Malaysia has the fascinating feeling of two countries in one. The cosmopolitan western peninsula, home to booming Kuala Lumpur, is a more developed and populated melting pot of races, religions, and cuisine, and across the South China Sea. Meanwhile, its larger Borneo counterpart is nothing short of a natural wonderland of orangutan jungles, ancient rainforests, impressive cave systems, and rich biodiversity.

Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. Rugged karst mountains slope down to rainforests and floodplains teeming with flora and fauna; modern skyscrapers stand proudly next to stilted wooden houses; five star luxury resorts exist mere feet away from ancient coral reefs; and highways give way to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves. This is a paradise for lovers of nature and culture, with some of the world’s best and biggest attractions: dozens of the world’s best dive sites, the world’s tallest twin towers, the world’s largest cave system, and one of the world’s oldest rainforest, which just so happens to be home of the world’s largest flower.

With all of these superlatives, Malaysia has set aside national parks to protect its most dramatic assets. For the best caving, visit Gunung Mulu National Park, and to see the amazing array of wildlife—clouded leopards, proboscis monkeys, orangutans, and rhinoceroses—your Ker and Downey Malaysia luxury travel consultant can point you to the ideal park for the animals at the top of your “must see” list.

Despite the spectrum of religions, ethnicities, landscapes, and flavors in this single country, the ultimate fusion and respect borne out of their coexistence is what makes Malaysia one of the safest, most desirable countries to visit and retire to in Southeast Asia. Indeed, no matter where you travel within the country, one thing rings true throughout: the unparalleled warmth and genuine friendliness and sense of humor that makes this diverse population such a delight. Discover our Malaysia vacation packages below.