Buzzing cities, culinary sensations, beautiful beaches, idyllic islands and national parks with wildlife-packed rain-forests – all of this can be found in Malaysia.
The icing on Malaysia’s verdant cake is the chance to encounter wildlife in its natural habitat. The most common sightings will be a host of insects or colorful bird life, but you could get lucky and spot a silvered leaf monkey, or an orangutan swinging through the jungle canopy. The oceans are just as bountiful: snorkel or dive among shoals of tropical fish, paint-box dipped corals, turtles, sharks and dolphins. Even if you don’t venture outside the urban centres, there are excellent opportunities for wildlife watching at places such as the KL Bird Park or Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center.
Top cities in Malaysia: –
Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands District – Selangor – Langkawi – Penang.
Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant modern city where you can visit ancient temples in the morning, be in Chinatown for lunch, while away the afternoon in an up-market mall and watch a spectacular fountain display as the sun goes down. There is much to keep all of the family busy.
Kuala Lumpur is not a large city like Bangkok or Jakarta and almost all of the main attractions in KL are mostly found within a ten kilometer radius while some of the attractions or places of interest are located out of Kuala Lumpur. Many have also been asking what is the best way to get around Kuala Lumpur city and currently, the train system in KL is hands down one of the best.
The KL Travel Pass is a public transportation card that can be used on most public transportation in Kuala Lumpur that accepts the Touch n Go card system. This convenient card is also incorporated with the Touch n Go system and also the KLIA Express ticket.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in KL is no other then the Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Centre or KLCC, which are both located in the heart of the city.Currently the tallest twin towers in the world, this majestic 88 story building stands at 452 meters high.
The Kuala Lumpur craft complex is one of the interesting places to visit if you love local culture and heritage. This place is located in the heart of KL city and is easily accessible by walking. It is also called the National Craft Complex, it is located at Jalan Conlay which is near the KLCC and Golden Triangle area.
Walking here will just take you about 10-15 minutes from both places and you can find almost all the local craft available in Malaysia. Guests can also participate in handicraft work and purchase the items made.
Genting Highlands – located just 45 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur – tops the list for a quick holiday getaway in Malaysia. Boasting round-the-clock exciting entertainment, this nippy hill station – perched approximately 1800 meters above sea level.
Bask in the salubrious mountain air while you enjoy the host of entertainment options; ride South East Asia’s longest – and the world’s fastest – cable car system or spend the day enjoying the thrills and spills of the wildly popular indoor and outdoor theme parks.
Genting’s cool mountain air makes jungle trekking, star gazing and firefly watching an infinitely pleasurable experience; if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, you can also take part in abseiling, indoor rock climbing and flying fox activities to get your blood pumping.
Malacca, an easy bus journey to the south of KL has some beautiful and well preserved buildings in the old town. It has it all, Chinese, Indian and Dutch colonial, a remnant of this town’s massive importance in the sea trade routes.
The old town has something of a museum or theme park feel to it and becomes packed with tourists, mostly local, browsing the shops and large night market.
At night tacky cycle rickshaws blaring modern pop are popular with local tourists.Outside the old town is another modern city with modern conveniences.
Cameron Highlands District
Emerald tea plantations unfurl across valleys, and the air is freshened by eucalyptus – Malaysia’s largest hill-station area feels instantly restorative. Temperatures in these 1300 m to 1829 m heights rarely top 30°C, inspiring convoys of weekenders to sip tea and eat strawberries here. The highlands are accessed from Perak.
Off the beaten tourist track, Selangor has a friendly atmosphere and a few sights worth making the trek out here for, including a nature park in the mangroves, the remains of an old fort and a nightly light show of fireflies along the Sungai Selangor. The town makes for a relaxing retreat with plenty of pretty countryside to explore nearby.
Shah Alam is a city and the state capital of Selangor, Malaysia and situated within the Petaling District and a small portion of the neighboring Klang District. Shah Alam is most famous for its mosque, the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque. It is also known as the Blue Mosque and has been claimed to be the largest mosque in Malaysia, and one of the largest in Southeast Asia.
Built on the site of a former tin mine and quarry, this multi zone theme park has 80 attractions, including the world’s largest artificial surf beach and an array of water slides (don’t miss riding a dinghy down into a giant funnel on the Vuvuzela). It’s a great place to cool off on a hot, sticky day.
Langkawi is one of the largest islands within an archipelago of 99 islands on the West Coast of Malaysia. It’s a popular tourist spot because of the inviting turquoise waters, lively beaches and amazing adventure opportunities.
One of the most famous sights and things to do in Langkawi is the astonishing sky bridge, for those that dare!! I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t terrifying but it really is an amazing sight to see!
The bridge is 660 meters above sea level and 125 meters in length, you have to get cable car and then walk a little to reach the magnificent piece of architecture and then walk swiftly across it.
If there’s a more thrilling cocktail of eastern cultures than Penang, we’ve yet to find it. Penang has long served as the link between Asia’s great kingdoms and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East.
At its heart is diverse, cosmopolitan George Town, Penang Island’s main city and an urban center that delivers old-world Asia in spades.
The freshest aspects of modern culture are present, too, in an exceptional art scene and free-spirited carnivals, all fed by an infectious local enthusiasm for Penang’s long history and kaleidoscope of cultures.
The Floating Mosque
Penang has many very interesting temples, churches and mosques. This mosque is very unusual inasmuch as it is built over water of the adjoining Straits of Malacca!! It is easily accessible by bus (number 101) from Georgetown or Batu Ferringhi. Nearby there are also some worthwhile restaurants. All Muslims who are visiting Penang prefer this mosque because it is over the water. On Fridays there are also a small market and food stalls.