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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 15 attractions in Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers (Petronas Towers)

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 towers connect by a double-decker Skybridge between the 41st and 42nd floor—the world’s tallest two-story bridge of its kind—forming the shape of an “M” for Malaysia.More

Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)

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

King's Palace (Istana Negara)

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

Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)

The neighborhood known as Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC is quite literally the heart of the Malaysian capital and home to some of the country’s most recognizable landmarks, including the Petronas Twin Towers. A commercial development project that began in 1993 envisioned KLCC as “a city within a city,” one that would leave visitors feeling like they could quite comfortably never leave the area.More

Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)

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

Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)

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

Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower)

Looming 1,381 feet (421 meters) atop the Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill) in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower) is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Visible from all around, it also affords a spectacular 360-degree view from its observation deck.More

National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)

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

Langkawi Sky Bridge

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

Batu Caves

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

Bako National Park

Sarawak’s oldest national park, Bako National Park packs a lot of action into just 10 square miles (27 square kilometers) of land. Seven different ecosystems, including rain forest and mangroves, are home to wildlife from long-nosed proboscis monkeys to orchids, carnivorous pitcher plants, bearded pigs, and mudskippers (“walking” fish).More

Thean Hou Temple

While far from historic (it opened in 1989), Thean Hou Temple is one of Malaysia’s—and indeed southeast Asia’s—most important Chinese temples. Set atop a hill a little way outside the city center, the 6-tiered temple blends Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism in a tribute to the sea goddess Mazu and hosts a wealth of festivals.More

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

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

Eagle Square (Dataran Lang)

So-called because of the 40-foot (12-meter at its center, Eagle Square (Dataran Lang sits beside Langkawi’s main port and is, therefore, the first thing you’re likely to see if arriving at the island by boat. The star-shaped square is home to several ponds, fountains, cafes, and plenty of duty-free shops that sell alcohol and souvenirs.More

Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad)

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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What is Malaysia best known for?

Malaysia has two main areas: peninsular Malaysia, south of Thailand on the Asian mainland, and East Malaysia, in Borneo. Malaysian Borneo is known for caves, rivers, rain forest, indigenous cultures, and orangutans; peninsular Malaysia includes the colonial-era cities of George Town (Penang) and Melaka, plus Langkawi, the nation’s favorite resort island.

What you should see in Malaysia?

On peninsular Malaysia, George Town and Melaka hold UNESCO World Heritage status; the Taman Negara National Park boasts virgin rain forest; popular islands include Langkawi, Redang, and the Perhentians. In Malaysian Borneo, a river trip and orangutan viewing is a must; divers love Sipadan; the Gunung Mulu and Kinabalu national parks are UNESCO-listed.

How many days should I spend in Malaysia?

Malaysia is a diverse country which is larger than Italy and includes almost 900 islands. Ideally, allow 14 days to see the highlights of peninsular Malaysia, and an additional 14 days for Sabah in Borneo: Sarawak, the other half of Malaysian Borneo, takes longer to explore in full.

What are the most popular things to do in Malaysia?

Multicultural Malaysia is blessed with Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, and hybrid foods, so most visitors spend plenty of time eating. Nature lovers enjoy waterfalls, river trips, mangrove adventures, firefly viewing, rain-forest hikes, and wildlife encounters, including orangutans. Snorkeling and other water sports are popular on many islands, as are walking tours in heritage areas.

What things are illegal in Malaysia?

Same-sex activity is illegal in Malaysia and, while travelers are unlikely to face prosecution, LGBTQ visitors should avoid public displays of affection and install a VPN on their phone as many LGBTQ sites are blocked. Importing either drugs or unlicensed firearms may be punished with death, while penalties for drug possession include whipping.

Is Malaysia dangerous for tourists?

No. Although pickpocketing, petty crime, bag-snatching, ATM fraud, and drink spiking are not uncommon, most of Malaysia is safe. The US State Department advises against travel to eastern Sabah due to the risk of kidnapping. If renting a motorcycle, ensure you have both a license and full insurance, and always wear a helmet.


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