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Welcome to Malaysia

Malaysia is a country of contrasts, sliced in half by the South China Sea. On one side, colonial treasure troves, tropical islands, and modern cityscapes captivate; while in Borneo, rain forests and wild animals dominate the landscape. Malaysia is crowned by its sleek capital, Kuala Lumpur, where the Petronas Twin Towers, the Batu Caves, and enticing street food reign supreme. In historical Malacca, UNESCO World Heritage sites jostle for attention; Kota Kinabalu magnetizes travelers with fiery sunsets and a vibrant art scene; in Penang, the colonial gems of Georgetown complement the country’s best food; and on the white-sand beaches of Langkawi, revelers and relaxers soak up the island atmosphere. Opportunities for outdoor adventures abound: Hike through the emerald tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands, trek to the fiery summit of Mount Kinabalu volcano, or explore the fauna-rich rain forest of Taman Negara National Park. Nature lovers can visit rescued elephants at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, observe orangutans in Borneo’s dense jungle, or watch a dazzling display of fireflies at Kuala Selangor lagoon. Plus, Malaysia’s proximity to Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia not only make it an ideal launchpad for traveling Southeast Asia, but also creates an engrossing cultural tapestry guaranteed to excite and enchant.

Top 10 attractions in Malaysia

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Petronas Twin Towers (Petronas Towers)

Petronas Twin Towers (Petronas Towers)

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The twin 88-story steel and glass buildings known as the Petronas Twin Towers (or Petronas Towers), completed in 1996, are icons of Malaysia. Designed to symbolize courage and the country’s advancement, the two towers are connected by a double-decker Skybridge between the 41st and 42nd floor—the world’s highest two-story bridge of its kind—to form the shape of an “M” for Malaysia.More
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Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

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Nestled among the mangrove forests of Semawang, the privately-owned Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary allows you observe the endemic primates during feeding times throughout the day. Fresh fruit and vegetables are provided to supplement the diets of the monkeys, who roam free in the surrounding forest.More
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Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)

Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)

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Formally known as Langkawi SkyCab, the Langkawi Cable Car takes riders high above the Langkawi rain forest on Mt. Mat Cincang (Gunung Mat Cincang) for a panoramic view of the surrounding islands and sea. It boasts Malaysia’s longest free span mono-cable car—at 3,117 feet (950 meters)—and is among the steepest on the planet.More
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Batu Caves

Batu Caves

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Home to a 154-foot (47-meter) statue of the resplendent gold Lord Murugan, the Batu Caves are a must-see for anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur for the first-time. The UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of four limestone caves—Temple Cave, Dark Cave, Cave Villa, and Ramayana Cave—which are famously frequented by long-tailed gray macaques.More
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Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)

Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)

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A large grassy expanse in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) is where Malaysia declared independence in 1957: The word “merdeka” means “independent” or “free.” The city’s best-known historic landmark, the square is home to structures including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, museums, and a cathedral.More
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Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)

Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)

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The second-largest island in Langkawi archipelago, Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting) and its surrounding lake are enshrouded in folklore. Visit the lake where legend says a celestial princess placed her baby after his death (the waters are thought to aid in conceiving). Try snorkeling, bird-watching, and cave exploring too.More
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National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)

National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)

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National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)Beside the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s National Mosque (Masjid Negara) reinvents traditional Islamic architecture with its angular lines and neutral color scheme. Built in 1965, the mosque was designed as a symbol of Malaysia’s independence and is a center of Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant Muslim community.More
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King's Palace (Istana Negara)

King's Palace (Istana Negara)

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The Malaysian equivalent to Buckingham Palace, the King's Palace (Istana Negara) attracts thousands of visitors with its golden domes and Islamic-style architecture. Although you can’t explore the palace, you can learn about the Malaysian monarchy at the Royal Museum, located on the palace grounds.More
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Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad)

Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad)

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Colonial architects A.C. Norman and A.B. Hubbock completed the now iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad) in 1897 during the British administration of the region. Designed for governmental administrative offices, the building on Merdeka Square was the first public building in the country to feature a Mughal architectural style — a school that combines Indian Muslim, Gothic and Moorish influences.Today, the building is home of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture. Its 135-foot (41-meter) tall clock tower flanked by two copper cupolas have become one of Kuala Lumpur’s most recognizable landmarks. The structure is particularly impressive at night, when the domes and clock tower are lit up.More
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Langkawi Sky Bridge

Langkawi Sky Bridge

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A unique structure with spectacular views of Malaysia’s Langkawi archipelago, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is a curved suspension bridge on Mt. Machinchang. The 410-foot-long (125-meter-long) span hangs from a single pylon, 328 feet (100 meters) above the ground, offering excellent views of the jungle-covered mountains below and the Andaman Sea beyond.More

Trip ideas

Tea Plantation Tours from Kuala Lumpur

Tea Plantation Tours from Kuala Lumpur

Top National Parks in Sarawak

Top National Parks in Sarawak

Island Hopping Tours in Langkawi

Island Hopping Tours in Langkawi

Top activities in Malaysia

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour

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Cameron Highlands Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur with Lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Malaysia

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Fantastic Tour with Joelle our...
Neale R, Jan. 2018
Private Half-Day Batu Caves Waterfalls and Hot Springs Tour
His knowledge of Batu Caves and all things Malaysian were really interesting but when we went to the Falls he was great with the wild monkeys,they seemed to recognise him and his food bag...
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A well-organised tour with a very...
Ceri W, Apr. 2017
7-Days Best of Malaysia
A great way to see the real Malaysia and meet people other than fellow tourists.
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We were lucky as we were the only...
hushprod, May 2015
Historical Malacca Tour with Lunch from Kuala Lumpur
The shopping at the end is a little 'touristy' but it was great to see another part of Malaysia.
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Great trip, Great hotels, Great...
Keith_G, Jul. 2015
7-Days Best of Malaysia
Great trip, Great hotels, Great food, Great company, GREAT GUIDE Highly recommended to anyone wanting to see Malaysia
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This tour was fantastic! Our guide was...
Fiona O, Nov. 2010
Historical Malacca Tour with Lunch from Kuala Lumpur
Spoke perfect English and was a wealth of information on the local area as well as Malaysia.
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Great tour, loved it very much
Natalja_S, Mar. 2020
Full-day Cameron Highlands Day Trip from Kuala Lumpur
We were very happy with this tour, recommend to any who is interested to see nice nature of Malaysia and learn a lot of things about it's culture and people.
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Cameron Highlands
matt f, Nov. 2019
Cameron Highland Real Experience Day Trip from Ipoh
The tour also includes a visit with the local Orang Asli indigenous tribe and a final stop at the beautiful Late Escanola waterfall.
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efficient private tour
Joseph_K, Sep. 2018
Silver Leaf Monkeys and Firefly Tour with Boat Ride and Seafood Dinner
Guide picked us up at hotel on time, drove to several sites for quick stops on the way (palace, natural hot springs, pick up peanuts for the monkeys), then we walked to where hundreds of monkeys were waiting for food.
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We had a fabulous day tour to the...
Brenda G, Sep. 2016
Day Tour Hill Resort Cameron Highlands
We went to the Batu Caves nice and early and missed all the monkeys and the crowds, then on to the highlands to see the waterfall, tea plantations, strawberry picking, butterfly and insect gardens and cactus garden.
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Amazing, the best part of our trip...
Mohammed_U, Aug. 2018
Day Tour Rainforest Taman Negara
Make sure you take a change of clothes and make sure you change, you will fall ill otherwise.
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This Private tour was fantastic! Our...
Emily L, Sep. 2017
Private Half-Day Batu Caves Waterfalls and Hot Springs Tour
The Batu caves were amazing and the waterfalls refreshing once we got to the top!
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This tour was TOP. Highly...
CJ, Aug. 2017
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
He speaks English well.
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Our driver/guide RIDZUAN arrived at...
Priska S, Nov. 2017
Private Full Day Tour : Kuala Lumpur City & Shopping with Lunch
First he told us, what we could visit and see and we decided which places to visit and he was very flexible und adapted whenever we got new questions and ideas.
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We were surprised to be picked up by...
Bryce W, Jul. 2018
Malacca UNESCO "World Heritage Site" Day Trip from Kuala Lumpur
He was on time and could speak very good English.
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Our tour driver was nice, and we...
Kelip Kelip, Jan. 2014
Kuala Selangor Tour from Kuala Lumpur with Fireflies Boat Ride and Seafood Dinner
You also get to see some typical country side houses and buildings.
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If one accepts the one and a half...
Udo Sennlaub S, Jul. 2015
Historical Malacca Tour with Lunch from Kuala Lumpur
A well-developed highway leads you then to since the 15th century has been from China, Portugal, the Netherlands and England last this city are the many attractions nachhaltig.
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Really enjoyed this tour. Our guide...
Nicolas G, Aug. 2012
Historical Malacca Tour with Lunch from Kuala Lumpur
The town itself was very nice and it was nice to see something very different from Kuala Lumpur.
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