HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaMalaysia20 Best Places to Visit in Malaysia + Top Things To Do By Marcos Detourista. Updated on April 25, 2018.Where to go in Malaysia? Achieve your travel goals with this guide to the best Malaysia attractions, places to visit, things to do & more. Malaysia sits between Singapore and Thailand, literally and on the scale of how easy it is to travel.The country is divided into two main regions, Peninsular Malaysia on the west, composed of Kuala Lumpur & nearby states.And, East Malaysia, composed of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo Island.You can enjoy many of Southeast Asia’s best heritage cities, natural spots, food havens and urban experiences in Peninsular Malaysia.Kuala Lumpur offers direct connections from major cities in Asia & beyond. It’s the primary hub of AirAsia, so finding cheap flights shouldn’t be hard to come by. There’s also the option to a bus or train and cross the border from/to Singapore easily within a day. Once you’ve arrived, getting to main tourist spots is convenient by land or air.Venture to East Malaysia for the best beaches, diving & trekking. It is home to Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak in archipelagic Southeast Asia (outside of Papua) as well as many beautiful off-shore islands.Is Malaysia on your bucketlist? Inspire your trip with these must-visit places and top things to do for first-time travelers.1. Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumput Skyline view from Titiwangsa Lake, at dusk, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Bukit Bintang shopping district in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Batu Caves, Selangor, MalaysiaKuala Lumpur is definitely worth exploring if ever you’re visiting Malaysia. The capital city’s urban landscape, dominated by iconic KL Tower and Petronas Towers, is dotted with grand heritage buildings, worthwhile museums, well-maintained parks, revered temples, and mosques.Show moreHow to goArrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), the main flight gateway to Malaysia. It’s one of the busiest and most well-connected airports in the world with direct flights to tourist hubs in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australia, South Asia and major cities in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Major airlines include Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Lion Air, Malindo Air & Firefly. The airport is 30 minutes to 1 hour south of the city center by land. You can take the train, bus or private car.From the Philippines, go on a flight to Kuala Lumpur on AirAsia, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Malaysia Airlines. Travel time takes nearly 4 hours. Flights to KL are also available from Clark, Cebu & Kalibo.Where to staySee moreMalaysia Promo – Up to 20% OFF Tours, Tickets & Travel PackagesKuala Lumpur Travel GuideKuala Lumpur travel tips2. Penang & Georgetown Kek Lok Si (Buddhist temple) near Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia Georgetown & Penang Hill at night, in Penang, Malaysia Municipal Council of Penang Island in Georgetown, Penang, MalaysiaFood in Georgetown, Penang is widely known as the best throughout the country and is reason enough to visit. It’s definitely my favorite place to visit in Malaysia. There is no place in Southeast Asia that can match its satisfying mix of old-world cosmopolitan heritage, relaxed feel, exotic allure, and lush natural landscapes.Show moreHow to goGeorgetown & Penang Island is one hour north of Kuala Lumpur by flight. Penang International Airport (PEN) serves frequent direct flights KL, Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Taipei & many domestic destinations in Malaysia including Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Langkawi, and Kota Bharu. Popular airlines include AirAsia, Malindo Air, Malaysia Airlines, Tigerair, Jetstar & Cathay Dragon. You can also reach Georgetown by bus/train/car, after a 4 to 6-hour land trip from Kuala Lumpur.See morePenang travel tips 3. Melaka Christ Church at night in the Portuegese-colonial district of Melaka, Malaysia A Famosa (Fortress) in Melaka, Malaysia Melaka River & Dutch-colonial buildings, in Melaka, MalaysiaMelaka (Malacca) is a former Portuguese-colonial trading port conveniently located between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. If you’re traveling to both cities by land, this heritage and food destination is worth a stopover.Show moreHow to goMelaka is easy to reach by land from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The bus ride from Kuala Lumpur usually takes 2 to 3 hours. If you’re coming from Singapore, travel may take between 3.5 to 5 hours, depending on the queue at the Singapore-Malaysia immigration checkpoints.See moreMelaka travel tips4. Langkawi Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia Dayang Bunting Lake, in Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia Overlooking Langkawi, MalaysiaIf you’ve been to the best beaches in the Philippines and Thailand, Langkawi’s natural scenery is probably not going to blow you away. That said, it still is a stunning place to visit with worthwhile things to keep you busy for a day or two. What I like about Langkawi the most is that is easy to travel yet remains approachable and largely underdeveloped. It’s also one of the few tax-free islands in Malaysia where you can enjoy duty-free shopping.Show moreHow to goLangkawi is one hour north of Kuala Lumpur by flight. Langkawi International Airport (LGK) serves flights from KL, Singapore, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Penang, Guangzhou & Shenzhen, operated by AirAsia, Tigerair, SilkAir, Malindo Air & Malaysia Airlines. If you want to go by land & ferry, ride a bus or train from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis (6 to 8 hours travel time). Then, ride a ferry to Kuah in Langkawi Island. The sea journey takes around 1 to 2 hours. You can also arrive in Langkawi on a direct ferry from Penang or Satun in Thailand.See moreLangkawi travel tipsSee also Philippines Beaches Hong Kong Itinerary 16 Places To Visit in Vietnam Nepal Tourist Spots 5. Putrajaya Putra "Pink" Mosque under the sunset light in Putrajaya, Malaysia Night shot of Putrajaya, MalaysiaPutrajaya is home to many of Malaysia’s most impressive monuments. Here, you’ll find grand mosques, government buildings, and iconic bridges surrounded by manicured parks and a 600-hectare lake. It can be reached on an easy day trip from Kuala Lumpur or on a drive-by to the airport.Show moreHow to goPutrajaya is easy to visit from Kuala Lumpur. It is located between KL city centre and Kuala Lumpur International Airport. You can go by train on the KLIA Transit or by bus. Travel time may take as quick as 30 minutes or up to 1 hour depending on the traffic.See morePutrajaya travel tips6. Legoland & Johor Bahru Grand Entrance at Legoland, Johor Bahru, Malaysia Legoland in Johor Bahru, Malaysia Lego replica of India's Taj Mahal at Miniland, in Legoland, Johor Bahru, MalaysiaLegoland Malaysia is one reason to visit Johor Bahru, located just across the causeway from Singapore. It is the first Legoland theme park in Asia and features many cool attractions including a Lego-themed water park, Lego-themed hotel, and impressive miniature recreations of many of Asia’s best-known landmarks.Show moreHow to goMost travelers visit Legoland & Johor Bahru on a day trip from Singapore. Travel time usually takes 1.5 hours to 3 hours depending on the queue at the Singapore-Malaysia immigration checkpoint. If you’re traveling from abroad, Johor Bahru-Senai International Airport (JHB) serves direct flights from Bangkok, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Surabaya & Shenzen. Fly with AirAsia, Firefly, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Sichuan Airlines or Spring Airlines. You can also reach Johor Bahru by bus or train from Kuala Lumpur. The travel time is 4 to 6 hours.See moreJohor Bahru travel tips 7. Kota Kinabalu Mamutik Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Kota Kinabalu dusk view from Signal Hill, in Sabah, MalaysiaKota Kinabalu is a bustling yet laid-back city in Sabah, East Malaysia known as a gateway to Borneo’s amazing natural sites including Mount Kinabalu, Mulu Caves National Park, diving spots, and pristine jungles.Show moreHow to goKota Kinabalu is 2 hours and 30 minutes easy of Kuala Lumpur by plane. Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) serves flights from KL, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tokyo and many domestic destinations in Malaysia. Major airlines include AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines & Malindo Air.From the Philippines, you can fly direct to Kota Kinabalu from Manila on Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. Flight duration is 2 hours.See moreKota Kinabalu travel tips8. Mount Kinabalu Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, MalaysiaSee also Myanmar Tourist Spots Singapore Travel Guide Brunei Tourist Spots India Tourist Spots 9. Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands, Malaysia10. Perhentian Islands Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. Photo by G E M via Flickr CC BY 2.0.11. Redang Island Redang Island, Malaysia12. Sipadan Island Sipadan, Malaysia. Photo by Benjamin Hollis via Flickr CC BY 2.0.13. Tioman Island Tioman Island, Malaysia. Photo by ben klocek via Flickr CC BY 2.0.14. Genting Highlands Genting Highlands, Malaysia. Photo by m4sh.3d via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.15. Mulu Caves Mulu Caves, Malaysia. Photo by Eric Lanning via Flickr CC BY 2.0.16. Kuching & Sarawak Kuching, Malaysia Kuching Bako Park - Semenggoh Orangutan Wildlife Centre, Malaysia17. Sandakan Sandakan - Proboscis Monkey in Sepilok, Malaysia18. Pahang Taman Negara Hanging bridge in Pahang Taman Negara (National Park), Malaysia Wooden boat ride in Pahang Taman Negara, MalaysiaThe Taman Negara National Park is one of the world’s oldest rainforests. If you’re in the mood to explore nature, this place is very pristine with many interesting things to do like walk on the world’s longest tree hanging suspension bridge, enjoy a relaxing river cruise, or go trekking deep into the jungle.Show moreHow to goThe land trip from Kuala Lumpur takes around half a day. The first leg is the 3.5-hour land trip from KL to the jetty at Kuala Tembling. If you are going by bus or train, you may need to transit via Jerantut. From Kuala Tembling, ride the scenic ferry to Kuala Tahan, the jump-off point to Taman Negara National Park. There’s also the cheaper option of taking the public bus from Jerantut to Kuala Tembling, but you don’t get to enjoy the slow cruise along the Tembeling river.See morePahang travel tips19. Ipoh Ipoh - Kellie's Castle, Malaysia20. Bukit Tinggi Bukit Tinngi, Malaysia. Photo by chee.hong via Flickr CC BY 2.0.Top Tourist Spots & Places to Visit in Malaysia + Map1. Kuala Lumpur2. Penang & Georgetown3. Melaka4. Langkawi5. Putrajaya6. Legoland & Johor Bahru7. Kota Kinabalu8. Mount Kinabalu9. Cameron Highlands10. Perhentian Islands11. Redang Island12. Sipadan Island13. Tioman Island14. Genting Highlands15. Mulu Caves16. Kuching & Sarawak17. Sandakan18. Pahang Taman Negara19. Ipoh20. Bukit Tinggihttps://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/embed?mid=1d3Ps6NtZ7w1z9qXXOrIXpUH9qBD3CIrhMap of Top Malaysia Travel Destinations. Click here to expand.Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank.What places did you add to your bucketlist? How many travel goals have you achieved? 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Learn how your comment data is processed.Comments jack saysDecember 11, 2015 at 4:09 am How much po ba dpat ang show money sa airport for them to allow u to leave? Im gona stay in malaysia for 3 weeksReply Marcos Detourist saysDecember 11, 2015 at 1:48 pm There’s no set amount that’s required to be shown at the airport. You just have to justify that you have enough money to spend on your whole trip, depending on your budget. If your budget is P1,500 per day, for example, you simply need to have at least P31,500 on your bank account. It also helps to have extra, to show them you are able to pay for unforeseen expenses, like emergencies or last-minute flights.Reply Kimi Soni saysNovember 20, 2018 at 1:30 pm So many great destination ideas! Even though I have already had mine, I still like to get to know some nice destinations, even for holidays with my wife. I would also add one more place that we really like to visit, Bali in IndonesiaReply Start A TripSee travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.