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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.

Popular cities in Malaysia

KLCC Park featuring a high rise building, night scenes and a fountain
Kuala Lumpur
Known for Shopping, Dining and Family-Friendly

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  • Petaling Street
    Petaling Street
  • Central Market
    Central Market
  • Petronas Twin Towers
    Petronas Twin Towers
Georgetown showing central business district, a high rise building and boating
George Town
Known for Dining, Shopping and Beaches

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  • Penang City Hall
    Penang City Hall
  • Kapitan Keling Mosque
    Kapitan Keling Mosque
  • Pinang Peranakan Mansion
    Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Kota Kinabalu featuring tropical scenes and a park
Kota Kinabalu
Known for Swimming, Islands and Marinas

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Reasons to visit

  • Mount Kinabalu National Park
    Mount Kinabalu National Park
Johor Bahru featuring zoo animals, a pond and watersports
Johor Bahru
Known for Shopping, Family-Friendly and Swimming

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Reasons to visit

  • Legoland Malaysia
    Legoland Malaysia
Melaka Historical City showing outdoor art and religious elements
Malacca City
Known for Shopping, Dining and Family-Friendly

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  • A Famosa
    A Famosa
Kuantan
Known for Family-Friendly, Rivers and Waterparks

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Popular things to do in Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

Enjoy the view from the observation deck on the 86th floor, atop the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers.

KLCC Park
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KLCC Park

Relax by the lake as you gaze at the city skyline or wander the grounds to see statues, water features and landscaped gardens.

Batu Caves
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Batu Caves

Admire towering statues of Hindu gods before you climb the enormous staircase leading to temples and shrines inside these mystical caves.

Merdeka Square
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Merdeka Square

Admire the colonial buildings and stroll the lawns of the square where Malaysia’s independence was officially declared.

Langkawi Sky Bridge
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Langkawi Sky Bridge

Check out Langkawi Cable Car and Langkawi Beach—just two of the popular sights around Langkawi Sky Bridge, a city also known for its beaches and swimming.

Putra Mosque
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Putra Mosque

Venture to Sunway Pyramid Mall and Sepang International Circuit—just two of the top sights around Putra Mosque, a city also notable for its shopping and recreation choices.