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Adventure Travel Malaysia and Singapore, Diversity on the Peninsula

Stadthuys and windmill in Malacca Adventure Travel in Malaysia means that you will dive into a world of different cultures. In Malaysia, the population is almost equally divided into three groups: the Malay, the Chinese, and those of Indian descent. On top of that, there is the English colonial heritage. Enough culture to dive into.

Traveling on the peninsula is relatively easy. The infrastructure is good, and there is a lot of accommodation for all kinds of travelers.

Malaysia might therefore be the perfect destination for first time overseas adventure travelers. Discover the different cultures, relax on one of the islands, and visit the jungle of Taman Negara, too. All withour too much hassle.

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Hospitality at the Islamic East Coast

Top spinning in Khota Bharu The east coast of the Malaysian Peninsula is where most of the orignal Malay population lives.

We visited Kota Bharu, where we learned about the Malay Culture, and experienced the hospitality. The people are Islamic, but most of all friendly.

The Jungle in Taman Negara

In the middle of the Peninsula, Malaysia keeps it's treasure of one of the oldest jungles in the world. Taman Negara National Park is arguably the best place to see wildlife in asia, without too much hardship to get there.

the Cultural Mix in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca

The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a great place to see the different cultures of Malaysia. Chinatown and Little India are interesting quarters in this buzzling city. But there are also a lot of remnants from the English colonial period.

But to get a real taste for the colonial days, you just have to visit Malacca. This harbor city has belonged to the Portuguese, the English, and the Dutch. And there is a lot to see and learn about these turbulent days.

Tropical Islands

Around Malaysia are a lot of tropical islands to explore. From the eastern harbor of Mersing is the gateway to a number of tropical islands, of which Pulau Tioman is said to be the most beautiful one. But there are more to choose from, like the Perhentians.

For the independent traveler, it is interesting to know that Malaysia always has a place to go to when you are surprised by heavy rains. In that case, it will be dry on the other side of the peninsula.

So when it rains in the eastern part of the peninsula, just go to the islands on the west coast, like pangkor, Langkawi, or Penang. Georgetown on Penang is also great for experiencing the Chinese heritage in Malaysia.

Singapore

And then there's Singapore. Basically with the same culture as in Malaysia, but yet a destination in its own.

Singapore is mostly visited as a stopover. Both for people flying to Australia, as for overlanders like us, who are trying to reach Indonesia.

Adventure Travel offers in Malaysia

Strangely enough, the large Adventure Tour operators hardly have tours that focus on the Malaysian peninsula only. They do have tours that combine it with Thailand, though.

Check out the Roam Bangkok to Singapore 14 day trip from GAP Adventures. It combines Bangkok and the beaches of Southern Thailand with Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang, and the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. The trip ends in Singapore.

At Kumuka has a similar tour, called the Peninsular Route. This tour does not include Malacca, but takes some more time for nature: waterfalls, a jungle and elephant trek, aboriginal villages (although the original people of Malaysia are called Orang Asli), and the Batu Caves.

Responsible Travel does feature a Malaysia Tour, including Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Taman Negara, the Perhentian Islands and Kota Bharu. On top of that, there is a 2-day stay on an island with jungle in a lake in the interior.

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