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Malaysia Popular Places to Visit

Manukan Island

The second largest island sitting in the first ever marine national park of Malaysia, Manukan Island is one of the exciting tourist places in Malaysia that one should visit at least once in a lifetime. Home to an extensive number of water sports and beaches, this island has plenty to offer to locals and travelers alike. 

The Island is famed for its coral reefs that reek of vibrant and eye-catching colors. Accessible by a ferry from Kota Kinabalu, this island offers the best of facilities amidst all the islands of Malaysia.

Major Attractions: Water Sports, Coral Reefs

Island, Malaysia

Pangkor Island

If you’re seeking peace and solitude with the perfect mix of beauty and serenity, you should be heading to Pangkor Island, one of the most tranquil Malaysia tourist attractions. Lying near Perak’s coast, this is one of the best Malaysia tourist attractions that features empty beaches, crystal clear and clean water, and dense jungles covering the center of the island.

You’ll definitely love the chance to sunbathe under swaying palms here without another soul in sight. When you’re here, you must check out the Dutch Colonial Fort, take pictures of a traditional wooden jetty, and feed hornbills at the Sunset View Chalet.

Island, Malaysia

Mount Kinabalu

The tallest mountain of Borneo, Mount Kinabalu is a striking sight to behold. Hikers love to enjoy impressive trails that allow a glimpse of the picturesque surroundings of the region. Quite popular among people with adventurous bones, it is one of the best Malaysia visiting place to have a thrill oozing experience. Among the good places to visit in Malaysia, this one tops the list.

Major Attractions: Zip line to experience the rush that comes with high velocity

Borneo, Malaysia


Located to the east of Sabah, Kinabatangan is known for its rainforest remains. Its wildlife sanctuary attracts a large number of wildlife lovers at this tourist attraction is Malaysia. Among the most romantic places to visit in Malaysia, this one tops the list.

Visit the Jungle Camp to enjoy wildlife in its unhindered natural habitat.

Borneo, Malaysia

Perhentian Island

A group of stunning, coral fringed islands – the Perhentian Island is located almost 19 km away from the North-eastern Malaysia. It is a part of marine park where activities like fishing are strictly prohibited. It is one of the most unique places to visit in the country. It is also counted among the best places to visit in Malaysia with friends.

Transparent shallow waters near the coast allow a perfect glimpse of the colorful corals at this famous tourist place in Malaysia.

Island, Malaysia

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

Founded in 1885, Royal Selangor is the world’s foremost name in quality pewter, a brand synonymous with design and craftsmanship for an endless variety of homeware and gifts sold in more than twenty countries around the world.

The Royal Selangor Visitor Centre takes you back over a hundred years to the founding of Royal Selangor and its inextricable link with the history of Malaysia, to the present day as the world’s largest pewter maker.

With a built-up area of 40,000 square feet, the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre won the Malaysian Tourism Best Tourist Attraction Award 2004 in the category of "Attraction with National Identity or Heritage", as well as the ASEAN Tourism Association Awards 2005 for Excellence as Best ASEAN "New Tourist Attraction". Today it receives hundreds of domestic and international visitors daily.

Every story has a beginning and Royal Selangor’s coincides with the remarkable development of tin mining in the Malay Peninsula in the 1800s. Traditional pewtersmithing tools and antique pewter from around the world are showcased in the Pewter Museum. In recognition of its quality, Royal Selangor received a royal warrant from His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Selangor, who conferred the manufacturer the title of "Royal Pewter".

Visitors to the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre can try their hand at shaping (or knocking) the pewter set aside at the School of Hard Knocks. This is a hands-on attempt at making your very own treasured pewter, so make every knock count! 

A popular attraction at the site is the giant tankard, the world's largest, listed in the Guinness World Book of Records. The giant tankard stands at 1.987 metres tall, weighs 1,557 kg and has a capacity of 2,796 litres. It has been exhibited round the world to places such as Canada, Australia, Singapore and China.

Selangor, Malaysia

Carey Island

Carey Island is located on Selangor’s coast, northwest of Morib and a short distance from Port Klang. It is a mere 20 minutes drive from the royal town of Klang. It comprises largely oil palm estates.

Carey Island is popular for two things - great seafood and the indigenous Mah Meri (pronounced Mak Miri) tribe with a reputation for traditional woodcarvings and mask sculptures depicting ancestral spirits or 'moyang'. Some said their skills are some of the world's finest wooden masks.

Today the natives have assimilated into modern life, with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms but they still retain their unique culture and way of life. Apart from exhibitions of their traditional dances and music, the Mah Meri tribes are also known for their evocative sculptures, fashioned from a kind of swamp hardwood known as "Nyireh Batu". The tribe has kept the legends of their ancestors alive through these figurines and stories retold over the centuries.

Selangor, Malaysia

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque

The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, also known as the "Blue Mosque" in Shah Alam is heralded as one of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia and the most stunning structures in the country. Its most distinguishing feature is its large blue-and-white dome, measuring 52m in diameter and reaching 107m from the ground up.

The mosque has four minarets, measuring 140m high, the tallest minarets in the world. Decorative Islamic calligraphy dominates the edges surrounding the dome and main prayer hall, while the interior architecture exhibits ethnic Malay design elements. Sunlight filtering through the blue stained glass of the mosque renders a bluish ambience to its interior, evoking a sense of peace and serenity.

The Blue Mosque overlooks the Garden of Islamic Arts, a beautifully landscaped park inspired by the Quranic Garden of Paradise. Covering 14 hectares, this spiritual sanctuary houses nine galleries that exhibit a rich array of Islamic arts such as calligraphy, sculptures, paintings and architecture. Occasionally, traditional Islamic performances are held here. The mosque can accommodate up to 24,000 worshippers at a time.

Selangor, Malaysia

Bujang Valley

The Bujang Valley or "Lembah Bujang" is a sprawling historical complex situated near Merbok, Kedah. Once the site of the Srivijaya Empire, an ancient Malay kingdom dating back to the first few centuries till the 12th century, it is the richest archaeological area in Malaysia.

Over the years, numerous artefacts have been uncovered in the Bujang Valley - celadons, porcelain, stoneware, clay, pottery, fragments of glass, beads and Persian ceramics - evidences that Bujang Valley was once a centre of international and entrepot trade in the region. 

More than 50 ancient Hindu or Buddhist temples, called candi, have also been unearthed. The most well-preserved of these is located in Pengkalan Bayang Merbok, which is also where the Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum is located. This museum is the first archaeology museum built in Malaysia, under the Museums and Antiquities Department.

The latest findings are ancient writings of a civilisation that existed here as early as the first century. 

Lembah Bujang was called 'Nusantara' and its strategic position was known to traders from China, India and the Middle East. They say that if you launch a boat from the Coramandel Coast of southern India and allow it to drift along with the natural currents, it would eventually wash ashore on this stretch of the Malaysian peninsula - close to Kedah Peak (Gunung Jerai) which served as a landmark and navigational aid to sailors for centuries.

Kedah, Malaysia

Alor Setar Tower

Alor Setar Tower is nestled in the heart of Alor Setar. Standing majestically at 165.5 metres, it is a prominent modern landmark that reflects the rapid development in the state of Kedah. It was built in 1994 and completed in 1996.

The tower functions as both a telecommunications tower as well as a tourist attraction. The tower's platform allows visitors to enjoy breathtaking views, that stretches from Gunung Jerai or Mount Jerai (formerly known as Kedah Peak) to the Straits of Malacca. From the tower, you will see vast expanses of paddy fields which lie just outside of Alor Setar - an amazing view especially during harvest time.  

At its tip is the Seri Angkasa Revolving Restaurant, specialising in a variety of delicious local and international cuisine. From here, one can enjoy a spectacular view of Alor Setar and nearby Butterworth. On clear days, one can see as far as the neighbouring country of Thailand!

The tower also serves as an observatory tower from which to look for the crescent moon marking the beginning of Muslim religion months. The observation deck stands at a height of 88 metres from the base of the structure.

Kedah, Malaysia