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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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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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Kuala Lumpur National Monument (Tugu Negara)

Kuala Lumpur National Monument (Tugu Negara)

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The Kuala Lumpur National Monument (Tugu Negara) commemorates the 11,000 people who lost their lives fighting for Malaysian independence. The 51-foot (15.5-meter) bronze statue of seven soldiers, built to replace a colonial-era cenotaph that now stands behind it, is part of a site that also includes a central pavilion with regimental emblems.More
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George Town (Penang Georgetown)

George Town (Penang Georgetown)

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George Town (Penang Georgetown) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts a unique mix of cultures. The beating heart of Penang, George Town offers visitors a heady combination of world-class street food, colorful colonial architecture, and street art. This historic enclave, which can be explored entirely on foot, is also famous for its novelty museums.More
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Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)

Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting)

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The second-largest island in Langkawi archipelago, Dayang Bunting Island (Pulau Dayang Bunting) and its surrounding lake are enshrouded in folklore. Visit the lake where legend says a celestial princess placed her baby after his death (the waters are thought to aid in conceiving). Try snorkeling, bird-watching, and cave exploring too.More
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Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)

Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)

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A large grassy expanse in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) is where Malaysia declared independence in 1957: The word “merdeka” means “independent” or “free.” The city’s best-known historic landmark, the square is home to structures including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, museums, and a cathedral.More
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Malacca River (Sungai Melaka)

Malacca River (Sungai Melaka)

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The Malacca River (Sungai Melaka) cuts across the city of the same name, now most commonly spelled Melaka, and is also known as the Melaka River. In recent years, the river has been revitalized into a top destination, with both Malaysians and international visitors coming to soak in its history and marvel at the diverse architecture from the city’s Portuguese, Dutch, and British heritage.More
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King's Palace (Istana Negara)

King's Palace (Istana Negara)

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The Malaysian equivalent to Buckingham Palace, the King's Palace (Istana Negara) attracts thousands of visitors with its golden domes and Islamic-style architecture. Although you can’t explore the palace, you can learn about the Malaysian monarchy at the Royal Museum, located on the palace grounds.More
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National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)

National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)

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National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)Beside the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s National Mosque (Masjid Negara) reinvents traditional Islamic architecture with its angular lines and neutral color scheme. Built in 1965, the mosque was designed as a symbol of Malaysia’s independence and is a center of Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant Muslim community.More
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Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

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While far from historic (it opened in 1989), Thean Hou Temple is one of Malaysia’s—and indeed southeast Asia’s—most important Chinese temples. Set atop a hill a little way outside the city center, the 6-tiered temple blends Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism in a tribute to the sea goddess Mazu and hosts a wealth of festivals.More
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Melawati Hill (Bukit Melawati)

Melawati Hill (Bukit Melawati)

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Melawati Hill (Bukit Melawati) served as a stronghold for the Selangor Sultanate during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Remnants of the fort still dot the landscaped park now occupying the hill, including sections of wall, grave sites, a few cannons and a flat stone that was once used for beheadings.Today the hill, which is sometimes written Bukit Malawati (Malawati Hill), attracts not only history buffs, but nature lovers and other visitors who come to take in the panoramic views of the Selangor coastline from the top of the hill. On a clear day the Straits of Malacca are visible in the distance. A lighthouse, built in 1910 by the British, sits at the summit, through it’s not open to visitors.Silver-leafed monkeys and long-tailed macaques often hang around the park, hoping for a meal of peanuts or stolen snacks from unwary visitors.More

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Tea Plantation Tours from Kuala Lumpur

Tea Plantation Tours from Kuala Lumpur

Top National Parks in Sarawak

Top National Parks in Sarawak

Island Hopping Tours in Langkawi

Island Hopping Tours in Langkawi

Top activities in Malaysia

Kinabatangan River Cruise

Kinabatangan River Cruise

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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
vk22014, 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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After docking we met up with Wong and...
Marion B, Jan 2017
Orang Utan Island and Taiping from Penang
To see the Orangs we walked in a cage unfortunately not good for photography.
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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...
Zia, 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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I booked this tour with no high...
Antonio Nhat 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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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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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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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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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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