Choosing the top 8 things to do on a trip to Malaysia wasn’t difficult. But I confess, it was a little overwhelming because Malaysia has so much to offer even the hardest to please travelers. Because there are endless things to do in a country as vibrant and culturally rich as Malaysia we narrowed down all the coolest things that you must experience on your visit to this wonderful country below. From climbing Mount Kinabalu to admiring the Petronas Towers, here’s our pick of the top 8 cool things to do on a trip to Malaysia.
Some very cool things to do on a trip to Malaysia
Climb Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia at 4095 meters and is one of the most popular ‘bucket list’ destinations in the world. No visit to Borneo, Malaysia, is complete without a trek to the summit of Mount Kinabalu to admire the breathtaking view. A World Heritage Site, Mount Kinabalu is well-known worldwide for it’s beautiful flora. So get a workout in while traveling!
Watch Orangutans in Sepilok
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, East Malaysia, is outside the city of Sandakan. In the 1960’s it was the first orangutan rehabilitation centre of its kind in the world when it opened. This centre rescues orangutan orphans who have been who have been found being kept as pets (this is illegal in Malaysia) or left to fend for themselves due to illegal poaching. The center provides healthcare and training so they are able to survive in the wild where they belong.
The Petronas Towers
When in KL you must visit the world’s tallest twin towers, The Petronas Towers, which stand 1,483 ft (452 meters) high. Open from Tuesday to Sunday and tickets are released at 8:30am on a first-come, first-serve basis. To avoid disappointment you can always purchase your ticket in advance online or at the Ticketing Counter (Concourse Level). The blend of Islamic and modern art and the architecture such as the bridge that joins the two towers make this well worth a visit. Not to mention the spectacular view of the city when you get to the top.
Explore the historic city of Melaka
The historical city of Melaka is a UNESCO world heritage site in Malaysia. Malacca was once one of the greatest trading ports in Southeast Asia however its popularity dwindled with tourists due to the rise of many other more impressive tourist hot spots developing all around it. However in recent years, Malacca has been revived as a great vacation destination due to its abundance of historical attractions. For that reason, it makes our list of top things to do in Malaysia.
Batu Caves in Selangor
The Batu Caves are a cave temple and a limestone hill that has a series of caves in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu river that flows past the hill. Get to see a never ending trail of devotees carrying offerings to the temple. The 272 steps you will have to climb up to the temple are well worth the effort for the view alone.
Taman Negara National Park
Located in the state of Pahang, Taman Negara National Park is the largest national park in peninsular Malaysia. It features the longest rope walkway in the world and if that’s not enough to make it worth a visit, the park also has some great treks, some as long as a 100km round trip. The area is also home to an indigenous tribe named the Orang Asli or Original People, who are believed to be the first inhabitants of Malaysia.
Soak up the culture at Sarawak Village
Consider Sarawak Cultural Village to be the most impressive Living Museum in southeast Asia with seven traditional houses, (Bidayuh, Iban, Orang Ulu, Malay Longhouse…) spread over 17-acres. If you want a unique multi-cultural experience when visiting Kuching or Damai then it’s worth visiting. Sarawak Cultural Village combines history, tradition, lifestyle, architecture, education and theatre.
Sunbath on Langkawi
Done with the busy Penang streets or crazy KL city life? It’s time to relax and unwind amongst the swaying coconut trees surrounded by the turquoise Andaman sea. Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast and is known as the Jewel of Kedah. A special bonus to a trip here is that it’s a great place for diving and you can also pick up duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to to do.
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