Are you planning to come to Malaysia? This could be the best decision you have ever made. Malaysia is one of the cheapest travel destinations that guarantee a memorable experience. Flights to the country are relatively inexpensive. You can stay in 5 star hotels or resorts from $50 onwards if you search well. Food is delicious and often costs a few ringgit for a full meal. Car rental is affordable as well, but you can also decide to use public busses and the occasional Grab (taxi service). Then all is left is to decide what destinations to work into your travel program. If you don’t know where to start, here are the top nine places to visit in Malaysia.
1. Kuala Lumpur
The capital city of Malaysia always comes first when it comes to the best places to visit in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in Malaysia. As such, you can expect tons of things to enjoy and do.
Start by taking a trip to Petronas Towers. The famous tower will give you a glimpse of all the best things the city has to offer. Then, pass through Batu Caves and take a peep at the ancient Hindu temple.
You will feel hungry by this time. Fortunately, you can enjoy some of the best street food on your way to the next stop. Remember to pass through various theme parks, visit the market, and do some shopping. There is so much you can do in Kuala Lumpur. So, don’t feel bad if you cannot fix all the stops in your itinerary.
Also known as Melaka, Malacca is a small city full of history and attractive spots. The city is accessible from Malaysia`s capital city, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and Singapore. One can get there by boat, bus, car, or airplane.
Once you are there, drop every means of transport except your feet. Stroll through the city to visit various churches such as St. Paul`s, mosques, and temples. Pass by multiple heritage spots like A Famosa Resort and the Dutch town of Stadthuys and Jonker Street. You will enjoy navigating through the culturally rich city by foot without getting exhausted as it is pretty small.
3. Genting Highlands
While gambling is frowned upon in Malaysia, Genting Highlands is the only place with legal gambling. Genting Highlands is a perfect representation of a weekend getaway. The best part is that it sits 35km from Kuala Lumpur, and you can get there by cable car using Awana Skyway and roads.
It integrates casinos, theme parks, hotels, and shopping malls. Genting Highlands is the best alternative to Cameron Highlands. It is closer to the capital city, unlike Cameron highlands which is 200km away.
Genting Highlands sits 1800 meters high. Thus, the view below will take your breath away on a clear day.
4. Tioman Island
There was a time Tioman Island was ranked as the best island in the world. Although it is prevalent, Tioman Island makes you feel at home. It is like escaping your home to another home. The island is not as crowded as you would expect, thus the best place to lay your head as you sunbathe in the beautiful sun.
Sunbathing is not the only thing to enjoy here; otherwise, that would not be enough to rank the island as the best. Surrounded by coral reefs, Tioman Island is one of the best places to go scuba diving. Remember to pass through Air Batang to enjoy tasty meals and cheap beer.
Taiping is one of the best destinations for introverts that want to test the waters. The provincial city seats in the state of Perak. While Taiping is one of the most beautiful places in the country, most visitors don’t include it in their itinerary.
This makes it the best place for people looking for a less crowded travel destination. This laid-back city prides itself on friendly people, cooling hill stations, mangrove reserves, and beautiful gardens.
6. Catch a Game at the 8th Largest Football Stadium
Are you a sports fan? You cannot afford to miss a game at the largest football stadium in Southeast Asia. The Bukit Jalil National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 87,411.
The stadium is in the National Sports Complex, south of Kuala Lumpur. As such, it is easy to access the stadium to catch a football event of the Malaysia FA Cup, Malaysia Cup. If lucky, you can see athletic events and music concerts.
While at it, find a sportsbook offering bets for the event you are watching. After all, betting Malaysia makes watching the games more interesting.
7. Taman Negara
Your trip to Malaysia would be incomplete without passing through Taman Negara. This is one of the oldest tropical rainforests. The best part about Taman Negara is that it allows you to view the national park differently. A suspending walkway in the canopy allows you to view the park from above. This gives you the best chance to spot different species of birds, insects, see elephants reaching for the best vegetation, and much more.
You can also enjoy night safaris, rafting, fishing, trekking alongside the Kuala Tahan river, boat rides, and much more.
8. Cameron Highlands
Take a refreshing upland hike among the vivid green tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands. This is one of the places your packed heavy jacket will come in handy. The temperatures rarely go above 30°C. This makes Cameron Highlands the go-to destination for visitors who want to cool off in these 1300m to 1829m heights.
Cameron Highlands offers one of the most authentic natural encounters. You will have the best views, especially at Boh Tea Garden; take a cup of tea at the plantation, hunt for rafflesia flowers, and marvel at orchids.
9. George Town
Are you looking forward to memorable nightlife and some good food? Don’t eat anything before coming here because you need an empty stomach to fill with delicious foods served in George Town.
UNESCO listed George Town as the epitome of world heritage. Ideally, multicultural can be the synonym of this town. The street is painted with outstanding art and characters.
Meanwhile, you can enjoy delicious meals from different cultures. Ideally, you can start with a traditional roti, a Malaysian delicacy, in the morning, enjoy delicious Chinese dumplings in the afternoon, and finish the day with an Indian scrumptious meal before escaping into a thrilling nightlife.
There is so much you can do in Malaysia. However, these are the top nine places you cannot afford to miss or do during your first visit. They will give you a reason to return. We hope you will have a magical experience.