Sunday, October 6, 2013

Malaysia : A Backpackers' Haven

Malaysia a Backpackers' Haven
Malaysia, which lies sandwiched between Thailand and Singapore, is becoming immensely popular as a backpacking heaven. Blessed with a diverse landscape, featuring stunning islands, pristine beachfronts, lively cities and natural-attraction filled nature reserves; the country has now caught the attention of budget-minded backpackers.
Another factor which has aided Malaysia’s rising popularity with backpackers is its relative affordability for the country abounds with reasonably priced accommodation options. Moreover, world-renowned native Malaysian eats as well as popular Western fare are readily available and are extremely well-priced at most dining destinations around the country. Added to the mix, is the welcoming nature of the multi-racial Malaysian people. Malaysians are generally a friendly lot who enjoy meeting and interacting with people from other countries. All these various factors have contributed to making Malaysia, a popular pit stop on the traditional backpacker’s route which extends from Thailand to Singapore.

Locations favored by backpackers visiting Malaysia include:-
Pulau Perhentian Kecil

This tiny island situated on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is especially favored by backpackers. Pulau Perhentian Kecil, along with its bigger sibling Pulau Perhentian Besil forms a part of Malaysia’s famed Perhentian islands, renowned for their stunning beach fronts, cerulean waters and countless opportunities for diving and snorkeling. The word Perhentian translates as ‘stopping off point’ in Malay and the islands historically featured as a pit-stop on the ancient trade route between Thailand and Malaysia.  While bigger of the two islands attracts vacationing families for it is well-equipped with various tourist amenities, the smaller island littered with beach shacks and cheap accommodation options and is thus a favored haunt of the backpacking hordes.
Pilau Penang

Renowned throughout the world for its many attractions like stunning beachfronts, colonial architectural gems and mouth-watering native cuisines, Penang is fast becoming a favorite with backpackers, who tend to stay on longer in Penang than they had originally planned.
The ancient trading post of Melaka has in recent years become a popular stop with backpackers owing to its strategic location between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur
The vibrant capital city of Malaysia may not be a typical backpacker’s haunt with its many malls and luxe hotels, but it serves as an entry point for backpackers looking to explore other destinations in Malaysia.

The Island of Borneo
The island of Borneo hosts the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, which are littered with countless natural attractions like the Kinabalu National Park, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, the Gunung Mulu National Park, the Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary amongst others.

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