Tourist guide to Malaysia from Singapore

The wonderful country of Malaysia is right on Singapore’s doorstep and easily accessible with direct buses, trains and flights from the heart of the city. Just over the causeway is this fascinating nation which remains a testament to ethnic diversity and racial tolerance. There are colonial forts, elaborate temples plus hundreds of white sand beaches to explore. Plus Malaysian cuisine is as fiery and gratifying as its people.

Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur may only be 100-years-old but has enough glitz, glamour and excitement to keep the most demanding visitors entertained. But there are cultural aspects to the city as well, with a plethora of art galleries, museums plus stage shows and performances of authentic tribal dance.

Below are some choice destinations within easy reach of Singapore but for a comprehensive guide visit 1stopMalaysia.

Pulau Sibu

The tiny island of Pulau Sibu is situated extremely close to Singapore and is a true haven of soft white sand with great snorkelling and diving excursions for active souls...more

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s capital city is an intoxicating blend of tradition and new age energy with brilliant shopping, entertainment, nightlife plus a superb restaurant and dining scene...more

Cameron Highlands

Explore Malaysia’s most famous hill station with strawberry farms, cream teas, tea plantations and plenty of hiking to stunning waterfalls and natural attractions to work off those calories...more

Pulau Pangkor

The tiny island of Pulau Pangkor hugs the peninsular’s west coast and is easy to reach with direct flights from Singapore. Relax on the pristine beaches or frolic in the warm waves...more

Taman Negara

This national park in the heart of Malaysia is one of the oldest rainforests anywhere in the world and boasts a breathtaking array of fauna and flora for nature-lovers...more

Melaka

The cultural heart of Malaysia was the foremost port-city of the East when Europeans first arrived in the 15th century, and today it remains a historic delight for the senses and true living museum...more

Johor Bahru

Malaysia’s southernmost city is just minutes away from Singapore over the causeway and is an important transport hub with cheap dining and fantastic options for shopping...more

Pulau Tioman

The duty free island of Pulau Tioman has a sleepy appeal and is a wonderful place to escape to from Singapore with direct daily flights making paradise merely moments away...more

Ideas for visiting Malaysia from Singapore

Those wanting to hit the beach will have trouble choosing where to head, with countless deserted islands and mainland resorts with direct transfers from Singapore.

This is a country to get back to nature and Malaysia is blessed with ancient rainforest and national parks as well as lofty hill stations. Spend some time wandering through the magnificent landscape before stopping off at to pick your own fruit at farms, or perhaps stay in overnight hides to watch leopards and tapirs jostle on the forest floor.

The historic town of Melaka has been central to European endeavours in the East for centuries and boasts a huge variety of architecture styles and cultural attractions. See ancient fortifications that repelled rampaging pirates, enjoy authentic Baba-Nyonya cuisine in chic restaurants and join street parades in Jonker Street for shopping and revelry. There is so much great stuff to see in Malaysia that crossing the causeway opens up a whole new world.

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