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Where to Go in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur skyline

As the country’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur is the perfect blend of Malaysia’s past, present, and future. It is where history meets modernity and where the present time is marked by a touch of both the old and the futuristic.

Alongside British colonial buildings of the Dataran Merdeka, which once were focal points of British rule, are now high-rising towers of offices and cosmopolitan projects. The traditional midnight lamps of night markets are also matched by the city’s display of neon lights. Kuala Lumpur is everything in between, a balance of both then and now.

Some of the biggest attractions of the city are the Petronas Towers. With a height of 1,453 feet, they stand as two of the world’s tallest buildings. Because of their size, the Petronas Towers have come to symbolize the growth Malaysia has achieved over the last two decades.

A small paradise is also hidden in the city. The Lake Gardens, as it is called, have botanical and bird parks that give visitors a glimpse of Malaysia’s abundant flora and fauna. The beauty of the country’s traditional music and artworks are likewise housed in the Central Market. Malaysia’s cultural history also continues to live on as the National Museum gives focus to it.

Whether you love exploring the past or picturing the future, Kuala Lumpur is the city to be.

George Town Penang Malaysia Aerial Scenic view from Penang Hill with City Lights at Night

When all you want to do is look around and experience that old-world feel, Penang is the right place for you.

As the oldest British Straits Settlement, Penang has become a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Its inner city of Georgetown was once where trade took place, leaving footprints of Chinese and Indian origins. The architecture is also arguably incomparable to other Southeast Asian townscapes.

Penang’s beaches, complemented by food stalls of authentic Malaysian cuisine, lure locals and visitors alike. You must never miss out on activities like swimming, sunbathing, and sampling culinary blends.

Penang is an exquisite mixture of cultures, which takes every traveler on an amazing journey of beaches, food, and architecture.

Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in the Malay Archipelago, Sabah, East Malaysia.

Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Borneo, with a height of about 13,435 feet. Known for its spectacular biodiversity, Mount Kinabalu attracts thousands of visitors each year. In this mountain alone, there are over 600 species of ferns, more than 300 species of birds, and about 100 species of mammals.

While Mount Kinabalu is easier to climb than other mountains, most people take three days and two nights to reach the top and climb back down. Hours and hours of trekking are needed if you intend to arrive at the summit. For this, guesthouses have been built at Laban Rata for climbers to rest in. Hot meals are also served for hungry and weary travelers.

The climb can be more than exhausting, especially for first-timers, but the sceneries along the way are worth every breath. The rainforests present an incredible picture of Malaysia’s flora and fauna, with green leaves of ancient trees reaching up to skies of blue. Birds sing sweet melodies only nature can understand, leaving you in awe of your surroundings’ grandeur. And when you reach the summit, the view would be everything you would expect and more.

Cameron Highlands
Tea plantation Cameron highlands, Malaysia

One of Malaysia’s finest natural beauties, Cameron Highlands is the largest hill resort in the country. Located on the Titiwangsa Range, its cool air and refreshing weather makes it an ideal spot for a getaway.

Cameron Highlands is made up of vast plantations of fruits and vegetables as well as flower farms and tea gardens. With flourishing agricultural lands such as these, you could expect to see color anywhere you look. Extraordinary sights of blooming flowers and budding fruit trees are sure to stimulate your senses.

If you wish to simply sit back and relax, Cameron Highlands has cafes where you can sip hot tea while waiting for the sun to set. You can then stroll around cactus plantations and go onboard a steamboat for dinner. You may also want to try a round of golf after for a little action.


The Langkawi archipelago has 99 islands scattered on the waters of Andaman Sea, just south of Thailand. These isles are best known for their pristine beaches and fun outdoor activities.

Long stretches of white sand cover the shores of Langkawi islands, making the archipelago a favorite spot for swimming and summer outings. Some of those frequently visited are the beaches of Panati Cenang, Panati Kok, and Pantai Datai.

Langkawi also has diving and snorkeling areas. One of these is Palau Payar Marine Park. Here you can swim with the creatures of the sea, after which you can relax in a viewing platform before going on another adventure.

Aside from its beach wonders, Langkawi’s rustic grounds draw visitors to its islands. Its bucolic view of rice fields and buffaloes gives it an alternative display of nature not commonly found on other islands.

Other activities such as riding boats through mangroves, feeding eagles, and spelunking can also be enjoyed.

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