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7 Top Places to Visit in Malaysia – The Best of Malaysia

Malaysia has so much to offer travellers in terms of landscapes, culture, food and excitement. But with so many regions, how do you pick where to go? Here are the top 7 places you should visit.

1

Penang

An obvious choice for any would-be travellers, Penang is internationally recognized as one of Malaysia's most popular destination. From lip-smacking street food to iconic landmarks, and trendy streets, the city contains everything you could want for in a Malaysia trip. Penang successfully combines the country's rich culture and history with modern skyscrapers and attitudes, which is why travellers love this city!

2

Ipoh

This is an underrated location which is often missed by travellers who prefer more prominent cities. Situated in Perak state, Ipoh is filled with spectacular natural landscapes and delicious food. For a closer look into their culture, head over to the Ho Yan Hor Museum or Ipoh World which preserves the ancient roots of the Hakka community. For more adventurous travellers, check out the water theme park, which is a top favourite among locals, or head over to the picturesque Kek Long Tong Cave Temple Gardens and immerse yourself in the natural beauty around you.

3

Kuala Lumpur

The cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is arguably the most visited city in the country, and with good reason. The central market is where you experience the buzz of the buzz of the city as street vendors sell everything from tasty food to traditional handicraft to trendy clothing. For a happening night out, head over to Bukit Bintang, the main clubbing centre in the city. Of course, no trip would be complete without a tour of the famous Petronas Twin Towers.

4

Batu Caves

A significant religious site for Malaysia's Hindu population, the Batu Caves contain a temple and shrine devoted to the deity Lord Murugan, whose gold statue stands at the entrance of the caves. Thousands of devotees visit the caves annually to pay homage at the shrine, but the temple is open to the public all year round. The caves interiors are made up of a system of caves that were once home for aboriginal tribes. The caves are an excellent location for rock climbing and exploration.

5

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

The reserve is a haven for rescued orangutans who are cared for before being reintroduced back into the wild. Thanks to the efforts of the reserve, these gentle giants are given a second chance to live and breed. It's a great place to get a closer look at orangutans in their original habitat and watch them interacting with each other.

6

Sepang

Probably better known by fans of Formula 1, Sepang is located on the golden coastline that overlooks the Straits of Malacca, just a 10-minute drive away from the Kuala Lumpur international airport, and is home to the Malaysian Grand Prix. However, Sepang also has some very good beaches and is garnering a name for itself as a seaside getaway destination. There are a handful of accommodation options along the coast like AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, for example, or if you don't mind staying in the city, you could probably find a small Sepang hotel.

7

Cameron Highlands

Locals trying to escape the heat of the city, travel to Cameron Highlands where the cool temperatures and green landscapes offer some well-needed respite. The cool climate allows for strawberry farms to flourish, while tea is also commonly grown here. The combination of cute inns, fresh vegetables and cooler weather make this an ideal retreat destination.