21 Things to Do in Malaysia
Malaysia is a Southeast Asian Country that has 13 states. Malaysia has incredible wildlife to see, beautiful scenery to visit, a fascinating culture to learn about, and cultural festivals to attend. Without further ado, we will dive deeper into fun facts and 21 things to do in Malaysia!
- Malaysia has two main landmasses, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo, separated by the South China Sea.
- The capital is Kuala Lumpur
- Malaysia’s official religion is Islam. 61% practice Islam
- Malaysia is the product of three different cultures: Indian, Malay, and Chinese
Things to Do:
1- Walk Along the Rainbow Stairs at the Batu Caves
The Batu Caves temple has three main caves featuring statues and paintings. The art portrays the story of how Lord Murugan defeated the demon Soorapadman. There are rainbow staircases that lead to the caves.
2- Visit the Famous Landmarks in Penang
Penang is a city with 18th and 19th-century architecture that is well-preserved. Landmarks in the city to visit are Kek Lok Si Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, and Fort Cornwallis. Visit the Penang Bridge, the 3rd longest bridge in Asia. Climbing Penang hill is a top tourist attraction. The view at Penang Hill is well worth the hike.
3- Explore the Hills at Cameron Highlands
The Cameron Highlands is a hill discovered in the 19th century and is famous for its traditional English cream teas and strawberries.
4- See the Reclining Buddha at Wat Chaiyamangalaram
The design and architecture of this temple in Georgetown are beautiful. The gold temple is also known as sleeping buddha by the locals. Georgetown is an Island of Penang with creative street art.
5- Explore Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
The oldest Buddhist temple in the Burmese style was created in 1803 and is in Penang.
6- View Mount Kinabalu from a Distance
The highest mountain is Mount Kinabalu. The hike is intense and not recommended for beginners. There is a risk of altitude sickness. However, we do recommend seeing the mountain from a distance.
7- Explore the Largest Buddha Temple Called Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si Temple is the largest Buddha Temple in Penang. The temple was built over a period of time from 1890 to 1930.
8- Visit the Capital City called Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city, is home to iconic landmarks like the Petronas Towers.
9- Go on the Skywalk at the Petronas Towers
The Petronas twin towers are the tallest in the world and feature Islamic art representing the Muslim majority in Malaysia. There is a skywalk that connects the Petronas Towers over a bridge.
10- Relax at The Banjaran Hot Springs
The Banjaran Hot Springs has geothermal hot springs, thermal steam caves, heated swimming pools, fish foot spas, and meditation caves.
11- Explore Ipoh City
Ipoh is the Capital city of the state of Perak.
12- See the Secret Tunnels at Kellie’s Castle
Kellie’s Castle is a building filled with mysteries. The Castle has secret tunnels, hidden rooms, and a romantic storyline.
13- Watch a Horse Race at Perak Turf Club
The Perak Turf Club is a great spot to watch a horse race.
14- Swim in the Beaches at Langkawi Island
Go to the beach and relax in the warm sand at Langkawi Island, an archipelago of over a hundred islands.
15- Go Island Hopping at the Perhentian Islands
Perhentian Islands are close to the coast of Thailand. The best way to get to the Islands is by water taxi or ferry. The best activities to enjoy are island hopping, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
16- Visit Tunka Abdul Rahman National Park
Tunka Abdul Rahman National Park has five islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia. The park is accessible by ferry. Gaya Island is a busier and more crowded island in comparison to Sulug Island.
17- See Taman Negara National Park
Taman Negara National Park has the longest rope walkway in the world. The park has incredible hiking trails and wildlife. The people who live in the area are the first inhabitants of Malaysia and are known as the Orang Asli.
18- See Orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
The rehabilitation center opened in 1960 to rescue orangutans. The facility provides healthcare and training to help them reintegrate and survive in the wild.
19- Book Your Tickets and See the Kuching Cat Museum
Kuching Cat Museum is the world’s first cat museum featuring art exhibits, feline souvenirs, and the history of cats. If you love cats, then a visit to the Kuching Cat Museum is for you.
20- Admire the Kuching Waterfront
Kuching, a city alongside the Sarawak River, is home to cat statues and colonial architecture.
21- Hike at the Taman Negara Rainforest
Taman Negara is the world’s oldest tropical rainforest!
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