Malaysia is fast becoming one of the leading dive destinations of the world and the richest marine environments in the Indo-Pacific Basin. The incredible bio-diversity of marine life, coupled with beautiful islands, white sandy beaches and clear warm waters, keeps divers coming back time and time again. Top dive sites around Malaysia include diverse underwater geography such as sloping reefs, coral blocks, wall dives, deep dives, drift dives and wreck dives. A dip below the warm seas surface guarantees you an astounding experience, with a concentration of vibrant and exotic marine life rarely rivalled anywhere else in the world. Being blessed with beautiful warm weather all year-round, Malaysia is the perfect place to enjoy theme parks and water parks. In the past few years, several exciting new theme parks have sprouted up all over Peninsula Malaysia. Many of these theme parks provide great fun for the whole family, sometimes offering a resort or shopping mall nearby.
Discover the magic when you Star cruise onboard and experience new sights and sounds when you sail and you could enjoy a multitude of gourmet cuisine, world-class entertainment and great relaxing options that appeal to a whole range of holidaymakers, be it families, honeymooners, senior citizens and even incentives and business groups! On this cruise, swim on board, sunbathe, sea view, play basketball, golf, cards, mah-jong karaoke, and various shows on board. There is also a jacuzzi, spa, sauna for the visitors to dwell in, and you would be served tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ship!
Popular items of traditional design include Perak’s labu sayong, geluk, belanga, Chinese dragon kiln ceramics and Sarawakian tribal motif pottery. Contemporary items include vases, flower pots, decorative pottery, sculpture and kitchenware. Colourful and captivating, Malaysia’s traditional textiles are much sought after worldwide as their varieties include batik, songket, pua kumbu and tekat. These textiles are made into all sorts of decorative items, from haute couture clothes to shoes, colourful curtains and delicate bed linen. For shopping, many duty-free items make Malaysia a shoppers’ paradise. There is an endless variety of stuff that travellers can buy, including the famous batik, tekat, songket and pua kumbu, besides unique earthenware, handicrafts and jewellery.
After a hectic trip of sight-seeing and shopping, it is time to rejuvenate at a spa, sauna, or jaccuzi by indulging in an herbal bath or an oil massage. As most artisans are Muslims, Malaysian handicraft designs are heavily influenced by Islam. The religion prohibits the depiction of the human form in art. Hence, most designs are based on natural elements such as the interlacing of leaves or vines, flowers and animals.
For food, the cuisine reflects its multi-ethnicity in restaurants, malls and street-side hawkers’ stalls and in the Melaka food served in historical buildings housing cafes. The most popular food is char kwey tiaw, asam laksa, rojak and nasi goreng. Food in Malaysia is made of Western, Continental, and fast food outlets, and most restaurants are` `halal’ to cater for the large number of Muslim visitors. There are a number of fast food chains like McDonald, Burger King, KFC, Marybrown, and the Penang Food Village, (Theme Park Hotel) is unremarkable and a notch above competition, as the prices are reasonable and there are no crowds or clouds of smoke, but only tasty food. Travellers need to try the lor mee (noodles in black gravy), the spicy prawn noodle soup and the Penang Fried Kway Teow, which should not be missed.The prawn noodles are delicious too! There are some decent Chinese restaurants serving good food and a meal comprising of one main- course,side dish and a drink per person. There are some interesting restaurants serving sumptuous cuisine done in a very modern style. Though very expensive, in case, there is a tendency to splurge, then might as well grab the Wagyu steak, flown in directly from Japan, in some resorts!
Year-round travel is possible in Malaysia! Rain falls fairly evenly throughout the year and the difference between the main October to April, rainy season and the rest of the year is not that marked. The exception is the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, which receives heavy rain from November to mid-February. During these months many east-coast resorts close and boat services dwindle or stop altogether. Travel along the west coast is not affected. The states of Sabah and Sarawak receive high rainfall throughout the year, but it is heaviest from October to March.