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Places to visit in Malaysia

Culturally rich and friendly country, Malaysia is a blend of both modern and traditional ways of life. With a mix of Indian, Malay, Chinese, European, Arabic and Peranakan cultures, the land stands up to its tagline of 'Truly Asia.' With the presence of different religions, the entire country is dotted with beautiful mosques, temples, and churches that are intricately designed.

You can move around in Malaysia while enjoying the fantastic street food. You will find some of the other delicacy to indulge wherever you go. The places to visit in Malaysia are so many that you cannot get enough of them. You can casually dive into the waters or can even go trekking on one of the mountain peaks of Malaysia to satisfy your adrenaline. There are also two hill stations, Cameron Highlands and Penang which serve as the primary hub for honeymooners around the world. Many historic places showcase the country's history, and at the same time, the many architectural wonders showcase the modern lifestyle of the area.

There are many things to do in Malaysia like shopping, watersports, trekking, mountain climbing, paragliding, bungee jumping, and many others. This list of attractions in Malaysia will never end! If Malaysia is in your mind now, you might want to explore Thomas Cook for a Malaysia Visa Application.

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Batu Caves

Abode to Lord Murugan, Batu Caves is a series of caves formed from limestone. There are three caves; the cathedral cave, art gallery cave and museum cave inside it.


Location: Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia.


The Perhentian Islands

One of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia, with lovely coral reefs and rich marine life that play a major role in its tourism. This island is famous for all varieties of water sports activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, and parasailing.  


Location: Tenggol Isla

Penang hills

One of the most remarkable hill stations in Malaysia, Penang Hill is an abode for honeymooners. The climate in the Penang Hills is always chilly, making it a perfect destination to visit throughout the year. The colonial style houses, dark blue peaks, and lush green pastures are an absolute delight to witness!



Kota Kinabalu

Often referred to as KK, this coastal city is the capital of the Sabah state of Malaysia. Friendly locals that greet you everywhere, breathtaking sunsets, rich culinary, busy markets, beautiful beaches, modern boardwalks and the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque make this one of the most happening cities in Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu is a major part of the country that is sure to overwhelm you with the experiences it has to offer. This place is a serene ad

George Town

The capital of Penang island, George Town is the most colorful and vibrant towns of the country. This British colonial bastion is a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences. This town is famous for its British colonial buildings, mosques and Chinese shop-houses. As the night falls, people in the town would be rushing to the puds and nightclubs to have the time of their life in this pretty city. With skyscrapers that fill the skies, tons of sh


The birthday, enlightenment and attaining of Nirvana in Lord Buddha's life are celebrated on this day in Malaysia. On this day, all the Buddhists gather at temples to meditate, pray and offer charity in the form of food to the poor.


Why you should attend this: A giant statue is Buddha is taken on a

Langkawi Sky Bridge

The most extended free span bridge in the world, Langkawi Sky Bridge is suspended from an altitude of 82 meters. This is a curved bridge which was built on land initially and then placed on a mountain with the help of a helicopter.


Location: Langkawi, Kedah.

Known for: A glimpse of the unexplored parts of the island and the mountain Mat Cincang. You can also witness the second largest peak, Telaga Tuluj.

How to reach

Melaka Historic City

Holding a spot in the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list, Melaka is filled with ancient cathedrals, mountains, rivers, museums, heritage centers, temples and spas which are built beautifully with intricate details.


Location: Melaka

Known for: Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum, Jonker Street, Malacca River, Red Square, and Cheng Hoong Teng Temple.

How to reach: 2 hours ride from Kuala Lumpur and 4-hour ride fro

Taman Negara

This delightful rainforest in Malaysia is a sweet escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. It offers a wide range of activities that will satisfy your adrenaline.  


Location: Pahang

Known f

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri or Eid al Fitr

The Islamic New Year or Eid al-Fitr, which is also known as Hari Raya Aidil Fitri in Malay, is the most important festival for the Islamic community. This two-day festival marks the end of the 9th month or the Ramadan month of the Islamic calendar. Most of the Muslim families host a 'Rumah Buka' where they welcome members of their community and the neighbors to their house to celebrate together. There will be sumptuous festive food served by the

Petronas Twin Towers

One of the world's largest architectural wonders, The Petronas Twin Towers are the headquarters of the national petroleum company of Malaysia, Petronas. These pyramid-shaped towers are linked to each other at the 41st and 42nd floor with a sky bridge that allows people to travel from one tower to the other. This structure is one of the best attractions of Malaysia.



Cameron Highlands

Another hill station in Malaysia filled with green tea plantations, delightful climate, natural vegetation, waterfalls, forests, orchards and many more.


Location: Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Known for: Forests, gardens, galleries, museums, farmlands, and waterfalls.

How to reach: Take the North-South Expressway and reach Tapah. From here, you can take route 59 to reach the highlands.



The Christians festival of Christmas celebrated every year on 25th of December is an occasion of much jubilation.

When: December 25

Sipadan Island

Your trip to Malaysia will be incomplete if you do not indulge yourself in scuba diving on this island. It is a home for more than 3000 species of rare fish and hundred coral reefs that make it the best place for your scuba diving expeditions.


Location: Celebes Sea, Sabah State, Borneo Island<

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

This beautiful reserve is a rescue center for animals that have been injured, abandoned or orphaned. There are more than 10000 endangered species in this rehabilitation center, where they are released into their natural habitats to grow.


Location: Sarawak


Kuala Lumpur

When you make a list of the best cities to visit in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur should top the list. The capital of Malaysia with a modern skyline that is dominated by the massive Petronas Twin towers, Kuala Lumpur is technically the biggest city in Malaysia with a population exceeding 1 million. Half of the urban population of Malaysia resides in Kuala Lumpur and includes a diverse group of Tamilians, Malay, Indigenous and Chinese inhabitant.

Jungle Trekking at Taman Negara National Park

This 130-year-old tropical rainforest is the destination for all the adventure enthusiasts. However, the trekking trails are quite dangerous and are meant only for the professional trekkers.


Location: Taman Negara National Park


Indulge yourself in the best street food of Malaysia at Jalan Alor

Of the Malaysia's most favorite food street, Jalan Alor offers a huge assortment of food stalls of all cuisines. Located in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur, this street gets filled with hungry customers after the sun goes down.


Location: Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

Helicopter Sightseeing around Kuala Lumpur

Rejoice the panoramic view of the city by taking a helicopter ride into the skies of Kuala Lumpur.  


Location: Kuala Lumpur, 1500 feet above the sea level.

For: All

Bungee Jumping at the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

The Sunway Lagoon Theme Park of Kuala Lumpur offers safe bungee jumping experiences for beginners. Situated above 22 meters from the sea level, this is a short bungee jumping experience that will give you a certificate which you can flaunt. 


Location: Sunway Lagoon Them

Give wings to your dreams by being a pilot for one day

After getting a series of instructions on the ground, you will be given a plane of your choice to fly into the sky as a pilot. After you complete your ride, they will give you a certificate of excellence which you can proudly flaunt.


Location: Kuala Lumpur

Dining in the Dark Kuala Lumpur

This is one of those in Malaysia where you can rekindle your senses. The restaurant is completely dark, allowing you to enjoy the taste of the food in a better way without any visual distractions. You can order your regular food, or you can go on experiments to give a new flavor to your palette. This is one of the best experiences you can have in Malaysia that highlights the challenges of being impaired visually.

Annalakshmi Vegetarian Restaurant

This fine-dine restaurant run by the temple of fine arts serves some authentic North and South Indian cuisine. It is built on a spiritual concept and is served mostly by volunteers. They offer a wide range of vegetarian dishes to choose from at affordable prices.


Must eat: Vegetarian buffet

Restaurant Yau Kee

This off the beaten track restaurant is one of the major tourist attractions in Malaysia. Situated in Kampar which is often regarded as the sleep university town, this restaurant is a quiet escape from the crowded places of the city. They serve authentic Chinese dishes with a twist!


Must eat: Chinese

Bayleaf Steak House

This is a one-stop destination for all the steak lovers in Malaysia. They offer mouth-watering seafood with a western twist in them. There is a wide range of halal options at reasonable prices that attract people to this place.


Must eat: Freshly grilled tenderloin steak and special fried rice topped

The Spice Kitchen

Take your taste buds on a crazy ride in this restaurant with some delicious Thai, Chinese and Indian delicacies. The food offered here is a bit spicy offering a beautiful aroma that fills the atmosphere. They have a retro-style ambiance with a little drawback of having to wait longer for your food to arrive at the restaurant is busy during lunch and dinner hours.


Omakase and Appreciate

With high chairs, cozy couches and vintage paintings, this is one of the retro places to spend your nights in Malaysia. They have a unique entrance door which reads, 'No admittance' on a sign hanging in the front.


Must try: Innovative cocktails served by the bartenders.

SkyBar at Traders Hotel

With high tables and cozy sofas placed in between a social circuit, SkyBar is one of the poshest cocktail lounges in Kuala Lumpur. This rooftop bar offers stunning views of the city accompanied by good music to spend a relaxed night.


Must try: Let the bartender surprise you with his vivid combinatio

Bora Bora

This beachside setting with fairy lights, striped umbrellas, straw roof huts and cosy lawn chairs is the perfect place to relax in Malaysia. It is one of the favourite destinations among the people who want to spend a relaxed night at the beach.


Must try: Extensive drinks menu

Gravity Club

With some of the favorite international DJs on board, the Gravity hosts one of the classiest nights you can spend in Malaysia. Poised bartenders, trendy crowd, and top-notch DJs come together to offer a night filled with fun and frolic.


Must try: There are theme nights organized in Gravity based on

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Bar

With dark interiors, wooden cabinets and dim lighting that give a retro feel, this bar is the center for top-notch people in business and classy people of the town. The entrance to this bar is also retro, resembling a telephone booth in London.


Must try: Give a try to one of the best brands of alcoho


You can get one of the breathtaking views of the city from the Stratosphere. This rooftop bar offers a grass ground amidst cobblestone pathways, egg-shaped tables, and cylindrical lightings that set the mood for an incredible night of partying.


Must try: Their drinks collection.

Beach Blanket Babylon

With an upscale Miami setting across the vast stretch of sea, accompanied by creative cocktails and beverages, this is one of the best places to spend your night in Georgetown.


Must try: The cocktails here are worth a try!


Play Club at the Roof

This is one of the most happening dance clubs of Malaysia. With trendy music and groovy tunes that play the entire night, you can spend your nights dancing in this bar alongside local celebrities and the classy crowd of Malaysia.


Must try: Choose from its wicked menu of drinks.

Suria KLCC

Located in the Petronas Towers, Suria KLCC has top-notch luxury brand stores that sell products of all kinds.


Location: Petronas Towers

Timing: 10 am to 10 pm

Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall

One of the cheapest malls in Malaysia, the Langkawi Fair shopping mall provides you a duty-free experience. It hosts an array of brands like Nike, Adidas, and also contains many food centers to satisfy pangs of hunger while shopping.


Location: Persiaran Putra, Langkawi, Kedah.

Taman Connaught Night Market

This market which comes up on the streets on every Wednesday, allows the local sellers to sell their products. There is a lot of inexpensive stuff that you can grab from this night market and take along with you to India.


Location: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur

Petaling Street

This vast market in China Town is a shopper’s paradise. It also has many restaurants and food corners to satisfy the foodie in you.


Location: Jalan Petaling, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.


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