When someone says “Malaysia” where do you most commonly think of? Kuala Lumpur no doubt?
Kuala Lumpur is not only the Capital city of Malaysia, it is also one of the most popular places to visit in Asia.
Unfortunately, many people that visit Kuala Lumpur do not always venture out further and see all the other great wonders that Malaysia has to offer.
Here in this blog we cover the other and lesser known places that you must venture to next time you visit Malaysia.
If you like your food, everyone in Malaysia will tell you to go to Penang.
Penang island is off the North-West cost of Malaysia and is just a 50 minute flight from KL. The island is attached to the mainland via a bridge, so you can also drive, jump on a bus or a train to get there.
The Red Garden Food Paradise and Night Market in George Town offers something for everyone, including Malaysian, Thai, Indian, Chinese and even western foods. There is also nightly entertainment from singers.
George Town is also well known for its street art. In 2012, Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacherevic painted artworks of children having fun all around the city. There are many sightseeing tours to view these artworks, or you can grab a map and tick them off the list yourself.
The most famous artworks are Children on Bicycle and Boy on Motorcycle. You had better visit them soon however, as many are fading they are unlikely to be replaced!
Langkawi is home to lush rainforests, caves, waterfalls and beautiful, white sandy beaches. If you are looking for a place to switch off and relax then this island is for you.
Located off the very North Western tip of Malaysia lies Langkawi; an archipelago of 99 islands (which increased to 104 at low tide!).
For relaxing on a beautiful beach, Pantai Cenang is the most impressive. This beach is possibly the most popular in Langkawi and has lots of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops to keep you busy (and refreshed!). Other beaches to visit include Pantai Pasir Tengkorak and Tanjung Rhu.
A great way to view the main island is on the Langkawi cable car and sky bridge. Located roughly 650 metres above the sea level on Mt. Machincang is the SkyCab – a three station cable car system that travels the distance of 1,700 meters. You can stop and get 360 views of the island from the middle and top stations.
At the top of Mt. Machincang is the world’s longest, curved suspension bridge. One not for the faint hearted due to its height!
If you want to get away from the heat and humidity, a 4.5-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur to this region is just what you are looking for!
Cameron Highlands is a stunning area of mountains that are covered by tea plantations!
As well as the gorgeous views, you can have a warm steamboat dinner and pick fresh strawberries. This is a beautiful break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Borneo is shared by Malaysia (the states of Sabah and Sarawak), Indonesian Kalimantan and Brunei, and is the third largest island on earth.
Bourneo is one of just two places in the world to see the endangered orangutans. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in East Sabha is the post popular place to go and view these clever animals.
Borneo is the perfect place for rainforest trekking. On your journey you may face waterfalls, hidden beaches and wild monkeys!
Explore the national parks in Sarawek and, for the most part, you will not need permit. Some parks may require you to hire a guide so check this before you set off.
Malaysian Borneo also offers miles of pristine and wild beaches, the perfect place to relax and unwind after trekking and exploring.
Sipadan Island, Borneo
Sipdan island is one of the most stunning diving spots in the world and possibly one of Malaysia’s best kept secrets.
This island is home to huge numbers of sea fish and one of the only places in the world to have such a high concentration of sea turtles.
To protect the area, only a handful of divers are allowed to dive each day, with 120 per day usually being the maximum around the entire island!
Sipdan is located off the east coast of Malaysian Borneo and you cannot stay on the island. Accommodation is available on neighbouring islands Mabul and Kapalai, but they do not come cheap.
If you love diving, you must visit Sipdan.
We hope this article has inspired you to travel to Malaysia and explore outside of Kuala Lumpur. Are you can see, there is so much more to see and do in this wonderful area of Asia.
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