Best Places to visit in Malaysia + Things to Do

Malaysia

Malaysia is not just the perfect destination for a beach vacation, it has something for everyone. From theme parks to a Casino, beaches to highlands, shopping to eat streets – here is your ultimate list of the best places to visit in Malaysia.

Best Places to visit in Malaysia + Things to Do

1. Petronas Twin Towers

Feel on top of the world at Petronas, world’s tallest twin towers. Take the elevator to the skybridge right in the middle of the twin towers and the rush of the breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur below. Voted as one of the best places to visit in Malaysia, this is the one of the most famous places in Malaysia and the tickets sell out in a jiffy, so make sure you buy your tickets at least a week in advance. Oh, and how can I forget to mention the journey of mere 41 seconds in the elevator – it feels like you’ve been transported to the most transcendent experience of your life. 

Things to Do: If you’re artsy fartsy or have some time to kill, also visit the Petronas Art Gallery.

langkawi island malaysia places to visit

2. Be a Beach Bum in Langkawi

Head to the island of Langkawi, the ultimate escape from Malaysia’s bustling cities. From trekking into the rainforest to wildlife-watching, from sipping cocktails to getting sun tanned on the white sandy beaches of the Island, Langkawi will be the best thing to happen to you. Langkawi is also one of the best places to visit in Malaysia for honeymoon. If you’re wondering where to go in malaysia for short trip, Langkawi is the best holiday destination in Malaysia !

Things to Do: Lie on the Langkawi beach with a book and some cocktails.

3. Explore Genting Highlands, Pahang

Genting Highlands is the Malaysian ‘City of Entertainment’ where the fun never stops. Visible from KL as a bright light on top of a hill, it is one of the most popular places to visit in Malaysia owing to its cool climate. It offers indoor and outdoor theme parks, over 50 fun rides and about 150 outlets comprising numerous restaurants and shopping centres and night live performances. Genting Highlands also boasts of being home to the the one and only casino in Malaysia. Take it easy though, don’t blow up all your cash here. Though it’s hard to believe, but Getting Highlands in just the tip of the iceberg – there’s a lot more things to do in Malaysia.

Things to Do: Try your luck at the only Casino in Malaysia at Genting Highlands.

4. Don’t let go of Legoland

Relive your childhood at LegoLand. Forget the exciting frenzy of kids, if you’re travelling with family; LegoLand is for the child in you ! First of its kind in Asia, LegoLand offers thrilling rides and ingenious block activities to exercise your brain as well as your heart 🙂 This also gets the topmost spot for the best places to visit in Malaysia with family.

Things to Do: Get busy in a block activity and build something !

5. Say Hello to Kitty Town, Johor

Ladies, say Hello to the Hello Kitty Town in Johor. Painted pastels and pinks, it is straight out of your fantasies. A perfect inclusion in your trip with the bff, you’re sure to go crazy here. Don’t sweat if you’re travelling with the boy, just leave him at the hotel with his gadgets if he’s not game for it and go off and explore it with a camera (get back to the hotel and demand a foot massage, after all had such a tiring day of fun and frolic 😛 ).

Things to Do: Go pink ! Do some souvenir shopping here for your girlfriends.

6. Shop to your heart’s content at BBKLCC, Kuala Lumpur

Fulfil your shopping ambitions at the nine signature malls stretching from Bukit Bintang to KLCC. From luxury brands to street fashion, from designer bags to rip offs, from precious metal jewellery to laces, you will get everything here. Sweat it out and get more adventurous with your shopping plans in Malaysia.

Things to Do: Shop for great deals on Electronics, cosmetics, jewellery, designer bags and clothes from BBKLCC.

ALSO READ: Top 10 Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

7. Street Food at Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

Foodies can rejoice at Jalan Alor, Malaysia’s famous food street. Enjoy an authentic Malaysian, Thai and Chinese street food experience. The hawkers set up shop around 5pm till late night every evening. Alcohol is available in most restaurants and some of them are open 24/7 so there’s no excuse to miss it ! Enjoy a plate of assorted seafood, Chinese noodles and frog legs’ soup, BBQ chicken wings and char kuey teow amidst the noise of clanging woks and shouting hawkers. Stroll along the street and try what you catches your eye.

Things to Do: Be Adventurous. Eat Chinese Noodles with frog legs’ soup for dinner.

Scuba Diving at Sipadan Island Malaysia

8. Diving Adventures in Sipadan Island

A tiny Island that you can be circled on foot in just 25 minutes, Sipadan Island is formed by living corals. Being one of the best dive sites in the world, it is the best place to realise your diving dreams. Oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau described Sipadan to be an “untouched piece of art”. The kind of diverse marine life it attracts from the blackness of the open sea is not comparable to any other place in the world. The most popular dive sites to hit are Turtle Cavern, Barracuda Point, South Point and Hanging Gardens. You need a permit to visit the island so make sure you apply well in advance.

Things to do: Take a PADI course and become a licensed Scuba diver.

9. Enjoy a cuppa at Cameron Highlands

For those of you who thought Malaysia was just about the beaches and the bustling cities, you’re in for a surprise. Cameron Highlands, the largest hill station is Malaysia will remind you of Assam and Munnar because of the tea plantations. It’s worth a visit to sample the tea’s unique taste and the highland air. Book a balcony room with a view of the tea plantations to enjoy the green fields. If you’re looking for relaxing places to visit in malaysia, Cameron Highlands is the place to be !

Things to Do: While your day away, sipping a hot Cameronian cup of tea and eating freshly baked scones.

10. Nightlife and Clubbing in Kuala Lumpur

The nightlife of Kuala Lumpur is what dreams are made of. Open all night, clubs and pubs here will give you a taste of what letting yourself go can mean. One weeknight is ladies’ night in most bars so pick one that you fancy and find out when the ladies’ night is scheduled. Dance away the night or strike up a conversation over a drink with the friendly locals. Generally, KL is quite safe but its always better to be cautious especially if travelling alone or with your girl gang.

Things to Do: Go Pub Hopping

11. Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur

Almost all of us recall childhood memories trying to catch colourful butterflies, or wondering why we couldn’t fly like one ! Butterfly Park in Kuala Lumpur is where you revive those times and even better if you’re travelling with kids. The serenity of nature, a beautifully manicured garden, lush greenery and colourful flowers will rejuvenate you.  A must visit for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers, this is the largest butterfly park in Southeast Asia that houses around 6,000 butterflies of over 120 species.

Things to Do: Soak up the sweet incense of exotic flowers, sitting on a bench or chasing butterflies.

12. Observe the ‘Wild Men of Borneo’ in Sepilok

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, East Malaysia, is just the city of Sandakan, covering some 40 sq km of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve and was the first Orangutan rehabilitation centre of its kind in the world when it opened in the 1960s. This world-famous centre takes in orphaned and injured orangutans (many times due to illegal poaching, logging or those found as pets) for rehabilitation by administering healthcare and training before returning them to forest life. Visitors can observe the orangutans in the centre. Tours are designed to coincide with feeding times when the orangutans are present on the feeding platforms.

Things to Do: Donate some money for the rehabilitation of Orangutans.

13. Roam the streets of George Town

George Town in Malaysia has the same amalgamation of ancient cultures, indigenous people and colonial architecture of Kolkata in India minus the ‘paan’ and ‘tram’. At the same time they are very different from each other but the soul remains british-raj. The same chaotic streets, narrow lanes, time-worn shophouses and human pulled rickshaws. Georgetown is like old wine, it has just become better through the years. No wonder it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Zones. Roam the Chinese shrines decorated with paper lanterns, Indian spice shops or immerse yourself in George Town’s street art scene, modern cafes and night bars.

Things to Do: Take the guided tour inside Blue Mansion, a heritage hotel in George Town.

Batu Caves Places to visit in Malaysia with family

14. Climb up to Batu Caves, Selangor

Last on our list of best places to visit in Malaysia is Batu Caves. A cluster of three limestone caves, the legendary Batu Caves is a magnificent cave temple. A 140-feet-high golden statue of Lord Muruga (Lord Shiva) stands at the foot of the steps leading to Temple Cave, the biggest of the three caves. Batu Caves is Malaysia’s main venue for the colourful Thaipusam festival, where a colourful procession of Hindu devotees can be seen carrying kavadi as offerings to Lord Muruga or Shiva as known in India.

Things to Do: Test your stamina and climb all the 272 steps up to the Cave Temple.

So go on, explore the county with this list of best places to visit in Malaysia. There’s no reason to miss it especially now that Malaysia Visa for Indians is free !

Recommended Reads:

Malaysia Visa for Indians – New Visa Waiver Program

Entri Malaysia – All you wanted to know

Top 10 Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

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