Malaysia is a friendly, culturally rich nation that’s modern and at the same time has managed to retain its ecological beauty. The country is a mix of Malay, Indian, Chinese, Arabic, European and other cultures. The place has a vast choice of gastronomic offerings – you can eat and drink your way through Malaysia. Most importantly, Malaysia has world renowned attractions and secrets that can make a trip to this place unforgettable.
Here are some of the top things to do in Malaysia:
- Petronas Twin Towers – Kaula Lumpur
These are the twin skyscrapers that were the tallest buildings in the world between 1998 and 2004. The towers feature a double decker skybridge connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world. The sky-bridge is open to all visitors, but tickets are limited to about 1000 people per day, and must be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis. Initially, the visit was free but in 2010, the tickets started being sold by Petronas.
- Melaka Historic Society – Malacca
Several years ago, Malacca was the most visited city in Malaysia. This was, of course, since Kuala Lumpur went through a massive transformation of being the polished high-rise capital. Malacca is the oldest Malaysian city and the economy of the city is largely based on tourism. Home to the well-known Nyonya cuisine, it’s a popular destination for tourists who want to catch a glimpse of Malaysia’s unique heritage. Malacca is approximately three hours away from Kuala Lumpur. Firefly operates flights between Singapore and Malacca; within Malaysia there are buses that run from numerous locations to Malacca.
- Redang Island – Terengganu state
One of the largest peninsular Malaysian islands, the Redang Island is famous for crystal clear waters and sandy beaches. Over the years, Redang has grown to be one of the most popular destinations for tourists and divers due to its pristine nature and rich marine environment. Visitors go there to learn about marine park conservation besides engaging in their own diving and snorkeling activities. You can also kayak around the island and play beach volleyball, but jet-skis and water-skiing is banned to protect the tranquility and quality of the marine environment. Fishing is also banned but outside a two-mile boundary around the island, angling is permitted.
- Sky Bridge – Pantai Kok-Langkawi
Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125-metre curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge in Malaysia, completed in 2005. The entrance for the Langkawi Cable Car, which takes visitors all the way up to Mount Mat Cincang, Langkawi’s second highest peak, is located in The Oriental Village in the upper northwest of Langkawi Island, near Pantai Kok. The Langkawi Sky Bridge can be reached by first taking the Langkawi Cable Car to the top station, where an inclined lift called Sky Glide takes visitors from the top station to the bridge.
- Kinabalu National Park
Home to the 4095-metre Mount Kinabalu – Southeast Asia’s highest peak, the Kinabalu National Park, located in northwest Sabah, is Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has one of the world’s largest collections of flora and fauna and the two-day journey across its landscape to get to the summit of the Borneo peak is a sure-fire adventure challenge for intrepid climbers.