Top 10 Places To Visit In Malaysia

Though Thailand boasts of far larger numbers of tourists among other Southeast Asia countries, Malaysia is also a country that you certainly won’t regret visiting. With a culture and cuisine that draws from Indian, Chinese and Malay influences, you will have an experience like no other.

The Borneo, an Island that Malaysia shares with Indonesia and Brunei, is where you go to experience the best of Mother Nature. The island features wild animals, granite peaks and a wild jungle that will leave you exhilarated and refreshed at the same time. If you want to experience some city life, then Kuala Lumpur, the capital is where you should be.

Where To Go In Malaysia

To ensure that you get the best from the country during your vacation, here are the top 10 tourist attractions in Malaysia.

1. Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towersflickr/McKay Savage

For many people coming to Malaysia, the first stop is almost always Kuala Lumpur. But before you start your travels deep into the country, it is worth exploring what the capital has to offer. Of particular note are the Petronas Twin Towers. From 1998 to 2004 they were considered the tallest buildings worldwide.

The twin towers are truly a wonder to behold. During the day they cast a long shadow over the city and at night the dazzling lights become a crown in the sky.

2. Kinabalu National Park

Kinabalu National Parkflickr/shankar s.

With over 4,500 distinct animal and plant species, Kinabalu Park is not only a major tourist attraction, it is also an important biological site. Its biological importance led to it being designated as a UNESCO site in 2000.

One of the first things that will capture your attention immediately you near the park is the towering Mount Kinabalu which is the highest in the Malaysian Borneo. The mountain itself is a favorite spot for mountain climbers.

Within the park you will find a number of accommodation facilities and many recreational activities to fill up your time. Be sure to carry some warm clothing and shoes ideal for rough terrain.

3. Melaka City

Melaka Cityflickr/Caitriana Nicholson

Also known as Malacca City, this is where you come to get a taste of history and culture. Its popularity and importance as a historical town led it to join the UNESCO sites list in 2008. The town is a melting pot of different cultures, past and present. Here you will find the cuisine, architecture and culture with various influences including Chinese, Indians, Portuguese, Malay and Dutch.

Some of the famous attractions you should check out include Christ Church, A Famosa fortress, the Ruins of ST. Paul Church, Stadthuys and Victorian Fountain.

4. Georgetown, Penang

Georgetown, Penangflickr/Al404

Located in the state of Penang, Georgetown is truly a wonder to behold. Within the confines of the town, time has stood still. Shops and houses from the colonial era still stand to date and are even in use. The street markets and hawkers add to the charm of the town.

Georgetown is also a UNESCO site together with Melaka city. Some amazing sites to see include the various historical buildings such as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion on Leith Street, Fort Cornwallis on Light Street, Queen Victoria clock tower and Little India.

5. Batu Caves

Batu Cavesflickr/Nick Holland

Even if you miss out on all other attractions in Malaysia do your best not to miss this one. It is one of the most amazing and spectacular experiences that you will never find in any other part of the world. The Batu Caves are a series of caves located within a Limestone Hill. The limestone surrounding the caves is estimated to be around 400 million years old.

The best things about Batu Caves are the cave temples. The cave complex consists of three main ones and a few smaller ones. The largest one (Temple Cave) rises 100 meters and 272 concrete steps lead up to it. Inside the temple, there are Hindu Shrines and a high ceiling that will leave you feeling very small. Simply put, it’s a wonder you cannot afford to miss.

6. Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Parkflickr/Paul White

The park is most famous for its extensive cave system within which is the tallest cave camber in the world, the Sarawak Chamber. The Limestones and Sandstones found in the park depeict thousands of years of erosional processes.

Caves that are a must see include the Garden of Eden, deer and Langs Caves, Turtle Cave and Clearwater and Wind Caves. Other fun activities include trekking and a canopy skywalk. There are various dining and accommodation facilities within the National Park.

7. Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Parkflickr/Peter Gronemann

Originally called King George V National park, Teman Negara is best known as being the oldest tropical forest in the world at more than 130 million years old. Attractions in this park are mostly biological and geographical in nature. The most popular ones are Lata Berkoh & Waterfall Cascades, Kelah Fish Sanctuary and Tahan Wildlife Observation Hide.

You can also go jungle trekking, Climb Teresek Hill, go on the famous canopy walk and Visit the Orang Asli Settlements.

8. Langkawi

Langkawiflickr/dmytrok

Langkawi also referred to as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah, is a collection of 104 islands found in the Adaman Sea. This is the best place to go when you want to relax on a beach while basking in the sun.

A number of beaches are found in Langkawi with the most popular ones being Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Pantai Kok. You can also take advantage of the many tours provided there including bird watching tours, Jungle trekking, Island hopping, Helicopter joyrides and Nature walks.

9. Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlandsflickr/Peter Gronemann

If you have been trekking through the hot jungle or dealing with endless traffic in the busy Kuala Lumpur city, this is where you come to relax. The lush greenery and cool moist air will do you a lot of good.

Cameron Highlands are actually very extensive, occupying a size similar to that of Singapore. Due to cold weathers, travelers are advised to dress warmly when visiting the highlands. On Cameron Highlands, you can go trekking enjoying the many plantations and volcanoes, go see the All Souls’ Church and experience a bit of history at Bala’s Holiday Chalet.

10. Menara KL Tower

Menara KL Towerflickr/Abe Lae

One of the Major Landmarks in Malaysia is the Kuala Lumpur Tower. Primarily a broadcasting and telecommunications center, the tower also offers the highest viewing point in Kuala Lumpur. There is also a revolving restaurant which offers one of the best panoramic views of the whole city.