Gap Years in Malaysia
Malaysia is one of the main gap year and backpacker destinations in South East Asia. It has brilliant beaches, unspoilt rainforests, loads of wildlife - as well as bustling cities and dozens of cultural attractions.
In a way there are two Malaysias - one on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and one more than 600 miles away across the South China Sea on the island of Borneo. Malaysia is an exotic melting pot, with indigenous Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences mixed together in a country that is part shiny modern and industrial and part developing nation.
Backpacking in Malaysia
Malaysia is a great place to travel. It's got all the amenities you could want, and most things work. But it's still a lot cheaper than Singapore and there's enough fascinating traditional culture and wilderness left to keep anyone happy. All-in-all, it’s a amazing gap year destination, so get your planning hat on!
Malaysia has some of the most amazing biodiversity on earth and at the same time has a rapidly growing population and industry to go with it. As a result there's plenty of work to be done on conserving both the amazing wildlife and the precious rainforest, to say nothing of the need for help in rural areas to improve standards of living. With these projects you can make a difference to both and also prove to future employers that you put your gap year to good use.
Volunteering in Malaysia
Malaysia deserves a bit more press than it gets we think. It's got wildlife, beaches, food and people to rival anywhere else in Asia and also more islands than you can shake a stick at (trust us, we've tried - it didn't really achieve anything). Whether you want to walk through rainforests with orangutans swinging through the trees above you or just soak it up on the mind-bogglingly beautiful Perhentian Islands, you really have to pay it a visit. So, while you're there, what are you going to do? Well, here's our selection of advice on things to do an see.
Advice for Malaysia
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