It's time to prepare for a getaway with your friends and family! We've compiled the top 5 places to go for your next trip ;)
1.Penang is the top destination for food, drink, and sensory pleasures
Penang’s foodie status is uncontested. Travelers flock from across Malaysia (and beyond) to ply Gurney Drive’s seafood restaurants, yummy Penang laksa at Lorong Baru Hawker Stalls, and barbecued seafood at the Chew Jetties. But even beyond the sizzle of char kway teow Penang can tickle your senses.
Listen to the chatter of macaques at Penang National Park, the country’s smallest. hangout at the architectural splendor of Khoo Kongsi clubhouse and the intricately carved Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Alternatively, get bang up to date with contemporary art at Hin Bus Station. Tip for timing your visit: Penang is one of the best places to visit in Malaysia in December when the west coast enjoys good weather while winds batter the east.
2.Pulau Perhentian is the best islands for sunshine and snorkeling
Mentioning the Perhentians to Malaysian people elicits a longing smile. The Perhentian Islands are synonymous with brilliant beaches and marine life, plus there’s a party scene to keep beach bums dancing until the wee hours. The trick is to find your perfect beach.
Searching for spectacular sunsets? Head to Coral Bay. Green turtles? The turtle project on Main Beach. Late-night beach parties? Long Beach.
There are numerous beaches where you can go sea kayaking, and snorkel among parrotfish and giant clams, while hardened divers can go deeper to visit wrecks and commune with clownfish, reef sharks, and stingrays. Time your visit for the dry season between March and October (but avoid July, when crowds reach their peak).
3.Melaka, Bandaraya Bersejarah
Nowhere in Malaysia is the tumult of past colonial rule felt more strongly than in port cities, and Melaka is emblematic of this cultural collision.
Melaka is perched on Peninsular Malaysia’s west coast, and successive colonists (Portuguese, Dutch, British) vied for control over this trading port and maritime waystation.
Today, Melaka is one of the best cities to visit in Malaysia, thanks to its variety food cultures, hotch-potch of architecture, and alluring night markets.
Glimpse Portuguese history by clambering aboard the replica Flor de la Mar ship and sampling baked fish at Medan Portugis. Time-travel forward to Dutch rule by touring the Stadthuys (now a history museum) and salmon-pink Christ Church. Other cornerstones of history are ‘China Hill’ cemetery and Peranakan (Straits Chinese) mansions, notably the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum.
Melaka’s multi cultures have helped fuel a roaring tourist trade. Colorful trishaws offer joyrides and history tours, while Jonker Walk Night Market is the evening’s entertainment, from open-air karaoke to nibbling on Nyonya zongzi (glutinous rice dumplings).
4.Cameron Highland- Take refreshing upland hike
Malaysia’s most famous hill stations snooze among the vivid green tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands. Temperatures seldom stray higher than 30°C (86°F), attracting locals and tourists alike to cool off in these 1300m to 1829m (4265ft to 6000ft) heights. Many folks pick strawberries at Raaju’s Hill or make a beeline for the honey farm.
Take a guided hike with Eco Cameron to marvel at orchids and hunt for the whopping rafflesia flower. You can also go alone; numbered hiking trails extend right from the main towns of Brinchang and Tanah Rata.You'll reward your outdoor exertions by sipping a cup of tea (or three) at a plantation. Boh Sungei Palas has some of the best views, with Boh Tea Garden a close second.
5. Kuala Lumpur is the best place to go for a tour
If you have grand ambitions but limited time, head to Kuala Lumpur. Parts of KL feel like a quintessential capital city, with shopping malls (like Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC), a competitive cocktail scene, and a sci-fi skyline – the Petronas Towers rise up like twin rockets, while Menara KL glows like a futuristic lighthouse (head to the 300m-high sky deck for an expansive view). But KL offers more than fast-paced urban commotion.
KL’s city comes accompanied by nature and history, courtesy of time-worn temples, Kopitiam, and rainforests almost side by side with high-rise buildings. Places of worship like scarlet, multi-storey Thean Hou Temple, and ornate Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad force contemplation and wonder.
If you’re looking for places to visit in Malaysia in three days, KL has day-trip potential, too. Listen to birdsong at KL Forest Eco Park, picnic by a waterfall at the Forest Research Institute, and less than an hour’s drive away is Mah Meri Cultural Village, where you can immerse yourself in Orang Asli (indigenous) art and history.
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