A trip to Malaysia guarantees you lifetime of memories to cherish. There’s so much to see, do and enjoy that selecting the best is no mean task. Be it food, adventures, shopping, or entertainment, Malaysia has everything in abundance. Blessed with exceptional natural beauty, the island country beckons mountain hikers, nature lovers and laid- back holiday seekers alike.
Omitting the most famous touristy things to do, we have brought to you the list of 7 awesome things that you’ll best enjoy only in Malaysia.
1. Explore the best of Cameron Highlands
Yes, we all know Genting highlands. It’s very beautiful, but head up north from Genting to explore the mystic Cameron highlands which is in its full might and beauty between December and February. Greenery as far as you can see and luscious landscapes will captivate your senses. Enjoy jungle trekking, take a stroll in the sprawling tea plantations, or simply soak in the mesmerizing sights of the stunning viewpoints.
Traveler’s Tip: if you are not a crowd person, avoid the best time to visit Cameron highlands. Instead, go during the off season. The beauty is the same and you get all the required time and privacy for a personal rendezvous with nature.
2. Climb the Mount Murud
One of the last unspoiled places in Malaysia- Sarawak’s Kelabit highlands are full of rich flora and a beautiful climate that takes you away from all the worries of the world. The first ever climber on the mountain- Eric Mjoherg described the place as an unforgettable paradise. Going on a trek here is one of the nature’s most rewarding experiences ever.
Traveler’s Tip: to celebrate the grandeur of the place, every year an annual pilgrimage is taken to the mountain and therefore, there are various wooden houses built to accommodate over 1500 people. So in case you want to stay for the night, no problems!
3. Visit the amazing Batu Caves and have the best Chinese meal outside China
Just when you thought the iconic Batu Caves is the only good thing you should be looking forward to, you get the surprise of one of the best Chinese meals right at the foot of the Batu caves. Almost a legend, Pan Heong restaurant serves the most authentic and delicious Chinese meals. Take the trek of ardent 272 steep steps to Batu caves, admire the mesmerizing skyline from the top point and come back with a giant hunger to do complete justice to the sumptuous food at Pan Heong.
Traveler’s Tip: try the Chinese fried flat noodles. They call it Sang Har Kwey Teow. Its divine, and the quantity is good enough to satiate your giant appetite.
4. Admire the shades of blue oceans at the Pulau Payar Marine Park
While on your visit to Langkawi, Pulau Payar Marine Park is one of the best things to do. It’s an amazing place to try the exciting water sports. The place has an exceptionally beautiful marine life and truly magnificent corals. Whether or not you are interested to dive into the water or test your guts with the adventure sports, you still have to visit the park to soak in the beauty of the place and the variety of different shades of blue waters that surrounds it.
Traveler’s Tip: the island is uninhabited and therefore, there are no hotels or resorts found. The nearest island is Langkawi which is an hour away, and you will have to take a speed boat ride to and fro from the island.
5. Take a river Safari at the Kinabatangan River in Sabah
Home to the world’s most diverse ecosystems and the longest river of Sabah, the Kinabatangan forest adjoining the river is one of the country’s most famous wildlife sanctuary and you can easily spot many exotic species like Asian elephants, Proboscis monkey, and Sumatran Rhinos. Take a river Safari to discover the astounding ecosystem of the place and the abundant wildlife.
Traveler’s Tip: go on a night safari. Its fun, its adventurous and you can spot many nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Most of the good tour operators offer this as a part of itinerary in their Malaysia Holiday Packages. So, don’t forget to ask for it.
6. Take a walk in one of the world’s oldest and prehistoric Rainforest in Pehang
Estimated to be over 130 million years old, the Taman Negara national park is one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Discover the mind blowing landscapes, rich flora and fauna, and Mount Tahan- the highest mountain in Malaysian Peninsula. Enjoy a variety of eco- adventure activities such as rapid shooting, canoeing, mountain and jungle trekking. Explore ancient limestone caves and also visit the indigenous community settlement of Orang asli.
Traveler’s Tip: take a walk along the world’s longest canopy to have the mesmerizingly beautiful view of the forest. Also, spend a night in the observation hide to catch a glimpse of the nocturnal animals in their habitat.
7. Visit Sarawak Cultural Village- the living Cultural Museum
Its hard to come across such a lively way of cultural explanation. Located in the foothills of the mighty Mount Santubong, the Sarawak Cultural Village is an award winning live display of the cultural heritage of Sarawak. Beautiful costumes, amazing handicrafts, traditional lifestyles and dwellings of the main communities showcasing their ethnic diversity; visiting the Sarawak Cultural Village is definitely one of the most awesome things to do in Malaysia. The place shows exceptional live performances by local artists and it also hosts the renowned international events such as World Harvest Festival and Rainforests World Music Festival.
Traveler’s Tip: spend time at the village to soak in the ethnicity. Visit the beautiful long houses and take a peek into the lives of different ethnic tribes. Don’t forget to take part in the interactive music workshop in the Rainforest Music House. The experience is every bit worth your time.
To completely experience the diversity of Malaysia, you have to travel it like a local and not as a tourist. Skip the regular attractions and go for the experiences that brings you closer to the roots of the country. Explore the abundant natural resources of this magnificent island and experience the tranquility of the soul of Malaysia.
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