Malaysia is a great place to visit, and with a great capital city, the country has a lot of history and exciting things to try out. Although when you first arrive, you may not be able to immediately figure out what to see or do, you’ll soon find your way around. This article will help give you a head-start on things to do when you are in Malaysia.
So, whether you will be in Malaysia for a week, a month or more, we have chosen 30 things that every tourist should add to their Malaysian bucket list.
Bukit Lagong Reserve Rainforest and Canopy Walk
This reserve, which spans 3,775 acres of land, used to be a plant research center in 1992. Visit this place and enjoy the waterfalls, rivers and what is left of the Old Orang Asli settlement. You can have a picnic, visit an insect house, jog, walk, ride a bicycle or get on the canopy walk which is 98 feet above the floor of the forest.
The reserve is closed when the air is very hazy so before making your way to the reserve, make sure you check that the API readings are below 150. If the readings are higher than 150, the reserve will be closed.
Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
Home to injured and endangered elephants, this sanctuary is a beautiful place to visit. You will get to see videos of the elephants living in the sanctuary and the history of elephants in Malaysia. You will also get to enjoy the beautiful grounds and a restaurant where you can get a variety of snacks, drinks and ice cream.
Lake Gardens Park
Otherwise known as the Taman Tasik Perdana or Perdana Botanical Garden, this spot is home to a beautiful lake as well as bike paths, picnic tables, walking trains, many play areas and big toys for kids. There are animal exhibits and several other amenities for you to enjoy.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Entrance to this park is slightly expensive but it is well worth it. The park houses lovely landscaping with a lot of wildlife and beautiful plants. There is a bird show every day alongside some feeding group demonstrations which are quite entertaining. You can take pictures with the birds, and gain some knowledge about them from the indoor informational section.
The Chiling Falls is a must do if you love the outdoors! And if you’re an avid hiker, this spot should be at the top of your list! The experience is simply beautiful, and you can swim in the pool beneath the waterfall where monkeys hang out. Just make sure you have a backpack filled with snacks and water.
The National Museum houses a lot of neat cultural items and replicas of weapons and old buildings. Exhibits from early Malaysian civilizations can all be viewed in the National Museum.
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
At the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, you will get to see an exhibit which showcases the city’s history and important information about the country. You should also make sure that you visit the gift shop where you can buy gift items that will make you remember your trip to Malaysia forever.
If you are looking for good Asian and intercontinental food without spending too much money, Chinatown is your best bet. Here, there are so many things to buy and see. There are many skilled people who sell artifacts and souvenirs that you can give as gifts, and even if you are not looking to buy anything, there are many sights and sounds for you to enjoy.
At Central Market, you can really get whatever you’re looking for! From clothes and toys to games, jewelry, shoes and so much more. There is also a fish spa where you can have fish nibble at your feet.
There are lots of mosques in Malaysia, and the architectural design of the mosque buildings make for a beautiful sight. The people are also amiable so once you are in Malaysia, try and visit any of the mosques and see the beauty and brilliance of these structures.
Islamic Art Center
This is a great place to visit, where you can learn about the history of Malaysia’s independence from Great Britain. In this location, you can find great artifacts, including the Islamic manuscript, prayer book, replicas of Islamic building and so much more. They have two sections, one has a revolving exhibition and the other part is a static presentation. The center is open from of 10.00am to 6.00pm daily.
Tun Abdul Razak House
The Tun Abdul Razak House is a monument dedicated to the life of Malaysia’s second Prime Minister who served from 1970 to 1976. With authentic period furniture and an interactive touch screen, you can learn so much about the beautiful country right there! This location is interesting to history lovers who want to learn about the contributions of Malaysia’s elder statesmen. It also gives you a chance to see a typical Malaysian home from that era.
The house is closed on Mondays but open for the rest of the week from 10.00am to 5:30 pm except Fridays when they close at 12.00pm.
Petrosains Science Discovery Centre
The Petrosains Science Discovery Centre is a great place for the whole family to visit because it caters to children visiting the center. It is an interactive science museum and children learn about science-related things as they enjoy motion rides.
Petronas Twin Tower And Water Show
This massive twin tower used to occupy the spot of the tallest tower in the world and is currently the tallest double-decked bridge at 558 feet. There is an observation deck at 1181 feet where you can view the city in all its beauty. There is also a water show which is held at a man-made pool right at the base of the tower. At the water show, you will get to listen to great music and skillful water acrobatics.
The Bukit Bintang is a huge shopping district made up of several complexes where you can find things like electronics at an affordable price. There are various items sold here including lots of interesting food to choose from.
This market is walking distance of KL Central and is an absolute must do! Here, you can get traditional Hindu clothing and you can get your clothes made for you within a few hours. You’ll also be able to find lots of jewelry and great food.
Royal Selangor Pewter Factory
When you visit this ancient factory, you can take a tour and discover the process of making Pewter. You can also get the perfect gift to remember your journey to Malaysia at the market close by, where pewter goods are sold.
There are so many colorful and beautifully designed Hindu Temples in Malaysia, as Hindu is one of the common religion in the country. You should visit as many of the Hindu Temples as possible, as each of them has their own unique design. The biggest of the Hindu Temples in Malaysia is Sri Mahamarianmmam temple located in Chinatown.
Thean Hou Chinese Temple
This is perhaps one of the most unique and fascinating temples you will find anywhere in the world. It is a must visit destination when you are in Malaysia. It is one of the largest Chinese Temple in South East Asia, and it incorporates the Buddhist, Taoist and Confessionist principles. It has such a great view of the city and a garden of Chinese zodiac signs, find your sign and don’t forget to take a picture.
This is one of the most fascinating sites you will stumble upon when visiting Malaysia. It is an ancient and big cemetery, having been around for over 120 years. In this cemetery, you will find thousands of elaborate graves that are different from what you will see anywhere else in the world.
Cathedral Church of St. Mary The Virgin
This is one of the oldest Christian Churches in Kuala Lumpur and is home to the local Bishop of the Anglican Church. This Anglican Church may be small compared to the Hindu and other temples in Malaysia, but it has spectacular historical value.
Malaysia Tourism Center
If you want to find out more about the culture and history of Malaysia, then you need to visit this center. They also offer social dancing shows, and they have a gift shop where you can get souvenirs to take home.
One of the most convenient ways to learn about all the beautiful places around town is by taking the Hop On – Hop Off bus tour. The bus tours around the city making 23 stops at the most fascinating places. You can hop off at any of the designated stops and hop back on the bus when it comes around again!
If you’re looking for fresh seafood vegetables, fruits, and spices, then you should visit one of the wet markets. Look out for stalls with Malaysian street food like steamed kuih.
This is one of the coolest destinations in Malaysia. With hundreds of trees lit up like Christmas, it’s a must-do when visiting this beautiful country. You can also explore the super swing, pirate ship, Ferris wheel, snack carts and so much more.
Complex Kraft is home to many beautiful demonstrations of Malaysian handcrafts. Whether you’re traveling solo or you’re with your family, there are loads of things to keep you entertained. There is also a gift shop, boutique and art museum where you can stock up on souvenirs.
If you want to get to know the locals of Malaysia, then you need to visit Kampung Baru. It is a friendly place that still holds the history of the colonial era. Not much has been changed in this location so it gives you great insight into the history of Malaysia and the people that live there.
This is a fantastic place to visit with the world largest statue of the Hindu god, Lord Murugan. The area is made of a series of caves along with Hindu Temples and shrines spread around. There are also lots of monkeys running around these caves.
Hanging Bandaraya Theater
This is a magnificent structure that has been around since 1901 and has lots of Islamic elements in the building. There are daily musical shows that tell the history of Kuala Lumpur.