Malaysia has always been marketed as “Truly Asia” by their Ministry of Tourism from as long as I can remember. With its unspoilt beaches, fantastic shopping destinations and scenic locales, Malaysia has been a destination of choice for many an avid traveler. Add to that the relatively cheaper cost of travel compared to many parts of the world like US, Australasia and Europe, and you have the destination of a lifetime in front of you.
There so much to see and experience in Malaysia that a few days may not be enough. But just to make it easier for you guys, I have listed down the top 5 places to see in my bucket list.
1. Petronas Towers
Regarded as the 5th tallest skyscraper in the world, the Petronas Towers are the symbol of Malaysia. They have been featured in various movies. The views from the Observation Deck are pretty impressive giving you a clear view of Kuala Lumpur. One can also take a walk on the skybridge at the 41st and 42nd floors. Tickets can be booked online.
2. Genting Highlands
Located about 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur by bus, this hill resort is the perfect gateway for a time of fun and enjoyment. There are various options to enjoy for everyone. If amusement parks are your idea of fun, then the outdoor and indoor theme parks are for you. If you want to try your luck, there is a casino. If you just want to take a walk around, there is a mushroom farm, a strawberry farm, the Chin Swee Caves Temple as well as a Golf Resort to keep you busy.
3. Batu Caves
Located about 13kms from Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves are one of the most religious shrines for Hindus outside India. It is a limestone hill with a series of caves and cave temples and the main point where the Thaipusam festival begins. In 2006, the world’s largest Lord Murugan statue at 140ft was constructed here. This is a perfect place to test your physical endurance by climbing 272 steps to the top to view the caves.
Located around an hour by flight from Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi is one of the most popular beach destinations of Malaysia. From the water activities at the various beaches to visiting the various theme and wildlife parks, there is so much to do in Langkawi. The 12m tall monument of an eagle at the ‘Eagle Square’ greets the arriving visitors at the Kuah Jetty. There is also the Cable Car and Sky Bridge leading into Mount Mat Cincang, the second highest peak in Langkawi. All in all, a nature lovers delight.
5. Mount Kinbalu
Towering at more than 13000 feet, Mount Kinbalu is one of the tallest mountains in the Malay peninsula. It is located in the Sabah state on the island of Borneo. Declared as Malaysia’s first world heritage site by UNESCO, Kinbalu Park surrounds this peak. It is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna. If you are a nature lover or one into mountain climbing, this is the place for you.
If you are wondering whether this is all, the answer is an emphatic NO. There are many other “Must-see” places in Malaysia including the KL Tower, Little India, China Town, the Cameron Highlands, Penang, the KL Bird Park, Sunway Lagoon and much more. You will never be left unsatisfied as there is something for everyone in this beautiful country.
So are you ready for your trip?