Malaysia is a nation of contrasts, where several languages and cultures coexist side by side to form a singular Southeast Asian country that is remarkably distinct from any of its neighbours.
Beautiful coastlines, tropical islands, and sun-burned coral reefs may all be found in Malaysia. Rare animals can be found in plenty in Borneo’s and the mainland’s humid rainforests, while the highlands are always a refreshing haven from the heat. To help you plan your trip, here are the 10 places to visit in Malaysia during year end holidays.
1. Sipadan Island
Sipadan Island offers the best scuba diving and snorkelling in all of Malaysia. It is the best island in Borneo. It is a coral atoll surrounded by some of the world’s most unique and vibrant marine life and reefs. While the island itself is home to white sand beaches and gorgeous green palm trees, you can view all different kinds of underwater wildlife, both great and small, here. Being far away and uninhabited, it is not the simplest island to get to, but the extra effort required to get there is well worth it.
2. Genting Highlands
A popular getaway from the city for many years is the Genting Highlands, which are located nearby in Kuala Lumpur. In the highlands, there are vacation spots and theme parks that serve KL people, but it’s a fascinating insight at tourism sector and a fascinating site to include when making a vacation to Malaysia.
3. Cameron Highlands
One of Malaysia’s top tourist sites is the Cameron Highlands. Head into these middle hills for something entirely different if you’re sick of the heat on the coast or the humidity in the metropolis. The Cameron Highlands are chilly, wet, and incredibly refreshing. They were established as a hill station for the colonial British to retreat to during the summer. Up in these lovely hills, there are strawberry farms, tea plantations, and jungle hikes to enjoy.
One of Malaysia’s most stunning tourist sites and its preferred tropical vacation is Langkawi. This duty-free island is tranquil and lovely, with some of the nicest beaches on the west coast, making it ideal for a weekend getaway. There are many of pubs and restaurants along the beaches, fantastic island hopping opportunities, and breathtaking views from the top of the Langkawi Cable Car and Sky Bridge.
5. Miri, Sarawak
The second-largest city in Sarawak is Miri, which is adjacent to Brunei. The city is just that—a city—but close by are the extraordinary caverns of the Gunung Mulu National Park, where amazing limestone pinnacles spring sharply from the mountains. Additionally, you can travel to the Kelabit Highlands, a location ideal for trekking and learning more about Borneo’s numerous indigenous cultures.
6. Kota Bharu
On Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast, Kota Bharu is well known as the starting point for trips to the Perhentian Islands. Kota Bharu is one of the most typically Malay cities in the country, so stay a little longer than just passing through. This is a conservative area, but it’s a fascinating one since you can still see parts of Malaysia here that have long since disappeared from the east coast. Visit the nearby mosques and museums to take in the magnificent royal palace architecture.
7. Kota Kinabalu
The capital and largest city of the state of Sabah, which is located in the northern section of Borneo, is Kota Kinabalu, or KK as the locals refer to it. The tallest mountain in Southeast Asia, the massive Mount Kinabalu, is accessible from here. Tropical islands and vibrant marine national parks also surround it.
When driving from the Cameron Highlands to the north, Ipoh is often merely seen as a stopover on the map, but it’s worthwhile to stay to see one of Malaysia’s most rapidly expanding cities. Ipoh is a historic city with a fantastic food scene and lots of ancient, dilapidated alleyways to wander through. There are limestone karsts, lakes, and even the ruins of Kellie’s Castle, the only castle ever erected in Malaysia and constructed in the 19th century by a crazy Scotsman, nearby for visitors to view.
Don’t skip a trip to Kuching when you are in Malaysia. On the island of Borneo, this serves as both the capital and largest city of Sarawak. It is a diversified, multiethnic area that can serve as the beginning point for any travel farther into the region’s rainforests and stunning terrain.
10. George Town
George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the best example of Malaysia’s multiculturalism. This is a foodie’s paradise located on the island of Penang where you can have roti for breakfast the way the Malay people do, then a steaming bowl of Chinese dumplings for lunch, and a delectable Indian curry for supper. There is a vibrant nightlife every day of the week, and the streets are full with character and street art.