Six must visit Malaysian destinations

Natasha Legge | 24th May 2019

Often overshadowed by Bali (Indonesia), Thailand and Singapore, Malaysia is one of the most underrated far-east tourist destinations. From the glittering metropolis that is Kuala Lumpur to the exotic rainforests of Borneo, Malaysia has plenty of offer for the discerning tourist.


To help you get started on your far-east vacation, we’ve prepared this guide of the six must visit destinations in Malaysia.


  1. The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur


Ranked as the tallest structure in the world from 1998 to 2004, the Petronas Twin Towers are the crown jewel of Kuala Lumpur. Standing tall at more than 1200 ft, no visit to Malaysia would be complete without a visit here.


With a postmodern architectural style that blends together traditional Malaysian motifs, the Petronas Twin Towers provide the perfect backdrop for any Insta worthy shot. Head on up to the skybridge and take in the magnificent KL skyline from the 41st floor.


  1. Suria KLCC


Conveniently located at the base of the Petronas Towers is the Suria Kuala Lumpur City Centre or simply KLCC. With a host of upscale tenants, KLCC is regarded as the premier shopping center for KL-ites.

Shop to your heart’s content or just dine-in at any one of the dozens of upmarket eateries located there.


Shopping not your thing? No worries as KLCC also boasts a variety of other attractions. It has a variety of big screens where you can watch international sports events, no matter if you are into soccer or NFL wagering.


Aquaria KLCC is a one-of-a-kind oceanarium located underground. Escape from the scorching heat of the sun as you take in rich aquatic flora and fauna.


  1. Port Dickson


Historically, Port Dickson or PD has always been regarded as an army town. However, if you’re looking for a quick getaway to the beach, PD may be just the place for you. With dozens of sandy beaches and azure waters, locals have been flocking to PD for years to enjoy the seaside.


From charming boutique hotels to luxurious waterfront chalets, PD if you’re looking for a romantic getaway just outside the city or taking the kids for a fun beach holiday. Sunbathe on the beaches at Tanjung Tuan or take a step back into the past at the Malaysian Armed Forces Museum.


Besides beaches and resorts, PD is well-known for its rather eclectic assortment of tourist attractions. The PD Ostrich Farm lets you feed and even pet Ostriches bred on the farm while the PD night market lets you feast on an assortment of local favourites.


  1. Cameron Highlands


If you’re fancying something a bit cooler, the Cameron Highlands may be just the place for you. Discovered back at the end of the 19th century by William Cameron, this hill station has long been a favourite for tourists visiting Malaysia.


The cool climate of the Cameron Highlands has made it a favourite retreat for many Malaysians looking to escape the stifling heat during the summer months. With vegetable gardens and strawberry farms aplenty, there’s plenty to see and do in the highlands.


Enjoy a pot of tea from the Boh Tea Plantation or enjoy strawberry scones and sandwiches at many of the cafes that dot this pleasant landscape. From picturesque terraced tea plantations to the jungle trails, the Cameron Highlands are a true nature-lover’s paradise.


  1. Malacca


Malacca or Melaka as the locals call it is the historical capital of Malaysia. Located on the Straits of Malacca, the city has a long and varied history. Heavily influenced by the straits Chinese, Malay, Portuguese and Dutch, Malacca is one of the most unique cities in South-East Asia.


Renowned for its unique architecture and cuisine, any trip to Malaysia wouldn’t be complete without a stopover at Malacca. Jonker Walk in the heart of the city lets you immerse yourself in the local culture with plenty of night markets and street shows.


Sample local cuisine such as satay which is meat skewered on a bamboo stick. For the adventurous, you’ll be able to enjoy satay made from rabbit or even mouse deer. 


  1. Georgetown in Penang 


Widely regarded as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang island is a favourite destination of tourists both from and outside of Malaysia. From colonial era architecture to amazing street art and murals, Penang melds the old and new of Malaysia effortlessly.


Besides classic architecture, many locals often make the pilgrimage to this island to sample their delicious cuisine. Being a former port city, it is no surprise that cuisine in Penang has been heavily influenced by many different cultures.


Whether you’re enjoying a plate of nasi kandar: rice served with a mix of spiced curries alongside chicken and squid or asam laksa: noodles with a rich, tangy seafood soup, Penang has something for everyone.


Author: Benjamin Lee.