Malaysia Travel Guide

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Home to both the towering twin peaks of Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers and rural tea fields, plus rust-bucket boats floating in age old harbors, the contrasts of ancient and modern, rich and poor make Malaysia a welcoming and captivating place to visit.

Cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur still has the age-old hazard of falling to the sewer and the sugary stench of Durian, but it’s fast becoming a must-see Asian city. Staring up boggle-eyed at the soaring skyscrapers and wandering amongst the temples and shrines of Malaysia’s harmonious religious mish mash is seductive, as is the market stall laksa (coconut noodle soup) and the non-stop haggling of the colorful night markets.

As great as KL is, though, most come to Malaysia for those characteristic forested hillsides and white sand beaches. You’ll find them both on the Perhentian Islands, where astonishing tropical waters meet lush jungles, and teeming reefs wait just offshore. You can stay in stilted houses hovering over the water (some even incorporate glass floors), and sip from your coconut with a straw as you ride out to some even more far-flung islands.

Borneo’s indigenous tribes and orangutans have drawn tourists for decades, and whilst well developed, offer a mesmerizing look at extraordinary tropical wildlife, whilst the adventurous can head for the heart and summit the heights of Mt. Kinabalu. Hiking in the Cameron Highlands takes you past endless tea fields, while Kota Bhalu is home to temples galore, and a famous night market where day-trippers from Thailand can snap up shadow puppets and vivid handmade kites. In Penang you can glance back through the centuries by exploring the colonial architecture, or head for the resorts of Pulau Langkawi to bask in sumptuous luxury.

Food is the locals' main reason for being. A melting pot of different cultures provides for a heavenly feast when dining out, whether it's a roadside stall or an upmarket restaurant, nothing excites the senses than the burst of of flavors found in the local cuisine.

For all its glories, one of the biggest draws of Malaysia is its ethos. With a host of national parks and wildlife projects, and lacking the inbuilt hassle-factor that comes with travel in large parts of Asia, Malaysia is a country on the up, and modernizing fast. That’s not to say you won’t stumble across tribes living out their lives in shambolic log houses in the middle of the jungle, though, and the experience is all the better for it.

Kuala Lumpur #1 most popular location
Kuala Lumpur (known to most as KL) is Malaysia’s modern and eclectic capital. Sometimes smoggy but always lively its temples redolent with the smoke of countless sticks of incense while mar…
2,930travelers 742reviews 363blogs
Langkawi #2 most popular location
A collection of just under one hundred islands -or just over one hundred, if you count the ones that reveal themselves at low tide – Langkawi is an increasingly popular Malaysian tourist sp…
88travelers 101reviews 52blogs
Malacca #3 most popular location
Malacca is the third smallest Malaysian state. It is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, on the Straits of Malacca. The capital city of state of Malacca is Malacca Town (Ba…
133travelers 68reviews 59blogs
Kota Kinabalu #4 most popular location
The capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is a place of tropical luxury, heavenly beaches and exotic local cultures. Close to Kota Kinabalu there are plenty of attenti…
194travelers 103reviews 57blogs
Penang #5 most popular location
Penang is considered to be one of the main tourist stops for visitors in Malaysia. Also known as Pulau Pinang (in Malay which translates to Penang Island). This beautiful island is also known…
432travelers 121reviews 97blogs
Kuching #6 most popular location
Along with being the largest city in the state of Sarawak in East Malaysia, Kuching is also the capital. It is the largest city on the island of Borneo, and the fourth largest city in the ent…
146travelers 60reviews 44blogs
Georgetown #7 most popular location
Georgetown has been named by the British after King George III, but is unmistakebly a Chinese city. It is the capital of the island and state of Penang on the West Coast of Malaysia. Th…
28travelers 54reviews 31blogs
Johor Bahru #8 most popular location
Johor Bahru is the capital city of Johor in southern Malaysia. The city of Johor Bahru is located at 1°29′N, 103°44′E. The city council administers the highly developed southern central…
163travelers 14reviews 6blogs
Sandakan #9 most popular location
Sandakan is easily accessible from Kota Kinabalu or Kuala Lumpur and is a pretty quiet place on it's own. There is of course the contemplative Sandakan Memorial Park, which is stood on a …
21travelers 25reviews 19blogs
Ipoh #10 most popular location
Ipoh is the capital of Perak, a state in Malaysia. It is about a three hours car drive (or five hour bus drive) from Kuala Lumpur via the North-South Expressway. Ipoh is a slow paced city…
114travelers 39reviews 12blogs
Cameron Highlands #11 most popular location
Located high in the mountains in the northeastern section of Pahang, Malaysia, the Cameron Highlands are much like the name suggests: mountainous. This is a landscape of rolling hills covered…
17travelers 10reviews 40blogs
Batu Ferringhi #12 most popular location
Batu Ferringhi, where the translation means Foreigner's rock, is the famous famous beach for both tourist and locals Penang, Malaysia. While the beach is definitely not the best beach in Mala…
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Petaling Jaya #13 most popular location
A satellite city of Kuala Lumpur in the Klang Valley, Petaling Jaya, or PJ, is known for its mix of industrial and residential activity. It's the largest city in the state of Selangor and …
178travelers 29reviews 10blogs
Port Dickson #14 most popular location
Port Dickson is a beach located in the state of Negeri Sembilan. If you are in Kuala Lumpur and wish to visit a beach or sun bathing, Port Dickson is the closest beach! It is abouth 34KM …
13travelers 14reviews 2blogs
Kuantan #15 most popular location
Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang, the 3rd largest state in Malaysia. It is situated near the mouth of the Kuantan River and faces the South China Sea. If one measures the distance along…
36travelers 23reviews 8blogs
Genting Highlands #16 most popular location
Dubbed the 'City of Entertainment', this mountain resort offers a casino, indoor and outdoor theme parks and a golf course. Located an hour from Kuala Lumpur, visitors can drive up to the res…
3travelers 21reviews 5blogs
Kota Bharu #17 most popular location
Kota Bharu is a city in Malaysia, is the state capital and Royal City of Kelantan. It is also the name of the territory (jajahan) in which Kota Bharu City is situated. The name means 'new cit…
21travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Miri #18 most popular location
Located on the island of Borneo in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Miri is what some of us call a 'gateway" city which is in fact the second largest city in Sarawak. It is also the Oil City s…
47travelers 8reviews 7blogs
Tanah Rata #19 most popular location
Tanah Rata is the biggest town in the Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. It is 4km from Brinchang, another town in the Cameron Highlands. Tanah Rata means 'flat ground' in Malay, a referenc…
1travelers 16reviews 12blogs
Pangkor Island #20 most popular location
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Tioman Island #21 most popular location
Tioman Island is off the coast of peninsula Malaysia. Quiet and secluded, it is perfect for snorkling, scuba diving, exploring mangrove forests, hiking and even rock climbing. You can walk…
14travelers 16reviews 4blogs
Sepang #22 most popular location
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Selangor #23 most popular location
The state capital is Shah Alam and the royal capital is Klang. A third major urban centre is Petaling Jaya which was awarded city status on 20 June 2006. Hence, Selangor is one of only two Ma…
107travelers 23reviews 2blogs
Pulau Perhentian #24 most popular location
Pulau Perhentian is an island situated in the east coast of Malaysia under the state of Terengganu.It is situated about a 30 minute speed boat ride from Kuala Besut Jetty. There are 2 isl…
31travelers 10reviews 8blogs
Kuala Terengganu #25 most popular location
Kuala Terengganu is the state capital of Terengganu, in the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia. This place is characterised by strong Malay culture, laid-back lifestyle, tranquil coastal towns …
29travelers 4reviews
Semporna #26 most popular location
Semporna is the gateway to the most amazing diving in Malaysia. However it is also a dirty, smelly, poor place. Not as bad as small towns in Indonesia or Philippines but very close. The mar…
6travelers 14reviews 19blogs
Shah Alam #27 most popular location
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Sabah #28 most popular location
Sabah is located on the north of Malaysian Borneo and is one of the 13 states in Malaysia. Sabah is a popular destination for tourists. Mount Kinabalu, the highest Mountain in South-East As…
94travelers 13reviews 7blogs
Taiping #29 most popular location
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Putrajaya #30 most popular location
Putrajaya,which was originally Prang Besar ڤراڠ بسر, was opened in 1918 as Air Hitam by the British and also(Known as Malaysia's first Intelligent Garden City) is the new federal admin…
15travelers 8reviews 7blogs
Alor Setar #31 most popular location
Alor Setar, known as Alor Star between 2004 and 2008,[1] is the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia, and Kota Setar District's Administrative Centre. It is also a distribution center for manufac…
23travelers 1reviews
Cherating #32 most popular location
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Klang #33 most popular location
Klang is one of the oldest towns located southwest in the state of Selangor. It was a tin mining town that the two local chieftains, Raja Abdullah and Raja Mahadi, fought over. Klang is known…
59travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Pantai Cenang #34 most popular location
Pantai Cenang is a white sand stretch of beach at the south eastern tip of Pulau Langkawi. It has a reputation as being a cheaper area of the island and attracts the mid budget and backpacker…
1travelers 13reviews 6blogs
Subang Jaya #35 most popular location
Subang Jaya is a middle to upper class housing area in Selangor, Malaysia. You will only find houses, houses and more houses. This place used to be palm plantations some 30 years ago. Commonl…
39travelers 10reviews
Borneo #36 most popular location
Borneo is the largest island in Asia. It is also the third largest island in the world. Borneo's territory is shared by three countries: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. Indonesia controls …
244travelers 10reviews 20blogs
Redang Island #37 most popular location
Pulau Redang (Redang Island) Malaysia lies about 45 km north-northeast of Kuala Terengganu and is accessible via Merang jetty and Shahbandar jetty. Pulau Redang offers some of the best di…
2travelers 7reviews
Perhentian Kecil #38 most popular location
Perhentian Kecil is the smaller of the two Perhentian Islands, with the other one called Besar. Perhentian Kecil is truly paradise on earth. White sandy beaches, crystal clear water ideal …
8travelers 7reviews 8blogs
Puchong #39 most popular location
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Mersing #40 most popular location
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Kuah #41 most popular location
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Brinchang #42 most popular location
Tioman #43 most popular location
Tioman Island (locally known as Pulau Tioman) is a small island located 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang, and is some 39 km long and 12 km wide. Surround…
15travelers 1reviews 9blogs
Seri Kembangan #44 most popular location
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Mount Kinabalu #45 most popular location
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Ranau #46 most popular location
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Pahang #47 most popular location
Pahang is the third largest state in Malaysia. The capital city is Kuantan, but the most famous place in this state is probably Genting Highlands, undoubtedly the main source of income of the…
18travelers 11reviews 1blogs
Mabul #48 most popular location
Mabul island is where most divers and snorklers stay in order to visit nearby Sipadan island. There are 2 Bajaut Laut villages and several luxury resorts along with various hostels and longho…
7travelers 4reviews 9blogs
Sipadan #49 most popular location
Sipadan island is a small island located near the island of Mabul. Since 2005, only 120 divers and non-divers per day are allowed. Most accommodation, budget longhouses and 5 star resorts are…
37travelers 6reviews 13blogs
Tanjung Bungah #50 most popular location