Malaysia is full of exciting surprises, especially for those who enjoy an adventurous outing. Jungles rich in unique wildlife, rushing rivers, rejuvenating beaches, sprawling reef systems, and blended ‘east-meets-west’ cities make for an exciting range of things to do. Jungle trekking through the vast rainforests of Sabah and Sarawak and floating down green-fringed rivers is a popular pastime for tourists in Malaysia.

Beach getaways also prove to be wondrous holidays for romantic couples, backpackers or families. Some of the islands surrounding Malaysia’s mainland are truly magnificent, breathing new life into the term paradise. Visitors can spend the day chilling out on the sand or scuba diving and snorkeling just off the shoreline.

Malaysia boasts several fast-flowing, short river systems on both the peninsula and insular region of the country, making white-water rafting a massive hit with tourists. The island of Borneo is home to some of the wildest rivers in Southeast Asia, so visitors are ensured an adventure of a lifetime. The Kampar River in the Malay Peninsula is also popular; contact River Bug tours for more information.

The eastern coastline of Malaysia has an abundance of scuba diving sites worth checking out. The Perhentian Islands, Redang, and Tioman are the most popular places to see underwater reefs, but there are plenty more dive spots. Borneo’s Sipadan is the most famous in the country, and one of the best in the world. Dive Tioman and Asia Diving Vacation can help set you up with a scuba adventure.

Jungle trekking is one of the best ways to get in touch with Malaysia’s vast wilderness. Some of the world’s most remote locations are found on the island of Borneo, especially in the state of Sabah. Jungle paths and camps are found in places like the Kinabatangan River or the Batul Punggul region. Have Ultimate Borneo arrange trips to save time and money.

Viator can help travelers plan a trip to an elephant orphanage, which has become a very popular Malaysian attraction in recent years. Some spots, like the tropical rainforests of Kuala Gandah, are only a short distance from the capital. You can stay for a few hours or a few days.

Soaking up the sun or swimming is part of any beach getaway to Malaysia at one of the countless resorts. From the secluded sands of Perhentian Besar to the Penang village of Teluk Bahang, Malaysia has plenty of precious beaches to cater to any taste. Let Saroma Holidays or Sedunia find the best deals for you.

Malaysia is renowned for its diverse cuisine, which comes from a large ethnic mix in the country. As a result, cooking classes have become popular attractions. Learn to make multi-course meals and specialities like Nasi Lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk) or Char Koay Teow (rice noodles with prawns) from LaZat Malaysian Home Cooking.