Malaysia- we often recall this country as a scenic and icon tourist attraction of the world, but do we know that it is one of those countries of the world which is also recognised for its diversity? At Malaysia you will see a perfect blend of ethnic cultures, religions, cuisines, and customs. Starting from mountains and tropical rainforest to some modern cities the geography of this county is as diverse as its other features. Another interesting part is that this country is formed by two noncontagious regions- west Malaysia which is on the Malay Peninsula and East Malaysia which is on the Borneo Island, separated by a part of South China Sea. Here’s a look at the most touristy places where you can visit in Malaysia.
Sitting right across the Singapore border of the Malay Peninsula, Johor Bahru is a Malaysian town where you can witness the diverse culture of the country. It is an ideal place for a day tour where you will find some front-line shopping malls, eateries, and historical sites that will date back to the British colonial period. Here, at one point, you will visit Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque and witness a mix of British colonial architecture and traditional Islamic motifs and on the very next moment will come across the old Chinese Temple and Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, representing two completely different architectural style and culture. But the most famous site that draws maximum tourist here is the Legoland Malaysia, an amusement park that has some 40 different rides.
With its red-hued churches and colonial architectures spread across the city, this old town has several evidences of its past colonial rule by the British, Dutch, and Portuguese over decades. At this place you will find lively night market and wide range of different cuisines which is the main reason behind the city’s gaining popularity as a major tourist location in Malaysia.
Located close to Thai border of Malaysia Perhentian Islands are a must go for all the budget travellers. Here you will find sun-kissed beaches, beautiful Turtle beach, coral Bay, and can enjoy great diving experience with plenty of cheap accommodation.
Soring at a height of 1000 meters above the lower point of Malay Peninsula, cameron highlands is one of the most widespread hill stations of Malaysia which was developed by the British during 1900’s. The hill station is renowned for some unique hiking trails which passes through dense forests and lead to some scenic waterfalls and tranquil places. The place has a diverse culture of people consisting of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other. Apart from hiking here you may also book a tour to the famous tea plantations of the place.
Known as the pearl of the orient, Penang was once a famous sea trade route. Today, the island is famous for its diverse cultural heritage and world famous cuisine. Simply walk around the historic Georgetown here and experience its past glory while visiting the colonial buildings and majestic temples here. Apart from this you can enjoy shopping extravaganza to horse riding on the beach, can click the snakes in the snake temple and touch the top of the Penang hill by riding the cable car.
An array of caves deep inside the tropical forests, numerous species of animals majoring monkeys and insects, mesmerizing natural beauty, an ancient Hindu Temple- all these can be experienced in Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur. Travelers who visit there will be rewarded with some exotic Hindu architecture here. It’s the most popular Hindu shrine outside of India and attract thousands of worshipers every year.
Kuala Lumpur is the busiest city and the capital of Malaysia. This is also the most populous city of the country filled with eye-catching skyscrapers including the iconic Petronas twin towers which is the world’s tallest. Apart from visiting this beautiful city you can also explore the outstanding Islamic art museum, the Bukit Bintang pedestrian bridge and the famous Batu Caves here.
The oldest tropical rainforest in the world, a popular eco-tourism destination, Taman Negara national park is over-crowded with rare plants to endangered animals like the Malayan tiger and the Sumatran rhinoceros. The best thing to do here is to go for the canopy walk through a long suspension bridge high above the treetops watch the exotic birds and animals in their natural habitat.
Gunung Mulu National Park
Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park is mostly famous for its extraordinary limestone formations and the best caving destination in all of Southeast Asia. The ancient limestone carved caves, rainforests of Borneo, rich biodiversity, unique flora & fauna, home to some endangered species-all these are primary features of this national park. Don’t miss the adventure caving, canopy walks, trekking, boat rides and waterfalls expeditions when you visit here.
It is probably the best holiday destination of Malaysia. Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands located in the Andaman Sea. Langkawi offers diverse landscapes of beaches, mountains, tropical rainforests, and mangrove wetlands. Pack your bags to enjoy adventure activities like trek to the gushing Seven Wells, ride the cable car, or set foot on the SkyBridge atop the jungles to witness the awe-inspiring views of the surroundings.