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Places To Visit in Malaysia

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Here are the top 21 tourist places in Malaysia

1. Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur is the most popular city of the multi cultural country, Malaysia. With skyscrapers on one side and shopping malls on the other, Kuala Lumpur has its own night life. It is an enclave within the state of Selangor.

Best Time: December to February, May to August

2. Langkawi

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Langkawi is often referred to as the Jewel of Kedah, as a result of its lush natural and tropical beauty. It is a group of islands located in the clear Andaman Sea and is also a duty-free zone!

Best Time: January to March

3. Georgetown

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The popular capital of Penang, George Town is a colourful Malaysian city that has also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best Time: November to January ; February to April

4. Kota Kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu, commonly referred to as KK, is the capital of Sabah. The city lies on the fringes of the South China Sea and also hosts Mount Kinabalu. KK also forms the gateway to the Borneo Island.

Best Time: September to December

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5. Petaling Jaya

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Located close to the capital of Malaysia, Kualua Lumpur, Petaling Jaya is a little township which has developed into a city. Locals fondly call it 'PJ'. It is also supposed to be the rainiest area in all of Malaysia, having little to no dry seasons to speak of. Nonetheless, it makes for a lovely exp...

Best Time: November to February

6. Melaka

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Melaka was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 2008. It is a city that is culturally rich and also has a number of historical sites for visits. There is also a little river running through the city, providing it with a calm, peaceful aura.

Best Time: April to May; October

7. Penang

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Penang is located in Malaysia, and consists of two main parts. One is Penang Island, which also includes the city's capital George Town. The other is Seberang Perai. Penang has been dubbed The Pearl of The Orient as well as The Silicon Valley of The East. It is commercially progressive and is an ind...

Best Time: November to January ; February to April

8. Genting Highlands

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Located in Pahang, Genting Highlands is a beautiful hill station in Malaysia which is only an hour’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur. Dubbed as the "City of Entertainment" is renowned for its spirited nightlife, luxury hotels, huge shopping complexes and world-class casinos.

9. Ipoh

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Explore the Hipster Capital of Malaysia in style at Ipoh, Malaysia’s third largest city that has recently shot to fame as an offbeat destination for lovers of adventure, art, heritage, and architecture. From exploring breathtaking limestone caves and kayaking along the Kinta River to trying out the ...

10. Johor

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Located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Johor is a Malaysian state consisting of highly diverse rainforests and is renowned for its beaches. The jungles of Johor have a wide array of plant and animal species and there is a huge network of rivers which originate from the mountains and hil...

11. Kuantan

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Situated in Malaysia, Kuantan is the capital city of Pahang (the largest state in Malaysia) on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. This small but lively coastal town is renowned for its beaches, serene atmosphere, friendly weather, beautiful sunsets and rich Malay culture. 

12. Putrajaya

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Located in Malaysia, Putrajaya also referred to as the Federal Territory of Putrajaya is a city situated towards the south of Kuala Lumpur. Putrajaya is known for its well built late 20th-century architecture of the Putrajaya Mosque and Iranian style architecture of the Putra Bridge which overl...

13. Selangor

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Located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Selangor, also referred to as Darul Ehsan, is the most developed Malaysian state. The state houses many protected areas to safeguard the biodiversity and wildlife along with being home to some notable beaches. It is a soothing green destination ...

14. Perak

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Located on the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia, Perak also referred to as Darul Ridzuan (Abode of Grace) is the fourth largest state of Malaysia. The state is renowned for its rich and diverse cultural heritage and its tropical beauty and biodiversity. It houses numerous white sand beaches which of...

15. Kuching

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The state capital of Sarawak and the largest city on the island of Borneo, Kuching is a bustling, diverse city which has old colonial buildings and modern towers and houses. With the Sarawak River on one side, the city has street food vendors and locals selling handicrafts and paintings. It has 19th...

16. Terengganu

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Terengganu is a state found in Peninsular Malaysia. Originally spelled as Tringganu or Trengganu and unofficially known as Darul Imam or the Abode of Faith in Allah, Terengganu is home to the largest Malays in Malaysia, who dominate the ethnic identity of the place. Housing numerous Malay villages, ...

17. Pahang

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Formally known as Pahang Darul Makmur, meaning the Abode of Tranquility, Pahang is a serene Malaysian state that comprises eleven Daerah or Districts. This piece of endless tropical calmness is said to have been part of history itself since the palaeolithic times. Home to a vast eastern coastline, P...

18. Sarawak

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The largest of all Malaysian states, Sarawak is spread at an equal landscape to that of Peninsular Malaysia. The land of unapologetic jewellery culture, booming tourism and vast natural expanses, Sarawak is a melting pot of its own kind. Housing an abundant swamp and wetland that shelters numerous m...

19. Perlis

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Officially known as Perlis Indera Kayangan, Perlis is found towards the north of the western coast of the Malaysian Peninsula. The smallest state in Malaysia, Perlis houses the hottest place on the Malaysian land; Chuping. Retaining the old world charm, Perlis is home to some of the largest sug...

20. Cameron Highlands

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Cameron Highlands is a gorgeous hill station nestled in the hills of Pahang in Malaysia, in the northwestern tip of the country near the South China Sea in Southeast Asia. Bordered by the Malaysian states of Perak and Kelantan, this hilly district is home to eight different settlements that boast of...

21. Port Dickson

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Port Dickson is a charming coastal city in the Negeri Sembilan region of Malaysia, south of Kuala Lumpur. Located in Peninsular Malaysia, this city is serenaded by the cool blue waters of the straits of Malacca, giving it distinctive long beaches. This makes Port Dickson a popular weekend retreat fo...

FAQs on Malaysia

What is the currency of Malaysia?

The Malaysian Ringgit is the currency of Malaysia which is officially denoted as MYR and RM for prices. 1 MYR consists of 100 Sen. The banknote denominations of the MYR are RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, and RM100 and the coins are 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen. 

Cards: 
Various well-known international credit and debit cards such as Visa, Maestro, MasterCard and Cirrus are accepted in Malaysia except for lesser-known stores within the country.
Top hotels, eateries and shopping hubs accept credit cards and some of them even accept foreign currency such as USD, Euro and Yen.

ATM Facilities: 
Malaysia has ATMs throughout the country in banks, airports and transport areas, however, most ATMs close after midnight. 

Traveller Cheques:
Visitors can carry traveller cheques, and they can easily be cashed at money exchange centres and banks. However, it can become quite tedious as it cannot be used to immediate payment and involve fee charges for every cheque.

What is the history of Malaysia?

The Malaysian history as a community is said to go way back, 40,000 years into the past with a former aboriginal inhabitation. Today's Sabah is said to have been populated since 7000 BCE. The present federal country with 13 states and three federal territories was previously a stronghold for different colonial powers such as the Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese the British. 

The first settlements in this land were that of the Indian and Chinese traders who set a strain of trade in Malaysia. This early influence reflects in the Malaysian heritage even till today. Upon Islam radically spreading as the state's religion, the Malacca Sultanate was thus founded in the 1500s. The international affairs of nine such Sultanates came under the jurisdiction of the British between the latter 1800s and 1930.

Modern Malaysia
The Federation of 11 states in Malaya including Pahang, Selangor and Perak took place in 1948 after the Prime Minister established the Malayan Union in 1946. Malaysia triumphed Independence on August 31st, 1957 and henceforth, became a part of the Commonwealth. 

What is unique about culture of Malaysia?

Malaysia has a colourful cultural personality. Given the inflow of numerous ethnic and religious minorities and colonial history, the Malaysian culture is largely divided as Malay Indian, Malay Indigenous and Malay Chinese along with Arab and British inspired cultures as well.

From performing arts to puppet shows and indigenous musical instruments and multi-lingual television, the Malaysian culture has an in-depth and extensive tradition of art and music. The regional literature has had an Indian front, with Indian epics and stories being the nucleus.

Malaysia endorses cultural symbols from time to time. Some of the nature-driven symbols include the sea turtle, hibiscus and orangutan. A fun fact behind the officiality of the symbols is the underlying informal symbol of the Rojak (a Malay salad).

How is Malaysia divided into regions?

The Malaysian sub-continent comprises of two major divisions on either side of the South China Sea; Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. 

Peninsular Malaysia
Peninsular Malaysia consists of the following regions - Kuala Lumpur, West Coast - the stretch from Langkawi to Northen Malacca including Georgetown), East Coast (the section consisting of Perhentian Islands, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu etc.) and Johor.

East Malaysia
East Malaysia encompasses Sabah, Sarawak, Bandar Seri Begawan. Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. This side of Malaysia overflows with greenery, forests and wildlife. 
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