Kuala Lumpur may not be the place for an authentic Asian experience. However, it contains links to Thailand and Singapore, and has a melting pot of cultures with Malaysian, Chinese and Indian influences that affects the atmosphere as well as the food
1. Perhentian Islands
Firstly, we start with the Perhentian Islands. It is located in West Malaysia’s northeast coast, providing a very well-known tourist attraction for travelers. As well as previously being a stopping place for traders. In addition, this island consists of 2 inhabited islands named Besar (Big) and Kecil (Small). These are easily accessible by boat from Kuala Besut. In addition, it features turtle conservation centers, white sand beach resorts, jungle trails and the odd monitor lizards.
2. Cameron Highlands
Approximately 200kms north of Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands sits as a calmer alternative to city life. Comprised of lush green estates and British hill stations, make it one of the best places to visit in Malaysia. The Highlands offers visitors a stunning tropical scenery, temples, lake houses. In addition to that, a place for hikers with marked tracks through jungles and mossy forests leading you to hidden waterfalls and misty mountain views.
3. Kuala Lumpur
It’s mostly likely that your trip in Malaysia is bound to start in Kuala Lumpur, with it being the capital of Malaysia. KL, as daunting as it may seem, has lots to offer to tourists. Ranging from many shopping venues scattered around the city, to places like Chinatown, Little India and Merdeka Square. To get around, we recommend for you to go by the monorail as it is the simplest and hassle-free way to get around. If you’re looking for a place to be outside, but not directly in the heat, Lake Gardens or KLCC Park are most preferred by locals.
4. Malacca City
Malacca City, a former fishing village, is now well-known in Malaysia for having a UNESCO status that covers the city’s historic central district. This includes Jonker Walk in Chinatown along with several examples of colonial heritage. Malacca stands as a testament to Malaysia’s multi-faith society with a variety of mosques, churches and temples situated side-by-side.
Likewise, if you’re someone who loves art, Penang’s UNESCO capital, Georgetown is the place for you to go to. With the city being covered in paintings and sculptures, along with indoor galleries and heritage museums, you surely won’t get bored! Celebrated as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang is a cornucopia of food places for you to eat at. Hence, it contains food from many cultures, from Malay, India and even Chinese!
6. Tioman Island
This island is surrounded by protected coral reefs and contains plenty of wildlife in the Pulau Tioman Wildlife Reserve, hence, it’s not a surprise to many that this is a popular destination for hikers and snorkellers. Located on the southeast coast of Malaysia, this island has 8 different villages, with some paths leading you to hidden waterfalls, beaches and long-tailed macaques!
7. Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu stands as one of the highest mountains in Malaysia with 4092 meters in height. However, it doesn’t contend to be one of the tallest in the world. Therefore, there’s no snow at the peak, it’s considered one of the coldest places in Malaysia. Furthermore, the mountain is located on the northern part of the State of Sabah, in Borneo Malaysia. Moreover, if you plan to climb the mountain, we recommend for you to visit Kota Kinabalu as well, as it is the closest city to the mountain.
Langkawi resides just south of Thailand, where there are 4 inhabited islands (which includes Langkawi itself) which consists of rainforest-covered mountains, fine sand and varying degrees of water visibility. Pantain Cenang, on Langkawi Island can get particularly busy and full of tourists so it’s best if you head north to stray away from beach bars.
9. Taman Negara National Park
If you’re visiting, you can choose either of the following places: Peninsular Malaysia or Borneo. However, if your stay in Malaysia is short, we recommend you stay on the Peninsula, and one of the best wildlife parks in Peninsula Malaysia is the National Park (or Taman Negara). Not to mention, this place is the oldest primary rainforest in the world, and a must-see place to go to!
10. Belum Forest Reserve
Certainly an important spot for wildlife in Malaysia, Belum is comprised of tigers, elephants, gibbons and sun bears. Here, you can stay overnight in a lodge and get closer to nature, along with the most eclectic and loud dawn chorus imaginable waking you up! Whilst river boat trips allows you to get closer to hornbills that guards the river banks whereas gibbons dominate the durian, mango and jackfruit trees from above you!
And that concludes our list of Malaysia’s travel highlights of 2019. We do agree that the travel highlights of Malaysia are unlimited. However, this list is compressed, so it would be simpler for visitors. Without a doubt, we do urge you to visit these wonderful places and we hope you have a fantastic 2019!