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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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Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum

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Peranakan men and women are known as baba and nyonya respectively, and the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum transports the traveler back to their 19th-century heyday. Immerse yourself in the costumes and rituals of this Chinese-Malay fusion culture as you explore this lovingly restored townhouse in the heart of historic Melaka.More
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Laser Battle

Laser Battle

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Laser Battle Johor Bahru (near Malaysia’s border with Singapore) is one of the largest laser tag venues in Asia and offers a wide range of arenas and game modes. The popular venue’s laser guns are technologically advanced, offering tournament features that make the game even more fun for large groups and special occasions.More
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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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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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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
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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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Cherating River (Sungai Cherating)

Cherating River (Sungai Cherating)

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While Cherating is best known for its beaches, the ocean isn’t the only body of water worth exploring. The Cherating River (Sungai Cherating) meanders through mangrove forests of the region, and cruising the river has become one of the area’s most popular activities.By day, Cherating River cruisers might spot monkeys, monitor lizards, snakes, otters, terrapins and a variety of tropical birds. By night the river looks completely different. On a nighttime river cruise, thousands of fireflies glow in the mangrove trees — a magical experience. It’s also possible to experience the river by kayak or canoe, or by learning to crab fish in its clear waters.More
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Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

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In the heart of the mangrove forests of Semawang in Sandakan, the privately owned Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary allows travelers to observe the rare and distinctive proboscis monkeys in their natural Borneo habitat.It's estimated that about 300 wild monkeys live within this 2.3-square-mile (6-square-km) sanctuary, which includes two observation areas for visitors. These open daily for feedings at 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm. The first, a long wooden walkway and platform set over a swampy mangrove, features a feeding station where rangers leave guava and cucumber to supplement the diets of the proboscis monkeys. The second area has a tiered viewing platform where silverleaf monkeys and a pair of oriental pied hornbills sometimes show up for feedings alongside the monkeys.Many visit the sanctuary on a day trip from Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu, although overnight stays are also possible, with night tours offering the chance to see fireflies, wild boars, flying squirrels, and crocodiles in the wild. If you book in advance, it’s possible to combine the monkeys' feeding time with other activities, such as jungle treks or even a boat trip to a nearby fishing village.More
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Melawati Hill (Bukit Melawati)

Melawati Hill (Bukit Melawati)

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Melawati Hill (Bukit Melawati) served as a stronghold for the Selangor Sultanate during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Remnants of the fort still dot the landscaped park now occupying the hill, including sections of wall, grave sites, a few cannons and a flat stone that was once used for beheadings.Today the hill, which is sometimes written Bukit Malawati (Malawati Hill), attracts not only history buffs, but nature lovers and other visitors who come to take in the panoramic views of the Selangor coastline from the top of the hill. On a clear day the Straits of Malacca are visible in the distance. A lighthouse, built in 1910 by the British, sits at the summit, through it’s not open to visitors.Silver-leafed monkeys and long-tailed macaques often hang around the park, hoping for a meal of peanuts or stolen snacks from unwary visitors.More
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LEGOLAND® Malaysia

LEGOLAND® Malaysia

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With more than 70 rides, tons of interactive shows, a handful of wild water slides and seven LEGO®-themed exhibits, LEGOLAND® Malaysia has become a top destination for families traveling to Kuala Lumpur.While the massive park offers little visitors plenty to do and see, one of the favorite stops among visitors is MINILAND, where some 30 million LEGOs have been used to recreate iconic Asian landmarks on a much smaller scale. Kids can bring the models to life with the touch of a button and watch trains, planes and cars travel through the tiny land.Even the water park, which includes 20 slides, pools and rivers, is LEGO themed, with 70 models build by LEGO experts. Kids can even construct their own rafts from soft LEGO bricks and float down one of the park’s lazy rivers.More

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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

Kinabatangan River Cruise

Kinabatangan River Cruise

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7-Days Best of Malaysia

7-Days Best of Malaysia

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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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Great way to see the highlights of...
Courtney Chandler, Aug. 2016
Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour
Great way to see the highlights of the city in a short amount of time.
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Great trip, Great hotels, Great...
keith, 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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Really a great way to see the major...
Nikhil P, Oct. 2015
Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour
Really a great way to see the major sights across the city and learn about Malaysian history.
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Lovely tour, did so much in one day...
bazesq, Nov. 2015
Paddy Fields and Fireflies Kuala Selangor Tour - 1 Day
Lovely tour, did so much in one day couldn't tell you all of it but definitely do this, so good to see the real Malaysian way of life in the countryside, rice fields and local fishing village.
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Highly knowledgeable guide...
Shaun J, Aug. 2013
Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Spring with Lunch from Kota Kinabalu
Highly knowledgeable guide, excellent sights and a chance to see rural Malaysia.
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This tour was a really good...
Joas, Nov. 2012
Penang City Tour
This tour was a really good opportunity to see the important and historical sights in Penang, 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
Experience Real Cameron Highland 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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One of a Kind Experience!
Climber52134666086, May 2019
Kuala Selangor Firefly Boat Tour with Dinner and Transfer from Kuala Lumpur
He emphasizes that his tours are spontaneous, so he brought us to see a Hindu temple and feed silver leaf monkeys on the way to Kuala Selangor, and to the King's Palace on the way back to KL.
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efficient private tour
vk22014, 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 Free Batu Caves
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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After docking we met up with Wong and...
Marion B, Jan. 2017
Orang Utan Island and Taiping from Penang
To see the Orangs we walked in a cage unfortunately not good for photography.
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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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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 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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Great way to see the highlights of...
mickyd179, Sep. 2014
Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour
Great way to see the highlights of KL.
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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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