Things to do in Malaysia | Top Attractions Travel Guide

When I think of the most under-rated countries to visit in SE Asia Malaysia comes to mind. With a rich culture and diversity – unlike any other nation in Southeast Asia – there is something for everyone. Some of my favorite places to visit in Malaysia include Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang and the Cameron Highlands. The following is a top attractions travel guide for the best things to do in Malaysia:

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1) Few architectural wonders can compete with the Petronas Towers. Equally as impressive by day as they are at night, it is an absolute must landmark to visit in Kuala Lumpur.

2) Night markets in Malaysia are well worth a visit. My personal favorite is the Jonker Street Night Market located in Melaka. On the weekends Jonker street shuts down to traffic and turns into a sea of people and stalls selling everything from trinkets to street food. While we were there we made sure to cool down with Cendol, which is our favorite Malaysian street food snack.

3) The Batu Caves are of my favorite attractions that is absolutely free! Taking the commuter train from KL Sentral we arrived early in the morning before all of the package tourists. The caves themselves, an important Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Murugan, are worth the 272 step climb to the top. You’ll notice many of cheeky monkeys.

4) The KL Bird Park is a quirky attraction worth checking out. Its claim to fame is being the largest walk in aviary. Home to thousands of birds you’ll be able to spot peacocks, flamingos and many other exotic ones.

5) While you’re in Georgetown, Penang consider visiting a recently opened cat cafe! The Purrfect Cat Cafe in George Town is home to some adorable cats.

6) Whenever I head back to Malaysia I can’t help but break out in a smile because I know I’m going to get a chance to eat dim sum.

7) When I mentioned Malaysia was a diverse country, I was referring to the people and cuisine. Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines and having the opportunity to eat a delicious banana leaf thali set is something I wouldn’t miss for the world. Loaded up with rice, dal, vegetables, roti, papad, chutney and pickles. Coming in at only 22 Ringgit (for the two of us) it’s an inexpensive but delicious meal.

8) Want to visit the biggest Buddhist temple in all of Southeast Asia? Would you be surprised to learn that it is in Malaysia? Kek Lok Si temple, also known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss, is located in Air Itam. The temple combines Mahayana Buddhism and Chinese rituals. To visit take bus 201, 203 or 204 from Komplex Komptar in the heart of George Town, Penang.

9) The Petronas Towers are brilliant by day but ‘wow’ do they ever shine bright at night. They have really cool light shows.

10) You can’t visit Malaysia without having Roti Canai for breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or a snack. An Indian flat bread, similar to a pancake, it comes in all different sizes, shapes and flavors. Our two favorites being cheese and banana.

11) While in Malacca it’s a great idea to take a Melaka River Cruise at night as the city really lights up at night. You’ll notice wonderful old colonial architecture and street art along with traditional homes alongside the Kampong.

12) The Clan Jetties are an important part of George Town’s heritage and the last bastions of old Chinese settlements.

13) Georgetown is one of the most hot and humid cities I’ve ever visited. If you’re looking to escape that for a while head over to the Botanical Gardens just outside of the city. In shady conditions you’ll have the opportunity to walk around this massive park where you’ll surely spot monkeys and other wildlife.

14) When visiting Malacca be sure to check out a Baba-Nyonya restaurant. A mixture of Chinese and Malaysian cuisine at its finest. Some of our favorite dishes included Nyonya Laksa, Rojak and Popiah.

15) Bling. Bling. That’s not the sound of a horn but instead the decorations on a rickshaw in George Town. For around 30 to 40 Ringgit you can take a full one hour city tour. It certainly beats walking around in the heat. Highlights for us included going through Little India.

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