This northern state is located at the tip of Peninsular Malaysia, bordering Thailand. It is home to some of the most interesting food in Malaysia as it combines flavors from both Malay and Thai cuisines. Perlis is also home to Gua Kelam, one of the oldest caves in Peninsular Malaysia, naturally linking the foot of a hill to a valley 370 meters away. While not as urban developed as the more popular states of Penang and Selangor, Perlis prides itself on its ancient and traditional roots, almost seeming like a fixed point in time of older Malaysia.
Gua Kelam, Kaki Bukit, Perlis, +60 12-455 2121
Batu Ferringhi, Penang
One of the most popular spots for international tourists, Batu Ferringhi is a beautiful cliff-side area with beautiful sandy beaches at the foot of a mountain. Penang is also a haven for food, and the streets of Batu Ferringhi are lined with hawker stalls serving only the best. Spend all day lounging on the white fine sands or take part in some water activities offered by the local thrill seekers.
A cluster of islands off the coast of Kedah, Langkawi is a haven for duty-free shopping and island hopping. With pristine waters and peaceful scenery, Langkawi is also popular for water sports, and many flock here for weekends by the sea. Stick around to witness the amazing sea eagles convene for a feeding or take a tour to visit the mangroves they reside in.
Kuala Selangor, Selangor
This nature reserve borders an old Dutch colonial fort and the paddy fields of the old town of Sekinchan. Loved by history and nature lovers, many flock to this mangrove swamp to watch huge colonies of fireflies during the mating season, or to spot the elusive leopard and playful river otters.
Blue Mansion, Penang
Officially called the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, this stunning example of 19th century Chinese architecture stands out for its distinctive blue walls and elaborate grandeur. One of Penang’s most beloved heritage sites, the mansion has been a key monument in strengthening the status of heritage building preservation all over the state, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
This unforgettable, unmissable monument is the pride and joy of Malaysia, and are the tallest twin towers in the world. Spend an entire day hanging out in the famous Suria KLCC Mall at its base, or take time to explore the towers themselves, viewing the city from the Sky Bridge or the observation deck on the 86th floor.
Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, +60 3-2331 8080
Bukit Tinggi, Pahang
Famous for having one of the prettiest imitation villages outside of France, Bukit Tinggi is also known for Colmar Tropicale Resort, where visitors can experience a fairytale right here in Malaysia’s highlands, strolling through the extensive gardens or simply relaxing in one of its many restaurants in the beautiful town square. With the cool weather and beautiful architecture, this place is great for a weekend sight seeing trip full of peace and relaxation.
8. Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Another high-terrain attraction that must be visited, Cameron Highlands is known for the Boh Tea Plantation. Feast on sweet strawberries and sip on hot milk tea as you swap the hot, stuffy atmosphere of Malaysia’s cities for the cool hill breezes, where beautiful flowers bloom.
Genting Highlands, Pahang
This is Malaysia’s ultimate entertainment destination, with many casinos, theme parks and luxury hotels decorating the hill as one mega resort. Boasting Malaysia’s only legal gambling center, Genting Highlands is full of activities and facilities that are rare in other parts of the country, such as indoor sky diving, snow parks and Southeast Asia’s fastest cable car.
This east-coast island is an absolute dream come true for marine wildlife lovers, as it is a known nesting ground and sanctuary for sea turtles. This beautifully preserved island getaway is also popular for snorkeling and scuba diving, and a perfect spot for a romantic honeymoon.
Malacca is one of the best states to visit for heritage sites and antique stores, and is immensely popular with history lovers and artists. By day it is a town-sized museum, filled with relics from Dutch settlers and Malaysia’s unique Baba Nyonya Peranakan culture; by night it turns into a giant night market, lining the length of Jonker Street.
Sabah is arguably one of the greatest places on Earth for nature lovers. A part of Borneo island, this part of East Malaysia is full of reserves dedicated to the preservation of unique animals, such as the sun bear and the orangutan. Sabah is also where the immensely popular Mount Kinabalu is found, on many mountain climbers’ bucket lists.
Sipadan Island, Sabah
One of the most amazing diving spots in the world, Sipadan Island is the ultimate destination for scuba divers and marine biologists from all over the world. Unlike Langkawi or Redang, Sipadan is less of a luxury retreat, and caters best to people wanting to explore the underwater world off the coast. The crystal clear waters and abundance of sea life are worth trading the luxury of a fancy hotel room for, however.