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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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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 adobe for the mountain lovers and exhibits the true side of the country with the serpent scenes of Mount Kinabalu amidst the scarlet skies and dreamy clouds that give it a flawless postcard look.

A home for Kinabalu National Park that boasts a wide range of rare species and the ultimate destination for all the water babies, as it boasts the most gorgeous underwater life with beautiful coral reefs, island, and beaches that will fill your heart. The temperature here ranges between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius with humidity levels as high as 92%, giving you the perfect weather to take a dive in the pristine waters


Attractions: Signal Hill Observatory Platform, City Mosque, Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, Tanjung Aru, Monsopiad Cultural Village.

Activities: Water skiing, Parasailing, Mountain Climbing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Shopping.

Food: Mother India, El Centro, Kohinoor, Chilli Vanilla, Todak Waterfront, Suria Sabah, Sea Monster, Biru Biru.

Shopping: 1Borneo Shopping Mall, Centre Point Shopping Mall, Oceanus Waterfront Mall, the Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, the Wiska Merdeka Shopping Mall and the Imago Shopping Mall

Nightlife: B.E.D, The Loft, Beer Nest MIXO, Sunset Bar, Shenanigan's Fun Pub

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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.

Numerous mosques and temples reflect the true diversity of the city along with architectural structures and skyscrapers that leave you gasping. Tucked in the Klang Valley at the point where Klang and Gombak rivers converge, it is the most developed city in the country with the busiest international airport of Malaysia, The Kuala Lumpur International Airport. There are also landmarks in the city belonging to the British-colonial era like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.

The temperature in Kuala Lumpur ranges between 26 to 30 degrees Celsius with humidity levels as high as 87percentage. Be it the food stalls, local markets, towers, skyscrapers or the mosques, Kuala Lumpur is the perfect destination for everyone.


Attractions: SkyTrex Adventure, Petronas Twin Towers, Menara KL Tower, Chinatown, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Aquaria KLCC, Batu Caves, Jalan Alor, Genting Highlands Theme Park, Little India.

Activities: Bird Watching, Shopping, Skydiving, Bungee Jumping, Canopy Walk, Rock Climbing, Microlight Flying, Firefly Tour, Helicopter Sightseeing, Genting Highland Skyway Cable Car.

Food: Marini's on 57, Troika Sky Dining, Thirty8, Enak Restaurant, Prego, Celestial Court, Marble 8 on 56, Nobu, Prime, Maison Francaise Restaurant.

Shopping: Mid Valley Megamall, Berjaya Times Square, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street Market, Central Market, Royal Selangor, Plaza Lowyat, The Curve, Sunway Pyramid, Suria KLCC.

Nightlife: SkyBar, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Heli Lounge Bar, Zouk KL, Club Kyo, Under9, Play Club, Marini's on 57, Elysium Bar and Terrace, Changkat Bukit Bintang. 

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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 shopping malls, and food centers, George Town is one of the best cities in the country. The temperature ranges between 26 to 30 degrees Celsius with humidity levels as high as 90%.


Attractions: Old Georgetown Streets, Penang hill, Pinang Peranakan Museum, Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, The Camera Museum and Asia Camera Museum Penang, Khoo Kongsi, Fort Cornwallis, Penan Botanical Gardens, Nattukotai Chettiar Temple, The Butterfly Farm.

Activities: Heritage walks, Kek Lok Si, Exploring Fort Cornwallis.

Food: Chin's Stylish Chinese Cuisine, 1885 Restaurant, New Lane Hawker Centre, Nasi Kandar Line Clear, Farquhar Mansion Fine Dining and Lounge, Macalister Mansion, Joo Hooi Cafe, 32 at the Mansion, Suffolk House Restaurant.

Shopping: Chinatown, Chowrasta Market, KOMTAR, Little India, Little Penang Street Market, Penang Bazar, Prangin Mall, Penang New World Park.

Nightlife: Slippery Seniorita, F.A.M.E, Farquhar's Bar, Mois, Momo, Soi II Unplugged Bar and Restaurant, Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant and Rooftop Bar, Uptown Pub and Bistro. 

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