Do you really need an excuse to study in France? Think of a dynamic, multicultural society, a laid-back way of life, an intellectual heritage that has shaped Western culture, and a history whose artifacts can be seen on every street – not to mention a legendary culinary tradition. Let’s stop in few of these must-see tourist destinations.

Public Transportation

France has one of the best railway networks in the world, in part because of the TGV or high-speed train. It is easy to travel from city to city, even over long distances. It takes just four hours to get from Marseille at the southern end of France to Lille in the north, a trip of about a thousand kilometers. By TGV, Paris is only an hour from Lille and Orléans; two hours from Lyon, Nantes, Poitiers, Rennes, and Dijon; and three hours from Marseille, Montpellier, and La Rochelle.

Numerous international air carriers serve major French cities, making it easy to reach any destination on the globe.

France's roads and highways are also excellent. By taking scenic secondary roads, you can discover the natural beauty and charm of rural France. You can use your Malaysian driving license in France if you have the International Driving License approved by the Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ).

Most French cities maintain a self-service system of bicycle rentals. The system is easy to use, and rentals are cheap. Discover Paris by Velib!

Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, and Paris have subway systems. Buses and streetcars also serve these and other cities. The extensive Paris Metro is the best way to get around the capital. Supplemented by the RER light-rail network, the system serves Paris and its suburbs up to a distance of 30 km from the city.

Taxi fares are strictly regulated in France. All licensed taxis are equipped with meters. If you don't see a meter, the vehicle is operating illegally. Don't get in!

Popular Tourist Destinations

Visit Paris

Novelists and poets through the ages have tried to do justice to the beauty and romance of Paris – from natives such as Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Proust to expats such as Henry Miller, Ernest Hemingway and Henry James. All concurred in one respect – words can scarcely convey the architectural, culinary, social, artistic and cultural splendour of France’s ‘City of Lights’.

Where should you start? With the iconic sights of course: the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Cathédrale Notre Dame, the Panthéon and Bastille – all those tourist attractions are a  must-see in Paris. Stroll around the up tempo Latin Quarter, home to the venerable institutions of the Sorbonne and the École Normale Supérieure. Don’t only marvel at the Mona Lisa, as the Louvre is filled to the brim with exquisite works of the most famous Masters. Take a sip of Parisian cafe culture, romanticised and immortalised by Jean-Paul Sartre. When night falls, head to one of Paris’ hundreds of restaurants for a lesson on how Parisians enjoy life.

Marvel at Mont Blanc in French Alps

Mont Blanc is Western Europe’s tallest mountain, the jewel in the crown of the famous Alps. Towering over the French-Swiss border, Mont Blanc rises 4,810 metres above sea-level. The mountain is a major sports and leisure destination, popular with hikers, skiers, snowboarders and mountaineers.

For those thinking of visiting Mont Blanc and its surrounding entourage of similarly lofty peaks, nearby towns are Chamonix (host of the first Winter Olympics in 1924) and Courmayer in neighbouring Italy. For those who don’t fancy scaling the mountain on foot, taking the Aiguille du Midi cable car from Chamonix could be a far safer, warmer and less tiring way of marvelling at the most dramatic alpine views Europe has to offer.

Cavort on the Cote d’Azur

If you’re a celebrity spotter or a film buff you can pay a visit to the tranquil beachside resort town of Cannes. In May each year, a constellation of designer-clad movie stars and bespectacled auteurs − pursued by a pack of frenzied paparazzi − arrive for the Cannes Film Festival.

If you’re studying at a nearby university in the Provence-Alpes-Azur region, this is the perfect opportunity to take a day trip. The official film screenings are for industry insiders only, but there are a free screenings every evening at the Cinema de la Plage. During the day, go celeb-spotting at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, or just bask in the atmosphere along the glamorous Boulevard de la Croisette. You can also explore the beauty of the area’s beautiful beaches.

Sun, sand and surf at Biarritz

Situated on France’s south-west coast along the Bay of Biscay, Biarritz is popular for its picturesque town centre, sun, sand and world-class waves, and its intriguing hybrid of cultures. Just a short drive from the Spanish border, Biarritz lies at the cultural crossroads of France, Spain and the Basque region. Paella, Basque flags and Basque pelota coexist with a French pace of life and ambience. Also more traditionally French is the city’s famous rugby union team, Biarritz Olympique, one of the best club teams in Europe. A visit to the Parc des Sports Aguiléra could be the perfect introduction.

Bask in the opulence of the Château de Versailles

Located just 20km southwest of Paris, the Château de Versailles is an opulent reminder of the pomp and grandeur of France’s royal past. Three million visitors flock to Versailles every year to admire the Château de Versailles of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Tthe building is now a national heritage. The centre of the royal court from 1682 until 1789, the palace is a mind-boggling succession of immaculate gardens, gold-encrusted ornamentation and imposing, symmetrical architecture. As well as the breathtaking palace, with its collection of fine art and royal relics, the extensive palace gardens alone are well worth a visit.

Of course all Europe is also interesting to visit. If you have time enough, enjoy the beautiful European capitales London, Berlin, Roma or Madrid!