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25 Places to visit in Malaysia

 
  • If countries were awarded for diversity, Malaysia would top first place. Not only is Malaysia a melting pot of ethnic cultures, but it is also a blend of many different customs, cuisines and religions all coexisting peacefully together. From large island groups to mountains, fertile highlands and tropical rainforest, the country’s geography is every bit as diverse.
     What’s more, Malaysia is a unique country in that is divided into two main landmasses. West Malaysia occupies the southern half of a peninsula shared with Thailand, while across the South China Sea is East Malaysia, situated on the Borneo island. This overview of the best places to visit in Malaysia concentrates on its cultural, historic and natural attractions. 

    Here are some Places to visit in Malaysia:


  • 01Petronas Twin Towers

    The Petronas Twin Towers are one of the World’s famous and tallest architectural pieces and have visited by billions of people from around the world. The towers are the headquarters of Petronas, the national petroleum company of Malaysia. Both the towers are 88 stories high and are identical to each other with a pyramid shaped top fitted with a slender steel spire. The 41st and 42nd floor of the towers are linked through a skybridge allowing people to travel within the towers.

    Apart from the headquarters of Petronas, there are various shopping malls, complexes and food courts inside the tower for the common people. They can even enjoy the skyline of the city from the towers.

    Price: The entry fees to the Twin Towers starts approximately from 65 MYR and can be bought online from its official website.



  • 02Islamic Arts Museum

    History: 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.



    About: There are around seven thousand artefacts which throws 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 a must visit tourist place.




  • 03Langkawi Cable Car

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    Enjoy one of the major attractions of Langkawi Island that is popularly known as Lagkawi Cable Car or Sky Cab. Take a ride on the top of Mount Chinchang and relish the breathtaking views around. Also, take pleasure of the Oriental Village shopping zone built against the mountain backdrop around a beautiful lake. After reaching the Oriental Village, one can have a bird’s eye view of Mount Mat Chinchang Hill by cable car and ascend Langkawi. Rejoice the cool and gentle breeze of the highlands and then shop at the village along with savouring different cuisines for lunch at various outlets.
     

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     Highlights: It is only 30 minutes away from Kuah town and 15 minutes drive from the Langkawi International Airport. It is located north of Telaga Harbour, Pantai Kok and north-west of the Langkawi International  Airport. Departs from a few selected Langkawi hotels at 9am and returns to original point.
  • 04Langkawi Sky Bridge

    Hold your breath because Langkawi Sky Bridge is the longest (410 feet) free span bridge in the world, suspended from an altitude of 82 meter by a single Pylon and is 2, 300 feet above the ground. Unlike any other straight bridge, the sky bridge is curved so as to give the tourists a better and more spectacular perspective of the view below - a total blood thumping expedition. The bridge was first constructed in the ground and was then lifted by air through helicopters to its final pylon.



     Highlight: View of unclaimed and unexplored parts of the island, the tropical jungles and the pristine mountain Mat Cincang. Yes, it is definitely a photographer’s delight. To reach the skybridge you will have to board a cable car from the cliff. On the way to the top, you will witness the second largest peak, Telaga Tuluj.

     Location: Ascent from Oriental Village near Pantai Kok

     Price: RM 5.00 for adults and RM 3.00 for children
  • 05Menara KL Tower

    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 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.


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    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.



  • 06Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

    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.
  • 07Aquaria 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, gar fishes 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 country’s foremost sightseeing attractions involving the real depth and complexity.


    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.



  • 08Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

    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. 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.

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    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

  • 09Bako National Park

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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.

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    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
  • 10Melaka Historic City

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

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    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.
  • 11Cameron Highlands

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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.

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    Highlights – This hill station is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Malaysia, 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.
  • 12Georgetown Heritage walk

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    Georgetown is the capital of the Malaysian island Penang. This region was an important trading hub and till date it consists of a number of Chinese shop houses. Georgetown has developed into a modern city which is still wrapped in its culture. The Georgetown Heritage Walk is a wonderful way to explore the various attractions of the city. A self-guided tour would help the tourists experiencing the beauty of this area in the best of forms.

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    Highlights: During the Georgetown Heritage Walk one can visit the famous marvels like Leong San Tong Khoo Mansion, Kapitan Kelling Mosque, Pinang Peranakan Mansion and even the Town Hall. This area is a blend of culture and tradition that would surely impress the tourists.

    Location: Georgetown is located on the north-eastern corner of the island Penang.

    Best Time: Georgetown Heritage Walk can be availed anytime but the day hours would be the best to view the landmarks clearly.
      
    Price: No fee
  • 13Batu Caves

    Location:Batu Caves is located in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia.
    It derives it’s name from Batu River which is said to flow past the hill. Batu Caves forms a series of caves and is a limestone.



    History:This Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is said to be Holy Shrine outside India. Do not be surprised to know that the Limestone is 400 years old. The entrance of the cave was earlier used by Temuan people. There are 3 major caves inside the Temples. The cathedral cave is also known as Temple cave and devotees must climb 272 stairs to reach the place. If you have always desired to see Hindu paintings and statues, do not miss to visit the Art gallery cave and the Museum cave. They are located at the base of the cave.

    Speciality:The specialty of the Temple is the 15 ft. tall Hanuman Temple and 140 ft tall Murugan Temple.


  • 14Mount Kinabalu

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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.

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    Timings – Open all through the year.

    Price – Differs for park, climbing, permit, guides etc.
  • 15Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

    Killim Karst Geoforest Park is one of the best places to enjoy natural mangroves at the best. Located in the beautiful Langkawi Islands, this geoforest 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.

    Location – Langkawi, Kedah.

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

    Price – Private boats available for RM275 onwards.
  • 16Semenggoh Nature Reserve

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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 10AM & 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 8AM to 5PM from Monday to Friday. Closed on weekends and public holidays.

    Price – RM3 andRM1.50 per adult and per kid respectively.
  • 17Turtle Sanctuary Beach

    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.
  • 18Taman Negara

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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.
  • 19Gunung Mulu National Park

    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.

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    Timing – Open all through the year.

    Price – RM15 & RM5 per adult and kid respectively (locals); RM30 and RM10 per adult and kid respectively (foreigners).
  • 20THE 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.
  • 21SUNGAI KINABATANGAN

    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. 

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    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.
  • 22Penang Hill

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

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    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.
  • 23Tioman Island

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    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.

    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.

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    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.
  • 24Sipadan 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.
  • 25Shangri-La's Orangutan Care Project

    If you are 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. 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.