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Malaysia's Top 10 Destinations - 10 Places you can't miss!

Whether you're travelling to Malaysia to lounge on the beach, explore the jungles, cities or tea plantations, here are Malaysia's top 10 destinations that you need to see.


Kuala Lumpur

Since you'll most likely fly into this city anyway, you are already on a good start. However, unlike other big cities where most travellers immediately head out of, Kuala Lumpur is one city that's worth spending time in. Heavily influenced by its Malay, Chinese, and Indian communities, the city offers up plenty of interesting sights, attractions and of course, great food. Interesting sights include the iconic Petronas Towers, and the Perdana Lake Gardens.



Malaysia has several islands worth visiting, and Penang is definitely high up on that list. Its colonial city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers plenty of spectacular historical buildings, a fort, interesting museums, and most importantly, incredible food! Considered by many as one of the top places in South Asia for street food, Penang's waterfront esplanade is lined with amazing places to sample delicious Malay, Indian and Chinese street food.


Malaysian Borneo

Grab you hiking boots and head over to the world's third largest island - the tropical rainforests on Malaysian Borneo, coupled with the abundant wildlife, will surely take your breath away. A short flight away from the mainland, enjoy canopy walks that provide an entirely new and beautiful perspective of the jungles, or hiking amongst the lush greenery, keeping an eye out for elephants, leopards, and bears. The island is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the endangered orangutans and the Sumatran Rhino.


Perhentian Islands

A Backpacker's haven, the Perhentian Islands, is a budget travellers delight, thanks to the great beaches and snorkeling opportunities during the day, and the many beach parties at night. The two islands are seasonal islands, so while accommodation may be hard to find during the peak season, the islands are practically empty during off season.


Cameron Highlands

The cool climate of Malaysia's Highlands is a welcome relief from the heat of the big cities. Here you'll find rolling hills, and lush tea plantations, strawberry farms and more. Take a tour of one of the plantations, or trek through the hills and around volcanoes.



Langkawi can best be described as Malaysia's very own Phuket - easily reached by airport or ferry, the island has several big tourist attractions like Malaysia's biggest indoor aquarium, and a stunning cable car system, along with several beaches. Because of its massive popularity, it can feel overcrowded with tourists during the peak season. Check with a good travel agency, like MackTrip, for example, one of the many reputed travel agents in Sri Lanka providing cheap flight tickets, what the best times to visit are, and plan accordingly.


Taman Negara

Malaysia's oldest National Park and one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world - Taman Negara offers intrepid travellers the chance to enjoy waterfalls, wildlife and plenty of opportunities for trekking. A canopy walkway provides views across the rainforests and waterways.


Tioman Island

Located not far from Singapore, Tioman Island is a barely developed island, best known for its diving locations. There are a few beaches on the island, but a speed boat is needed to move from one beach to another, unless you're keen for a jungle hike across the interior.



This UNESCO World Heritage Site is worth the visit for the numerous cultural and historical sites. Travellers won't be left disappointed with the beautiful old town, or the relaxed ambiance that prevails through the town.



One of the country's most developed states, you can find the Formula One racetrack, several theme parks, and the National Zoo of Malaysia, all located here. There's an endless list of things to do, but make sure to head over to the nearby Genting Highlands to experience Malaysia's very own Vegas. In addition, the famed Batu Caves can also be found in Selangor. The Hindu Shrine located inside massive caverns on the side of a hill, draws large crowds of pilgrims and tourists annually.

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