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Malaysia Cruises

With a rich geography, biodiversity, ethnic diversity and history, Malaysia is both a modern Southeast Asian nation, and a longstanding federal constitutional monarchy.

Since winning independence from Britain in 1957, Malaysia has achieved one of the best economic track records in the region, along with a steadily climbing population. 

A cruise to Malaysia is an exotic, exciting affair. You can take in the country’s long coastlines and old ports from the South China Sea as you come into port in Kelang, then stop in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, to take in the sights, smells and blazing colours.  

Malaysia is one of 17 ‘mega-diverse’ countries on earth, with large numbers of endemic species and many parks and preserves. The country’s long maritime history has brought many different peoples to the peninsula and island, leaving an interesting melting pot of traditions when it comes to dress, festivals, food and drink. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Evidence of human habitation dates back 40,000 years. 
  • 14 different drums are used in traditional Malay music. 
  • Malaysia was on the ancient spice road.
  • Teh tarik (pulled tea) is the national drink. 
  • Football is the most popular sport in Malaysia.
 

Highlights

Batu Caves

Batu Caves, 45 minutes from Port Kelang, are a series of limestone caves and have been used for Hindu festivals and pilgrimages for centuries. Also called Sri Subramanian Temple, the caves are a series of underground shrine rooms, full of tall statues of Hindu gods. The 272-step trek up to see them is well worth the effort. 

Food

The street food markets of Malaysia are the perfect way to try a few different foods in a short space of time. Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur, Weld Quay in Penang, the night markets of Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu, and the Jonker Street Market of Malacca all house stalls serving the best of Malaysia’s tastiest cuisine. 

Look out for assam laksa – rice noodles in a fishy soup flavoured with tamarind and decorated with flowers. Duck and noodle soup, rice noodle rolls and stir-fried noodles are all popular at the street food markets too, and you’d be crazy to miss the fish cakes wrapped in banana leaves.  

Roti canai is absolutely delicious – a flat and flaky bread often eaten with a curry dip for breakfast but just as delicious on its own. 

Meat lovers can devour the Batu Maung satay – marinated pieces of chicken, pork or beef on bamboo skewers – while vegetarians will love the stuffed pancakes, called apam balik. The sticky rice-flour pancake has creamed corn inside and is served eggy and fluffy, like a taco. The street markets here are a taste sensation, so do make the most of them on your Malaysia cruise. 

 

Magnificent buildings

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In Kuala Lumpur, there are a number of museums that house artefacts from Malaysia’s past, from Ottoman-era rifles, ancient Qu'rans and elaborate 15th century carpets to mediaeval chain mail and delicate wood carvings. 

The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a major ecotourism park housing over 3,000 birds. It also boasts the largest walk-in aviary in the world.

Come into Kuala Lumpur by sea and from your cruise ship you’ll notice a stunning blue and white dot on the landscape. Once you get closer, you’ll see the magnificent Salahuddin ‘Blue’ Mosque in its full glory, with space for 16,000 worshippers.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Malaysia

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