A Thrill-Seeker's Top Picks for Places to Visit in Malaysia

By Bella Arti | 11, Nov, 2020
A Thrill-Seeker's Top Picks for Places to Visit in Malaysia

Picking Malaysia as your holiday destination? Prepare your pen and paper, because we will show you our best selection of Malaysia’s popular places to visit and its hidden gems, where you and your besties or partner can explore, experience, and fulfill your need for adventure.

Here is our compilation of top places to visit in Malaysia for the perfect getaway, quick wins and exotic yet romantic attractions.

Adventure in Malaysia

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From West Malaysia, let us bring you to…

1. Kuala Lumpur - Explore the world's melting pot

When going to Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a must-visit destination. In this world’s melting pot, you can do almost anything. From enjoying the view of the Petronas Towers or KL’s Bird Park to indulging yourself in a culinary adventure, you wont run out of places to visit in KL.

Nasi Lemak Wanjo Kampung Baru

Popular Malaysia - Nasi Lemak Wanjo Kampung Baru

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Located just a 9-minute drive from Petronas is one of KL’s most popular nasi lemak stalls, Nasi Lemak Wanjo Kampung Baru. Be sure to not miss this local dish!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Open daily; 6.30AM - 12AM

Address: 8, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Mansion Tea Stall

Malaysia Holiday - Mansion Tea Stall

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Your Malaysian culinary adventure is not over yet! Not far from there, you can try out the famous Malaysian Teh Tarik at Mansion Tea Stall to end your KL journey. They serve Roti Canai and other Indian - Malaysian food, and they’re open 24 hours a day!

Also, don’t miss out on KL’s Chinatown to hunt for street food, and Central Market (also known as Pasar Seni) that’s only 3-5 minutes away to find Malaysian antiques, handcrafted artworks, traditional fabrics, handbags, and clothes!

Halal status: Halal

Opening hours: 24 hours

Address: Jalan Masjid India No 2, Lorong Bunus Satu, Selangor Mansion, Kuala Lumpur 50100 Malaysia

2. Cheong Fatt Tze’s Blue Mansion

Visit Malaysia 2020 - Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion

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Wanna have a taste of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ actual filming location? Try visiting this mansion.

It was owned by the legendary Chinese tycoon Cheong Fatt Tze, and is now a museum cum heritage boutique hotel. Have a quick tour to explore the majestic Blue Mansion, or have a romantic night here in this huge and luxurious mansion!

Tour ticket price: 24 RM / person

Address: Lot 22, 14, Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Tour times: Monday-Sunday 11 AM and 2 PM

3. AirRider Indoor Skydiving at Petaling Jaya

Travel recommend - AirRider Indoor Skydiving

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Defy gravity with Indoor Skydiving. AirRider Indoor Skydiving is an Australian-certified skydiving simulator in Malaysia. With AirRider, you can skydive in a safe and controlled indoor environment complete with professional instructors. 

Scream your lungs out, do some tricks and most importantly HAVE FUN! 

Ticket Price: 89-99RM/Simulation

Location: 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Utama E, 圣雷, City, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

4. Langkawi Skybridge and Skydiving

Skybridge Langkawi

Skybridge Langkawi - where to go in kl

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Skybridge, or as the locals call it, ‘Jembatan Langit’ Langkawi is a 125m curved pedestrian cable-suspension bridge at the highest point of Mount Mat Cincang. Enjoy a breathtaking view while having an adrenaline rush crossing the 660m deck above sea level. Hold your partner’s hand tight!

Ticket Price: 6 RM/adult (SkyBridge Ticketing Counter at Top Station)

Location: 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

Skydive Langkawi

Destination: Skydive Langkawi

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This is the one and only coastal skydiving location that you can experience in Asia. Get ready to jump from a plane and soar the beach’s skyline. Be prepared and be present to fully enjoy each and every moment.

They offer a platinum package option where photo and video documentations are included from the start – the jump, the dive, and the landing.  

It goes without saying, we can only skydive if the weather is good. So be prepared, there’s a chance for a reschedule because of bad weather. Most importantly, be sure of your health and conditions before deciding to choose this superb attraction!

Price: Package start from 1595RM/person

Location: Office 7 Lot 35 Komplek ABZ Jalan Airport, 07100 Padang Matsirat, Kedah, Malaysia

5. Fireflies Sighting and Dinner on Boat in Kampung Kuantan

Beautiful places to visit in Malaysia - Kampung Kuantan Fireflies

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Here you can experience traditional boat fireflies sighting and local seafood dinner in a package. 

They will take you on a boat trip through the river banks of Kampung Kuantan where you can witness the fireflies dance through the night in their natural twinkle lights searching for mates. Also enjoy the scrumptious seafood dinner together onboard at the boat. What a humble yet romantic night to remember!

Clear weather and moonless night is best for fireflies sighting, and since this is a nighty open air attraction, do not forget to pack your anti-mosquito lotion with you!

Price: Start from 200RM/package

Location: Kampung Kuantan, Bestari Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 7:45 PM


Now let’s go to the Eastern part of Malaysia…

1. Have a thrilling adventure in Kota Kinabalu

The Coral Flyer

The Coral Flyer Kota Kinabalu

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Only in Kota Kinabalu can you experience a whole other level of ziplining – from one island to another. Yes! Known as The Coral Flyer, this Island to Island Zipline is the longest one in the World!

Located at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, the zipline stretches between Gaya and Sapi Island. Its speed can reach up to 65KM/H. No worries about safety. It’s a priority there where they use the highest quality system and tools. Pack your Go-Pro with you and don’t forget to pray and say bismillah before you launch!

Ticket Price: Around 325 RM

Address: Pulau Sapi, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu’s Night Market

Kota Kinabalu Night Market - Popular Malaysia

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For lovers of exotic food, South East Asia is well known for its durian. Malaysia, to be specific, is home to various durians, and Kota Kinabalu’s Night Market is the best place for a durian feast. If you enjoy the strong and creamy Musang King variant, this is the place for you.

And have you heard of ‘Durio Graveolens’, the rare red or orange coloured durian that has that softer taste and smooth texture? This place has those too! So, what are you waiting for? Put this on your list and prepare to explore and hunt this prickly fruit down at Jalan Segama.

Pack your bargaining skills with you and sharpen your nose to pick the ripe ones. May the luck of durian lovers be with you!

Address: Segama Night Market, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Opening hours: Open daily 5-11 pm

Kundasang Mountain Town

Malaysia Holiday - Kundasang Mountain Town

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Want a bit of a relaxing adventure? Go to Kundasang Mountain Town!

Near Kinabalu Mountain, there is a hidden gem called Kundasang, the highest town in Malaysia. Imagine chill green scenic valleys with cows grazing here and there. What a perfect getaway from your urban life, where you can slow down and enjoy the farm life.

You can visit Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and try their fresh dairy products too. Wait ‘til you taste the fresh milk and handmade gelato because they are out of this world!

Price: Entrance Desa Cattle Dairy Farm RM5/person

Location: 100KM north of Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang Ranau, Sabah

Opening hours: 8am – 5pm

2. Enjoy nature’s beauty at Pulau Tiga

Pulau Tiga, Sabah - Visit Malaysia 2020

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Pulau Tiga is where you should go when you want to have an unforgettable holiday in Sabah. Grab some spare clothes and soap! Because we’re about to take you to the muddy experience.

Other than its island’s beauty, Pulau Tiga also has its natural volcanic mud. You’ll be thrilled by the active volcanic mud at the west side, which is also the highest part of Pulau Tiga. Get dirty and have fun, let your inner child out to play loud. Finish your muddy game by enjoying a beautiful sunset of Pulau Tiga on the way back.

Price: 30 RM / person boat trip to or from Pulau Tiga

Location: Kuala Penyu, Pulau Tiga, Sabah

3. Stay in the remote woods with Tabin Wildlife Resort, Lahad Datu

Lahad Datu - Places to go in Malaysia

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Craving for some real peace? We have just the right place for you!

This remote escape site of Tabin Wildlife Resort in Lahad Datu will remove all the stress in your mind. Just you and your besties or loved ones, getting lost in the woods, the home of the rhinos and elephants. Refresh your mind and soul with and feel the jungle beats as you connect back to nature.

Location: Lahad Datu, Sabah

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