Here are the top 48 tourist places in Malaysia

1. Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur, popularly referred to as KL, is the capital city of Malaysia. Officially the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, it is also the largest city of the country, spreading over almost 245 sq km. Steel-clad skyscrapers, mega shopping malls, renowned monuments, bustling markets and burgeo...

Best Time: December to February, May to August

2. Langkawi

4.7 /5

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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

3.9 /5

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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

3.8 /5

4 out of 48
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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

5. Petaling Jaya

4.7 /5

5 out of 48
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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

3.6 /5

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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

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7. Genting Highlands

4.1 /5

7 out of 48
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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.

8. Ipoh

3.8 /5

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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 ...

9. Kuantan

2.3 /5

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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. 

10. Putrajaya

3.8 /5

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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...

11. Kuching

4.3 /5

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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...

12. Perlis

2.5 /5

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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...

13. Cameron Highlands

4.5 /5

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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...

14. Port Dickson

2.2 /5

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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...

15. Batu Caves

4.5 /5

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Batu Caves is a series of limestone caves and one of the most popular Hindu shrines located outside India. It is situated about 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur in the district of Gombak, making it an unmissable day trip from the city. The main highlight of the Batu Caves is 140 fe...

16. Klang

2.4 /5

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Officially known as the Royal Town of Klang, it is the former capital of the state Selangor, Malaysia. It may not be one of the most beautiful cities in Malaysia, but Klang has a unique old-world charm. Known for its rich heritage sites and colonial architecture, it is a city with palace, mosque, an...

17. Shah Alam

3.9 /5

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Shah Alam is the city and state capital of Selangor, Malaysia.  Situated within the Petaling District and a small portion of the neighbouring Klang District, it replaced Kuala Lumpur as the capital city in 1978. Garden of Islamic Arts, the Blue Mosque, and Sultan Alam Shah Museum - Shah Al...

18. Kuala Selangor

2.6 /5

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Kuala Selangor is a small kampung (village) surrounded by coconut and palm tress, located along the Sungai Selangor. Magical Fireflies are only available in two places in the world, and one of them is in Kampung Kuantan located in Kuala Selangor. Apart from being famous for fireflies,...

19. Subang Jaya

3.0 /5

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Subang Jaya is a city in Petaling district of Selangor in Malaysia, located 20 km from Kuala Lumpur. It is an internationally well-known city for education and has many universities and colleges. The virbant township houses many retails stores, eateries, and places to visit for the tourists. It...

20. Taiping

3.9 /5

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Ranked amongst one of the top three sustainable cities in the world, Taiping is a town located in Perak, Malaysia. The second largest town in Perak after Ipoh, it receives its fair share of limelight for being the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. As one of the first tin mining towns in Mala...

21. Pangkor Island

4.3 /5

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Pangkor Island is a resort island located in Manjung District, Perak, Malaysia. Boasting of stunning landscape, it is known for its white sand beaches, clear blue skies, corals reefs and turquoise blue water. Located just three-hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur, Pangkor Island is a popular roma...

22. Kuala Kangsar

3.3 /5

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Kuala Kangsar, besides being a royal town of Perak, Malaysia, is the main town in the administrative district of Kuala Kangsar. Located downstream of Kangsar River, it has been the royal seat of Perak since the 18th century. The colonial town houses some of the best converted-palaces and gilt domes ...

23. Batu Ferringhi

3.8 /5

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Batu Ferringhi is a resort town located near GeorgeTown of Penang Island, Malaysia. It is the prime beach destination of Penang due to Miami beach and is wrapped with reinvigorating water sports like sailing, parasailing, jet ski and banana boating. It bestows rustic relaxation next to bri...

24. Teluk Bahang

4.0 /5

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Teluk Bahang is located in Georgetown of Penang Island in Malaysia. It is one of the best destinations for ecotourism offering lush green forests and eco parks along with wide blue peaceful beaches and clear sky. The place is an exemplary match for hiking to waterfalls in addition to beach hopping. ...

25. Johor Bahru

3.2 /5

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Johor Bahru is the capital of Johor state, at the southern end of Peninsular Malaysia. Commonly referred to as JB, it is one of the largest cities in Malaysia with almost 2.6 million residents. Also, it is located just across the causeway to Singapore. Most travellers skip visiting Johor Bahru, but ...

26. Muar

3.8 /5

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Muar, also called Bandar Maharani, is the capital of Muar district in Johor, Malaysia. Recently declared as the royal town of Johor, it is also the 4th largest city in Johor. This city oozes traditions and cultures which is reflected in its heritage architecture. Known and explored for pre-war archi...

27. Kota Tinggi

2.9 /5

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The town of Kota Tinggi is located in Johor State of Malaysia and is one of the two major towns, apart from Mersing. It is packed with peacefully resting tombs and ancient cities giving an insight into Johor’s Sultanate.  

28. Mersing

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Mersing is a small coastal town located in the Johor State of Malaysia. It is well-known for its ferry jetty ports that connects ships and boats to several islands nearby. Most of the people pass through Mersing while going to Tioman Island. It is a perfect place to escape from engrossing ...

29. Batu Pahat

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Just ahead the royal city of Muar lies the town of Batu Pahat which is the capital of Batu Pahat District of Malaysia. Batu Pahat is a family place and perfect for weekend relaxation from nearby cities of Kluang and Muar. 

30. Tioman Island

4.2 /5

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Tioman Island is located in Rompin District of Pahang, Malaysia. The 20km long and 11km wide island has cascading waterfalls, rigoruous jungles, laid-back fishing villages and idyllic beaches. Major area of the island is forest cover and is a habitat to a variety of flora and fauna. Coral Reefs are ...

31. Pekan

3.9 /5

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Pekan is a town in the Pekan District of Pahang in Malaysia. It is popularly known as the "Royal Town of Malaysia" as it is the seat of the Pahang Sultanate. Home to some grand buildings, Pekan town is scenic and pristine with wide clean streets, spacious fields and royal palaces. 

32. Raub

2.5 /5

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Raub is one of the oldest towns located in Pahang, Malaysia. It is located 110 km from Kuala Lumpur and 265 km from Kuantan (Pahang's capital city). Raub is packed with colonial charm and remnants of meticulously architectural British Buildings. The prime attraction of this place is Jeram Besu’s whi...

33. Bentong

3.0 /5

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Bentong is located in Pahang, one of the biggest states of Malaysia. Brimming with rainforest and all-embracing hills, it is an ideal place to lose oneself in wilderness away from the bustling city life. Bentong is well-known for its creative wall art all around the city with consummate splendour. O...

34. Kuala Terengganu

3.8 /5

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Kuala Terengganu, also abbreviated as K.T., is the capital of Terengganu state of Malaysia. It is a full package of all in one attractions ranging from beaches to waterfalls to mosques. Despite modernisation, Kuala Terengganu retains plenty of charm. It is the city of old kampong style stilt houses ...

35. Redang Island

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Redang Island is one of the largest islands on Malaysia’s East Coast. Located in South China Sea, it is a part of Kuala Nerus District of Kuala Terengganu. It is a group of islands well-known for its crystal clear water offering a picturesque diving to the pristine coral reefs and underwater life.&n...

36. Perhentian Islands

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Perhentian Islands are a group of islands in Besut District in Terengganu state of Malaysia. They are an abode of beauty packed with clear-turquoise water, lush-green forests, white grainy sand and untouched coral reefs. They are a part of Pulau Redang National Marine Park. Having well-developed res...

37. Bau

2.5 /5

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Bau is located in Malaysia’s largest state of Sarawak, about 26km southwest of Kuching. It is a small town with a natural frontier of limestone mountains. It is primarily known for its Bidayuh Culture as the descendants of the Bidayuh Tribes reside here. Bau is packed with natural beauty from caves ...

38. Sibu

2.4 /5

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Sibu is an island town and the capital of Sibu district in Malaysia’s largest state of Sarawak. It is located on the Island of Borneo. Known as the gateway to Batang Rejang, Sibu is a charming town with vibrant culture and a bustling waterfront. Sibu is also popular for offering some of the bes...

39. Bintulu

2.8 /5

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Bintulu is a small coastal town located in the Bintulu district of Sarawak State of Borneo Island in Malaysia. Bintulu is well-known for its golden beach and the rare endemic Irrawaddy dolphins. It is also famed for the longest kite festival in Malaysia. The town also has the best ‘belacan’ shrimp s...

40. Miri

3.9 /5

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Miri is the capital of Miri District and a coastal city in Sarawak State on the island of Borneo, Malaysia. The town is recognised as the birthplace for Malaysia’s petroleum industry as the first oil well was drilled in Miri in 1910. Miri is also a gateway to the world-famous UNESCO site of Gunung M...

41. Seremban

4.1 /5

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Seremban, formerly called Sening Ujong, is the capital city of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. It initially thrived as a business center and gained city status earlier in 2020. Seremban is known for Chinese shophouses, colonial buildings, lake gardens and beef noodles. It if often a detour for tourists t...

42. Kuala Pilah

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Kuala Pilah is a town in Kuala Pilah district , 40km east of Seremban in the eastern rural state of Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia. The charm of this old valley town lies in its Chinese shophouses surrounded by traditional Malay village houses built on stilts. Situated close to Kuala Lumpur, it is crow...

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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