Must Visit Places in Malaysia
Petronas Twin Towers
The most popular tourist attractions in Kulala Lumpur, the Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin structures in the world. With a whopping 88-storeys, these feature Skybridge- the double-decker connecting structure between the towers along with the headquarters for Petronas Company and other offices. Other several attractions include Kuala Lumpur Convention centre and Suria KLCC Mall.
The towers have Islamic-inspired architecture and the area around them features the well-maintained KLCC Park. You can avail all these attractions and more, by exploring around with the help of a 170 meters elevator inside.
Tuesday to Sunday - 9:00
- 21:00 (CLOSED between 1.00 - 2.30 on Fridays)
Location: Near Concorde Hotel Monorail stop, in between Jalan Ampang and Jalan Raja Chulan
Islamic Arts Museum
There are around seven thousand artefacts which throw 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 amongst the must-visit Malaysia tourist places.
Langkawi Cable Car
Langkawi Cable car is also known as the Sky Cab claims to be the steepest cable car ride in the world; that takes visitors at a height of 708 meters up in the sky, above the sea level. The cable car carries passengers to Mount Mat Cincang - Langkawi's second highest peak and thus is considered as one of the must-visit places to see in Langkawi.
On a visit here, tourists are advised to carry a jacket as the elevation in height invites chilled winds. The views from the top of this peak make getting onto this ride absolutely worth it and memorable.
Location: Jalan Telaga Tujuh, Kedah
Timings: 9:30 am to 7 pm on all days
Langkawi Sky Bridge
A ride on a cable car takes tourists to Langkawi Sky Bridge - a true highlight of the region, elevated at a height of 2300 feet above sea level. From the top of this bridge, the mesmerising views of the rainforest along with the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls make sure to leave visitors spellbound.
It attracts nature lovers, photographers, and adventure enthusiasts alike. Here, tourists can also indulge in some shopping at the number of stalls that sell souvenirs, toys, drinks, and snacks. The bridge certainly is one of the top places to visit in Langkawi.
Location: At the end of the cable car, alan Telaga Tujuh Teluk Burau, Langkawi, Kedah
Timings: 10 am to 10 pm
Menara 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 best places in Kuala Lumpur for sightseeing and it is also 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. It is a famous Malaysia tourist places to visit.
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.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Petaling Jaya
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.
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, garfishes 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 foremost tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur involving the real depth and complexity. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Malaysia.
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.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu
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 and it is one of the best places to visit in Kota Kinabalu.
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.
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
Bako National Park, Kuching
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.
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
Melaka Historic City
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.
Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Highlights – This hill station is among the oldest Malaysia tourist places, 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.
Go on a Bus Tour to Explore Penang
Take a hop on and hop off bus tour which traverses you across the island in just 3.5 to 4 hours of time. Taking you to places such as Batik Factory, Fort Cornwallis, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Wonderfood Museum, Little India - Street of Harmony, Chew Jetty, Armenian Street Art, Waterfront Village, Reclining Buddha and Burmese Temple etc.
The sunset tour offers a unique stitch of landmarks around the island such as The Top Komtar, the Observatory Deck, Rainbow Skywalk, the Red Garden Hawker Center, Street of Harmony, Trishaw Night Ride (Heritage Building), Penang City Hall, Penang Town Hall, Esplanade Park and Victoria Memorial Clock Tower. There is a various tour in a day, according to your convenience and time availability you can choose from morning, afternoon or evening tours.
Location: Starting point: Harriston Chocolate Boutique, Kelawei Street
Timings: Morning: 10 AM to 1:30 PM | Afternoon 2 PM to 5:30 PM | Sunset tour: 6:30 PM to 10 PM
Batu Caves, Selangor
The Batu Caves is located in the Selangor region of Malaysia. It has one of the famous Hindu shrines. The shine is of Lord Murugan resides in these caves. A lot of tourists visit this place as it is a religious site. The natural beauty of this place is mesmerizing.
This area has innumerable caves that are that are home to many species of animals and insects. This area has many monkeys that often snatch away things from the tourist. The caves are said to be of the 10th century that has slowly developed. The caves are protected by the Malaysian Nature Society.
There are many transportation facilities available to these caves like trains buses etc from Kuala Lumpur. The most famous festival of the Batu caves is Thaipusam festival. This is one of the ideal Hindu religious places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur.
Mount Kinabalu, Sabah
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.
Timings – Open all through the year.
Price – Differs for park, climbing, permit, guides etc.
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi
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. It is among the offbeat places to visit in Malaysia.
Location – Langkawi, Kedah.
Timings – Early mornings are the best times to see the natural extravaganzas here.
Price – Private boats available for RM275 onwards.
Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Sarawak
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 10 AM & 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 8 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Friday. Closed on weekends and public holidays.
Price – RM3 andRM1.50 per adult and per kid respectively.
Turtle Sanctuary Beach, Pulau Perhentian Besar
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.
Taman Negara, Pahang
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.
Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak
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.
Timing – Open all through the year.
Price – RM15 & RM5 per adult and kid respectively (locals); RM30 and RM10 per adult and kid respectively (foreigners).
The Perhentian Islands
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.
Sungai Kinabatangan, Borneo Island
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.
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.
Penang Hill, Penang
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shangri-La's Orangutan Care Project, Kota Kinabalu
If you are a 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 and it is one of the best tourist places to visit in Kota Kinabalu.
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.