Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country full of incredible natural landscapes, large multicultural cities, great biodiversity and an incredible capacity to develop without abandoning its history and culture. It is possible to say, in fact, that they are two countries in one: on one side of the South China Sea, the country holds cosmopolitan cities and mountain destinations, while on the other side, the traveler encounters wilder landscapes – anyway , the two deserve a visit
To help you plan your visit to Southeast Asia, the Guide of the Week has listed 10 must-see places in Malaysia. Check out:
KualaLumpur is Malaysia’s capital and largest city, it is where the Parliament and the house of the Royal Family are located, although the executive and judiciary powers are in the city of Putrajaya. With nearly two million inhabitants, it is one of the fastest growing metropolitan regions in Southeast Asia, in terms of population and economy. In addition to museums, markets and resorts, the city is famous for the Petrona Towers, the largest pair of towers in the world, built in 1998 with more than 450 meters high. Visitors can visit them and enjoy the view from the viewpoint on the 86th floor, 370 meters from the ground.
Capital of the state of the same name, Malacca is a city with incredible history and culture and has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2008. The city still bears many influences from the Dutch, Portuguese, British colonization and the times when it was a sultanate , in the 15th century, considered one of the most important moments for Malay culture. Tourists often walk along the banks of the Malacca Strait, enjoying the combinations of architectural styles, as well as visiting points such as the Malacca Fortress and the Dutch Governor’s Museum. For Visa Consultation Click here
The group of hills known as the Cameron Highlands has been a popular attraction in Malaysia since the 19th century. The temperature there is never very high due to its altitude, which ranges from 1110 to 1800 meters, so it is a good retreat in summer and summer. the country’s most popular mountain destination, as well as a great place to relax, drink local leaf teas and walk. Access is via Perak, although the Cameron Higlands district is in Pahang.
Kota Kinabalu, capital of the state of Sabah, may not look so pretty at first, amidst so many buildings, but a brief exploration changes anyone’s mind. Rich cuisine, orange-sand beaches, an emerging arts and music scene, markets, and the fascinating floating mosque (photo) are just some of the local attractions. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also a great place to set up base and explore the surrounding area, wildlife and beaches.
Taman Negara is Malaysia’s oldest and most popular national park, it crosses the borders of Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan states. It is the ideal place for a wildlife appreciation safari. Amidst the dense rainforest, it is possible to see from flying squirrels to elephants and leopards. A popular attraction is to meet with guides in the village of Kuala Tahan and take a boat down the river or climb to the highest point in the area.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is divided into three countries: Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The Malay part is considered one of the best places to enjoy wildlife, and within it is the lush Gunug Mulu National Park, considered one of the best natural destinations in Southeast Asia, near the city of Miri. Among forests, mountains, canyons and rivers, the main tourist attraction of the place are the Pinnacles of Borneo (photo).
The paradisiacal archipelago of Langkawi is made up of about a hundred islands and islets and is the ideal destination for lovers of beaches, greenery, waterfalls, in short, a lot of nature. The region is also very popular for its bargains, everything there is usually very cheap, thanks to tax incentives and, therefore, many also go there to shop. Although extremely popular, Langkawi luckily hasn’t lost its wild appearance, of dense forests, golden beaches and traditional villages
Penang is one of the most visited states in Malaysia. The place differs from others by the large amount of oriental cultures that mix there, precisely because it served as a meeting point between the Asian kingdoms and Arab, Persian and European merchants. The city of George Town, the state’s capital, is certainly a must-see, with a little bit of everything dotted around the rest of Penang. Walking there is like strolling through an open-air museum, enjoying various colonial architectural styles, as well as murals and street art.
For those who prefer good resorts, the Perhentian Islands are a great option. Even with all the tourist movement, this archipelago is still surrounded by crystal clear waters perfect for a dip and to enjoy marine life. There are also great trails to enjoy wildlife, not to mention the delicious beaches. The most developed islands for tourism are Kecil and Besar.
Secluded amidst the South China Sea, Tioman Island is truly what you would call an island paradise. Wonderful corals, fantastic waterfalls, unspoiled beaches, trails through the dense forest and friendly villages by the sea make this island an unmissable destination for anyone visiting Malaysia.