Kek Lok Si Temple
The temple also has sculptures and murals that portray the teachings of Buddhism, in addition to Chinese cultures and traditions. Kek Lok Si temple is also considered as one of the treasured heritage structures of Mahayana Buddhism, and dates back to as early as the 1890s.
Location: 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 08:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
Located next to the pristine Temenggor Lake, this protected rainforest is the abode of some of the most exotic species of flora, fauna as well as indigenous people. In addition to exploring the nature trails within the rainforest, you can also enjoy boating in the lake, or spend some time camping at the campsites here. You can also indulge in several adventure activities like high rope and ziplining, or enjoy bird watching within the dense forested area.
Location: Pulau Banding, 33200 Gerik, Perak, Malaysia
Timings: 09:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m.
One of the major attractions here is the main mosque, which is beautifully painted in white and green colours and has a golden dome. It is here where you can learn about the daily life of the Bajau people, in addition to enjoying visits to the local markets and jetty.
Location: Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia
Chemorong Forest Reserve
Accessible by a 1.5-hour hike, the forest also has several beautiful waterfalls that you can explore. You can also enjoy picnics in different zones of the reserve, or camp by the serene rivers that pass through the forest, adding to its beauty. You can also take relaxing dips at the Jeram Lesung and Bangan River pools.
Location: Forest Chemerong, Terengganu, Malaysia
Timings: 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.
Sasaran Sky Mirror
Accessible by a 30-minute boat ride from the Jeram Fishing Village, the sandy banks of the island, along with the crystal-clear waters almost end up giving you a mirror reflection of yourself. Great to indulge in nature photography, or simply soak in the picturesque views, the Sasaran Sky Mirror is sure to hypnotise you with its beauty.
Location: Jalan Sultan Mahmud, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia
From exploring the beautiful valley and meadows, to enjoying views of Mount Kinabalu, or even visiting the Desa Dairy Farm to see cattle grazing, learning about the production of dairy food and drinks, the little town has a lot to offer to visitors. One of the main attractions here is the Kundasang War Memorial, where you can learn about the region’s history and take a relaxing stroll at the beautiful garden.
Location: Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia
It is here where you can enjoy the scenic views of the lush rice paddies, or head to the Wishing Tree to make a wish. You can also stop by at one of the cafes to tuck into delicious local food while watching the paddy fields. You can also visit the Bagan Fishing Village to learn more about the daily lives of the fishermen.
Location: Sekinchan, 45400, Selangor, Malaysia
Located near dense rainforests and majestic limestone caves, one of which is the famous Taman Negara, the Kenyir Lake is also a great place to indulge in photography, enjoy birdwatching, boating and canoeing.
You can also hike to the hilltops and highlands to soak in breath-taking views of the surrounding natural landscapes. For a more thrilling experience, you can also admire the gorgeous Lasir Waterfall and the rainforest canopy during your visit to the lake.
Location: Terengganu, Malaysia
It is said that every day, between 9 and 10 in the morning, the rays of the sun hit the base of the waterfall, in such a way that it creates a beautiful rainbow, which gives it the name. People from all over Malaysia and the rest of the world take an exciting 1.5-hour hike to reach the waterfall during the early hours of the morning, just to see this phenomenon.
Location: Pahang, Malaysia
Timings: 06:30 a.m. to 01:00 p.m.
Accessible by a 40-minute boat ride from the Kuala Penyu Jetty, the islands gained fame from the reality TV series Survivor, wherein the participants were sent to this island, also known as the Survivor Island in the show.
Home to a wide array of vibrant flora, fauna and marine life, Tiga Island is a great place to enjoy snorkelling, volcanic mud baths and hiking. You can also explore the forests on the island and catch sights of wild monkeys.
Location: Sabah, Malaysia
Another one of the Unique Places to Visit in Malaysia, the Jerejak Island is also often called the Alcatraz of Malaysia, since it served as a prison and quarantine centre for immigrants and criminals, in addition to patients suffering from leprosy and tuberculosis from the late 1700s to as early as 1993.
As of now, the island is a great place to learn about the land’s rich history, along with exploring the natural sights and wonders here. Adrenaline seekers can also indulge in several adventure activities here, including rock climbing, jungle trekking, mountain biking and more. If you are lucky, you can also head over to some of the ancient prisons and spend some time getting spooked there.
Location: Pulau Jerejak, Penang, Malaysia
Timings: 05:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
Gunung Mulu National Park
It is here where you can soak in some of the most scintillating natural vistas, in addition to enjoying an educational experience while learning about the wide array of flora and fauna. You can also explore ancient limestone carved caves here, or roam around the dense rainforests while witnessing sights of rare and endangered animal species. You can also indulge in canopy walks, trekking, boating and waterfall explorations here.
Location: Sarawak, Malaysia
It is here where you can witness millions of fireflies light up around the trees once dusk settles in. If you are lucky, you can even see thousands of fireflies blink in perfect unison at the same time, sometimes for hours.
This phenomenon is popularly known as synchronicity, and is nothing short of magical. When visiting the village, head to the Bagan Krian and Tanjung Piai mangrove regions or the shorelines of Cherating and Kemaman to see the fireflies.
Location: Kuala Selangor, Bestari Jaya, 45600 Malaysia
Banjaran Hot Springs
The Banjaran Hot Springs are amongst the top Unique Places to Visit in Malaysia. Located a short distance from Ipoh, these hot springs are tucked amidst magnificent limestone hills that are over 250 million years old, pristine waterfalls and verdant tropical rainforests.
Doubling as a luxurious, rejuvenating wellness retreat, the hot springs have deep plunge pools, rainfall showers as well as geothermal springs where you can take a relaxing dip in. Over 3 million litres of water are heated naturally here, and boast of having therapeutic minerals that can heal many skin issues, pain and lethargy.
Location: 1, Persiaran Lagoon, Sunway 3, 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
In addition to that, the hill station also has several lush jungles which are great for hiking, nature trails and camping, among other things. Named after British explorer and geologist William Cameron, the Cameron Highlands boast of having more than 700 species of plants, one of which is the famous Rafflesia Arnoldii, said to be the largest flowering plant in the world.
Location: Pahang, Malaysia