Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Best time to travel: Jan-Feb, May-July, Dec
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • 88-story skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, the world’s tallest twin skyscraper
  • They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 when they were surpassed by Taipei 101, also in 2020, they were surpassed by Merdeka 118 as the tallest building in Malaysia

Batu Caves, Gombak

Best time to travel: May-July
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor,
  • The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan
  • It is the focal point of the Tamil festival of Thaipusam

Mount Kinabalu, Ranau

Best time to travel: March-Sept
Walk difficulty: Hard
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Highest mountain in Borneo and Malaysia, with an elevation of 13,435 feet, it is third-highest peak of an island on Earth, and 20th most prominent mountain in the world
  • The mountain and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world, with between 5,000 and 6,000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species identified.
  • Among this rich collection of wildlife are famous species such as the gigantic Rafflesia plants and orangutans
  • Low’s Peak can be climbed by a person in good physical condition, but climbers must be accompanied by accredited guides at all times due to national park regulations and may experience altitude sickness

Kuala Lumpur Tower

Best time to travel: May-July
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Communications tower located in Kuala Lumpur, completed in 1995
  • It is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world
  • The tower has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also contains a revolving restaurant, providing diners with a panoramic view of the city
  • The tower also acts as the Islamic falak observatory to observe the crescent moon which marks the beginning of Muslim month of Ramadhan, Syawal, and Zulhijjah, to celebrate fasting month of Ramadhan, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Aidiladha

Perhentian Islands, Besut District

Best time to travel: March-Nov
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Located in Besut District, Terengganu, the two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Greater Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Lesser Perhentian”)
  • Both the islands have white coral sand beaches and a clear sea, and popular activities include scuba-diving, snorkeling, and swimming
  • On most beaches, the water is shallow with many rays, cuttlefish, and parrotfish

Resorts World Genting, Mount Ulu Kali

Best time to travel: May, Sept
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Hill station city located on the peak of Mount Ulu Kali
  • The primary tourist attraction is Resorts World Genting, a hill resort where casinos and theme parks are situated, and gambling is allowed

Sipadan, Sabah

Best time to travel: March-Oct
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • The only oceanic island in Malaysia, it is located in the Celebes Sea off the coast of Sabah
  • It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop
  • Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world
  • Frequently seen in the waters around Sipadan: green and hawksbill turtles (which mate and nest there), enormous schools of barracuda in tornado-like formations as well as large schools of big-eye trevally, and bumphead parrotfish
  • Species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks also visit Sipadan
  • Visiting Sipadan Island requires a permit issued by Sabah Parks, a Sabah Government agency, and there are only 176 permits available each day