Top 15 Best Places to Visit in Malaysia

Malaysia Bucket List: Top 10 Places to Visit in Malaysia

Belonging in the Southeast Asian countries, we all know the competition could be hard. However, Malaysia won’t be last on the list of must-visit countries in Asia and the world. Here are the top 15 places considered the must-visit places in Malaysia if you’re planning to go to the country anytime soon!

Penang Hill

Penang Hill photo by @fidelzheng via Unsplash

If you’re looking for a place to chill and beat the Malaysian heat, well, then Penang Hill is the best stop for you! The hill’s top is 800 meters above sea level, sending a cold breeze to contradict the heat.

The view from the top is breath-taking, adding up the Langkawi Mountains’ peak. Some of the best attractions are the love lock and Penang Hill railway, each gaining popularity for their own unique characteristics.

Cameron Highlands

Tea Plantation Landscape Sunset
Tea Plantation Landscape Sunset

Home of Malaysia’s most fertile soils, standing 2,000 meters high, is Cameron Highlands. Turned by the British during the colonial rule, the highlands became the largest Tea exporter throughout Malaysia. If you’re on for a food trip of different cuisines, Cameron is a place to go.

There’s a Cactus-viewing garden all native to the highlands. A Strawberry farm is present where you can buy strawberry jams, ice cream, or basket. You can pick your own strawberry from the fields itself. You can reach the highlands by car from North-South Expressway and exit from Tapah or Simpang Pulai.

The Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Islands
Perhentian Islands

Seeking paradise at a low price? The Perhentian Islands offers you an affordable trip according to your budget! Kecil is for backpackers and party scenes, while Besar is for those who want to relax for the rest of their trip.

To jump off back and forth from the islands, you need to ride a boat. There’re no motorized vehicles allowed on the land, making it a peaceful getaway.

Alor Setar

Masjid Zahir in Alor Setar City, Malaysia photo via Depositphotos
Masjid Zahir in Alor Setar City, Malaysia photo via Depositphotos

Alor Setar is one of the most underrated places in Malaysia. It is the capital of Kedah and is 55km far from Langkawi. Bits of history are scattered around the area, with mosques, galleries, museums, and temples that can be seen from different city angles.

Zahir Mosque, an enthralling landmark that belongs to the largest and oldest Mosques of Malaysia, can be found in Alor Setar. Made up of white marbles, the Mosque beams light up in the sky whenever the sun goes down. Alongside the Mosque is the Alor Setar Tower where you can take a picturesque view of the whole city. There’s a restaurant in the tower if you feel like getting a snack too.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu Palace photo by Marufish via Flickr CC
Kota Bharu Palace photo by Marufish via Flickr CC

If you wish to experience how Islamic people live, you can visit Kota Bharu for a closer look. While visiting the city, you need to dress appropriately and behave well.

Kota Bharu is a conservative city of Islam, so you can’t find western amenities like malls and bars, but you can find markets and mosques Malaysia can present to you proudly.

To reach Kota Bharu, you need to catch a bus or taxi to Kuala Besut. A friendly tip to catch your trip early in the morning so you can ride a speed boat before noon.

Kuching

Buddhist temple in Kuching, Malaysia photo via Depositphotos
Buddhist temple in Kuching, Malaysia photo via Depositphotos

To catch more of traditional Malaysia, we hereby present you with Kuching of the east! The city spread a mixture of ancient and modern Malaysian culture and architecture, perfect for romantic couples.

You can reach Kuching by air by its international airport or by riding a bus to/in the Kuching Sentral 2km pass the airport.

Selangor

View of the lighthouse of Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor, Malaysia photo via Depositphotos
View of the lighthouse of Melawati Hill, Kuala Selangor, Malaysia photo via Depositphotos

Shopaholics will most likely be the winners of this trip if they get to visit Selangor! With excessive malls and markets flaunted in the capital of Sarawak, your budget might need to be increased a little for that. Not only that, but Selangor is the most developed state in Malaysia with the highest population rate and lowest when it comes to poverty.

Selangor is the perfect place for first-time comers for its mixed nature-related activities and urban city life experience. You can arrive at Selangor by air at The Kuala Lumpur International Airport or by train with KTM Komuter.

Batu Caves

The New look of Batu Caves after the 2018 makeover
The New look of Batu Caves after the 2018 makeover

Out of all the limestone caves to visit in Malaysia, Batu Caves is the most popular one. You get the chance to tour inside the cave and explore museums and galleries on the site.

However, despite the cave’s artistic sense, it is actually a very religious site of Hindu culture and home to different shrines and temples. When visiting during the Thaipusam season, you could see thousands of worshippers in a colorful procession for their Lord, Muruga.

Ipoh

Entrance view of the Kek Lok Tong which is located at Gunung Rapat in the south of Ipoh via Depositphotos
Entrance view of the Kek Lok Tong, which is located at Gunung Rapat in the south of Ipoh via Depositphotos

Once a little village turns into a glorious city. The British colonial-era architecture city got famous for its cuisine and natural attractions. To add up, Ipoh has maintained its reputation to be one of the cleanliest cities in Malaysia.

One of the exciting things and features Ipoh has to offer is the Lost World of Tambun water-themed park, perfectly suited for kids who love swimming. Ipoh brings a charismatic vibe to everyone who hears it with its maintained old town looks. It was also declared as the Hipster Capital of Malaysia by various tourism ratings and official agencies.

Banjaran Hot Springs

Banjaran Hot Springs
Banjaran Hot Springs

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One thing everyone could ask for is the Banjaran Hot Spring. An approximately 2-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, these hot springs can take your breath away with their luxurious, magnificent wellness retreat.

With 3 million liters of water pumped up daily from the ground below, and a superb crystal cave for metaphysical healing, the Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat will surely take you to paradise and will ease your stress away.

Kota Kinabalu

Beach in Kota Kinabalu
Beach in Kota Kinabalu

Cruising, hiking, rafting, sunbathing, Kota Kinabalu can serve you all of that and more! Kota Kinabalu, being close to the highest mountain in Southeast Asia and being near to tropical islands, has become widely famous to everyone who visits Malaysia.

There’re uncountable things to make you occupied when you’re staying in Kinabalu. May it be craft markets, seafood restaurants, lookout spots, or museums, it will surely keep your time worthwhile. You can catch a ride from Kuala Lampur to Kinabalu by plane.

Bukit Tinggi

Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi by Sharina Maamor via Flickr CC
Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi by Sharina Maamor via Flickr CC

Want to experience something western? We got the right place for you! Let’s not forget the French-themed holiday village located on a forestland 800 meters above sea level.

To add more, Bukit Tinggi has a Rabbit Farm, Botanical Garden, Adventure Park, and a Japanese Village in their place, which you can all visit for free! So what are you waiting for? Let’s go!

Petaling Street

Petaling Street in KL photo via Depositphotos
Petaling Street in KL photo via Depositphotos

Want to experience something Chinese? We present you, Petaling Street! Considered as a chaotic Chinese town, filled with budget-able shops and traditional temples. Expect to see counterfeit products, so beware of what’s real and what’s not!

Miri

Lang Cave in Mulu National Park, Malaysia photo via Depositphotos
Lang Cave in Mulu National Park, Malaysia photo via Depositphotos

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and Miri is one of those books! The sunsets at Miri are one of the most unique picturesque sights you will see in your entire visit to Malaysia. One of those mesmerizing sights is the Blue Tears of Tusan Beach, counted as one of Miri’s wonders.

Although unusual, Miri has Petroleum Museum renowned for being associated with oil and petroleum. Although not that famous, the museum is one reason why Miri is on the Malaysian map, for its booming industry of petroleum.

Taiping

Scenic view of Taiping Lake Garden, located at Perak, Malaysia. photo via Depositphotos
Scenic view of Taiping Lake Garden, located at Perak, Malaysia. photo via Depositphotos

Taiping is the home of Malaysia’s first railway station and is known for its preserved British colonial-era architecture. Besides that, Taiping’s Lake Gardens was previously s tin mining ground turned into a lakeside garden full of trees and tulips alongside 10 different ponds. The oldest museum in the country, Perak Museum, can also be found here, with photographs and exhibits presenting the old town.

To get to Taiping, you can use the KTM ETS Malaysia Railway that operates every 4 hours for 3h 8m. Starmart express also offers a bus ride from Hentian Duta to Taiping 3 times a day. Tickets usually cost RM 91, and the trip lasts for 3h 45m.

Malaysia Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Malaysia, we listed places to visit and other amazing activities in Malaysia. We also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages and excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Malaysia hotels and resorts via Agoda, Booking, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

Want more updates about new package tours and tourist spots in Malaysia? Follow #TeamOutofTown, on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Bloglovin, and Pinterest for more travel ideas.

Also read: Ultimate List Of The Best Hotels In Ipoh, Malaysia

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