Home to prehistoric rainforests and a melting pot of culture, Malaysia is an amazing country to discover. Here’s our pick of top 10 of what to see, do and experience in Malaysia.
1. Luxurious underwater living – Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Sabah
Named after Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, this cluster of five islands namely Gaya, Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi and Sulug is popular among divers and eco-tourists. The park’s relatively shallow waters, filled with an abundance of corals and aquatic species, is perfect for snorkelling and diving for beginners.
2. World’s largest cave chamber – Mulu National Park, Sarawak
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mulu National Park is home to an impressive collection of natural treasures, including razor-sharp limestone spikes called The Pinnacles, and Sarawak Chamber, the world's largest cave chamber capable of accommodating 40 Boeing 747 aircraft. Meanwhile, the Deer Cave has the world's largest cave passage as well as a unique rock formation with a silhouette that resembles the side profile of Abraham Lincoln, America's 16th President.
3. The gastronomic hunt – Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Alor offers an authentic street food experience. Enjoy a plate of char kuey teow or BBQ chicken wings while sitting at tables and chairs lined by the roadside amidst the sound of clanging woks and waiters shouting out orders.
4. Heritage trails and hawker food – George Town, Penang
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, George Town, the lively capital of Penang has over 200 years of history and cultural heritage under its belt. Well-preserved colonial buildings and historical architecture draw in the art buffs, while its mouth-watering food attracts steady streams of foodies from around the world.
5. Mystery, myth, legend – Langkawi, Kedah
Part of an archipelago of 99 tropical islands, Langkawi Island is as much shrouded in age-old myths and legends as it is filled with natural beauty. It was accorded the Global Geopark status by UNESCO in 2007 for its diverse geological heritage, which dates back to more than 500 million years.
6. The living cultural museum – Sarawak Cultural Village, Sarawak
Situated at the foothills of the mythical Mount Santubong, this award-winning living museum showcases Sarawak's rich cultural heritage through its costumes, handicrafts, lifestyle, traditional dwellings and twice-daily cultural performance. The Sarawak Cultural Village is also the venue for exciting international events such as the Rainforest World Music Festival and the World Harvest Festival.
7. A walk through prehistoric rainforests – Taman Negara, Pahang
Estimated to be over 150 million years old, Taman Negara is one of the world’s oldest rainforests and home to a vast diversity of flora and fauna, as well as amazing natural landscapes. Get an overhead view of the forest via the world’s longest canopy walkway, or enjoy the park’s varied activities and attractions.
8. The perfect beach life – Tioman Island, Pahang
The picturesque Tioman Island, with towering twin volcanic peaks, soft golden sands, cool mountain streams and refreshing waterfalls amidst a lush tropical rainforest, is hailed as one of the world's best beach getaways. The island’s waters are home to a diverse range of aquatic species, colourful corals and mesmerising dive sites.
9. Play time for all – LEGOLAND & Hello Kitty Town, Johor
If you're looking for fun and adventure for the whole family, LEGOLAND offers a first-class park experience with thrilling rides, interactive displays and themed areas. The park's main attraction is MINILAND, where miniature replicas of Asia's popular landmarks made with more than 30 million LEGO bricks can be seen. Hello Kitty Town, the first Hello Kitty theme park outside Japan, is a must for fans of this popular Sanrio character.
10. Wreck diving – Redang Island, Terengganu
Pulau Redang is an enchanting island approximately 45km off the coast of Terengganu. Its clear waters contain hundreds of live coral species – ranked as some of the best in the world – and thousands of marine species including manta rays, stingrays and sharks. Part marine park, this island has 31 spectacular dive sites, which include two World War II historic shipwreck sites and a black coral garden.