Malaysia is a beautiful part of the world that should certainly be explored if you have the taste for traveling somewhere new this year. But with somewhere that’s new, there’s the question of what’s there to do? Well in Malaysia there is certainly plenty of places and experiences just waiting to be explored. So here are the top things to do in Malaysia!
Petronas Twin Towers
These two skyscrapers can be found in the city of Kuala Lumpur. The towers are one of the most iconic sights in the world and they oversee the rest of the city. Their postmodern style and hauntingly familiarity in relation to that of New York’s Twin Towers that are now replaced by just the single One World Trade Centre. The main attraction of these buildings is the skywalk that connects the two buildings and visitors can admire these views that stretch far across the city.
Visit Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil
If you love beaches then you’ve definitely come to the right destination, as Malaysia is known for some truly stunning locations by the sea. Long Beach is one of two beaches in Perhentian Kecil, and it’s always bustling with tourists either back-packing or here for a long overdue holiday. It’s crystal clear waters is one of the main reasons why so many flock here but it also has a fantastic nightlife. The weather of course also makes the experience more enjoyable and is the perfect setting for someone who doesn’t want to do too much exploring on their adventures.
Indulge In Culture In Malacca.
Known as the Historic State, Malacca is a great place to explore some of Malaysia’s culture. It has some of the most interesting architecture as it had been formerly colonized by the Portuguese. There are plenty of museums, galleries, and places of historical relevance that draw a lot of tourists to this area. A few suggestions for this area are:
- Stadthuys, a red-hued city hall that dates back to the 1650s. Today it’s a complex set of museums that offer guided tours.
- Christ Church, an 18th-century Anglican church and is now the oldest functioning protestant church.
- Windmill Dutch Square, a historic square that features maroon colored structures in a Dutch colonial style.
- Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, a Chinese temple that is the oldest functioning temple within the country. A beautiful building that’s worth seeing in the flesh.
Taman Negara National Park
If you enjoy nature, then you’ll love Taman Negara National Park. Located in the state of Pahang it attracts a great number of visitors. It features the longest rope walkway in the world, so that should certainly be a good excuse to go. The park has some great treks of all varying lengths, so anyone who loves hiking will love this. There is a wide range of wildlife and plant life within the park, and it’s also home to an indigenous tribe called the Orang Asil or also known as the Original People. These are said to be the first inhabitants of Malaysia.
Another nature fuelled spot is the Cameron Highlands. Experience a lower temperature and a landscape that spans as far as the eye can see. A bus trip will get you there in around four hours, but it’s certainly worth doing the trip. You can explore the tea plantations up close by going on one of the tours that are offered locally or online. It’s a great way of seeing it all up close while getting some insight into how it all works. There’s an opportunity for hikers here too, with the Mossy Forest. This jungle was previously banned from entering because of locals damaging it, but it has since been reopened for all tourists to enjoy.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
If you love animals, then a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is a must. This inspiring and world-famous centre welcomes orphaned and injured orangutans for rehabilitation in the hopes of getting them back into the wild. Orangutans are one species that are endangered, so this centre offers the stability and protection that they need in order to continue to exist in our world. There’s also an outdoor nursery where you can watch young orphans play. If you get chance to get onto the feeding platform, it’s an opportunity that you don’t want to miss.
So what are you waiting for? Book your next trip to Malaysia now and get these on your bucket list!
Yeah! I’ll be in Malaysia in October! Borneo too. So excited. Thanks for great info to add to my research.
This sounds appealing, especially the orangutang orphanage. what an experience that would be.
If you’re staying in Cyberjaya already, actually the underrated administrative capital Putrajaya is even nearer, and has a LOT of great architecture. (Recommend a car so you can drive about to explore; it’s a sprawling sort of place).
Malaysia is somewhere I really want to see more of, thanks for this great guide. That first photo!!! Oh to be there now!
Sounds like a great destination, though I’ll have to admit I haven’t thought of it before; thanks for bringing Malaysia to my attention. Love your photos (especially the orangutan).
Clearly need to get back to Malaysia soon! I agree re Sepilok. I had an amazing couple of weeks in Borneo a few years ago & this was a definite highlight!
I haven’t been to Asia and it seems slightly overwhelming. Malaysia seems like a good place to start! Thanks for sharing!
Great post! Went to Malaysia for 2 weeks and stayed 5!! Such a great country but I didn’t get to Malacca! Love Borneo. Did you see the Pygmy Elephants on the Kinabatangan River?