The sky-scraping superstructures that grow even faster than Jack’s beanstalks are often pictured when we speak of Malaysia. From the fast moving neon light streets in Kuala Lumpur to the comely tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands, a trip to Malaysia will completely give you a gust of wonderment. This often ‘considered’ underrated country that is cleaved into two by the South China Sea has an incredible ton of stuff to offer from places to visit with kids to romantic honeymoon destinations in Malaysia. You can either trek to the two beautiful national parks of Taman Negara and Gunung Mulu where you get a chance to explore the wildlife or spend an afternoon sun toasting your body at the beaches of the Perhentian Islands. In many ways, Malaysia truly lives up to its expectation and this is just the start, if you continue reading this blog, we will take you to the other best locations to have a holiday of a lifetime.
Photo: Kuala Lumpur City Centre | http://bit.ly/2vUbEEs
The capital city where the PETRONAS Twin Towers dominate the modern skylines, Kuala Lumpur is always on top of the must visit list. Visitors from across the globe flock here to visit their iconic towers like Menara KL Tower, it is one of the most clicked building after PETRONAS Twin Towers. At KM, there is something for every type of vacationers, for kid-friendly activities, places like Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is perfect, intact with fun water slides and artificial beach sports. Places like Batu Caves, a Hindu pilgrimage site is also mostly visited, especially to see the huge statue of Lord Murugan. For Shopaholics, you will have a rubbernecking session wandering amid the many markets and one such place is the Chinatown. The other must visit attractions in Kuala Lumpur are Aquaria KLCC, Jalan Alor, Central Market and KL Bird Park.
If you are planning a trip that is far off from the mainlands of Malaysia, the Bornean state of Sabah is perfect and for all the good reasons. It holds many places of interest where, not only you can experience diving in Sipadan Island of Sabah where the marine species are teeming with life but also get close and personal with a ‘new found friend’ Orangutans in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. ‘No feeling can be as good as holding a shopping bag,’ for those who love the smell of clothing stores, head towards the capital of Sabah in Kota Kinabalu or KK as preferred by the locals. For the best and ‘cheap’ eateries and goods, the Sunday market is stocked with handicraft items and bizarre food. You can spend days at Sabah exploring by going for wildlife tours in the Kinabatangan River. This boat cruise may help you see species like crocodiles, kingfishers, short-tailed macaques and the second popular monkey in Malaysia, Proboscis. Besides, if relaxing is all you need, Sabah has beach resorts around its many islands completely glowing with untouched rainforest and emerald water.
Photo: Bayu Kelantan Coast | http://bit.ly/2wWDa0Z
Kelantan is an agrarian state that offers a refreshing sight of lustrous paddy fields, tranquil beaches and tiny fishing villages. If an offbeat holiday is on your mind, a tour in Kelantan is rightly suited for you. It is home to some of the ancient finds, including the prehistoric aboriginal settlements. Besides, while here, a visit to places like Handicraft Village and Craft Museum that displays the local handicraft of Kelantan and Siti Khadijah Market where sumptuous food and local items are sold will offer a unique experience. The museums to visit in Kelantan are the Royal Museum and War Museum. A river cruise in Kuala Krai Dabong is also a noteworthy experience. An evening meandering amid the pristine beaches of Cahaya Bulan and Irama Bachok is definitely worth it.
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Negeri Sembilan is one of the must see places in Malaysia. Home to the Minangkabau culture, you can witness their unique methods of agriculture. For photographers, this place also has a few small hiking places offering beautiful view of the surroundings. However, if touring is what you are here for then it also has plenty. Visit places like Sri Menanti Palace, built completely in wood 110 years ago and 884 metres tall Gunung Datuk mountain perfect for leisure hiking tour. Lukut Museum and Fort Lukut are also one of the major crowd pullers here followed by a rare yet interesting attraction, Centipede Temple.
Photo: Langkawi Sky Bridge | http://bit.ly/2wWPA9q
An island on the borders of Thailand – Malaysia, Langkawi Kedah is a popular beach destination and home to some hair-raising attractions. If you love heights, this island has just what you need. A slightly curved 124 meter-long and 700 m high bridges often yikes the venturers, but it offers a superb aerial view of the lush green forest and the Arabian Sea. The only way to get here is via cable car. For those who love marine life, head to the Underwater World. Here you get to witness over 500 various species such as sharks, green turtles, giant stingrays, seahorses etc. Other places to visit in Langkawi, Kedah are Wildlife Park and Bird Paradise where you get to spend joyous time and perhaps a wonderful place for kids as well, Paradise 3D Museum and a beautiful folklore theme park Taman Lagenda are also two must visit attractions.
So to say, Pahang is the largest state in Malaysia and it has tons of attractions to visit. For those who enjoy every second being with nature, a visit to the Cameron Highlands will provide many things to do. Here, a few must visits are Butterfly Park, Highlands Apiary Farm and Boh Tea Gardens. Besides, in Pahang, you can also visit the Gua Charas, a Charas Cave that has a statue of Buddha. Other places to explore are Time Tunnel Museum, Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary and Lake Chini, second largest freshwater lake. Take a hike to the Gunung Senyum which means Smiling Mountains. This summit contains around twenty five caves and also a grave.
Johor is located towards the southern tip of Malaysia where you meet gorgeous islands, witness chock-full of forest, experience the authentic culture of Malaysia and of course sails to Singapore. This part of the country is often missed or is traversed en route Singapore but a stay here will provide you the immense pleasure and relaxation you’d probably want to visit again. A visit to the largest recreational park Danga Bay in Johor will truly lift your spirits high. It is a waterfront city in Malaysia equipped with only the best activities for all ages, also, Danga Bay is an ideal place to visit with kids. Some 80,000 hectares large Endau Rompin National Park must be on your to go to list, especially if you enjoy going for nature hikes and sightseeing rare species like leaf monkeys, long-tail macaques and many more. (Remember to collect special entry permits from the Johor National Park Corporation) To get an uncluttered view of the beautiful South China Sea and tropical forest, Sibu Islands and Desaru Beach are two favourite places to spend a day.
Photo: The Banjaran, Ipoh | http://bit.ly/2uGfMEi
Offering many tourist interest spots, Perak is truly a breathtaking place to exist where beautiful attractions stand amid a tranquil environment. A visit here will offer a set of places like Royal Belum State Park, whether you are a nature lover or wildlife enthusiast, this place is worth a visit. Gua Tempurung or Tempurung Cave is the largest limestone cave; walking inside this 400 million year old cave will give you a unique experience. At Perak, other best nature sites to visit are Pangkor Island, Orangutan Island, Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, Sungai Klah Hot Spring, and Kuala Woh Recreational Forest etc.
Photo: Klang Royal Town Mosque | http://bit.ly/2uC4WDh
Selangor is the right place to visit where you can find art, food, history, nature and wildlife. It is one of the most visited destinations in Malaysia intact with wondrous things to do. If you are on a family holiday consider your list of places to visit sorted. While in Selangor, you have to visit the I-City in the evening because that’s when the entire park comes to life. I-City is a technology park completely intact with attractions that will give a unique experience like snowalk, Giant Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Super Swings, forest of lights and more. Other top places to visit are Zoo Negara, Sepang International Circuit, Crab Island, Kuala Selangor, Paya Indah (man-made nature park). A hike to Klang Gates Quartz Ridge also offers an exuberant experience. Besides, for history and architecture lovers, Selangor’s capital, Shah Alam has much to offer like Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque, Shah Alam Royal Theatre, Selangor Islamic Arts Park Complex to name a few.
Photo: Masjid Al Hussain | http://bit.ly/2vUlvdP
Perlis is a blissful land that will keep you occupied with all the amazing sites. Even the name sounds solitary and one such tranquil place here is the Masjid Terapung Al-Hussain Mosque. Located in a scenic ocean backdrop, this beautiful floating mosque is a famous attraction in Perlis. This place also has a number of caves and mountains perfect for adventure activities like rock-climbing. Here, attractions you can visit are Tasik Melati Recreational Park, The Perlis Snake and Reptile Farm, Wang Kelian Markets and Gua Kelam Cave.
Photo: Sarawak Legislative Assembly Building | http://bit.ly/2vwwJE1
A stay at Sarawak will offer a melange of the tourist hotspots, with a series of natural attractions that are plenty it also has other popular sites to keep you accompanied. For a day trip in Sarawak, you have to visit places like Bako National Park, Sarawak Cultural Village and Sarawak Orchid Garden. Amongst history lovers, this place has museums like Sarawak Museum, Chinese Museum, Cat Museum, John Tan Gallery to name a few. Other interesting places in Sarawak include Orang Utan Murals, Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak, Malaysia-China Friendship Park and Pustaka Negeri Sarawak.
Photo: Jonker Street in Malacca | http://bit.ly/2w2OhJs
To see the finest examples of Dutch architecture, Malacca in Malaysia is the best place to be. Although, the Portuguese and the English colonials have also explored this part of Malaysia, it is the Dutch that felt some memoirs/remainders. In fact, Malacca is listed as a UNESCO site and some of the famous visits are the Christ Church, Stadthuys (city hall), St. Paul’s Cathedral and Porta de Santiago. Jonker Street is a popular night market in Malaysia, surrounded by street vendors selling various local snacks and drinks. If you have a thought to go on a boat tour, the river of Malacca will take you to enchanting sites offering scenic and a different look if the city. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum, Taming Sari Revolving Tower, Francis Xavier Church are few must visits.
Photo: Putra Mosque | http://bit.ly/2fDFiHE
This well-planned city of Putrajaya which is an administrative centre of the Malaysian Government boasts of numerous tourist interest places. Putrajaya will give you a sight of its beautiful attractions like Putra Mosque. So attractive, just a glimpse won’t be enough to admire the mega structure. Inspired by the Safavid monuments of Iran, this mosque is adorned in pink colour. Cruise Tasik Putrajaya will take you on a 45 minute joy ride where you can explore the city amidst the calm environment. Botanical Garden, Palace of Justice, Putrajaya Challenge Park, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, Millennium Monument and Marina Putrajaya are a few places you have to visit.
Photo: Masjid Abidin | http://bit.ly/2vwxeOk
Terengganu is located in the eastern part of Malaysia and it offers coral-fringed islands and pristine beaches. The mainland state capital Kuala Terengganu is ideal for city tours and heritage walks. Speaking of which, here you can visit sites and landmarks like Terengganu State Museum, it is also said to be the largest museum in Malaysia. To witness 22 monuments of Islamic culture from across the world, Islamic Civilization Park is the place for you. In Terengganu, other interesting sites to visit are Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village, Malaysia’s largest lake, Lake Kenyir. If island hopping is what you are looking for then the most famous islands are Kapas Island, Penarik Beach, Perhentian Islands and Redang Island.
I bet you hear the trumpets rolling as soon as you hit the ‘Book My Trip’ button, pardon for sounding too dramatic, but that’s exactly how one may feel. As a matter of fact, did your heart go out for any of the mentioned places? I am sure it did, tell us your pick in the comment section below and start planning a holiday in an Asian country full of much needed activities for solo travelers, honeymooners and family vacationers. Help needed? Don’t refrain yourself from dealing with travel agencies like us as we will in fact help you ease your worries by offering budget travel packages.