Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country, well- known for its beaches, spellbinding islands, national parks and rainforests.

“Malaysia is ranked 9th in the world for tourist arrivals.

In 2014, according to statistics, Malaysia had 22.9 million visitors and this number keeps growing over the years.

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is the biggest and one of the most popular cities in Malaysia with 12.3 million visitors in 2017

Malaysia can be the ideal destination whether you are seeking adventure, nature, the experience of encountering different cultures or simply entertainment.

Top 12 attractions in Malaysia:

Petronas Twin Towers

1-Petronas Twin Towers:

Located in Kuala Lumpur, these towers were designed by an American architecture called Cesar Pelli and they were considered to be the tallest buildings in the world until 2004.

They rise to over 450 meters above ground and they consist of 88 floors.

There is a double-decker bridge connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors.

It is considered to be the towers’ most unique feature as tourists can view the beautiful city from this bridge which is 170 meters above ground.

Batu Caves

2-Batu Caves:

Batu caves are located near Kuala Lumpur in a Malaysian state called Selangor.

It consists of 3 main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines which attract a huge number of tourists and worshippers, especially during the annual Hindu festival known as “Thaipusam”

Batu caves’ main attraction is a statue of the Hindu God which is located at the entrance which seems to attract many tourists from all over the world.

Bukit Bintang

3-Bukit Bintang

This is Kuala Lumpur’s main shopping district and its most well-known entertainment district.

It includes numerous malls such as Benaya Times Square; one of the largest malls in the world, which includes a large number of stores and an indoor theme park.

There are also a variety of cafes and nightclubs available in this district if you are looking for an appealing nightlife.

Redang islands

4-Redang islands:

Malaysia is full of different beautiful islands and Redang is a special one located in Terengganu.

This island is a popular destination for those who are interested in snorkeling and scuba diving as it is known for crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and tropical weather.

One of the reasons why this island is the ideal diving spot is the ability to easily spot coral reefs and different species of fish and turtles.

Redang Island includes luxurious resorts, restaurants and bars.

If you are looking for more activities to do, you can enjoy a nature walk where you are most likely to see monkeys, squirrels and monitor lizards, but it is important to have a map on which all roads are indicated.

Central market

4-Central market:

This colorful, mesmerizing market is located in Kuala Lumpur.

It consists of numerous booths that are grouped in lanes according to the different ethnic races in Malaysia which are mainly Malay, Chinese and Indian.

These booths sell handmade crafts, clothes, wooden carvings, fabrics and jewelry.

One of the main attractions in this market is The Annexe Gallery which is a space that showcases the work of local artists.

Langkawi

 5-Langkawi:

Langkawi is an extensive group of 99 islands which makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia.

These islands are known for having the most breathtaking beaches and tropical jungles. Also, Langkawi houses some of the best resorts and restaurants.

In addition, you can enjoy exploring the pristine rainforest which covers most of Langkawi or go on a boat tour.

One of the major attractions of Langkawi island is Langkawi SkyCab; a cable car, which provides an aerial link with a total length of 2.2 km between an oriental village and the peak of  the most well-known mountain in the area.

Another breathtaking natural attraction is Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls. This name means Seven Wells Waterfalls.

“The reason it was given that name is because it consists of seven connected natural pools that are fed by seven different waterfalls.”

If you consider yourself an adventurous person, you might consider climbing to the top of the waterfalls which is a steep climb that would take around 45 minutes.

Genting Highland

6-Genting Highland:

This is a resort that includes everything; hotels, shopping malls, indoor and outdoor theme parks which makes it the perfect holiday getaway in Malaysia.

There are some Vegas-style casinos which are actually one of the most attractive facilities in this resort.

If you are looking for more adventurous activities, indoor rock climbing and flying fox activities are available at Genting Highland.

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

7-Semenggoh Nature Reserve:

If you are a nature and animal lover, this reserve is popular because of its orangutan orientation program where they help rescued and orphaned orangutan to live in the wild.

You can also find various types of unique species in this reserve including exotic Malaysian birds.

Perhentian Islands

8-Perhentian Islands:

One of the most appealing things about Malaysia is the huge number of islands.

Perhentian islands should be on the top of your list if you are into water activities such as canoeing, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Kayaking is also available and no paddling experience is required. You can rent a single or double kayaks from the Perhentian Island Sea Sport Centre.

This island not only has outstanding beaches with shallow waters and palm trees, but also it is well known for its extraordinary coral reefs and its rich underwater life including many species of tropical fish and turtles.

Taman Negara National Park

9-Taman Negara National Park:

“Taman Negara is Malaysia’s largest national park, located on 4,343km² of primary rainforest

This park features the longest rope walkway in the world and it is the perfect destination for those who are looking for adventure.

You can enjoy hiking while being surrounded by a wide range of wildlife and plants.

There are many facilities available such as a marked jungle trail and a water taxi service.

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

10-Sunway Lagoon Theme Park:

If you are looking for a place to have some fun and adventure, Sunway Lagoon is a theme park designed to entertain people of all ages.

It consists of three main sections: The Wild Wild West, World of Adventure and Waters of Africa.

Wild Wild West takes you back to the days when cowboys and Red Indians ruled the western partition.

World of adventure has more thrilling rides and Waters of Africa is an extraordinary African-themed water park offering various rides and it includes the largest man-made surf pool.

Kek Lok Si Temple

11-Kek Lok Si Temple:

This is one of the most unique Chinese Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia and the largest one in Malaysia.

It includes numerous images of Buddhist Gods and icons.

One of the most impressive features is another temple located inside of it called the Temple of Rama where you can find almost 10,000 Buddha carvings.

Aquaria KLCC

12-Aquaria KLCC:

Located in Kuala Lumpur, this is a world-class aquarium where you can see more than 150 species of marine life.

There are some unique marine creatures you would certainly be interested in such as the tiger sharks, coral fish, seahorses, gar fish and the lethal sea snakes.

If you are looking for a more thrilling experience, diving with 5 different species of sharks is one of the activities available at Aquaria KLCC, but you must be a certified diver.

These are the top 12 attractions you should place on the top of your list if you are planning on visiting Malaysia, however there are so much more to do and see in this beautiful country.

One of the unique things about Malaysia is the fact that it includes a combination of different cultures within the same country including the Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures.

This is the reason why one of the characteristics of the Malaysian culture is the variety of festivals they celebrate which are extremely interesting and colorful.

Besides all of that, the list of beautiful islands in Malaysia is endless and there are countless activities you can enjoy during your stay.

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