Just like many South Asian countries, Malaysia is also a concoction of being rich in its culture and heritage while also being home to many metropolitan cities. It nests so much natural beauty as well as hosts some state-of-the-art modern architecture. This diversity attracts a number of tourists every year. The country offers all types of adventures, even if you want to unwind leisurely on the most alluring beaches or go exploring on mountain treks or in caves. Book your flight tickets to Malaysia and pick the perfect Malaysia holiday packages, but don’t forget to add these top tourist destinations spread across the exquisite country.

Top Tourist Places to explore in Malaysia:

1. The Capital City of Kuala Lumpur:

Capital city Kuala Lumpur
Capital city Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur is definitely one of the top unmissable tourist destinations in Malaysia tourist. This capital city is a worthwhile destination and also on top of many travellers’ bucket lists. This city offers many natural wonders, modern infrastructure, colonial buildings and appetising street food. The Petronas Twin Towers are said to be the tallest twin buildings in the world. The building inculcates contemporary architecture with Islamic-style details and interiors. The 88 floored towers have several offices and also have one of the largest shopping centres inside. If you want to witness another architectural marvel, visit the Menara KL Tower.

Victorian crowned pigeon feeding
Victorian crowned Pigeon
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Olesia Bilkei

Other tourist attractions include the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Perdana Botanical Garden. Scrumptious food is the key feature of Kuala Lumpur. There are so many options, right from 5-star restaurants to streetside stalls. The Malay, Chinese and Indian influences would surely work up your appetite, try places like Nasi Lemak at Nasi Lemak Tanglin and Tang Lin Jalan Cenderasari. For street food spots, try Pasar Seni or Central Market.

2. Picturesque Penang Islands:

Panorama of Kek Lok Si Temple in Georgetown, Penang island
Panorama of Kek Lok Si Temple in Georgetown, Penang island
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Sergii Figurnyi

Georgetown, a UNESCO declared Heritage site, is the most touristy spot on Penang island. Apart from this, Penang also offers several pristine beaches and adventures. The most famous thing to do here is to explore the street art. Painted by numerous artists, these murals tell a story relating to the life of the people of Penang. After that visit to the Penang National Park, a nature getaway, witness the amalgamation of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture at the Kek Lo Si Temple. Interact with different clans at the Clan Jetties of Georgetown. If you are a culinary fan, book a tour of the Tropical Spice Gardens. Take a funicular or hike to the top of Penang Hill, to get a 360 view of the island. After all this adventure, dive into the local food that will surely tantalise your tastebuds. The Penang islands are one of the relaxing getaway tourist destinations in Malaysia.

3. Discover the Treasures of Langkawi:

Aerial view of eagle square & harbour view. Langkawi, Malaysia
Aerial view of eagle square & harbour view. Langkawi, Malaysia
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Toshio Chan

The Langkawi archipelago, the jewel of Kedah, a paradise made up of 104 islands, perfectly describes Langkawi. This quaint little place is filled with beaches, waterfalls and several islands. Take the world’s steepest Langkawi car cables to reach the Langkawi Sky Bridge. One of the most famous spots on the island, the 125mts long bridge, is a perfect viewing deck to look at the countryside. Opt for the Glass Gondola to have a more breathtaking view. The Oriental Village at the base of this hill is an Asian-themed park and heritage village. The Telaga Tujuh(Seven Wells Waterfalls) is a famous waterfall spot with seven streams from seven pools. Hike up to the pools and swim in natural waters. There are so many offbeat beaches in the area like the Pantai Cenang. Try out watersports like jet-skiing, paragliding, banana boat rides, snorkelling and of course underwater swimming. When in Langkawi, island hopping is a must-do activity. Explore the densest mangrove covers and learn more about their importance. If you have any body aches or pains, the hot water springs at Air Hangat can be a huge relief. Lastly, the night markets, held at different locations every night, are an experience of fresh local cuisine. These pristine islands are the must-explore tourist places in Malaysia.

Also Read: 11 Best Things To Do in Langkawi, Malaysia

4. Around and about Selangor:

Metropolitan area Selangor
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Syariff Hidayatullah

Selangor, another blooming metropolitan area is close to the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. So much has developed here in the past decades, like shopping malls and theme parks. For a fun-filled night, visit the Genting Highlands or First World Hotel and Plaza.

Batu Caves
Batu Caves
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Khoroshunova Olga

Now to move to the historical and natural attractions in Selangor. The Batu Caves are not only one of the top tourist destinations in Malaysia but also a national treasure. They have more than three caves- the main Temple Cave, Ramayana Cave, Villa Cave and Dark Cave. The Temple cave is guarded by the Hindu God, Lord Murugan. There are so many devotees here during the Thaipoosam festival. The vibrant staircases here make a picturesque photo background. One can also explore the other caves, by themselves or with a guard, by paying an entry fee. If you love fireflies, there are abundant of them along the river Kuala Selangor, it is definitely a sight to behold.

5. Magnificent Malacca:

The old town of Malacca and the Malacca river
The old town of Malacca and the Malacca river
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Leonid Andronov

The Peranakan city of Malacca is a hotspot for all things cultural, historical and colonial. This Malaysian city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008. The influence of several regions like Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and Indian can be seen here, especially in the night markets. The night markets at Jonker street in Old Town are quite popular. For relishing on some authentic Malay and Chinese cuisine, buying souvenirs and an evening stroll near the Malacca River. From here, one can also see the Malacca strait, the longest strait in the world. Visit the Shore Oceanarium for interactive aquariums with live shows and fun-filled activities. Other places in Malacca are the Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary, Melaka Zoo, ASEAN Cultural Park, Malacca Crocodile Farm and Melaka Botanical Garden. Whatever place you visit, just make sure the animals are not treated badly for your entertainment.

6. The Malaysian Borneo:

Stunning view of Borneo Rainforest with sunrise mist and fog rays in the morning
Stunning view of Borneo Rainforest with sunrise mist and fog rays in the morning
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Once you have had enough of the concrete jungles of the cities of Malaysia, it is time to swap them for the lush green rainforests of Borneo. This natural wonder is the earth’s third largest island, that too only a hop away from Malaysia. In the southern part of Borneo is Sarawak with thick rainforest covers and limestone pinnacles. In Sarawak, visit the largest underground chambers, the Deer Cave, the Sarawak chambers, the Paku Waterfall and the Pinnacle Summit Trek. The north part of Sabah has more of mountains. It is home to Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Malaysia. If you are a climber, this place is unmissable for you. To experience a wide range of flora and fauna, Borneo is one of the must-visit tourist destinations in Malaysia.

Bako National Park
Bako National Park
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Bakir bin Bujang

This is a list of places with many top tourist destinations in Malaysia, an exotic country. Apart from this, some attractions are scattered all over the country. There are the Perhentian Islands, Taman Negara, Tioman Island, Sipadan Island, Bako National Park, Ipoh Caverns and the hidden town of Perak. Make sure to include all these top tourist destinations to explore in your itinerary while planning your Malaysia holiday.

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