A beautiful country with a rich cultural heritage that blends Asian and European influence, Malaysia offers countless attractions to the discerning traveler. We explore some of the best cultural – and natural – sights, venues and locations in Malaysia, from Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market to Malacca’s A Famosa fortress.

Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market is a bustling, colorful market packed with stalls and eateries. The market is housed in a unique, art deco-styled building that first opened in 1888. The fresh food market that was originally hosted in the building became progressively bigger over time, so in the 1980s it was moved to a different location. The original venue nevertheless remained a center for Malaysian culture, heritage and craft. The stalls are grouped in lorongs (lanes) based on the main ethnic races in Malaysia (most notably, Malay, Chinese and Indian), and sell a myriad of handmade crafts, from clothes to wooden carvings, from jewelry to batik fabrics, and from any kind of souvenirs to street food. Also comprised in the market is the so-called Annexe, a space reserved for art galleries showcasing the work of local artists, and the Katsuri Walk, an outdoor covered walkway filled with kiosks ready to satisfy the visitor’s appetite.