What to See in Malaysia

By | July 18, 2022

According to Top-mba-universities, Palau Payar Marine Park is located 30 km southeast of Langakwi Island, in the northern part of the Strait of Malacca. It is considered the best marine park on the west coast. It includes 4 islands. Here is the most beautiful coral atoll in the entire Strait of Malacca.

On the west coast of the Malay Peninsula, 150 km south of Kuala Lumpur, is the ancient city of Malacca . It is believed that Malacca appeared at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. The city has a lot of historical attractions: the oldest Chinese temple Cheng Hong Teng, built in 1646; Kampung Khulus Mosque, which is the oldest mosque in the country (1728); mausoleum of Khang Kasturi and the Hang Li Poh well, built in 1459. The largest Chinese cemetery outside of China has been preserved in Malacca. Some burials on it date back to the Ming Dynasty. For lovers of antiques, it is good to take a walk along Jonker Street, where you can find things that are over 300 years old. Taman Mini Malaysia Park is located 15 km from the city, where traditional dwellings of 13 states of Malaysia are presented. In each house you can see household items and handicrafts that reflect the culture of all states. There are also performances of creative groups with traditional dances and chants. Between Kuala Lumpur and Malacca is the fashionable seaside resort of Port Dickson, famous for its luxurious beaches, the most popular of which are located in the Blue Lagoon. In addition to beach holidays, the local resorts offer a lot of water activities, jungle tours and bird watching.

In the center of the mainland of Malaysia, the state of Pahang extends, which is 2/3 occupied by tropical forests. Here is the most famous and oldest protected area of the country – Taman Negara National Park.. The area of the park is 436 thousand hectares. The local forest has an age of about 130 million years. The park hosts river cruises and jungle and cave hikes. Many routes are built using suspension bridges and paths so as not to disturb the vegetation cover. Guest houses are also built above ground. On the territory of the park is the highest point of the Malay Peninsula – Mount Tahan (2187 m). To enter the national park, you must obtain permission from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

In the southwestern part of the state, south of the city of Lankang, on an area of ​​60349 hectares, the country’s largest nature reserve is located – Crow. A lot of monkeys and bats live here. The Elephant Conservation Center is located in Lankang city itself., where rare Asian elephants are protected, of which only 1000 individuals remain on the Malay Peninsula.

In the southern part of the state of Pahang, on the border with the state of Johor, the Endau Rompin State Park is interesting. The park got its name from the rivers Endau and Rompin flowing through its territory. It covers an area of 80 thousand hectares. The park is home to many birds, mammals including monkeys, elephants, deer, tapirs, leopards, tigers and the rare Sumatran rhinoceros, insects and amphibians. Tall trees, medicinal plants and orchids grow here. In order to get into the park, you must obtain a special permit from the Johor National Parks Corporation.

From the north, the state of Pahang borders on the state of Kelantan, which in turn borders on Thailand. It is the only state in Malaysia where the influence of Thai culture is most visible. It can be traced here in everything: in the kitchen, in architecture and in the way of life of the local population. In the administrative center of the state – Kota Bharu – it is worth visiting the Crafts Museum, where you can get acquainted with the process of making traditional batik, brocade, embroidery, carpets and silverware, City Kadajah market and Jalan Temenggong street with numerous souvenir shops. 50 km south of Kota Bharu, along the coast of the South China Sea, stretches the beach of Pantai Bisikan Bayu, which means “whispering breeze beach”. This is a great place for surfing and windsurfing, especially from November to April, when the northeast monsoon blows.

The east coast of Malaysia, washed by the waters of the South China Sea, is known for its small picturesque islands, which are suitable for both lovers of beach holidays and water sports (diving, snorkelling, surfing, windsurfing, fishing, canoeing and yachting), and for lovers nature. In the state of Terengganu, the Pulau Perhentian Islands are located along the coast; a small island of Lang Tengah (Pulau Lang Tengah), on which there are only 4 hotels; Redang Island (Pulau Redang), which is famous for its vast coral reefs, protected by the Redang Marine Park, and two sunken ships from the Second World War; Capas Island (Pulau Kapas); Tenggol Island (Pulau Tenggol) with coastal cliffs that go deep into the water. In addition, in the central part of the coast of the state of Terengganu there is a protected beach Rantau Abangwhere from May to September at night, giant leatherback turtles are selected to lay their eggs. The length of this species of turtles can reach 2.5 m, and weight – 375 kg. Rantau Abang is one of six places on earth where leatherback turtles appear. Tioman Island is located off the coast of the state of Pahang to the south.. Its snow-white beaches and rich underwater world attract many vacationers here. The most popular tourist villages of the island are Salang, Tekek, Genting, Paya and Juara. In addition to the beaches, the island is known for its picturesque nature: rocky coasts, limestone mountains and a diverse natural world.

At the southern tip of the Malacca Peninsula is the state of Johor. Its east coast is also surrounded by numerous islands: Palau Rawa, whose coral reef is home to many neon fish, Palau Aur, with one of the most popular coral reefs in the country, going down to a depth of 25 m, and Sibu (Palau Sibu) with places for wreck diving. On the southern coast of the state of Johor is located the southernmost seaside resort of the Malay Peninsula – Desaru. The resort has many hotels, beaches surrounded by casuarinas, and golf courses. Also on the southern coast of Johor, it is worth visiting the southernmost point not only of the Malay Peninsula, but also of the Eurasian continent – Cape Piai (Tanjung Piai), on which the national park of the same name with extensive mangrove forests is located. The state of Sabah is located in the northeast of the island of Kalimantan (Borneo). Sabah is a land for outdoor activities. To Kota Kinabalu , the provincial capital, there is even a special extreme sports bureau that offers rafting on the mountain rivers Kiulu and Padas, jungle safaris, mountain bike trails, climbing programs, kayaking and many other activities. There are no remarkable places in the city itself, it is used as a transit point for other excursions: to Mount Kinabalu, the highest point in Southeast Asia, on the slopes of which the national park of the same name is located; to the northernmost point of the province – the city of Kudat , where the traditional dwellings of the Rungus tribe are located, and to other ethnic villages; to the orangutan rehabilitation center; to numerous coral islands and marine parks with excellent diving opportunities, including the world famous islands of Sipadan and Layang Layang.

The second Malay state located in Kalimantan is Sarawak. It occupies the largest area of any state in Malaysia. The state is famous for its national parks, where you can see all the natural diversity of the jungle, which occupy 2/3 of the state, traditional villages inhabited by local tribes that have not changed their way of life for thousands of years, caves and rocky coast. The capital of Sarawak is the city of Kuching . From here you can go on an excursion to any corner of the state.

What to See in Malaysia