Nightlife in Malaysia

Malaysia Nightlife

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The glittering nightlife in Malaysia is very niche and subdued to appeal to all kinds of nocturnal travellers. The nightlife of this beautiful country is defined perfectly by its plenitude of elite clubs, sky-high bars, colourful open-air night markets, and relaxed lounges. This rapidly progressing Islamic country is also gradually opening its gates to new ways of partying.

At present, you can experience the best and most happening nightlife culture in places like Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Langkawi, and Penang. If you are a party animal and looking to make the best out of Malaysia nightlife, you can enjoy club-hopping across some of the top nightclubs, such as Sky Bar, Marini’s 57, Zouk KL, Soho Free House, and Rhu Bar.

Shopaholics can also take an extravagant shopping spree at the famous night markets in Malaysia, including Temoyong Night market, Batu Ferringhi Night Market, Petaling Street Market, and Kampung Baru Sunday Market. You can also find excellent places to dine in with your friends and family in the country, including Yellow Cafe, Charlie’s Bar and Grill, Beach Blanket Babylon Georgetown, and Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant and Sky Bar. You can also attend an impressive classical concert or theatre performance at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas or Istana Budaya National Theatre.
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What can you do in Malaysia at night?

1. Club Hopping: The most popular activity among locals and tourists, the club culture in Malaysia is merely exotic. There are plenty of exquisite night clubs in the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang, and Malacca, which gives an incredible kick to your adrenaline.

Booming with upbeat, trendy music played by international DJs, these clubs are thronged by the youth and plenty of foreigners. While Kuala Lumpur has some of the world-class nightclubs making it a crazy nocturnal hub, Langkawi has night clubs with a laid back setup of comfortable lounges and live music, which keeps the party alive till sunrise. Penang is yet another favorite for weekend clubbing, and so is the small city of Malacca, which surprises you with charming musicians at the local nightclubs.
Price - 150-200$.
Timing - 7:00 PM - 3:00 AM.

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2. Karaoke by the Beach: The Beach Bars in Malaysia give you the feel of being in Miami. The glistening beaches on moonlit nights with the crashing sound of waves makes the entire atmosphere of these bars enchanting and romantic.

The best way to relax by the beaches at night is to throng these bars, sit with your favorite cocktail in hand, and soak in the surreal beauty of the Malaysia nightlife. These bars are also well known for their live karaoke performances.

Price - 18-23$.
Timing - 5:00 PM - 4:00 AM.

3. Savor the Gleaming View: The best way to admire the city in all its shine and glory is by flocking to the rooftop bars and restaurants at night. They provide you the most picturesque views of the entire Malaysian city, making you feel you're at the top of the world.

All of these restaurants/bars have comfortable seating arrangements for you to sit back, relax, and indulge in the cityscape. The best experience of these rooftop cafes is felt in Kuala Lumpur, which has the marvelous Petronas Tower that you would love to view at night. However, other Malaysian cities also have such elegant spots, especially Malacca, which has an excellent sky lounge that provides stunning views of the city.

Price - 20-150$.
Timing - 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM.

4. Live Music Trance: The Malaysian live music scene is trendy amongst tourists and locals alike. It's a unique experience as music lovers from all over the world join in to enjoy these concerts irrespective of language or ethnicities.

The Penang World Music Festival, which happens around March- April, is very popular amongst the tourists. Apart from this, there are plenty of nightclubs and cafes that arrange excellent live music shows. Be it the glamorous pubs of Kuala Lumpur, the reggae evenings at beaches of Malacca or the Penang Jazz Festival, live music is a trend as well as a religion in Malaysia.

Price - Depends on Concert.
Timing - 9:00 PM Onwards.

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5. A Night at the Surreal Tiga Island: Away from the noise of the crowd, disco music, and rock and roll, if you want to have an experience of the unique nightlife in Malaysia, Pulau Tiga is the place to be.

This island is famously known as the Survivor Island after the TV series was shot there. Located in Sabah near Kota Kinabalu, this deserted island is one of the most peaceful and heavenly places at night. With exciting day activities like snorkeling and scuba diving, the island is quite an attraction. Tourists would also find budget-friendly resorts on this island to spend a night at the exotic Pulau Tiga.

Price - 30$ Onwards.
Timing- Reach by 6:00 PM and spend the night.

6. Colorful Night Markets: Those with a penchant for shopping must visit the famous night markets of Malaysia. Not only a place to buy indigenous products, and cheap goods, these markets have a charming beauty of its own.

Apart from shopping, these markets also have cozy little stalls serving authentic cuisines and lip-smacking eatables. Popular dishes you can try out here are the satays, nasi lemak, and grilled fish. Apart from the regular night markets, which you will find in the Chinatown areas of the cities, there is also the unique Sunday market where you can look for some authentic Malay items.

Price - 1-10$.
Timing - 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

7. Night Safari: The special camouflaged tourist bus takes you through the jungle giving you a thrilling experience of spotting wildlife amidst a dark jungle locale.

This is a unique experience for most travelers, especially children, who find this a perfect adventure. Several places all over the Malaysian cities conduct such night safaris. All you need to do is book your ride and sign up for this riveting adventure.

Price - 4-5$ for adults, 2$ for Kids and Over 60 tourists.
Timing - 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM.

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What are the best nightclubs and bars in Malaysia?

1. Club Kyo, Kuala Lumpur: One of the most upbeat and spacious night clubs in the fabulous capital city of Malaysia Kyo is thronged by party lovers and tourists all night long. Apart from the groovy dance numbers, there is also a blend of the rhythm and blues, which makes the music very appealing. Apart from the energy of the tunes, visitors can find some of the most exquisite cocktails here, making this a popular clubbing spot.

Where- Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.
Price- 11$ Onwards,

2. Zouk, Kuala Lumpur: This place is the perfect mixed bag of a nightclub, bar, live music venue, and a restaurant. This lavish entertainment hub has eight different clubbing spaces, each having a different theme.

There is a different genre of music played every day, which gives the place a unique vibe of Malaysia nightlife. The international DJs playing in the Zouk clubs come up with impressive lineups that keep you rocking in your party shoes. Zouk KL also offers fantastic dining spaces with intricate décor, stylish lounges, and delicious food.

Where- Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Price- 18-50$.

3. Slippery Senoritas: This Georgetown nightclub is famous for its great collection of playlists and amazing ambiance. The nightclub presents bartenders who show off their bottle-juggling skills.

It is one of the oldest nightclubs in the city, having an architecture that gives it a touch of an old colonial dance bar. There are live song and dance performances on special nights when crowds are higher than usual. The interior of the club and its splendid dance floor make it the most vibrant place to be in at Georgetown during the night.

Where- Upper Penang Road.
Price- 15$ Onwards.

4. Mixx Club, Malacca: One of the most fancied nightclubs in Malacca, the Mixx Club invites DJs from all over Asia. The interior of the club has a rustic warehouse look, with neon lights. It has two sections; one is for the DJ to play the upbeat electronic numbers while the other is the live music zone with a garden café and live band.

The club is packed with youngsters, locals, and party-goers of all age groups present in Malacca. The drinks are slightly expensive here, but still, in terms of trend and ambiance, it is one of the best places to be in Malacca for a party night.

Where- Mahkota Parade, Merdeka.
Price- 10$ Onwards.

5. Antero Langkawi: This space is a two-story party hub in Langkawi, designed to give you the best of the nightlife in Malaysia. The ground floor bar is a lavish and spacious area with a massive screen for football matches, a pool table, and a kitchen bar serving finger food.

Those who want to sit with their beers and enjoy the game or have a friendly chat can occupy this space. However, the party lovers who want to hit the dance floor can find their space on the floor above. The playlist includes everything from reggae to rock, keeping you swiftly dancing from tune to tune.

Where- JalanTelukBaru, Pantai Tengah.
Price- 7-11$.

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How can I reach Malaysia?

Here are the following ways you can reach the ideal holiday destination:

- By Air: The easiest way to reach Malaysia is by air through Malaysian Airlines. Malaysia has several international airports, accessible to people around the world.

Among them are Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Melaka International Airport and Penang International Airport. Among the other major carriers traveling to Malaysia are British Airways, Emirates and Thai Airways. Most international carriers offer regular flights to Malaysia since it is one of the most popular destinations in the world.

- By Road: You can reach Malaysia easily by road. In fact it is a picturesque trip if one takes the bus from Brunei, Borneo, Indonesia, and Thailand, all the way to Malaysia.

- By Boat: A luxurious cruise from Thailand, Sumatra, or Indonesia is also a fine way to reach Malaysia through a relaxing and comfortable journey.

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Where can we eat in Malaysia at night?

1. Hayaki Café, Kuala Lumpur: Located in Damansara Uptown, this place serves Kelantanese food. Generously served portions of delectable local cuisine, this place is a hot favorite. The steamed coconut milk rice with spicy fried chicken is a recommended dish to try at this place.

2 Kaw Kaw Burger Bakar, Kuala Lumpur: The 24-hour burger food joint is KL's authentic fast-food chain, a good replacement for Mc. Donald's when you are in KL. A perfect joint for a midnight craving.

3. Ahwa Hokkien Mee, Petaling Jaya: The best joint available in Petaling, this place is famous for its noodles that are cooked over charcoal and has a unique flavor. Experience nightlife in Malaysia through the rich flavors.

4. Tomato Nasi Kandar, Langkawi: This 24-hour food joint serves a wide range of food items from roti canai to fish and chips. The food is tasty and cheap, with efficient service from the restaurant staff. Naan stuffed with cream cheese is something you must try out at this place.

5. Ayer Itam Duck Rice, Penang: This food joint in Malaysia's food capital, Penang, has been listed in the 24 hours food guide list and only opens at night. The well-marinated duck, curried in local spices, make this dish irresistible for the night lovers.

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What is special about Malaysia?

Being multi-ethnic and multi-religious, Malaysia is one of the most unique travel destinations of the world. Malaysia boasts of an extensive cultural diversity and a range of scenic beauty, thus attracting tourists from all over the world.

The Malaysian archipelago has some of the best islands in the world, with sprawling beaches, dense tropical rainforests and magical diving spots for exploring the diverse marine life. Malaysia also has remnants of colonial architecture, which make the cities so interesting and beautiful. A fantastic combination of remote Malay villages and burgeoning cities like Kuala Lumpur Malaysia has thousands of layers to explore.

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Is Malaysia a safe place to party at Night?

Since Malaysia nightlife culture is globally known, it is not only safe but also a fantastic party destination for the nocturnals. Brimming with nightclubs, bars and fine dining restaurants Malaysia has a diverse night culture. Apart from this, there are marketplaces that remain open all night long, and are packed with shopaholics.

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What are the famous night markets for shopping in Malaysia?

1. Jalan Alor Street Food Night Market, Kuala Lumpur: To experience true Malaysian street food, you should definitely visit this among the many night markets. From toys, clothes, shoes, DVDs to a wide range of food the overall night experience of this place is vibrant and colorful.

2. Petaling Street Night Market, Kuala Lumpur: This famous street in Chinatown, KL is known for its dominant night market. This place is packed with tourists at night who enjoy the shopping experience at dirt cheap prices.

3. Batu Ferringhi Night Market, Pinang Island: This beachside market is famous among those enjoying nightlife in Malaysia. Tourists come to visit the island because of its low prices and colorful ambience. Clothes, bags and souvenirs are among the many things you can purchase from this place.

4. Temoyong Night Market, Langkawi: This market is set up only on Thursdays and offers you a galore of food options. Primarily a food market, the fresh mango shake, boiled squid with coconut milk rice and NasiLemak are among the dishes that you must try.

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Are there any restrictions regarding anything which I need to take care of?

Never carry drugs into the country, as Malaysia has merciless penalty for possession of narcotics.

- Malaysian streets often have speeding vehicles and hence you must be careful while stepping out or crossing roads.
- Being a tropical country Malaysia has frequent spells of rain. Hence, it is advisable to carry an umbrella at all times.
- Due to a history of communal riots in Malaysia, one should be wary of arousing racial tensions while interacting with locals.
- Choose your words carefully while commenting on the local cuisine. It's a matter of national pride and thus locals might get offended if you are harsh.

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Is Malaysia expensive?

A holiday trip to Malaysia is usually not expensive; a week long trip will cost you around US$750. However if you are looking to cut down on your budget, travel during the off season. Tourists rarely visit Malaysia during the monsoons, making flights and accommodations cheaper.

Stay off the liquor since alcohol in Malaysia is exorbitantly priced to discourage drinking. Opt for street food from stalls for sustenance and app based transport to minimise costs. Shopping can get a little expensive but several night markets balance it out while giving you a taste of the Malaysia nightlife.

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Which are the best night cruises in Malaysia?

You can take several enchanting cruises in Malaysia, enjoying the seafood and being amazed by fireflies. Here are some of the best ones.

1. Kuala Selangor Tour - It offers a tour of a royal burial ground, a fishing village, and an old fort. As you move through the mangroves, watch the fireflies.

2. Tamau Kota Belud River Cruise - Exploring the Kota Belud wetlands has never been this fun. You could spot water buffaloes, long tailed macaques and monitor lizards. Fireflies make for a magical Malaysia nightlife experience as does the sumptuous local dinner.

3. Tamau Kota Belud River Cruise - Exploring the Kota Belud wetlands has never been this fun since you can spot water buffaloes and monitor lizards in their natural habitat. After sundown, fireflies provide a magical Malaysia nightlife experience as does the sumptuous local dinner.

4. Private Sunset Dinner Cruise - The private yacht provides all kinds of luxuries which will help you create some memorable experiences.

5. Weston Fireflies River Cruise - Experience the Borneo wildlife in the cruise which starts from Kota Kinabalu. Notably, you start in the afternoon, to spot crocodiles, birds, and primates. However, after dinner, you head out again to watch the fireflies.

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What are the essential items that one must pack while traveling to Malaysia?

Travel smart, pack light, pack informatively. Here are some essentials you'll absolutely need in Malaysia. Of course, we have not mentioned clothing, but we suggest light, breathable pieces of attire.

1. Bug Spray - As a traveler, you should take the necessary safety precautions and carry a bug spray.
2. Sunscreen - If you're not used to extreme heat and sunlight, consider carrying one with you beforehand.
3. Adapter - Carry a power adapter for all your electrical appliances. We recommend getting one of the global adapters.
4. Umbrella - While it will come in handy when it rains, the umbrella will also protect you from the heat.

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Where can I go in Malaysia with family, at night?

Malaysia is so lovely that your family will want to see more sights before they sleep. So, here's where you can go once the sun goes down.

1. Kuala Lumpur Cultural Tour - Start from the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple and head to the Chinatown Open Air Bazaar, or Petaling Street. The tour takes approximately 3.5 hours, but is a fascinating way to learn about the culture and the nightlife in Malaysia.

2. Petronas Twin Towers - Head to the Petronas Towers, world's tallest twin towers which offers excellent panoramas of the city.

3. Batu Caves - Located at Royal Selangor Pewter, check out the temple cave, and witness how the area becomes livelier by night.

4. Kek Lok Si Temple - Visiting at nighttime is a better option since the temple is beautifully lit up, and you can witness locals dropping by to say their prayers.

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Is Malaysia dangerous at night?

Malaysia is famous for its vivid and vibrant nightlife. Hence it is not at all dangerous as streets are flocked with tourists and night lovers all night long.

However, it is every tourist's responsibility to be agile and careful against petty crimes.

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