Located just south of Thailand on the Malay Peninsula, Malaysia is a tropical paradise in the heart of southeast Asia. It’s perhaps best known for its beaches, rainforests, and its wealth of natural beauty and impressive scenery. The capital, Kuala Lumpur houses the tallest twin towers in the world, while its islands are home to some of the most beautiful dive areas you can see. Whether you’re up for trekking and diving, or just want to relax on the beach and dine in the city, Malaysia is certainly worth a visit.
What to Expect
One of the most recognizable spots in Malaysia, the Petronas Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world. The sky bridge that connects the towers is the world’s tallest two-story bridge. As long as you’re not afraid of heights, you can get tickets to the sky bridge to check out some amazing views of the city, or go even higher to check out the viewing deck from the 86th floor.
Insider Travel Tip: The lines to the Petrona Towers can get busy which is why we recommend booking your ticket online. The tickets get sent straight to your hotel making is super convenient.
Next to Thailand, Malaysia, in my opinion, has some of the best cuisines in Asia. Seize the opportunity to get to know more of the incredible flavors of Malaysian cuisine by taking cooking classes in Malaysia which will give you all the info you need on how to make the best laksas and rendangs.
This natural wonder is one of the world’s oldest rainforests, estimated to be around 130 million years old. Whether you’re looking to set out on a 100km trek, or just take an afternoon stroll, this is the perfect spot to explore. Rock climbing and canoeing are available in this area, too! If you love nature and the outdoors, you can also opt to go trekking.
If you’re short on time but want to see the best of Malaysia, we recommend this private tour of the Cameron Highlands which includes transfers and a guide.
Consisting of three huge limestone caves, this area is actually a cave temple. There are 272 steps to get up to the temple, but most people will agree that the sights are worth it. If you’re in Malaysia for the Thaipusam celebration, you can glimpse thousands of devotees carrying offerings to the temple. They recently painted the steps of the Batu Caves, making it an instant Instagram hotspot.
If you want to get photos of the place, we recommend going really early in the morning so it isn’t too crowded. Alternatively, you can also check out this tour going to the Batu Caves which is super convenient.
If you’re looking for something unique, you can also go on this tour which takes you to the Batu Caves and firefly watching in Kuala Selangor.
If you’re a big foodie, Malaysia is food heaven! There are tons of delicious street food finds everywhere you go. What better way to discover this food scene by going on a food tour? Take a look at this particular “off-the-eaten” track food tour that will take you to the best local food joints.
This is a great place to get a peek into the rich cultural history of Malaysia in Sarawak. You can learn about the different cultural groups in Malaysia, see performances, music workshops, artwork, and lots more. It’s a different side of Malaysia from the hubbub of Kuala Lumpur or Penang, but it’s definitely worth a visit.
If you need a little R&R while you’re in Malaysia, head for the beaches. Langkawi Island in the Andaman sea is the perfect spot to relax and soak up some sun. They’ve got everything from hostels to extravagant resorts and everything in between. Take a couple of days and enjoy some of the incredible seaside beauty of this island.
If you’re up for a little more adventure and excitement, check out Redang Island. But if you haven’t already, you’ll definitely want to get your scuba diving certification first. The waters around this island are home to 31 incredible dive sites, including a few impressive shipwrecks you won’t want to miss. The waters along the Perhentian Islands are also world renowned and worth exploring.
If you’re up for a bit of adventure, why not challenge yourself by climbing up Mount Kinabalu in Borneo. You can opt to conquer this trek via the regular route or opt to do Mount Kinabalu as you ascend a series of ropes and iron bars to reach the peak.
Another must-do while in Malaysia is to see the famous street art in Penang. Everywhere you go, you will find countless street murals often depicting children in various poses. The art is absolutely gorgeous and unusual, making it a fun city to explore and walk around in.