The Cameron Highlands
is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations, first developed by
the British in the 1920s. It has a population of more than 34,000 people
consisting of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups. The
Cameron Highlands is renowned for its trails. They lead visitors through
the forest to waterfalls and other tranquil spots. Apart from its
jungle walks, the sanctuary is also known for its tea plantations and
visitors can book several “tea factory” tours.
9. Georgetown Inner City
Named after Britain’s King George III, Georgetown
is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. Most of George
Town’s population is of Chinese origin. Due to strict controls, George
Town retains many of its colonial-era shophouses to this day. It is
officially recognized as having a unique architectural and cultural
townscape without parallel anywhere in Southeast Asia. The town truly
springs to life in the evenings, when most of the locals head to the
nearby street hawkers to have their meals and drinks.
Taman Negara, which literally means “national park” in Malay, is one
of the oldest tropical rain forest in the world. It features massive
trees, waterfalls, jungle treks of various duration and the world’s
longest canopy walkways. Several trails enable the visitor to explore
the forest without a guide. Taman Negara
is a haven for endangered species such as the Asian elephant, tigers,
leopards and rhinos, but numbers are low and sightings are very rare.
It’s unlikely that you will see anything more than birds, small deer,
lizards, snakes and perhaps a tapir.
Tioman is a small island located off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. In the 1970s, Time Magazine selected Tioman
as one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Tourists have surged to
the island ever since, seeking a taste of paradises. The island is
surrounded by numerous white coral reefs, making it a haven for scuba
divers while the interior is densely forested. Visitors outnumber
villagers outside the monsoon (November to February), but Tioman can be
virtually deserted at other times.
6. Mount Kinabalu
With a summit height at 4,095 meters (13,435 ft), Mount Kinabalu
is the highest mountain in Borneo. The mountain is known worldwide for
its tremendous botanical and biological species biodiversity. Over 600
species of ferns, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species have
been identified at Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding. The main peak of
the mountain can be climbed easily by a person with a good physical
condition, and requires no mountaineering equipment although climbers
must be accompanied by guides at all times.
5. Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
were the world’s tallest buildings before being surpassed in 2004 by
Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in
the world. The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced
concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs
found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion. The
Petronas Twin Towers feature a sky bridge between the two towers on the
41st and 42nd floors.
Malaysia’s best-known holiday destination, Langkawi
is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands are a
part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. By far
the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a
population of about 65,000, the only other inhabited island being nearby
Pulau Tuba. Fringed with long, white beaches and with an interior of
jungle covered hills and craggy mountain peaks, it’s easy to see why
this is Malaysia’s most heavily promoted tourist destination. The most
popular beaches can be found on the west coast with a wide choice of
restaurants and eateries and some of the best resorts in Langkawi.
3. Perhentian Islands
Located off the coast of northeastern Malaysia not far from the Thai border. The Perhentian Islands
are the must-go place in Malaysia for budget travelers. They have some
of the world’s most beautiful beaches and great diving with plenty of cheap accommodation.
The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and
Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Both the islands have
palm-fringed white sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea.
2. Sepilok Rehabilition Centre
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation opened in 1964 for rescued orphaned
baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations and illegal hunting.
The orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild and are
released as soon as they are ready. The Orang Utan sanctuary is located
within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, much of which is virgin
rainforest. About 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. It
is one of Sabah’s top tourist attractions and a great stopover on any
The Mulu Caves
are located in the Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysian Borneo. The
park encompasses incredible caves and karst formations in a mountainous
equatorial rainforest setting. The Sarawak chamber found in one of the
underground caves is the largest cave chamber in the world. It has been
said that the chamber is so big that it could accommodate about 40
Boeing 747s, without overlapping their wings. The enormous colony of
Wrinkle-lipped bats in the nearby Deer Cave exit almost every evening in
search of food in a spectacular exodus.