Lively metropolises, rich culture, picture-book beaches and tropical jungles - Malaysia is an exotic paradise that has something to offer for every travel taste.
Malaysia, the divided state between mainland and island, is definitely high on the list of the most multicultural countries in the world! In the once British colony, the European remnants have now been joined by diverse Malay, Chinese and Indian influences. The result is a colorful melting pot of numerous peoples full of joie de vivre, which is reflected in chic restaurants, hip shopping districts and modern skyscrapers.
In addition to the lively city centers, Malaysia also offers plenty of space for rest and relaxation. Away from the metropolises, dreamlike beach paradises, endless tea plantations, lush rainforests and a fascinating exotic animal world are just waiting to be discovered.
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Capital Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia is now one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia. This is already visible upon arrival in the modern capital Kuala Lumpur. Luxurious hotels, gigantic skyscrapers, diverse cultures and delicious cuisine characterize the metropolis.
Among the most important sights of Kuala Lumpur are:
- The New Istana Negara (New National Palace), seat of the Malaysian government and one of the most impressive buildings of Kuala Lumpur, but unfortunately can only be visited from the outside
- The Old Istana Negara with the Royal Museum with the original furnished rooms of the royal couple
- Merdeka Square where Malaysian independence was declared with the beautiful Sultan Abdul Samad Palace
- The KL Tower with an observation deck at a height of 276m and a revolving restaurant
- And of course the world famous Petronas Towers!
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
They are part of the capital of Malaysia, but definitely worth their own entry in our Top 10 list! Once upon a time, the imposing Petronas Towers were considered the (controversial) tallest building in the world. Today, the distinctive twin towers are still the tallest tower in Malaysia and the landmark of Kuala Lumpur. From the 170m high skybridge a breathtaking (and not quite cheap) view over the city opens up.
Just 15km north of Kuala Lumpur are the famous Batu Caves, one of the most famous Hindu temples outside India. The 400 million year old limestone caves are decorated with numerous Hindu statues and shrines and can be visited free of charge. Condition provided, because behind the world's largest statue of the Hindu god Murugan there are 272 stone steps to climb to the cave entrance.
Georgetown on Penang
Georgetown is also a capital, but on the island of Penang. The colorful colonial old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts visitors with its colorful residential buildings, street art, street food and the imposing Kek Lok Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.
The best view of Penang is from the hill of the same name, which is reached by a cable car. From forested Penang Hill, the view extends not only over the roofs of the former British colonial city, but also across the Strait of Malacca to the mainland.
Pulau Penang National Park on Penang
Pulau Penang National Park on the northwestern tip of the tourist island of Penang is the smallest national park in the world. Its swamps and mangrove forests form fascinating hiking areas and its dreamlike beaches serve not only turtles to lay their eggs, but also tourists as a little paradise.
Malacca coastal city
On the eponymous sea route to Indonesia 2 hours' drive southeast of Kuala Lumpur, the coastal city of Malacca is another fascinating destination with rich history and cultural diversity. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city features well-preserved colonial buildings, including the famous St. Paul's Hill and A Famosa Fort, remnants of Portuguese and Dutch rule.
Malacca's Old Town delights with colorful streets lined with stores, cafes and street food. Visitors can also explore the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum to learn more about the unique Baba Nyonya culture.
The Malacca River Cruise offers a scenic boat ride through the city, while the Jonker Street Night Market is a haven for souvenirs and delicious street food dishes.
Langkawi is one of the most popular vacation islands of Malaysia. In the year-round humid and hot climate thrives dense jungle, which covers almost the entire island. On the coast, gorgeous beaches await sun worshippers and bathing mermaids, and in the island's interior, canopy tours and the Langkawi Sky Bridge take vacationers to the roof of the rainforest.
Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo
On the island of Borneo lies the Gunung Mulu National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the mountain of the same name lies one of the largest cave systems in the world. The limestone formations of the unique karst landscape are also visible above ground in many places and provide unforgettable vacation impressions.
Kinabulu Park on Borneo
Kinabulu Park is also located on Borneo. At over 4,000 meters, it is one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The path up Kinabulu leads through a breathtaking plant world and is mastered once a year by extreme athletes in a few hours during the "Climbathon".
Pulau Payar Marine Park
Langkawi Island is known for its picture-perfect beaches, but the diving paradises are found elsewhere - about an hour's boat ride away in the coral-covered Pulau Payar Marine Park. Excellent conditions for swimming, diving and snorkeling make for the perfect tropical day by the sea here.