15 Must-Visit Places When Traveling in Malaysia

Welcome to Malaysia

Malaysia has a variety of tourist attractions. If you are tired of being in your own country, spend free time or time off to travel to Malaysia. Check out the following 15 must-visit places when traveling in Malaysia.

  1. Genting Highland

Genting Highland is one of Malaysia’s iconic attractions that provides a variety of interesting entertainments such as casinos, shopping centers, culinary venues, and luxurious accommodations. Don’t be surprised if Genting is nicknamed  The City of Entertainment . Genting like Las Vegas which is in the hills, is about 51 km from downtown Kuala Lumpur. How to get to Genting Highland? Just use public transportation, namely Express Bus with tickets costing RM 7.50 for adults and RM 5.80 for children one way. If you have rented a vehicle or take a private car then stop at Awana. Then continue the journey to the top of Genting Highland by cable car.

  1. Legoland

This famous playground has 2 main rides, namely Water Park ( Water Park  and Theme Park) . This tourist spot is very suitable for children, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t visit this place. Each ride has a different ticket price. because the excitement offered is also different. To visit the two main rides, you should buy a canal ticket. Visitors aged over 60 years and children less than 12 years old only need to pay a canal ticket for RM 140. Meanwhile, visitors aged 12-59 years must bought a pass for RM 174.

This tourist spot offers a variety of rides and attractions that are equipped with adequate facilities. Why is this tourist spot unique and named Legoland? Because almost all buildings are designed like piles of lego. Legoland is open from 10 am to 7 pm. Public transportation to this place is quite difficult so tourists should rent or take a private vehicle with a travel time of about 4 hours.

  1. Batu Caves (Batu Caves)

Batu Caves is another iconic tourist attraction in Malaysia. This holy place for Hindus is in Selangor. The Thaipusam Hindu Festival is held every year so this place is always packed with Hindus from all over the world. This limestone cave which consists of 3 main caves and several smaller caves is characterized by a giant statue of Dewa Murugan as high as 42.7 meters covered in gold. The tourists have to climb 272 steep stairs to see the contents of this tourist spot. When climbing the stairs, many wild monkeys roam around you. About 13 km from Kuala Lumpur City, Batu Caves is very easy to reach by public transportation such as commuter trains, buses or taxis. 

  1. Petronas Twin Towers

This Malaysian icon is a must-visit, especially for taking pictures. This tower is actually an office area occupied by several companies. The attraction of the Petronas Twin Towers is the 170-high air bridge that connects the 2 towers on the 41st and 42nd floors. If you want to try the goosebumps sensation from walking on the air bridge, then buy a ticket for RM 10. You can enjoy views of Kuala Lumpur City from above. The ticket booth opens at 09.30, but you have to queue from 6am because ticket quota is limited to 1600-1700 per day. The location is very strategic so this place can be reached by taking public transportation such as electric trains or buses.

  1. National Zoo (Zoo Negara)

Like the Ragunan Zoo, the National Zoo which is managed by the Malaysian government is visited by many domestic and foreign tourists. Zoo Negara has a collection of 5,500 animals from 400 different species. The main attraction of this tourist spot is the existence of giant pandas imported directly from China. Zoo Negara entrance ticket price is RM 8 for children and RM 12 for adults. There is a tram inside the zoo to take visitors around the Zoo Negara. This place is open from 9 am to 5 pm. The way to come to Zoo Negara by public transportation is to take the LRT ( Light Rail Transit ) and continue with the KL Transit Bus. To make it easier, you can rent a taxi or take the Metro Bus .

  1. Putra Mosque

Putra Mosque, located in Putrajaya, is one of the iconic places in Malaysia. This magnificent building serves as the state palace inhabited by the incumbent Prime Minister of Malaysia. The hallmark of this place is the calm and clean lake in front of the Putra Mosque building, so this place is often dubbed the floating mosque. The building which adopts Middle Eastern architecture can accommodate 1500 worshipers. This place which is open 24 hours is free of charge. However, if you want to rent a boat to go along Putrajaya Lake, you have to pay a boat rental of around RM 10. There is also a larger Belimbing Sightseeing Cruise Boat with a ticket price of RM 30. This place can be reached by taking public transportation such as taxis, buses, and carriage.

  1. Kuala Lumpur tower

This Kuala Lumpur city icon has a top floor that can rotate up to 360 degrees. On the top floor there is a fine restaurant that serves Malaysian cuisine. Visitors can see the beautiful cityscape of Kuala Lumpur. The best time to visit this tower is at night because visitors can see the sparkling city lights. The tower can be visited by anyone with an open time from 9 am to 10 pm. The ticket price to go up to this tower is around RM 31 to RM 52. This strategic place can be visited by taking public transportation such as taxis, buses, and trains.

  1. star Hill

Malaysia has Bukit Bintang like Time Square in New York. This place is a shopping center that is visited by many domestic and foreign tourists. The goods offered in this place are varied, some are cheap to imported branded goods which of course are expensive. Bukit Bintang is also a culinary tourism destination consisting of restaurants, cafes, and street vendors with a variety of foods from various countries. This area can be reached by taking the monorail train or MRT ( Mass Rapid Transportation ).

  1. Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si is a distinctive pagoda building that blends Chinese, Thai and Burmese cultures. Inside this 7-story building, there are 10,000 Buddha statues made of marble and bronze. In addition, there is also a bronze statue of Goddess Kuan Yin as high as 30.2 meters. The natural panorama around this temple is very charming so this place can be visited for tourism. Entrance to the largest temple in Malaysia is around RM2 per person. To come to the Kek Lok Si Temple, you can take public transportation such as taxis or buses.

  1. Langkawi Cable Car

The Langkawi Cable Car offers excitement in the form of a gondola ride that floats at a height of 709 meters above sea level. The gondola ride of about 20 minutes will be accompanied by a stunning natural panorama of tropical forests. The gondola station starts operating from 10 am to 7 pm. Ticket prices are around RM 15 for adults and RM 5 for children. Travel time to Langkawi Cable Car is about 30 minutes from downtown Kuah and 15 minutes from Langkawi International Airport. There is no public transportation that passes so this place must be visited by renting a taxi or car.

  1. The Habitat Penang Hill

The Habitat Penang Hill is an educational tourist spot that is very suitable for families, especially children. The visitors can see the panorama of the forest, the beauty of the variety of flora, and the beautiful sea view in this place. There is a ride on The Canopy Walk that you can ride to feel the sensation of walking in the air by crossing shady trees. This ride is very unique because it is made  tree friendlyso that the manufacture of this vehicle does not damage the surrounding plants and trees. There are other exciting rides such as The Red Garden, Butterfly Bank, and Fragrance Garden. The entrance ticket to this place is around RM 10 for children and RM 20 for adults. The Habitat Penang Hill is open from 9.30am to 6pm. An exciting way to reach this place is to take the cable car from the foot of Penang Hill. Penang Hill or Penang Hill can be reached by bus.

  1. River Cruise in Malacca River Cruise

One of the unique cities in Malaysia that still has many ancient buildings from the Dutch colonial period is Malacca. Rent a boat to tour the city and enjoy the many ancient buildings in the city. This ride around the city by boat called Wahana Malaka River Cruise is the main attraction of Malacca. This boat ride of about 45 minutes must pay for tickets around RM 10 for adults and RM 5 for children. Capture exciting moments in this city with a camera because every building, bridge, and ancient shops that you pass by must look unique and exotic. To get to Malacca, you can take public transportation such as buses, taxis, or rent a vehicle. It takes about 2 hours to travel from Kuala Lumpur.

  1. Malaysia Textile Museum

Malaysia Textile Museum is a place that exhibits typical Malaysian fabrics along with the tools and methods of making these traditional fabrics. In addition, this museum also exhibits various kinds of traditional fabrics from other countries such as India, Thailand, and Indonesia. This museum can be visited by anyone without the need to pay an entrance ticket or it is free. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. On major holidays such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the museum is closed. Visitors can walk around this museum without explanation or hire a guide to explain in detail. Visitors can take public or private vehicles to visit this museum.

  1. Malaysia National Museum

The Malaysia National Museum has 4 main galleries, namely the Early History Gallery, The Malay Kingdom, The Colonial Era, and Malaysia Today . Uniquely, this museum building actually adopts the typical Minangkabau architecture from Indonesia. To know the history of Malaysia, you can visit this museum by buying an entrance ticket of around RM 5 for adults and RM 2 for children. The museum is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm, except for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. To visit this museum, you can take the commuter train or  monorail . From the station, visitors have to walk for 15 minutes through a special pedestrian path that has been provided by the local government.

  1. flag Hill

Bukit Flag is a tourist complex located in the highlands of Penang. There are various tourist attractions such as nature tourism, Hindu religious sites, and shopping centers in this area. The benchmark for this area is Georgetown, then take the Transit Link bus number 1 or 101 and stop at Air Itam Terminal. The journey continues by taking a special tram to climb Flag Hill. Tram ticket costs RM 4.50 per person for one way. The trip up by tram is very exciting because along the way to the top you will be treated to beautiful natural scenery. When arriving at Bukit Flag, the visitors will be happier because the natural panorama above is much more amazing and the air is very fresh. The atmosphere is more exciting if you enjoy the natural scenery while sipping hot coffee or tea. The best time to visit Bukit Flag is in the morning before 9 am because the queue of tourists will get longer during the day. The tram starts operating at 6.30 am with a half hour interval to transport passengers to the top of Penang Hill.

Those are 15 places that must be visited when traveling in Malaysia. Prepare for the trip well, especially passports and airline tickets. Find useful information about the places to be visited including the mode of transportation to be taken. Happy Holidays!

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