From the colonial era to the current day, Malaysia holidays have long been the best example of where east and west meet. Whether you're stopping off on your way further east, or hoping to experience all the thrills that this South East Asian country has to offer, a holiday to Malaysia really doesn't disappoint. A heady mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and western influences has made Kuala Lumpur and other Malaysian cities such as George Town into truly multicultural metropolises which belong just as much to the 21st century as they do to their fascinating histories. Away from the cities, and Malaysia continues to confound and astound. Endangered species such as orangutans and sun bears have a home here; while on the coast diving enthusiasts (or beginners) will be overawed by the Semporna archipelago. Or head to the Cameron Highlands, where mists rise over well-tended tea plantations.