Malaysia’s landscape, community, and activities are diverse. Tourists will have plenty of places to visit in Malaysia from walking around the historic heart of Penang’s UNESCO-listed Georges Town and Malacca, to visiting the remote islands and spending time in Borneo’s 130,000,000 years old jungle.
Our favorites are here.
Toronto, Malacca City
Malacca City, Malacca State Capital, is the capital of history and culture. The colonial city along the Malacca Strait has been a World Heritage site since 2008; its architecture, food and the popular Jonkers Street Night Market draw tourists. Not only during the Portuguese and Netherlands, but the Sultanate of Malacca in the 15th century was also commonly regarded as the ‘Golden Age’ of Malay history. The official residence of the Netherlands governor, Saint Paul’s Church, A Famosa Fort, and Stadthuys are the highlights of the tourist center.
Penang City, George
Penang is still one of Malaysia’s leading places to visit. Because of the pinang tree, which looks like a palm tree, the state splits the mainland between Butterworth and Penang Island’s George Town. The open museum is George Town. A large number of British homes, churches, and Fort Cornwallis are located in the colonial quarter. Walk down the streets and see traditional shophouses with their own design and style. The walls have street art and mural decorations. Combine the history with temples like Kek Lok Si, popular restaurant courts, a lively shopping scene, and the country’s longest café, and why George Town is the top place to be visited in Malaysia is not unmistakable.
Terengganu, the Perhentians
One of Malaysian’s most beautiful places to visit is the Perhentians, a tiny archipelago situated on the South China sea outside Terengganu. The key coral-circled islands consist of Big and Small, well-named Besar and Kecil. The figure of white sand extending across sparingly heavily populated areas of shallow crystal clear water on the beach. Favorite hobbies include scuba diving, snorkeling, and canoeing, in addition to having fun in this little-visited tropical paradise. If you wish to visit the region in eastern Monsoon, the majority of hotels and guesthouses must be avoided between March and October.
Valley of Danum, Sabah
Danum Valley is the best location for ecotourism and untouched jungle in Malaysia. The protected area is situated deep within the forest, which is 130 million years old and is rich in amazing biodiversity. Hundreds, if not thousands, of fauna, and even more flora, call this region home, are within 438 square kilometers. Fortunate tourists may find orangutans, elephants of pygmy, and leopards cloudy. But the greatest appeal in Danum Valley, which offers a purer climate, is the lack of human settlement. Logging and deforestation in Sabah have destroyed ecosystems but not within this protected zone. Jungle treks, professional guides, safaris at night, and visits to the ancient burial sites of Kadazan-Dusun are included.
Kedah, Alor Setar
The majority of tourists who visit Kedah State end up in Langkawi wasting their time. However about 55 km southeast of the famous island there is a beautiful and unexplored town called Alor Setar. The Zahir Mosque, Major Clock House, Royal Hall, and Sultan Museum are all part of Alor Setar’s central square with a fountain as the centerpiece. A little farther north, visitors will be able to explore the Gunung Keriang Silestone hill (218 meters) and 250 million years ago. Take a tour through the ruins of Malaysia’s 17th-century fort, the oldest in Northern Malaysia.
Sabah, Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, does not at first appear pretty. But there are plenty of beautiful oranges on the coast, 10 minutes islands, and the famous floating mosque behind the malls and houses. Take a stroll along Likas Bay and walk to Tanjung Aru Beach to enjoy one of Borneo’s most stunning sunsets. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is the five main islands of the island and a popular day trip to snorkel, beaches, and relax. Find an untouched jungle and drive a short distance from the area.
Thanks to Perak 2017, Ipoh, the capital of Perak, has just enjoyed a tourism boom. After the vibrant flora and rugged calcareous hills, the unknown Ipoh quickly became a top destination for visiting Malaysia, known as The City of Bougainvillea’ The historic center is made up of colonial buildings and traditional shophouses, while the town is surrounded by a host of Buddhist and Hindu caves. A short distance from the city also takes you to the Castle of Kellie, an unfinished former colonial mansion.
The Highlands of Cameron, Pahang
Since the end of the 19th century, Cameron Highlands is a favorite destination in Malaysia. The area has been ‘discovered’ by the British surveyor, William Cameron, in 1885 and has since developed as an area of tourism. The highlands are approx. 1100 meters high to 1,800 meters above sea level and have a colder and fresher temperature. The climate in the highlands is 5906 feet. No wonder the Cameron Highlands has been the largest hill station in British Malaya. The skyline dominates today, along with the steak and vegetable fields, emerald-green tea plantations. The cooler climate and opportunities for walking are ideal for visitors.
Iceland of Pangkor, Perak
Perak’s Pangkor Island is a tiny archipelago in Malacca Strait, originating from ‘Pang Ko,’ Thai and translating it into ‘Beautiful Island.’ Formerly a refuge for fishers, seamen, and pirates, the island of Pangkor offers visitors a largely undeveloped tropical paradise for decades. The key activities are to unwind on the beach with a population of only 30,000, rent a motorcycle and travel around the island, as well as diving and snorkeling. Sunset View Chalet owners feed up to 30 or more wild bucks each night, at six o’clock in the night of Teluk Nipah on the west coast.
Tioman’s Fox, Pahang
Pulau Tioman was named one of the best islands on the planet in the 1970s by Time Magazine. After the publication, nothing has changed, and Malaysia is a top destination for Tioman Island on the eastern coast of the South China Sea. The island provides a more secluded feel than the likes of Langkawi’s, with rich coral and untouched beaches and an interior with thick rainforest. Snorkeling and scuba diving, jungle trekking and motorcycle tours on the island, as well as waterfall visits, are all favorites.