Top Destinations to Visit in Malaysia

Top Destinations to Visit in Malaysia

Written By: Merci

My friends and I were trying to decide where to go to celebrate a milestone birthday and one of them came up with a destination that I hadn’t yet considered -- Malaysia. Being open to adventure and willing to travel anywhere they wanted to go, I embraced the idea of traveling to Malaysia and promptly set out to do a little bit of research to figure out what exactly this country had to offer and get an idea of what I wanted to do. It turns out, Malaysia has a little bit of something for everyone! Whether you want to visit one of the hundreds of islands located off the mainland or you want to explore some of the bustling cities, Malaysia is rich in culture and beauty, while also appealing to those who want a city experience or more of a relaxing getaway to the more remote areas of the country.


Since we were traveling during the winter months, my friends and I agreed that we wanted to spend some time laying out the sun and enjoying some of the gorgeous islands that dot the Malaysian coastline.

Langkawi is one of the most beautiful archipelagos, located only 30 kilometers off of the mainland and close to Thailand -- which is perfect for anyone who wants to travel between the two countries. We decided to spend three days in Langkawi, which is nicknamed the Jewel of Kedah, and for good reason. White sandy beaches and turquoise water were the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway before we made our way to other regions of Malaysia.


The next stop on our Malaysian getaway was Penang – I wish we could have spent most of our trip in this amazing area. Everywhere you looked, there were so many architectural aspects and historical sites to visit as well as beautiful artwork located everywhere. The area was lively and vibrant – it also had a lot to offer including amazing local food choices and cuisines -- one of the locals there suggested we walk up to Penang Hill, which gave us stunning views of the entire landscape.

If you’re looking for a destination that puts you in close proximity of various points of interest, such as the Batu Ferringi beach or National Park, then Penang is worth staying in and exploring the outskirts.


We decided to spend time in Kuala Lumpur at the beginning and end of our trip simply because it was where we were flying in and out of and we wanted to see as much of Malaysia as we could manage in our somewhat short trip. The one and only priority we had while we were in the city was to view the Petronas Towers, which actually isn’t that hard to do because you can see them from virtually anywhere in the city. While they are an amazing sight to see during daytime, they are even more beautiful at night -- a light show often plays nearby, which just creates a spectacular visual with this iconic destination.


If you have the time to travel more inland, the Cameron Highlands is worth the detour! This stunning and beautiful region immerses you in some of the greenest landscape I have ever seen -- the Cameron Highlands are also home to countless green tea plantations and soft rolling hills. Many areas within the Cameron Highlands also give you mesmerizing views of the area, which are truly spectacular and memorable, and exactly what you want when you visit Malaysia. For those who are more into adventure, the Cameron Highlands are one of the top destinations for backpackers -- numerous guest houses and lounges are located throughout the area if you are wanting to go on a trek.

While you’re in the Cameron Highlands there are also plenty of attractions to check out including the Tea Plantation and Factory, Cactus Point and The Mossy Forest. While it might be difficult to figure out exactly what you want to see while you’re in this area, those who are on a limited budget or time can rest assured that you will still experience much of the beauty and ambience of the area that no matter what activity you choose.

In the end, I was very happy that my friend mentioned Malaysia because there is really no limit to what you can do in this country -- between the Highlands, gorgeous islands and city life, Malaysia is one of the most diverse destinations and I will definitely need to go back.

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