15 Best Things To Do In Malaysia

Malaysia is a bubbling country full of lively sights, magnificent architecture, green plantations, beautiful islands, lavish resorts, and a colorful mix of races and religions. The vibrant amalgamation of Indians, Chinese, Malays, and other ethnic groups has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise. This quaint little country is peaceful yet brewing with excitement at the same time. And if you are scouting for fun things to do in Malaysia, you have landed at just the right spot. From visiting iconic sites like the Petronas Towers and Batu Caves to indulging in thrilling activities at Legoland and Langkawi Sky Bridge, we have compiled below the best of what this multicultural country has in store. Have a look at the most rewarding activities to do and places to visit in Malaysia. 

1. Witness the astounding city views from Petronas Twin Towers

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Probably the most iconic location in Malaysia, Petronas Twin Towers are the world’s largest and a must-visit when in Kuala Lumpur. The sky bridge right in the middle of the twin towers on the 41st floor offer panoramic views and will literally make you feel “on the top of the world”. What will leave you awestruck on your visit to Petronas towers is the view from the 86th-floor observation deck. Counted as one of the most beautiful spots in Malaysia, the twin towers feature interesting architecture signifying the country’s Islamic beliefs. The food court and shopping complexes inside the tower compliment the skyline view and make the visit hassle-free. 

2. Head over to Cameron Highlands District for a unique tea taste

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Built during the colonial days for recreation by the British, Cameron Highlands features vast tea plantations along with endless rolling hills and lush greenery. The climate and terrain of this location are unique and the tea has a unique taste to it making it one of the treasured Malaysia attractions. When you are done sipping the hot Cameronian tea and munching on the freshly baked scones, head over to the picturesque hiking trails for a cool escape from the city life. 

3. Let loose at the splendid Perhentian Islands

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Perhentian Island offers sun-soaked jewels of Pulau Besar (Big Island) and Pulau Kecil (Small island) with vast areas of sandy beach and scenic waters ideal for island hopping. Unleash the adventurer in you and go scuba diving, snorkeling, camping, sea kayaking, and jungle trekking. You may also unwind and relax exploring the large turtle population on the seashore, live your “tree house” dream, buy arts and crafts or simply find inner peace watching the stunning sunset. 

4. Pay your tributes at the Batu Cave temples

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Housing a collection of 3 main limestone caves and Hindu shrines, Batu Caves is one of the most popular cultural attractions among the tourists. This massive limestone cliff’s primary point of interest is a 140-foot golden statue of the God of war- Lord Murugan. Try visiting the caves during the Thaipusam festival when millions of Hindu devotees from across the world gather to offer kavadi to Lord Muruga. This one is for the people with good stamina as the visit requires you to climb 272 steps in order to reach the Temple Cave. 

5. Indulge in the never-ending entertainment at Resorts World Genting

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Looming at a great height, the Genting Highlands or Resorts World Genting is a package of fun and entertainment. The place offers bars, nightclubs, theme parks, restaurants, resorts, shopping centers, live performances, and is home to the only casino in Malaysia. The Genting Skyway comes with gondola-style cable cars which provide enthralling views of Kuala Lumpur. The place is a favorite among foodies and has the best of both worlds- local delicacies and world-class cuisines. The fun never stops at this entertainment center, so make sure to add this attraction to your Malaysia itinerary. 

6. Experience the magic of solitude at the Tioman Island

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Offering white sand beaches and dazzling corals, Tioman Island is one of the few exotic islands where tourism has not taken away the essence of the island. This secluded island offers one of the best sunset spots and is the perfect place for water enthusiasts. Diving, snorkeling, fishing, jungle trekking, surfing, kayaking, jet skiing, and wakeboarding are some of the activities enjoyed by the tourists here. This mesmerizing island is an ecological paradise, ideal to connect with the local people and find solitude. 

 7. Indulge in sunbathing at the Redang Island 

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The pristine nature, sandy beaches, palm groves, tropical climate, rich coral reef, and the wealth of marine life make Redang Island a hotspot for beach lovers. The island is loaded with water sports activities like jungle-trekking, diving, kayaking, and snorkeling. The marine park and turtle watching facilities are an added treat for animal lovers. One simply cannot miss out the sunset at this beach, for it will be a fascinating experience amidst the clear sea and marine ecosystem. 

8. Feast on some local delicacies at the Bukit Bintang

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A famous destination among honeymooners, Bukit Bintang or Penang Hill is a forested area that’s an absolute delight for the visitors. Rare flora and fauna, colonial-style bungalows and lush green plantations give a unique character to this hill station. The place is also a foodie’s paradise as it offers the best possible amalgamation of Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian cuisines. The Chulia street and Love Lane are the most exciting and fun places to quench those hunger pangs. 

9. Witness the splendid city landscape from the Kuala Lumpur Tower

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Malaysia stops at no point in offering photo opportunities to the Instagram addicts. Kuala Lumpur Tower is a 421 meters high tower and the observation deck gives a birds-eye view of the splendid city that Kuala Lumpur is. Ranked as the fourth highest telecommunication tower in the world and housing the world’s highest McDonald’s outlet, the tower is not to be missed from your Malaysia itinerary. Watching the gleaming lights of the city at night makes for an unmatched experience that is a treat for every visitor.

10. Lose yourself in the wilderness of Taman Negara National Park

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Located in Pahang and loaded with rich flora and fauna, the Taman Negara National Park should be on the top of your must-visit list. Located about 240 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, the park features the longest rope walkway in the world and a tropical climate that attracts numerous national and international tourists throughout the year. Apart from providing a wealth of natural surroundings and being home to the first inhabitants of Malaysia, the park offers hiking trails convenient for both serious and beginner level hikers. If you admire nature and wildlife, the natural diversity of this place will leave you speechless. 

11. Unleash the child in you at the Legoland theme park

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A thrilling adventure awaits you and your kids at the Legoland theme park and water park. Brimming with family rides, workshops, live shows, interactive attractions, and numerous fun-to-do activities, the Legoland park will be a treat for your kids. Apart from treating you with slides and rides, the waterpark comes with a shop where you can buy Legoland souvenirs and a variety of toy sets. The stage shop, surf shop, brick shop, adventurer’s depot, and star wars outlet are some of the shopping venues most treasured by the visitors. 

12. Admire the fancy architecture of Malacca

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If you wish to catch a glimpse of the Malaysian cultural heritage, Malacca is just the right place. Forts, churches, palaces, museums, and galleries reflect an interesting architectural heritage at “The Historic State” which was colonized by the Portuguese. Some of the historic destinations that make Malacca a top pick for holiday getaways include the Christ Church, Sultanate Palace, Jonker street, and the Melaka zoo and night safari. The wealth of art, craft, culture, and ancient architecture that you will get to witness here makes the state worth a visit.

13. Relive your childhood at the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

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More than 80 enthralling rides and attractions await you at the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park in Petaling Jaya. Consisting of 6 different theme parks including scream park, extreme park, wildlife park, water park, amusement park, and the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, the park rides are one of the fun things to do in Malaysia if you wish to treat your kids. Sit and watch your kids or take these rides yourself to relive the good old days. 

14. Glimpse a slice of heaven at the Langkawi Island

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An archipelago of over a hundred islands, the Langkawi Island is a beach getaway that’s ideal for tourists who prefer quiet locations over the bustling city. The location is a center of activities like water-sports, nature tours, and exciting off-roading. Visit this tropical gem to spot eagles and dolphins, enjoy jet skiing and sea-kayaking or simply indulge in nature watching. Here, you’ll also find a high cable car ride which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. With a duty-free status, the Island is a great stop to pick up souvenirs for your friends and family back home. 

15. Go birdwatching at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

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If having an insightful trip, exploring the diversity of flora and birds, sounds like your thing, then Kula Lumpur Bird Park is just the place for you. With an annual average of over 200,000 visitors, the bird park has become a prominent tourist destination. The 20.9-acre facility is home to over 3,000 local and foreign birds from about 200 varying species. This eco-tourism park is the world’s largest free-flight, walk-in aviary and ideal to relax in a beautifully landscaped environment.

Enriched with diverse cultures and blissful sights, Malaysia is a country that truly defines Asia. And if you are still confused about what to do in Malaysia, then pack your bags and start exploring this vast country by yourself! Don’t forget to let us know about the sights you enjoyed the most. 

 

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