Malaysia’s multi-cultural influences and geographical diversity spread across the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo guarantees unique leisure experiences. The country is renowned for its tropical islands, dense rainforests, national parks with extensive wildlife and modern and progressive cities, such as the capital Kuala Lumpur.
If you decide to visit the Malaysia and are wondering what to do in this island country, here are some ideas developed by us: our 6 deas of essential things to do and see to visit the Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur will definitely be your gateway to Malaysia. With nearly two million inhabitants, the great Malaysian capital offers a singular and sometimes surprising mix between modernity and tradition. Start your discovery with the Petronas Towers, national pride, rising to 451 meters high on 88 floors, which were once the tallest towers in the world. Then make a stop at the KL communication tower, also known as the Menara Tower, and admire the breathtaking views of the city, from a platform located more than 276 meters above the ground.
Located just ten kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur and accessible by train, you can admire the largest Hindu shrine outside India. Carved into limestone hills, this iconic site is best known for its huge golden statue of the Hindu god Murugan and its 272 steps that provide access to the main cave. At the beginning of each year, more than a million Hindus come to pay tribute to the youngest son of Shiva.
Other smaller caves are also worth a visit, including the one where the Ramayana temple is located. For the more adventurous among you, know that it is possible to take one of the climbing trails present in the caves.
Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the “Venice of Asia” is considered one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Malaysia. Stroll through the alleys of Malacca and discover the multiple colonial influences that have marked the oldest port city in the country.
To better understand the different religious influences that characterize Malaysia, stop by the city’s three main religious buildings, the Kampung Kling Mosque, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and the Church of Christ. End the Malacca tour with its night market and watch the sunset over the Masjid Selat floating mosque. A dazzling landscape, worthy of the tales of the Arabian Nights.
If you’re looking for a bit of freshness, head to the Cameron Highlands. These highlands, where tea is grown, are located at more than 1,400 meters above sea level. The region, of an emerald green, offers breathtaking landscapes on the tea plantations, as well as many activities, which will delight adults and children. Do not hesitate to go trekking in the mossy Forest or enjoy a cup of Boh tea, the most popular tea in Malaysia, grown on the lands of the Cameron Highlands for more than one hundred and thirty years.
Located on the island of Penang and inscribed by Unesco on the World Heritage List, Georgetown is a must-see place to visit in Malaysia. Considered the culinary capital of the country, the city has a surprising architecture, marked by the different colonizations, as well as by the influence of Chinese culture.
A true gallery city, the walls of Georgetown are full of graffiti and works of all kinds. The area is also home to the UNESCO-listed Khoo Kongsi Temple. If you want to venture beyond the mythical district, you can also extend your visit to Penang Island and discover the many Buddhist temples, stroll through the island’s botanical garden or admire the incredible view of the jungle and the city from Penang Hill.
If you are a fan of paradisiacal beaches and authentic nature, go to the beautiful island of Tioman, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in the country. Located in the China Sea and renowned for its seabed – protected thanks to its status as a marine park – Tioman Island is the ideal place to practice diving or snorkelling and get acquainted with extremely rare fish, such as the Napoleon fish.
But the charm of the island is not limited to its beaches. The interior of the island, classified as a nature reserve, will offer you beautiful discoveries such as the tropical forest and the exceptional animals that inhabit it. You will be delighted.