If you already have your Malaysia Visa and return flight to KL booked, or if you are thinking of a vacation to Malaysia sometime soon, you are guaranteed to have a great time in this welcoming, vibrant and diverse land.
With most of the country surrounded by large water bodies, it is hardly surprising that a lot of Malaysia’s most popular sightseeing places involve spending time at some of South East Asia’s best aquatic holiday destinations. While the many sun-kissed beaches and idyllic islands are hardly cause for complaint, let that not limit your Malaysia travel itinerary. This multi-faceted country has colonial architecture, urban attractions, heritage cities, adventure sports, wildlife sanctuaries, lip-smacking cuisine and much more for you to explore.
Check out our guide to these fascinating attractions that are well worth spending your time and money on when you are visiting Malaysia.
After you land in the capital Kuala Lumpur or KL as it is referred to in popular parlance, check into your hotel and head out to soak in the sights and sounds of KL, the famous Petronas Twin Towers is likely to be your mandatory first halt in the city. The sky-grazing 88-storey architectural marvel, with its double-decker sky bridge connecting the towers is well-known as the tallest twin towers in the world.
Next on your KL sightseeing checklist should be the Aquaria KLCC. Prepare for an eye-popping deep sea experience in this massive aquarium in the heart of the city. From underwater giants like the tiger sharks, groupers, air-breathing arapaimas to colourful corals, blue rays and delightful sea horses, there are more than 5000 marine creatures housed here. Dubbed as the world’s largest aquarium, Aquaria KLCC makes for a great family outing especially if you are travelling with kids.
Malaysia is a tropical paradise blessed with abundant glistening sandy beaches and beautiful islands. You will find one of the best proofs of this at the Perhentian Islands. The shoreline here with serene beaches, swaying palm trees and amazing vistas of the some of the clearest and most brilliant blue waters you would have ever seen is what draws families, couples and solo travellers. The set of two islands (big and small) are quieter, while offering enough to do with water sports such as diving and snorkelling and a marine park with coral reefs. So if you are not too keen on big crowds and loud touristy places, we suggest you skip the more popular Langkawi and pick the Perhentian Islands instead. You won’t be disappointed.
If you enjoy knowing about the history and culture of the country you visit, then you should definitely take the short two-hour bus ride from Kuala Lumpur to the historic city of Melaka.
Melaka is the local name for Malacca, a quaint south-western coastal city proudly displaying the influences of its Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial past. You are sure to fall in love with the charming and relaxed vibe of Melaka with its interesting mix of well-preserved old villas, cathedrals, temples, museums, forts and modern day shops and restaurants. There is plenty to see and do here – walk around Red Square, St. Paul’s Hill, visit the Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, Cheng Hoong Teng temple, Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, relax by the Malacca River and explore the Jonker Street Night Market.
There is no better place in Malaysia to get a rich dose of tradition and culture. In fact Melaka has also been granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you would like to know more about travel tips for Malaysia, get hold of our Malaysia Travel Guide here. For specific information on exciting activities and experiences, you can also check our tips for the best things to do in Malaysia. Before you leave India, you should make sure you get overseas travel insurance to cover you in case of any emergency. Having Travel Insurance for Malaysia can be a real life-saver in case you run into any spot of bother when visiting Malaysia.
Malaysian cuisine is famous the world over for being flavour-packed and super delicious. There is no better time and place to indulge in some authentic Malay fare than during your trip to its country of origin. Don’t miss out on the experience!