middle of summer season, but it's likely to be gone as quickly as it arrived. The wetter months in Kuala Lumpur are from March to April and September to November. West coast of Peninsular Malaysia (Penang and Langkawi) experiences sunny, dry weather in November & February.
Most of the top attractions in Malaysia can be experienced year round such as scaling Mt. Kinabalu, exploring the national parks and caves, or engaging in water sports. Festive colours of Malaysia can be fully enjoyed in Chinese New year celebration, Eid and Diwali, on the month of February, June and October.
How to reach
Almost all international flights to Malaysia arrive in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, followed by Kota Kinabalu and Penang Airports.
Malaysia has good 30 additional commercial domestic airports.
There are train services throughout peninsular Malaysia.
The mainline runs from north to south between the Thai border and Singapore, with stops at Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Johor Bahru.
The Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) train service also offers rail passes that can be obtainable at major stations.
The cheapest way to travel in Malaysia is by bus. All towns of any size have a bus terminal offering connections to other parts of the country.
Intercity taxis in the capital run on metered fare. Rates depend on the distance you plan to travel on taxis running downtown.
Desks for major car-rental services can be found at the international airports in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, and additional outlets throughout the country.
Coastal ferries sail frequently between major ports.
Air-conditioned express boats can be handy in rainy or summer season.
River buses and taxis are easily available at request.
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