Posted on 03/05/2022

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Eight stops that should be on your list in Malaysia

In the Malay peninsula next to Borneo and Indonesia, Malaysia spreads over 300,000 square kilometers and offers many interesting spots to visit, including the vibrant Kuala Lumpur, beautiful beaches, islands, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you plan a trip to this wonderful place, you'll definitely be amazed, but make sure to research it carefully and to give yourself enough time in order not to miss anything. Here is a list of eight activities and attractions we think you cannot miss if you go on a trip there.

Go sunbathing on Langkawi

Go sunbathing on Langkawi

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An archipelago of 99 islands located 30 km off the coast of northwestern Malaysia, Langkawi is a stop you cannot miss in Malaysia. It offers wonderful beaches, and is also home to the famous Langkawi SkyBridge, a suspension bridge with scenic walks as it goes through mountaintops. Next to it, you will also find the Langkawi Cable Car, offering a majestic experience over Mount Machinchang. But of course, as a very popular island destination, it is the perfect place to go sunbathing, snorkeling, and to enjoy some tasty cocktails on sandy beaches. Besides, it is a duty-free island so it is ideal if you want to go shopping for souvenirs, and it pretty much fits any kind of budget, attracting at the same time backpackers and honeymooners looking for luxurious experiences. 



Visit the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur

Visit the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur

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The Petronas Twin Towers are an iconic site you must have heard about, which is why they are a real must-see in Kuala Lumpur. With their postmodern architecture, they are also the tallest twin towers in the world, which on its own should be enough to convince you to visit. Besides, the experience will leave you with great memories of the city - one of the key moments of the visit is when you get to the skywalk over the sky bridge, where they get joined together, and will offer you a breathtaking view of the city. However, we hope you aren't too sensitive to vertigo as they are made of 88 floors and peak at an impressive 1,483 feet. 



Go for a mangrove boat safari in Kilim Geoforest Park

Go for a mangrove boat safari in Kilim Geoforest Park

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On the east-side of Langkawi, Kilim Geoforest Park is home to impressive mangrove forests, fossils, islands and caves, which are all bound to take your breath away. Kilim is definitely a place you won't regret visiting - with so many natural wonders and so much hospitality, it attracts a huge number of tourists who are all blown away by its breathtaking landscapes. It is probably one of the most successful ecosystem destinations, mixing mangrove forests and karstic landscapes for a unique result, so make sure you take the time to go on a boat safari to properly discover all its natural wonders. 



Do some island hopping in the Perhentian Islands

Do some island hopping in the Perhentian Islands

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The Perhentian Islands are a group of islands in the state of Terengganu close to Thailand, where you can easily go island hopping since there are various ferries and water taxis traveling between them. You won't regret visiting as it is the perfect place to relax, go scuba diving, sunbathe on pristine beaches, and taste some delicious seafood. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil, and are famous for their green turtle population. The turtles usually come to the beach to lay their eggs, which leads to a very moving sight at night when the eggs hatch and baby turtles waddle off into the sea. 



Wander around Penang

Wander around Penang

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site off the west coast of Malaysia, Penang is a great place to visit in order to learn about foreign influences, and to discover local flora and fauna, plus it is considered the food capital of Malaysia. The capital city George Town is famous for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses, mosques, and for the amazing street art everywhere. Make sure to visit the Tropical Spice Garden, to get to Penang Hill for some spectacular views, and to visit the Clan Jetties, which are typical stilted villages perched over the water. Also make sure to visit Kek Lok Si Temple, one of the largest Chinese Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, and to go to the top of KOMTAR, the highest building there at 232 meters and 65 floors, where you'll be able to get onto the Rainbow Skywalk, the highest glass bridge in Asia.

Discover the culture in Malacca

Discover the culture in Malacca

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Known as "The Historic State", Malacca is the perfect place to discover and learn about Malaysian culture and architecture, which is particularly interesting there because of the former Portuguese colonization. Indeed, it inherited red lacquer buildings because of that, and also offers numerous museums, galleries and historical places. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site with famous European architectural remains such as A Famosa fort and St Paul's Church. And if you want to learn more about Malaysian and Muslim culture, we would recommend visiting the Stadthuys museum, which offers plenty of information on regional history, the Malaysia Architecture Museum, the Melaka Islamic Museum, or the People's Museum. Finally, you shouldn't forget to explore the cafe culture of the city, and to try some of its delicious street food, including the street market along Jonker Street.

Explore the Batu Caves

Explore the Batu Caves

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Incredibly famous with tourists from all over the world, the Batu Caves are iconic limestone cliffs comprising caves and temples. They are the country's biggest tourist attractions, and a place of pilgrimage for Tamil Hindus, but you definitely should visit them as well. You will have other unique experiences, such as meeting the wild monkeys that live there and ask tourists for food, and to see the numerous bats that live in the caves. There is also the possibility of going rock climbing, and we have to say that simply taking the famous picture in front of the place is a souvenir on its own. Indeed, it is a pretty iconic location in Malaysia, with its gold-painted statue of Murugan, from which you will climb 272 steps going to three main caverns - Temple Cave, Dark Cave, and Art Gallery Cave. 



Try some tea in the Cameron Highlands

Try some tea in the Cameron Highlands

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Located in Pahang state, the Cameron Highlands are a hill estate with tea estates, cool weather, fruit farms, waterfalls, and rivers. You really shouldn't miss it when you go to Malaysia as they are an impressive sight which will wow you if you love some greenery. The lush green terraces are home to the Boh Tea Plantations, which is the most famous brand of tea in Malaysia. You can admire roses at the Mrs. Robertson's Rose Garden, try some delicious English cream teas and strawberries, go jungle trekking, and wander around the Lavender Gardens, which are all bound to give you a blast.