10 Amazing Places For A Diverse Experience of Malaysia
When visiting Malaysia, you run into the possibility of falling into tourist traps or having a bland experience if you don’t know where to venture. No one wants to see the same things over and over again. Whether you enjoy the scenic route of rain forests and mountains, the concrete jungles of the city nightlife, culinary adventures, cultural exposure, shopping or simply relaxing at the beach, we’ve got you covered!
Here’s ten must-see places for a well-rounded experience of Malaysia when travelling to Malaysia:
For all the adventurers, the long staircase up to the Batu Caves is well-worth the hike.
This destination is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. Carrying plenty of cultural and historical significance, the limestone forming the caves is estimated to be around 400 million years old, and the caves were once used as shelter by the indigenous Temuan people of the area.
As you walk up along the stairs, you will catch many glimpses of macaques (monkeys) and pigeons hanging around.
Jalan Alor Food Street, Kuala Lumpur
If you’re someone who travels to discover the local delicacies then you’re in luck! Jalan Alor Food Street has plenty of hawker stalls and seafood restaurants where you can experience authentic Malay cuisine. Head out at night from 5pm onwards for an unforgettable street food experience. From char-kway-teow, chicken and beef satay, durian and stingray, Jalan Alor Food Street has got it all.
Cameron Highlands, Pahang
The Cameron Highlands is one of the largest hill stations in Malaysia taking up 712 square kilometres, with elevations of around 1100 to 1600 metres above sea level, making it an area of spectacular scenery.
Tea plantations are abundant in the Cameron Highlands because of the optimum weather conditions so there are many to visit. When in the Highlands, you should also make a visit to the Time Tunnel memorabilia museum, hike to the Parit or Robinson Waterfall, and explore the Mossy Forest.
Perhentian Islands, Terengganu
Take a water taxi to reach the small group of coral-fringed islands off the north-eastern coast of Malaysia known as the Perhentian Islands. Although there are no landmarks or tourist spots on the islands, the white sandy beaches themselves are the main attraction.
Enjoy a long walk along the beach or take it to the next level with scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and even turtle conservation volunteering!
Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching
A unique award-winning living museum, enter Sarawak Cultural Village for an amazing immersion into the local cultures and history of the Kuching area. Replica buildings built in the styles of every major ethnic group in the area include Bidayuh, Iban and Orang Ulu longhouses, a Penan jungle settlement, a Melanau tall-house, a Malay town house with adjacent top-spinning court, a Chinese farm House and a Chinese pagoda. You will gather great knowledge when you listen to the interesting stories told by the staff in the village.
Mount Kinabalu, Sabah
Being the highest mountain Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu is also protected as a World Heritage Site with a wide range of flora and fauna.
For all the adventurers and hikers, take a tour of the mountainous Kinabalu Park Canopy and make a pit stop at the Poring Hot Springs for great panoramic views of mountain and countryside.
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Kuah
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is an area rich in wildlife so if you’re an animal lover, you may get the chance to spot some hairy nosed sea otters, brown winged kingfishers, monitor lizards and even macaque monkeys.
Explore the river estuaries of the Kilim River on a cruise, go island hopping and make a stop at the Pirate Lagoon, a collapsed limestone cave.
Once a simple fishing village inhabited by local Malays, Malacca is now an area of rich historical and cultural significance and referred to as ‘the Historic State’.
Listed as a UNESCO WHC in 2008, there is lots to see in this cultural blend of Malay, Portuguese and Dutch architecture during the various occupations of Malaysia in the past, ranging from St Paul’s Church, Jonker Street, Bukit China, Kampung Keling Mosque, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the Portuguese settlements and St. Francis Xavier’s Church.
Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
The famed Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur are a wonderful sight to see.
Currently they remain the tallest twin towers in the world, and in the past they once held the title of being the tallest towers in the world in 1998-2004.
Considered one of the famous landmarks in Malaysia, experience this 21st century postmodern icon and take your adventure to new heights.
BBKLCC, Kuala Lumpur
If you love your shopping then head over to BBKLCC, the shopping paradise in the heart of Malaysia.