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5 Best places to visit in Malaysia

Malaysia has countless attractions and experiences to offer. The peninsula has some of the most interesting places which include thick wild jungles, peaks, pristine white sand and seas , colonial towns, concrete jungles and some really good food for your palate.

Approximately 2 million people travel to Malaysia every year from the neighbouring countries like Thailand, Singapore, India, Australia and Philippines.

So what is the best thing you can do while in Malaysia? Of course you will check out the best restaurants and shop for some great stuff. But there are 5 best places to visit in Malaysia and other places in and around the country that you must explore.

We bring to you the 5 best places to visit in Malaysia:

Kuala Lumpur


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You are most likely to fly to the capital city of Malaysia- Kuala Lumpur. Here you must visit 88- storied Petronas twin towers in the city center which stands iconic to Kuala Lumpur. It offers a 360 degree view of the entire city. It doesn’t just end there you also have the Chinatown which is a bargainer’s paradise for shopping. The Sultan Abdul Samad building, Batu caves, Menara tower and the Kuala Lumpur Convention center where you have an aquarium to visit. The Jalan Aror, which is the cultural heart of the city and has a range of local snacks and food to offer. Other places include Central market, Kuala Lumpur Bird park and Sunway Lagoon theme park.

Cameron Highlands, Pahang Darul Makmur


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Up next is the Cameron Highlands which is one of Malaysia’s most exquisite hill stations and is just 200 kms away from Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at an elevation of 1,100 meters (3,600 ft) above sea level and makes for a spectacular view of mountains carpeted in green with a lush scenery of the tea plantation and trekking trails. It is one of the places in Malaysia where you would need warm clothing for its chilly weather unlike other tropical cities. It also has luscious strawberry farms, flower gardens, jungle walks and the tour of the tea factory.

George town, Penang


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The capital city of Penang, Georgetown is named after Britain’s King George III and has majority of Chinese population. It has a rich and illustrious history and is also a UNESCO world heritage site for its unique architectural and cultural heritage in Southeast Asia. You can check out the vintage buildings that are pleasing to the eye. You can also shop and dine at places like little India, Penang plaza and sunshine square.

Sipadan Island, Sabah


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Sipadan is located in East Malaysia on the Sabah coast. It is known to be the only oceanic island in Malaysia from the seabed and one of the best known scuba diving spots in Malaysia with an azure blue sea front. It has diverse and abundant underwater marine creatures and offers a breathtaking view of the same while scuba diving. It is specially known for its turtle diversity and a turtle tomb that lies under waters with fossils of the same.

Mulu Caves, Sarawak


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With a deep biodiversity, Mulu caves is a tranquil escapade in the rainforests of Borneo and a UNESCO world heritage site. It is famous for its limestone karst formations and includes a wide range of cliffs and a great natural habitat for many plant and animal species. Mulu caves has one the largest known natural underground cave known as the Sarawak Chamber, it is  known to accommodate about 40 Boeing 747 planes. Mulu offers one of the best and challenging  caving experiences for adventure enthusiasts.

Other places include Taman Negara ( national park), Pulau Tiliman Island, Langkawi and Perhentian Islands.

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