Short Trip in Malaysia – 5 Places To Visit in Malaysia

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Planning a short trip to Malaysia? And wondering if there are more places as only Kuala Lumpur to discover on a short trip? Yes, there are – historically rich places, recognized, frequently visited by international tourists, and yet, remain relatively unexplored and pristine. 

We bring you the top five places to visit in Malaysia with a brief on what to expect, things to see, things to do and what type of holiday experience the location caters to. Most of them are accessible from Kuala Lumpur either by air, road, or both. 

1. Things To Do in Langkawi

Places To Visit Malaysia Langkawi

Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, is found in the northwestern region of Malaysia, 253.6 miles from Kuala Lumpur. It is a tropical paradise with an eclectic mix of tourist attractions and activities. The Southern Islands is the most frequented by travellers for their pristine and white sandy beaches.

Also, unique to Langkawi is the UNESCO Geoforest Parks. On a day-long excursion, tourists can explore the exotic wildlife and ancient rock formations in these parks. 

Things to See:

  • Eagle Square
  • Mahsuri Tomb and Museum
  • Night Market
  • Gunung Raya peak
  • Bird Paradise

Things to Do:

  • Watersports
  • Skycab and Skybridge
  • Geoforest tour
  • Cable Car ride
  • Underwater World
  • Pulau Payar Marine Park

Types of Holiday Experience:

  • Honeymoon
  • Leisure vacations
  • Adventure and Nature holidays

2. Taman Negara Pahang

Places To Visit Malaysia Taman Negara

Reputed to be the oldest deciduous rainforest in the world, Taman Negara is a National Park located in Titiwangsa Mountains of Pahang in Malaysia. Naturally, it is home to many rare species of animals and plants.

Due to its accessibility (185kms from Kuala Lumpur), the park is visited by hundreds of tourists every month and serves as a perfect getaway for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. 

Things to Do & See:

  • Walk on the world’s longest canopy walkway
  • Book a trek to Bukit Teresek
  • Walk through the jungle in the night observing nocturnal creatures
  • Visit Kampung Orang Asli (an Aborigine settlement)
  • Try water rafting
  • Take a boat cruise to Lata Berkoh
  • Embark on cave explorations
  • Enjoy bird watching at a relaxed place

Types of Holiday Experience:

  • Adventure and Nature holidays

3. George Town Penang Attractions

Places to Visit in Malaysia Penang Street Art Georgetown

George Town is the capital of Penang Island, the second largest city in Malaysia and because of its a must on every list of places to visit in Malaysia! It is fascinating to see how smoothly the city’s historical past has blended with the modern present. The unparalleled colonial architecture and cultural aspect of buildings in the oldest region of the city is a marvelled UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Surrounding the core heritage area, are colourful Chinese shophouses, temples, and mosques that demand equal attention. Interestingly, George Town is lauded to be Malaysia’s gastronomical capital – all the more reason why this city with many facets should be considered while visiting Malaysia. 

So here are some interesting things to do in George Town.

Things to See:

  • Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
  • Fort Cornwallis
  • City Hall
  • Penang State Museum
  • Central Business District
  • Kek Lok Si Temple
  • Penang street art

Things to Do:

  • Shopping
  • Street food

Types of Holiday Experience:

  • Leisure vacations
  • Cultural holidays

4. Cameron Highlands Malaysia Tour

Places to Visit in Malaysia Tea Plantation Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands is an expansive hill station founded by Sir William Cameron in 1885. It is located about 200kms from Kuala Lumpur. The splendid scenery, endless tea plantations, and colonial buildings make the highlands a much sought after weekend getaway from Kuala Lumpur. 

The mossy forest has many hiking trails with the difficulty level ranging from easy to moderate and it is proved to be a haven for birdwatchers. 

Things to See:

  • The Lavender Garden
  • Tea estates
  • Butterfly farm
  • Strawberry farm
  • Honey bee farm
  • Thompson falls
  • Time Tunnel Museum
  • Mah Meri Art Gallery

Things to Do:

  • Mossy Forest Hike
  • Bird watching

Types of Holiday Experience:

  • Honeymoon
  • Leisure vacations
  • Nature holidays

5. What To Do in Kota Kinabalu

Places to Visit in Malaysia Sunset View Kota Kunabalu

Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, is a tourist city located on the northwest coast of Borneo. The city’s pace, historical venues, artistic side, all of it grows on you slowly but firmly. A declared World Heritage Site, Kinabalu Park is less than 100 km from the city.

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu in Kinabalu Park is one of the sought after activity for a serious adventure enthusiast. The Park is home to rare species of plants, particularly, Rafflesia arnoldii, considered as the rarest, largest, and the most magnificent flower in the world.  

Things to See:

  • Night Market
  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
  • Sabah Museum
  • Manukan Island
  • Tanjung Aru Beach
  • Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
  • Sandakan Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center

Things to Do:

  • Watersports
  • Mari Mari cultural village tour
  • Trek to Mount Kinabalu

Types of Holiday Experience:

  • Adventure, Cultural and Nature holidays