Many people visit Malaysia to experience its lush rainforests and majestic mountains, but there are many other reasons to plan your next vacation here too. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, learn something new in a cultural center, or climb above the clouds on your next adventure, there’s no shortage of exciting things to do in Malaysia. You can find the inspiration you need by reading about 10 can’t-miss vacation spots in Malaysia below!
1) Sarawak– A Summer Paradise
Sarawak is a large state located on Borneo. With white sand beaches, rainforests, and lush green mountains it is one of Indonesia’s best kept secrets. If you’re looking to get out of Java for a few days make sure to include a trip through Sarawak on your itinerary.
2) Fraser’s Hill – Hike Amongst The Hills
Fraser’s Hill, located 150 km from Kuala Lumpur, is a hill resort village with a population of about 9,000 people. It has beautiful views, hiking trails and much more. If you’re on vacation in Malaysia with your family and want to stay for a couple of days where you can also hike around, Fraser’s Hill is perfect! During your stay you can visit Chew Jetty, which offers fantastic views over a lake surrounded by hills. At night you can spot fireflies flying around.
3) Langkawi – Take In The Scenery From The Beach
Set on a group of 99 islands just off Malaysia’s west coast, Langkawi features a variety of activities and leisure opportunities to keep you busy. And no visit is complete without relaxing at one of its many beaches. Our favorite is Pantai Tengah, which offers pristine white sand and clear blue waters that are perfect for sunbathing or swimming. On days where you feel like staying close to your resort, there’s also plenty of water sports to be enjoyed here as well.
4) Kuala Lumpur – Gaze At The Skyline
Kuala Lumpur offers one of Asia’s best skylines. Its iconic buildings, including Petronas Twin Towers (the world’s tallest twin towers), are also among its most famous tourist attractions. Stroll along Jalan Bukit Bintang, which is lined with restaurants and bars, or take a ferry to nearby Batu Ferringhi for some beach time.
5) Penang – Yachting Paradise
The best time to visit Penang is between March and October. As one of Southeast Asia’s leading yachting destinations, it attracts lots of tourists. These visitors come here to explore the thriving nightlife, exceptional cuisine, and beautiful beaches that line its shores. It’s also possible to go on a cruise to nearby islands in Thailand or Indonesia during your stay.
6) Cameron Highlands – Go Camping
The best part about Cameron Highlands is its mountainous terrain, ideal for outdoor activities. When you’re there, don’t miss out on trekking to Gunung Brinchang (2,069 meters) or down to Sungai Palas Hot Springs. For some great camping under the stars and surrounded by tall trees, pitch your tent at Sender Hut.
7) Ipoh – History, Flavor, And Craft Beer
Ipoh’s history is fascinating and a great place to start any trip to Malaysia. The city has played host to Romans, Japanese, British, Indians, Dutch and many others since it was founded by Parameswara back in 1590. With so much happening over such a long period of time, you could easily spend your entire vacation reading up on its past. But Ipoh is more than just history – it also offers great food, drink and natural wonders all within an hour of each other!
8) Taman Negara – Tropical Treasures
Taman Negara is one of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating national parks. Located on Malaysia’s western coast, it’s best known for its lush rainforests and teeming wildlife. If you love exotic birds and curious animals—and don’t mind a jungle trek—Taman Negara is a must.
9) Melaka – Historical Treasure Trove
Malaysians know that taking a vacation from their vacation is one of life’s greatest pleasures, which is why Malaysians take some of their longest and most luxurious vacations to nearby countries like Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. That said, it shouldn’t surprise you that Malacca, one of Malaysia’s historical gemstones has become increasingly popular for Malaysians traveling domestically. Just 90 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, visitors can enjoy lush beaches, delicious street food and historical treasures just within walking distance from each other!
10) Putrajaya – Visit the Nation’s Capitol
Putrajaya, Malaysia’s second Federal Territory was planned and developed by renowned architect, C.Y. Lee, who adopted a concept of gracious living to create a city that showcases contemporary Islamic culture through its architecture and planning. The first city to be built on undeveloped land in 50 years, Putrajaya is one of Asia’s most remarkable cities.