Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Malaysia

The country of Malaysia offers two very distinct experiences: the peninsula and Borneo (an island shared with Indonesia and Brunei). The peninsula is a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavors with a resourceful and modern capital, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian Borneo features some of the most interesting places to enjoy in Malaysia. The country of Malaysia has many tourist attractions that can be explored that are combined with some beautiful islands and colonials towns, Malaysia is indeed one of the most sought after tourist destinations of the world. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Malaysia along with your family are listed below:

1. Mulu Caves

The Mulu Caves are considered as a major tourist attraction of Malaysia. You will find these caves in the Gunung Mulu National Park. The park includes impressive caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting. In one of the caves you will find the Sarawak chamber it is the largest cave chamber in the world. It has been said that the chamber is so big that it could accommodate about 40 Boeing 747s, without overlapping their wings. These magnificent caves are a must visit in Malaysia.

2. Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation centre was started during the year 1964 for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging locations, plantations and illegitimate hunting. The Rehabilitation centre you will find in Malaysia is very renowned. The Orang Utan sanctuary is situated within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, much of which is virgin rainforest. Approximately 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. It is one of Sabah’s top tourist attractions and a great stopover on any Malaysia itinerary.

3. Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands are situated towards the coast of northeastern Malaysia; these islands are quite close to the Thai border. It is indeed a must-visit destination in Malaysia and considered ideal for budget travelers. Once here you can find some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and great diving with plenty of cheap accommodation. The two major islands here to visit are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Both the islands have palm-fringed white sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea.

4. Langkawi

Langkawi is considered as one of Malaysia’s best-known holiday destination and a major tourist destiatnion. It is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, by far the biggest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi. Fringed with long, white beaches and with an interior of jungle covered hills and craggy mountain peaks, you can easily understand you why this place is a heavily promoted tourist destination. The major attractions of this place are its beautiful beaches that are located on the west coast with a wide choice of restaurants and eateries and some of the best resorts in Langkawi.

5. Petronas Twin Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings before being surpassed in 2004 by Taipei 101; it is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Malaysia. The towers however are still the tallest twin buildings of the world. This magnificent tower consist of 88-floor that was built largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a representation of Malaysia’s Muslim religion.

6. Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Borneo, is one of the top tourist attractions of the country. The Mount Kinabalu has a height of 4,095 meters. The mountain is renowned worldwide for its wonderful botanical and biological species biodiversity. You will find different varieties of animals that include around 600 species of ferns, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species.

7. Pulau Tioman

Tioman is a little island situated towards the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the country. During the year 1970, Time Magazine has listed Tioman among one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Tourists have surged to the island ever since, seeking a taste of paradises. The island is surrounded by various white coral reefs, making it a haven for scuba divers while the interior is densely forested. Visitors outnumber villagers outside the monsoon.

8. Taman Negara

Taman Negara also referred as the national park of Malaysia is found in Malay, is one of the oldest tropical rain forest in the world. The national park is one of the spectacular tourist attractions of the country. The magnificent park offers some of the best attractions such as massive trees, waterfalls, jungle treks of various duration and the world’s longest canopy walkways. Several trails enable the visitor to explore the forest without a guide. Taman Negara is also considered as a haven for endangered species such as the Asian elephant, tigers, leopards and rhinos, but numbers are low and sightings are very rare.

9. Georgetown Inner City

The Georgetown Inner City is a major tourist attraction of Malaysia and named after Britain’s King George III. It is situated towards the north-east part of Penang Island. Due to strict controls, the town retains numerous of its colonial-era shop houses currently. The town is said to have an exceptional architecture and posses a unique cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in Southeast Asia. The town truly springs to life in the evenings, when most of the locals head to the nearby street hawkers to have their meals and drinks.

10. Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands are indeed one of Malaysia’s most wide hill stations and a major tourist spot. The Highlands are first developed by the British during the year 1920. The Cameron Highlands is renowned for its trails. They lead tourist through the forest to waterfalls and other tranquil spots. Apart from its jungle walks, the sanctuary is also popular for its tea plantations and visitors can book several “tea factory” tours.

11. Sunway Lagoon

The Sunway Lagoon is considered as an ideal tourist destination to visit and enjoy with your entire family. You will find there around six play areas, ranging from, Water Park, where numerous water games that can be explored and enjoyed. Also worth witnessing are the slides, giant wave pool that makes you feel like surfing on the beach, and Amusement Park, the area is similar to the Fantasy World in Ancol. Manifold of a fun vehicle to play up a tense waiting for you here.

12. Batu Caves

The Batu Caves are to be found on top of the hill, around 15 km from the northern part of Kuala Lumpur. These caves are considered to be a major attraction for the tourists. Batu Caves includes three big caves; including cave contained a major Hindu temple is decorated with delicate carvings. One interesting experience at Batu Caves is to climb 272 steps leading to the main cave.

13. Eye on Malaysia

Ferris wheel that reaches a height of 60 meters is situated next to the lake Titiwangsa, is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. It has 42 fruit capsules, and with these wheels ride you can enjoy views of the city of Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia. For those of you who want to ride, have a spend of RM15, or about 45 thousand

14. Penang Island

Penang is a beautiful island towards the northwestern side of Peninsular Malaysia, is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Malaysia. Penang is more renowned for the authentic Asian atmosphere, mostly influenced by Chinese. You will also find great food at the numerous hawkers. The great food is the major reason why tourists should visit Penang.

15. Kinabatangan

You will find the river Kinabatangan running through the state of Sabah in Borneo, is one of the most interesting places to visit in Malaysia. You will also witness beside the river, numerous of exotic animal species can be spotted from out of a small boat. It is said that one of the best way to explore the island is Kinabatangan river cruise. It is perhaps one of the best places to spot animals, birds, insects and many plant species in all of Southeast Asia.

16. Kuala Selangor

The Kuala Selangor town is one of the popular tourist destinations of Malaysia. It is a bealutiuf little region that is largely visited by tourist. From this peaceful town you can visit the Kampung Kuantan region which is famous in the world as the largest firefly colony. You can find some of the best attractions here also of interest are the blinking fireflies which resembles like a flashing christmas tree. You will enjoy a boat ride in Kampung Kuantan mangroves while admiring the fireflies. You will also enjoy dinner during the tour.

17. Genting Highlands

One of the best places to enjoy and having a great time with your family and friends in Malaysia is the Genting Highlands. It is found located between the Titiwangsa Mountains and positioned at 6,000 feet above sea level is a popular tourist destination of Malaysia, which is thronged by both locals as well as visitors. Kids can enjoy at the various theme parks like Haunted House, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum,Snow World, Space Shot and many more.

18. Kuala Lumpur

The city of kuala Lumpur is one of the famous tourist destinations of the country. It is a new urban center where ethnic cultures, old heritage, traditions and values converge together to give the city a distinct flavor. The city of Kuala Lumpur has many tourist attractions which are historical in nature and is closely attached with local population’s sentiments. Some of the places worth visiting are the Merdeka Square (independence square), Petronas twin tower, National Monument to experience the story of Malaysia.

19. KL Tower

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is also referred as the Menara Kuala Lumpur is the second tallest freestanding tower in the world and one of the major tourist attractions of the county. The tower is as high as 421 meter and completed its constructed during the year 1995. It is used for communication purpose. The KL Tower is the icon of Malaysia and is loved and revered by the Malaysians. The tower architecture is made of Islamic style with detail Arabic Scripts, Islamic tiles, floral and abstract motifs and beautiful color combinations.

20. Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

The Sunway Lagoon theme park is a popular tourist attraction of Malaysia and equally liked by both the tourist as well as the locals. This magnificent theme park was constructed in an old unused tin mine and quarry and divided into 5 section namely – Water Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park, Scream Park, Wildlife Park. Once here you can indulge yourself in various fun activities, enjoy thrilling joy rides and many fun loving activities. Spend great time with your family and friends and have a wonderful time.

21. Pulau Pangkor

Pulau Pangkor is considered as one of the major tourist attractions of the country. It is an island located towards the coast of Perak in north-west peninsular. This famous region is well reached by ferry either from the old jetty or from Marina Island jetty both situated in Lumut (a small coastal town that links to Ipoh through Sitiawan). Fishing and fish products remain major industries of this region.

22. National Zoo of Malaysia

The National Zoo is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Malaysia. The zoo is situated on 110 acres of land in Ulu Klang towards north-east Kuala Lumpur. The national zoo of Malaysia was opened during the year 1963. Zoo Negara is home to 5137 animals of 459 different species. Over the years, the zoo has transformed itself to an open concept zoo with over 90% of its animals kept in spacious exhibits with landscape befitting its nature.

23. A Famosa

A Famosa is a Portuguese fortress located in Malacca, is one of the extremely popular tourist attractions of Malaysia. This fortress is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia. What all is left today is The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house.

24. Cable Car

The Langkawi Cable Car is one of the major attractions in Langkawi Island. It provides an aerial link from near Burau Bay Resort at Teluk Burau to the peak of Gunung Machinchang, which is also the location of the Langkawi Sky Bridge. The total length is 2.2 km and was opened during the year 2003. You will find it just north of Telaga Harbour, Pantai Kok, with the entrance within ‘ORIENTAL VILLAGE’ – theme shopping centre housing in 30 individually designed buildings showcasing Malaysian and Oriental architecture.

25. Penang Hill

Penang Hill is one of the popular tourist destinations of Malaysia which includes a group of peaks in Penang. It is located in Air Itam and stands out prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area. Penang Hill is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera, which refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak.

26. Aquaria KLCC

The Aquaria KLCC is an oceanarium situated in the city of Kuala Lumpur is one of the popular tourist attractions. Its construction started during the year 1994 and was officially completed 1995. The Aquaria offers 60,000 square feet in two levels with a 90-metre underwater tunnel, and hosts around 250 different species and over 5,000 land and aquatic animals from Malaysia and around the world. It is considered as a great journey of water from the land to the sea. The journey starts in the misty highlands, down through rivers, through the rainforest and mangroves to the coral reefs into the deep blue sea. It is indeed an ideal destination to visit with the entire family.

27. Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and among the major tourist attractions of the country. This magnificent park comprises of caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting. It is renowned for its caves and the expeditions that have been mounted to explore them and their surrounding rainforest, most notably the Royal Geographical Society Expedition of 1977–1978, which saw over 100 scientists in the field for 15 months. It is considered as among the must visit tourist attractions of Malaysia.

28. Putra World Trade Centre

Putra World Trade Centre is a major convention and exhibition centre to be found in Kuala Lumpur. It took more than 3 years to complete the construction of the Putra World Trade Centre, commenced in the year 1981. It is also used for the International Quran Reading Competition every year, since it was moved from Stadium Merdeka in the year 1985.

29. Istana Budaya

Istana Budaya is one of the major tourist attractions of Kuala Lumpur and also referred as The Palace of Culture was established during the year 1999, is Malaysia’s major place for all types of theatre including musical theatre, operetta, classical concert and opera from local and international performances. It is located next to the National Art Gallery on Jalan Tun Razak in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

30. Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square is also referred as Dataran Merdeka is situated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is positioned right in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was here the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. It is one of the most preferred places of the Malaysians. After the year 1957, Merdeka Square has been the usual venue for the annual Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).
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31. Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is one of the major shopping and entertainment districts of Kuala Lumpur and largely visited by tourist. It encompasses Jalan Bukit Bintang and its immediate surrounding areas. It is well considered as Kuala Lumpur’s most prominent retail belt that is home to numerous landmark shopping centers, al-fresco cafés, swanky bars, night markets, and also hawker-type eateries.

32. The National Mosque of Malaysia

The National Mosque of Malaysia is situated in Kuala Lumpur and has a capacity of 15,000 people and is located among 13 acres of magnificent gardens. The national mosque of Malaysia is one of the spectacular works of architecture that is surely worth a visit. The original structure was designed by a three-person team from the Public Works Department – UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysians Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim. The mosque was constructed during the year 1965. The mosque is a bold and modern approach in reinforced concrete, symbolic of the aspirations of a then newly-independent Malaysia.

33. The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a fairly attractive place to visit in Malaysia. It occupies an area of 20.9-acre (8.5 ha) public aviary in Kuala Lumpur. It is a popular tourist attraction in the country, receiving an annual average of 200,000 visitors. You will find it situated next to the Lake Gardens. The park has plenty of attractions to offer and host more than 3000 birds representing more than 200 species in an enclosed aviary. 90% are local birds and 10% were imported from overseas.

34. Malacca Zoo

Malacca Zoo occupies an area of 54-acre (22 ha) is one of the interesting places to visit in Malaysia. The zoological park is situated besides Lebuh Ayer Keroh in the town of Ayer Keroh in the state of Malacca, Malaysia. You will find approximately 1200 animals of 215 at the Malacca Zoo.It is the second-largest zoo in Malaysia behind the National Zoo of Malaysia (Zoo Negara). During the year 2007, along with the “Visit Malaysia” campaign, Malacca Zoo was visited by 619,194 visitors; the highest number ever recorded.

35. National Stadium

The National Stadium of Malaysia to be found in Bukit Jalil, situated in the National Sports Complex to the south of the capital city of Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur, is one of the popular tourist attractions of Malaysia. The stadium has a capacity of 100,000 seats of multi-purpose stadium it was officially inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia’s Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad in the year 1998 based in 1998 Commonwealth Games it was officially opening ceremonies.

36. Bukit Tabur

Bukit Tabur is a hill positioned in Taman Melawati, also known locally as Bukit Hangus is one of the famous tourist attractions of Malaysia. The hill is considered as a prominent hill because it is part of Klang Gates Quartz Ridge. The hill, which is less than 1000 metres, is a quartz ridge. Climbers enter the hiking trail via Kampung Klang Gates, 50 metres from the gates of the Klang Gates Dam, at the back of Taman Melawati for a 3-4 hour climb.

37. Kunabalu Park

Kinabalu Park is also referred to as Taman Kinabalu in Malay was founded one of the first national parks of Malaysia that started in the year 1964. The park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Sabah and Malaysia in general. In 2004, more than 415,360 visitors and 43,430 climbers visited the Park. Kunabalu park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000 because of its “outstanding universal values” and the role as one of the significant biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna.

38. Gua Tempurung

Gua Tempurung is a cave that you can find in Gopeng, Perak. The cave is famous among spelunkers, or caving enthusiasts. It is around 3 km long and indeed one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of the cave, today has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways and there are a range of tours of different lengths and difficulty. A fine river cave, the river passage runs about 1.6 km through the hill. This tourist spot of Malaysia is defiantly worth a visit.

39. Danga Bay

Danga Bay also referred as Teluk Danga is the largest recreational park in the city of Johor and at the time a major tourist attraction of Malaysia. You will find it quite close to Istana Bukit Serene. Once here you can enjoy various events that are held here. Huge projects have been earmarked for this area, including a new financial and commercial hub, hotels, exhibition and convention centre, marina and upmarket residential properties.

40. The National Museum

The National Museum is one of the spectacular museums of Malaysia situated on Jalan Damansara in Kuala Lumpur. You will find the museum positioned in close proximity to the Perdana Lake Gardens and offers an overview of Malaysian history and culture. Muzium Negara is a palatial structure built in the style of Rumah Gadang, an aspect of Minangkabau architecture. The museum offers some of the best collections that comprises of traditional Malay and modern features. It was opened during the year 1963 and serves as a repository of Malaysia’s rich cultural and historical heritage.

41. Crystal Mosque

The Crystal Mosque also known as Masjid-e- Kristal is one of the magnificent mosques to be found in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu. The mosque is considered as a grand structure made of steel, glass and crystal, situated at the Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man. The mosque was built during the year 2008and has the capacity to accommodate over 1,500 worshipers at a time. This is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world.

42. Stadium Mardeka

Stadium Merdeka is also known as the Independence Stadium is a famous sports stadium, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Initially the stadium was erected for Malaysia’s declaration of independence during the year 1957. It is however was a venue for many major sporting events prior to its handover to the private company, such as the 1977 Southeast Asian Games and the annual Merdeka Football Tournament (Pesta Bola Merdeka).

43. Bako National Park

Bako National Park was founded during the year 1957, is the oldest national park in Sarawak, eastern Malaysia, and occupies an area of 27.27 square kilometers (10.53 sq mi). It is approximately 40 kilometers by road from Kuching. Millions of years of erosion of the sandstone have created a coastline of steep cliffs, rocky headlands and stretches of white, sandy bays. The Bako National Park is an ideal destination for family picnicking.

44. Istana Negara

The Istana Negara along Jalan Istana was the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong who is considered to the Supreme King of the country. It stands on a 13 acre site, situated at a commanding position on the slope of a hill of Bukit Petaling overlooking the Klang River, along Jalan Syed Putra. Istana Negara was replaced by a new palace as the official residence of the King in 2011.

45. Pulau Manukan

Pulau Manukan is the second largest island you will find in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Malaysia’s first marine national park. The park is situated towards the Eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and is easily accessible by boat. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Malaysia. Manukan offers some of the best beaches on the southern coastline. The best beach is on the eastern tip of the island. Offshore of Manukan are coral reefs, which are ideal for snorkeling, diving and swimming.

46. Pulau Payar

Pulau Payar is one of the many beautiful islands you will find in Malaysia. It is located towards the south of Langkawi, a more famous archipelago. The status of Pulau Payar as a marine park features protection for its diverse marine life. It is also a famous location for snorkeling and diving. The Pulau Payar Marine Park is located towards the northern part of the Straits of Melaka, includes the islands of Pulau Payar, Pulau Lembu, Pulau Segantang and Pulau Kaca which are surrounded by coral reefs. You will also notice that this marine park teems with a fascinating diversity of marine life and vegetation.

47. Mount Jerai

Mount Jerai was previously known as the Kedah Peak is the highest mountain in the Malaysian state of Kedah. It has the total height of 986 meters (3,235 ft) and it is one of the famous tourist spots of Malaysia. The mountain is availabel at the border of Kuala Muda and Yan districts is a huge limestone outcrop and is a lone feature from the surrounding geography of the area.

48. Niah National Park

Niah Caves is situated within the district of Miri in Sarawak and part of Niah National Park, the main cave, Niah Great Cave, is positioned in Gunung Subis, is made up of numerous voluminous, high-ceilinged chambers. This Cave is to be found in a huge limestone block that is detached from the main Gunung Subis complex, by a valley between about 150 to 200 meters wide. The major Gunung Subis complex rises to about 394 meters above sea level at its highest point.

49. Tanjung Piai

Tanjung Piai is a mantle to be found in Johor which is the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia. The skyline of Singapore is visible across the Johor Strait from the point. Tanjung offers some of the pleasant attractions and is also popular for its seafood restaurants, perched on wooden jetties that are surrounded by a rugged and rarefied coastline of unspoiled mangrove forests.

50. Thean Hou

The Thean Hou Temple is a landmark six-tiered Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur, one of the famous temples of Malaysia equally popular among tourist as well as locals. You will find it located on 1.67 acres of land atop Robson Heights along Lorong Bellamy, overlooking Jalan Syed Putra. The temple was constructed during the year 1987 and was open to the public in the year 1989. Thean How was built by the Hainanese community living in Kuala Lumpur, is dedicated to Goddess Tian Hou.

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