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Best Things To Do in Malaysia

I didn’t know a lot about Malaysia until I touched down in Kuala Lumpur in June. Malaysia is known for its capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Which is a powerhouse financial and business hub in South East Asia.

Malaysia also offers beautiful beaches, secluded islands, elevated hill stations and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Checkout our travel tips to Malaysia and things to do in Kuala Lumpur before going.

Visitors to Malaysia can choose from a wide variety of activities from hiking, to diving, to shopping, sightseeing and sampling the local food.

Quick Information On Malaysia

  • Currency: Ringgit (RM)
  • Language: Malaysian
  • Population: Over 32 million
  • Capital City: Kuala Lumpur
  • Best time to visit Malaysia: For visiting the east coast is from March to September since it is typically drier. For the west coast is from November to August.
  • How to get there: You can fly into Malaysia as there are flights to most major cities in Malaysia. Also You can enter by land through Thailand or via sea.

Best Things To Do in Malaysia

Here’s our list of the best things to do in Malaysia.

Admire Petronas Towers

This is one of the most iconic sites in the world, the Petronas Towers. Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers due to the fact that they come in a pair.

The Petronas Towers are located in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and are the tallest twin towers in the world.

The view from the foot of the towers is breathtaking with 452 metres of gleaming steel reaching up to the sky.

What seems like forever and for a view of KL from the towers itself you can shoot up the elevator to the 41st floor and walk across the vertigo-inducing Skybridge.

Explore Batu Caves

Batu Caves are situated thirteen km north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. You can get to the Batu caves via the KTM Komuter line that stops at Batu Caves railway station.

This is a sacred place for the Hindu’s in Malaysia. The Batu Caves make you work for your glimpse of the gods with a punishing climb of almost 300 steps leading up to the famous Cathedral Caves entrance.

Visit The Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands are known for its nightlife and with plenty of water sports like snorkelling and scuba diving to enjoy. And one can even try water sports like sea-kayaking.

The islands are fringed by a coral reef and the underwater life is rich with sea turtles and many species of tropical fish.

Perhentian Beach
Perhentian Beach

For those who enjoy hiking, the islands also offer some great opportunity of jungle trekking and sighting big monitor lizards and large spiders between Long Beach and Coral Bay.

You can also self-invite to a beach party at Bubu Long Beach resort for enjoying hanging out with other travellers and watching the locals perform.

Hike in Taman Negara

This is Malaysia’s oldest national park and is over 4,000 square km in size.

The national park of Taman Negara straddles three Malaysian states and is home to many species. Including endangered animals, such as the Malayan tiger, the crab-eating macaque and the Asian elephant.

Taman Negara
Taman Negara

The rainforest can also be viewed from above the treetops while trekking down the 530 meter long suspended Canopy Walkway.

See Cameron Highlands

Sitting 1500 meters above sea level, the Cameron Highlands is an extensive hill station named after William Cameron, the British surveyor.

He stumbled upon the soft, curvy sides of these picturesque green hills in 1885.

The area hosts the largest tea plantations in Malaysia, which give it the characteristic, fuzzy appearance that attracts so many tourists here. Many also visit the hills and trek down the trails.

Visit Penang Island

Penang is an island off the west coast of Malaysia that has Georgetown as its capital. Named after British king, King George. Every building in the historic core of Georgetown.

From the houses to the markets to the colonial mansions, is an integral part of the area’s unique colonial history.

Georgetown on Penang Island
Georgetown on Penang Island

The island of Penang is known for its excellent food and colourful festivals. But it’s not generally considered a nature destination.

Read more on things to do in Penang here.

See Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Is is located in Borneo and if you like to explore a tropical rainforest that is home to 3500 species of vascular plants and exceptional 109 species of palm.

Pinnacles at Mulu Park
Pinnacles at Mulu Park

With the caves stretching 295 km with canyons, wild rivers, rainforest-covered mountains, and limestone pinnacles, all add to the mesmerising beauty of this must see national park.

Visit The Orangutans in Sepilok

This is a Rehabilitation Centre for orangutans in Sabah, East Malaysia, for orangutans.

The aim of the centre is to rescue orphaned orangutans who have been left to fend for themselves due to illegal poaching and logging.

Orangutans
Orangutans in Sepilok

Once they have recovered, they are able to reintegrate and to survive in the wild. Visitors can observe the orangutans in the centre.

With tours are aimed to coincide with feeding times when the animals are usually present on the feeding platforms.

Explore Melaka / Malacca

Melaka is located on Malaysia’s southwestern coast. As a result of its position on the busy sea route, it was battled over for centuries between Indian, Portuguese, British and Dutch.

As a result, has created a city that is full of cultural, historical, and colonial site. It even was World Heritage Site in 2008 by UNESCO.

Read more on things to do in Malacca here.

Relax on Langkawi

Langkawi is located off the northwest corner of Malaysia. With both an airport and ferries connecting it to the mainland, it is popular for both foreign tourists and Malaysians.

Sky Bridge in Langkawi
Sky Bridge in Langkawi

Known mostly for its pristine beaches, a relaxed ambience and a thick forest cover. It also has loads of tourist attractions such as Malaysia’s largest indoor aquarium.

Read more on things to do in Langkawi here.


Wrapping Up

Finally, as you can see, there are so many things to do in Malaysia. And, the list above is only a few of them. If you are planning to visit Malaysia, you will need to do research and decide on what you want to do and see.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Malaysia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.

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