Travel Guide
Blessed with pristine beaches, lush rainforests, sprawling cities and colonial towns, this fascinating, food-obsessed country offers myriad exciting experiences.

When most people think of Malaysia, they tend to think of fantastical cityscapes, thanks in no small part to the distinctive and imposing skyline of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. But the country is home to much more than just high-energy cities. Leave the urban limits behind to discover charming colonial towns, tropical islands and sun-soaked beaches.

Buzzing Kuala Lumpur’s most recognizable landmarks are probably the Petronas Towers, a pair of majestic twin towers that soar to a height of 1,483 feet (452 meters). Ascend to the viewing platform to admire breathtaking city views.

The more manageably sized colonial city of Melaka is another much-loved tourist hotspot. Haggle at Jonker Walk Night Market and wander around the UNESCO-listed historic center.

For a break among nature, head for Borneo’s Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. Embark on a 2-day hike and enjoy a picture-perfect sunrise on the second morning.

Other must-try outdoor pursuits include a walk across Langkawi Sky Bridge. One of the longest curved suspension bridges in the world, it offers unrivalled views of Langkawi’s lush jungle canopy.

Marvel at apes in the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, which has a conservation center dedicated to protecting and rehabilitating orphaned or previously captive orangutans. A wide variety of feathered species also reside here, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching.

Malaysian cuisine, which fuses Indian, Chinese and homegrown flavours, has earned global renown. Slurp bowls of laksa (spicy noodle soup) and try nasi lemak (coconut milk rice).

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the largest Malaysian airport, although many domestic and international flights also arrive and depart in Penang International Airport.

The many public transportation options in Malaysia means you can travel comfortably by bus or train between towns and cities. In Kuala Lumpur, make use of the efficient monorail system. Visit Malaysia between March and June, when local children are not on vacation and humidity levels are low, for the most pleasant sightseeing experience.

Shining cities and tropical rainforests sit side-by-side in this fascinating Southeast Asian country.

Popular cities in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Known for Chinatown, Gardens and Architecture
From futuristic skyscrapers to ancient mosques, sightseeing, shopping and more - visit Kuala Lumpur and immerse yourself in the diverse world of Malaysian culture.

Reasons to visit

  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
  • KLCC Park
  • Petaling Street
George Town
George Town
Known for Dining, Shopping and Beaches

Reasons to visit

  • Penang City Hall
  • Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Malacca City
Malacca City
Known for Shopping, Dining and Family-friendly

Reasons to visit

  • Malacca River
  • Jonker Street Night Market
  • Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall
Datai Bay featuring a beach and landscape views
Known for Beaches, Swimming and Relaxing

Reasons to visit

  • Pantai Cenang Beach
  • Tanjung Rhu Beach
  • Langkawi Cable Car
Kota Kinabalu which includes landscape views and boating
Kota Kinabalu
Known for Swimming, Islands and Marinas
Sabah’s capital is a laid-back, oceanfront city not far from towering Mount Kinabalu, traditional villages and a spectacular marine park.

Reasons to visit

  • Kota Kinabalu Esplanade
  • Oceanus Waterfront Mall
Johor Bahru which includes a pond, zoo animals and watersports
Johor Bahru
Known for Shopping, Family-friendly and Swimming
Book a trip to Johor Bahru, Malaysia for great makan, shopping and cultural attractions.

Reasons to visit

  • Danga Bay

Popular places to visit