Gap Years and Backpacking 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.
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!
Map of Malaysia
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Photos of Malaysia
Photos of Malaysia from backpacker and travel editor Marcus Sherifi.