tourist places in Malaysia

20+ Top tourist places in Malaysia

Malaysia is a very culturally advanced nation, having all the basic needs and way ahead in terms of development. This nation achieved this while not disturbing much of its ecological balance. Malaysia is the home for many cultures like Malay, Indian, Arabian, European, and many others. From big monumental Churches to beautiful temples and mosques are present here in abundance. Malaysia Tourism tries to attract tourists in many ways but that doesn’t mean it always puts its nature in any risky situation.

There is also not any particular season defined that you should come only in that time frame. Malaysia presents scenic beauties on islands, resorts, and beautiful towns to its tourists to enjoy every moment of their stay.

Here, I tried to make a simplified list of tourist places in Malaysia

Explore Malaysian Culture by Visiting these Places

This list has a warning sign attached to it that if you are actually planning to visit Malaysia, you must not miss these Malaysia tourist places.

1. Langkawi Island

Langkawi-Island Malaysia

One of the most famous holiday destinations, Langkawi is an archipelago located in the Andaman Sea. Close to the Thai border, this remote island has long white sandy beaches, mountain peaks and many more. This island has the clearest blue water and known for its clean beaches. This island has also a UNESCO world heritage site named Langkawi Geopark, and it attracts a huge number of tourists. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malaysia. You will have a great time spending time in a beautiful resort in Langkawi.

Major Attraction:

A very popular cable car that provides great aerial experience of this beautiful island to adults as well as kids.


For an hour of this island tour, it will cost you RM 1 per person.

2. Perhentian Islands

Perhentian-Island Malaysia

Situated by the coast of North-eastern Malaysia, this place is very close to the Thai border. Perhentian Islands are a group of islands loaded with scenic beauty and coral reefs. It is located some 20 km away from North-East Malaysia. Fishing is prohibited strictly and is a punishable offence. Home to the worlds one of the most beautiful beaches and excellent diving facility, this place is a paradise for you if you are looking for a budget vacation. The area has two islands named – Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil. Both of them have white sandy beaches which are a view of great scenic beauty. This place is best for relaxing and water activities with family and friends

Major Attraction:

Watching coral reefs in crystal clear water and spend your time in the purest of nature.


To enter Marine Park, you need to pay RM 5 per head.

3. Mount Kinabalu

At the height of 13,435 ft, this mountain is the highest mountain of Borneo. It is situated in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah state. With tremendously diverse botanical and biological species, this mountain is famous all around the world. This place is heaven for those who love trekking and hiking. For this reason, it’s quite a place for adventurous souls.  If you have a good physical condition, you would have no difficulty in climbing the central peak of the hill. You will require no mountaineering equipment. The place is perfect for you if you love adventure.

Major Attraction:

A very high-velocity zip line available for adults. You will enjoy the sudden rush of adrenaline here.


There is no entry fee or anything. You just have to pay a small amount for zip line which keeps varying.

Tioman Island

Tioman-Island Malaysia

If you are planning a visit to Malaysia, you must take at least 2 days for this island. Once you reach there, your soul and body will not want to leave that place ever. This place has another level of charm and beauty embedded in it. this one is the best tourist places in Malaysia.

Major Attraction:

You can try scuba diving on this island and for diving lovers, this place is the favourite destination in Malaysia. The ecological park here is also a great spot to witness marine life. 

Time to visit:

Though there is no fixed time, true beauty of this island can be witnessed in the months of July and August.

5. Sunway Lagoon

This is one of the greatest theme parks and hugely attracts tourists here. This water park has enormous rides suitable for all the age groups. There is also a Sunway Lagoon package that covers almost all the activities in this park.

Major Attraction:

There is a whole chunk of activities and parks inside this like a water park, amusement park, scream park, etc.


It will cost you around INR 2870 and INR 2364 for adults and kids respectively.

6. Taman Negara

Taman Negara

This is the world’s oldest rainforest, a very much calm and closest to nature place for you to visit. The activities which you can try here are boat riding, shooting, exploring wildlife, and trekking.

Major Attraction:

Walking in the jungles in night hours and canopy walks are the major attraction for adventure lovers here in Taman Negara.


It will cost approximately INR 17 per person.

7. Turtle Sanctuary Beach

This can be your best visit as a tourist destination if you just want to be away from the chaotic city life and enjoy some time among turtles in peace. This place is not much crowded as well.

Major Attraction:

There is absolutely no commercial development around this area and by that, it is such a good place to witness beautiful coral.

8. Bako National Park

Bako-National-Park Malaysia

This park is the home to a wide variety of animals and it would be not wrong to say that this park should be the standard to match in maintaining and conserving nature. 

Major Attraction:

There is a range of ecosystems as up the number goes to 7 for you to experience and witness. 


It will cost you around INR 170 per head.

9. Penang

It is considered one of the best tourist attractions among exotic destinations. This place has so much to explore like the world-famous Reclining Buddha, Burmese temple, etc.

Major Attraction:

Street of Harmony and Wonderfood Museum can be your best spots to visit.

10. Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

Petronas Twin Towers were one of the world’s tallest twin buildings built till 2004. It is an 88-floored building, with a bridge joining both on the 41st and 42nd floor. The height of these towers is 452 meters long. This building has been constructed mainly of reinforced concrete, steel and glass facade. The motifs in the towers are generally found in Islamic art. The main feature of this tower is the bridge between the 41st and 42nd floors of the towers. You can take pictures from the top of the tower or can take a stroll along the bridge. It is one of the Best attractions in Malaysia.

Major Attraction:

There is no such major attraction here, as its the building to have corporate headquarters and government offices.

11. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Tunku-Abdul-Rahman-Park Malaysia

If you love to stay in beach resorts, this place should be considered first by you. This park is a group of 5 islands, namely Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik, and Sulug. 


The entry fee to this park or the group of islands is RM 20 and RM 15 for adults and children respectively.

12. Batu Caves

Batu-Caves Malaysia

These caves are located almost 15 km from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. There are many local guides and trainers who can train you the rock climbing even if you are a novice.

Major Attraction:

The adventure lovers find it most challenging when it comes to steep rock climbing here in Batu Caves.

13. Kinabatangan

This place is the remains of the rainforest, located on the east coast of Sabah. The wildlife present here attracts a lot of tourists and participate in numerous activities.

Major Attraction:

You get the opportunity to explore the wildlife in its very natural habitat and it provides you with a very soothing and calm experience.


A 2 day and 1 night trip to this jungle will cost you RM 350, a minimum of 2 adults are allowed together.

14. Gunung Mulu

The Gunung Mulu national park is an extravagant rainforest with extremely rich natural resources and is one of the most needed and important natural reserves in the whole SouthEast Asia.

Major Attraction:

The major attraction here turns out to be witnessing the wildest of the wild animals in their natural habitat along with some adventure activities.

15. Cameron Highlands

You want to explore the hilly areas of Malaysia, then trust me it is the best place for you. Cameron Highlands is the oldest hill station as the tourist’s favourite destination. 

Major Attraction:

For your exploration, this place has awesome waterfalls, tea gardens, and such a pleasing weather. Being here, you will not curse the government for their contribution to ruining our environment.

16. Aquaria KLCC

This is claimed to be the largest aquarium in the world. This aquarium consists of more than 5000 species of fishes and water creatures. Sharks and colourful corals are all present here in this aquarium. 

Major Attraction:

The sudden rush and scare when sharks come too close to the glass along with the feeling of you as inside the aquarium are just breathtaking.


INR 1156 for adults and INR 988 for children.

17. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Major Attraction:

Flamingo pond, parrots, and Hornbill park are the attractions for most of the visitors here.


Adults- INR 844

Children- INR 692

18. Menara Tower

Standing at 422 meters, this tower offers a 360-degree view restaurant, mini zoo and many other activities. You have to climb 2,000+ steps to reach the top.


Adults- INR 828

Children- INR 490

19. Bukit Bintang

Major Attraction:

The shopping mall for all the premium brands like D&G, LV, Versace, etc. As it’s a shopping mall, there is no entry fee.

20. Serdang

Rolling in a huge plastic ball is a fun activity in itself. It is a must-try if you are planning a visit to Malaysia. The cost of this activity is a bit high and you will be charged RM 140.

21. Perak

The best activity here is water rafting in the Ulu Slim river, a grade 3 and above rafting experience. All the modern pieces of equipment are available to the rafters and proper guidance is provided as well. This activity will cost you around RM 170 per person.

This bird park in the national capital has 4 zones. Zone 1 & 2 are for the birds to fly naturally and naturally breed, whereas zone 3 of this park belongs to Hornbill and zone 4 is for the cages and areas for different species of birds.

22. The Mulu Caves

The-Mulu-Caves Malaysia

Located in the Gunung Mulu National Park in the Malaysian Borneo, this exotic location is for you if you love adventure and archaeology. The caves have Sarawak chamber which has been one of the largest cave chambers in the world. The cave gives an equatorial rainforest setting vibe amid the park.

23. Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre

This Rehabilitation Centre for Orang Utans has been open since 1964. It was opened to rescue orphan Orang Utans. Located in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, this site is in the midst of the virgin rainforest. In about 60 to 80 Kms, the animals roam freely. If you are an animal-lover, this place will amaze you much.

Malaysia is a beautiful country comprised of wild jungles, countless islands, granite peaks, tribal communities and orangutans. This country has been one of the hottest tourist destinations in this world for decades. It has some of the most beautiful islands in the world combined with luxury resorts and colonial town. If you are planning your vacation this fall, consider visiting above mentioned tourist places in Malaysia to make your trip memorable.

  • September 10, 2019
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