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Nine Places to Visit in Malaysia

by Alvin Lim on 08/11/08 at 7:43 am

The nine places which you should visit when you come to Malaysia.

In Malaysia, there are a lot of places a tourist can go. Whether you enjoy the night life of big cities, the beautiful underwater world of the islands, or the lush tropical rainforests, Malaysia has it all. In this article, allow me to give you a preview of the 9 places you must visit in Malaysia.

Urban Life

Kuala Lumpur

The capital and largest city of Malaysia. It is located in the heart of Selangor state, in Peninsular Malaysia.

Some interesting places to visit:

Petronas Twin Towers (Suria KLCC), KL Tower, Petaling Street (Chinatown), National Museum, Central Market

Estimated population: 1,887,674

Geographical coordinates: 3° 7′ N, 101° 42′ E

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Putrajaya

Located south of Kuala Lumpur, this newly developed city is the home to most of Malaysia’s government offices.

Interesting places to visit:

Perdana Putra, Putra Bridge, Putra Mosque, Seri Wawasan Bridge

Estimated population: 50,000

Geographical coordinates: 2°55′ N, 101°40′ E

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Culture and Historical

Penang (or Pulau Pinang)

Located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, it is a paradise for culture and food lovers. Be sure to try the famous Asam Laksa, Chinese Dim Sum, and other Chinese food.

Interesting places to visit:

George Town, Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Bridge, Snake Temple, War Museum, Fort Cornwallis, Penang Hill

Estimated population: 1,503,000

Geographical coordinates: 5° 25′ N, 100° 19′ E

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Malacca (Melaka)

One of the oldest cities in Malaysia. It is famous for its rich history and multi-cultural community. Don’t forget to try some of the unique food such as Chicken Rice Ball, Satay Celup and other Peranakan delicacies.

Interesting places to visit:

A’ Farmosa Fort, St. Paul Hill, Jonker’s Walk, Portuguese Settlement Village, Muzium Budaya, Poh San Teng temple

Estimated population: 733,000

Geographical coordinates: 2° 11′ 49 N, 102° 14′ 53 E

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Islands & Underwater World

Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian)

Located in the state of Terengganu, it consists of 2 islands – Big Perhentian and Small Perhentian. Both the islands are part of the Pulau Redang National Marine Park, which means this place is a heaven for scuba divers and snorkelling fans.

Interesting things to do: Sunbathing, scuba diving, snorkelling, turtle and shark watching.

Geographical coordinates: 5° 55′ 0 N, 102° 43′ 60 E

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Sipadan Island (Pulau Sipadan)

Located to the east of Tawau in Sabah state, this island was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcano. This island has ample rare diving scenes and there is also a mysterious turtle tomb underneath the island. Voted by many divers as one of the best diving spots in the world.

Interesting things to do: Scuba diving, snorkelling, sunbathing

Geographical coordinates: 4° 6′ 52.86” N, 118° 37′ 43.52” E

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Back to Mother Nature

National Park (Taman Negara)

Encompasses 3 states in Peninsular Malaysia namely Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu. This park is home to some rare mammals such as Indonchinese Tiger, the highly endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros, and Asian Elephant.

Estimated area: 4,343 km²

Interesting things to do: Enjoy the tropical rain forest, jungle trekking, bird watching, river views

Geographical coordinates: 4° 7′ N, 102° 46′ E

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Kinabalu National Park (Taman Negara Kinabalu)

Located in Sabah, it covers around 750 square kilometres, surrounding the tallest mountain in Malaysia and South East Asia – Mount Kinabalu. One of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia.

Estimated area: 754 km²

Interesting things to do: Enjoy the tropical rain forest, jungle trekking, mountain climbing, plants watching (home to rare plants such as Nepenthes rajah and Rafflesia)

Geographical coordinates: 6° 09′ N, 116° 39′ E

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Gunung Mulu National Park (Taman Negara Gunung Mulu)

Located near Miri of Sarawak, it is the home to many incredible cave systems including world’s largest cave chamber. It is the favourite spot for cave adventurers, bat lovers and jungle trekkers.

Estimated area: 754 km²

Interesting things to do: Enjoy the tropical rain forest, jungle trekking (required for certain cave systems and the wondrous Pinnacle), cave adventuring, bats watching

Geographical coordinates: 4° 03′ N, 114° 56′ E

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XxAcexX

Nov 9th, 2008

I will definitely have to visit Malaysia in my lifetime.

Lauren Axelrod

Nov 12th, 2008

Wow, the caves are fantastic. One of my passions is rock cut architecture and caves so this article was a fun one for me.

hu joe kiung

May 25th, 2009

you are to dumb these are nothing compared to wat is in my country……Japan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alvin Lim

May 25th, 2009

XxAcexX : you should! :D

Lauren : We have a lot of nice caves in Malaysia ;) You should visit Mulu National Park.

hu joe kiung : First, your name is not Japanese name :P Second, this post is about Malaysia. LOL.

Madona

Jun 3rd, 2009

Yes and who asked about ur opinion about ur Country HU JOE KIUNG !

Alvin Lim

Jun 3rd, 2009

Madona : LOL. Maybe he’s from Japan Tourism Board? Mmmm

Philip

Jun 24th, 2009

Malaysia is very impressive, beautiful natural scenes, excellent caves beaches. The people are very helpful and give a lot of respect

Alvin Lim

Jun 26th, 2009

@ Philip
Yeap, the people here are very friendly. Just remember to avoid driving here :P coz they’re not as friendly on the road.

Jay

Jul 13th, 2009

wahhh…manyak cantik..good good

Alvin Lim

Jul 16th, 2009

Thanks thanks :D

s t

Jul 31st, 2009

hu joe kiung ?? can’t be a japanese lah, Japanese are known to be smart and polite…..

sue

Aug 12th, 2009

who are u? hu joe kiung… just live in ur country lah

Kirstyn

Nov 8th, 2009

This is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin

Nov 23rd, 2009

Wow these places are gorgeous. I’m from Canada, and my girlfriend is from Kajang – yup yay for long distance :) :) I visited M’sia this year, and absolutely fell in love with the place! From the delicious cuisine, to the scenic hills in Penang…..simply gorgeous!

Can’t wait to go back again…….

Shakina – if you see this ………I love youuuuuuu :) :)

prameyla

Dec 3rd, 2009

will definately make to this place. Amazing

Alvin Lim

Jan 1st, 2010

Kevin: Kajang is famous for its Satay. :) Penang is a heaven for food lovers. :D

Prameyla: You should!

Freddie Alvin

Jan 17th, 2010

Hey Kevin, I just stumbled upon your comment. Well I’m from Kajang too. Wish you all the best:)

Deepika Singh

Mar 7th, 2010

The places in Malaysia are simply amazing & the scenic beauty is incredible.
Me & my husband are going to Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand on 31st March 2010 for our honeymoon. I am 100% confident that we are going to enjoy the places a lot.

:)

Deepika Singh

Mar 7th, 2010

If anyone here is from Malaysia, please tell me how is Batu Caves & Genthing in Malaysia? I have heard a lot about them. Wat are the key things to see there?

Jessica

Mar 19th, 2010

I\’m from Malaysia and I haven\’t been to Sabah and Sarawak. Sob sob! Penang issssssssss soooooooooooooooo gooooooooooddddddd…Yummy food! My parents are from there too..so..ahh..of coz la..haha…but i\’m from pj..:(

Minah Penang

Mar 28th, 2010

Hi all,

This info might be a bit late for some but might be useful for others.

I am from Penang, but been leaving in Melbourne for the past 8 years. I love traveling around and never get enough with Malaysia. Almost every year me and my husband (he is french) will go back to Malaysia and discovered new places to visit.

Now, to give some insight thought to your questions, I have been to Batu Caves 2 years ago, it’s a nice place to visit, and if you up to climbs the thousand stairs, but bare in mind that the weather is hot (can be up to 34′C) and humid so wear the right clothes. If you only have a short break in Malaysia, I think Batu Caves and Genting Highland for me will be at No. 9 places to visit out of 10. Genting Highland is a place if you love riding roller coaster and visit some casino. There are place to walk but it’s purpose is mainly for the casino and fun-fair like. So, it’s up to your interest.

I would recommend Cameron Highland if you like fresh air, walking and a little bit cooling places. I love Penang, partly because I grow up there, but mostly because Penang have a mix between city life and nature depending where you stay. There is a nice national park close to Batu Ferringhi ( we use to call it ‘The end of the world’), we went back a month ago, and had a wonderful time there. There’s beaches, and if you know how to find one, the you will get a nice clean beach to dip yourself in. If you like the city lifestyle, then stay in Georgetown area, close to Penang Road, you will get to see the busiest place in Penang around ChowRosta Market. Tanjung Bungah and Gurney area is also a nice place to visit if you like shopping malls and hawker style food. There’s hotels around there so you can shop till you drop and walk back to hotel.

If you like nature walk, then close by in the city there is a beautiful Botanical Garden, its quite big and lots of monkey. Rain forest fauna and Flora is very interesting. You can take a bus from Komtar to go to the Botanical Garden. There are many other places around Penang to visit but I think that will be enough for now. Ask me more if you like to know about other places in Penang and Malaysia.

I hope this help,
Minah (local name to call a girl) Penang

malaysian

Mar 28th, 2010

Malaysia……. AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!! :)
i l0ve MALAYSIA !!!!!!!!!!!! :)

n..

i HATE hu joe kiung…. :(

vivs

Mar 29th, 2010

HU JOE KIUNG:
you are to dumb these are nothing compared to wat is in my country……Japan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“too dumb”

start learning English..

malaysian

Mar 29th, 2010

good job vivs….

where r u from hu joe kiung???
MARS??? :)

coz…

u r nothing like a japanese….

n….

i will alwayz HATE u… :(
forever n ever…. :)

fdr

Apr 13th, 2010

It’s enough to make a cat laugh when you see nips beating their chest with nationalism when we are discussing MAYLASIA. In general, many are nice folks, others are just idiots. Back on point. Spent a week in Penang. Food just OK for me, My Thai wife liked the Muslim food, hated the Indian curries. Go figure. We covered the entire island on a scooter and honestly wasn’t knocked out by the views, beaches or anything. Georgetown is a day trip, not much more. Looking forward to next week when we will drive down from Esaan and try to cover more mainland area. Will skip KL as after seeing most of the capitals of the world, just don’t need another tall building or a million bodies and all the traffic.

Feri

Apr 18th, 2010

Can you please tell me how long does it take to go from Kuala lumpur to Penang Island ? shall go by air or sea or car ?

Gnana Ram.

May 18th, 2010

When I saw these images I think that I am not only here but flying to Maleysia. Because I am very happy. That is God’s grace. Thanking you.

anisabafagih

May 19th, 2010

As they say Maleysia truely Asia it is true.
I have been there twice but still if i get another chance i will go there again, cz beutiful and frendly country.

I realy feel home when am there.

Salamat dadang.

shadow5

May 28th, 2010

Malaysia is a very beautiful country with a lots of amazing places to visit. Rich in cultural and historical values, breath taking beaches, islands, mountains, rivers, forest you name it …..

Hu Joe Kiung ! which ever country your from, I believe it is amazing too, but sadly it is home for idiots like you. Stop boasting about your country and open your eyes and look around you, we all on the same planet. Malaysia, Japan or Hawaii, its all one earth, moron…

clare

May 30th, 2010

Has no one caught on that his name is Hu Joe Kiung? Take out a couple of letters and he’s joking!!!! Japan, Malaysia – they’re both beautiful but this clearly is about Malaysia Mr Hu Jo Kiung.

manik

Jun 14th, 2010

Dear Minah..since you know penang and other part of malaysia so well could you help me out…me and my wife are traveling to malaysia in august for a week.
contemplating between a few places penang+langkawi or sabah
we love beaches but do not want to go for diving just a stroll in the morning is good enough for us…and also a good night life since iv heard its very hot during day time.. so a place which is lively at night.

if penang has some nice beaches could you help me find your hide outs ..thanks ..would really appreciate input from ALL..
manik from india

Leon

Jun 14th, 2010

I’m visiting Malaysia right now!! I’m from the U.S but was born here in KL. I haven’t been back here in 9 years and I’m loving every second of it. From the food to the beautiful scenery, it is an absolute pleasure to visit. Lucky for me I have tons of family here so they can take me to the great local hot spots!

Pranjal

Jun 17th, 2010

How much will it cost to stay in a 4 Star beach hotel for a week ( 7 days )

Which beach will be the most romantic for a honeymoon couple ?

Amina

Sep 3rd, 2010

its awesome!!!!!!<3<3

alizeh shahid

Sep 13th, 2010

ohhhhhhhhhhhh malaysia is veryyyyy interesting place i think i should shift to malaysia i dont like pakistan anymore………… i hate ittttttttttttttt.lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz=p

Amin

Sep 15th, 2010

Hello,

Going to Malaysia for 8 days only on tourism purpose. Kula Lmapur > Penang > Langkawi are primarily fixed travel path. Would like to visit nature, sea, mountains, caves …. Can anyone help me to plan a optimized trips on locations to ‘must visit’? Would like to minimize time between spots and enjoy the beauty without hurry.

Would be very helpful for me if you suggest some expert opinion.

Alvin Lim

Sep 16th, 2010

Whoa, didn’t realize there are so many comments here.

For the hotel rates, I think you can find out about them through web sites. Most of the 4 and 5 stars have their own web sites. And different locations definitely have different pricing.

KL to Penang, would take about 3-4 hours of drive. If by flight, maybe it’ll be 20-30 minutes excluding the time you are going to spend in the airport.

You can go KL –> Penang and take a ferry ride to Langkawi from Penang. KL is just like any capital cities in the world. There are few tourist spots in KL and plenty of good food….but things tend to be more expensive here.

Sayed

Sep 17th, 2010

wow

jaysonv

Sep 25th, 2010

great post.. I LOVE PETRONAS TWIN TOWER.

Zia Ur Rahman Baig

Sep 30th, 2010

These days I am planning to visit all these places with my family. A few places I have already visited but a lot of places are pending.
Thanks for the wonderful information about these places

amyenah

Oct 8th, 2010

hmmmmmmmmm…sad to say but I haven’t been to Malaysia ever since :( I really wanna go there it’s one of my biggest dream,based on your comments malaysia really is a good place…

shiva

Oct 18th, 2010

owesome places

tinlost

Oct 20th, 2010

nice post about malaysia tour

farhan

Oct 21st, 2010

very nice country u loking countery so good very beautiful

avinash

Oct 22nd, 2010

hi am going on 30th oct to malayasia singapore n bangkok any one can come n join me it will be use ful i am from bangalore india
email id is avinashthehurricane@gmail.com

Divya

Oct 27th, 2010

we have only 2 days to spend in Malaysia. I know its too less… but can someone suggest the best places to visit there…

momos

Nov 3rd, 2010

cokn ur hole assholes

miik26

Nov 3rd, 2010

hi! im staying here in Malaysia for three months and so far i appreciate the cool weather plus the entertainment at Genting highlands..its 1 Hour travel from Kl, if i am not mistaken..Well you must not forget to pass by the Petronas Tower at KL, from there you will see the KL Tower..You shoud also consider exploring Penang & Langkawi i’ve heard its worth going there too..enjoy your stay in MY..

yaya

Nov 4th, 2010

Mmmm…..I like the photos. Clear and bright. I am from Malaysia myself but still am surfing to find ideas , where to bring my family for the next holiday season. That’s how I came across this website.Last visit was the A Famosa Resort in Malacca. The cowboy town amazed my 5 year old daughter. I didn’t finish my tour in Malacca town because I like it in details. So maybe a continuation someday.

John

Nov 18th, 2010

Lovely pictures. Looks like an ideal city breaks location!

pakistan

Nov 23rd, 2010

best places in pakistan
see my pakistan i love it
best pakistan

Anna

Dec 10th, 2010

Hi! me and my fiance are planning to visit Malaysia for 2weeks. Trying to browse were to go and stay and was caught by this site. I don’t want to stay in 1 place i love to explore and go see places in Malaysia from city to island. i wanted to try the train and ferry as well…. can anyone help me? We’ll arrive next year April stay in the city most probably for 3 days then go somewhere else.

Appreciate the help that I could get from anyone that has been to Malaysia

Daphne

Dec 14th, 2010

Hi all, just dropping some recommendation in summary if you are looking for more. Btw, I’m a Malaysian. :)

If you love cooling place, place that must visit will be Fraser hill.
Fraser hill might be a little bit boring if you don’t like just relaxing, walking along greens, and trekking among the tall tropical trees.

Cameron highland is also a cooling place, this is where you get to have more activities. You can visit plantation eg. veges, tea, strawberries. There are quite a lot more in Cameron highland. However, do not go during malaysia public holiday especially festival like Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, it’ll be packed and very likely you will stuck in jam on those zigzag hill road.
Beautiful scenes, refreshing air (not as fresh as fraser though, cause it is developing, and fraser is at a hill peak and narrow road that make development impossible), historical too. Not to forget, if you a hiker/trekker, you wouldn’t want to miss the fantastic MISTY MOUNTAIN, mt. Irau, and Brinchang. I bet you won’t feel sorry for that decision. :)

Do not forget that Malaysia a is very HOT and a very GREEN country, I’m sure you want to see more green and cooling water, yea? Chiling waterfall is just along the way to fraser hill. there is where you could get challenge yet easy trek and cold waterfall splashing onto you. bring along your goggles, you might want to swim in that natural pool. *Not many of people, but still avoid malaysia public holiday.

There are a lot more. :) Malaysia is a nature beauty. the land is rich, the culture is rich, however, the people is a different story.
Anyway, enjoy your holiday in Malaysia!

Jerome

Jan 16th, 2011

This place is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, boring ;)

Amna

Jan 17th, 2011

Hi thanks for everyone.i m very happy that m gonna visit malaysia tomorrow with my family.i hope i will visit all the places as much i can….

samira

Jan 22nd, 2011

Its interesting to read everyone\’s comment. Malaysia does sound ver interesting and I wish I can make it there. But if someone has a low budget do we get good and safe homestays and how can one find out about public transport between main tourist destination

Harish

Feb 6th, 2011

Hi, Iam Harish good to read all your comments. Malaysia is a wonderful country to visit, ever green ambiance makes you feel astonishing.

We provide transfer service from Airport to your wish destiny, Local transportation and home stay facilities in Malaysia with very low budget price. We also help to book local bus,train,ferry ticket on behalf before you before arrive to Malaysia, need to worry on tickets availability. Please do contact us at best4tour@gmail.com

Harish

Feb 6th, 2011

Hi, Iam Harish good to read all your comments. Malaysia is a wonderful country to visit, ever green ambiance makes you feel astonishing.

We provide transfer service from Airport to your wish destiny, Local transportation and home stay facilities in Malaysia with very low budget price. We also help to book local bus,train,ferry ticket on behalf before you before arrive to Malaysia, no need to worry on tickets availability.

Please do contact us at best4tour@gmail.com

Sam

Feb 24th, 2011

Hi ,
My husband and I are taking a stop over for a week in Malaysia. We both love nature and lots of culture and history. Not much into adventure or water sports ( too much of it happening in OZ anyway)
We both have been looking forward to this trip for a very long time. Though in the week that we have should we go for a conducted tour package or select few spots and get to KL and book it on the spot . Confused … please advise.

Thanks
Sam

FARHEEN

Feb 26th, 2011

OH I LUV MALAY

Ace

Feb 26th, 2011

How is Langkawi

Hugo

Mar 4th, 2011

Very nice to be in Malaysia………

Hugo

Mar 4th, 2011

We will try to visit in May 11 again ……… if any of the Good Malaysian family Invites us again. my ID hugokraj@yahoo.com

joshua

Aug 14th, 2011

wow. malaysia has a very boring places. yaks.. i hate japan and all terrorist

JOSHUA

Aug 14th, 2011

oooppss… i chang my mind. malaysia is very wonderful places to visit. I LOVE MALAYSIA

joshua

Aug 14th, 2011

i know you want me. you know i want you. here we go malaysia. i come to enjoy all places in malaysia. for your infomation, malaysie ni, kawe lagend. im gonna kill myself if all places in malaysia are so boring.. you better watchit. !!!!!!!!!!!! :)
;0 ;) :(

joshua

Aug 14th, 2011

wohoo

JamesDuke

Aug 18th, 2011

malaysia is a nice place just theres many idioitic morons who like to comment malaysia bad.
wats bad is only the weather is hot and people love to litter around other than that all is great ^^

David @ MalaysiaAsia

Aug 29th, 2011

Thanks for sharing this as these are among some of the best places to visit here. Apart from writing for Malaysia Asia, I also make it a point to explore the many new places here.

Anita

Sep 1st, 2011

I hope I can joint all these place some day

Jase

Dec 11th, 2011

Hi All,

I am an Australian man married to a beautiful Malaysian women. We visit Malaysia once a year as wife likes to get back to visit her family. I have visited many places but genarally stay in Ipoh because that where my inlaws are. I love the food, the poeple and the culture. I have been to Penang, Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Langkawi and KL to name a few. There isnt a place I have seen that I dont love from the beaches to the big cities to just driving along the highways. Only critisism is that littering laws need to be much much much tougher as littering in the street is sadly an issue. Other than this, I LOVE MALAYSIA. Coming to see you again soon.

Kanchana

Dec 19th, 2011

NICE PLACES!!!!!! Feel like to visit……..

If I got the chance to visit this superb place,I m will me the more lucky.

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