10 places in Malaysia That Should Be Visited

Malaysia is one country that became one of the favorite holiday destination. This is also supported by ticket promo of their airlines. So many travelers who choose a vacation to Malaysia compared to another destination because of low ticket prices.

In addition to the ticket price, Malaysia also has a variety of attractions and interesting sights which not to be missed. Malaysia is famous as one of the countries in Asia that have diverse ethnic, religious and cultural. Although many diversity, they can live side by side peacefully. For those of you planning a holiday to Malaysia, there are ten tourist attractions in Malaysia that you should visit, namely:

10. Kota Bharu

Sultan Ismail Petra Arch (Wikimedia.org)
Kota Bharu often becomes a stopover for the traveler to visit the beautiful Perhentian Islands. Located in Peninsular of Malaysia near the border of Thailand, Kota Bharu offers a unique charm of its own, whether it be the attractions, shopping, and culinary. In Kota Bharu there are many historical and cultural relics of Kelantan with one of the famous museum is the Royal Museum. This museum offers a lot of photos and luxurious artifacts of the royal family and unique wooden palace located in it.

Down the street in Kota Bharu, do not forget to visit the Central Market, which is the biggest market here. In this market, there are plenty of food vendors and colorful fruit.

For those of you who want to enjoy the water tourism, you can visit Moonlight Beach and Gunung Stong State Park. In both locations, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, rafting, and scuba diving which are located in the Japanese shipwreck of the Pacific War.

9. Melaka

Melaka Red Church (wikipedia.org)
Holds an important position in the super busy sea route between India and China on the south-western coast of Malaysia, Melaka contested for centuries by the Indian government, the Portuguese, British and Dutch. This makes the city is attractively packaged by Malaysia both regarding architecture or culture because it is a valuable cultural heritage.

Known as a diverse mix of cultures, Melaka is composed of several districts, each of which features a different attraction. Portuguese heritage marked by a charming villa, a historic church and the remains of the old fort.

In Chinese district, there are Chinese temples (Cheng Hoon Teng Temple) and also the largest Chinese cemetery outside China. Dutch District left some architectural relics on the east side. Also, each culture zone has its own traditions and festivals such as the Portuguese "Intrudu" and Chinese New Year.

8. Kuching

Kuching Palace
Kuching is the largest city in Borneo. Kuching is famous for tropical rain forest where the tourists can perform trekking and outdoor recreation. Considered as the cleanest city in Malaysia, Kuching presented a unique layout of the city with skyscrapers and modern architecture and surrounded by lush forest.

It is located on the banks of the Sarawak River with views of the garden and historical places like Fort Margherita and Astana Palace. Along the waterfront, you can find the food vendors, musical fountain, an observation tower, and outdoor theater. You can enjoy the historic temples of China, markets, food stalls and lots of antique shops and craft in Kuching's oldest streets.

7. Kota Kinabalu

Aerial view of Kinabalu (flickr.com)
As the Capital of the State of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is a rapidly growing tourist destination because it is close to the tropical islands, rainforests, wildlife refuges, national parks and Malaysia's highest peak, Mount Kinabalu.

Commonly called KK by locals, Kota Kinabalu has a small town center and also has some landmark observatory with beautiful scenery.

Most of the main attractions KK is located outside the city. Such as Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, and the Kinabalu National Park, which offers wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, tigers, orangutans and elephants and outdoor adventures such as camping, jungle trekking, mountain climbing, rafting and pursue a river cruise.

Just a few minutes from the city, you can find Tunku Abdul Rahman, which has five small islands are ideal for snorkeling, diving, swimming, and sailing. You can also visit the Cultural Village Monsopiad to feel the tradition and culture of indigenous Kadazan.

6. Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands in Titiwangsa Mountain is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Malaysia. Built with the concept of enchanting English gardens, the beautiful Highland offers views of lush, colorful flower plantations, tea estates, forests, lakes, wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation facilities.

The road to Cameron Highlands fairly good so it is easily accessible by bus, car, minivans, and taxis. During the journey to this location, you can see the beautiful green landscape.

There is also a Time Tunnel Gallery, which displays the history of the development of Cameron society. One famous site here is Gunung Brinchang and Tanah Rata. Gunung Brinchang offers views of the highlands which refreshing eye. While Mossy Forest offers a jungle track where you can enjoy the thrill of exploring the forest ecosystem with a view of a beautiful waterfall.

As a major producer of tea and flower of Malaysia, Cameron Highlands has many tea plantations and flower gardens; there is also vegetable farms, fruit farms, butterfly gardens, and honey farms that can be accessed by the tourists. There is also a golf course for golf lovers.

5. Taman Negara

Taman Negara is famous as the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. Ecotourism which offers adventure as a popular destination. Here, you can be an adventurer in the wild while enjoying ecosystem of rare plants, exotic birds and several endangered species such as the Malayan tiger, Asian elephant, and the Sumatran rhino.

There are a variety of interesting ways to enjoy wild nature such as by hiking, fishing, exploring caves and 4WD safari. One popular thing that you should try here is visiting the Canopy Walk, a long suspension bridge that is located above the tree tops. Walking through this bridge, you can enjoy the view of exotic birds that fly freely in the air.

There is also a night safari to see the plant that only blooms at night, glow in the dark fungus and nocturnal creatures such as owls, leopard cat, and a water dragon. You do not need to worry about the culinary since they provided a floating restaurant on the river Kula Hold.

4. Penang

Penang Mural Art (bordersofadventure.com)
Penang island is a popular tourist destination because of the historical diversity at George Town. The City is located along the world shipping lanes, and the city has variety colors of culture, architecture, and cuisine. When deciding to visited Penang, you should really explore the city, whether by car, bike, bus, or taxi.

Some of the locations that you should visit when in Penang are Botanic Gardens, Bird Sanctuary, Butterfly Park, Supreme Bliss, and the white sandy beaches of Batu Ferringhi, which is located along the northern coast.

Visiting Penang is not complete without trying to ride tricycles while exploring George Town, enjoy the classical architecture of British heritage. Set up your camera while doing a tour here. Occasionally stop by the restaurant, market, or bars to taste the typical cuisine because Penang is famous as the location for a culinary mix of the whole world.

3. Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur as the capital of Malaysia has many sights not to be missed. While in Kuala Lumpur do not forget to visit Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, which has a unique design, a mixture of eastern and western architecture. When else ride the train ride with amenities such as in Japanese dramas?

Besides, feel the thrill of riding the train, some things you can do in Kuala Lumpur. Such as visited the Temple Thean Hou, shopping at Berjaya Times Square, visiting Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, visiting KL Tower, Bird Park, Merdeka Square, Batu Caves, and Petronas Twin Towers which is the icon of Malaysia.

Of course, one more favorite location for tourists shopping in Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang. Bukit Bintang offers a variety of malls, shopping, dining and entertainment from morning till night.

2. Langkawi

snorkeling in Langkawi (travelknots.wordpress.com)
Located off the northwest coast of Malaysia, the Andaman Sea, Langkawi is an island which has beaches, rain forests, mangrove forests and the beautiful mountains. It makes Langkawi become one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia. In recent years, resort, hotel, restaurants and other tourist facilities has been growing rapidly in Langkawi.

The natural beauty of this island is the main attraction here. Snow-white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue sea with limestone cliffs background. One of the most popular beaches is Pantai Cenang, which offers a wide range of restaurants and bars. For quieter beaches, you can visit the Pantai Tengah and Pantai Kok because both of this beach is a beach that seemed isolated from the bustle of the city.

Here are also available mangrove forest trekking and tourist attractions where visitors can enjoy the view of the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, exotic birds, and lizards or monkeys. You can enjoy the beauty of Langkawi from height in Gunung Raya and Gunung Mat Chopped. Gondola and the sky bridge is the right facility to achieve this both mountains.

1. Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park (GMNP) is famous for superb limestone structure and also phenomenal cave system thus making it one of the most fabulous nature tourism throughout Southeast Asia. Located in the state of Sarawak, GMNP has the largest and longest cave system in the world. One of them is Sarawak Chamber, which is expected to accommodate 40 Boeing 747 aircraft.

Nestled among tropical rain forests, crystal-clear rivers, and rugged mountains; Gunung Mulu has pinnacles feature, a synchronize limestone known as the Garden of Eden. In here there are two majestic peaks of Mulu Mountain and Api Mountain. The park is also home to numerous wildlife species like hornbills, bats, gibbons, deer and pigs beard. In addition to the tour of caves and hiking, popular activities here is walking on the world's longest canopy.
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