With 13 states, three Federal Territories and a population that currently stands at more than 32 million, Malaysia combines the best of Asia and is well known for its diverse cultural landscape, which includes three of Asia’s oldest civilisations – Malay, Chinese and Indian – and the unique ethnic communities of Sabah and Sarawak.
One of the world’s top holiday destinations, Malaysia is filled with a wide variety of unique attractions. Whatever your definition of a fulfilling holiday, Malaysia has all the necessary elements – pristine beaches and breathtaking islands, a rich tapestry of cultures and history, well-preserved heritage treasures, world-class modern facilities, a fascinating collection of flora and fauna, lush and well-maintained nature reserves, a delightful array of mouth-watering cuisine and a long list of shopping hotspots – Malaysia will leave you wanting for more.
But do not just take our word for it. Come and discover the many wonders of Malaysia and peel the many layers of this fascinating country. Be prepared to be amazed, because there is just so much more to Malaysia than meets the eye.
Places of Interest
Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is a bustling metropolis with unique landmarks that are instantly recognisable worldwide. The city’s ability to combine the old with the new creates a delightful contrast which is part of its charming appeal. One of Asia’s most dynamic cities, Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of races and cultures brimming with diverse entertainment options, exciting attractions.
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
Standing at 451.9m, the world-renowned Petronas Twin Towers is KLCC’s centrepiece and one of the country’s most famous icons. The Skybridge on the 41st floor doubles up as an excellent viewing platform of the city’s skyline. Featuring futuristic glass-and-steel exterior and a traditionally-inspired interior, the 88-storey building reflects Malaysia’s aspirations in moving forward while maintaining its national identity and traditional values
The Minangkabau-style National Museum is the country’s premier museum. Built in 1963, the museum acts as a prime information hub on the nation’s history and culture, which are spread out over four differently- themed galleries. Relics from the past can also be found within the grounds of the museum.
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim
Istana Negara or the National Palace is the official residence of the King of Malaysia. This majestic edifice at Jalan Duta officially became the National Palace in 2011, the palace boasts a traditional Malay design with islamic art work that were created by renowned sculptors from Terengganu and Kelantan.
DATARAN MERDEKA (MERDEKA SQUARE)
Literally meaning ‘Independence Square’, Dataran Merdeka marks an important point in history where the Union Jack was lowered to signify Malaysia’s independence from the British. The 100m-high flagpole is reported to be one of the world’s tallest.
SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING
The stately Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the city’s most distinguished landmarks. Built in 1897, this heritage building served as an administrative centre during the British era. Standing right opposite Dataran Merdeka, it is the prime venue for the country’s National Day celebrations.
Malaysia’s Little India is situated within one of the country’s oldest Indian settlements. Officially launched in 2009, it is quickly becoming one of the city’s most popular tourist spots. Stretching from Jalan Travers right up to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Little India is conveniently located right next to KL Sentral, the city’s main transportation hub.
Chinatown is the place to find everything from novelty items, fresh flowers, clothes, bags, shoes to timepieces and many more. Genuine, adventurous visitors can put their bargaining skills to the test
Jalan Puncak, off Jalan P. Ramlee
Perched on top of Bukit Nanas within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the KL Tower is one of the city’s most significant landmarks. Its observation tower offers sweeping views of the city. Savour sumptuous cuisine while enjoying a 360˚ view of the city’s skyline at the Atmosphere 360˚ Revolving Restaurant @ KL Tower.
Situated overlooking the KL Lake Gardens, the huge bronze monument was built to pay tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives defending the country during the Communist Insurgency in the 1950s. It was designed by Felix de Weldon, the architect of the famous Iwo Jima Memorial
Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing in Kuala Selangor are some of the few places in the world where one can watch a symphony of lights performed by colonies of firefly at night, lighting up both sides of the river.
Light House during the Colonial times still stands today.
Beat the tropical heat in the Waters of Africa at Sunway Lagoon Water Park! Go for a spin in the loops of the African Pythons, or race your friends in an adrenalin-pumping ride head first down the Congo Challenge. You can also do the Cameroon Climb, get drop 15 metres then shoot back up 8 metres for prolonged fun.
SULTAN SALAHUDDIN ABDUL AZIZ MOSQUE
Large, iconic mosque with a blue stained glass dome, soaring minarets & Malay-style interior.
The exotic golden statue of Lord Muruga - greeting both devotees and visitors to the cave temple. Limestone caves at the top of steep steps housing Hindu temples & shrines, plus a huge deity statue.
PORTA DE SANTIAGO
The Porta de Santiago is one of Melaka’s most famous landmarks. It is one of the four main entrances to the A’Famosa fortress, which was built in 1511 by Alfonso d’Albuquerque, a Portuguese admiral. Even though the rest of the fortress was badly damaged during the Dutch invasion in 1641, its iconic gateway still stands to this day.
Characterised by salmon red walls, the Stadthuys was once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers. Built in 1645, it now houses the Museum of History and Ethnography. Next to it is the similarly-coloured Christ Church, a Dutch Reformed Church built in the 18th century.
Melaka's Submarine Museum is the first and only submarine museum in Malaysia. The museums is the decommissioned Agosta 70 class submarine named SMD Quessant from France. Measuring 67.57m in lenght, it was previously used for training submarine crews in Malaysia. In Its heydays, it was widely regarded as a silent weapon.
HANG TUAH CENTER
Kampung Sungai Duyong
Hang Tuah Center chronicles the life of Hang Tuah, the legendary Malay warrior, as told by the Malay Annals and Hikayat Hang Tuah. The center's complex comprises a cluster of five tradisional Malaccan Malay houses representing the five famous warriors during the era of Sultan Mansur Shah - Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu. The center is located in Kampung Sungai Duyong, where Hang Tuah was born.
Connecting the mainland and the island of Penang, Penang Bridge is the country’s longest bridge at 13.5km. Modelled after San Francisco’s Golden Gates Bridge, this iconic bridge is the venue of the annual Penang Bridge International Marathon. Magnificent coastal views greet you on both sides as you drive along the bridge.
KEK LOK SI
Standing majestically on top of a hill overlooking the little town of Ayer Itam, Kek Lok Si is the finest and largest Buddhist temple complex in Southeast Asia. Founded more than a hundred years ago, its highlights include a striking seven-tiered pagoda called The Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas and a 120-foot bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
One of Penang’s main icons, Penang Hill is a popular retreat for those who wish to escape the city’s blistering heat. Also known as Bukit Bendera or Flagstaff Hill, Penang Hill soars 833m (2,723 feet) above sea level. A brand-new funicular train service takes visitors to the summit in less than half an hour, where a spectacular panoramic view of George Town and its surroundings – all the way up to the mainland – awaits at the Viewing Deck.
PINANG PERANAKAN MANSION
Originally belonging to Kapitan Chung Keng Quee, the mansion has been restored and refurbished to its former glory to offer a glimpse of the typical opulent lifestyle of a rich Peranakan or Straits-born Chinese family as well as their many customs and traditions. With more than 1,000 pieces of artefacts, antiques and collectibles on display, the mansion itself is of eclectic design and architecture
Batu Ferringhi is a suburb of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. Located along the northern coast of Penang Island and about 11 km northwest of George Town, it is the prime beach destination in Penang among locals and tourists.
Located next to Perdana Putra, this is the principal mosque in Putrajaya. Built with rose-tinted granite that gives it its distinctive colour, the mosque can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at one time. An interesting feature of the mosque is the Sahn or courtyard, which is landscaped with decorative water features to provide a soothing feel.
PRIME MINISTER'S DEPARTMENT COMPLEX
With its distinctive green dome, the Prime Minister's Department Complex has become an icon in Putrajaya. Built in 1997, the complex houses the ofices of the Prime Minister, his Deputy as well as several other government departments and agencies. The complex incorporates various architectural influences, including European, Islamic and traditional Malay.
Putrajaya is a city in Malaysia, south of Kuala Lumpur. It’s known for its late-20th-century architecture including the Putra Mosque, made from rose-colored granite with a pink dome. Nearby is the immense, green-domed Perdana Putra, which contains the prime minister’s office complex. The 3-tiered Putra Bridge is inspired by Iranian architecture, with 4 minaret-type piers overlooking the man-made Putrajaya Lake.
The unfinished, ruined mansion, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith. According to differing accounts, it was either a gift for his wife or a home for his son.
a cave in Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia. It is popular among spelunkers, or caving enthusiasts. More than 3 km long, it is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia.
ROYAL BELUM NATIONAL PARK
The Royal Belum State Park is a huge park in the northern parts of Peninsular Malaysia. It is part of the even bigger Belum-Temengor Forest Complex (BTFC) that is shared with Thailand. It is one of the oldest rainforest in world, dating back over 130 million years.
LOST WORLD OF TAMBUN
Lost World Of Tambun is Malaysia's premiere action and adventure family holiday destination. A wholesome family experience awaits everyone behind its majestic walls with everything you could possibly want from amusement park rides to eco-adventure thrills! That's not all, Lost World Of Tambun is also located in one of Malaysia's most historic city, rich with culture and heritage.
Legoland Malaysia's layout starts out with the park's main entrance area with the traditionally main entrance Legoland sight. There is a Legoland shop selling Lego products, toys, sets, Legoland merchandise and etc. Legoland has Interactive Lego games and Lego building, this includes build and test an interactive Lego building attraction where visitors build houses, cars, skyscrapers.
JOHOR PREMIUM OUTLET
Johor Premium Outlets is a shopping centre in Indahpura, Kulai District, Johor, Malaysia. It is the first luxury premium brand outlet in Southeast Asia.
The Aur Island is an island in Mersing District, Johor, Malaysia. It lies about 76 kilometres (47miles) east of Mersing Town and is part of the Johor Marine Park. Its coral, lagoons and offshore pools make it a tourist attraction. It has for many years also always been a frequent stopover point for fisherman
Mount Ophir, or more commonly known by its Malay name, Gunung Ledang, is a mountain situated in the Gunung Ledang National Park located in Tangkak District, Johor, Malaysia. The summit is located between the border of Muar and Malacca.
The steepest cable car ride on earth and takes visitors up 708m above sea level to Langkawi's second highest peak of Mt. Machinchang, where the view of the surrounding islands is simply breathtaking. Enjoy great views of the hillside flora, waterfalls and occasional glimpses of the wildlife and birds.
The curved pedestrian bridge is built atop Mt. Machinchang at height about 700m above sea level. Accessible from the Top Station, the bridge is suspended from a 82m high single pylon and hangs at about 100m above the ground. It swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique view of the surrounding area.
Known as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is part of an archipelago made up of 99 islands and is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. Surrounded by sparkling emerald waters and fringed by powder-fine sandy beaches, the charming tropical island boasts some of the region’s best natural attractions, earning it a UNESCO Global Geopark status in 2007. The island is also shrouded in myths and mystery, making it one exciting and intriguing destination.
THE TEA PLANTATION
This is one of the main attraction that’s got to be on your “must see” list. The plantations have got scenic views of the mountains for you to enjoy. You can visit the factories to learn about the tea making process and you can also sit down and enjoy a cup of tea at the café.
This English Tudor boutique style hotel, built in 1939, is situated adjacent to a beautiful golf course. Guests will enjoy a prime location on a verdant hill that is just three hours from Kuala Lumpur and nestled upon the frontier that separates modernity from the untamed wild.
Fraser’s Hill is a mountain village in Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia, known for its highland rainforest and extensive birdlife. Several nature paths, including Pine Tree Trail and Bishop Trail, cross jungle terrain sheltering migratory birds like the Siberian thrush. The area also harbors Malayan tigers and rare trig oak trees.
Genting Highlands is a high-altitude hill resort in Malaysia, situated in the Titiwangsa Mountains northeast of Kuala Lumpur. Developed since the 1960s, the site comprises hotels, a shopping mall, restaurants and the Casino de Genting. Its Chin Swee Caves Temple sits on forested acreage with mountain views. Genting Skyway, a cable car, connects the resort with the plateau town Gohtong Jaya.
Pahang National Park
Lata Berkoh is a spectacular cascade that marks the limit of easy navigability on the river. There are deep pools below the cascade, with strong under-current and very cold water.
MOUNT KINABALU Kinabalu Park
(Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site)
MOUNT KINABALU K inabalu Park (Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site) Standing majestically at a height of 4,095.2m, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in Southeast Asia. It is situated in Kinabalu Park, a wonderland of ecological treasures covering some 754sq km. The diversity of plant life in Kinabalu Park ranges over four climatic zones. Over 5,000 types of flowering plants including 1,200 species of orchids, 26 species of rhododendrons, over 80 species of fig trees as well as 60 species of oak and chestnut trees are found here. About 100 species of mammals and 326 species of birds are also known to reside in the sprawling park. Ascending and descending Mount Kinabalu’s summit takes two to three days, depending on the weather and one’s fitness level. Every year, participants from around the world gather here to take part in the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon. It is dubbed as the ‘World’s Toughest Mountain Race’. Despite the challenging route and distance, mountain runners take less than four hours to reach the peak and return to the finish line.
PORING HOT SPRINGS
After a visit to Kinabalu Park, make a trip to the Poring Hot Springs to soothe away your aches. Poring Hot Springs is situated about 40km from the Kinabalu Park Headquarters. The main attractions here are the natural hot springs and a 157.8 metre-long canopy walkway. Standing at 41 metres from the forest floor, this walkway is a ‘must’ for visitors to Poring Hot Springs as it affords a commanding view of the Borneo rainforest. Don’t miss the butterfly farm, orchid conservation centre, tropical garden and Rafflesia site.
SEPILOK ORANG UTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE
Enjoy the rare and thrilling opportunity to see an orang utan up close. Situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve which sprawls over 4,300ha, this sanctuary serves to rehabilitate orphaned orang utans as well as educate the public on the importance of wildlife conservation. The viewing gallery gives an opportunity to see the orang utans being fed by rangers.
TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PARK
The Marine Park is a cluster of islands; Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. Pulau Gaya hosts the Gayana Eco Resort, Bunga Raya Resort and the Gaya Island resort
In the centre of the mangrove forests of Semawang is the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, where you can see Borneo's indigenous proboscis monkeys. This privately-owned sanctuary located within an oil palm estate gives you the chance to observe these animals up close and personal.
Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 metres (2,000 ft) from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It was formed by corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin., the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem.
GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK Miri (A UNESCO World Heritage Site)
One of the most outstanding attractions in Sarawak, Gunung Mulu National Park is a treasure trove of vertical cliffs, jagged limestone pinnacles and intricate cave networks. The area is a paradise for researchers with some 20,000 animals and 3,500 plant species. Tours and caving expeditions are available from the park office. Visitors can choose from introductory, intermediate or advanced tours depending on their experience and fitness levels. Tours are accompanied by World Heritage Guides. To truly appreciate the beauty of Mulu, visitors are advised to allocate at least several days for their trip here. Accommodation ranges from camp sites, forest huts to the exclusive Royal Mulu Resort nestled amidst the rainforest. Mulu is accessible by air from Miri.
BAKO NATIONAL PARK Kuching
Bako National Park is ideal for day trips because of its proximity to the city. It is also said to be the best place to start your discovery of the state’s rainforest. Among the occupants of this national park are the rare proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, leaf monkeys, monitor lizards, plantain squirrels and about 150 species of birds. Accommodation is available in the form of forest hostels and lodges.
SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE Damai
An award-winning attraction, Sarawak Cultural Village is a cultural microcosm of the entire state. Dubbed as a ‘living museum’, the village showcases the lifestyles and traditional dwellings of the major ethnic groups in Sarawak. Among the items on display are cooking utensils, traditional tools, musical instruments and many more. The highlight of a visit here is the cultural performance held at 11.30am and 4.00pm daily.
IBAN LONGHOUSE TOURS Batang Ai, Lemanak and Skrang
The Iban longhouse tour at Batang Ai is a unique experience to be cherished. Lemanak River is about four hours’ drive from Kuching. Visitors will get an opportunity to journey upstream along the river on a wooden longboat, before arriving at the longhouse where many interesting activities await. Be awed by a blowpipe demonstration, see how rice is cooked in bamboo tubes and watch a traditional native dance. Batang Ai is the site of the 24,040ha Batang Ai National Park. It is home to the endangered gibbons, orang utans and hornbills. Just outside the park is the fivestar Hilton Longhouse Resort, offering longhouse-style accommodation with all the trappings of modernity.