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Travel Guide

Petronas Twin Towers which includes a skyscraper, modern architecture and cbd

When most people think of Malaysia, they tend to think of fantastical cityscapes, thanks in no small part to the distinctive and imposing skyline of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. But the country is home to much more than just high-energy cities. Leave the urban limits behind to discover charming colonial towns, tropical islands and sun-soaked beaches.

Buzzing Kuala Lumpur’s most recognizable landmarks are probably the Petronas Towers, a pair of majestic twin towers that soar to a height of 1,483 feet (452 meters). Ascend to the viewing platform to admire breathtaking city views.

The more manageably sized colonial city of Melaka is another much-loved tourist hotspot. Haggle at Jonker Walk Night Market and wander around the UNESCO-listed historic center.

For a break among nature, head for Borneo’s Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. Embark on a 2-day hike and enjoy a picture-perfect sunrise on the second morning.

Other must-try outdoor pursuits include a walk across Langkawi Sky Bridge. One of the longest curved suspension bridges in the world, it offers unrivalled views of Langkawi’s lush jungle canopy.

Marvel at apes in the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, which has a conservation center dedicated to protecting and rehabilitating orphaned or previously captive orangutans. A wide variety of feathered species also reside here, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching.

Malaysian cuisine, which fuses Indian, Chinese and homegrown flavours, has earned global renown. Slurp bowls of laksa (spicy noodle soup) and try nasi lemak (coconut milk rice).

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the largest Malaysian airport, although many domestic and international flights also arrive and depart in Penang International Airport.

The many public transportation options in Malaysia means you can travel comfortably by bus or train between towns and cities. In Kuala Lumpur, make use of the efficient monorail system. Visit Malaysia between March and June, when local children are not on vacation and humidity levels are low, for the most pleasant sightseeing experience.

Shining cities and tropical rainforests sit side-by-side in this fascinating Southeast Asian country.

Malaysia Travel Guide Video

Popular cities in Malaysia

KLCC Park featuring a high rise building, night scenes and a fountain
Kuala Lumpur
Known for Shopping, Seafood and Family-Friendly
Malaysia’s bustling, multicultural capital is home to some of the country’s most impressive buildings, key historical and cultural sites, and world-class shopping.

Reasons to visit

  • Petaling Street
  • Central Market
  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Georgetown showing central business district, a high rise building and boating
George Town
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Beach View
Get away to romantic George Town! Enjoy the temples, local cuisine, and beaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Penang City Hall
  • Pinang Peranakan Mansion
  • Kapitan Keling Mosque
Johor Bahru featuring zoo animals, a pond and watersports
Johor Bahru
Known for Shopping, Family-Friendly and Swimming
Johor Bahru awaits: its theme park, zoo, castle, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Legoland Malaysia
  • Danga Bay
Known for Family-Friendly, Waterparks and Romantic
Romantic Kuantan awaits: its riverfront, water park, sunrises, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Endau-Rompin National Park
Melaka Historical City showing outdoor art and religious elements
Malacca City
Known for Shopping, Seafood and Walking
Explore Malacca City: its food, riverfront, temples, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • A Famosa
Kuching showing a bay or harbor, cbd and a skyscraper
Known for Seafood, Cultural Activities and Sightseeing
Sarawak’s capital city is filled with palaces, forts and temples, and is the gateway to the national parks and thriving orangutan habitats.

Reasons to visit

  • Bako National Park

Popular places to visit in Malaysia


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