Top 10 Sights in Malaysia

Malaysia – the 10 highlights of the country

Malaysia – a multicultural country in Southeast Asia – offers its visitors gorgeous beaches, exciting cities and a glimpse into a colorful culture. The diverse country consists of the Malay Peninsula, which borders Thailand and the Malay part of the island of Borneo. In this country, a variety of cultures and languages meet in harmony.The influence from all over the world is not only evident in the country’s delicious cuisine. Hospitality is capitalized here. In addition to the cultural diversity, the Malay beaches with snow-white sand and crystal clear sea attract more and more tourists. The gorgeous islands promise colorful snorkeling tours and pure relaxation. If sunbathing alone is not enough for you, you can fully satisfy your adventure desire in the rainforest, with wild animals and exotic plants. Malaysia is an absolute insider tip. Adventurers, athletes, lazy people, sun worshippers and action-packed tourists will get their money’s worth here. In the following we would like to present you the 10 highlights of the country which you must not miss at all.

Kuala Lumpur – the country’s capital

The country’s capital is one of the most impressive cities in the world. It combines a variety of cultural influences in a unique way. Mosques, churches and Hindu temples can be found here lined up in one street. The local cuisine offers its visitors a treat for the palate of a special kind. Enjoy the cultural diversity of the city here. The largest shopping mall in the world and the numerous bazaars invite you to stroll in many corners of the city. Plan here quietly more time – there is much to see.

The Night Market in Kuala Lumpur is the best place to learn about the country’s culinary arts!

Petronas Tower

The twin towers are the landmark of the capital. Currently the largest twin towers in the world, they can be seen from everywhere, quickly serving as an easy landmark. Especially in the evening, a visit to the Petronas Tower skyscrapers is worthwhile. The light and water shows attract many tourists. Rightly so. The towers are then magically illuminated and the various music shows at the foot of the skyscrapers promise every visitor an impressive performance.

View of the Petronas Tower from the Vertigo Bar

Batu Caves

From the capital of Malaysia, a trip to the Batu Caves is definitely worthwhile. In the limestone caves you can find figures and Hindu temples from long ago. The very special atmosphere inspires every visitor and draws him fully under its spell. By the way, at the end of January the impressive Thaipusam festival takes place. Numerous Malays then make a pilgrimage to the place of worship. Visitors from all over the world marvel at this unique scenario.

View from the stairs of Bau Caves near Kuala Lumpur

Iisland paradise Langkawi

The island of Langkawi is located in the north of the country. Here you can experience the absolutely perfect beach vacation. The gorgeous white beaches invite you to relax and soak up the sun. Enchanting trekking trails lead through the island’s mangrove forest, where you will encounter fascinating plant life, exotic bird species and picturesque waterfalls. Among Langkawi’s most famous sights are the beach Pasir Hitham with its black sand and the Suspension Bridge on Mount Mat Cincang.

Go here for the Langkawi island guide

View over an island near Langkawi

Island of Penang and Georgetown

In the west of the Malay Peninsula lies the island of Penang. From the capital, the island is quite convenient to reach by train and ferry. For many backpackers, the island is an absolute highlight.Your capital Georgetown was even declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and for a justified reason. Georgetown combines Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic culture in a unique way that you can’t marvel at anywhere else in the world. Of course, the European colonial era has also left its mark. In many corners of the city, colonial heritage can be experienced up close. This cultural wealth should not be missed on any trip through the country. Little tip: Here is our street art map

View over Penang beach

Cameron Highlands

The European influence can be felt throughout the country. Situated about 4 hours north of the capital is the green heart of the peninsula, which was already used by the British in colonial times to escape the heat a bit at an altitude of circa 2000 meters. Every visitor can expand his knowledge on the tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands and learn a lot about history, tea cultivation and production.

Go here for our Cameron Highlands Guide.

Tea growing in the Cameron Highlands

Coastal city of Melakka

The coastal city of Melakka is located north of Kuala Lumpur. This wonderful city was also declared a UNSECO World Heritage Site in 2008. The little town can be explored well in 2 days. We were even there for 6 days in 2019. The picturesque alleys and the charming old town always invite you to linger. Melakka has some sights to offer, including the Sultan’s Palace or the Christ Church.

Pulau Tioman

On the eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula lies the charming island of Pulau Tioman. White dreamlike beaches and a magical rainforest await its visitors here. In the original fishing villages of the island you will experience peace and pure nature. The wonderful flora and fauna captivates every guest. Unfortunately, we have not yet had time to visit the island – but the next Malaysia trip is coming for sure.

Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands offer another diving and snorkeling paradise. Here you will also find postcard beaches and a fascinating plant and animal kingdom. The two small islands are located on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula and are quite easy to reach.

National Parks in East Malaysia

In East Malaysia on the island of Borneo, every vacationer can be inspired by fantastic wildlife. In the national parks, exotic plants and animals can be experienced up close. The city Kota Kinabalu serves as the optimal starting point for most backpackers to most activities in this part of the country. Adventures and unique experiences can be had here like nowhere else. The unique national parks and nature reserves of the island promise fantastic experiences with animals and nature. A very special experience is the visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Here, orangutans are released into the wild and reintroduced into the wild. And the great thing is, visitors can watch live. Nature lovers should also definitely climb the volcano Mount Kinabalu . Wonderful trekking tours can be organized to this place and the view is breathtaking. Another highlight of the island are the cave systems in Gunung Mulu National Park The nature reserve is home to numerous bats and unique insects found only on the island.

The most culturally rich country in Southeast Asia offers backpackers from all over the world a unique vacation paradise. Whether you explore the country on your own or join guided tours, the people here will always be open and welcoming to you. The Malay Peninsula and the eastern part of Borneo offer tourists a vacation paradise without borders: dreamy beaches, a fascinating underwater world and culturally impressive cities. Adventure vacation or simply sunbathing – Malaysia is always worth a trip.

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