55 Best Places to Visit in Malaysia 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
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Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah, Borneo. This place is gaining increasing popularity as being the perfect resort destination especially due to the island city’s proximity to beautiful locations such as the luscious, green rainforests, the pretty tropical islands and the spectacularly heighted mountains.

Kota Kinabalu is situated on the west coast of Sabah and is the largest city in the state. The location serves as the main gateway into the island of Borneio. This island city overlooks the grand South China sea which is essentially bordered by hills and the very famous Crocker Range. The urban, bustling life of Kita Kinabalu can be discovered in the northern and southern region of the city.

The city is developing at an extremely fast pace too. The place now consists of 500,000 inhabitants and has experienced a surge of economic growth being the sole result of its instant development.

Kota Kinabalu which was previously recognized by the name, Jesselton was initially under the British colonial rule between the years, 1880 and 1963. It was only after the British left that Sabah along with Kota Kinabalu became a part of Malaysia.

Although most of the town was destroyed during the bombings of the second world war, the city developed greatly. These ruins still remain as a form of memory of what took place back then.

As far as the tourism experience is concerned, the place is quite friendly. For the convenience of the tourists, there are endless resorts, restaurants and hotels designed to suit the varied needs to the people staying. Transportation wise, the city is well connected and therefore, you can definitely experience a smooth stay and touring around.


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Imagine a city boasting of gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad of natural attractions. A city with food-stall-lined streets shaded by a leafy canopy of banyan trees. Kuala Lumpur - the capital city of Malaysia is that city.
Divided into numerous districts, its main hub is called the Golden Triangle which comprises Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Chinatown. Kuala Lumpur is widely recognized for numerous landmarks, including Petronas Twin Towers (the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers), Petaling Street flea market, and Batu Caves, which is over 400 million years old, the Islamic Arts museum and the Royal Malaysian Police museum.

People from all areas within Malaysia come to Kuala Lumpur to find jobs or do business. Tourist love the city as it has numerous great sights & attractions. Apart from the architectural marvels, tourists can feel the ultimate adrenaline rush by engaging in several adventurous activities to choose from. Besides that there are simply too many choices when it comes to dining options. You can go shopping in one of the many modern shopping malls within the city center. Kuala Lumpur is the perfect destination for a short visit or stopover and many tourists are drawn back to the great city during their travels through Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur is the multicultural melting pot for different cultures and traditions which is widely seen all across Asia. Beyond the traffic and malls there is a complex cultural patchwork formed of distinct, coexisting communities, united by the warm welcome extended to guests.

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Welcome to this quintessential paradise, and be prepared to explore the tourist places in Langkawi. An archipelago of 104 magical islets– a part of the state of Kedah, adjacent to the Thai border. 'The jewel of Kedah' as Langkawi is known is situated at the western coast of Malaysia – one of the most beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea with breathtaking views right enough to make you never forget any bit of it. Not just the place, even the name has the essence of its serenity. Langka being a Sanskrit word meaning "beautiful" while wi means "many".

In here, you can go on exploring an extravaganza of spectacular wetlands, lush green rainforests in full bloom, limestone caves and secluded coves by boat and encounter natural oasis teeming with wildlife. Amid nurseries for reef creatures and marine birds, you might even catch-up furtive otters, happy-go-lucky dolphins and hanging bats. Love tourist places in Langkawi, and wondering what to cover? Love trekking or camping? Langkawi is the answer. Want Eco tours? Horseback Riding tours? Nature & wildlife tours? Looking for Aerial adventure activities or water activities? Activities like skiing, sailing, Kayaking, Surfing, Fishing charters, Boat tours, Scuba & Snorkeling, Langkawi is all here for you!

But what if you are into Aerial adventure stuff? There is Paragliding, Ziplining Rappelling, Aerial and Adventure Parks for you. Name it and Langkawi will not fail to excite you with its treasure trove. With an ecosystem offering unexpected surprises and then oh! the delicious mouth watering Malay food that it has to offer. Langkawi is all worth falling in love.
You want a chilled beach vacay or just a little adventure? Well, well, well! Just name it and this place has it all. There is something for everyone here at this paradise.

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Penang

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Tourist places in Penang include all kinds of places like beaches, forests, temples, museums and so on which is a must visit for every individual. This place has a rich Chinese culture and is known all over the world for this culture and tradition. The locals consider Penang to be the food capital of Malaysia as it has an array of lip-smacking traditional dishes that can be found in the streets and almost anywhere in Penang. Penang considers tourism to be it's only income source so one can easily find different types of hotels and resorts ranging from luxurious ones to budget ones. The Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple is one of the greatest attractions present here.

 

Being located in Indonesia, this Indian temple is believed to have the largest sculpted pillar in Malaysia. Then the water edges present in Clan Jetties is a perfect fishing spot for all those who love this activity. One can witness the majestic sunset by sitting on wooden planked walkaway built over the water. One can visit the Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest to carry out adventure activities like Trekking, Rappelling, Canyon Swing and so on. The special thing about Penang is that it offers a mixed bag of activities that the tourists can do over here. They can go out on a food tour where they can taste some of the very famous and delicious local street food presents here.

 

One can visit the small street markets and indulge in some shopping while in Penang, they can buy some traditional Chinese lamps, antique jewelry and so on. Tourist places in Penang also houses a large number of beaches which are all equally good and the perfect place to relax and feel rejuvenated. There are some National Parks and Adventure Parks that tourists can visit while in Penang to experience something different than the regular sightseeing. Overall Penang is the perfect place for a vacation with family and friends in almost any season.

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Other Attractions

Tanjung Rhu beach
As pellucid as the blue sky above, Tanjung Rhu beach has crystal clear and clean water with powdered sand that runs along its coastline. A corridor of dense trees marks the path to the beach and proves to be an interesting gateway to the shores. Hidden from the world and the claws of commercialisation, Tanjung Rhu beach maintains its serenity for travellers looking for some time in peace.

The beach remains quiet, non-polluted and restful throughout the year with pleasant winds blowing from the sea. It does house a few local stalls that serve Langkawi’s favourite - mee gulung but nothing more that may obstruct its warm ambience. Adding to the exclusivity are luxury hotels that surround this beach in huge numbers.

The high-end properties contribute in keeping the beach secluded, thus preserving its beauty. Rows of fragmentary limestone crags border the beach, further adding to its mesmerising beauty. The beach is easy to reach and has gained popularity because of its inhabitants like Four Seasons Resorts and Tanjung Rhu Resort. On a visit here, travellers are sure to understand why Tanjung Rhu beach is known as one of the best shorelines in Langkawi.

Petronas Twin Towers

The Petronas Twin Tower is the most famous landmark and an iconic structure in Malaysia. The twin towers are situated on the Jalan Ampang Road in the city of Kuala Lumpur. Even though the original purpose of the towers is to accommodate the various offices that operate out of Kuala Lumpur, it is now much more than just an office centre.

Its mind-boggling height, modern architecture, and location have made it an important tourist attraction in the city.  The construction of this magnificent tower started in 1993 and it was completed in 1996. The twin towers were finally inaugurated on 31st August 1999. Between 1998 and 2004 it was also the tallest tower in the world, with a height of 451.9 metres or 1,483 feet from the ground level.

The Petronas Twin Towers, which were designed by Argentina-born American architect- Cesar Pelli, is one of the tallest towers in the world. The towers were built in Postmodern-Islamic architectural style, using steel, glass and reinforced concrete and it cost 1.6 billion U.S. dollars. The Petronas Twin Towers have 88 floors, with 5 additional underground floors.

The two breath-taking Towers are joined on the 41st and 42nd floor by a spectacular double Decker Skybridge. The 192-feet-long bridge is the highest two-storey bridge in the world. The Skybridge also acts as a safety device and stabilizing structure against turbulent winds in bad weather conditions.

Apart from being an iconic structure on the Kuala Lumpur Skyline, it is also home to many world-class restaurants and breathtaking viewpoints from where you can see the entire city sprawled out under you. You can also check out the many tourist attractions, temples, mosques and the famous Malaysian markets located close to the Petronas Twin Towers.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
A cluster of five islands, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is located at a distance of six kilometers from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. It expands on an area of 4929 hectares which has two-third of its portion included that of the sea. The five islands that form this park are Manukan, Sulug, Sapi, Gaya and Mamutik. All these islands are just a few minutes ride away from Kota Kinabalu. 

Various adventure sports activities are also offered at the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. One can also take the training of underwater sports like diving and snorkeling from the professionals here. Witness the gorgeous underwater marine life and coral biodiversity for an exceptional experience on your trip. Be it beginners or any other level of skilled person, everyone is welcome to experience this thrilling activity along with a certification.

With high humidity in the year, this place experiences temperatures ranging between 23.8–29.4 degrees Celsius all year round.  An estimated number of 300,000 tourists visit this national park every year.

One can buy the tickets for the island tours on the spot from the ticket counters at the Jesselton Ferry Terminal. The national park is open for its visitors from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. These islands are a major attraction among the tourists to get a true insight into the flora and fauna of this place.
Lost World of Tambun

Lost World of Tambun is a breathtaking adventure destination set in the magnetizing scenery on the outskirts of Ipoh. This premium Malaysian theme park was restored from a tin-mining wasteland, and today it holds the most prominent mark in the world map as a popular tourist attraction.

It is cocooned by 400 years old limestone features, hot springs, and lush tropical jungle. It consists of seven adrenaline rushing adventure parks that offer a splendid eco-adventure excursion opportunity to the visitors. This theme park offers world-class roller coaster rides and land-based thrilling amusement rides that will give you a punch of heart-racing adventure and fun.

It is the only theme park in Southeast Asia having natural hot springs along with a wide array of rides and attractions. The water in these hot springs have healing properties and therefore, a huge number of visitors regularly visit these sacred healing sites.

The temperature of the water in these pools exceeds beyond forty-degree Centigrade in the afternoon, but it cools down a bit in the evening. You can, therefore, appreciate the beauty of these hot springs only in the evening. Attached to these hot springs are some of the most rejuvenating massage facilities where you can indulge in a relaxing spa experience.

There are endless spills and thrills for each one of you in this theme park. It is an ideal spot where you can indulge into a fun filled adventure with your family and friends. From the biggest wave pools to the kids Explorabay, cliff raiser and tube raider this theme park offers multiple surfs and slides to keep you entertained while you visit this theme park.

Menara Kuala Lumpur

The Menara Kuala Lumpur is a communications tower built right in the heart of the city, very close to the famed Petronas towers. It is one of the most recognisable structures of the entire city and is also considered to be a building of cultural importance. The tower, being a part of the World Federation of Great Towers, is often used by various organisations for their broadcasting requirements.

Besides the awe-worthy spectacle of the tower being used for Falak observation, the tower has over time also become a venue for interesting and amusing events. A race is organised here annually, where participants compete in a bid to reach the top of the stairs before anyone else. It is also used to observe the moon to declare the month of Ramadan.

As the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world, it is visible from a majority of locations around the city. It stands at the height of 421 meters and offers the most splendid of the entire city. The original design of this tower represented the human journey for achieving perfection in life.

The architecture of the tower represents Islamic architectural heritage. With amazing restaurants, interesting entertainment centres and a great view, this tower should be a must-visit on your bucket list!

Galeria Perdana

Whether a history aficionado or a political wizard, Galeria Perdana has everything to suit your penchant. The Museum is a massive treasure trove of gifts and souvenirs received by the distinguished Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad during his official tenure.


The massive building houses everything from exotic jewellery pieces to antique cars and artefacts gifted by the distinguished statesman of the world to Mahathir.The most notable feature of Galeria Perdana is its campus spreading over an area of 5.3 square kilometres and consisting of three interconnected two storied buildings.

It has a landscaped garden dotted with many shrubs Herbs and local trees providing green escapade to the visitors of the museum.There are over 9000 exhibits in the galleries of the museum among which only 2000 are displayed at a time in rotation giving you a chance to see different collections every time you visit the museum.

There are different sections of the museum dedicated to collections of copper, silver, brass, porcelain, glass, crystal, tapestries and wooden knives, daggers and ceremonial swords.The section of car houses of vintage Roadster and a Pontiac Catalina belonging to the 1950s.

The intricate artwork at the interior dome of the museum and the hanging chandeliers will simply Blow Your Mind off. In short Galeria Perdana museum is a pride of Malaysia which upholds the country's cultural, artistic and aesthetic heritage to the world.

Langkawi Cable Car

Officially labelled as Langkawi SkyCab, the Langkawi Cable Car is one of the best things which Malaysia has to offer and it doesn’t fail to fascinate the visitors. People don’t miss out on a ride on the Langkawi cable car because of its spectacular location and many other things which it has in its vicinity.

This cable car has one of the stunning views of the Machinchang mountain range in the backdrop. It is 2150 meters long and reaches up to 680 meters offering a scenic view of the treetops of dense rainforest. The 15 minutes exhilarating cable car ride is filled with adventure and gives a chance to take a glimpse of the surreal view of the age-old rock formations and dense forests.

The Langkawi Cable car has three stations - Base station, Middle Station, Top Station, The base station is the location where the journey on the cable car starts and ends which is located at the Oriental Village in the North West of Langkawi Island. From this point, the cable cars run at 1700m to the middle station.

The next comes the middle station which is situated at an elevation of 650m above sea level. Passengers take a halt here to capture the surreal view of the mountains before riding the cable car again to complete the last 450m stretch to the Top Station.  The last and the best part of the Langkawi cable car is the top station which is the highest point of the Langkawi Cable car which is located at an elevation of 708 m above the sea level.

There are twin view platforms where one can stand and enjoy the cool breeze and also witness the incredible 360-degree panoramic view over Langkawi.
Know more about the Langkawi Cable Car and have an enthralling ride along with admiring the panoramic view of the place.

Ayer Keroh

Nestled on the outskirts of Malaysia, Ayer Keroh lies in the South-western direction of the Malacca state. It is renowned by the name of the green belt of Malacca due to the forest cover that resides trees of hundreds of years of age.

The lush greenery, the massive species of flora and fauna, the tranquillity of nature and the native food make this destination worth visiting. This place offers the most scenic views of nature and a relaxing vibe at any of its locations.As for its history, this place was initially a coastal village that rose under the prominences of the Malacca Sultanate.

It was ruled by the portugese, dutch and britishers over several decades. it finally got independence in 1957 and has come a long way to where it stands now. With a bunch of UNESCO world heritage sites, this place has a multitude of interesting places.

Most of the locations brag about the rich fauna they are abiding to. From dangerous reptiles, distinct species of butterflies and birds to water parks and science centres, this place offers leisure and knowledge at its place. Presently, Ayer Keroh has arose as a famed tourist destination of Malaysia.

For the tourists, this place has an array of resorts and locations that are seated in the lap of nature. It has a bunch of spots that are worth visiting to get an insight into the culture and history of this place.

Some of the famed places like Melaka Bird Park, Ayer Keroh Lake, Malacca Botanical Garden, Malacca Zoo and others attract large numbers of tourists every year making it a worthwhile destination to visit.

Tanjung Aru Beach
The Tanjung Aru Beach is spread on the west coast of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. It is located close to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. With a 1.3 mile stretch of the silky golden beach glistening under the sun, this beach has been successful in capturing the heart of its every visitor. People visit this beach to sight the most iconic sunsets and posing for sunset selfies. The tranquil aura of this place helps one relax in the most beautiful setting of nature here. 

The Tanjung Aru Beach is subdivided into four areas namely First beach, Prince Philip Park, Second Beach and the Third beach. One can see the beach originating in the northernmost point from the entry here and then turning in the southward direction. The whole area is renowned as the First Beach. This place is an abode to the best beach sports activities, hawker stalls serving lip-smacking Malaysian food and exquisite hotels. The first beach resides almost everything that a visitor seeks in a vacation and hence it is the most popular spot of the Tanjung Aru beach.

As the first beach ends, Prince Philip Park marks its way from there. This park is a popular picnic spot and was built in the 1960s. The beautiful fauna like oriental pied hornbills and blue naped parrots residing at this park are picture perfect midst lush aura.

After the prince philip park, the second and third beach can be sighted extending till the airport. One can enjoy fishing, sports activities and Tai Chi hero. Most of the locals can be seen here spending quality time. These beaches are not very popular among the tourists and thus are less crowded than the first beach.
Pavilion KL

If you’re looking for a shopping Mecca in Kuala Lumpur, then Pavilion KL should be your ultimate destination. This shopping retreat is located in the Bintang district of Kuala Lumpur and is a one-stop-shop for everything that you can ever think of buying. Whether you wish to give a facelift to your home or you want to buy some of the trendiest clothes, handbags, and shoes, this mall is every shopper’s paradise.

It was opened in 2007, and currently, it has three major sections- an office block, two residential towers, and a retail mall. It spreads across an area of 1.37 million sq ft and offers a host of outdoor and indoor shopping options. The main entrance of this mall houses the tallest  Liuli Crystal fountain, which is a national landmark. A huge number of visitors visit this mall to have a glimpse of this fountain, which also works as a wishing well.

You can toss in the coins over here to make a wish, and later, these coins are donated to charity.The entire shopping complex resembles a grand Gracian temple with milky white marbles and post-modern pillars. It is also a leading hub for entertainment with 13 screens Golden screen theatre where you can enjoy the best shows. You can find here luxury brands like Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Versace MaxMara, and Yves Saint Laurent.

An interesting feature of this shopping complex is the unique holiday décor that sets it apart from all other contemporary malls in Kuala Lumpur.For example, in 2011, the Christmas décor included the set up of a Christmas carnival in its atrium along with Santa’s workshop, giant sleighs, and ten feet high pine trees. Similarly, at every time of the holiday season, it follows some unique theme and gets totally colored in the hues of that theme.

The top floor of the mall is home to beauty retailers and wellness centers, where you can buy some of the best beauty products, and you can also have the most popular beauty treatments here. There is a huge food court on the ground floor where you can have the best Japanese, Korean and local fare. So from shopping to entertainment to scrumptious cuisines, Pavilion KL is a thoughtfully designed heaven for incredible experiences.

Alor Gajah
Seated in the north part of Malaysia, Alor Gajah is a countryside town that is located 24 kilometers away from Melaka. This place bestows the wow factor that every visitor seeks in their vacation. It is a hotspot among its visitors for safari tours, theme parks and water parks.

The major attraction of this lush and laidback countryside town is the A'Famosa Resort. Alor Gajah has A’Famosa 520-hectare resort on most of its boundary that is very famous among the Singaporean and Malaysian tourists. Apart from this extravagant resort, the lush green Alor Gajah Square is also a must to visit place that is encircled by several painted shops and houses.

One can enjoy leisure sports like Fishing and golf on their vacation in Alor Gajah. For the Adventure enthusiasts, sports like paintball, microlight, and horse riding are the best thrilling activities to indulge into at this place. After a whole day of exploration, one can wander around this tranquil square town shopping from the pretty shops located here.

Many great restaurants are also available in Alor Gajah like The Baker’s Cottage, Eja’s Hot kitchen and others that offer lip smacking dishes from distinct cuisines. Stroll around the town as you explore it on your preferred mode of transportation. Many hotels also offer bicycles on rent to its guests to tour the city in an exceptional way. Other than this, a taxi or a car are always available on rent for guests who seek comfort in exploration.
Butterfly and Reptile Park

The butterfly and reptile park is extended in a 11-acre land that has been welcoming nature enthusiasts since 1991. It was inaugurated by the chief minister of Malacca; this park was also renowned as the haven of butterflies. Initially, this place was only an attraction to sight the beautiful butterflies.

Later on, as time passed by and with the management’s commitment to its motto “Continuous Discovery”, the reptiles were also included in the park. It then got renamed as the butterfly and reptile park. The beautiful sight of the flying butterflies has captured the heart of every visitor. With the well-maintained vegetation and aura at this park, the lush green tropical gardens offer great views of its residents. Many different species of butterflies are housed at distinct locations in the park.

One can sight the butterflies feasting on the fresh pineapple as their food. 
On moving forward one can sight crocodiles that are captivated in the high wire fence meshes. The snakes can be seen in glass cages while in the mangrove snake garden they roam freely. This park is also abode to the two rare golden leopards and the national butterfly of Malaysia, Raja Brooke.

Crocodile Adventureland

Also known as Taman Buaya, the crocodile farm is nestled on the north western side of the island, and is spread over an area of 20 acres. Half of this area is accessible to tourists, and the other half is forbidden, as croc farming takes place there. The park is best known for the majestic flora and fauna of Malaysia that you get to experience here.

The farm is surrounded by lush green forests and rolling green hills act as a backdrop. If you want to see the largest collection of Malaysian saltwater crocodiles – this is the place to be at. More than a thousand crocodiles of all sizes and species reside at this park, and you can even find alligators here.

Although many crocs in the farm are imported, there are many that are bred and reproduced within the farm. The farm is divided into many sections that are formed by ponds that have been lined with concrete. Each of the sections has a placard that will give you important information about the type of crocs or alligators living in it.

The very first section when you enter the park is the juvenile section where baby crocs are kept. The babies are cute and you can even buy pellets to feed them. Species Pond is where both crocs and alligators are kept. The placard at this section explains how the two are different. Other sections at the farm are – Hooking Pond, Show Pond, and the Bridge Pond.

The farm is a great place to learn about the habitat, lifespan and other aspects of these animals. It is quite exciting to feed them and watch them interacting with the trainers. You can also catch one of the stunt shows, if you want.

A'Famosa Theme Park
Looking to rush to a water park during the harsh summers? A’Famosa Theme Park is the place where you have to head to, with your families and friends and splash away to glory to beat the scorching heat.



Highlights
– This is believed to the biggest theme park in Malaysia and contains a lot of entertaining game pool and water slides that provide you highly thrilling experiences of your lifetime. If you are tired of playing water games, you can relax at the white sands here and enjoy some serene blissful moments.

Location –
Simpang Ampat, Malacca. Activities – Arabian Villages, Kids’ Adventure Play Pool, Sandy Beach, Lazy River, Wave Pool, Inner Tube Slides, Family Raft Drive, High Speed Slides, Body Slides, Splash and many more.

Price –
Water Park plus lunch rates are RM43 and RM 38 for adults and kids respectively on weekdays; it is RM49 and RM43 for adults and kids respectively on weekends.

Timings –
11AM to 7PM (Monday to Friday) and 9AM to 7PM (Weekends, School & Public Holidays).
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