20 Instagrammable Places in Malaysia

As far as Instagram-worthy spots go, most people overlook Malaysia. Why go and spend so much money, when we have our very own places nearby? See how many of these vibrant Instagram-worthy locations in Malaysia you’ve been to (or can add to your future checklist).

#1 Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Address:65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

#2 Putra Mosque, Putrajaya

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Address: Persiaran Persekutuan, Presint 1, 62502 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

#3 Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur

Address: Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

#4 Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Address: Concourse Level, Petronas Twin Tower, Lower Ground, 50088, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

#5 Astaka Morocco, Putrajaya

Address: Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya

#6 Wonderfood Museum, Penang

Address: 49, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

#7 Boh Tea Estate, Pahang

Address: Boh Road Habu, 39200 Ringlet, Pahang

#8 Sky Mirror, Kuala Selangor

Address: 15, 3, Jalan Yu 1, Taman Yu, 45800 Jeram, Selangor

#9 The Blue Mansion, Penang

Address: Ground Floor, 14, Leith Street, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

#10 Laman Seni 7, Selangor

Address: Jalan Plumbum R7/R, Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor

#11 Batu Caves, Selangor

Address: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor

#12 Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu

Address: Pulau Wan Man, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

#13 Pulau Sipadan, Sabah

#14 Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak

#15 Kuala Lumpur Tower, Kuala Lumpur

Address: No. 2 Jalan Punchak, Off, Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250

#16 KL Forest Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur

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Address: Lot 240, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

#17 Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

Address: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

#18 Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Address: Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

#19 Little India, Brickfields

#20 Wilayah Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

Address: Jalan Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, Kompleks Kerajaan, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

10 of Malaysia’s Must-Try Foods

In Malaysia, we boast the fact that we are a diverse country with many cultures, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Malay…you name it, we’re a culture stew of different people coming in from different places. Of course, with different cultures, comes many varieties of foods, here are the top 10 things you MUST try while you’re here.

1. Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is a Malaysian staple! It’s rice cooked in coconut milk. With a side of roasted peanuts, crunchy anchovies, boiled eggs and finally, the sweet-spicy chili. Granted this meal is not the best for you and for the heart, but for the soul, it’s the best food that you can get in Malaysia that would make you feel connected to the country.

2. Satay

Satay is a popular Malaysian street food. It’s seasoned meat that is skewered on a stick. This dish is grilled over fire, garnished with onions, cucumbers and ketupat (rice cake). Finally, it’s served up with sweet and spicy peanut sauce. In this one plate, you have a balanced meal of carbohydrates, protein, fats, as well as vegetables!

3.Char Kway Teow

Any locals can guarantee that a plate of greasy, savoury char kway teow is the way to go. This famous street food dish is practically all over the country. It’s a plate of stir-fried ricecake strips with prawns and bean sprouts. It will definitely have you hooked, even from the first bite.

4.Nasi Kandar

Another one for the rice lovers, the nasi kandar. This dish is a popular northern Malaysian food that originated from Penang. It contains steamed rice served with a variety of curries and side dishes. It’s accompanied by fried chicken, gizzards, curried mutton, cubed beef, fish roe, fried prawns or fried squid. The vegetable aspect of the dish would usually be brinjal (aubergine), okra/bendi (lady fingers) or bitter gourd. Finally, a mixture of curry sauces is poured on top of the rice.

Top tip: Ask for the sauces to be mixed. You’ll definitely get a better taste of different flavours marrying together! From here, you can now enjoy the sensation that is nasi kandar!

5.Assam Laksa

For those who love sour and spicy, this is the embodiment of the perfect dish for you. This dish consists of rice noodles in a fishy broth and garnished with cucumbers, chilli, fresh shallots and other garnishes depending on where you’re eating.

6.Cendol

Now, you didn’t think that all that’s going to be on this list are savoury foods did you?

It’s no mystery that Malaysia is extremely hot. As a result, locals escape the heat by eating this sweet dessert, a bowl of shaved ice with green rice flour jelly, coconut milk and palm sugar syrup. Therefore, combining sweet and cold to have you asking for more! Making cendol a fan favourite!

7. Apom Balik

For people that are always on-the-go, this dessert is certainly the one for you! In other words, a pancake turnover. Apom balik is a crunchy shell that contains sweet fillings. The best fillings are sugar, sweet corn and crushed peanuts. It’s no surprise that many people find it hard to resist!

8.Rojak

Granted this dish does not look too pleasing to look at, it is undoubtedly refreshing to eat. It’s a plate of chopped fruits and other foods. Topped with a savoury-sweet sauce. To most the sauce is definitely a mystery, but once they start eating this dish, they don’t quit!

9.Roti Canai

Roti Canai is both a meal and a show, as you can see one guy twisting, slapping and layering the dough with ghee, whilst others are cooking the bread on a wok. Whereas some others tend to the massive drums of curry nearby. Although this dish seems like it would be savoury, many locals eat it for breakfast, accompanied with a warm cup of coffee or Milo.

10.Durian

To sum up, we have the durian. One simply cannot leave Malaysia without even trying this fruit! Otherwise known as the King of Fruits, this fruit is definitely not for the faint of hearts. However, despite its foul smell and thorny shell, the flesh of this fruit is quite the opposite of its outer appearance (and smell). It contains a soft and smooth flesh that has what locals can simply describe as a wonderfully complicated.

5 Hidden Wonders in Kuala Lumpur to Visit

In the midst of each city and town, there are and always will be hidden gems. In Kuala Lumpur – both locals and non-locals combined – have had the same trouble of trying to find places to visit once our free-time rolls around, something that isn’t a tourist attraction, like going shopping in KLCC, going up the Twin Towers to see the views, the colourful Batu Caves, etc. Now don’t get me wrong, they’re great places to visit, however, it wouldn’t hurt anyone to try out something different and not so touristy, so you could go around like a local.

Hence, we have searched far and wide through different corners of Kuala Lumpur, from the richest corners to even the grittiest corners, just for your perusing, so you wouldn’t have to do it yourself!

Check out our collection of places of Kuala Lumpur’s secret gems:

1. Kampung Baru Night Market

Firstly, on our list of hidden attractions is the Kampung Baru Night Market, which is predominantly run by the surround Malaysian community, which also makes shopping here a great experience as you’re fully immersed in the Malaysian experience. If you’re looking for a place to get traditional Malay clothing and apparel, such as sarong, baju kurung and songkok, this is the perfect place for you to visit! However, don’t be fooled by the name (Kampung Baru Sunday Market), the market actually runs from Saturday evening, all the way to early Sunday morning!

Address: Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: Saturday, 18:00-1:00

2. MudKL (Panggung Bandaraya DBKL)

MudKL, located in the Panggung Banadaray building, was built in the beginning of the 20thcentury and was one of the first structures constructed in Kuala Lumpur, so of course it was fitting that the story of how Kuala Lumpur came to be was to be stage at this heritage site.

Above all, the show is a vibrant cultural musical history of how Kuala Lumpur ended up being Kuala Lumpur, here; therefore, you can enjoy an amazing sensory feast, and connect with the people of Malaysia.

Address: Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

3. Amcorp Mall Flea Market

It’s no surprise that Kuala Lumpur is not home to a many flea markets, par those few that are there, however, the weekly flea market at Amcorp Mall is one of the most popular and well-known around, and is definitely worth a visit when you’re in Kuala Lumpur.

Sundays are particularly the best day to go. Since you can find an abundance of vintage pieces, ranging from silverware, vinyl records, memorabilia, old film cameras and etc. In addition to that, this flea market is where you can test your bargaining skills, depending on the value of the item, or you can even settle for the set price. Certainly, this place is the perfect place for collectors and people that just want the market experience alike.

Address: No.18 Jalan Persiaran Barat 46050, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

4. Bukit Tabur Jungle Trekking

However, if you’re searching for a place to fully immerse yourself in nature, the Bukit Tabur Jungle Trek, is the just the thing for you! Known as Bukit Hangus, Bukit Tabur is in Selangor at the outskirts of Kluang Valley. At the end, you are awarded with the fantastic panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur (which is about 20km away from Bukit Tabur), the Gombak forest reserve and the Klang Gates Dam.

Address: Persiaran Bukit Melawati, 68000, Selangor

Opening Hours: Daily, 6:00-19:00

5. Bamboo Playhouse

Also located in the Perdana Botanical Gardens is the Bamboo Playhouse, designed by a Malaysian architect named Eleena Jamil. The playhouse is designed to have tree-like features, and has 31 elevated platforms for you to go around on. This playhouse is for those that are looking for those Instagram-worthy shots, and freedom to go run around like a child again.

Aside from being set in a picturesque area, as well as having a unique architecture, this playhouse is not only for children, but also for people of different ages, so if you were to bring anyone, whether young or old, they’re still sure to enjoy it as well!

Address: Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: Daily, 6:00-20:00

And just like that, that wraps our list of 5 hidden places in Kuala Lumpur. Who knew that Kuala Lumpur was home to a mini city, a Secret Garden and one of the largest Chinese temples in South East Asia? In short, don’t forget to visit these places when you come and visit the hidden treasures of Kuala Lumpur!

5 Unique Things You Can Do with Your Best Friend in Malaysia

Everybody loves a vacation; from your 6-year-old neighbour to your 70-year-old grandmother. The only thing that can make a vacation better, is if your best friend is right next to you for the adventure.

Here, we have compiled a short list of unique things you can do in Malaysia with your BFF that will leave you both wanting and coming back for more!

1. Rainbow Waterfall, Sungai Lembing, Pahang

Are you and your best friend the adventurous type? If so, this destination is perfect for the both of you.

Malaysia has quite a few waterfalls to boast about, however, Rainbow Waterfall sets itself apart due to its ever-present rainbow. And moreover, the view of the rainbow right at the edge of the waterfall as it melts into the rocks below is truly breathtaking. If the mesmerising destination isn’t enough to get you there, maybe the idea of driving a 4WD and jungle trekking with your best friend will be. The natural waterfall is hidden deep within the hills of Sungai Lembing, which is easily accessed by a 4WD that you can easily rent at a local transportation agency, or if you would rather go at a calmer pace, just a short hike is needed to get you there.

The journey itself takes about an hour, so what are you waiting for? Book a trip today!

2. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, Johor Bahru

Next on our list is a temple that has made its way on to the Malaysian Book of Records for being the first, and most importantly, only glass temple in the country. Malaysia is a melting pot of culture and religion, which has allowed its people the luxury to witness beliefs and ways that are different to their own. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman glass temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Johor Bahru and its unique look has driven hordes of locals and tourists alike to its doors.

If you and your BFF enjoy art, this temple will not disappoint. With gorgeous murals that depict social and racial harmony to the 10 gold finished statues that adorn the front of the building, the architecture and artwork alone could keep you there for hours.

The temple is located in a very accessible part of town, with car and coach parking provided. It is open to tourists from 1-5pm daily.

3. Kuching Cat Museum, Kuching, Sarawak

Are you looking to get some fun Insta-worthy selfies in during your trip? Well, look no further than the Cat Museum. One of their main attractions includes a mummified cat from Egypt! Yes, we have a Cat Museum in a city called Kuching – which translates to Cat in English. Of course, the city was most probably not named after Cats but it’s still fun word play.

Although the city is naturally called Cat city, there’s no need to fear, as the city itself is not completely populated by cats. There are however, many cat memorabilia sold around this city, such as cat posters, toys, pictures and anything cat that you could think of.

Entrance to the museum, as well as parking is free, however, there are small charges imposed to visitors when taking pictures with certain exhibits around the museum.

4. Kek Lok Si, Air Itam, Penang

Remember how we said that Malaysia is a melting pot of culture and religion? Another example of that can be seen in one of our other famous temples.

Kek Lok Si is a Buddhist Temple that faces the sea and is located at Air Itam on Penang Island. Construction on the initial parts of the complex of temples first started in 1890, giving this spot a long and unique history.
In addition to that, this attraction is perfect for art and history buffs. Thisis due to the temple’s main attraction, a seven story Pagoda of Rama or Pagoda of ten thousand Buddhas. Besides this, the complex of temples also boasts a 120ft tall bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of mercy.

If you’re lucky, you might even be in town during one of the many Chinese festivals that the temple annually hosts!

5. Durian Buffet, SS2, Selangor

Last but not least, a durian buffet! Are you looking for a truly local travel experience? Well then you can’t leave the country without having our famous King of Fruits! You’ve seen it on TV and online, celebrities taking a bite out if this creamy and custard-like fruit and subsequently, gagging. We’ll admit, the Durian fruit is definitely not for the weak of heart, due to its foul odour, but for us Malaysians, we can’t imagine a more delectable fruit.Think about all the fun you and your bestie would have challenging yourselves to eat a Durian buffet, and hey who knows? You might enjoy it, if not, most importantly, you’d certainly love the experience!

The Durian buffet at SS2 in Selangor is one of the largest in the country. It serves up Durians buffet style during the Durian season and charges by the kilo when it’s not. No matter when or where you go, above all, you’ll be sure to have a wide selection of this amazing fruit everywhere you look in Malaysia.

There you have it guys, finally, a list of random and unique things you can do with your best friend in Malaysia. However, this is definitely not the end of it; as Malaysia has a variety of things to offer our tourists because after all, Malaysia is Truly Asia.