Top Things to Do in Malaysia

Best Destinations in Malaysia

1. Kuala Lumpur

As the capital as well as the biggest city in the country, Kuala Lumpur is a city with diverse culture, where travelers can see residents who speak different languages and wear various clothes. The classic Muslim buildings and Chinese buildings, together with British colonial-era buildings spread all over the city. Modern high-rise buildings, historic Malay Villages, Chinatown, and Indian Streets coexist. In addition, the city offers a variety of foods from Malay meal and Chinese food to Indian food and Western-style food. After tasting delicious foods from all over the world, travelers can enjoy the sight of beautiful tropical plants and flowers everywhere, walking on the road, looking at the scenery, and enjoying the leisurely life in this city.

2. Malacca

Its long history of trade and colonial experience resulted in the integration of colorful culture; and the tropical climate and marine geographic environment created the gardenesque style of it. On July 7, 2008, the UNESCO identified the city as a World Cultural Heritage. Immigrants, languages, religions, and customs from eastern and western countries blend in the city, forming its unique characteristics.

3. Kota Kinabalu

As an administrative center, a main transport hub, port, manufacturing center, and tourism center, Kota Kinabalu is also an important portal to Sabah and eastern area of Malaysia. Located in the tropics, its sunshine and beaches are significant attractions to travelers. What’s more, underwater diving is also popular with travelers in the area. The water and a large number of coral reefs in seas noticeably catch their eyes.

4. Penang

Penang is composed of Penang Island and Seberang Perai. It has a hundred years of history of shipping and trade. Penang Island holds a position at the north exit of Melaka Strait, and separated with the Malay Peninsula by the sea. The island is covered by green vegetation, known as "the emerald on the Indian Ocean”; and Seberang Perai has vast grassland. The artistic doodles, quaint architecture and cultural relics with mixed elements impress and obsess every visitor. The city is also listed as one of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

5. Langkawi Island

Consisting of more than one hundred islets, it is one of the favorite resorts of locals. The clear seawater and the stretched beaches constitute a paradise with lush forests and mysterious and spectacular caves. All kinds of folk tales, myths and legends hide behind magnificent scenes, adding mysterious colors to the region.

Top Attractions in Malaysia

1. Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

As a landmark in Kuala Lumpur, it is the highest twin towers in the world, with the height of 452 meters (1,483ft) and totally 88 storeys. A sky bridge was built on the 41th floor, which is opened to visitors. Under the tower are a shopping mall and a Petronas exhibition hall. Besides, there is a KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) park and a water park.

2. National Mosque (Masjid Negara), Kuala Lumpur

As the biggest mosque in South East Asia, it was built in 1974 in modern architectural style. Its blue stellate roof is different from classic mosques, symbolizing the independence of the country. There are totally 18 minarets in the mosque, standing for the 13 states in Malaysia and 5 creeds in Islam. The overall design was inspired by the Grand Mosque in Mecca, especially the internal decoration. When visiting, males should wear long pants, and females should wear long sleeves, pants and hood.

3. Christ Church, Malacca

Situated at the Red Square, it is known as a landmark of Malacca and a must-visit site to travelers. Built in 1753 in a Dutch style, the Bible shelves, the Dutch inscriptions on floor, and the picture of the Last Supper on tiles all show the long history of the church. Photographing is not allowed in the church.

4. Stadthuys, Malacca

It is the oldest Dutch building in Southeast Asia, built in 1650 during Dutch colonial era. Today it is a museum where historical artifacts of Malacca sultanate, Holland, Britain and Portugal are exhibited. Through the tour travelers can know the country’s royal, currency, navigation and custom better. The wall, windows and doors all present Dutch style, and the attic was decorated with items in Chinese myths.

5. Tanjung Aru beach, Kota Kinabalu

Known as one of the popular sites in the city, it is a beautiful coastal resort. Travelers can go surfing, snorkeling, and enjoying a sunbath; or they can go for a walk under trees, looking out at the blending of sea and sky. The view of sunrise and sunset here is also famous. It is enjoyable to juice and cocktails while admiring the scene.

6. Weld Quay, Penang

It is like an isolated world where people can find peace and tranquility. There are 6 bridges left, which have been listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The houses here are built on the sea, held up by timber piles, and the roads are paved with planks.

7. Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Semporna

It is an ocean park consisting of 8 islets. It has the biggest coral reef cluster whose area reaches 350 square km (135 square mi) and abundant underwater creatures. The best of all, travelers can board the 300-meter-high (984ft) hill in the center and overlook the panorama of the park, which would be an impressive and memorable scene.

Top Things to Do in Malaysia

Malaysia has many beautiful beaches and seas that provide advanced water entertainments. There is the world’s top cliff diving spot at Sipadan in southwestern Malaysia. Following a 5-meter (16-feet) shoal, the altitude falls steeply by 600 meters (1,969ft). In the deep of water, travelers can view the grand and mysterious sight of sea and the surprising Jack fish storm. The authority announced the place as a supreme diving paradise.

Featured Foods

1. Nyonya kuih: a kind of dessert made of coconut milk, glutinous rice and sugar.
2. Prawn Noodles: boiled noodles with prawn, fish cake, cuttlefish and vegetables on the top.
3. Satay: a kind of barbecue made of braised beef or chicken.
4. Bak-Kut-Teh: pork rib soup stewed with traditional Chinese medicines and particular spices.
5. Nasi Lemak: rice steamed with coconut milk, added curry chicken, beef or squid


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