If there’s any place on earth that can be unanimously voted as a country with utmost diversity, it would surely be Malaysia. Divided into half by the South China Sea, Maalaysia is a diverse place with bustling cities, skyscrapers, and glittering night life on one side, and dense jungles with remote tribes, orangutans and giant peaks on the other.
Be it family, friends, couples or honeymooners, Malaysia appeals to all equally. Check out below the best places to visit in Malaysia that help you capture the essence of this beautiful place.
1. Kuala Lumpur
The capital city of Malaysia is in every way a perfect place to be for a tourist. Once a small sleepy village in the West of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is today the largest metropolis in the country and also serves as the cultural melting pot. Famous for dining and shopping, the city is a must visit for its world renowned attractions, vibrant feel, and impeccable hospitality.
2. Perhentian Island
A perfect hideout for those looking for a laid back escape from their daily routine, Perhentian Island is made up of a small and a big island with exceptionally good scuba diving and snorkeling activities. Since the island is still a tad away from commercialization, you are most likely to find moderate lodging facilities, cozy restaurants, cafes, and humble surroundings proud of mainly the tranquility in the air.
One of the most sought after tourist places in Malaysia, Penang is fondly known as the ‘Pearl of the orient’ for its sumptuous food, water sport activities, and eventful history. From exotic beaches to intriguing botanical gardens and the famous temple of Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist temple; Penang boasts of a lot of diversity.
An archipelago of 99 islands; Langkawi beckons you to its postcard perfect beaches, mangrove rainforests, and beautiful forest clad mountains. One of Malaysia’s top destinations, Langkawi’s exceptional natural beauty will instantly make you fall in love with it. With many luxury resorts, hotels, and restaurants dominating the vicinity, there is never a quiet moment in this exciting place.
5. George Town
If history is something that intrigues you, a visit to George Town is a must for you. The place boasts of rich history and immense beauty to keep tourists in love with it all through the year. Home to some of the best known Buddhist temples in Malaysia, the place also has dozens of interesting shopping malls and sumptuous array of local cuisine to try. While in George Town, don’t forget to visit the historical treasures of Kapitan Keeling Mosque and Cheong FattTze Mansion.
Putting forward a kaleidoscope of crafts, culture, and cuisine, Kuching is known to be one of the most sophisticated cities of Borneo area. Offering a perfect blend of colonial vibes and modern architectures, Kuching’s close proximity to dozens of natural attractions makes it all the more important for tourists. While Sarawak River is one of the most famous spots for a casual evening strolls, landmarks such as Fort Margherita and Astana palace gives it historical significance.
7. Taman Negara
Respected as the oldest tropical rainforest in the world, Teman Negara is a very famous Eco tourism and adventure destination. This exquisite rainforest is home to exotic wildlife and bird species, including Asian Elephant, Bengal tiger and Sumataran Rhineovcerous. Walk on the Canopy walk to witness the exotic birds of the forest and take a night safari tour to spot the bloom- in- night plants and glow in night fungi. If nature’s unspoiled charm is a draw for you, check out Iamholidays packages that have natural gems like Taman Negara as natural inclusions in Malaysia holidays.
8. GunungMulu National Park
Known worldwide for its outstanding limestone karsts, the GunungMulu National Park is known to be one of the best natural creations in Southeast Asia. The biggest draw of the park is its longest and largest cave system in the world. One of these caves known as the Sarawak Chamber is said to hold inside 40 Boeing 747 aircrafts.
9. Kota Kinabalu
This sleepy city has gained a lot of popularity amongst the tourists in the last decade for its proximity to Mount Kinabalu, rainforests, wildlife refuges, national parks, tropical islands and observatory get stunning views of the city. The city has witnessed a spurt of growth in tourist friendly resorts and amenities and therefore, is always bustling with people looking to explore.
10. Cameron highlands
Take a cool escape from the hot lowlands and surrender to the surreal beauty of the Cameron highlands. Offering a bed of lush green scenery as long as you can see, the place is home to lakes, wildlife, forests and outdoor creations. Enjoy the sprawling tea plantations and farms with vibrant flowers blooming in happy surroundings and give yourself a sensory treat.
If there’s one place in Malaysia that boasts of the best historical, archeological, cultural and local delicacies, it’s Melaka. A place that struggled for centuries and faced wars to be ruled by the Portuguese, Indians, British, and Dutch; the place today stands as a living book of its significant history. The place on one side boasts of incredible and oldest Dutch architectures, it also allows you to witness the sophistication of Portuguese villas that still stand proudly.
This Malaysian hotspot is loved for its exotic beaches, immensely beautiful Butterfly farm, fruit farms and spice gardens. Boasting of a toy museum that houses a massive collection of dolls and toys, the place also is bustling with energy through its night markets. Don’t forget to try the street food that offers lip smacking local cuisine prepared in the most authentic ways. While in BatuFerringhi, don’t forget to visit ocean Jupiter, Tropical Fruit Farm, and Batu Ferringhi beach.
Malaysia is a beautiful country with fertile highlands, tropical rainforests, diverse culture, delicious cuisine, and an intriguing geographical miscellany. While the underwater marine life is every bit exotic and awe-inspiring, the people of Malaysia embody impeccable hospitality and warmth. Visit this beautiful island country for a time of your life.