Our popular study abroad destination, Kuala Lumpur, is a very common stop for anyone traveling in or through South-East Asia. AirAsia is a Malaysian low-cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur. It’s the largest low-cost carrier in Asia and its main hub is KLIA2, the low-cost carrier terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. From KLIA2 you can reach numerous beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia by plane during or after your study abroad semester at Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Did you know that there are some really cool places to explore in Malaysia as well? So before you head to Bali, Sri Lanka or Krabi, make sure to check these places first!
Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. It has become Malaysia’s best known holiday destination. Fringed with long, white beaches and with an interior of jungle covered hills and craggy mountain peaks, it’s easy to see why Langkawi has become such a popular place. Among many popular spots in Langkawi is Malaysia’s largest indoor aquarium, the beautiful Langkawi sky bridge and the beautiful Pregnant Maiden Lake. The most attractive beaches in the region can be found in the west shorelines with wide variety of restaurants, bars and hotels.
2. Taman Negara
Taman Negara literally means ‘national park’ in Malay, and well, that’s what it is! At 130 million years of age, Taman Negara is considered one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world. The national park features massive trees, waterfalls, jungle treks of various duration and the world’s longest canopy walkways that give visitors a chance to see life high in the trees that normally isn’t visible from the ground. Several trails enable the visitor to explore the forest without a guide. The place is a haven for endangered species such as the Asian elephant, tigers, leopards and rhinos.
Located on the Titiwangsa Range some 1,500m above sea level, Cameron Highlands is Malaysia’s largest hill resort. It covers an area of 712km², about the size of Singapore. The Cameron Highlands is renowned for its trails. They lead visitors through the forest to waterfalls and other tranquil spots. Apart from its jungle walks, the sanctuary is also known for its tea plantations and visitors can book several “tea factory” tours.
4. Borneo & Mount Kinabalu
Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia. With a summit height at 4,095 meters, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Borneo. The mountain is known worldwide for its tremendous botanical and biological species biodiversity. Over 600 species of ferns, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species have been identified at Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding. The main peak of the mountain can be climbed easily by a person with a good physical condition, and requires no mountaineering equipment although climbers must be accompanied by guides at all times.