Top 10 Places to Visit in Malaysia
Malaysia has world renowned attractions that make a trip here immeasurably rewarding. It is a friendly, culturally rich nation that’s modern and comfortable yet has managed to retain its ecological beauty. The country is a mix of Malay, Indian, Chinese, Arabic, European, Peranakan and other cultures and its landscape is dotted with Temples that rub shoulders with Mosques and Churches.
1. Genting Highlands, Pahang
Known as the City of Entertainment, Genting Highlands is top destination in Malaysia for an amusing getaway, famously known as the Las Vegas of Asia due to its casinos. Located high up in green hills and mountainous terrain, the weather in Genting is far removed from the tropical heat synonymous with Malaysia. Ideal for some great family fun.
Penang is considered one of the best places in Southeast, located in the Strait of Malacca off West Malaysia’s northwestern coast. Popular tourist destination due to its historic George Town, which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and rich culinary diversity. Its position along one of the world’s most traveled ship ping routes has infused Penang with a colorful array of cultures, architecture and cuisine. Popular for its British colonial architecture and historic Chinese and Indian Temples.
3. Redang Island
The beautiful island of Pulau Redang lies about 45 km north-northeast of Kuala Terengganu. The Bugis people from Celebes, Indonesia were believed to be the first settlers on the island. Many of their descendants are now working the tourist trade in Redang while others have moved to the mainland. Over the years, Redang has grown to be one of the most popular destinations for tourists and divers due its pristine nature and rich marine environment.
Located off Malaysia’s northwestern coast in the Andaman Sea, Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands boasting picturesque beaches, rainforest, mangroves and forest-clad mountains. In recent years, resorts, hotels, restaurants and other tourist facilities have developed in Langkawi, offering visitors the opportunity to experience exceptional natural beauty.
Few Points of Interest in Langkawi
- Cable Car in Langawi: Enjoy a bird’s-eye-view of Mount Mat Chinchang and Langkawi with a cable car ride to the mountain’s peak.
- Seven Wells Water Falls: Known locally as Telaga Tujuh, Seven Wells Waterfall is so named because seven natural pools have been formed at different levels by water streams.
- Pulau Payar Marine Park: A popular site for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts keen on exploring Langkawi’s undersea action.
Malacca is one of the best states to visit for heritage sites and antique stores. The historical city of Malacca steeped in history and rich in cultures blending Peranakan, Portuguese, Dutch and British elements. Formerly a sleepy town, Malacca is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is immensely popular among travellers for its picturesque town. Nyonya food, A must try cuisine for all tourists which is an interblend of Chinese cooking style with Malay ingredients.
6. Cameron Highlands
Sitting 1500 meters above sea level, the Cameron Highlands is an extensive hill station named after William Cameron, the British surveyor who stumbled upon the soft, curvy sides of these picturesque green hills in 1885. A wonderful break from the tropical Malaysian climate due to its cold temperatures.
Sabah is arguably one of the greatest places on earth for nature lovers. Beach strips with blue-green crystal clear waters with islands like Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai and more ‘virgin’ beaches. This part of East Malaysia is full of reserves dedicated to the preservation of unique animals, such as the sun bear and the orangutan. Sabah is also where the immensely popular Mount Kinabalu is found, on many mountain climbers’ bucket lists.
8. Sunway Lagoon, Selangor
Sunway Lagoon is an exciting Theme Park containing an expansive water park, fun rides and a miniature zoo, this place is all for urban adrenaline seekers and fun family times with bungee jumping site and urban flying fox that spans the entire park.
9. Batu Caves, Selangor
Batu Caves is one of the most significant religious sites in Malaysia. While the main attraction are the many shrines and temples dedicated to Hindu Lord Murugan, the natural limestone cavern housing the deities and wildlife are also quite fantastic.
10. Kuala Lumpur
Capital City is modern metropolis and a slice of old Southeast Asia. The mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian influence means that you’ll have no shortage of culinary exploits in Malaysia’s capital city.
Few Points of Interests in Kuala Lumpur
- Petronas Twin Towers: Sharing the iconic and instantly identifiable skyline with the KL Tower is on the list of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. Visit the Sky Bridge, a tendon between the two towers, to see the full extent of the KLCC Park, a green lung project dedicated to freshening up Kuala Lumpur’s urban atmosphere.
- Aquaria KLCC: This place will take you through the aquatic life cycles of high land rivers to deep blue seas, all in just under two hours and extremely fun for all ages.
Masjid Negara: The National Mosque of Malaysia is stunning not only for its gorgeous origami-like design but also for its surroundings. Enjoy the serenity of holy ground meeting beautiful landscape, full of flora and fauna in the
greenest part of Kuala Lumpur.
- Bukit Bintang: Cluster of shopping malls sells everything from the interestingly cheap to the luxurious high end with full of flagship stores and international brands. In addition a great place for wine and dine.