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Malaysian Mainland

Thousands of backpackers flock to Malaysia each year to experience the vibrant mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences which swirl throughout the country's cities and towns. This route takes you through the peninsular half of Malaysia, from Singapore in the south to the fringes of Thailand in the north.

  1. Singapore
    Begin your journey in Singapore, an island citystate surrounded by the balmy waters of the South China Sea.
  2. Johor Bahru
    Just across the Johor Strait is Johor Bahru. This southern city is the gateway to Malaysia. Although many travellers here are just passing through, the street bazaars in Larkin are definitely worth a look.
  3. Melaka
    The historic port city of Melaka has been infused over the centuries with a strong Chinese trading influence.
  4. Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia’s capital is a vibrant and exciting city, where the cutting edge bristles against ancient Malay tradition. A popular favourite amongst backpackers.
  5. Cameron Highlands
    The rolling hills and plantations of the Cameron Highlands is a great place to grab a cup of freshly-grown tea.
  6. Pulau Pangkor
    This small, jungle swept island is well-worth the short ferry-ride through the Strait of Malacca.
  7. Penang
    Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Penang is famous for its soft sandy beaches and is fondly regarded as the food capital of Malaysia. 
  8. Perhentian Islands
    The Perhentian Islands, floating in the waters off the East Coast, are perfect beach spots.
  9. Kotu Bharu
    Situated close to the Thai border, Kota Bharu is awash with different traditions. It has a big Islamic population, and in the areas surrounding the city there are many temples and palaces. Must-see after-dark attractions include the city’s renowned night markets.