101 Best Places to Visit in Malaysia - 2020 (Updated with Photos)
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COVID-19 : MALAYSIA is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 09 Sep 2020
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Malaysian government is slowly preparing to begin safe tourism by planning appropriate SOP (standard operating procedures). Once the borders reopen for tourism, you can travel to the country while following the guidelines issued by the government and practicing personal hygiene.

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Places to Visit in Malaysia


This guide to the best of places to visit in Malaysia is the one thing that you should be keeping with you at all times. Malaysia is one of the top favourites of people looking for a good time during their vacations. A melting pot for a good number of cultures that call Malaysia their home, you can find the same variety in all of the places and experiences here. Be it the daunting highs of the Petronas Twin Towers or the beautiful underwater life at the Aquaria KLCC, or be it the mesmerizing scenes from the Langkawi cable car, or the green-scapes of the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia is the true Asian experience there ever was.

You can find something for everyone here, and that is why Malaysia is a must visit in this season, or in any seasons to come. Visit the famous Langkawi Sky Bridge and get panoramic views of nature around. Malaysia is known for being a rich region when it comes to the biodiversity. And speaking of biodiversity, there are a number of spots all over Malaysia where you can see why exactly is this place so famous for it.

You can visit the famous Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu and the Bako National Park in Kuching for the best experiences with the wild side of Malaysia tourist places. And as mentioned, there is a wide variety of places here, there is also a historic quarter in the form of an entire city in Melaka. It is a recognized World Heritage Site and full of wonderful experiences. That is exactly what Malaysia is, an experience. The true Asian experience is waiting to be explored.

Must Visit Places in Malaysia

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Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers
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The most popular tourist attractions in Kulala Lumpur, the Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin structures in the world. With a whopping 88-storeys, these feature Skybridge- the double-decker connecting structure between the towers along with the headquarters for Petronas Company and other offices. Other several attractions include Kuala Lumpur Convention centre and Suria KLCC Mall.

The towers have Islamic-inspired architecture and the area around them features the well-maintained KLCC Park. You can avail all these attractions and more, by exploring around with the help of a 170 meters elevator inside.

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday - 9:00 - 21:00 (CLOSED between 1.00  - 2.30 on Fridays)

Location: Near Concorde Hotel Monorail stop, in between Jalan Ampang and Jalan Raja Chulan

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Islamic Arts Museum

Islamic Arts Museum
An art is the best way to express a thought, idea or a solution. The Islamic Arts Museum was opened to the public on 12th December 1998. The art museum is located in Perdana Botanical Garden which is at the heart of the city. You would be surprised to know that it is the largest Islamic Art Museum in South East Asia.

There are around seven thousand artefacts which throw a light on the Islamic world. Altogether there are 12 galleries in this museum and they are divided into groups based on their levels.

The Quran and Manuscripts gallery is at Level 3 along with Chinese gallery, Indian gallery and Islamic architecture. There are jewellery, textile, ceramic work and armour at Level 4. The Islamic glassware is also displayed at Level 4. The museum is open from morning to evening and is amongst the must-visit 
Malaysia tourist places.
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Langkawi Cable Car

Langkawi Cable Car
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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 places to see in Langkawi.

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

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Langkawi Sky Bridge

Langkawi Sky Bridge

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 places to visit in Langkawi.

Location:
At the end of the cable car, alan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, Langkawi, Kedah

Timings:
10 am to 10 pm

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Menara KL Tower

Menara KL Tower
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The Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower is a 421m high broadcasting and telecommunication tower located amidst the city of Kuala Lumpur. The observation deck inside the Menara KL tower is the best places in Kuala Lumpur for sightseeing and it is also the highest in the city and gives a clear and elegant birds-eye view of the city of Kuala Lumpur.

The tower also houses the highest McDonald’s outlet in the world. One more amazing fact about the Menara KL tower is that it is ranked as the fourth highest telecommunication towers in the world. It is a famous Malaysia tourist places to visit.

Location: The Menara Kuala Lumpur tower is located majestically on the top of Bukit Nanas, also known as the Pineapple Hill

Price: The entry fees to the tower costs approximately 55 MYR for an adult and 45 MYR for a child.

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Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Petaling Jaya

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Petaling Jaya
If you are looking for an experience replete with fun and excitement, you must visit Sunway Lagoon Theme Park in Malaysia. The place is apt for tourists of all age groups as it has a wide variety of attractions.

Highlights
– There are over 80 attractions in this theme park, which is set up at a sprawling area of 88 acres. Park is divided into five areas based on adventure experience – Water Park, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park and Scream Park.

Location
– Petaling Jaya, about 15km southwest of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

Activities
– Vuvuzela, Little Zimbabwe, Surf Beach, Captain Kids’ Candyland, Grand Canyon River Rapids, Colorado Splash, Wildlife Encounters, Go Kart, Bungee Jumping, Archery, Nights of Fright.

Price
– Walk in rates for adults (12 years and above) are RM150, for kids & senior citizens it is RM120 per person. Rates of Bungee Jumping, G-Force and Go Kart are not included in this.

Timings
– Open from 10AM to 6PM on all days of the week.
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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.

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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

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Bako National Park, Kuching

Bako National Park, Kuching
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Covering an area of 2727 hecters, Bako National Park is the oldest national in Sarawak. The destination is almost around 37km away from Kuching with stunning natural beauty and wide collection of wildlife. The destination can be reached by travelling through Petra Jaya Bus No 6 to Kampung Bako from where it’s a boat ride of 20 minutes to Boko National Park.

The park holds seven distinctive rainforests eco system. Then it’s a lovely jungle trek exploring the remarkable diversity of wildlife based here and reaching a secluded beach.

From this beach one can hire a local boat to watch sea stacks. Langurs (leaf monkeys), wild boar, flying squirrels long-tailed macaque monkeys, and monitor lizards as well as hundreds of different bird species all are available here.

There is a cafeteria serving snacks and camping area within the park for overnight stay. Location: banks of Tabo River Price: 10RM per person. Timings: 8:00am to 5:00pm
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Melaka Historic City

Melaka Historic City
If you want to witness history and cultural tradition in its fullest form, you have to come to Melaka Historic City.

Highlights – It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city is filled with historic cathedrals, museums, rivers, monuments, temples, heritage centres, spas, architectural wonders and many intricately built places that are hard to miss. Do not miss top attractions like Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, Jonker Street, Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, St. Paul’s Hill, Malacca River and Red Square when you come here, as they are top attractions.

Location – Just about 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur and a 4-hour bus ride from Singapore.

Timing – The historic city is blessed with many top tourist sites which operate at different timings. Have a guide or Melaka attractions map with you, so that you know about the timings of various places.

Price – Entry fee of various tourist spots in Melaka are different.
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Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Cameron Highlands, Pahang
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Are you looking for scenic hill stations in Malaysia? Cameron Highlands is the apt place for you. This place is inhabited by a diverse group of people, which has its impact on its culture as well.

Highlights – This hill station is among the oldest Malaysia tourist places, as it was established during the 1930s. Sprawling tea estates, natural vegetation, pleasant climate, orchards, waterfalls, dense forests, pilgrimage & heritage centres, strawberry farms, lavender gardens, mossy forests, time tunnel gallery, museums and green farmlands are some of the highlights of this place.

Location – Pahang state.

Timing - Climate is pleasant all through the year at Cameron Highlands.

Price – Entry fee differs according to various places.
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Go on a Bus Tour to Explore Penang

Go on a Bus Tour to Explore Penang
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Take a hop on and hop off bus tour which traverses you across the island in just 3.5 to 4 hours of time. Taking you to places such as Batik Factory, Fort Cornwallis, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Wonderfood Museum, Little India - Street of Harmony, Chew Jetty, Armenian Street Art, Waterfront Village, Reclining Buddha and Burmese Temple etc.

The sunset tour offers a unique stitch of landmarks around the island such as The Top Komtar, the Observatory Deck, Rainbow Skywalk, the Red Garden Hawker Center, Street of Harmony, Trishaw Night Ride (Heritage Building), Penang City Hall, Penang Town Hall, Esplanade Park and Victoria Memorial Clock Tower. There is a various tour in a day, according to your convenience and time availability you can choose from morning, afternoon or evening tours.

Location: Starting point: Harriston Chocolate Boutique, Kelawei Street

Timings: Morning: 10 AM to 1:30 PM | Afternoon 2 PM to 5:30 PM | Sunset tour: 6:30 PM to 10 PM

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Batu Caves, Selangor

Batu Caves, Selangor
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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.

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Mount Kinabalu, Sabah

Mount Kinabalu, Sabah
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Mount Kinabalu is one of the most prestigious landmarks of Malaysia, as it is regarded as one of the tallest peaks in South East Asia. Standing at an impressive height of 4096m above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is a haven for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.

The place is ecologically rich and has a rich biodiversity to boast about.

Highlights – The flora and fauna collection at this place is considered to be one of the best in the world. Plants with roots in Himalayas, Australasia and Indomalaya are found here in plenty. With close to 800 species of orchards, 600 species of ferns, 326 species of birds and over 100 species of mammals, Mount Kinabalu is a dream come true for any nature lover.

Hiking is allowed from Timpohon Gate and Mesilau Nature Resort.

Location – Sabah, Borneo.

Timings – Open all through the year.

Price – Differs for park, climbing, permit, guides etc.
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Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is one of the best places to enjoy natural mangroves at the best. Located in the beautiful Langkawi Islands, this forest park is explored best through boat tours.

Highlights – You can enjoy the remote and unique limestone formations, take a swim in the rivers here, enjoy the art of fish farming with the help of locals, watch flying foxes, sink in the beauty of suspended Bogak trees, observe tree crabs, bats and get inspired by the migratory birds that come here from all over the world.

With the help of a good guide, you will also be able to learn more about the medicinal plants and ecological richness of this place. It is among the offbeat places to visit in Malaysia.

Location – Langkawi, Kedah.

Timings – Early mornings are the best times to see the natural extravaganzas here.

Price – Private boats available for RM275 onwards.
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Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Sarawak

Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Sarawak
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Semenggoh Nature Reserve has been established to give ultimate care and protection to wildlife that have been abandoned, injured or orphaned.

Highlights – This nature reserve was established in 1975 and contains close to 10000 species of endangered wildlife in its premises. The animals are finally released into the forests to allow them to grow in a natural environment.

The place is known for its Orangutan preservation program. Hundreds of orang-utans have been sent back into the forest after being properly rehabilitated here.

Do not miss the orang-utans development cycle here – their rehabilitation process, feeding times (9 and 10 AM & 3 and 3.30PM) and other processes. Also, you can try out one or all of the 5 natural trekking trails, plant-walking tours, etc.

Location – Sarawak.

Timing – Open from 8 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Friday. Closed on weekends and public holidays.

Price – RM3 andRM1.50 per adult and per kid respectively.
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Turtle Sanctuary Beach, Pulau Perhentian Besar

Turtle Sanctuary Beach, Pulau Perhentian Besar
Turtle Sanctuary Beach, Perhentian Islands, is the best choice for people looking for ultimate privacy. Crystal-clear waters, lively corals and exquisite marine life, make this beach a traveller’s paradise.

Highlights – There is absolutely no building or resort in the vicinity of the beach. All you get to find is the long stretch of Turtle Sanctuary Beach and the dense forests around it. The sight of baby turtles hatching, is quite rare and you get to see it on this beach, if you are really lucky.

You will see many big turtles laying their eggs here, when you take a stroll around the beach during the night hours.

Location – Pulau Perhentian Besar. 

Timing – June to September is the best to see the turtles in full form here.

Price – No entry fee to get into the beach.
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Taman Negara, Pahang

Taman Negara, Pahang
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If you want a break from the mechanical pace of your lives, visit the peaceful Taman Negara rain forest in Malaysia. Nestled in natural delights all around, this forest provides you enough activities to make your mind and body fresh.

Highlights – Taman Negara is 130 year old and it is the oldest rainforest in the world. Being one of the top ecotourism destinations in Malaysia, the place is apt for canopy walks, jungle trekking, jungle walks in the night hours, visiting aboriginal settlements at Orang Asli, rapid shooting, Boating trips, feeding fishes, wildlife observation, fishing, exploring and visiting caves, trekking at Gunung Tahan, exploring four-step waterfalls, bird-watching and more.

Location – Pahang.

Timing
– Can be visited all through the year.

Price
– RM1 for entry, RM5 for photography and RM10 for fishing (all per person).
Other package charges vary depending on the activities chosen.
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Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak

Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak
Being regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park is one of the best caving destinations of Malaysia.

Highlights – When you come here, you can get an educational experience when seeing the ancient limestone carved caves, rainforests of Borneo, biodiversity richness and uniqueness of the flora & fauna collections found here, Threatened or endangered species are well-protected in this national park, with able support from the local government.

Mount Mulu, located inside the park, is the 2nd tallest in the state of Sarawak. Do not miss adventure caving, canopy walks, trekking, boat rides and waterfalls exploration when you come here.

Location – Sarawak.

Timing – Open all through the year.

Price – RM15 & RM5 per adult and kid respectively (locals); RM30 and RM10 per adult and kid respectively (foreigners).
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The Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian  Islands
Perhentian Islands is one of the scintillating islands in Malaysia with rich and lively coral reefs, accompanied by excellent marine life. Like all the other islands, this is also famous for all kinds of water sports activities and provides ultimate enjoyment for tourists.

Highlights – There are two main parts to this island – Big Island (Pulau Perhentian Besar) and Small Island (Pulau Perhentian Kecil). If you are looking for privacy, you can visit the Big Island. All the small groups that combine to make the Perhentian Island come under the control of a central Marine Park.It is this park which take care of the marine species and rated preservation methodologies.

Location – 10 miles off the Terengganu coast.

Timing – June to October is considered to be apt for enjoying water sports here.

Price – RM5 for the park. Water taxis cost around RM12 per trip.
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Sungai Kinabatangan, Borneo Island

Sungai Kinabatangan, Borneo Island
When you visit the state of Sabah in Malaysia, you cannot afford to miss the state’s longest river, Sungai Kinabatangan. The river is also the 2nd longest in Malaysia, stretching up to 560km. It consequently flows into the Sulu Sea.

Highlights – The riverine forest that is found all along the river is home to around 10 primate species (orang-utans, Borneo gibbons, short-tailed macaque, slow loris etc.), making it the only place to Sabah to house these. Also, Sungai Kinabatangan is home to many wildlife reserves, limestone caves, freshwater forests, dry-land forests, mangrove forests, oxbow lakes and many more.

Location – Borneo Island, Sabah State. 

Timing – April to October, as lots of birds and mammals can be spotted here.

Price – River Cruises and Wildlife Reserve tours at Sungai Kinabatangan start from RM500 ownards.
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Penang Hill, Penang

Penang Hill, Penang
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Penang Hill is one of the famous hill stations in Malaysia and a favourite tourist destination for honeymooners.

Highlights – Do not miss Bukit Bendara, a peak which is at a height of 830m above sea level. Due to its altitude, the climate in Penang Hill is very cool, apt for tourists all through the year. Lush green plantations, colonial style bungalows, blue peaks all around and a pleasant climate all through, Penang Hill is an absolute delight for nature lovers. Some of the rare species of flora and fauna are found here in plenty.

Location – Air Itam, about 6km from the main city centre of George Town.

Timing – One can visit Penang Hill, all through the day; however the sceneries are best during early morning hours.

Price – Train fare from Air Itam costs around RM4.50 for one way.
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Tioman Island

Tioman Island
Tioman Island is a group of small islands, located at about 32km from Pahang State. There are 8 villages here and all of them are part of Mersing Marine Park. It is a popular place to visit in Malaysia.

Highlights – Do not be surprised to find monitor lizards and domestic cats in plenty when you come to Tioman Island. There are lots of white coral reefs here; hence people from all over Malaysia and the world come to Tioman Island for scuba-diving experiences. Air Batang, Juara and Genting are the famous villages here. While you are here, try out scuba diving, free diving and snorkelling.

Location – South China Sea, about 32km from Pahang.

Timing- Can be visited all through the year; however you can avoid the monsoon season (October to February), unless you want to surf. During monsoons, transportation sources become quite infrequent.

Price- RM5 towards entry to the island.
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Sipadan Island

Sipadan Island
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Located off the east coast of Sabah, Sipadan Island can be found right at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin.

Highlights – Your trip to Sipadan Island is incomplete if you don’t indulge in scuba-diving, because the island is known as one of the better scuba diving destinations in the world. It is home to close to 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral reefs.

It is Malaysia’s first and only oceanic island and rises at a height of 600m from the sea bed. Sipadan Island is a protected island; therefore only 120 scuba divers are allowed on a daily basis. You can also enjoy snorkelling and live aboarding when you come here. Sipadan is categorised as one of the “top 5 diving destinations in the world”.

Location – Celebes Sea, Off east cost of Sabah State in Borneo Island.

Timing - March to October.

Price – Diving permits are available from resorts at RM40, subject to terms and conditions.
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Shangri-La's Orangutan Care Project, Kota Kinabalu

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. 

Must Visit Places in Kuala Lumpur

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ChinaTown

Chinatown is located on Petaling Street,  and is where the largest Malay Chinese community can be seen. This sprawling flea market gets lined up with hundreds of stalls and shop-houses that sell everything from clothing, accessories, perfumes, decor, batiks, handicrafts, to some vintage pieces.

This place is also filled with street-food hawkers mainly Chinese but also Indian and Bangladeshis selling some delicious recipes. There are several outdoor maze-like lanes, indoor markets or centers here where one can get lost and spend hours looking for exciting things, making it one of the topmost Places to Visit in Malaysia.

Location: Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Timing: 09:00 am - 10:00 pm.
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National Mosque of Malaysia

Also known as Masjid Negara, it is an important place of worship and Tourist attractions in Malaysia which is located in Kuala Lumpur. With a design that draws inspiration from the Masjid al-Haram Grand Mosque in Mecca, this establishment was opened to the public in 1965.

People of other faiths are welcomed for a visit outside of the prayer timings. With intricate glass-work, mosaics, lattice, a lofty minaret, and a gigantic blue-tile umbrella-shaped roof are some of the highlights of this Sunni affiliated Mosque.

Location: Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Timing: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm.
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Perdana Botanical Gardens

Situated within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, the Perdana Botanical Gardens are one of the most visited Tourist attractions in Malaysia. A great place to spend your weekend seeing the regional flora and fauna, there are many stunning areas to explore including the Orchid and Hibiscus gardens.

The Gardens are also filled with pavements, fountains, gazebos as well as lakefront, natural trails and hilly landscapes that are ideal for recreational activities. There are several other attractions like the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, the National Monument, and the National Planetarium that are in proximity as well.

Location: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
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Timing: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
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Minnature Malaysia

Situated at the top floor of the Summit USJ shopping mall over 17,000 Sq. Ft. is the world's third largest miniature and train exhibition.

This place is reminiscent of the heritage and culture of Malaysia and displays intricate 3-d miniature models with different themes and settings like countryside, amusement park, wildlife reserve, cityscape and much more. The detailing and realistic feel to all of the buildings and elements including that of popular attractions is uncanny, thus making it one of the must visit Tourist attractions in Malaysia.

Location: Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Timing: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Price: RM10.
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KL Butterfly Park

Settled within the vicinity of Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park is the 7000 square meters expansion of the Butterfly Park in Kuala Lumpur. It houses over 6000 of these colourful insects of some 120 different species.

Along with butterflies there are also several other types of crawlers and creatures living amidst bushes, flowers, plants and other foliage in the garden. Moreover, it is a very hands on attraction as you can stand in an enclosure and let the butterflies sit on your arms, and flutter all around your surroundings.

Location: Jalan Cenderawasih, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Timing: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.

Price:
- Adult - RM25,
- Children (3 - 12) - RM14.
There's an additional fee of RM5 for carrying personal video cameras.

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Dataran Lang

Datar Lang, also known as the 'Eagle Square' is one of the finest human-made attractions in Langkawi that attracts tourists from afar to pay a visit.

It is a 12 meters tall statue of an eagle positioned to take flight with the wings spread out. The details of the structure are stunning to look at and look even better with the mesmerizing views of the Kuah Bay, making it one of the unmissable Tourist attractions in Malaysia.

Location: Persiaran Putera Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
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Gunung Raya

This is the highest mountain peak in Langkawi, standing at 881 meters. It is also one of the most adventurous Tourist places in Malaysia.

The granite rock formation is sprawling with dense forested terrains that is home to many species of animals and reptiles including - leaf monkeys, flying foxes, macaque monkeys, squirrels, mountain hawk eagles, white bellied sea eagles, and great hornbills.

You can enjoy a scenic drive to get to the top of the peak. The place is particularly famous for its jungle trek trails and unspoilt views of the entire Langkawi island, Andaman sea and more.

Location: Langkawi, Malaysia.
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Pulau Payar Marine Park

The Pulau Payar Marine Park consists of four small islands, all of which are uninhabited by people and has one of the best diving spots in Malaysia. One can only visit the park by booking a tour affiliated to the Fisheries Department of Kedah.

The virginal marine life and the shores are under conservation and protection as well. Moreover, you can swim and spot various species of fish, corals and baby sharks at the lagoons that are perfect for experienced as well as amateur divers.

Location: Kompleks EB Adina peksn Baru Baron Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia (located in Captain Laundry Langkawi).

Timing: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.

Price:
- Adult - RM150,
- Children (3-11 years) - RM130.
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Langkawi Arts in Paradise 3D Museum

Spanning over 2000 square meters divided into a 4 storey building is the largest 3-D art museum of Malaysia and the second largest in the world. There are nine interactive exhibits that are housed within the premises, each having life-like elements to them.

You can get pictures clicked, tour around to witness the illusion of popular zones like - optical illusion, aquatic, safari, fantasy, classic, castles, landscapes, Egyptian, and Malaysian. There are over 200 meticulously designed pieces to see here.

Location: Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07100 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.

Timing: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Price:
-Adult - RM38,
- Children - RM28.
MyKad identifications: Adult - RM30, Children - RM20.
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Pantai Kok Beach

This beach is among the most tranquil and upscale destinations in Langkawi and Places to go in Malaysia, especially for couples to enjoy a relaxed holiday. The shoreline is a scene out of a painting with powdery white sand, turquoise sea and tropical vegetation.

There are also surrounding hills that can be explored with a cable-car ride and stunning limestone cliffs in the water. Replete with many adventures, luxury resorts, restaurants, cafés and markets, this place presents with a wholesome experience for the guests.

Location: Jalan Pantai Kok, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.

Must Visit Places in Kota Kinabalu

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Manukan Island

Manukan Island is the second largest of the five Islands that form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park which is the first marine park in Malaysia.

This is also the most developed and accessible island known for its long trails of sandy beaches that are enveloped in tropical vegetation. Some of the clearest lagoons and rare marine life found here can be best explored by going for scuba-diving and snorkeling. Apart from that, the island is also popular for other water-sports and recreational activities. 

Location: Kota Kinabalu Malaysia.
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Masjid Bandaraya

Overlooking the Likas Bay is this profound piece of Islamic and modern architecture, also known as the floating Mosque due to the surrounding human-made lagoon.

Masjid Bandaraya is one of the best Places to see in Malaysia, and the second largest mosque in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The most iconic highlight of this attraction is the blue and gold dome-shaped roof that draws influence from Arabic design elements. Ever since its opening in the year 2000 many Muslim and non-Muslim tourists have visited the mosque and made it a prime attractions.

Location: Jalan Pasir, Jalan Teluk Likas, Kampung Likas, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Timing: 4:30 am - 11:30 pm.

Price: RM5 per person.
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Sabah State Museum

Originally the State Museum of Sabah was established in 1965 and later moved to its present location in 1984.

The museum complex is situated in the state capital of Kota Kinabalu with many sections dedicated to different exhibitions, a heritage village, a zoo, ethno botanic garden, the Sabah Art Gallery. While taking a tour here you can learn much about the history, archeology, Islamic civilization in the region, locally used and made ceramic and brass-ware, natural resources and much more.

Location: Jalan Muzium, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Timing: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Price: RM15.
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Atkinson Clock Tower

The Atkinson Clock Tower is a white, 50 feet tall all-wood structure with a boxy frame. Built in 1905 atop a hill, this masterpiece doesn't have a single nail used in its making.

What also makes its such a popular attraction in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and even Malaysia is the fact that this clock-tower has stood the test of time and survived bombings of World War II. Apart from this, the views from the top are also mesmerizing and can be enjoyed for hours on stretch.

Location: Kota Kinabalu, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
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Satay Legend Lok Kawi

The Gaya Street market is a bustling place that opens up on every Sunday to the public, also called the Chinatown of Sabah as there are a number of Chinese eateries, coffee houses and hawkers here.

Laced with stalls and shops selling a variety of items and street-food, Satay Legend Lok Kawi being one of the most popular stalls in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia. All the gastronoms should definitely visit here to try their mouth-watering food menu consisting of grilled meats, sataya, succulent beef and pork items, and much more.

Location: Gaya Street, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Timing: Saturday and Sunday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am.

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Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple

Built in 1997 this Dravidian style South Indian Hindu temple is renowned for the largest and tallest main sculpture tower (rajagopuram) in all of Malaysia, at a height of 72 feet. The temple is dedicated to the main praying deity of Arulmigu Karumariamman.

The entire complex is ornate with colourful aspects, many idols of other gods and mythological figures. Moreover, the classic towering facade of the temple is also filled with intricate detailing, making this attraction one of the best Tourist places in Malaysia.

Location: Jalan Todak, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

Timing: 6:00 am - 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

This gregarious living quarter was erected in 1880 after getting commissioned by Cheong Fatt Tze who was a noble merchant from China living in Malaysia.

The design of the mansion is traditional Hakka – Teochew and stands out on the entire Leith Street in Penang. At present the indigo coloured edifice operates as a boutique hotel and museum. You can either choose to stay in one of the 38 rooms and explore the rest of the property, or you could go on an hour long tour of one of the distinctive Tourist places in Malaysia.

Location: Lot 22, 14, Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

Timing: Tours at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Price: RM16 per person.
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Bukit Panchor Forest Park

The Bukit Panchor Forest Park is situated with the Bukit Panchor Forest Reserve in Nibong Tebal, Penang. Opened in 1963, it is spread over 445 heaters and is a protected forest area which has been opened to the public for recreational activities while also helping them appreciate the natural surroundings.

There is a separate 8 acres of dedicated camping ground that can be explored during outings. Apart from that are the Taman Wetland mangroves, caves like Gua Kelawar and more worth discovering.

Location: Jalan Taman Bukit Negeri, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

Timing: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm.
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Clan Jetties

The Clan Jetties is an old Chinese establishment on the waterfront in the Georgetown area of Penang. Centuries ago seven different Chinese clans had moved to Malaysia and formed floating villages with stilt houses and other buildings on the waterfront.

Currently six of the villages remain which can be visited by tourists. The Chew Clan is the most popular and most welcoming amongst them, has the longest walkway and a temple that you cannot miss out on your trip.

Location: Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

Timing: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm.

Price: Malaysian residents - RM15, Foreigners - RM30.
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Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest

The Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest is a getaway spot for the locals from the area. The park is spread over 37 hectares and is located 457 meters above sea level.

The entire land is filled with greenery and natural topography of cascades, streams, Jungle trails and pathways. Along with that are also many picnic spots, a suspension bridge, chalets and camping site to accommodate the guests for overnight stay.

Location: Kampung Teluk Bukit, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia.
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KeK Lok Tong Cave Temple

This is one of the older Buddhist places of worship in Ipoh dating back to the 1920s, it is also among the best Places to Visit in Malaysia. And for a brief period of time between the 60s and the 70s was also an iron excavation mine.

Spread across 12 acres of land, currently the temple has seen some work being done with leveled and paved paths and marble accents. Perched in the heart of the cave are idols and deities of Chinese and Buddhist gods among other carvings. You can come here to attain spiritual cleansing and peace of mind. After seeking blessings, you can also explore the stunning surroundings.

Location: Pesiaran Sepakat 3, TMN ENDAH JAYA, 31350 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia.

Timing: 7:00 am - 5:30 pm.
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Perak Cave Temples

This cave temple is one of the most famous Places to see in Malaysia. The cave was first discovered around 1926 and since then has been a prominent Buddhist temple.

Inside the cavern sits a 40 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha along with four other guarding deities on each side. Apart from the gigantic idol, the wall murals and frescoes inside the cave are also worth your time. Once done paying respects, you can also explore the naturally opulent vistas by getting on a Pavillion next to the temple.

Location: Jln. Kuala Kangsar, Kawasan Perindustrian Tasek, 31400 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia.

Timing: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
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Lost World of Tambun

Nuzzled between jade coloured tropical forests, limestone formations and pools of natural hot-springs is this ecological theme park which is your one stop destination for all the fun and excitement.

This is the largest park in Southeast Asia that is also working in providing conducive learning around conservation and preservation of natural resources. There are several water-rides, seven attraction parks, the Lost World Hotel among many other features.

Location: 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway, Sunway City, 31150 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia.

Timing: Weekends 10am to 6pm, Weekdays 11am to 6PM |  Night park 6pm to 11pm daily.

Price: Walk-in rates for Adult - RM117, Children - RM110 |  Night park walk-in rates for Adult - RM75, Children - RM66.
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Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple

Located amidst Mt. Gurung Rapat in Ipoh is one of the largest cave temples in the country. Perched in a limestone formation, this place of worship is among the most popular Tourist places in Malaysia.

Surrounding this beautiful work of art is lush greenery and well-maintained gardens. Inside the temple are numerous statues and idols of Lord Buddha and other deities. The name of the place translates to 'cave of triple gems' and is said to be constructed around 1912 and the current facade was added later in the 1950s.

Location: Kampung Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Timing: 7:00 am - 2:30 pm.
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Ling Sen Tong Temple

Another brilliant addition to the cave temples in Ipoh is Ling Sen Tong Temple which is a Taoist temple located in the limestone caverns of Gurung Rapat next to other such sacred sites like - Nam Thean Tong and Sam Poh Tong.

The name of the temple translates to rocks of heavenly spirits and it depicts a blend of Buddhist and Chinese cultures. Inside the cave are several statues of Lord Buddha and other deities from Chinese mythology which makes this one of the Places to go in Malaysia.

Location: 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Timing: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
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  1. What is the best time to visit Malaysia?

    The best time to visit Malaysia is between November to April. This is the main tourist season in the country with the throngs of people visiting to enjoy cooler and drier weather, many fun events and celebrations of new-years and other festivals. Although the humid and balmy tropical climate remains almost unchanged in Malaysia and one can plan a trip in any month of the year.
  2. What is Malaysia famous for?

    Malaysia is a tropical paradise known for its prolific beaches and coastal states, a diverse cultural heritage, ancient attractions, scrumptious cuisines and cheap shopping. Along with that is also the capital city of Kuala Lumpur which is a financial hub in the southeast Asia region.
  3. How to reach Malaysia?

    The best and fastest way to reach Malaysia from your respective countries, including India is by air travel. There are three major airports in Malaysia namely, Senai International, Kota Kinabalu International and Kuala Lumpur International Airport. You can board a number of flights from the airport in top cities like New Delhi and Mumbai.
  4. Is Malaysia worth visiting?

    Yes. With stunning coastlines, many historic landmarks, a multi-ethnicity population, mixed cultural heritage and cuisines are some of the best reasons for you to visit Malaysia and its cities at least once in a lifetime.
  5. What are the best places to visit in Malaysia on honeymoon?

    1. Kuala Lumpur: This is the capital city of Malaysia and one of the most urbanized places in the world. The city offers a nice mix of the traditional aspects in its monuments and attractions, and the modern ones with contemporary architecture, malls, skyscrapers. You and your partner can explore different parts of the city, lanes, markets, nightlife and much more during the Honeymoon.

    2. Mabul Island: This secluded Island is home to pristine white-sand beach shores that compliment the blue-green lagoons filled with vibrant hard and soft coral reefs. This site is less crowded and is among the best Places to go in Malaysia for snorkeling. Apart from water-sports you can relax under the warm sun, visit local villages and attractions like Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

    3. Malacca: It is a historic state in Malaysia that has a rich cultural heritage and influences from Dutch, Portuguese, British colonial eras, as well as the Malay Sultanate reign. The city of Melaka has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to some of the world's oldest monuments and landmarks.

    4. Taman Negara: This million years old rainforest in Malaysia is representative of the natural opulence of the country and one of the places to see in Malaysia. Sprawling over acres of land, here you and your partner can delve into many activities like hikes, nature-walks, night safaris, tribal village visits, etc., to explore the natural beauty and find some solace.
  6. What are the best beaches in Malaysia?

    The best beaches in Malaysia are:

    1.Perhentian Island Beach: A developing island that offers unspoiled and natural beauty. The place is covered with rich marine life all around.

    2. Kota Kinabalu Beach: The Kota Kinabalu has white sandy beaches with virgin tropical forest and outstanding sandstone outcrops to add a nice backdrop.

    3. Batu Ferringhi: The beach was originally famous for water sports. Gradually, the place became a famous location for sun lovers due to its long beautiful white sand and sea front.
  7. What are the famous things to buy in Malaysia?

    1. Batik: This is a different fabric of silk which is used in making shirts and accessories. The material is famous in both Indonesia and Malaysia.

    2. Sarong: This versatile cloth that is worn by both men and women in Malaysia.

    3. Hand-woven Gifts: The Malaysian handicrafts such as baskets, ornaments and souvenirs made out of bamboo are often collected by tourists during their trip.

    4. Tropical Fruit Chocolate: An amalgamation of chocolate and tropical fruit is a unique type of chocolate. The chocolate comes with various flavours like jackfruit and much more.

    5. Songket: The songket is a multicoloured fabric which has interwoven threads forming patterns similar to Batik.
  8. Where should I go for 3 days in Malaysia?

    Malaysia is a huge island country in the southeast Asia region with one too many alluring islands and cities worth exploring. Below are listed out 3 itinerary variants for a 3-day trip for the Places to see in Malaysia.

    Kuala Lumpur:
    - Day 1 - Arrival, Hotel check-ins and the rest of the evening free to explore the nightlife and posh dining outlets.
    - Day 2 - sightseeing of the city's top attractions like - Batu Caves, Petronas Twin Towers, Menara, Chinatown etc. The evening can be spent at the night markets.
    - Day 3 - Enjoy shopping at top places like - Connaught Market, Berjaya Times Square etc.

    Melaka:
    - Day 1 - Arrival, Hotel check-ins and the evening can be spent at the Jonker Street or any other Night Market.
    - Day 2 - Go on a full-day sightseeing excursion of places like - the Sultanate Palace, Dutch Square, A'Famosa etc.
    - Day 3 - You can go for a hike at Bukit China, Enjoy a cruise on Malacca River, or visit the Melaka Zoo.

    Penang:
    - Day 1 - Arrival, Hotel check-ins and the rest of the day would be for you to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgetown. Here you can choose to visit the Clan Jetties, Museums and other attractions.
    - Day 2 - On this day you can visit Penang hill and enjoy a tram ride, hikes and views of the island. From there you can also visit other sites like Kek Lok Si temples, Gurney Drive etc.
    - Day 3 - The last day of the trip can conclude with a tour of the local markets, restaurants, and other outlets.
  9. What are the best areas to stay in Malaysia?

    1. Bukit Bintang: Bukit Bintang is the perfect place if you are looking for restaurants, cafes, street food and shopping malls at a walking distance. The area also has a very good connection to the MRT station and Monorail Station.

    2. Kuala Lumpur City Center: KLCC: The KLCC is Filled with top-end luxury hotels, restaurants and nightlife. Moreover, the place is full of upscale shopping malls.

    3. KL Sentral and Lake Gardens: The KL Sentral and Lake Gardens area offer a very good option for easy transportation.

    4. KL Tower: Bukit Nanas:  This centrally located area lies between Bukit Bintang and KLCC.

    5. Chinatown & Merdeka Square: Chinatown is the best area for the budget accommodation.
  10. What is the most popular food in Malaysia?

    1. Nasi Lemak: The literal translation for Nasi Lemak is fat rice and consists of coconut rice, accompanied by prawn sambal, fried anchovies, peanuts, cucumber slices and ayam rendang.

    2. Nasi Kerabu: Another famous rice dish of Malaysia known for its blue rice along with the servings of fried keropok, egg and chicken.

    3. Assam Laksa: A tasty rice noodles which is served along with sour tamarind broth.

    4. Curry Laska: The curry laksa is a creamy soup that has a thick broth with coconut milk.

    5. Hainanese Chicken Rice: The dish includes rice cooked with chicken broth and served under the braised and silky chicken.

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