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Welcome to Malaysia

Malaysia is a country of contrasts, sliced in half by the South China Sea. On one side, colonial treasure troves, tropical islands, and modern cityscapes captivate; while in Borneo, rain forests and wild animals dominate the landscape. Malaysia is crowned by its sleek capital, Kuala Lumpur, where the Petronas Twin Towers, the Batu Caves, and enticing street food reign supreme. In historical Malacca, UNESCO World Heritage sites jostle for attention; Kota Kinabalu magnetizes travelers with fiery sunsets and a vibrant art scene; in Penang, the colonial gems of Georgetown complement the country’s best food; and on the white-sand beaches of Langkawi, revelers and relaxers soak up the island atmosphere. Opportunities for outdoor adventures abound: Hike through the emerald tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands, trek to the fiery summit of Mount Kinabalu volcano, or explore the fauna-rich rain forest of Taman Negara National Park. Nature lovers can visit rescued elephants at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, observe orangutans in Borneo’s dense jungle, or watch a dazzling display of fireflies at Kuala Selangor lagoon. Plus, Malaysia’s proximity to Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia not only make it an ideal launchpad for traveling Southeast Asia, but also creates an engrossing cultural tapestry guaranteed to excite and enchant.

Top 10 attractions in Malaysia

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Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon

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The sprawling 88-acre (36-hectare) Sunway Lagoon ranks among Southeast Asia’s biggest theme parks and boasts rides, water slides, a man-made beach, a wildlife park, and Malaysia’s first surf simulator. It’s one of Kuala Lumpur’s top family attractions, offering activities that will suit kids of all ages.More
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Batu Caves

Batu Caves

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Home to a 154-foot (47-meter) statue of the resplendent gold Lord Murugan, the Batu Caves are a must-see for anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur for the first-time. The UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of four limestone caves—Temple Cave, Dark Cave, Cave Villa, and Ramayana Cave—which are famously frequented by long-tailed gray macaques.More
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Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)

Langkawi Cable Car (Langkawi SkyCab)

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Formally known as Langkawi SkyCab, the Langkawi Cable Car takes riders high above the Langkawi rain forest on Mt. Mat Cincang (Gunung Mat Cincang) for a panoramic view of the surrounding islands and sea. It boasts Malaysia’s longest free span mono-cable car—at 3,117 feet (950 meters)—and is among the steepest on the planet.More
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Escape Theme Park Penang

Escape Theme Park Penang

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ESCAPE Adventureplay is one of Penang’s most unique attractions—a sky-high ropes course that throws visitors into an all-out balancing act above the forest floor. Navigate complex obstacles that increase in difficulty the higher you climb. A scooter park and kids playground offer fun closer to the ground.More
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Putrajaya

Putrajaya

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Kuala Lumpur may be the capital of Malaysia, but Putrajaya, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away, is the nation’s seat of government. A planned city laid out in the mid-1990s, its grandiose buildings, manicured gardens, and space-age architecture spread out around an artificial lake.More
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Kuala Selangor Fireflies (Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park)

Kuala Selangor Fireflies (Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park)

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Bask in the bioluminescence of thousands of fireflies as they do their mating dance around the berembang trees along the Selangor River at Malaysia’s Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park, in Kuala Selangor. Each species of firefly has a different light pattern and together, as they swarm around their chosen branches, they create a symphony of light in the mangrove swamps—one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular displays.More
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Taiping Zoo

Taiping Zoo

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Taiping Zoo in Perak is located within the scenic natural setting of the Taiping Lake Gardens. It is home to more than 180 species of exotic animals, including lions, tigers, elephants, hippos, giraffes, and orangutans.Covering an area of 34 acres, Taiping Zoo has undergone some developments recently, with the building of its new ‘open concept’ enclosures. These allow greater freedom for the zoo’s various animals by taking into consideration their natural habitats. After the sun goes down, the zoo also offers a night safari, where visitors can experience the nocturnal animals of the zoo under special lighting that recreates the illusion of moonlight.A trip to Taiping Zoo can be combined with other popular activities in the area, including a visit to Orangutan Island, a stroll through the Lake Gardens, and a trip to the Perak Museum.More
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Penang War Museum

Penang War Museum

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Built by the British as a fortress in the 1930s, before then being used by the Japanese as a POW camp, the Penang War Museum is now open to the general public, serving as a memorial to its darker days.The museum is strategically located on the hills above the fishing village of Batu Maung, on the road to Teluk Kumbar on Penang’s southern coast. Sprawled across some 20 acres of land, it’s billed as being the largest war museum in Southeast Asia. The fort was originally constructed in a bid to protect the island from foreign invasion, and today a walk around the site invokes a sense of what once was.Visitors can take a sombre walk among various displays and historical items, and even venture into the old underground tunnels and ammunition bunkers, which are located nine meters underground. It’s also possible to explore the barracks, cookhouses, and gun emplacements, with plenty of signposts to guide the way.A trip to the Penang War Museum can be combined with visiting Penang Island’s other major highlights, including the Snake Temple and Penang Bridge.More
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Petronas Twin Towers (Petronas Towers)

Petronas Twin Towers (Petronas Towers)

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The twin 88-story steel and glass buildings known as the Petronas Twin Towers (or Petronas Towers), completed in 1996, are icons of Malaysia. Designed to symbolize courage and the country’s advancement, the two towers are connected by a double-decker Skybridge between the 41st and 42nd floor—the world’s highest two-story bridge of its kind—to form the shape of an “M” for Malaysia.More
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A' Famosa Water Theme Park

A' Famosa Water Theme Park

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A family-friendly destination that’s popular with locals when the mercury rises, Melaka’s A’ Famosa Water Theme Park is among the largest water parks in Malaysia. Highlights include the family raft adventure, wave pool, sandy beach, and several long, fast, and high waterslides for thrill seekers.More

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Tea Plantation Tours from Kuala Lumpur

Tea Plantation Tours from Kuala Lumpur

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Top National Parks in Sarawak

Island Hopping Tours in Langkawi

Island Hopping Tours in Langkawi

Recent reviews from experiences in Malaysia

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Fantastic Tour with Joelle our...
Neale R, Jan 2018
Private Half-Day Batu Caves Waterfalls and Hot Springs Tour
His knowledge of Batu Caves and all things Malaysian were really interesting but when we went to the Falls he was great with the wild monkeys,they seemed to recognise him and his food bag...
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Great tour, loved it very much
Natalja_S, Mar 2020
Full-day Cameron Highlands Day Trip from Kuala Lumpur
We were very happy with this tour, recommend to any who is interested to see nice nature of Malaysia and learn a lot of things about it's culture and people.
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Cameron Highlands
matt f, Nov 2019
Experience Real Cameron Highland from Ipoh
The tour also includes a visit with the local Orang Asli indigenous tribe and a final stop at the beautiful Late Escanola waterfall.
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One of a Kind Experience!
Climber52134666086, May 2019
Kuala Selangor Firefly Boat Tour with Dinner and Transfer from Kuala Lumpur
He emphasizes that his tours are spontaneous, so he brought us to see a Hindu temple and feed silver leaf monkeys on the way to Kuala Selangor, and to the King's Palace on the way back to KL.
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efficient private tour
Joseph_K, Sep 2018
Silver Leaf Monkeys and Firefly Tour with Boat Ride and Seafood Dinner
Guide picked us up at hotel on time, drove to several sites for quick stops on the way (palace, natural hot springs, pick up peanuts for the monkeys), then we walked to where hundreds of monkeys were waiting for food.
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We had a fabulous day tour to the...
Brenda G, Sep 2016
Day Tour Hill Resort Cameron Highlands
We went to the Batu Caves nice and early and missed all the monkeys and the crowds, then on to the highlands to see the waterfall, tea plantations, strawberry picking, butterfly and insect gardens and cactus garden.
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This Private tour was fantastic! Our...
Emily L, Sep 2017
Private Half-Day Batu Caves Waterfalls and Hot Springs Tour
The Batu caves were amazing and the waterfalls refreshing once we got to the top!
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Amazing, the best part of our trip...
Mohammed_U, Aug 2018
Day Tour Rainforest Taman Negara
Make sure you take a change of clothes and make sure you change, you will fall ill otherwise.
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We were surprised to be picked up by...
Bryce W, Jul 2018
Malacca UNESCO "World Heritage Site" Day Trip from Kuala Lumpur
He was on time and could speak very good English.
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Our driver/guide RIDZUAN arrived at...
Priska S, Nov 2017
Private Full Day Tour : Kuala Lumpur City & Shopping with Lunch
First he told us, what we could visit and see and we decided which places to visit and he was very flexible und adapted whenever we got new questions and ideas.
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This tour was TOP. Highly...
CJ, Aug 2017
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
He speaks English well.
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I booked this tour with no high...
AntonioNhat_C, Feb 2018
Kuala Selangor Firefly Boat Tour with Dinner and Transfer from Kuala Lumpur
You get to see other parts of Malaysia.
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Our tour driver was nice, and we...
Kelip Kelip, Jan 2014
Kuala Selangor Tour from Kuala Lumpur with Fireflies Boat Ride and Seafood Dinner
You also get to see some typical country side houses and buildings.
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We were lucky enough to be the only...
Jill B, Dec 2016
Kuala Selangor Firefly Boat Tour with Dinner and Transfer from Kuala Lumpur
Next was to get the boat to see the fireflies.
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