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The most popular places to visit in Malaysia are stunning — and the country's excellent infrastructure makes getting to them relatively painless.

Although Malaysia is always ranked well among the most visited countries in Asia, China usually steals the limelight and #1 spot. Long-term budget travelers often shun Malaysia as being "too expensive" (mostly because alcohol does cost more than in Thailand). Meanwhile, short-term vacationers in Southeast Asia seem to skip Malaysia for lack of time.

But Malaysia has a lot of beauty, diversity, and adventure on offer, as showcased by these tempting top destinations.

Kuala Lumpur

You'll most likely fly into Kuala Lumpur when traveling to Malaysia, so this one's a no-brainer. But unlike some other big cities in Asia where travelers arrive and get out of town as soon as possible, Kuala Lumpur is a worthwhile destination of its own.

The mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian influence means you'll have no shortage of culinary exploits in Malaysia's capital city . The cultural diversity is a big part of Kuala Lumpur's allure. Take a short walk or jump on the extensive train network and you can see the delights of numerous cultures.

Kuala Lumpur has no shortage of unique neighborhoods to explore . Interesting sights such as the Petronas Towers , the Perdana Botanical Garden, and the Menara KL Tower provide plenty of enjoyable distractions before you head farther afield in Malaysia.

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Malaysians are proud of their big island on the west coast — and they should be! The colonial city of Georgetown was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has plenty to offer in the way of museums, a seaside fort, historic homes, and most importantly, a famous street-food scene.

Numerous artists have left their marks in the form of murals along the streets of Georgetown. Cafes, shops, and things to do can be found dotted throughout.

Penang is considered one of the best places in Southeast Asia to sample delicious street food of all types. The waterfront esplanade known as Gurney Drive in Penang is lined with stalls and eateries for trying local Malay, Chinese, and Indian treats , among others.

The Perhentian Islands

Backpackers and budget travelers love Malaysia's Perhentian Islands , especially Perhentian Kecil — the smaller of the two islands — where fine sand and excellent snorkeling/diving fill the day before parties start at night.

Nearby Perhentian Besar — the big island — caters more to families, couples, and travelers who are willing to spend more to enjoy the blue water and skip some of the partying. Regardless of the island you choose, getting to the Perhentians requires taking a speedboat. There are a few challenges for setting up shop on the islands .

The Perhentian Islands are very seasonal . Accommodation can be difficult to find on Perhentian Kecil in July, the peak month, but the islands are mostly empty during the winter months due to rain and stormy seas.

Malaysian Borneo

The option to exchange dirty concrete for green rainforests and abundant wildlife is only a cheap, quick flight away ! Visitors to Malaysia often stick to the mainland and forget about the natural wonders on earth's third-largest island only a short hop away.

The Malaysian part of Borneo is divided into two states: Sarawak in the south and Sabah in the north. Both have different vibes and charms . The Rainforest World Music Festival held outside of Kuching each summer is one of the most exciting music-and-culture events in Southeast Asia.

From endangered orangutans to rainforest canopy walks and some of the best diving in the world, Malaysian Borneo should definitely be a part of any trip to Malaysia.

Spelled locally as "Melaka," Malaysia's Peranakan city of Malacca is a worthwhile stop for cultural, historical, and colonial sites . UNESCO even declared Malacca a World Heritage Site in 2008.

Visitors are rarely disappointed by the old town in Malacca. If nothing else, the relaxed vibe is pleasant enough to keep people around for a few days. The close proximity to Kuala Lumpur makes getting there by bus easy. Train isn't an option in Malacca.

Tip: Many shops and museums close in Malacca on Tuesdays — plan your visit accordingly!

Taman Negara

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Taman Negara literally means "national park" in Malay, and well, that's what it is! Taman Negara is Malaysia's oldest national park and is considered to be one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests. A long canopy walkway gives visitors a chance to see life high in the trees that normally isn't visible from the ground.

You can enjoy waterfalls and beautiful trekking, bird spotting, rafting, fishing, night safaris, and there's even a chance to see wild elephants — if you're very lucky. Tourists sleep across the river in Kuala Tahan and then take cheap boats to the park entrance.

Some serious guided trekking is available in Taman Negara as is caving.

Cameron Highlands

Malaysia's green Cameron Highlands are one of the few places in Southeast Asia where you'll actually want a jacket or warm blanket at night. After sweating across tropical climates, you may appreciate the change of climate.

The Cameron Highlands are like nowhere else in Malaysia. You'll see plenty of lush scenery, tour beautiful tea plantations, and enjoy access to decent hiking trails that weave through plantations and around volcanoes.

Strawberry farms, butterfly gardens, and flower greenhouses are all enjoyable distractions to be found in the Cameron Highlands. The climate provides good conditions for growing fresh vegetables and producing delicious local honey.

Tioman Island

Located on Malaysia's east coast not too far from Singapore, Tioman Island is a different kind of island destination . Accommodation and excellent diving are surprisingly inexpensive; development is relatively minimal for such a nice island. Abundant nature and scenery make up for the island's severe shortcomings in the culinary department.

Tioman is carved into many different beaches; you'll have to choose when arriving by boat. Some beaches are secluded and surrounded by jungle. ABC Beach is arguably the most popular beach, particularly for budget travelers. Moving between beaches by boat is the regular option, unless you're up for a jungle hike through the interior.

Tioman Island enjoys duty-free status just as Langkawi does, but don't even consider taking your tax-free liquor across the border into Singapore !

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Located off the northwest corner of Malaysia, Pulau Langkawi is one of the top island destinations in Malaysia for both foreign tourists and Malaysians.

With an airport and ferries connecting it to the mainland, as well as a large tourist infrastructure, Langkawi could unfairly be called Malaysia's version of Phuket, the busiest island in Thailand.

Langkawi has many tourist attractions on offer such as Malaysia's largest indoor aquarium, a cable car, and the Sky bridge that allows views across the island. Unfortunately, the drone of jet skis cause the busiest beaches to be less serene. Duty-free status means that beer is sometimes barely more expensive than bottled water!

Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi can be found for as cheap as US $20! Getting to the island is fast and inexpensive .

Selangor actually describes Malaysia's most developed and populated state that leads up to Kuala Lumpur's urban sprawl. Here you'll find a Formula One racetrack, the National Zoo of Malaysia, and enormous theme parks including an indoor snow park.

Selangor is busy and booming; shopping malls sprawl in many directions. When you can't possibly shop anymore, head to the nearby Genting Highlands — Malaysia's version of Vegas perched on top of a mountain. The First World Hotel and Plaza is the world's largest hotel with 10,500 rooms and a theme park.

But Selangor isn't just about concrete and glowing signs: The famous Batu Caves there are a Hindu shrine with the largest statue of Lord Murugan (the god of war) in the world. The Batu Caves draw large crowds, especially during the Thaipusam holiday .

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25 Best Things to Do in Malaysia

Malaysia is located in the Malay Peninsula and stretches to parts of Borneo where it shares a border with neighboring Indonesia , and as such visitors should not be confused by the terms Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, which comprises Sarawak and Sabah (also known as Malaysian Borneo).

With a total landmass of over 300,000 square kilometers, Malaysia is known for its capital city of Kuala Lumpur , a powerhouse financial and business hub in South East Asia, as well as its beautiful beaches, secluded islands, elevated hill stations, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

There is also a strong commitment to diversity here, and as well as Malays and indigenous groups, there is also a sizeable Chinese and Indian population in Malaysia which is reflected in the architecture and cultural relics found in country. Visitors here can choose from a wide variety of activities from hiking, to diving, to shopping or sampling the local food. Here’s our list of the best things to do in Malaysia .

1. Visit the PETRONAS Towers in Kuala Lumpur

PETRONAS Towers

One of the most iconic sights in the world, the PETRONAS Towers, also known as the PETRONAS Twin Towers due to the fact that they come in a pair, are located in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and are the tallest twin towers in the world. The architecture is postmodern in style and also features motifs found in Islamic art to represent the Muslim majority in Malaysia. The main attraction is the sky walk over the sky bridge that joins them together and visitors can admire the views that stretch across Kuala Lumpur and KLCC Park at the base of the towers.

Fast entry tickets : Petronas Towers: Skip-the-Line Ticket with Hotel Delivery

2. Sunbathe on Langkawi

Tanjung Rhu beach, Langkawi Island, Malaysia

If you fancy getting out of the city then head to Langkawi Island, actually an archipelago of over a hundred islands in the Andaman Sea, only two of which are inhabited and of which Langkawi is the largest with a population of over 60,000 inhabitants. Langkawi Island is popular with both backpackers and honeymooners alike and has something to suit all budgets. The island is also has duty-free status so visitors can stock up on souvenir items cheaply.

Book online : Langkawi: Mangrove Kilim UNESCO Geopark & Cave Tour

3. Sample some local flavor with Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar is a staple food in Malaysia and actually means ‘mixed rice’, as customers are given a plate with rice over which they can choose a variety of toppings and sauces. Nasi Kandar is based on Tamil dishes due to the high number of South Indian immigrants and the flavors reflect this with an emphasis on curry powder and chili. Common Nasi Kandar dishes include chicken, fish, or seafood such as prawns or squid in curry sauce as well as vegetables like okra and cabbage cooked in mustard seeds.

4. Get out of town at Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is actually a collection of five islands that are found off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia. The park is accessible by ferry and some of the islands such as Sulug Island are almost untouched, while others such as Gaya Island are busier and more crowded. Common pursuits on the islands include hiking and trekking, as well as swimming and scuba diving opportunities.

5. Enjoy the culture in Malacca

Malacca

Malacca or Melaka is also known as ‘The Historic State’ and lies next to the Malacca Strait from which it gets its name. The state is said to have the most interesting architecture in all of Malaysia as it was formerly colonized by the Portuguese and features a number of red lacquer buildings from the period such as Christ Church. Malacca also has a high concentration of museums, galleries, and places of historic interest for visitors to explore.

6. Meander around Penang

Penang Island

Penang is an island off the west coast of Malaysia that has Georgetown as its capital, named after British king, King George. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang has a focus on conservation and preservation and visitors can experience this at one of the many famous hotels in Penang, such as the E&O established by Stamford Raffles who also founded the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Penang is also famous for its Tropical Spice Garden that showcases the best of the region’s local flora and fauna such as the Torch Ginger, a plant used in many traditional Malay dishes.

7. Go trekking in Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Park is located in the state of Pahang as has several claims to fame that attract a steady stream of visitors. One of these is that this is the largest national park in peninsular Malaysia, as well as the fact that the park features the longest rope walkway in the world. The park also has some serious treks, as long as 100km round trip, as well as more gentle hikes for beginners. There is a wide array of wildlife and plant life in the park for nature lovers and the area is even home to an indigenous tribe named the Orang Asli or Original People, said to be the first inhabitants of Malaysia.

Available tour: Full-Day Group Tour to Taman Negara

8. Explore the culture in Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is to be found on the west coast of Malaysia in the state of Kelantan and is an interesting change of pace and atmosphere to the east coast and many visitors to Malaysia fail to visit this city, perhaps due to its reputation as a more conservative region than much of the rest of the country. Standards of dress and comportment are stricter in Kota Bharu, however, there are a wide variety of mosques and other religious sites to visit such as the old royal palaces which are still the home of the current Sultan of Kelantan.

  • 9.  Get away to the Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

The Genting Highlands, also dubbed Resorts World Genting is a resort located in the Titiwangsa Mountains and sits at an elevation of over 5,000 feet. The resort is a popular destination with local visitors and has a wide range of attractions to enjoy. These include several different theme parks, bars, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as a cable car attraction known as the Genting Skyway which previously held the title of the world’s fastest and South East Asia’s longest gondola lift. Due to its location, they are also several fruit and vegetable farms for visitors to explore and pick fresh produce.

Suggested tour : Genting Highlands and Batu Caves Day Trip

10. Observe the orang utans in Sepilok

Sepilok

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, East Malaysia, is found outside of the city of Sandakan and was the first orang utan rehabilitation centre of its kind in the world when it opened in the 1960s. The aim of the centre is to rescue orphaned orang utans who have been left to fend for themselves due to illegal poaching and logging, or who have been found being kept as pets (which is illegal in Malaysia), and administer healthcare and training to the mammals so that they are able to reintegrate and survive in the wild. Once they are able to do so they are released. Visitors can observe the orang utans in the centre and tours are aimed to coincide with feeding times when the animals are usually present on the feeding platforms.

11. Relax in Kuching

Kuching

The city of Kuching in Sarawak in East Malaysia was actually named after a miscommunication between James Brooke who discovered the region, and the local indigenous population, who, when asked the name of the ground that the city stood on thought he was pointing to a stray cat. The name stuck, and the area is located on the island of Borneo that shares a border with Indonesia. Kuching is set alongside the Sarawak River and is often said to have a calm and relaxed feel to it and tours along the river are a common pursuit for visitors. There are also many examples of colonial architecture such as Fort Magherita and an abundance of cat statues that celebrate the city’s namesake.

12. Dive in at the Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Islands

Actually a group of islands in the state of Terengganu, the Perhentians lie close to the coast of Thailand. The islands can be visited by ferry and water taxis operate between the various islands giving visitors the chance to island hop at their leisure. Key attractions in the Perhentians are the pristine beaches and water and scuba diving is considered a favorite activity in these parts. At night dine on freshly caught fish cooked over coconut husks on the beach.

13. Climb Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu

The highest mountain in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu sits in the Crocker mountain range and lies within Kinabalu Park which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mount Kinabalu has a host of biodiversity including many types of flora, fauna, and fungi. The trek to the top of Mount Kinabalu is strenuous and not recommended to inexperienced hikers and due to the advanced elevation there is a risk of altitude sickness. All hikers must be accompanied by a licensed guide at all times and there are two different routes to choose from although these intersect towards the summit. The hike can be undertaken by experienced climber in one day although many choose to stay overnight as there is accommodation available en route.

14. Take to the skies at the Langkawi Cable Car

Langkawi Cable Car

Take off from the ‘oriental village’ at Teluk Burau and rise to the majestic heights of Mount Machingchang where you will also find the Langkawi Sky Bridge. The journey by cable car takes around fifteen minutes and offers visitors panoramic views of the island and on a clear day you can every see all the way to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

15. Ascend Maxwell Hill in Taiping

Maxwell Hill, Taiping

A less well known spot that has the double claim to fame of having the only Chinese name in Malaysia and being the wettest city in the country, Taiping is located outside of Penang in Perak State. This second statistic is the more important one as it means that the local fauna is lush and fertile and some of the trees found in the Taiping Lake Gardens are over a hundred years old. There is also a hill station located at an altitude of approximately 1,000 feet named Maxwell Hill that provides visitors with trekking and camping opportunities, and jeep rides to the station are a much loved attraction with locals and tourists.

16. Venture to the Lost World of Tambun

Lost World of Tambun

The ‘Lost World of Tambun’ in Ipoh is actually not an archeological wonder but rather a theme park and resort and is said to be one of the city’s premier attractions. The park features several ‘lost world’ rides and discovery adventures and also has a range of hotels and a large spa offering a variety of treatments for tired would-be archeologists. There is also a water park, a zoo, and an aquarium on site.

17. Wander through China Town in Kuala Lumpur

China Town in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia, in addition to Malay and Indian nationals, has a large Chinese population and as such China Town has developed as a predominantly ethnically Chinese area of the city. Essentially located in and around Petaling Street, the area features a market, Chinese food options, and Chinese cultural attractions such as temples.

18. Shop and eat at Gurney Drive

Gurney Drive

Gurney Drive in Penang is a seafront promenade that overlooks a series of beaches including North Beach. The area is well known at night when dozens of local food sellers set up in the area and visitors can buy local delicacies and snacks. If you prefer to do some shopping then head to Gurney Plaza. This large shopping mall has a mix of high end shops, restaurants, and smaller Malaysian outlets for visitors to stock up on souvenirs.

19. Marvel at the Islamic architecture of the National Mosque

National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

Located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s National Mosque is a sight to behold and can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any given time. Built in 1965, the mosque follows principles of Islamic architecture and has as a roof in the shape of a sixteen point star. There is also a strong emphasis on water features such as fountains and reflective pools throughout the mosque complex and visitors can tour the mosque but must wear appropriate dress which is provided to do so.

Available tour : Private Batu Cave, National Mosque & Religious Tour w/ Lunch

20. Seek out cooler climes in the Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands actually refers to a hill station located in Pahang state, and was discovered in the 19th century by Sir William Cameron who lent his name to the area. Many local visitors flock to the area as the elevation of the hill station provides cool weather in which to enjoy outdoor activities such as tea and coffee plantation tours and fruit picking at one of the many different fruit farms. The highlands are also famous for their traditional English cream teas with fresh strawberries picked locally.

Book online: Cameron Highlands Private Day Tour

21. Go climbing in the Batu Caves

Batu Caves

To explore the Batu Caves head outside of Kuala Lumpur to the region of Selangor and marvel at these limestone cliffs that are studded with caves and carved cave temples. The caves and temples are Hindu shrines and as such are a site of pilgrimage for the many Tamil residents of Malaysia. Aside from visiting the caves to worship, travelers can also experience the local flora and fauna including wild monkeys that inhabit the area as well as bats that dwell in the caves. For the more adventurous visitors, there are also rock climbing opportunities with over 160 climbing routes in the area.

Recommended tour : Batu Caves Half-Day Tour

22. Get back to nature at Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park is located near the town of Miri in Sarawak, East Malaysia, and is famous primarily for its caves and karsts formations (made from dissolved rocks such as limestone). The park takes its name from Mount Mulu which is the second largest mountain in Sarawak and visitors can explore the caves, the rainforest, and enjoy hiking and trekking opportunities.

23. Visit Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple

Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple

Located in the town of Johor Bahru, on the border between Malaysia and Singapore, Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple is set in an area of rapid development and can be found nestled between several skyscrapers. The temple is thought to be around 130 years old although no clear records exist, and features several important historical relics such as plaques and a large bronze bell. The temple is also famous for hosting five important Chinese deities and visitors can explore the area and these important Chinese figures.

24. Head to Tioman Island

Tioman Island

If you want to get out of the city then head to Tioman Island located in Pahang state. There are eight villages on the island and much of it is still covered with lush rainforest and visitors can go trekking from one side of the island to the other in a day. There are also pristine coral reefs for those who like diving to enjoy and several resorts and hotels on the island. Like Langkawi, Tioman also has duty-free status.

25. Go for a night out at the Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur

The Golden Triangle is an area of Kuala Lumpur known for its nightlife, bar, clubs, restaurants, and hotels. The area extends over several streets but the central hub is said to be Jalan P. Ramlee where visitors can choose from a wide variety of venues to drink and party into the wee small hours. The area also includes a large shaping center for those looking for some retail therapy before a night on the town.

25 Best Things to Do in Malaysia:

  • Visit the PETRONAS Towers in Kuala Lumpur
  • Sunbathe on Langkawi
  • Sample some local flavor with Nasi Kandar
  • Get out of town at Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
  • Enjoy the culture in Malacca
  • Meander around Penang
  • Go trekking in Taman Negara National Park
  • Explore the culture in Kota Bharu
  • Observe the orang utans in Sepilok
  • Relax in Kuching
  • Dive in at the Perhentian Islands
  • Climb Mount Kinabalu
  • Take to the skies at the Langkawi Cable Car
  • Ascend Maxwell Hill in Taiping
  • Venture to the Lost World of Tambun
  • Wander through China Town in Kuala Lumpur
  • Shop and eat at Gurney Drive
  • Marvel at the Islamic architecture of the National Mosque
  • Seek out cooler climes in the Cameron Highlands
  • Go climbing in the Batu Caves
  • Get back to nature at Gunung Mulu National Park
  • Visit Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple
  • Head to Tioman Island
  • Go for a night out at the Golden Triangle

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27 BEST Places to Visit in Malaysia [2023]

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Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia known for some of the most exceptional landscapes and ecosystems in the world.

While the country has seen drastic changes over the past several hundred years, it continues to wow visitors with its ethnically diverse culture and history.

However, there are many people who haven’t put Malaysia at the top of their travel itinerary. From the tranquil, secluded islands to the hidden, underground caves, we’re here to tell you about the top places you absolutely must visit when traveling to Malaysia!

Staying safe in Malaysia

Malaysia is a relatively safe country for tourists to visit. The biggest threat to tourists is petty theft, so take precaution when walking through busy streets or neighborhoods during the day and night.

Since Malaysia is predominately Muslim, it is best to respect the local culture and customs by dressing appropriately when visiting conservative cities or mosques.

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#1 – Malacca Historic City

One of the nicer places in malaysia to sightsee.

Malacca Historic City

  • Almost half a million residents
  • Oldest Malaysian city

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca City is a historical capital that mixes Dutch colonial architecture with Portuguese influences. Although Malacca City as transformed into a cosmopolitan hub of shopping centers and international restaurants, it still somehow manages to remain true to its Malaysian heritage.

The historic center is quite accessible, and can easily be explored by foot or by a traditional trishaw. Home to some of Malaysia’s top attractions and restaurants, you’ll definitely want to add Malacca City to your itinerary!

  • A’Famosa Melaka may just seem like a pile of ruins, but it was actually a Portuguese fort that was built in the early 1500s. Now a great picture spot, A’Famosa Melaka is one of the last remaining European buildings in all of Malaysia.
  • Dutch Square sits in the middle of Malacca and is lined with bright, salmon-colored buildings on all sides. At the center is a Victorian marble fountain, which is surrounded by lush, green gardens.
  • Christ Church Melaka is a terra-cotta building leftover from the Dutch rule. Walk inside to see decorative plaques and wooden pews that are dedicated to different Dutch soldiers and rulers.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Malacca Historic City

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Malacca Historic City → Ringos Foyer Guest House
  • The BEST Hotel in Malacca Historic City → The Pines Melaka

#2 – Palau Redang Islands

Palau Redang Islands

  • Restaurants are often attached to resorts
  • Higher prices compared to other cities
  • Perfect diving and snorkeling location

Only 45km away from Kuala Terengganu lies the beautiful islands of Pulau Redang. The main island of Redang is surrounded by several smaller islands, which are all protected by the Terengganu Marine Park.

The crystal waters are perfect for diving or snorkeling, which can be done directly off the shores! This relaxing island caters to travelers looking for a little more luxury on their vacation, since its home to many upscale resorts and restaurants.

  • Diving is by far the most popular activity on the island thanks to the vibrant coral reefs and tropical fish. There are numerous diving schools and equipment rental shops around.
  • Marine Park Centre can be found on Pulau Pinang Island and offers visitors a glimpse into the research that is done to protect the marine ecosystem in Malaysia.
  • Spa Treatments are the perfect way to relax on your vacation! Whether you’re on your honeymoon or just wanting to treat yourself, you’ll find some of the top spa facilities at the resorts.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Palau Redang Islands

  • The BEST Hotel in Palau Redang Islands → The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort

#3 – Penang Hill

A very cool place in malaysia to go for a day.

Penang Hill

  • 130 million-year-old rainforest
  • Can take the railway or hike to the top

Despite its name, Penang Hill is actually made up of several smaller hills which are homes to the last remaining rainforests in Penang. The top of the hill is over 800 meters above sea level, meaning it’s colder temperatures make it the perfect escape from the muggy, Malaysian heat! The view from the top of Penang Hill is breathtaking, and you’ll be able to see the peaks of Langkawai Mountains on a clear day.

  • Penang Hill Railway is the world’s oldest funicular that takes you to the top of the hill. Although it crawls up the hill at a seemingly snail-like pace, you’ll see forests and historic bungalows on its 30-minute journey.
  • Love Lock is an observation deck famously decorated with thousands of heart-shaped padlocks brought by lovers from all around the world. If you forgot yours, don’t worry! Padlocks can be purchased near the deck as well.
  • The Curtis Crest Facility aims to inform its visitors about the conservation and protection initiatives put in place for Penang Hill. The facility also offers trails, walkways and zip lines through the rainforest for an extra fee.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Penang Hill

  • The BEST Hotel in Penang Hill → Homestay by Penang Hill

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#4 – Kinabalu National Park

One of the most amazing places in malaysia.

Kinabalu National Park

  • Home to the highest mountain in Southeast Asia
  • Plenty of outdoor activities
  • Several resorts and guesthouses for overnight stays

Located in northwest Sabah, Kinabalu National Park is centered around the towering Mount Kinabalu and is the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to over 5,000 different plant species, Kinabalu National Park is an outdoor adventurer’s dream! From hiking and rock climbing to paragliding and mountain biking, Kinabalu National Park has something for anyone looking for a breath of fresh air in the outdoors.

  • Climbing Mount Kinabalu through the Mesilau trail will take roughly two days, and should be reserved for intermediate to advanced hikers. You’re required to go with a guide, where you’ll climb over 3,000 meters just on your first day!
  • Poring Hot Springs will definitely soothe your aching muscles after spending the whole day hiking. The sulfurous pools are situated right in the jungle and attract locals as well as hikers and rock climbers.
  • The Botanical Site is home to plants from four different climate zones, carnivorous plants, and over 1,000 species of orchids.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Kinabalu National Park

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Kinabalu National Park → Cozy Hostel
  • The BEST Hotel in Kinabalu National Park → Lily’s Backpackers Cottage

#5 – Cameron Highlands

A beautiful outdoor place in malaysia.

Cameron Highlands

  • 2,000 meters high
  • Many agricultural farms
  • Sample teas and strawberries right from the farm

Cameron Highlands is home to some of Malaysia’s most fertile soil, making it the perfect location for fruit, vegetable and tea farms. Tea was originally grown on the hills by the British during the colonial rule, turning Cameron Highlands into the largest exporter of tea throughout Malaysia.

Cameron Highlands is the definition of farm to table cuisine, meaning you’ll taste some of the freshest produce that was most likely picked just that day. 

  • Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate is a sprawling plantation where you can see how the tea leaves are grown and harvested. The factory also has an on-site shop where you can purchase freshly picked tea to take home.
  • Cactus Valley is a tranquil garden where you can admire the different cactus species that are native to Cameron Highlands. Besides cacti, the tiered gardens are also home to a variety of fruit and vegetable plants.
  • Chai Kok Lim Strawberry Farm is one of the highlights of the Cameron Highland region. Grown hydroponically, the strawberries on the farm are sold fresh by the basket, or as a jam and ice cream!

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Cameron Highlands

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Cameron Highlands →  Traveller Bunker Hostel 1
  • The BEST Hotel in Cameron Highlands → MY SWEETHUB HOMESTAY @ CAMERON HIGHLANDS

#6 – The Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands

  • Cluster of several islands
  • Few sights besides beaches

To experience paradise at an affordable price, spend some time on the Perhentian Islands. Backpackers and young travelers will love the party scene on Kecil, while families and honeymooners will appreciate the calmer setting of Besar. The only way to hop between the islands is by boat, and there are no motorized vehicles allowed land, which makes for a very quiet and peaceful getaway.

Although there are very few monuments and major sights on the islands, you’ll still find plenty of water and beach activities to keep you entertained.

  • Long Beach is the primary beach located on Kecil and is the place to go for busier restaurants, bars, and nightlife. Coral Bay is also located on Kecil but tends to be more laid-back and relaxed. You’ll also find amazing views of the sunset from this side of Kecil.
  • Teluk Dalam is an isolated beach on Besar and has some of the cleanest, whitest sand in all of Malaysia. Love Beach is also located close to Teluk Dalam and is a popular hangout for visitors who want to socialize and have a couple of beers.
  • Diving the Perhentian Islands is very popular, as the waters around the islands are part of a protected marine park. You’ll find plenty of dive schools and equipment rental shops scattered around both the main islands.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in The Perhentian Islands

  • The COOLEST Hostel in The Perhentian Islands → Quiver Dive Team Perhentian Dorm
  • The BEST Hotel in The Perhentian Islands → Tuna Bay Island Resort

#7 – Danum Valley

Danum Valley

  • Over 15,000 types of plants
  • No human inhabitants or settlements

The conservation area of the Danum Valley is a vast and wild natural reserve that is home to over 400 kilometers of untouched forest. Leeches are everywhere, so if you’re planning to hike the valley, dress appropriately in sturdy hiking boots and leech socks!

  • Orang Sungai is home to the ancient ruins of burial coffins that have been left by inhabitants that lived in the jungle centuries ago. Exploring the indigenous graveyards and coffin remains gives a rare glimpse into how these “river people” lived in the Danum Valley.
  • A Night Safari gives visitors the unique opportunity to see the rainforest from a different angle. Take a guided tour by 4×4 where your guides will point out the native flora and ecological plants with just a flashlight.
  • Canopy Walks take you on a journey 30 meters above the ground for the jaw-dropping bird’s eye view of the Danum Valley. You’ll need to climb up a wooden ladder to reach the canopy boardwalk, but the vantage point from the top is worth overcoming your fear of heights for!

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Danum Valley

  • The BEST Hotel in Danum Valley → Bike and Tours Bed and Breakfast

Further Reading – Have you seen our guide to the most underrated and amazing neighborhoods in Kuching?

#8 – Alor Setar

One of the most underrated places to see in malaysia.

Masjid Zahir in Alor Setar

  • Few tourists
  • Big city with several ancient temples and ruins

Alor Setar is the capital of Kedah and is a hidden capital city that is often overlooked by tourists. Just 55 km south from the popular city of Langkawi, Alor Setar has enough temples, museums, and galleries that can be explored over several days.

You’ll find the benefits of a bustling city like large hotels and restaurants, but also bits of history scattered around, like the 250 million-year-old Gunung Keirang hill .

  • Zahir Mosque is a fascinating landmark that is one of the largest and oldest mosques in Malaysia. Built in 1912, the mosque is ornately decorated in white marble and lights up the night sky when the sun goes down.
  • Alor Setar Tower is a communication tower where you can ride to the top for a picturesque view over the entire city. You’ll also find a revolving restaurant at the top if you’re feeling hungry!
  • Menara Jam Besar is the yellow clock tower that overlooks the Zahir Mosque in the center of the city. Built in the early 1900s, the clock was designed to ring at the same time as the Zahir Mosque’s call to prayer.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Masjid Zahir in Alor Setar

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Masjid Zahir in Alor Setar → Hostel Ah Wai
  • The BEST Hotel in Masjid Zahir in Alor Setar → Royale Signature Hotel

#9 – Ipoh

Ipoh

  • Cheap and tasty food
  • Stunning limestone caves

Nestled in the middle of Perak State is Ipoh, a tourist-free city known for incredible colonial architecture and exotic temples and caves. The city was once run by the British during Perak’s tin mining period, which is reflected through the architecture of the town hall and main square in the center of the city.

The street food scene in Ipoh is also second to none, and you’ll find hundreds of restaurants and food stalls to keep you satisfied all day. If you’re looking to escape the bustling city to discover real Malaysian life, then you can also check the  best day trips from Kuala Lumper

  • Ipoh Heritage Walk is a 6.5km trail around the city that leads you through some of the most important buildings and monuments that you can’t miss during your visit.
  • Perak Tong is one of the 30 cave temples in Ipoh. After walking through the main entrance, you’ll climb into the giant limestone cave to find hidden grottoes and statues located in the crevices. There is even a gold, 12 meter Buddha peacefully sitting inside the cave!
  • Tambun Cave is home to hundreds of ancient cave paintings that date back to almost 5000 years ago.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Ipoh

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Ipoh → Mari Hostel
  • The BEST Hotel in Ipoh → Royale Hotel

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#10 – Georgetown

A great place to see in malaysia if you love architecture.

Buddhist temple Kek Lok Si, Georgetown

  • Colorful street art
  • Old temples and mosques

Georgetown is the vibrant and almost frozen-in-time capital of Penang and Malaysia’s second largest city. The multicultural influences can be seen throughout the city center, from the colorful colonial dwellings to the traditional Chinese temples to the fusion of culinary delights served in the restaurants.

This UNESCO Heritage Site is a historical and cultural must-see that can’t be missed during your visit to Malaysia.

  • The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a sprawling, Hakka-Teochew style hotel that has been famously painted a bright blue. Stay a night in this historic 1800s hotel, or take the one hour guided tour.
  • Kapitan Keling Mosque is the largest mosque in Georgetown and is a pristine white building with glistening gold domes.
  • Kek Lok Si Temple is Malaysia’s biggest Buddhist temple and is a complex of several prayer halls, monasteries, and lush gardens. The temple features a 30-meter high pagoda that is perched on the top of Air Itam.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Buddhist temple Kek Lok Si, Georgetown

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Buddhist temple Kek Lok Si, Georgetown → Georgetown Residences
  • The BEST Hotel in Buddhist temple Kek Lok Si, Georgetown → Mercure Penang Beach

Learn more about the cultural excellence of Georgetown!

#11 – Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

  • Less developed islands
  • Protected national park

The five islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park are just a short boat ride away from Kota Kinabalu, making it a quick getaway for a day or weekend trip. Spend your time on the two larger islands of Gaya and Manukan, or shuttle between the smaller islands for a more remote feel. Regardless of which island you choose to spend your time on, you’ll have miles of pristine beaches where you can bathe in the sun!

  • Gaya Island is the largest island in the national park known for it’s dense, tropical rainforest.   Enjoy Gaya’s 20km of hiking trails, or stay overnight at one of the several luxurious 5-star resorts.
  • Manukan Island is the local hangout hot spot with plenty of recreational facilities like swimming pools, sports courts, and multiple restaurants and clubhouses. The eastern side of the ideal is very ideal for diving.
  • Mamutik Island may be the smallest island in the park, but it can be rented out if you’re looking for a private oasis! Mamutik is less than ideal for swimmers and snorkelers, as the beach is quite rocky and slippery.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

  • The BEST Hotel in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park → Aru Place Kota Kinabalu

Recommended Reading: Check Out The Best Hostels in Kuala Lumpur

#12 – Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

  • Conservative Muslim City
  • Day and night markets
  • Cheap food stands

Situated on the northern tip of the Malaysian peninsula close to the Thai border, Kota Bharu is the place to experience a side of Malaysia that many visitors don’t often see. Kota Bharu is heavily influenced by its strong Islamic culture, which means you won’t see many western amenities like shopping malls or even bars.

Because it’s a socially conservative city, visitors will need to dress appropriately and behave respectfully when visiting Kota Bharu. However, you’ll find some of the most interesting markets and mosques that Malaysia has to offer.

  • Pasar Besar is a giant, multi-level indoor market swarming with locals and city dwellers looking to purchase everything under the sun. You’ll find everything like fish, meat, produce, clothing, and electronics for sale.
  • Istana Jahar was once the royal palace built in the 1800s. It has since been transformed into the Museum of Royal Traditions and Customs of Kelantan.
  • The Handicraft Village and Craft Museum is a very affordable museum and shop selling locally made souvenirs like painted scarfs, woven blankets, and silver jewelry.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Kota Bharu

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Kota Bharu → Timur Guesthouse
  • The BEST Hotel in Kota Bharu → Perdana Kota Bharu

#13 – Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

Easily one of the most fun places to check out in Malaysia

  • Tons of amusement parks and activities
  • Several resorts
  • Exciting rides and games for the whole family

Adventure enthusiasts absolutely cannot miss the exciting Genting Highlands! Feel free to unleash your inner child at the multiple indoor and outdoor theme parks, casinos, golf course, and other round the clock entertainment activities.

Genting Highlands is also perched on top of a mountain which can be accessed by cable car, making it an exclusive destination that the whole family can enjoy.

  • Casino de Genting is Malaysia’s only casino. Open 24 hours a day, you’ll be able to hit the slots or play your hand at one of the card tables all night long.
  • The Outdoor Theme Park on Genting Highlands is filled with extreme roller coasters and stomach-dropping rides that are sure to excite any thrill seeker.
  • Snow World is a unique indoor theme park filled with cold snow where you can escape the Malaysian heat! Grab one of the sleds for a hill ride or play in the frosty igloos in this winter wonderland.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Genting Highlands

  • The BEST Hotel in Genting Highlands → GeoSuites @ Geo38 Genting

#14 – Niah National Park

Niah National Park

  • Over 30km of caves and lush jungle
  • Thought to be the birthplace of Malaysian civilization

Niah National Park is an outstanding destination that’s worth exploring during the day and at night. If you choose to stay overnight at one of the guesthouses, you’ll be able to explore the park after hours with just a headlamp and flashlight!

Although there are plenty of activities to do in the park, the Niah Caves are the biggest draw and was originally the site where 40,000-year-old human remains were discovered.

  • Niah Caves are giant, awe-inspiring 1 meter high chambers that can be explored day or night. The sheer size of the limestone caves is unlike anything you’ll see in the world. If you look closely, you’ll also see cave paintings that are over 1,000 years old.
  • Gan Kira is another popular large cave where many artifacts were excavated during the mid-1950s. Pottery, ornaments, and even a few burial sites were found in Gan Kira.
  • The Niah Archaeology Museum contains plenty of information about the park’s history, as well as installations about the human remains and lifestyle of the ancient settlements.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Niah National Park

  • The BEST Hotel in Niah National Park → Samalaju Resort Hotel

#15 – Langkawi

Great place to visit in malaysia for couples.

Langkawi

  • Tons of restaurants and hotels for all budgets
  • White sand beaches

Langkawi might be considered the most popular tropical destination in all of Malaysia. This archipelago is comprised of 99 islands is home to tons of resorts, restaurants, and beaches that are guaranteed to make your vacation a dream!

Although the islands are surrounded by crystal, turquoise waters, the islands themselves are covered in green jungles and lush paddy fields. If relaxation is high up on your list of things to do, then make Langkawi your home base for the week!

  • Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125 meter long (and 700 meters high) pedestrian bridge that is sure to make your heart palpitate. The exhilarating walk across the steel bridge will give you a bird’s eye view of the Telara Tuju waterfalls and the breathtaking islands nearby.
  • Gunung Raya is the highest peak at 881 meters tall. The challenging hike is worth the rewarding view at the top, perfect for catching a glimpse of the setting sun.
  • Langkawi Arts in Paradise 3D Museum is an interactive art gallery dedicated to over 200 works of optical illusions.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Langkawi

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Langkawi → Langkawi Dormitorio
  • The BEST Hotel in Langkawi → The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi

#16 – Tioman Island

Tioman island

  • Several secluded beaches
  • Hiking trails around the whole island
  • Beautiful snorkeling and diving spots

Spend a long weekend on the shores of Tioman Island, where you’ll enjoy stunning scenic views and laid-back beaches to help you unwind. Located in the South China Sea, the island caters mostly to Malaysian locals, which means many areas are virtually free from tourists so you can relax on the beach or by the pool in peace.

  • Hike from Tekek to Juara to see the pure, green jungle of the island. The trail is fairly easy and is only 7km, but will lead you through dense, flourishing trees and plants between the towns of Tekek and Juara.
  • Genting Village is a traditional Malaysian town that is still flooded with fishing boats and fisherman catching fresh seafood to sell to the markets later that day. If you come early enough, you’ll see them fishing directly off their boats!
  • Air Batang, or known as ABC by the locals, is a village surrounded by gorgeous hiking trails. Whether you’re staying in Air Batang, or simply stopping by after a long hike, you’ll find several casual dining areas and shops.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Tioman island

  • The BEST Hotel in Tioman island → X Rector Minsu

#17 – Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park

  • 3,500 species of plants
  • 295km of underground caves

The protected rainforest of Gunung Mulu National Park is unlike other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malaysia. Although you’ll find tropical plants and flowers like most other rainforests in the country, Gunung Mulu National Park is known for its dramatic limestone peaks and underground cave chambers.

There are three main mountains in the park, each with sharp protruding pinnacles that make for a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime view.

  • Deer Cave is the world’s largest cave that is accessible to the public at over 2km long and 175km high. In the middle of the cave, you’ll see a natural break in the ceiling, which lets in sunlight and illuminates the darkness. In order to enter the cave, you’ll first need to walk through the beautiful, tropical rainforest, which is an attraction all on its own.
  • Lang Cave is accessed after your walk from Deer Cave. Although it’s smaller than the other caves in the park, it’s illuminated by several holes in the caves that act as skylights so you can see the stalagmites and other structures inside.
  • Wind Cave gets its name from the breeze that sweeps through the cave. From the inside, you’ll see hundreds of jaw-dropping stalagmites and limestone columns.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Gunung Mulu National Park

  • The BEST Hotel in Gunung Mulu National Park → Mulu Marriott Resort

#18 – Kuching

One of malaysia’s coolest historical sites.

Kuching

  • Capital city of Sarawak
  • Beautiful location on Sarawak river
  • Learn about how indigenous groups lived

The bustling city of Kuching is a romantic meld of ancient and modern architecture and culture. Located in east Malaysia, Kuching sets out to educate visitors on the lifestyle of its indigenous inhabitants, and how Malaysians lived a hundred years back. Most of the main sites like temples and museums can be seen in a day, making Kuching an ideal trip to experience traditional Malaysia!

  • The Kuching Waterfront offers a scenic view of the river, where tourists and young lovers can stroll hand in hand down the promenade. Small cafes and restaurants line the waterfront, and the view from the outdoor terraces cannot be beaten.
  • Kuching Mosque was constructed in the mid-1800s and can be identified by its bright pink facade and shimmering gold domes.
  • Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple is an ornate, arched shrine that dates back to the late 1700s. Admire the intricate wood carvings and the deep red paint on the temple roof. Due to the large Chinese community in Kuching, this temple is an important landmark for the city.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Kuching

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Kuching → Check In Lodge
  • The BEST Hotel in Kuching → Hilton Kuching Hotel

#19 – Selangor

Selangor

  • The capital city of Sarawak
  • Most developed and populated state

Located just outside Kuala Lumpur in Selangor, a tourist loved destination that’s home to many of Malaysia’s top attractions. Like most areas in Malaysia, Selangor is a mix of outdoor nature activities and urban city life, making it a central place to stay for a first-time visit.

Shopping addicts will love the plethora of malls and markets in the area, and families will enjoy the variety of activities and entertainment. After a long day walking around the city, don’t forget to get one of Selangor’s famous reflexology massages!

  • i-City is Selangor’s top family attraction. Head for the indoor snow park, or take a ride on the Ferris wheel or roller coasters for a thrilling day of fun!
  • Sepang International Circuit is a racetrack that is sure to fulfill any auto lover’s dream. Home to Malaysia’s Formula 1 events, the Sepang International Circuit also features go-karting and an automobile museum.
  • Chiling Waterfalls is actually made up of three different waterfalls and can be reached by trail after hiking through the Selangor Dam. Definitely don’t miss the chance to swim in the crystal clear lagoons of the waterfall basins!

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Selangor

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Selangor → Suns Inn Hotel Kuala Selangor
  • The BEST Hotel in Selangor → The One Boutique Hotel

#20 – Jalan Alor

A must-see for foodies.

Jalan Alor

  • Foodie paradise
  • Unique and traditional Malaysian dishes

The foodie destination of Malaysia can be found on Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur. Once known as the red light district, Jalan Alor has had a few facelifts over the years to increase its attraction with tourists. Although you won’t find fancy fusion or international cuisine here, you will be treated to some of the best hawker stalls and street food markets in the whole country.

Feel free to come by during the day, but definitely don’t miss the opportunity to visit in the evening, when Jalan Alor turns into a bustling night market. You won’t get most of these foods back home, so don’t be afraid to try something new on Jalan Alor!

  • Restoran Wong Ah Wah serves up classic Malaysian satay skewers of juicy chicken, beef and lamb. This old school establishment is well known amongst locals and tourists alike.
  • Uncle Lim Pan Mee makes some of the best noodle soups in Malaysia. Served with piping hot broth, you’ll slurp your way through one or two bowls easily!
  • Beh Brothers may just be a small stall with plastic chairs in front, but don’t let the no-frill decor fool you. You’ll find very tasty and very affordable rice and drunken noodle bowls here.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Jalan Alor

  • The BEST Hotel in Jalan Alor → The Bed KLCC

#21 – Batu Caves

Batu Caves

  • Over 400 million years old
  • Temples are over 100 years old
  • Several god Hindu statues and shrines

While limestone caves can be found all over Malaysia, the most popular site to visit these underground dwellings is at the Batu Caves. Consisting of three major caves, Batu Caves is a very religious site in Hindu culture and is home to multiple shrines and temples.

Not only will you have the chance to walk in the caves themselves, but you can also explore museums and art galleries on site. If you happen to visit during Thaipusam (January-February), you’ll see thousands of worshippers participating in a colorful procession for the Lord Muruga.

  • Cathedral Cave is the largest and most ornate cave in Batu. After climbing a steep flight of over 200 steps, you’ll reach the top to see beautiful Hindu shrines under the 100 meters high caved ceiling.
  • Ramayana Cave can be accessed after crossing a small bridge past the statue of Hanuman. This cave is vibrantly decorated in color dioramas telling the story of Ramayana.
  • The Lord Muruga statue is a 42-meter tall golden statue that greets visitors as they enter the cave.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Batu Caves

  • The BEST Hotel in Batu Caves → Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur – By Samadhi

#22 – Petaling Street

Petaling Street ,Malaysia

  • Remodeled in 2003
  • Traditional heritage buildings

Kuala Lumpur’s buzzing Chinese district can be found on Petaling Street. Walk through the grand Chinese arches and enter a chaotic Chinatown filled with affordable shops, tantalizing snacks, and traditional temples.

This pedestrianized shopping district is the perfect place to find counterfeit products, as long as you remember to haggle with the vendors for a better price! If you’re looking for cheap eats and good deals on souvenirs, then head down to Petaling Street for an exciting and memorable day.

  • Shopping is by far the biggest draw in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. From sunglasses to clothing to handbags, you’ll find some of the biggest brand name knockoffs at reasonable prices. Don’t forget to bargain down to 20-30% of the original asking price.
  • Central Market is a short walk from Petaling Street and is the best place to find goods that are higher quality than what you find at the hawker stalls. The building is over 100 years old, and products are separated by race, so you can see the differences in cultures.
  • Street Food on Petaling Street is some of the tastiest food you’ll have in Malaysia. Local favorites include Asam Laksa and curry noodles.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Petaling Street ,Malaysia

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Petaling Street ,Malaysia →  Mycozystay
  • The BEST Hotel in Petaling Street ,Malaysia → Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur – By Samadhi

Editor’s note –   If you are going to stay in Penang, you should check out our article about Where to stay in Penang.

#23 – Pangkor Island

One of the more unique places to visit in malaysia.

Pangkor Island

  • 3,000 locals live on the island
  • Pangkor Town has restaurants and hotels
  • Plenty of water sports and activities

Situated off the coast of Perak, Pangkor Island is home to miles and miles of white sandy beaches. Originally the home base of the Dutch during the Dutch East India Company, Pangkor Island is filled with several European influenced structures and buildings.

If you’re looking to explore what Pangkor has to offer, think about renting a scooter or motorbike, as they are affordable and can take you up the steep hills for the best viewpoints.

  • Fu Link Kung Temple can be found at the bottom of Pangkor Hill near Sungai Pinang Besar. This Taoist temple is decorated in bright colors, and the gardens surrounding the temple include a mini Great Wall of China!
  • Pangkor Hill Trek starts at Bogak beach and leads you up to Sungai Pinang Kecil. This is a fairly relaxing trail that should only take one or two hours during the day.
  • Dindings Fort is a small Dutch fortress that was built during the 17th century. This monument was originally used to watch over the foreign ships that would steer past Pangkor.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Pangkor Island

  • The BEST Hotel in Pangkor Island → Anjungan Beach Resort

#24 – Sipadan Island

Sipadan Island

  • Award-winning dive spot
  • Must stay on neighboring islands as there are no resorts

While there is no shortage of excellent diving spots in Malaysia, Sipadan Island might take the trophy for the most beautiful. You’ll have 13 different bays and spots to choose from, including the popular Hanging Gardens and Turtle Cavern.

The island was formed by corals that grew over an ancient volcanic cone, making it one of the richest marine ecosystems in the country. Although you’ll need to apply for a permit to visit Sipadan Island (120 are given out each day), the exclusivity and richness of the landscape is well worth the wait.

  • Diving is clearly one of the best activities on Sipadan Island. Surrounded by hard and soft coral, you’ll have plenty to see in the crystal clear waters off the shores. Snorkeling is also possible for those without a diving permit.
  • The Dropoff is located off the shores and can be dangerous if it’s unexpected! You’ll be wading in knee-high water before suddenly dropping 600 meters into the depths of the ocean.
  • Stay on a Liveaboard for a unique accommodation experience while exploring Sipadan. These ships dock themselves close to the island and also offer onboard dining and massages.

#25 – Miri

Miri

  • Bustling oil and petroleum town
  • Tasty cafes and restaurants
  • Markets for all types of goods

To some, Miri is just a gateway city that leads to Malaysia’s top attractions. However, this overlooked city in Sarawak is home to five outstanding national parks that should be explored on its own. The sunsets off the coasts of Miri are some of the most colorful and picturesque sights you’ll see on your entire Malaysian trip.

  • The Blue Tears at Tusan Beach is one of Miri’s natural wonders. Come at night and see the glowing micro-organisms light up the water like shining stars in the night sky.
  • Markets can be found all over Miri. If you’re looking for traditional Malaysian products, hit up Tamu Khas. For a taste of the local, regional dishes, don’t miss out on the Saberkas Weekend Night Market.
  • The Petroleum Museum may not be the most exciting sight on your itinerary, but it pays homage to the booming industry that put Miri on the map. It’s located near the “Grand Old Lady” which was the first oil well built in the country.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Miri

  • The COOLEST Hostel in Miri →  Villa Dadap Miri
  • The BEST Hotel in Miri → Bay Resort Condominium

#26 – Taiping

An awesome place to visit in malaysia for half a day.

Taiping

  • Home of the first railway station in Malaysia

If you’re headed to northern Malaysia, don’t miss a stop over to the charming, historic town of Taiping. You’ll find some of the best-preserved architecture from the British colonial era, that can be seen by the pristine white facades of the government offices and boarding school in the area.

  • The Taiping Lake Gardens was originally a tin mining ground, but was soon converted into a flourishing lakeside garden that’s covered in trees and bright colored tulips! There are also ten different ponds located around the gardens.
  • The Perak Museum is the oldest museum in the whole country and was built in 1886. You’ll find photographs and exhibits highlighting the history of the town.
  • Maxwell Hill is a small village known for receiving the highest percentage of rainfall in Malaysia. The 13k trek up the mountain is brimming with old bungalows and beautiful gardens, making the journey quite scenic.

Our Favorite Places to Stay in Taiping

  • The BEST Hotel in Taiping → Zen Retreat Taiping

Now that you’ve gotten the low down on Malaysia’s coolest landmarks, cities, and parks, you’ll have no problem building the most action-packed itinerary for your visit! We’re positive that you’re going to have a memorable and unforgettable time in Malaysia!

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Where to Go in Malaysia: Top 30 Unmissable Destinations

Where to go in Malaysia – 30 of the very best places to visit in Malaysia, as recommended by locals and travel experts.

From the steel-and-glass metropolis of KL to the jungles of Borneo, Malaysia has to be one of the most diverse countries in Asia.

Visitors drawn in by Malaysia’s legendary national parks and tropical islands usually find the food culture , street art and layered history is reason enough to linger a little longer.

Despite having visited Malaysia half a dozen times, I’ve still only scratched the surface of this diverse nation. To help with curating this list of the best places to visit in Malaysia, I asked a group of experienced travellers and locals to share their recommendations.

This guide explores some of the best things to do in Malaysia for every interest, travel style and budget. From must-see cities to small towns, cultural sites and religious monuments to hiking and ethical wildlife encounters, the best beaches, islands and resorts, this list has something for everyone.

If we’ve forgotten to include your favourite place in Malaysia, please let us know in the comments!

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Where to go in Malaysia: Cities & culture

Kuala lumpur.

Skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital city.

Anyone who’s wondering where to go in Malaysia will inevitably wind up incorporating Kuala Lumpur into their itinerary. Malaysia’s capital city is simply a must-see for first-time visitors. The scale of the city will blow you away.

KL has the glossy veneer of a big, anonymous city, but beneath the surface, it’s a hotbed of history, culture and cuisine. Whether you only have time for a short layover in KL or you’re planning an extended stay, there are a couple of things you need to check off your list.

The first is the iconic Petronas Towers . Viewed from the park below, they cut an immaculate figure against the inky blue night sky and define KL’s urban horizon. Take a trip up to the viewing deck (advance reservations essential – book tickets here ) for a magnificent view of the city.

Spend a few hours wandering the Central Market and Chinatown precinct (be sure to visit Petaling Street and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple ), both lively destinations for shopping, eating and socialising. Save some of your pennies for KL’s beautiful boutique gift shops, including Batik Boutique where you can find gorgeous handmade souvenirs . A stop at the National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara) and the nearby Islamic Arts Museum is another must-do.

When night falls, head to the Jalan Alor Night Food Court and see how many Malaysian delicacies you can squeeze in. If you have more time, there are dozens of convenient day trip opportunities from KL – keep reading to discover the best of the best!

George Town (Penang)

A street art mural in Penang depicts two children reaching for baskets on a bicycle.

Possibly Malaysia’s most popular tourist destination, George Town is the biggest city and capital of Penang island. There are three things George Town is best known for: Street food , street art , and vibrant laneways dotted with heritage architecture .

You could easily spend a week or more in George Town exploring the UNESCO Heritage Listed Old Town , which consumes the eastern end of the island. Stroll down the iconic Penang five-foot ways and step back in history, keeping an eye out for Ernest Zacharevic’s best murals along the way. Join a food tour to sample the best Penang eats – there are simply too many to list here – and immerse yourself in the local craft scene at the Batik Painting Museum .

Other must-sees include Cheong Fatt Tze (The Blue Mansion) and the nearby Goddess of Mercy Temple . Climb Penang Hill for an epic view of the island. Set aside an evening for Chew Jetty , a laid-back waterside clan community where you can get a small taste of what Penang must have been like during its heyday as a Straights trading hub.

Where to go in Malaysia: A temple set against a backdrop of limestone caves in Ipoh.

The quieter cousin of George Town, Ipoh boasts many of the same virtues – amazing street art, historic laneways and architecture, a fantastic hawker market scene – only without the crowds of Penang.

The capital of central Malaysia’s Perak state, Ipoh is a captivating city that oozes history and charm from the cracks in the plasterwork and flaking shutters of its buildings. Walk the Ipoh Heritage Trail , a mapped route that takes in 27 of the city’s most important landmarks, including the British Colonial railway station , to peel back the layers of Ipoh’s history.

Some of the best things to do in Ipoh revolve around eating and drinking. Malaysia’s iconic white coffee , an iced drink made with coffee beans soaked in margarine, was born here in Ipoh and is served in sweet little local cafes across the city. Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken is a must-try for dinner and can be found at any of the hawker markets.

While you’re pounding the pavement, keep an eye out for the large-scale murals painted by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic (the same man responsible for George Town’s street art). Hundreds of smaller works by local artists and collectives are sprinkled throughout the city, concentrated around Mural Art’s Lane .

Beyond the city limits, Ipoh gives way to the lush landscapes of Perak, with its thick rainforest and limestone caves . Mirror lakes and hidden temples are waiting to be explored via walking tracks – including the magnificent Perak Cave Temple .

A distinctive golden building in Kuching, Malaysia.

Capital of Malaysian Borneo’s semi-autonomous Sarawak state, Kuching has a lovely laid-back feel. The Kuching Waterfront precinct sprawls out along the beautiful Kuching river, reflecting the golden roof of the New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building .

Dilapidated shophouses, curling alleyways and eclectic architecture define Kuching’s centre. Wander the brightly painted alleyways around India Street , with their fabric vendors and fragrant spice markets, and spot orang-utan-themed street art by Ernest Zacharevic .

Like all Malaysian cities, Kuching has a great food scene. Choon Hui Cafe is a local institution – the prawn laksa and popiah ( Fujianesespring roll) are both must-eats. Other dishes to try in Kuching include kolo mee (yellow noodles cooked Kuching-style) and Sarawak laksa .

Culture lovers will appreciate Kuching’s excellent museums. The Museum of Sarawak , which catalogues Iban culture, Textile Museum and Tun Jugah Collection , a private collection of hand-woven textiles displayed alongside Iban artefacts, are all worth the ticket price. For the perfect Kuching souvenir , look for Iban black-and-white rattan mats and other Bornean antiques in Kuching’s Main Bazaar .

Kuching is a departure point for exploring Sarawak’s natural beauty and Iban culture, with river boat rides, longhouse homestays and jungle treks all within a few hours of the city. Don’t miss Semenggoh Nature Reserve (more on that later), a wonderful orang-utan sanctuary just outside Kuching.

Kota Kinabalu

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A beautiful mosque in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

The capital of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu – or KK as it’s fondly known – is considered the gateway city for anyone looking to enjoy the beauty of Borneo. However, it’s fast emerging as a popular tourist destination in its own right.

To experience the true beauty of Kota Kinabalu, you must visit the Jesselton Point Waterfront . It’s perfect for anyone who’s looking for delicious local food and scenic views. Tourists also have the option to take a ferry to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park or one of the five islands that are just 15 minutes away. Sipping on a beer in a local cafe at Jesselton as you watch the sun set or enjoying karaoke with friends is a wonderful way to end the day after your island trip.

The Mari Mari Cultural Village is a great place for anyone looking to experience Sabah’s rich heritage. During your half-day trip to Mari Mari, you can witness traditional dance performances, hunting and fishing practices practiced by the region’s five ethnic groups: Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau, Murut and Dusun.

For adventure enthusiasts, a hike to Mount Kinabalu is of the best things to do in Kota Kinabalu . The hikes are often overbooked so it is advisable to make a reservation in advance. Be sure to spend an evening by the iconic city mosque, Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu , where you can enjoy some peace and solitude.

Colonial architecture and colourful street vendors in Melaka, Malaysia.

A convenient day trip from Kuala Lumpur , Melaka (Malacca) is a historic port city set on Malaysia’s southwestern coast. With its layers of Malay, Nyonya, Portuguese, Dutch and English heritage, Melaka perfectly captures Malaysia’s multicultural spirit and multifaceted history.

Start in the Dutch-era Stadthuys square , Melaka’s most recognisable landmark. The 1753-built Christ Church stands proudly at top of the square, surrounded by a flurry of colourful vendors and cafes organised around beautifully manicured gardens. The cacophony of food, souvenir and bric-a-brac stalls continues down Jonker Street . If you’re wondering what to eat in Melaka, Nyonya Laksa is the best local dish to sink your teeth into.

Above the waterfront, St. Paul’s Church and Famosa Fort offer interesting ruins and panoramic viewpoints. The Melaka Straits Mosque , which juts out into the water on a narrow peninsular, is one of the most beautiful mosques in all of Malaysia.

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Where to go in Malaysia: A tree set along the river in the city of Taiping.

For somewhere off the tourist trail with plenty of local charm, visit Taiping! Located near the west coast of peninsular Malaysia close to Penang, Taiping is easy to visit by train or bus from Kuala Lumpur or anywhere in the western region of Malaysia.

Taiping itself has similar charms to Penang with street art, great food and colonial architecture , but without the crowds. It was one of the first cities to be established in Malaysia and has many firsts – the first railway station, first museum, first post office, first wet market and more.

A trip to Taiping should start with a walk around the central colonial area to see the well-preserved architecture while looking out for street art. Next stop is Muzium Perak to learn more about this part of Malaysia. Finally, finish at Taman Tasik Taiping , Taiping’s famous gardens. These 64-hectares of lagoons and grassland are a great place to relax, look out for monitor lizards or take a paddle on a paddleboat. Read more about Taiping here.

The most delicious way to cool down from the heat is at Ansari Famous Cendol for one of Malaysia’s best shaved ice treats. To taste many of the local dishes, head to Pusat Makanan Taman Tasik , a popular foodcourt by the lake.

For a comfortable place to stay in a central location, try the Louis Hotel .

Bukit Mertajam

By Marco Ferrarese, Penang Insider

Motorbikes parked outside a heritage building in Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia.

Everybody goes to UNESCO-listed George Town on Penang island for an overdose of food and street art. Few people realise that right across the Penang bridge, the town of Bukit Mertajam in Seberang Prai, the mainland part of Penang state, has plenty of interesting stuff to do as well.

Bukit Mertajam is an offbeat, beautiful town with strong ties to the local Chinese triads (yes, the local mafia). Set next to the hill of the same name, there’s hiking galore in Cherok Tokun reserve .

The old town of Bukit Mertajam, developed around the Pek Kong Cheng temple (sadly partially destroyed by fire in 2019), has a lot of great food. Try BM Best Cendol (self-titled as such, and for good reason) and the ‘Black Man Rojak’, a praised local stall selling Malaysian rojak – pieces of tropical fruit drenched in thick, black sweet-sour sauce. Also try the famous BM Cup Rice, which dishes up delicious duck and pork meat with local rice.

Don’t forget to look around – Bukit Mertajam’s old town has decrepit, old-world buildings that are much more authentic than Penang’s gentrified boutique hotels and cookie-cutter cafes.

There are many opportunities to get out and about in nature near Bukit Mertajam. For starters, you can try the Cherok Tokun hiking trail that leads to the TV towers on top of Bukit Mertajam. Take a stroll at Bukit D.O. , a nature park for local hiking enthusiasts. Pay a visit to St. Anne’s Church , an important pilgrimage site for Catholics from all over India and Southeast Asia who come here to celebrate every year at the end of July.

During Malaysia’s nation-wide Hungry Ghost Festival , Bukit Mertajam hosts the tallest statue of the King of Hell Tay Su Yeah.

Penang’s gentrification? Please leave it across the Penang bridge and come to Bukit Mertajam for a timeless Malaysian experience.

Kuala Kangsar

A beautiful mosque in Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia - a day trip from Ipoh.

Located in central Malaysia’s Perak state, the town of Kuala Kangsar is an easy day trip from Ipoh by train. Known as the ‘royal city’, it served as the seat for the Shah of Perak between 1877 and 1887.

Ubudiah Mosque is considered one of Malaysia’s most distinctive mosques and is reason enough to take a trip to KK. Designed by British architect Arthur Benison Hubback (also responsible for Kuala Lumpur’s railway station), it’s defined by golden domes and towering palm trees. The bands of colour on the facade are created from Italian marble. When the mosque was being built, it’s rumoured that two of the Sultan’s elephants damaged some of the marble tiles, delaying construction!

Apart from the mosque, KK boasts a number of other distinctive landmarks, making it an architecture-lover’s paradise. The Istana Kenangan , a distinctive building that houses the Royal Museum of Perak, Baitul Anor , a decrepit mansion house that was once home to Perak’s prince, and turn-of-the-century-built Victoria Bridge are just some of the highlights.

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Where to go in Malaysia: The beautiful Putra Mosque in Putrajaya set over the water.

Putrajaya is the present federal administrative centre of the Malaysian Government. Being only 35 km from KL city centre, it can easily be explored as a day trip from KL .

The most sought-after place to visit in Putrajaya is the Putra Mosque . Its nickname, the ‘pink mosque’, comes from the rose-tinted granite. Putra Mosque’s Islamic-architecture artistically blends traditional designs, local craftsmanship and the use of indigenous materials. As with any mosque, modest dress is essential if you want to enter the prayer hall and enjoy the elegantly designed interiors.

No trip to Putrajaya is complete without taking a tour of the Perdana Putra complex , which houses the Prime Minister’s Office and other administrative offices. Although visitors are not allowed to go inside, it’s free to admire the exterior and gardens (which includes a couple of Instagrammable spots!).

Other interesting things to do in Putrajaya include driving the beautiful Seri Wawasan Bridge , enjoying the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta , visiting the Putrajaya Botanical Garden , and the Steel Mosque . For adventure seekers, Putrajaya lake offers multiple outdoor activities including stand-up paddle boarding, water jetting and flyboarding.

Johor Bahru

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If you want a bit more modern city life before diving back into the jungle or exploring Malaysia’s beaches, Johor Bahru makes for an interesting change from Kuala Lumpur. The city is located right down in the south of the mainland peninsula, on the border with Singapore .

And indeed Johor Bahru could be called Malaysia’s answer to Singapore. It is set up to attract visitors from the neighbouring city state with much of the sparkle, but at much lower prices. Excellent shopping and fabulous restaurants are what JB is known for.

If you want to go from JB to Singapore itself, then it’s just a 45-minute bus ride away. But don’t just pass through – this place is a destination in its own right.

With Legoland Malaysia and Hello Kitty Town both in close proximity, this is a great destination for families with young kids.

A huge golden statue of a Hindu deity at the Batu Caves in Malaysia.

Batu Caves in Selangor, just north of KL, can be counted among Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations. As well as being rather Instagram-friendly, this is an extremely important spiritual pilgrimage site. I recommend visiting with a local guide to make the most of the experience.

The limestone cave complex is a sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Murugan, a Hindu deity. In late January/early February, the Hindu Thaipusam festival is celebrated here. If you can brave the heat and humidity, this is the perfect time to visit.

Outside of festival time, visitors can explore the largest cave, Temple Cave , accessible via 270 steps (now painted in a rainbow of colours). The towering gold statue of Murugan is the tallest of its kind in the world.

Kek Lok Si Temple

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Where to go in Malaysia: Colourful lanterns and architecture at Kek Lok Si Temple on Penang island.

Buddhist Kek Lok Si Temple on the island of Penang is yet more proof of Malaysia’s diversity. While there are Hindu and Taoist temples, mosques and churches in the nearby city of George Town, this iconic temple is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from all over Southeast Asia. 

Built in 1980, Kek Lok Si is home to temples, statues, prayer halls and towers with impressive views over Penang. You could easily spend a half-day exploring the complex. Don’t miss the three-storey shrine (as the tallest building for miles around, it would be hard to), donated by King Bhumibol of Thailand. Here there’s a vegetarian restaurant as well as a few shops. You also have the option to pay 3 MYR to catch a lift to the enormous Kuan Yin female goddess statue.

An ideal time to visit Kek Lok Si is for Chinese New Year celebrations in February when the whole temple is illuminated by strobe lights and a firework show takes place.

It takes just 30 minutes to reach Kek Lok Si Temple from George Town by bus or taxi. The nearest town is Air Itam, where you should stop afterwards for a bowl of assam laksa at Pasar Air Itam Laksa , voted one of the best foods in the world by CNN.

Where to go in Malaysia: Nature, adventure & wildlife

Cameron highlands.

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Where to go in Malaysia: Tea fields in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands.

Cameron Highlands is a spectacular part of the Malaysian hill country covered in lush green tea fields. Visitors come here to see the beautiful mountain scenery and to enjoy the cooler temperatures that comes with the higher elevation.

The number one thing to do in Cameron Highlands is visit a tea plantation and enjoy a cup of the local brew. One of the most popular choices is the BOH Tea Plantation , and that’s because the tasting room has spectacular views from the veranda perched on the hillside. Visitors can also enjoy hikes in the surrounding jungle, the local farmers’ markets , and a walk through the enchanting Mossy Forest .

After a full day of exploring, try Restoran Kumar which serves delicious Indian-style food for very reasonable prices. It’s found in the town of Tanah Rata.

Cameron Highlands is a beautiful part of the country with unique scenery and climate compared to the rest of Malaysia and is absolutely worth visiting.

Teman Negara

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A rainforest boardwalk in Taman Negara, Malaysia.

Taman Negara (literally ‘National Park’) is the first protected area in Malaysia, established in 1939, and one of the oldest deciduous rainforests in the world . Easy to visit as a weekend away from Kuala Lumpur (but worthy of a month of exploring in its own right), this expanse of more than 4,300 square kilometres has options for every traveller.

Laid-back weekenders out of Kuala Lumpur might opt for easy exploring – boat rides and short hikes to remote jungle waterfall, Lata Berkoh , canopy walks high in the treetops, or just relaxing at the luxurious Mutiara Taman Negara Resort , which offers guided interpretive walks on the in-house boardwalk.

More adventurous travellers might opt for two to three-day guided hiking in Taman Negara , overnighting in the famous ‘Elephant Cave’ and slipping along muddy jungle trails and through countless streams. For the ultimate Taman Negara adventure, consider the strenuous weeklong round trip to the top of Gunung Tahan , the highest point of Peninsular Malaysia at 2,187 metres.

Almost all tourist services, including restaurants and accommodations, are based in the village of Kuala Tahan across the Tembaling river from the entrance to Taman Negara. A wide range of budget and mid-range accommodation options are available, and a plethora of tour operators make it easy to book guided hikes and other excursions on-site.

Gunung Mulu National Park

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Where to go in Malaysia: Rocky peaks inside Gunung Mulu National Park.

Gunung Mulu National Park is one of Malaysia’s true gems. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its extensive underground cave network and unique mountain peaks.

Mulu Caves is the longest cave system in the world by surface area. Take some time to explore the Lang Cave, Deer Cave, Clearwater Cave, Wind Cave and Lady Cave. They each have their own unique attributes such as rock formations, coral structures, and interesting patches of habitat.

At Deer Cave, you can see the mass bat exodus . From 5pm to 7pm each day, bats numbering in the thousands leave the cave at the same time in search of food from the forest. There is a viewing platform and the event can last for 45 minutes.

Outside of the caves, Gunung Mulu National Park is famous for the Mulu Pinnacles , a series of otherworldly limestone formations that require a three-day hike to reach. It is a somewhat difficult hike, but well worth the exertion.

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A small town set at the foot of a dramatic mountain peak.

Safely tucked away on the largest island in Asia, Sabah is a relatively unexplored destination in Malaysia. Sabah is home to more than 32 different ethnic groups and is a great place to learn more about local culture. Apart from that, Sabah is also quite well-known for its rainforests, beaches, and abundant wildlife . Most of the state is covered with reserves or parks.

When visiting Sabah, make sure you try a few local dishes such as Tuaran noodles, Butod, Roti Cobra, and a lot more. While the best local food is served at homestays , you have to try Roti Cobra at Kedai Makan Islamic Restoran in Kota Kinabalu . It is simply delicious.

Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in Malaysia and is a popular hiking spot. If you’re interested in exploring the coral reefs , then head to the nearby islands for a fun diving experience. And if you’re a nature lover, then a visit to Kinabalu Park , Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must.

From climbing Mount Kinabalu to meeting headhunting warriors and nomadic sea gypsies, Sabah is a place you won’t soon forget.

Danum Valley

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Where to go in Malaysia: An orang-utan in the treetops in Danum Valley.

Danum Valley is an area of virgin rainforest in the Sabah area of Malaysian Borneo. While much of the island has been deforested in order to create palm oil plantations, the Danum Valley Conservation Area has been protected.

There are only two places to stay – the Danum Valley Field Center, just outside the area, offers basic accommodation and limited guides. The second option, Borneo Rainforest Lodge , is smack bang in the middle of the virgin rainforest. Rates include meals served inside the beautiful, open lodge that faces a forested escarpment.

Danum Valley is one of the best places in Borneo to witness Malaysia’s incredible flora and wildlife. Highlights include guided hikes to lookouts, waterfalls, and a small river where fish come and nibble your feet (great for exfoliation!), a canopy walk built through the tops of trees (with excellent chances of seeing orang-utans and hornbills ), and a night drive in the back of a truck with a powerful spotlight (possible sightings include giant flying squirrels, lemurs and even cloud leopards ).

Gua Tempurung

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Where to go in Malaysia: A lake surrounded by forest in Gua Tempurung.

Gua Tempurung is something of a ‘secret’ spot, even among Malaysians. Tucked away in Gopeng, Perak – some 3 hours’ drive from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur – Gua Tempurung is the largest limestone cave in West Malaysia .

The best thing to do is join one of four caving tours . If you’re particularly adventurous, try the epic 4-hour long Grand Tour. This not only takes you through the incredible limestone stalactites and stalagmites, but also deep into the belly of a cave once used as a communist hideaway. You will have to crawl through narrow cave rivers, climb steep slopes and slide down ledges, all in the pitch dark! For a full account of what it’s like, check out this blog post . 

If caving doesn’t take your fancy, there are many other things you can do nearby, including whitewater rafting , jungle trekking (to search for the ever-elusive Rafflesia!), or waterfall abseiling .

For food, the foodie hub of Ipoh is a mere 30-minutes away. Top choices include the local salty chicken and taufufa , a sweet tofu-based dessert.

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Situated in the Kelabit Highlands near the Indonesian border in East Kalimantan, Bario is a small community of 13 to 16 indigenous Kelabit villages . If you’re looking for a remote place to experience authentic indigenous culture, Bario is a great choice.

Bario may be less popular than other destinations in Sarawak, such as Niah Cave or Gunung Mulu, but it’s no less interesting. Organise your accommodation at one of the longhouses and immerse yourself in the local culture during your stay in town. Some accommodations include meals in the booking package, so you can taste the local food provided by your host.

A great time to visit Bario is in June/July, when the area hosts Pesta Nukenan , a showcase of local food and culture.

Travelling overland takes days, thus flights from Miri, Marudi or Kuching are the most convenient way to get to Bario. Before you go, make sure you have enough cash with you since there’s no ATM available (there’s no phone or internet connection either).

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

Semenggoh Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Kuching is one of the most accessible places in Malaysia to see semi-wild orang-utans. If you want a quick taste of the Borneo jungle, this is a perfect half-day trip.

Established in the 70s, the patch of rainforest is home to more than 30 endangered orang-utans , all orphaned or rescued from captivity. The centre trains them to survive in the wild.

A tightly controlled viewing area is open twice daily at 9am and 3pm. Carers provide fruit to entice the orang-utans – but whether or not they surface from the thickets is entirely up to them. The best time to visit Semenggoh is during the fruiting season. We went in August and saw half a dozen orang-utans.

Semenggoh is located just 30 kilometres from Kuching and is easy to reach by car or taxi.

Where to go in Malaysia: Islands & beaches

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Where to go in Malaysia: the skywalk through the forest on Langkawi island.

This beautiful tropical island in the north of Malaysia might be small – you could drive around it in just 3 hours – but Langkawi has plenty to tempt visitors, from glorious golden beaches to the wildlife of its lush jungle.

The biggest attractions are the Skycab and Skybridge . The world’s steepest cable car takes you from the Oriental Village complex to a bridge suspended 100 metres in the air for amazing views across the island. If you’re feeling energetic, you can trek partway.

Along with its other attractions, Oriental Village is home to Art in Paradise , Langkawi’s 3D art museum, the biggest of its kind in Malaysia, where you can pose with artwork designed to trick the eye. Huge fun, it’s also ideal during rainy season or as a way to escape the heat.

But Langawki’s biggest attractions are natural. Take a boat tour through the mangroves of the protected Kilim Geoforest park , see bats roosting in Gua Kelawar cave , eagles soaring above the karst peaks , and head out to some of the smaller islands.

Not to forget the beaches: the white sands of Tanjung Rhu are among the loveliest, busy Pantai Cenang is great for water sports and beach bars, while minerals turn the sand of Pantai Pisar Hitam black.

Port Dickson

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Where to go in Malaysia: Sunset on the beach at Port Dickson.

Port Dickson is a coastal town about 1.5 hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpur. One of the country’s most popular beach destinations due to its proximity to the capital, the English name originated from the British High Officer, Sir John Frederick Dickson, who was posted at the Straits Settlement during the end of the 19th century.

Top things to do here include a visit to the many beaches along the coastal road. Teluk Kemang is the most popular one, and due to the street market located right in front of it, the most crowded. Other famous sites to visit are the Cape Rachado Lighthouse , the oldest lighthouse in Malaysia built by the Portuguese, as well as the Wan Loong Temple , an ornate Chinese Temple that pays homage to several oriental deities, such as the Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) and the Monkey King. For family travellers with kids, the Port Dickson Army Museum is an interesting place to visit.

Being so close to the sea, Port Dickson has some great seafood restaurants for foodies. Local favourites include Weng Yin Seafood Village, Chardin Seaview Restaurant and Double Queue Thai Cuisine.

Last but not least, one of the highlights of Port Dickson is staying in an overwater chalet . Although the sea water here is not as pristine as some of the other beach destinations in Malaysia, it is still an enjoyable experience to look out to the sea from your room while listening to the sound of the waves. Recommended hotels are Avillion Port Dickson and Lexis Hibiscus .

Sipadan Island

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A long jetty reaches into the ocean on Malaysia's Sipadan Island.

Sipadan island in Borneo is the top dive spot in Malaysia and often rated as one of the best places to dive in the world .

Surrounding the island, there is a massive coral wall close to shore that drops 300 metres straight down. Strong currents flowing past the reef bring sharks, big pelagic fish and unreal marine life, creating an amazing wall dive.

This is an incredibly biodiverse spot with huge green turtles , big schools of massive bumphead parrot fish, big eye trevally, and reef sharks hunting in the area. The island’s most famous dive site is Barracuda Point , where you are often engulfed by massive schools of barracuda.

All these incredible marine animals swim close to shore and in the past, divers could walk from their hotel room and jump from the beach into this amazing natural aquarium. If you’re not a diver, Sipadan also offers fantastic snorkelling .

The Malaysian government has taken bold steps to preserve this diving mecca and the island. Since 2004, only divers with the necessary permits are allowed on the island. All resorts were relocated to nearby islands, and only 178 divers per day are granted permits. This is policed and strictly enforced.

Sipadan is very popular, so book your accommodation and diving from the nearby island, Mabul, ahead of time.

Perhentian Islands

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Where to go in Malaysia: A beachside cafe in Malaysia's Perhentian Islands.

The beautiful Perhentian Islands are located just off Malaysia’s northeast coast. The largest islands are Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar, but there are several small, uninhabited islands in this amazing archipelago as well.

For adventurous travellers, diving in the Perhentian Islands will be an unforgettable experience as the underwater world here is spectacular. If you don’t want to go scuba diving, consider snorkelling instead. There are several (short) hiking trails on Perhentian Kecil , just be sure to bring plenty of water as it gets very hot and humid, especially between April and June.

Coral Bay is located on the west side of Perhentian Kecil and is the perfect place to admire the sunset while enjoying a cocktail on the beach at one of the restaurants or bars. For food, there is no better place to eat fresh seafood (often barbecued). Be sure to try some freshly caught fish during your stay.

If you choose Perhentian Kecil as your base, BuBu Resort is a great place to stay. At Perhentian Besar, the Tuna Bay Island Resort is an excellent option.

Redang Island

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There are many reasons to visit Malaysia , and Redang Island is definitely one of them. Pulau Redang is one of those postcard-perfect islands with bright white sand and warm azure water.

Located off the east coast of Malaysia and part of the Coral Triangle between Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Indonesia, it’s a global centre for marine biodiversity. No trip would be complete without snorkelling or scuba diving . You can learn to scuba or get started with a discovery dive.

But there are more than just water activities available on the island.

Head to the Taaras Resort for a visit to the SEATRU Turtle Lab . Here, you’ll learn all about the turtle life cycle, predators, and how the lab measures the gentle creatures. April to October is hatching season and the perfect time to see the baby turtles being released into the sea. 

The interior of the island is packed with jungle, and there are a bunch of hiking routes choose from. Most aren’t that difficult and will only take a couple of hours. If you’re lucky, you’ll see rare plants, monitor lizards, monkeys and all sorts of colourful birds.

The best place to eat in Redang is at the Laguna Food Court , where you can sample local delicacies at affordable prices. Be sure to try the fish head curry – it’s a favourite in Malaysia.

Tioman Island

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Where to go in Malaysia: Clear water and towering palm trees on Tioman Island in Malaysia.

Tioman Island is located off Malaysia’s east coast and is accessible by ferry. It’s a perfect getaway for anyone interested in eco travel due to its natural beauty and abundant wildlife .

Apart from the stunning beaches and amazing coral reefs, there are jungle walking trails and waterfall hikes that offer unique insight into the tropical flora and fauna.

Alternatively, you can relax on the beach with an ice-cold beer and enjoy some of the great local restaurants. Be sure to check out Golden Dish Cafe , who grow their own organic vegetables, use locally caught fish, and can also whip up some traditional, herbal drinks with medicinal properties.

The Juarta Turtle Project at Mentawak Beach works with the local community to educate and protect marine life. They offer volunteering experiences for those willing to stay a while.

Where to go in Malaysia: Resorts

Avani sepang goldcoast resort, sepang.

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People eating and drinking at a poolside bar in Sepang, Malaysia.

The gorgeous town of Sepang is home to the Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort , which has the distinction of being one of the least expensive overwater bungalow resorts anywhere in the world.

Located on the coast roughly halfway between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, it’s the perfect place for couples and solo travellers looking to relax and rejuvenate. If you are a spa lover, check into the resort and soak up all the amenities. Schedule yourself a few treatments so you can take full advantage of your surroundings.

If you want to explore Sepang itself, visit the beautiful nearby mosque, or enjoy a mangrove river cruise . Make sure you set aside some time to see the absolutely stunning sunsets over the water. They are some of the most vibrant anywhere in the world.

You can get to Sepang from Kuala Lumpur by bus, train, or by hiring a private driver.

Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands

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Resorts World Genting is an integrated leisure centre on the peak of Mount Ulu Kali, about 55 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur. It’s a favourite holiday getaway popular among locals as well as tourists.

Resorts World Genting is a collection of premium hotels, resorts, shopping arcades, theme parks, and restaurants. It is a complete leisure and entertainment destination that also has the advantage of enjoying pleasant temperatures throughout the year. One of the largest hotels in the world, the First World Hotel , is located inside.

Some of the top things to do in Genting include a visit to the Chin Swee Temple , a virtual reality experience at The Void , and the Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park. Whether you’re looking for local cuisine, Mexican, Italian or Pan Asian vegetarian fare , there are a plethora of cafes and fine dining restaurants to cater to every palate. The famous local desserts like ice kacang and cendol are not to be missed, either.

Berjaya Hills, Bukit Tinggi

Bavarian-style architecture in Berjaya Hills, an interesting place to visit in Malaysia.

Berjaya Hills is a resort theme park set in the cool hills above KL, adjacent to the Genting Highlands. Similar to Vietnam’s Ba Na Hills in Danang , it was created in the picture of a European village (in this case, France’s Colmar Tropicale). It’s definitely one of the more touristy places to visit in Malaysia, but if you’re travelling with kids, it’s a fun way to break from the city.

The centre of the small town is dominated by Bavarian-style houses , each containing a restaurant or cafe (most of them dishing up European cuisine). Botanical Gardens and Japanese Gardens , a golf course and a number of shrines are embedded in the forest beyond the town.

Malaysia essentials

Here are some of the resources I use when planning a trip to Malaysia.

FLIGHTS: Find affordable flights to Malaysia on Kiwi.com , a booking site that mixes and matches airlines to find the best route (if you miss your connection, you get your money back).

VISAS: Use iVisa to check if you need a tourist visa for Malaysia and apply for an expedited visa online.

AIRPORT TRANSFER: Pre-book a private transfer from Kuala Lumpur Airport to your hotel or pre-purchase your KLIA Airport Train tickets online and skip the queue.

SHORT ON TIME? Try this KL layover city tour to see the best of the city in a short period of time.

SIM CARD: Purchase an Airalo eSIM for Malaysia and get instant access to the net when you arrive.

ACCOMMODATION: Find the best hotel deals in Malaysia on Agoda or book a Malaysia hostel .

BUS & TRAIN TICKETS: Buy your bus or train tickets online in advance using Bookaway .

MARKET TOURS & COOKING CLASSES: Find the best cooking classes and foodie experiences in Malaysia here on Cookly .

DAY TRIPS & CITY TOURS: Find the best city tours and day excursions in Malaysia here on Get Your Guide.

MALAYSIA GUIDEBOOK: Pick up a copy of the latest Lonely Planet guidebook for Malaysia .

Which of these beautiful places in Malaysia do you want to visit? Do you have any extra recommendations for travellers wondering where to go in Malaysia? Share your best tips in the comments below!

30 of the best places to visit in Malaysia for culture, history, nature and beaches. Decide where to go in Malaysia and start planning your dream trip!

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17 comments.

Hai Thanks for sharing the list of places to visit in & around Malaysia it help me as a ready reckoner for me to visit the places. I’m planning to visit the incredible country Malaysia Truly Asia in the coming Yr.2024 Thanks once gain !

So nice of you. Very good explanation and beautiful places you mentioned.

So many great places in Malaysia that I missed. I will just have to go back soon!

Ahhh you and your photos make Malaysia seem absolutely incredible and enticing. I hope one day I can go to every one of these places. It’s hard to pick a top place, though. Maybe Kilim Geoforest park or Gunung Mulu National Park? Thank you for this comprehensive post!

So many amazing places I haven’t visited in Malaysia yet! Can’t wait for travel to open up again and explore some of these places. And maybe even go back to places and take better photos;) I’ll keep this list handy for when I do travel.

After reading your post, I am dying to visit Malaysia. I hope I start travelling soon after everything settles down. I am saving this post for future reference.

Thanks for this comprehensive blog! I’ve had Ipoh on my list for some time now, but I see I need to add sooooo many more places thanks to your blog 🇲🇾Pinning & saving it for future travel inspo.

Thanks Shelley! Ipoh is my favourite place in Malaysia for sure 🙂

Malaysia is such an incredible country! I’ve been twice and there is still so much more for me to explore. Definitely pinning this to reference for my next trip!

All of these spots look so beautiful! Malaysia is next on my Southeast Asia bucket list. I’m definitely keeping this article handy. 🙂

This is such a great post!! I already know that there are so many beautiful places in Malaysia but with this article, I know that I will love this country!

What an awesome list of the best places to visit in Malaysia. I’ve been to Malaysia but I definitely did not see enough. Next time, I’m in Malaysia, I will definitely use this blog!

The most unusual location is the one with the Bavarian-style houses. I had no idea about it!

Thanks for this excellent post!

Thanks Diana! Yes, that’s definitely one of the more out-of-the-box destinations! I love how diverse Malaysia is 🙂

When I backpacked SE Asia, I was only in Malaysia for 2-3 days. This blog post makes me want to go back and spend a whole month there. Thanks for such a comprehensive list!

A month might not even be long enough! There are so many beautiful places in Malaysia; it’s such a diverse country. Definitely worthy of a return visit!

What a cool place! George Town looks really interesting. Thanks for sharing

I’m so bummed I never got to visit Malaysia when I lived in Thailand! It looks amazing and I love how diverse it is! Can’t wait to go back to Southeast Asia and explore all Malaysia has to offer 🙂

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Best Places To Visit In Malaysia In 3 Days – Twelve 3 Day Itineraries!

Malaysia is a country of huge variety which you could travel for months without being bored. However, if you just have 3 days in Malaysia, don’t despair! You can still have a great introduction with a 3 day itinerary in Malaysia.

From gorgeous beaches to the picturesque highlands to the dynamic capital to mysterious Borneo, there are some fabulous options for what to do in Malaysia for 3 days 2 nights.

Below, I have all the best places to visit in Malaysia in 3 days. You simply need to read through and work out which Malaysia itinerary 3 days best suits your interests. In this article you’ll find several itineraries for 3 days 2 night trip in Malaysia options, so if you’re looking for the perfect Malaysia 3 days 2 nights itinerary, you’re bound to find it here!

If you are short on time, I highly recommend you book private taxis to get you between cities so you are enjoying your 3-day destination faster and in more comfort. You can book an affordable private taxi here.

Best Places To Visit In Malaysia In 3 Days - Twelve 3 Day Itineraries!

If you are looking for places to visit in Malaysia in 2 days or Malaysia itinerary 4 days, you can also use the list below. Simply remove your least preferred day of the itinerary Malaysia 3 days if you have less time or follow the suggestion for the fourth day if you have 4 days in Malaysia.

At the bottom, I also give what I recommend as the top options for a 2 days 1 night short trip in Malaysia where your time is quite limited.

Travelling to Malaysia? Click here to download your free Malaysia Trip Planning checklist . We’ll help you get ready for your trip!  

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You can find some of our other ideas for your Malaysia short getaway here .

12 Best Places To Visit In Malaysia In 3 Days

Note that when thinking about what to see in Malaysia for 3 days, I don’t recommend that you change cities. It’s a short time period so to maximise your time, stick to just one place in Malaysia and explore from there.

For the best 3d2n trip Malaysia has to offer, I suggest picking one of the destinations below and then following my 3 days 2 nights in Malaysia itinerary and suggestions for that place.

This list of places to see in Malaysia in 3 days below also takes into account that time is limited so sticks to the more easily accessible locations.

1. Kuala Lumpur

best time to visit kl

If you haven’t been to Malaysia before, it’s hard to look past the capital, Kuala Lumpur. KL is perhaps the perfect place for your 3 days 2 nights Malaysia trip, especially if you haven’t been before. Given you will most likely be arriving at Kuala Lumpur airport for your 3 days trip in Malaysia, this is a great place to spend your time, particularly if it’s your first time in Malaysia.

If you love cities, culture, variety and great food, Kuala Lumpur is a top choice, and it’s hard to beat KL for where to go in Malaysia for short trip options.

Kuala Lumpur 3 Day Itinerary

I have the perfect Malaysia tour itinerary 3 days centred on Kuala Lumpur in detail here.

You can follow this 3 days in Kuala Lumpur guide exactly. If you are looking for places to visit in Malaysia in 4 days, there is also a fourth day itinerary in that article so that you can enjoy a little more time with 4 days in Kuala Lumpur. Click the link above to find out all of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.

You can find all our Kuala Lumpur guides here.

Or click here to download a free, detailed itinerary for Kuala Lumpur. You can copy it exactly!

Top place to stay:  Berjaya Times Square Hotel – Click here for the latest prices

2. Port Dickson

blue lagoon port Dickson

If you want a quick and easy beach stop for your answer of where to go in Malaysia for 3 days, Port Dickson is a nice and easy choice. This is one of the best place to visit in Malaysia if you love beaches and want a beach break that’s located relatively close to KL and the airport.

Port Dickson (often referred to as PD for short) is a short taxi ride from the airport, this is also a good choice if you are flying into Kuala Lumpur airport and have been to Kuala Lumpur before.

We can book you a private taxi to Port Dickson from the airport, Kuala Lumpur or elsewhere here.

If you love the idea of staying in an over-water chalet, Port Dickson is also a fabulous choice. There are a few different options where you can do this in Port Dickson for a very affordable price. When you aren’t relaxing in your chalet, you can visit any of the many beaches on this coastline or some of the low key attractions in Port Dickson.

Port Dickson 3 Day Itinerary

Day 1: Check into your hotel and relax. Enjoy the surrounds and head to a beach. Our top pick is Blue Lagoon but you can find more choices here.

Day 2: Choose your preferred attractions from this list of things to do in Port Dickson and visit.

Day 3: Enjoy your hotel’s facilities or head to the beach

If you are looking for what to do in Malaysia for 4 days, spend your last day exploring Kuala Lumpur on a day trip.

Top place to stay: Lexis Hibiscus – Click here for the latest prices.

Find all our Port Dickson guides here.

3. Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon

If you want an easy and fun Malaysia stopover, particularly if you are travelling as a family, Sunway Lagoon is a great place to pick for your 3 days.

Located between KL Airport and Kuala Lumpur, this is a quick and easy place to get to and is like its own city with a huge theme park, big shopping centre with entertainment options and multiple hotels. We have very much enjoyed 3 day stopovers here as an alternative to Port Dickson or Kuala Lumpur.

Sunway Lagoon 3 Day itinerary

Day 1: Check into the Sunway Resort. Enjoy the hotel facilities and the shopping centre. Find our full review of this 5 star hotel here.

Day 2: Visit Sunway Lagoon theme park.

Day 3: Either return to the theme park, enjoy your hotel facilities or do some activities at the shopping centre like ice skating and going to the cinema.

If you are looking for what to do in Malaysia in 4 days, spend your last day exploring Kuala Lumpur on a day trip. With a 2 days 1 night vacation in Malaysia, focus on visiting Sunway Lagoon.

Read our full review of Sunway Lagoon here.

Melaka

To learn more about the history of Malaysia and for some fun and interesting attractions, consider Melaka as a great option for your Malaysia 3 days 2 nights tour package. Melaka is perfect for history and culture lovers and there’s plenty to do here. This is also possible as a stopover option from Kuala Lumpur Airport, although it is further away than the options above.

We can book you a private transfer to Melaka from the airport, Kuala Lumpur or elsewhere here.

Melaka is a pretty city with numerous churches, temples and mosques. There are many heritage sites around the city and the centre is UNESCO World Heritage listed.

It’s also known for its lively Jonker Street area and night market on weekends. Definitely make sure you head there! The central area is great to explore on foot or by trishaw. There are also some great family friendly attractions nearby like the A’Famosa Resort and the Melaka Zoo.

Melaka 3 Day itinerary

Day 1: Check into your hotel and relax. Head to Jonker Street in the evening. If it’s Friday or Saturday night, enjoy the night market. If it’s not then there are plenty of places to eat on this famous strip.

  • Start at the Sultanate Palace, take a photo of Porta de Santiago and explore the ruins of St Paul’s Church.
  • Walk downhill to Stradthuys. Trishaws congregate here so take a ride.
  • Walk over the river to Chinatown and head to 8 Heeren Street and the Baba and Nonya Heritage Centre.
  • Visit the three temples: Cheng Hoon Temple, Masjid Kampung Kling and Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi Temple.
  • In the evening, head to Shore Sky Tower .

Day 3: Pick from your favourite attractions in Melaka in this article like Melaka Zoo  or A’Famosa Water World.

Top place to stay:  Swiss-Garden Hotel Melaka – Click here for the latest prices.

If you are looking for what to see in Malaysia in 4 days, spend your last day visiting more attractions in our list linked to above.

Find all our Melaka guides here.

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You can pick your own departure time, relax and know everything will go to plan.

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5. Johor Bahru

Legoland Malaysia

If you are entering Malaysia from Singapore then Johor Bahru is a great choice for your 3 day Malaysia stopover. It’s very easy to get here from Singapore ( more details here ) and there is plenty to do to fill your time. It’s even possible to make a day trip in Malaysia from Singapore to ‘JB’ – but having a few days is a much more relaxed option.

The easiest way to get here is by private taxi. These can pick you up anywhere in Singapore and drop you anywhere in Malaysia including Legoland or Johor Bahru. They make crossing the border so easy as, unlike buses, you can stay in the taxi the whole time and don’t need to walk through each border side with your luggage.

And, they only cost SG$90 between Singapore and Johor Bahru/Legoland.

Click here to book your taxi now.

This city offers visitors several attractions including a mix of museums, theme parks and natural landmarks like the Gunung Ledang National Park and Gunung Lambak, and there’s plenty to do during your 3 day 2 night trip to Malaysia. It’s also possible to visit the attractions in nearby Desaru Coast or to day trip to Singapore.

In this itinerary, I am assuming you have come from Singapore so do not include this option. Consider it if you haven’t been to Singapore though.

Johor Bahru 3 Day itinerary

Day 1: Check into your hotel then head to central Johor Bahru near the causeway to Singapore. Do some shopping or explore the streets to the west of the main strip.

Day 2: Today is all about Legoland Malaysia. Buy discounted tickets here.

Day 3: Get back to nature with a day trip to Gunung Lambak. Climb the mountain here and cool down afterwards in the recreational water park.

For a Malaysia tour itinerary 4 days, take it easy exploring the fun attractions of the Desaru Coast.

Top place to stay:  Hotel Jen – Click here for the latest prices

Find all our Johor Bahru guides here.

6. Taman Negara

The gorgeous scenery on the way to Lata Berkoh Taman Negara

If you’re based in KL and want to escape to the jungle for a few days, or have time for a 2 days trip in Malaysia from KL, then Taman Negara National Park holds the title as Malaysia’s largest national park and is easy to visit from Kuala Lumpur. It’s truly a nature lover’s paradise!

There are a huge amount of plants and animals in this 130 million year old rainforest and plenty of short and long hikes.

We can book you a private transfer to Taman Negara from the airport, Kuala Lumpur or elsewhere here.

This is a great choice for nature lovers with some great attractions to visit. There is the longest canopy walkway in the world from which you may spot some monkeys. Take a long boat ride into the interior. Explore and discover!

Taman Negara 3 Day itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Taman Negara first thing. Take a bus to Jerantut and then another to the jetty at Kuala Tembling. Then take a boat to the main entrance of the park at Kuala Tahan. This boat ride is an attraction in itself. Check into your hotel (ideally in Kuala Tahan like the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort here ) and relax. Eat dinner in a nearby floating restaurant.

Day 2: Visit the Canopy Walkway (if it has re-opened), walk up Teresek Hill and visit an Orang Asli village (indigenous people of this area)

Day 3: Have breakfast at a floating village before taking a boat back to Kuala Tembling and heading back to Kuala Lumpur or wherever your next stop is.

To make your visit smooth and easy, you can book a tour to complete this itinerary here for a great price.

Streets of Ipoh

A few hours from Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh is a great balance of beautiful scenery + interesting Old Town + great food! The state capital of Perak is a fantastic destination for a short getaway with plenty of interesting things to do if you’re looking for a Malaysia 4 day tour package that has something a bit different to offer.

We can book you a private transfer to Ipoh from the airport, Kuala Lumpur or elsewhere here.

There’s the unfinished Kellie’s Castle to explore, Tempurung Cave, the popular Sunway Lost World Of Tambun (great for families) and much more. The Old Town area is filled with cute alley ways and Ipoh’s famous street art to find and enjoy.

Plus, there’s Ipoh’s famous white coffee and many amazing food dishes.

It’s perfect for anyone who wants an easy taste of Malaysia while feeling like they have got away from all the tourists.

Ipoh 3 Day itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Ipoh ( you can book a bus here ). Check in to your hotel and relax before taking a walk around the Old Town in the evening and having dinner.

Day 2: Start the day with one of Ipoh’s famous white coffees and egg tarts. Walk around the Old Town following the Ipoh Heritage Trail ( download here ). Look out for street art!

In the afternoon, grab a taxi and visit a couple of Ipoh’s cave temples at Sam Poh Tong Temple and Kek Lok Ton Temple. Cover your shoulders and knees and wear sturdy footwear. Have dinner at the  Tong Sui Kai Hawker Centre and try as many dishes as you can.

Day 3: If you have the time, spend the day at the fun Sunway Lost World of Tambun . Surely the prettiest location for a theme park in the world ( full review here ).

If you have a fourth day, take a day tour to the Cameron Highlands or go white water rafting . If you have 2 days in Malaysia in Ipoh, concentrate on day two of this itinerary.

Top place to stay:  Regalodge – Click here for the latest prices

Read our full 3 day itinerary to Ipoh here or find all our Ipoh guides here.

best stay in Penang at Georgetown

Penang is our personal favourite spot in Malaysia and a great location for a 3 day break or for a Malaysia 4 days 3 nights itinerary if you have an extra day. It has great variety and you can spend the morning exploring the UNESCO World Heritage listed centre of George Town and then relax for the afternoon on the beach.

There’s an interesting multicultural mix of influences, interesting architecture and affordable resort style accommodation. It’s also one of the best places in Malaysia (perhaps the world) to eat, offering some of the best food for great prices, so an all round great getaway whether its architecture, history, food, beaches or island life that appeals to you.

Penang is perfect for anyone looking for a variety of things to do in a beautiful setting while eating top class food!

Penang 3 Day itinerary

I have the perfect Penang 3 day itinerary here.

You can follow it exactly. If you are looking for an itinerary for two days one night trip in Malaysia for Penang or 4 days, they are also in this article.

Top place to stay:  Shangri La Rasa Sayang – Click here for the latest prices

Find all our Penang guides here.

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There are two different options depending on whether you want to concentrate on street food or nightlife.

No matter what you pick, you’ll taste a range of fabulous local food and drinks while learning the history and culture of Penang.

There’s no better way to discover this great island.

Make sure you use the coupon code DIVE30  for RM30 off your tour.

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9. Langkawi

Pantai Cenang Beach Langkawi Island

Langkawi is the place to go if you want some easy and luxurious beach time in your 3 days in Malaysia. It has some of the best beaches in the country as well as superb coastal scenery.

Langkawi is actually an  archipelago but the main island offers a range of different locations to visit and stay and should be your focus on a 3 day trip. Pantai Cenang is the most popular beach destination and the place to stay to be surrounded by action. There are many more peaceful destinations around the island where you can be surrounded by nature.

There are many attractions in Langkawi beyond the beach like the Langkawi Cable Car which takes you to the peak of Gunung Machinchang where you’ll find restaurants, shops and other attractions.

Langkawi 3 Day itinerary

Day 1: Take a taxi to your hotel or book a transfer here. Enjoy the afternoon at your hotel or at the beach in Pantai Cenang, Have sunset drinks and dinner here. This is also the place to party this evening.

Day 2: Head to Langkawi SkyCab and SkyBridge then spend the afternoon enjoying the beach at Pantai Tengah (or choose an activity from here ). Finish the day with a stunning sunset cruise.

Day 3: Spend your final morning exploring the Langkawi archipelago on a half day Langkawi Island Hopping adventure . Do some shopping at the Cenang Mall and Zon Shopping Paradise in Pantai Cenang before leaving.

If you have a fourth day, chose some other attractions from our list here. With a 2 days one night trip Malaysia, prioritise the Langkawi SkyCab and the sunset cruise.

Find all our Langkawi guides here  or click here to download a free, detailed itinerary for Langkawi. You can copy it exactly!

Top place to stay:  Ritz-Carlton Langkawi – Click here for the latest prices

10. Tioman Island

Juara Beach Tioman Island

From Singapore, Tioman Island makes an easy destination for a 3 day break in Malaysia. It was once named one of the most beautiful islands in the world and is a good choice for people coming from Singapore who want an island getaway.

We can book you a private transfer to Mersing, for your ferry to Tioman, from anywhere in Singapore.

This island is surrounded by coral reefs which make it the perfect destination for people who love scuba diving or snorkelling. It is also great for hiking.

Tioman Island is a good mixture of development so things are easy, while still being able to get away from it all very easily. The only problem is that after 3 days on Tioman island, you may not want to leave!

Tioman Island 3 Day itinerary

Day 1: Make the journey to Tioman Island. Check into your hotel and relax and enjoy the surrounding beaches or hike to another beach.

Day 2: Take a half or full day snorkelling or diving trip around the island.

Day 3: Go for a hike.

If you are looking for what to see in Malaysia in 2 days then I would head straight on a snorkelling or diving trip on arrival.

Top place to stay:  Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Click here to see the latest prices

Find all our Tioman Island guides here .

11. Kuching

Sarawak River, Kuching

Kuching, also known as Cat City, is a port city located on the island of Borneo. It is a nice city with a lovely riverfront area which is the best area to stay. If you’re looking to see more of Borneo, then Kuching is a great entry point and a nice place to stop over for a few days.

For people short on time, this is your best bet to get a taste of Borneo. There are many interesting day trips you can do from Kuching as well as exploring Kuching itself with museums like the Sarawak Museum and Cat Museum.

It’s easy to get out in the jungle and explore the wilder side of Borneo with some great national parks nearby.

Kuching 3 Day itinerary

Day 1: Check into your hotel and take a walk around the downtown area of Kuching visiting the Sarawak Museum, Chinese History Museum, temples and anything else that takes your fancy. If you enjoy super tacky museums, also take a cab to the Cat Museum. It’s hilarious. In the late afternoon, take a walk along the riverfront.

Day 2: Take a day trip. Choose between Sarawak Cultural Village,   Semenggoh Wildlife Centre , Bako National Park , Satang Islands or visit the Annah Rais Longhouse.

Top place to stay:  Hilton Kuching – Click here to see the latest prices

Day 3: If you have time, chose another day trip option.

12. Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Another destination in Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state on the opposite side of the northern part of the island compared to Kuching. This is another good choice for people who want to get a taste of Borneo for their 3 days in Malaysia and want to see a different side to Malaysia.

There are many cultural activities as well as getting out in nature and going island hopping. It’s a very accessible way to explore this island.

Kota Kinabalu 3 Day itinerary

Day 1: Check into your hotel and take a half day tour around the main city sights.

Day 2: Get out of the city and explore Kinabalu Park and hot springs.

Day 3: Head to the nearby islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and enjoy snorkelling and a great lunch.

For where to go for 2 days 1 night in Malaysia in Kota Kinabalu, I would pick whatever appeals most to you from days 2 and 3.

Top place to stay:  Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort – Click here to see the latest prices

Click here for our full Kota Kinabalu guides.

Want more ideas? Read our list of the best places to visit in Malaysia here . You can really pick any of them to be your base for your 3 days trip to Malaysia if you don’t mind adding some travel time.

Top Options For Places To Visit In Malaysia In 2 Days

Of the above, I recommend that you keep your Malaysia itinerary 2 days to places near where you arrive in the country.

If you arrive at Kuala Lumpur…

Follow the Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Lagoon or Port Dickson itineraries above, just remove one day.

If you arrive at Johor Bahru…

Follow the Johor Bahru itinerary above, just remove one day.

If you arrive at Penang…

Follow the Penang itinerary above, just remove one day.

Do the same thing for any other destination where you enter the country. If you aren’t sure what’s nearby, look at the map below to come up with your best option for what to do in Malaysia for 2 days. If you only have the opportunity for a 1 day trip in Malaysia, you’ll likely be exploring Kuala Lumpur on a stop over (follow Day 1 of the KL guide above) or coming from Singapore to Johor Bharu, in which case you can do day 1 of the Johor Bharu.

Map Of Locations For Malaysia Itinerary 3 Days

Best Places To Visit In Malaysia In 3 Days map

Final Words

I hope you have found this list of places to visit in Malaysia in 3 days useful. I am sure anywhere you pick to go will be awesome!

To make sure you get the most out of your three days, consider booking a private taxi here to get you to your city/region of choice quickly and easily.

Looking for the ultimate Malaysia Itinerary Planner for your trip? Click here to get it now!

Have any questions? Ask them in our Malaysia Travel Planning Facebook group here. We would love to help you!

Find more places to visit in Malaysia here and more Malaysia itineraries here . You can also find our best suggestions for weekend getaways here . All our Malaysia planning guides are here .

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By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is a certified Malaysia travel expert and can't get enough of travelling and talking about Malaysia since she first visited 21 years ago. She travels around Malaysia multiple times a year both alone and with her kids. She used to call Penang home and especially loves this food paradise. Sharon also has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and has been certified by Tourism Malaysia as a Malaysia Travel Expert. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to this amazing destination.

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14 best places to visit in Malaysia

07/02/2022 by Roobens

Planning to visit Malaysia? You’re gonna love it! Malaysia is a bit more developed than its neighbors, and it’s a wonderful country with diverse landscapes to see. You’ll find there national parks, beautiful beaches, delicious food, a breathtaking architecture and an unique wildlife.

Malaysia is divided into two main landmasses: Malaya on the western side with Kuala Lumpur and Penang among other places. And Borneo on the Eastern part with all the animals, the beaches and the volcanoes. What to do in Malaysia? Here’s a list of the best places to visit in Malaysia, then I’ll share Malaysia travel tips!

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Things to do in Malaysia

Cameron highlands.

Cameron Highlands is an area of Malaysia made of hills and valleys, located between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. You can admire there beautiful tea plantations. You can also go on a hike where you’ll walk between the plantations, around lakes and you’ll admire waterfalls. The Cameron Highlands are also home to lavender and strawberry farms, orchards, and honey bee farms.

cameron highlands malaysia

You have to see BOH Tea Plantation to see the tea-making process. There’s also the Time Tunnel museum where you learn about the history of the area. It’s a bit colder here than in the rest in the country (we’re at high altitude). Click here to find your accommodation. Click here to visit the Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur.

Perhentian islands

The Perhentian islands are on the east coast of Malaya, less visited than the west coast. So there are less people, however the islands are wonderful! They’re one of the most beautiful places in Malaysia! White sand beaches, crystal-clear water… Perfect if you want to relax, go diving, snorkeling, or jungle trekking and see lizards and monkeys.

perhentian islands malaysia

There are two islands: Perhentian Kecil for the backpackers/party animals. And Perhentian Besar, quieter and caters more to families and couples. FYI, between November and March, you can’t access the islands because of the monsoon. Click here to find your accommodation.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (often called KL) is the capital of Malaysia. It’s mostly known for the Petronas towers but there’s more than that in  Kuala Lumpur. It’s interesting to admire the architecture, the are numerous malls and you can feel a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian culture. Go to the central market and also the Kuala Lumpur tower, the botanical garden, the Batu caves and of course the Petronas towers. I wrote a detailed article about my visit to Kuala Lumpur . Click here to find your accommodation. Click here to find the best activities.

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Melaka is a small town in the south of Malaysia you can explore by foot. It was an important trading place in the past (its location was strategic). The Portuguese, the Dutch, the British and the Indians fought to control Melaka, and you can feel the influence of all of them today. It’s probably why it’s one of the most interesting places in Malaysia.

melaka

Go to the night market at Jonker Street, visit Dutch Square in the city center, Cheng Hoon Teng (the oldest Chinese temple of Malaysia) and Melaka Straits mosque. I wrote a detailed article about my visit to Melaka . Click here to find your accommodation. Click here to go there on a day trip from Kuala Lumpur.

George Town

George Town is the second largest city of Malaysia. Located in Penang it’s one of the most famous places in Malaysia! Why? It’s known for its street food! Head to Gurney Drive or Chulia Street and try it! George Town is also known for its street art, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Head to the clan Jetties, to Penang Hill and Khoo Kongsi. I wrote a detailed article about my visit to George Town . Click here to find your accommodation. Click here to find the best activities.

street art george town

Langkawi is located northwest of Malaysia, very close to Thailand. One of the most popular Malaysia tourist spots. Perfect place to relax, go snorkeling, or eat seafood. Pantai Cenang is the most popular beach with palm trees, restaurants along the beach and water activities. Take the cable car to see the Sky Bridge, admire the Seven Wells waterfall and go on a mangrove tour. I wrote a detailed article about my visit to Langkawi . Click here to find your accommodation. Click here to find the best activities.

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Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malaysia, and it’s understandable! You can go jungle trekking, bird-watching, see tigers, peacocks or explore the caves with a guide. You can try the canopy walkway and see life high in the trees. There are also night safaris if you want to. Click here to find your accommodation. Click here to go on a day trip from Kuala Lumpur.

taman negara national park malaysia

Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s in Borneo and it’s not easily accessible (by plane or by road, boat and hiking!). But it’s worth it. It features Southeast Asia’s longest cave system, there’s a canopy walkway and numerous animals: calaos, bats, gibbons, deers… You can go kayaking, mountain bikiing, etc. You have to see the  extraordinary limestone karst formations! Click here to find your accommodation.

gunung mulu national park malaysia

Tioman Island

Tioman Island is on the east coast of Malaya, and it’s not the most visited place. However it’s a wonderful island. ABC Beach is the most popular beach, Juara Beach is quieter and perfect for swimming. Salang Beach is ideal for snorkeling. You can enjoy numerous activities: kayaking, trekking, hiking, biking, etc. There are beautiful waterfalls in Tioman island! Click here to find your accommodation.

tioman malaysia

Kuching is the largest city of Borneo, and it’s a good starting point to explore Borneo’s rainforest. Kuching means “cat”, there are cat statues all over the city. It’s a modern city with skyscrapers but also a lush jungle. There are many markets, Chinese temples, gardens, and locals selling handicrafts. Click here to find your accommodation.

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Sipadan is a small island located northeast of Borneo. A quiet island with white sand beaches. It’s actually one of the most renowned islands in the world to go scuba diving. Underwater you can see turtles, sharks, barracudas or manta rays.

sipadan malaysia

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu (often called KK) is in the north of Borneo. The city is surrounded by virgin forest and large mountain ranges. The city center is small, but go to the floating mosque, wander in the market and have a walk along the sea. Most attractions are just outside the city. Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park allows you to relax one of the five islands and go hiking. But don’t miss Kota Kinabalu national park. It allows you to climb mount Kinabalu. Click here to find your accommodation.

kota kinabalu malaysia

Ipoh is the third largest city of Malaysia and it’s considered Malaysia’s culinary capital. The food is delicious. Ipoh is also known for its post-colonial archtecture. Admire the street art, have a walk in the old town and don’t miss the Japanese gardens. There’s also Sunway Lost World, a nice theme park. And Kellie’s castle too, the ruins of Malaysia’s only castle. Click here to find your accommodation.

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Kota Bharu is located northeast of Malaya, very close to the Thailand border. It’s ften used as a stopover to get to the Perhentian Islands. But there are things to do there. There are many museums covering the history and culture of the area, like the Royal museum our the Museum of Royal Traditions and Ceremonies. There are numerous markets too, such as the central market. The sea is not far, you can go rafting or diving there. Kota Bharu is a conservative city. Click here to find your accommodation.

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These were the best places to visit in Malaysia! You can also check out this backpacking Southeast Asia guide! Now here are a few Malaysia travel tips!

Malaysia travel budget

  • Accommodation is not expensive in Malaysia. A night in a hostel dorm costs around 25-50 MYR ($6-12). A night in a mid-range hotel costs between 75 and 200 MYR ($18-48). Prices start at 200 MYR ($48) per night to stay in a luxury hotel. Click here to find your accommodation.
  • Food is not expensive either. Street food is delicious and costs 5-15 MYR ($1-3.50). A dish in a local restaurant costs between 10 and 20 MYR ($2.50-5). Western food (pizza, burger) is expensive and is not good so don’t touch it. If you really want to, you’ll pay around 50 MYR ($12). A beer costs around 15 MYR ($3.50).
  • Regarding transportation, a subway ride in Kuala Lumpur (KL) costs between 1 and 5 MYR ($0.25-1), depending on the distance. Bus rides, either in KL or elsewhere, cost more or less the same. The taxis are often unmetered, so be sure to agree on a fare beforehand. You have to haggle ! To get around in the country, there’s the bus. A bus ride to go anywhere in the country costs between 40 and 60 MYR ($9.50-14.50). Train rides are a bit more expensive. Finally, there are domestic flights, which cost between 100 and 300 MYR ($25-70).
  • Regarding activities, the prices vary a lot. From 10 MYR ($2.50) to get in a museum to 100 MYR ($24) to get on top of the Kuala Lumpur tower. Generally speaking, activities costs around 20-40 MYR ($5-9.50).

Basically, if you’re traveling on a budget,  you can get by with $40 per day. Otherwise you’ll spend about $75+ per day.

How to get around in Malaysia

In Kuala Lumpur only, there’s the subway. Otherwise there’s the bus and taxis in all major cities of the country. To get around in the country, you can either take the bus, the train or a flight. Domestic flights serve many cities in the country (Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu…).

Best time to visit Malaysia

It’s quite hot (20°C-30°C/68°F-86°F)and humid all year round in Malaysia. There are two monsoons in Malaysia: from November to March on the east coast (Perhentian islands…) and from April to October on the west coast (Langkawi, Penang…). The west coast monsoon is less violent and the rain doesn’t last long. It’s better to go to Malaysia between March and early November.

Visa policy of Malaysia

If you’re an European citizen or coming from a Western country, you don’t need a visa to visit Malaysia. You can stay up to 90 days. You can find all the details here .

Safety in Malaysia

Malaysia is a safe country. There are very few crimes or attacks targeting tourists. It’s one of the best places to solo travel . There are a few scams , like inflated prices when you take the taxi or pickpockets in big cities. That’s it. However avoid Eastern Sabah from Kudat to Tawau. There are kidnappings in this area. If you don’t there, you shouldn’t have any problems. Before traveling, don’t forget to get travel insurance. It will protect you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations. Click here to get one.

Packing list for Malaysia

I’m not gonna list all the things to pack for Malaysia. I don’t know how long you’re gonna stay there, where you’re going in Malaysia, what you’re going to do and when you’ll visit. Take all the necessary clothes, toiletries, and also:

  • hand sanitizer
  • combination locks
  • a money belt
  • a security cable lock
  • a travel plug adapter
  • a stainless steel water bottle
  • a lifestraw (a water bottle with a purifier)
  • a menstrual cup (for the ladies)

Here’s a full list of travel accessories , which can be useful!

What to eat in Malaysia

There are some really good dishes you have to try in Malaysia! Nasi lemak is a very popular dish. It’s rice cooked in coconut milk with a boiled egg, vegetables, meat, peanuts and spices. Apam balik is a pancake filled with sugar, peanuts and corn. Satay are skewers of chicken, beef, or pork with peanuts sauce, cucumber and onions. Laksa is a noodle soup with meat or fish and vegetables. The recipe changes depending on the city. Rojak is a fruit and vegetable salad. Finally roti canai is a crispy creme with a thin curry sauce.

You can now visit Malaysia and enjoy your time there thanks to this Malaysia travel guide!

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Two Week in Malaysia: The Best Travel Itinerary

Looking for the perfect two-week itinerary for malaysia.

I’ve spent quite a lot of time traveling through Malaysia, and I think it’s the most underrated destination in South-East Asia.  There’s an amazing capital city, gorgeous landscapes, and pristine islands.  The food is delicious, the transportation is comfortable, and I’ve found the locals to be incredibly kind and hospitable.   While two weeks in Malaysia isn’t quite enough time to see everything, you’ll still have plenty of time to have an incredible tour through the country

So take a look at my two-week Malaysia Itinerary, and feel free to contact me with any questions you have! I honestly love hearing from people who have used my website to help plan their travels, and I’ll be happy to Malaysia itinerary questions you have!

Two Weeks in Malaysia Itinerary

Two Weeks in Malaysia Itinerary

ALSO –  I recently published an AMAZING article titled “ The Best 7 Places to Visit in Malaysia in 3 Days | Epic Islands & Weekend Getaways  that goes over a lot of the destinations on this Malaysia Itinerary in great detail! Give it a read or bookmark it, as I guarantee it’ll be super helpeful!”

I’d also highly recommend purchasing the Malaysia Lonely Planet Travel Guide to assist you during your travels in the region. It can be incredibly helpful on the road, and is filled with travel tips, restaurant recommendations, and much more!

Malaysia Island - Two Week Itinerary

Two Weeks in Malaysia Itinerary Overview

Before we dive into my full guide, here’s a quick overview on what this itinerary will cover:

  • Kuala Lumpur (3 Days)
  • Cameron Highlands (2 Days)
  • Penang (3 Days) 
  • Langkawi (4 Days) 

This also includes one-day travel time back to Kuala Lumpur for your flight home (but if you’re traveling across Southeast Asia for longer, you could easily take a ferry up to Thailand from Langkawi, or hop on a flight as Langkawi does have an international airport.

Two Weeks in Malaysia Travel Insurance

While I never travel anywhere without booking a travel insurance policy , I think this is especially important in Malaysia or South East Asia, where moto bike accidents happen, hostels can sometimes have theft problems, and tropical diseases like Dengue could get you in hospital.

I highly recommend HeyMondo due to their extensive range of cover for all situations and trip lengths, their fair pricing, and their handy app which allows you to not only manage any claims within the app, but also access free assistance online so you don’t need to rack up an expensive phone bill while in Malaysia where the charges are steep!

So, whether you need a single trip cover for two weeks in Malaysia, or an affordable annual cover for multiple trips worldwide, be sure to buy your travel insurance before you travel, and relax during your trip knowing that HeyMondo has your back. Nowadays I would never travel without insurance again, especially after hearing so many of those (expensive and dangerous) horror stories from other travellers I’ve met!

Still planning your trip? You can always just get a no commitment travel insurance quote now, so you have an idea of how much extra to budget for your vacation!

Two Weeks in Malaysia Travel Insurance

Arriving into Malaysia | Kuala Lumpur Airport Tips

Welcome to Malaysia! Most people who travel to this wondrous country begin and end their travels at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which is actually one of my favorite airports in Southeast-Asia (but not quite as fascinating as Changi Airport inSingapore).

It’s a very clean, comfortable, and easy to navigate, but it’s also nearly an hour outside the city center by car.  

The main issue that people face at KLIA is that  customs/ immigration is notorious for taking a while!   While I’ve arrived several different times and had only a ten-minute wait, don’t be surprised if you arrive to a large queue! But at least you’ve been warned!

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Itinerary Two Weeks

How do I get from KL airport to City Centre?

There are basically four main options: bus, train, taxi, or pre-arranged transfer!

  • The bus is the cheapest option costing 11 MYR ($2.63 U.S.D), and will take about one hour or more depending on traffic.  Just follow the bus signs at the airport (on the bottom level), and you’ll be able to purchase your tickets there.  The bus is comfortable and safe, but if you get stuck in traffic (which happens often in KL), it can be very draining, especially after a long flight!  I really only recommend this option if you’re a budget traveler, and want to save as much money as possible!
  • The train is a much better option, in my opinion , taking you directly to KL Sentral station in 28 minutes! You can’t get stuck in traffic, it’s super comfortable and it’s much easier to find (there are signs everywhere for the KLIA Express). Just make sure you book tickets in advance though  because it costs more at the airport!  You can get into the city center for only  US$ 11.49! 
  • Taking a taxi from KLIA airport to the city should cost between $30-$40,  but the taxi drivers are always trying to rip off people.  Instead, I’d recommend downloading a couple of Malaysia’s Rideshare Apps in advance, and using one of those!  The most popular is GRAB, and you should be able to get some free credit for signing up for a new account (which is always a nice incentive)
  •  Finally, if you’re traveling with a large group or enjoy having a private-shuttle arranged,  I’d recommend booking this  Premium Private KLIA Airport Transfers .  They’ll be waiting for you at the airport for a hassle-free shuttle service, and will drop you off at the door of your accommodation/Airbnb!

Now, maybe it’s because I’ve gotten a bit older, and want to take the stress out of traveling.  I’ve begun to avoid the bus + train options because I always stay at the same Airbnb in Kuala Lumpur, and I’d much rather just skip the process of being dropped off at KL Sentral Train station.

KLIA Airport Transfer Options - Malaysia Itinerary

Malaysia Itinerary Days 1-3: Kuala Lumpur

You’ll most likely be starting your Malaysian adventures in the amazing capital city of Kuala Lumpur. With its impressive skyline, delicious cuisine, and never-ending shopping options – you definitely won’t be bored during your time in Kuala Lumpur!

I’ll admit that the first time I visited the city, I actually wasn’t a big fan – but I have since grown to love this city, and even treated it as my home-base while backpacking through South-East Asia!  I’ve thought about moving back to Kuala Lumpur on multiple occasions, and I hope you’ll enjoy your time there as much as I do!

Kuala Lumpur itinerary | Things to do in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Highlights include:  

Visiting KLCC & The Petronas Towers is a must!   These magnificent twins are truly stunning, and the most iconic building in Kuala Lumpur for a reason!  I’d recommend booking in advance + skip the line for the Petronas Towers !

Explore the Magnificent Batu Caves! Located just outside the city center you’ll find this massive series of caves and cave temples, but climbing up the colorful steps is half the fun.  It’s super easy to get to on public transportation, or you can combine it by checking out this Kuala Lumpur Suburbs and Batu Caves tour for only $9.59!!

Staying in an AirBNB at the Regalia Condominium for infinity pool swimming!   So this is where I lived during my time in Malaysia, and it’s become an Airbnb hotspot in the city!  Amazing and affordable condos, great city views, and an unbelievable pool!

Batu Caves - Malaysia Itinerary

  • Heli Lounge Sunset Drinks!   
  • Dinner on Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang
  • Shopping & Street Food on Petaling Street
  • Rooftop Hostel party at Reggae Mansion
  • Little India

Further Reading :

I’ve written tons of awesome guides on Kuala Lumpur, so be sure to check and bookmark a few of these to help with your Malaysia trip planning fun!

  • 10 Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur
  • The Absolute Best Thing to do in Kuala Lumpur
  • Heli Lounge Kuala Lumpur:  Sunset Drinks on a Helipad 

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Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur?

For travelers on a budget, then I’d recommend looking into an Airbnb at the  Regalia Condominium.  I used to live there, and it’s one of the best complexes I’ve ever stayed in. The rooftop infinity pool is simply perfect, and you can’t leave Kuala Lumpur without taking a swim in it! Here are a few recommended properties. I’ve heard in recent years though it has gotten a bit overcrowded, and it can be a bit of a pain for a shorter visit.

Malaysia is a super budget-friendly country though, and there are some amazing and well-located hotels with stunning views that I’d recommend:

The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur – If you’re looking for the top of the line, then you simply HAVE to book a stay at the Ritz Carlton. It’s super central, has amazing rooms, and impeccable service. Plus, it honestly won’t break the bank compared to staying at other Ritz Carlton locations around the world.

The W Hotel – Kuala Lumpur – My other main recommendation is staying at the wondrous W Hotel. It’s one of my personal favorite hotel brands, and their KL location will certainly impress.

Reggae Mansion Hostel – If you’re backpacking in Malaysia for two weeks, then there is simply no better place to start your trip than the Reggae Mansion. It’s the most popular hostel in the city (and for good reason).

Best Airbnb in Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Itinerary

The Infinity Pool views at the Regalia Condominium

Malaysia Itinerary Days 4-6: Cameron Highlands

Book a bus ticket on 12Go.Asia from Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands.  There are several  daily departures to choose from,  and only cost around 35 MYR  ($8.50 U.S.D.).  The busses are all really comfortable, and the stations are easy to get to on public transportation in Kuala Lumpur!

Bus Time:  4 Hours & 45 Minutes

You’ll arrive into Tanah Rata (the main city in the Cameron Highlands), get checked-into your accommodation, and will have the next two days to explore this beautiful Malaysian beauty.

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia Itinerary Two Weeks

Cameron Highlands Highlights include:

“Because of its high location, it is cooler than the rest of Malaysia. The highlands are named after William Cameron, a British expedition leader. He discovered the location during an expedition in 1885. From that moment onward the Cameron Highlands got increasingly interesting for the British. Because of the perfect climate, it was very suitable for cultivating tea, and the Cameron Highlands soon grew out to be the biggest tea region of Malaysia.”

While there are tons of amazing things to do in the area, the main highlight would be to take a full-day tour!  There are tons of stops on each tour, so you just have to stop and talk to a travel agent about which tour suits you the most.

I’d definitely recommend booking a tour like this  Cameron Highlands with Mossy Forest Day Tour !  You can book online, but there are also dozens of travel agents along the main street of the Tanah Rata that you can use.  They’ll provide hotel pick-up, a local guide, and you’ll learn all about the area.

Hiking through the tea plantations!   There are tons of awesome hiking trails that go through the plantations!  Check out this article for The 5 Best Hiking Trails in The Cameron Highlands  for more information!

Walking around/ shopping in Tanah Rata!   While it’s not the largest area, it’s a fun town with some decent shopping, and amazing food!  Seriously, some of the local street food restaurants were incredible!  Malaysia is top-notch for Asian cuisine lovers, so definitely indulge!

Renting a Moto for some self-guided explorations!   If you’re not one to book day trips with guides then you can rent a scooter and explore the area at your own pace!  Just make sure you have decent travel insurance to cover you in the rare case you get in an accident !

What to do in the Cameron Highlands - Malaysia Itinerary

Where to Stay in the Cameron Highlands

Backpacker / budget hostel.

CH Traveler’s Inn

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Clean, comfortable, and affordable.  This is a recently opened hostel in Tanah Rata, the jumping off point for the Cameron Highlands. You’ll find everything you need in walking distance at a fantastic price!

Mid-Range / Luxury Hotel

Cameron Highlands Resort

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This property is the best option for those travelers looking for a a bit more comfort!  It’s a 5* resort at the fraction of the cost.  Perfectly located, amazing breakfast, and outstanding staff.  You’ll definitely love your stay here!

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia Itinerary

Malaysia Itinerary Days 7-9: Penang

Now it’s time to book your travel from the Cameron Highlands to Penang . There aren’t as many options, and the departure time is only at 8:00 A.M ! I’ve taken this bus twice now though, and have had a great experience both times.  It can sell-out though , so my main tip would be to plan ahead and book your ticket in advance , probably

  • Bus time: 4 Hours & 27 Minutes
  • Cost:   35 MYR (9.00 U.S.D)

You’ll arrive into Butterworth, and can hop on the ferry over to Georgetown (the main city on Penang Island).  The ferry doesn’t take long at all, and then it’s super easy to get to your accommodation of choice on the island of Penang.

Penang Malaysia, Two Weeks Itinerary

Penang Highlights include:

“If there’s a more thrilling cocktail of eastern cultures than Penang, we’ve yet to find it. Penang has long served as the link between Asia’s great kingdoms and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East.

At its heart is diverse, cosmopolitan George Town, Penang Island’s main city and an urban center that delivers old-world Asia in spades, from trishaws pedaling past watermarked Chinese shophouses to blue joss smoke perfuming the air. The freshest aspects of modern culture are present, too, in the exceptional art scene and free-spirited carnivals, all fed by an infectious local enthusiasm for Penang’s long history and a kaleidoscope of cultures.”

  • George Town:  Food Hop with Heritage on a Plate Tour
  • Exploring all the street art of Penang
  • “Food Capital” of Malaysia so try a bunch of different places
  • Head to Batu Ferringhi Beach for some Parasailing & Jetskiing
  • Hike through Penang National Park to Monkey Beach
  • Take the tram up to the top of Penang Hill
  • Stroll through Fort Cornwallis

Check out this incredible article about awesome things to do in Penang for more information!  Both of my visits to Penang were, unfortunately, a bit short, but I absolutely loved my time out there!

Things to do in Penang, Malaysia, Itinerary

Where to Stay in Penang

Solo travel / budget hostel.

Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel

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This is a newly opened hostel in Penang, with great affordable rooms, well-located, and excellent Japan theme.  Excellent reviews by everyone, and would by my top-pick for sure!  I would highly recommend this for every budget traveler in Penang!

Ke-Lan-Tan Guesthouse

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The rooms are named after famous Penang Streets, the property is gorgeous inside, and the rooms are super comfortable.  Great reviews, centrally located, and excellent value for money!  I would definitely check out this place for a comfortable stay!

Malaysia Itinerary Days 10-13: Langkawi

I hope you’ve enjoyed your time in food heaven, but it’s time to book a ferry ticket from Penang to Langkawi online !!

It’s the absolute best way to get in between these two Malaysia hotspots!  You could actually fly, but I don’t really see the point because the ferry is super easy, cheap, and convenient.  I’ve done this Penang-Langkawi ferry three times now, and it’s really awesome on a sunny day in Malaysia!

  • Depart : 8:30 AM
  • Ferry time:   2 Hours
  • Cost: 60 MYR

You’ll arrive into Kuah Jetty, Langkaw i, and will take a  TAXI  or  Rent a Car  and drive to your accommodation in PANTAI CENANG.  

Things to do in Langkawi, Malaysia Itinerary

Langkawi Highlights include:

“Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. If you’re intent on carting off duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate, then this is the place to be. Still, nature lovers will find the island just as agreeable as the shoreline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees.

The island is especially recognized for its excellent diving opportunities and this tropical gem hides a treasure trove of other exciting holiday opportunities. From the expansive Underwater World Langkawi along Pantai Cenang to the soaring Cable Car in Pantai Kok, Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.”

Here are a few of my favorite things to do in Langkawi!!

  • Island hopping tour for 30 MYR.   The most amazing and cheap tour on the island!  You can’t book this online, but  you can literally book this tour almost anywhere on the island!  Every hotel, shop, and restaurant will try and sell you on this (and it’s definitely worth it)!
  • One-day boat ride and tour through the Mangroves !  This tour is really amazing, and a great value for money!
  • Rent a Moto and explore the waterfalls
  • Cable & Car & Skywalk at the Oriental Village
  • Nightlife in Langkawi can get pretty wild!  :-)
  • 4-Hour Jet Ski Tour Around Dayang Bunting 8 Islands!! 
  • Pantai Cenang Beach Days & Sunsets
  • Langkawi: Geopark Eco Zipline Adventure

Places to visit in langkawi

Further Reading:

I’ve actually spent a good amount of time on Langkawi, so take a read through some of these articles below for some more information!

  • 10 Awesome Things to Do on Langkawi
  • Chasing Waterfalls on Langkawi
  • Backpacker’s Guide to Langkawi
  • Berjaya Resort Crashing on Langkawi

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Backpacker / budget hostel.

Langkawi Dormitorio

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The best beds and location out of all the hostels in Langkawi! It’s right in the heart of Pantai Cenang, with everyone you need just steps away from the door. The staff are great, and will help you plan anything you’d want for your Langkawi explorations!

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Cenang Plaza Beach Hotel

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One of the best selling hotels in Panti Cenang!  I’ve stayed here a couple times now, and I honestly love it!  The value for money is really amazing, and I know you’ll love it as well!  Perfectly located on the beach, right in the middle of the main strip – you just can’t go wrong with this place!

Day 14 – Return to Kuala Lumpur for Flight Home

Goodbye Malaysia!  It’s been amazing!

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  • Try a bunch of different “Nasi Kandars” for quality Malaysian meals.
  • Use 12GoAsia  to book bus, train, and ferry tickets.  I’ve used them a lot and have never had an issue.  Seats do sell-out, so it can be best to book in advance to avoid stressful travel days. .
  • Malaysia is a really popular destination for AirBNB . You can get $40 U.S.D off your first booking if you create a new account.
  • Buy a local SIM CARD with data and put into an unlocked smartphone.

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  • Take a one day/night trip to Melacca from Kuala Lumpur. It’s another charming city in Malaysia.  I’ve never been, but I’ve heard amazing things!
  • Instead of heading to Penang/ Langkawi, you can make the journey over to the Perhentian Islands , and then make your way down to Pulau Kapas .  These islands, I think, are much more picturesque and more ideal for scuba diving.  It just depends if you’re more of an adventure & food person, or more a beach/ water type of traveler!

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Petronas Twin Towers

The twin skyscraper in Malaysia held the rank of the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004 and is currently known as the tallest twin tower in the world. The twin tower KL features diamond – faceted façade containing 83,500 stainless steel extrusions. The towers' interior highlights Malaysia's culture and inspires people through traditional aspects like carvings and fabric.

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Langkawi Cable Car

Langkawi Cable Car

Langkawi Cable car is also known as the Sky Cab claims to be the steepest cable car ride in the world; that takes visitors at a height of 708 meters up in the sky, above the sea level. The cable car carries passengers to Mount Mat Cincang - Langkawi's second highest peak and thus is considered as one of the must-visit Langkawi attractions. On a visit here, tourists are advised to carry a jacket as the elevation in height invites chilled winds. The views from the top of this peak make getting onto this ride absolutely worth it and memorable. Location: Jalan Telaga Tujuh, Kedah Timings: 9:30 am to 7 pm on all days Must Experience:  Snorkeling Tours in Langkawi Click Here to Book:  Langkawi Cable Car Tickets

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Langkawi Sky Bridge

Langkawi Sky Bridge

Situated at a staggering height of 2,170 feet and hanging in between the two mountains, the Langkawi sky bridge, as the name suggests, makes you witness Malaysian beauty from heavenly heights. You can reach this bridge after ending your sky cab ride, only to witness more enchanting views of the forests and mountains. Stretching up to 410 feet with transparent sections, this bridge gives you a rush of adrenaline with a feeling of almost standing in the sky!

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KL Tower (Menara)

KL Tower (Menara)

Situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the KL Tower is one of the most popular spots for the locals as well as the tourists. This tower is renowned for being the tallest telecommunication tower in all of Southeast Asia and the 7th tallest tower in the world.

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Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

Beat the heat of Kuala Lumpur and hop in for an extraordinary experience at the magical theme park of Sunway Lagoon. With six different zones featuring thrilling bungee jumping rides to classic turbulence water slides, you are in for a treat. Experience the best of 5D cinematic movies at the waterpark and tune in for a gripping slingshot ride at x park lagoon. 

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Sunway Lagoon Park, Kuala Lumpur

Aquaria KLCC

Aquaria KLCC

The Aquaria KLCC is said to be the world’s largest aquarium, holding over 5000 freshwater and marine creatures, which include massive arapaimas, giant groupers, garfishes and many more. Some of the major attractions of the aquarium are the scary tiger sharks, bright coral fishes, lethal sea snakes, seahorses, and blue rays.

The Aquaria KLCC is one of the foremost tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur involving the real depth and complexity. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Malaysia.

Location : The Aquaria KLCC is located on the concourse of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.

Price : The entry fee approximately starts from 64 MYR for an adult and 53 MYR for a child. Check out Now:   Aquaria KLCC Ticket Price  

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Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a group of five different islands, which include Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. There are various beach activities that the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park organizes. However, all these beach activities require a prior booking and it is one of the best places to visit in Kota Kinabalu.

You can also indulge in various water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, and witness the beautiful coral and marine life of the island. The island tours can be booked on the spot from where you will take your ferries.

Location: The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is just 20 minutes boat ride from the Kota Kinabalu.

How To Reach: The Jesselton Jetty ferry terminal consistently operates the boats to the Island, which takes around 20 minutes to reach there.

Price: The approximate cost for the complete tour starts from 53 MYR per adult.

Timings: 8.30 AM to 5 PM Here is the List of  Best  Things to Do in Langkawi Suggested Read: Things to Do in Malaysia

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Bako National Park, Kuching

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Batu Caves, Selangor

Batu Caves, Selangor

The Batu Caves is located in the Selangor region of Malaysia. It has one of the famous Hindu shrines. The shine is of Lord Murugan resides in these caves. A lot of tourists visit this place as it is a religious site. The natural beauty of this place is mesmerizing. 

This area has innumerable caves that are that are home to many species of animals and insects. This area has many monkeys that often snatch away things from the tourist. The caves are said to be of the 10th century that has slowly developed. The caves are protected by the Malaysian Nature Society. 

There are many transportation facilities available to these caves like trains buses etc from Kuala Lumpur.  The most famous festival of the Batu caves is Thaipusam festival. This is one of the ideal Hindu religious places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur. Click Here to Book:  Kuala Lumpur Suburbs and Batu Caves Day Tour  or  Batu Caves Tour from Kuala Lumpur Also Check: Best Beaches in Malaysia

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Shangri-La's Orangutan Care Project, Kota Kinabalu

If you are a wildlife enthusiast and love exploring new places, which promote wildlife and its conservation, Shangri-La’s Orangutan Care Project is one that you cannot miss. The project is dedicated to the rehabilitation and care of Orangutans and it is one of the best tourist places to visit in Kota Kinabalu.

It allows the common people to get the deeper insights into the lives of these amazing creatures. You can spend quality time with the Orangutans, get very close to them and even take memorable snapshots.

During your tour, you will be acquainted about the lives of Orangutan through the short videos, both before and after the tour. After the video, you are escorted to the feeding platform, where you are allowed to feed these lovely Orangutans.

The complete duration of the tour is around 1-2 hours. The excitement of the tour burgeons especially when your children accompany with you. Apart from the Orangutans, you also get to see a few more varieties of monkeys inside the care project.

Location: The Orangutan Care Project is located at Pantai Dalit Tuaran in Kota Kinabalu.  You May Also Like:  Activities in Langkawi Click Here to Checkout & Book:  Hop on Hop off KL Price

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A ride on a cable car takes tourists to Langkawi Sky Bridge - a true highlight of the region, elevated at a height of 2300 feet above sea level. From the top of this bridge, the mesmerising views of the rainforest along with the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls make sure to leave visitors spellbound.It attracts nature lovers, photographers, and adventure enthusiasts alike. Here, tourists can also indulge in some shopping at the number of stalls that sell souvenirs, toys, drinks, and snacks. The bridge certainly is one of the top Langkawi tourist attractions.Location: At the end of the cable car, alan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, Langkawi, KedahTimings: 10 am to 10 pmClick Here to Book: Langkawi Cable Car TicketsAlso Read: Things to Do in LangkawiClick Here to book Petrosains Tickets

Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)

Dataran Lang, known as eagle square is yet another commonly visited destination amongst many other famous Langkawi places to visit. It has gained popularity for holding the huge sculpture of an eagle, which is considered to be one of the best manmade creations in Langkawi. The statue of the eagle is postured like it is ready to fly and can be spotted from various points in Pulau. To see this 12 meters statue, along with the views of Kuah Bay, tourists have to ride on a ferry.The miniature terraces, footbridges, fountains, eateries all together here make this place apt for a fun-filled day visit trip, enjoyable by all age groups. From eagle square, the view of numerous ferries plying in the ocean has also been appreciated by everybody who has ever visited!Location: Southeast corner of Pulau Langkawi, Kuah JettyTimings: 24 hours a day, every dayAlso Checkout & Book: Petronas Towers TicketsPopular Read: Things to Do in Langkawi

Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise

As one decides to simply stroll through the paths of Langkawi wildlife park and bird paradise, indigenous birds meet along the way. For a closer look, tourists can visit the large enclosed bird-rooms where these numerous species stretch their wings and offer a chance for greater interaction. This would be one of the best tourist places in Langkawi.The park offers services of a guide which tourists can take for better understanding of the park’s wildlife, animals - their habits, patterns, diversity, etc. Here, tourists can buy food for the animals and feed them too!Location: Lot 1485, Jalan Ayer Hangat, Kampung Belanga Pecah, KedahTimings: 8;30 am to 6 pm on all daysSuggested For You: Places to Visit in MalaysiaClick Here to Book: Langkawi Wildlife Park TicketsClick Here to Book: Langkawi Wildlife Park Tickets

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To say one country encapsulates the world's largest continent is quite the claim, yet the "Malaysia, Truly Asia" tourism slogan lives up to the hype. But what no tagline could capture is the sheer vibrancy of this multicultural peninsula, where worshippers pray in temples dotted between towering skyscrapers, while mischievous "mafia" monkeys prey on unwitting tourists (of which more later).

Why you should visit Malaysia

Set at the meeting point between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, Malaysia has been dubbed "Asia's Melting Pot". Following centuries of trade and colonisation, the population comprises three main ethnic communities: Chinese, Indians and Malays.

For a concentrated taste of the resulting rich cultural stew, head to Kuala Lumpur . The world's sixth most visited city last year, the Malaysian capital is a chaotic blend of sleek hotels and crumbling colonial-era buildings, Michelin-starred restaurants and street-food stands, upmarket malls and outdoor markets, plus world-famous sights such as the Petronas Twin Towers.

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Kuala Lumpur is also home to some great green spaces, but to experience Malaysia's tropical rainforests and golden beaches, you'll need to go a little further afield. An hour from the capital by plane is Langkawi , an archipelago of 99 islands along the country's northwest coast. The main island, also called Langkawi, is home to around 100,000 people, whose numbers are being bumped up by a growing stream of tourists.

Langkawi mangroves

Langkawi's mangrove forests cover more than 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres)

Yet Langkawi is not over-developed: it was awarded Unesco Global Geopark status in 2007, prompting a push towards geotourism. The local tour guides have plenty of material to work with in the island's ancient jungles and labyrinth of mangroves housing sea caves and millions-year-old rock formations.

And then, of course, there's the wildlife. The island is named after the reddish-brown (kawi) sea eagles (lang) that dominate the skies above. Other, less obvious, predators to watch out for are Langkawi's gangs of long-tailed brown macaques, nicknamed the "monkey mafia" by locals owing to their habit of snatching not only food but also phones. A tip for targeted tourists: offer the gangster macaque food with both hands to make them drop the loot.

Assuming visitors hang on to their phones, both Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur are packed with Instagram-worthy sights. 

The capital also has plenty to offer nature lovers, who can find tranquillity in the 227-acre Lake Gardens in the heart of the city. A short stroll away is Kuala Lumpur's Bird Park, an enclosed aviary of more than 3,000 birds from more than 200 species. And there are more attractions to get visitors' hearts aflutter at the neighbouring Butterfly Park, billed as the world's largest, with more than 5,000 butterflies.

Kuala Lumpur claims another record with the Petronas Twin Towers, the world's tallest twin skyscrapers at 1,483ft (452 metres). The towers' Observation Deck offers unbeatable views of the city's eclectic architecture and neighbourhoods, each of which have a distinctive vibe.

Among the most atmospheric is Brickfields, aka Little India, a colourful maze of shops and stalls selling saris, spices, flower garlands and more, amid packed temples, churches and mosques. There are plenty of opportunities to feed body as well as soul here too, at low-key restaurants serving high-quality food including Malaysia's national dish, nasi lemak , a spicy coconut rice.

Foodies are equally well served on Langkawi, where floating fish farms double as restaurants where diners can select their still-flapping meal from containment nets and aquariums. These fish farms are popular stopping points on mangrove river cruise tours, an unmissable experience for any visitor.

Langkawi mangroves cruise

Mangrove cruises on the Kilim River are a great way to spot wildlife and learn about this delicate ecosystem

Highlights of a cruise through Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, one of the island's three main conservation areas, include hand-feeding stingrays and exploring limestone caves where hundreds of bats hang overhead (visitors are advised to close their mouths when looking up, to avoid an unwanted feeding of droppings). 

Expert guides also help cruise-goers to get up close – but not too close – to the park's many other inhabitants, from crocodiles and kingfishers to otters and snakes. And visitors can do their bit to help with conservation efforts by planting mangrove trees, which can store up to 10 times more carbon than forests.

Slightly less virtuous but just as unmissable is a sunset cruise around the archipelago. Guests can sip cocktails and cool off from the tropical heat in the bath-temperature Andaman Sea. Along with water sports, there is further entertainment to be had watching local fishermen's dogs living their best lives after swimming to nearby island shores for doggy playdates.

St. Regis Kuala Lumpur from Lake Gardens

The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur sits amid skyscrapers besides the city's largest park, the Lake Gardens

Tourists also looking to live their best lives in Malaysia can get off to the right start by checking into a St. Regis hotel. 

Offering grandeur with a great location, the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur overlooks the Lake Gardens in the Sentral district, a key transportation hub. In a nod to the city's multicultural identity, the 48-storey hotel blends Asian aesthetics with art deco style, with acres of gleaming marble and crystal-chandeliered high ceilings.

Those high ceilings are a boon come sunset, when, as in all St. Regis properties, a daily champagne sabring ritual takes place. Inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte, who opened bubbly with his sabre in both victory and defeat, the hotel's bottle-chopping fun offers guests the chance to enjoy a free drink and even have a go at sabring. Though, presumably, only while sober.   

The ritual is one of a series introduced by the St. Regis chain founder John Jacob Astor IV, who later went down with the Titanic. Astor's other innovations include a 24-hour butler service tailored to meet guests' every need, from unpacking luggage to delivering a morning cuppa.

St. Regis Kuala Lumpur bathroom

The hotel's suites and bathrooms have stunning views over Kuala Lumpur

The rooms are equally top-notch, with floor-to-ceiling windows and mod cons including hi-tech toilets with an electronic bidet and seat warmer (don't knock it till you've tried it). On a more high-brow note, the hotel's attractions also include an impressive collection of artwork by big names including Andy Warhol and Terry O'Neill.

Food is another draw at the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, which is home to seven restaurants and bars, including a sushi joint overseen by three Michelin-starred chef Takashi Saito.

St. Regis Kuala Lumpur Brasserie

The Brasserie has a French cafe vibe and a superb menu that blends vibrant European and Malaysian flavours

The hotel's largest restaurant is The Brasserie, which along with French-Mediterranean cuisine, serves an incredibly extensive buffet breakfast. Possibly the only thing not on the menu is durian, an extremely pungent Malaysian fruit that is banned in most public buildings.

Only the sweetest of smells can be scented at the hotel's spa, where bespoke massages are a great way to relax after a stint in the rooftop pool or adjacent gym. With all these facilities, little wonder that some people decide to stay for good: while the hotel's first 21 storeys house 208 guest rooms, those above are filled with residences inhabited by permanent "guests", including families with pets.

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The St. Regis Langkawi hugs the turquoise Andaman Sea

Sadly for visitors considering selling up back home, no residency options are available at the St. Regis Langkawi . But few will forget a stay at this idyllic island retreat, tucked between rainforest and the sea, a short drive from Langkawi’s main town, Kuah. 

The vibe throughout the hotel is laid-back glamour, with grand, light-drenched spaces full of local artworks, and colour schemes influenced by the sea and the island vegetation. 

St. Regis Langkawi suite

Suites at the beachside hotel are havens of luxury and comfort

Those themes continue in the 85 spacious suites and in Kayuputi, a fine-dining restaurant standing on stilts above the water beside the hotel's private beach. Designed by top architect Bill Bensley, Kayuputi ("white wood" in Indonesian) is like the world's plushest beach hut, with teak columns and antiques galore inside, and an outdoor deck that's the perfect setting for sunset cocktails.

St. Regis Langkawi Kayuputi exterior

The Bill Bensley-designed Kayuputi restaurant is evocative of an art collector's holiday home 

Come morning, the place to be is the hotel's all-day dining restaurant L’Orangerie, where the St. Regis team again score top marks with the vast breakfast buffet. 

For a quintessentially island experience, though, nothing beats the beachfront Pantai Grill. With platters of succulent charcoal-grilled meats and seafood served at tables on the golden sand, this is how barbecues are meant to be done.

St. Regis Langkawi Pantai Grill

Diners can enjoy delicious wood-fired food only metres from the shore at Pantai Grill

The St. Regis Langkawi also provides a lesson in meeting guests' many other wishes, with a hair salon, spa, gym, boutique and ballroom, plus live music every evening in the bar. A host of activities are on offer too, from paddleboarding and kayaking to wine tasting and batik painting.

Of course, some guests may prefer to just relax in the seafront infinity pool. But as with Malaysia in general, the beauty lies in the "endless possibilities", to quote another of the country's tourism slogans. Just watch out for the monkeys.

Kari Wilkin was a guest of the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur and the St. Regis Langkawi

Room rates start from £176/$223 (double room) at the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, 6, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, 50470 Malaysia. Room rates start from £221/$280 (double room) at the St. Regis Langkawi, Jalan Pantai Beringin, Langkawi, 07000 Malaysia. For more information, visit marriott.com

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Kari Wilkin is The Week Digital’s global managing editor. She joined the UK site as production editor in 2017, after moving across from The Week magazine. Her career as a journalist began as a sub-editor at newspapers including The Sun, Metro, the Daily Star and News of the World, followed by stints at Elle and Asda Magazine. She also helped to launch the UK edition of Women’s Health magazine, as chief sub-editor with a sideline in writing; has penned travel and lifestyle articles for titles including The Telegraph and The Sun; and is a contributor on “The Week Unwrapped” podcast.

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Everything you need to know before visiting Malaysia

Marco Ferrarese

Feb 3, 2024 • 7 min read

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Malaysia is a beautifully diverse country with tons to see and do – here's what you should know before you go ibnjaafar / Getty Images

Dynamic, multi-cultural, and hugely underrated, Malaysia is Southeast Asia 's unsung tropical hero. Marrying tradition, nature and modernity , it's a country of space-age cityscapes, Islamic minarets and gilded Chinese shrines. It's a world where South Indian temples back onto million-year-old rainforests, and this mish-mash can confuse first-timers.

From what to pack to navigating the nation's ethnic and religious tapestry, these are the top things to know before you embark on a trip to Malaysia – an experience that can often feel like being in several countries at once .

1. Malaysia is a dazzlingly diverse country

Be prepared for many types of culture shock. In multi-ethnic yet predominantly Islamic Peninsular Malaysia, a 69.8% majority of Malay Muslims share the land with ethnic Chinese, Tamil Indians and a dozen aboriginal groups categorized as orang asli (original peoples). This means that red lantern-studded Chinese temples sit next to Hindu gopurams (temple gates) and the onion-shaped domes of intricate, modern mosques. Prayers go up to the sky in three main languages – Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, and Tamil – and to three main religions: Islam, Chinese Taoism and Hinduism.

A short flight away across the South China Sea, the East Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah in Borneo feel like another world. The former has some 26 different ethnic groups, most of whom are Christian or Protestant, while Sabah is home to another 33 who communicate in over 50 languages and 80 dialects .

2. Pack for an eternal summer – but carry a light jacket

Tropical Malaysia enjoys steamy temperatures hovering around 86°F (30°C) year-round . All you really need to pack are light, loose-fitting cotton clothes to best cope with heat and humidity, and a pair of sneakers and flip-flops. If you forget anything, you can pick it up here. Also pack a hoodie or light jacket to prepare for the Malaysian habit of keeping air conditioning to frosty levels, especially inside shopping malls, buses and trains.

3. Technology is widely available… 

Kuala Lumpur must be one of the world's most futuristic cities, with ever-expanding highways, towers and skyscrapers eternally contending for space. Beyond the capital, there's excellent 4G mobile network coverage and fast wifi at most hotels and guest houses across the nation. Celcom is the best operator when traveling the Peninsula's jungly interior and Borneo. 

4. …but carry cash in the interior

ATMS (cashpoints) are widely available but thin out in the countryside, and they are often hard to find outside of Borneo's main cities. Stock up on the local currency, the Malaysian ringgit, if planning to go off the grid. 

Malaysia Hawker clay pot of Chicken Rice with flames under it

5. The food is something to write home about

The delightfully spicy intricacies of Malaysian food (a concoction of curries, southern Chinese cuisines and pan-Indian dishes that never stop intermarrying) are best consumed fresh off the street, served without embellishments by local "uncles" – slang for older person – on plastic plates. 

The alternative is to sit and rub elbows with locals at a food court, or "hawker center" – large open areas, usually covered by a rooftop, packed with simple food stalls squeezed one against the other.

6. Partying is a bit more expensive

Compared to its backpacker-centric Southeast Asian neighbors Thailand , Cambodia and Vietnam , Malaysia is a more expensive party destination because of heavy taxes on alcohol, which is forbidden to Muslims. The rest of the population is free to drink but forced to pay a higher price.

Alcohol is widely available in major tourist cities like Kuala Lumpur , George Town , Ipoh , Melaka and Johor Bahru,  while in smaller towns, beer is most often available at Chinese-run businesses. The best antidote to steep drinks and cigarette prices is a visit to the tax-free islands of Langkawi and Tioman .

7. Dress casual but modest

Due to the constant heat, Malaysia's dress code is very casual. Wearing short pants, sandals, flip-flops and t-shirts is the accepted norm everywhere but is considered rude when visiting public offices, where long slacks, close-toed shoes and collared shirts are expected. In Malaysia's many kampung (villages), avoid revealing outfits to comply with local religious sensibilities. 

Modesty is also essential when choosing your beachwear. Bikinis and speedos are fine at big hotels, resorts and the tourist islands off the East Coast, such as Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang. But it's best to wear one-piece bathing suits and knee-length swimming trunks on any other beach, where the locals dip fully clothed.

Six floors inside the Suria KLCC shopping mall.

8. It's OK to speak in English if you don't know Malay

Picking up some survival Bahasa Malaysia (Malay language), the national lingo, is pretty straightforward – with its Roman alphabet and absence of tones, it's one of the easiest Asian languages to learn. But it's fine to speak English, especially with Malaysian Chinese and Indians, whose mother tongues are not Malay. Blame it on the British colonization, but practically everyone can communicate in English, and most prefer to do so when talking to foreigners.

9. You might be unknowingly rude

When pointing at someone or something, use the thumb and not the index finger, which is considered rude in Malaysia. Always keep your voice down, for raising the tone is an absolute no-no – like asking direct questions, which many Malaysians may take as "losing face" or an invasion of their personal space.

When shaking hands, always remember to use your right hand, for the left is considered "toilet hand" in any Islamic culture. The only dining etiquette that matters in Malaysia is to never use the left hand when trying to eat with fingers like many locals do.

10. Respect nature, and its spirits 

When a bunch of foreign tourists bared their bottoms on top of Mount Kinabalu in 2015, enraged Kadazan-Dusun locals blamed their act for the consequent magnitude 5.9 earthquake that killed at least 16 and snapped one of the sacred mountain top's two iconic "Donkey Ear" outcrops. 

The animist beliefs that predate the arrival of Islam to the Malay Peninsula have helped foster a highly regarded supernatural world in which nature plays a crucial role. For example, it's common to "ask for permission" before urinating in the jungle, from where locals never bring anything back for fear of piggybacking a curse into their own homes. 

Whenever a group enters a forest , it's best to give out nicknames or not call out each other at all – spirits are always listening. The orang bunian (invisible forest-dwelling creatures comparable to elves) can trick hikers and campers into following them deep into the jungle to never be seen again.

Two tourists with backpacks crossing a suspension bridge.

11. Call 999 for any emergency

A single three-digit number, 999, connects to the police, the fire department, the ministry of health, the maritime enforcement agency and the Department of Civil Defence. Dial 999 112 if calling from a mobile phone. 

12. Boil the tap water

Because of increasing pollution of water sources and aging buildings fitted with rusted pipes, it's always best to boil tap water before drinking, or buy mineral water. Most hotels allow guests to refill their water containers. Carrying a water filtration system or purifying tablets can come in handy when striking out on multi-day hikes. 

13. Vaccines are recommended

It is advisable to travel to Malaysia after being inoculated against Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid. Malaria is generally not an issue in cities and most forested areas, so a prophylaxis is not strictly necessary. Dengue fever occurs sporadically in cities, but as there are no vaccines for it, the best strategy is to not get bitten by mosquitoes – use heavy-duty insect repellent.

Malaysia is one of Asia's top medical tourism destinations and boasts private hospitals equipped with excellent facilities. Make sure to have proper health insurance coverage, or be ready to pay for the premium.

Colourful cartoon tri-shaws to take tourists around Melaka old town

14. Beware of snatch thieves

Traveling in Malaysia is generally a pretty safe experience for travelers of both sexes, but whether they travel solo or in groups, female travelers should pay attention when walking along the busiest roads of capital Kuala Lumpur – keep your bags away from the roadside, for motorbike snatch thieves are well-known to target women, and some attacks have resulted in a victim's death. 

15. How to travel safely for LGBTQI+ travelers 

While a 2021 court ruling suggests change may be afoot, same-sex relationships are not only taboo in Malaysia, they're banned by federal law. For the LGBTQI+ communities here, the golden rule is to avoid publicizing relationships. In fact, public displays of affection are frowned upon in Malaysia in general, no matter your sexual orientation.  

16. Drug offenses can get you to the gallows

Stay away from drugs in Malaysia, where 200g of cannabis, 15g of morphine or heroin, and 40g of cocaine mean a death sentence. Offenders are shaken down extremely hard or jailed even for carrying much less.

This article was first published Feb 27, 2022 and updated Feb 3, 2024.

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  • 5 Places To Visit In Malaysia In 2 Days That Will Melt Your Heart In 2024!

15 Dec 2021

Malaysia is an exquisite country on the Asian side of the globe. The country boasts of pristine waters, sandy beaches, rock-cut caves, skyscrapers and exciting activities like snorkeling. So, take some time out of your busy schedule and plan a trip to Malaysia. The time or the number of days in Malaysia will not cause a hitch during your amazing stay in the country as there are numerous tourist attractions interlinked and situated in close vicinity to ensure that the traveler gets to see and make the most of their trip to Malaysia. So, places to visit in Malaysia in 2 days for the expeditionist in you. These places not only provide scenic and uncommon sights but also let you participate in exhilarating activities like scuba diving, jungle trek, night safari, and bird watching.

Malaysia has cities like Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, George Town and Malacca that represent the country’s diverse population and multicultural concept of living. There is a mix of almost every religion and tribe which cohabits and live in a harmonious manner. So, it is important to experience the beauty of such distinctiveness and imbibe the knowledge that the country emits in their daily dealings with each other. The presence of so many Asian cultures and communities has given rise to numerous astounding tourist spots with different stories to tell. Tourists can visit a majority of these places, even in a short span of time, and appreciate the principles and reasons for various traditions that each place holds within itself. It is important as people of the world, to respect and absorb the knowledge regarding the various stories that historical and cultural manuscripts unfold. So, take a look at the best places that will let you in on the way of life for a majority of Malays.

5 Places To Visit In Malaysia In 2 Days

A short trip to Malaysia will not limit the fun things to do and various beautiful places that tourists can visit. Just whip out a planner and list the things one would like to do and places to visit in Malaysia in 2 days. This will help visitors to experience the finest places in Malaysia while taking part in so many activities that the country offers. If you are confused about what places to visit in Malaysia In 2 Days then we think this will help.

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1. Sabah River Safari

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For those newly-weds who want to experience nature in an unconventional way, this river safari fits the bill. Take on a tantalizing river safari down River Kinabatangan and experience wildlife and nature in its full glory. Of all the Malaysia honeymoon places, you ought to visit this one. Sabah River Safari takes you through some of the really exotic honeymoon places in Malaysia .

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2. Taman Negara

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Want to experience tropical rainforest to the fullest with your beloved-welcome to Taman Negara-the 130 million years old virgin rainforest. It is one of the breathtaking honeymoon places in Malaysia where you will have the best of nature. Enjoy moments of solitude amidst nature with your spouse.

Simply exploring the surroundings together can itself be so exhilarating, it is almost like getting to know one another one step at a time. In Malaysia, there is no dearth of little alleys and lanes to do just that, both on land as well as on water.

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3. Sungai Chiling Waterfalls

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Located in Selangor, the Sungai Chiling Waterfalls is one of the best places to visit for adrenaline junkies looking for thrills and spills in Malaysia. This is because Chiling Waterfalls , which doubles as a fish sanctuary, can only be reached after you take an adventurous trek along the river. There are six river crosses you need to go through, so make sure that you are ready to get your feet wet! Although the current can get strong and the water is deep, the walk is completely safe. Surrounded by dense vegetation, this place feels like nature’s hidden treasure.

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4. Lake Chenderoh

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Thinking about going for fishing this weekend- Lake Chenderoh is a natural lake in Perak, Malaysia and is the perfect spot for spending your weekend fishing with your family. Being one of the main weekend getaway spot in the list of lakes in Malaysia , it has a lot of local restaurants that will serve you delicious local food.

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5. Temenggor Lake

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Home to several species of fishes like Toman, Kelah, Sebarau and Baung, Temenggor is a man-made lake located near Banding Island which is a hub for travellers as it provides great sightseeing opportunities. One of the important man-made lake of Malaysia , Temenggor lake is visited by many travellers to explore the brilliant man-made creation.

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Malaysia is a house to so many cultures and amazing places. The country is bounded by islands and beaches which makes it the perfect ‘fairytale’ kind of vacation spot. Tourists get a chance to try out night safari where they can get a glimpse of nocturnal wonders, go bird watching on the hilltops walk across the shores of the lake and shop for souvenirs. This points to the fact there are numerous places to visit in Malaysia in 2 days and leave no room for complaints. So what are you waiting for? Gather your family and friends and plan a vacation to Malaysia for a memorable and unforgettable vacation!

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Where should I go for a one day trip to Malaysia?

You can plan to visit Rawa Island, Tenggol Island, Perhentian Islands and the many other islands that Malaysia offers.

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6-10 days would be enough to explore and see Malaysia.

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A millennial couple moved to Bali 2 years ago. Making friends was one of the hardest parts.

  • Nadia Rose and her partner, Steve Willis, moved from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Bali in July 2022.
  • The couple say that adjusting to their new lives on the island was more challenging than they had expected .
  • Here are three things they've learned about life as expats in Bali.

Thanks to its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and rich heritage, Bali is a popular vacation destination that draws tourists from all around the world.

In recent years, the Indonesian island has even become a choice location for expats, especially digital nomads and those who want to escape the city.

Nadia Rose and her partner, Steve Willis, moved from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, to Bali in July 2022.

It took them some time to adjust to their new lives on the island, and the experience was more challenging than they had expected . Here are three things they've learned as expats in Bali so far.

1. Things in Bali take time

Unlike in Kuala Lumpur , the capital of Malaysia — and other bustling cities around the world — the pace of life in Bali is much slower .

Expect to wait for things to get done, especially for bureaucratic processes and even getting around in traffic, Rose told Business Insider.

"Because I was so used to living in a city, I was so used to efficiency," Rose said. "Here, you just have to lean back and allow things to unravel, and it will unravel in its own time."

2. Friendships can be hard to forge

It might be harder to form lasting friendships in Bali than you think. The island can feel like a very transient place, with all the people who come and go from Bali, especially within the expat community, Rose said.

"Many friends that I've made six months ago are no longer here, so you feel like you have to build new friendships over and over again," she said.

Because of that, she had to constantly put herself out there to meet new people, she added.

For almost a year after they arrived in Bali, Rose said they were so caught up in trying to settle down into their new lives that they weren't able to make any new friends.

"I was like, 'Oh, it's too hard. I tried three times, and it just didn't work out.' I could have given up on it, but I didn't. It takes time," Rose said. "Without being vulnerable and open, it's just going to be difficult."

The couple says that Facebook Groups have been a great way to meet new people.

"I sometimes put up a post saying 'Hey, if you have similar interests, I'd love to meet up at this restaurant.' People turn up, and we'll all have lunch together," Rose said.

The couple also attends events, which they find through Nomeo , an online platform that allows people to set up events for activities they're passionate about.

"It could be a meet-up for female entrepreneurs, or even for a day of fun at the beach. There are multiple events happening daily, and you just show up," Rose said.

3. Things in Bali can be as cheap or as expensive as you'd like

There's a common refrain that things in Bali are cheap — and that's not necessarily true, Rose said.

"Coming from Malaysia, it is extremely expensive," she said. "Especially for rent, if you haven't got a budget in mind, it can balloon, and you'll end up spending more than you think." The budget the couple had originally set had to be raised by a few hundred dollars after they realized it was too low.

Real estate prices have spiked in Bali ever since Bali's borders reopened after the pandemic. According to the latest April data from the Indonesian real-estate platform Rumah123 , Denpasar — the capital city of Bali — saw a 17% increase in housing prices year-on-year.

While rent still forms the largest portion of their expenditures, Rose says that there are still many affordable food options, especially if they eat local fare.

A plate of nasi goreng — a traditional fried rice dish — can cost less than $2 at local shops. But with the influx of high-end restaurants, even the price of that dish has been spotted on a menu for over $150, per The Bali Sun .

"So, lifestyle-wise, depending on what you choose, the beauty of Bali is that you have options to meet every budget," she said.

Areas popular with tourists, such as Seminyak and Canggu tend to be pricier than other parts of the island.

"It depends on where you're living on the island and what you expect out of it, and this applies to gyms and even homes. You can get all the amenities you desire, but you have to be ready to pay for it," she said.

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A millennial couple moved to Bali 2 years ago. Making friends was one of the hardest parts.

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