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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.

Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Crystal clear water at Perhentian Island

Perhentian Dream

One of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia is Perhentian Island, which actually consists of a big island and a small island. Both islands offer fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The islands are especially famous because of the laid-back atmosphere. Alongside the beaches you will find basic lodges, moderately luxurious resorts, cozy restaurants, dive centers and boat operators advertising their services ranging from water taxis to snorkeling trips.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

Cities and towns in Malaysia

The following cities actually have official city status in Malaysia: George Town, Kuala Lumpur (1 February 1972), Ipoh, Kuching, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Shah Alam, Malacca, Alor Setar, Miri, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Terengganu. Most of the big cities in Malaysia are located in the western part of Peninsular Malaysia.

Peninsular Malaysia's biggest cities are Subang Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Johor Bahru and Ampang Jaya. These are almost all cities within the greater KL area.

Kuching and Kota Kinabalu are the biggest cities on Borneo.

Below the full top 20 biggest cities and towns in Malaysia.

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Map of the biggest cities in Malaysia

Map with the biggest cities of Malaysia  

Top 20 biggest cities in Malaysia

1 Subang Jaya 1,553,589   11 Cheras 601,534
2 Kuala Lumpur 1,475,337   12 Sandakan 501,195
3 Klang 1,113,851   13 Kajang 448,243
4 Johor Bahru 916,409   14 Seremban 439,296
5 Ampang 804,901   15 Kuantan 422,020
6 Ipoh 704,572   16 Tawau 381,736
7 Shah Alam 671,282   17 Kuala Terengganu 286,317
8 Kuching 658,562   18 Miri 280,518
9 Petaling Jaya 638,516   19 Kota Bahru 272,647
10 Kota Kinabalu 604,078   20 Selayang Baru 265,297

More information on Malaysia's cities and towns can be found here (here you can find information on over 150 cities in Malaysia). More information on the metropolitan areas in Malaysia can be found here .

Currently the greater KL area is the largest metropolitan area in Malaysia followed by the Johor Bahru area. It is believed that over time Johor Bahru will become the biggest metropolitan area of Malaysia. Currently numerous huge building projects are being executed, which will attract business and this will attract more residents. More about SIJORI Growth Triangle and Iskandar Malaysia.

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