Ever since British/Malaysian millionaire Tony Fernandes decided to start a low-cost airline in Asia similar to Ryan Air, Kuala Lumpur has become a major hub serving over 30 million travellers a year.
Most tourists only have time to discover the capital city of Kuala Lumpur during a layover to another destination, but thanks to the KLIA Express train that travels from the city centre to the airport in just 28 minutes even a short stopover allows enough time to see some of the city and sample its wonderful food.
With its impressive 88-storeys, the PETRONAS Twin Towers are Malaysia’s crown jewels, a magnificent feat of architecture that is majestic during the day and dazzling at night.
Surrounded by state of the art shopping malls and vibrant markets selling exotic street food to surpass even Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur is worth a visit in its own right, but with so much more on offer why not take the time to really discover what Malaysia has to offer.
With this in mind, we have compiled our top 5 must-visit attractions in Malaysia that we think stand out above and beyond the rest.
PETRONAS Twin Towers
Watch the sunset from the 86th floor of the PETRONAS Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur for a breath-taking panoramic view of the city. When the tower’s switch their lights to ‘on’, the stunning sights become truly mesmerizing. As dusk become the hours of darkness, every minute’s view seems more magical.
Tickets cost RM85.00 and can be purchased online by visiting www.petronastwintowers.com With all the naturally expected hype and promotion, tickets do seem to get booked quickly. Booking well in advance is recommended.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Escape back in time with a visit to colonial Georgetown in the former British capital of Penang where you will find Victorian architecture surrounded by a vibrant Chinatown. Pinang Peranakan Mansion is the former home of the Peranakan family and now a museum showcasing how Penang’s high-society lived at the turn of the century. The artifacts and the mansion itself offer insight into the many material possessions accumulated by one infamous rich man and his family and make an interesting part of a day trip. Driving a car in Penang is recommended because of the distance between some of the tourist hotspots. After spending only an hour at the mansion, most folks would then drive on to the next point of call. However, although visitors don’t spend too long here at the house, our overall vote is that Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a must-visit whilst in Penang. For further information visit www.pinangperanakanmansion.com
Langkawi Cable Car
The island of Langkawi near the border with Thailand not only has the best beaches in all Malaysia but an incredible cable car that transports you 708m above sea level to the summit of Mt. Machinchang. If you want to conquer your fear of heights this is spectacular way to help you shift your focus on to a stunning backdrop. Take a walk along the curved pedestrian only Sky Bridge for incredible views of the surrounding countryside and the Andaman Sea. For more information and booking tickets online, visit www.panoramalangkawi.com
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
The Semenggoh Nature Reserve in Borneo is the best place on earth to come face to face with an orangutan in its natural rainforest environment. Home to 25 semi-wild orangutans, 11 of which were rescued after being abandoned by their mothers, the park aims to provide a safe haven for these exquisite animals. The best chance of encountering orangutans is at their 8 am feeding, but if it happens to be raining you may be out of luck as they don’t like to get wet.
Sipadan National Park
Rising 600m from the seabed, Sipadan Island is the only oceanic island in Malaysia and is home to some of the best diving found anywhere on the planet. Located in the Celebes Sea, just off the east coast of Sabah, this living marine museum teams with over 3,000 species of fish and is home to the very rare and critically endangered hawksbill turtle.