PETALING JAYA - Malaysia has been named as one of the Top 10 travel destinations for 2014 by Lonely Planet.
Malaysia, the only Asian country to have made the list in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014 - Top 10, was ranked 10th, due to our country "rolling out an array of new attractions".
"The headline-grabbers are the largest bird park in South-East Asia in Malacca (with 6,000 birds featuring 400 species), and Legoland Malaysia and Hello Kitty Land in Nusajaya, which are packing in both locals and Singaporeans flocking across the Causeway.
"Amazing experiences await in Malaysian Borneo, from exploring off-the-beaten-track Kudat to indulging at the luxurious Gaya Island Resort on Pulau Gaya," said Lonely Planet.
The publication added that the new low cost terminal, KLIA2, was another major factor in attracting more visitors.
Lonely Planet also cited "cycle tourism" as a highlight for active travellers who can see Malaysia through guided tours and mapped out cycling routes.
The list named Brazil as the top country to visit in 2014 as they will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in June and July.
In second place is Antarctica, followed by Scotland, Sweden, Malawi, Mexico, Seychelles, Belgium and Macedonia.