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The most beautiful travel destinations in Malaysia: Pure exoticism!

Malaysia is no longer a newcomer to tourism, but the state is considered an absolute insider among Southeast Asia fans. Highlights include the breathtaking beaches and fantastically beautiful islands. In addition, varied snorkeling and diving areas, a flourishing nature and tropical rainforests are waiting to be discovered. The landscape is crisscrossed by majestic peaks that can take your breath away. Malaysia is a place to discover and relax. A real dream! As an overview of the most beautiful travel destinations, some destinations are described below. So the decision is not quite so difficult!

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, Image: Patrick Photo / shutterstock

An extremely fascinating destination in Malaysia is the metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The big city impresses tourists above all with the tall skyscrapers that form an incredible skyline. Among the buildings are the so-called Petronas Towers, the tallest skyscrapers in the world. At the same time, they are considered the landmark of Kuala Lumpur. In addition to these giants, there is also room for historic buildings, Chinatown and the Indian Quarter. A mix of colourful markets is spreading here. There are exclusive clubs, huge shopping centres as well as bars and restaurants where you can drink and eat exuberantly. Contrasts and colourful mixtures make up the charm and unique flair of Kuala Lumpur. If you are looking for accommodation here, you will find it in all price segments.

Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands are an attractive destination for any hiking enthusiast who loves a cool mountain region. The popular hiking destination is known for its pleasant temperatures and a wide variety of sporting activities. But not only that! There is a lot to see in the Cameron Highlands, including delicious and sought-after tea. The tea plantations and also the tea factory are a must, especially for tea lovers, because during a guided tour of the plantations, every visitor receives exciting information about general tea cultivation and further processing. The landscape in this region seduces the eye with a deep jungle, high waterfalls and fragrant flower gardens. There is also the Butterfly Farm with amphibians and reptiles, a bee farm and the beautiful Rose Garden.

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Island of Borneo

Borneo, Pulau Bohey Dulang
Pulau Bohey Dulang, the island belongs to the Malaysian part of Borneo, Image: Nokuro / shutterstock

The states of Sabah and Sarawak on the famous island of Borneo are also very interesting. Since the island is also part of the Malay area, holidaymakers can also put this place on their destination list. You can see dreamy islands as well as popular beach areas for water sports enthusiasts and beach vacationers. The beaches in Kuchung and Kota Kinabalu are recommended. However, a fabulous natural treasure and a diver’s paradise can be seen above all in Lankayan and Mabu Island. Lankayan has beautiful white beaches and the tropical rainforest right next door. Worthwhile excursion destinations on the island of Borneo also include the Tunku Abdul Rahman and Bako National Parks.


The city of Melaka is known for uniting numerous cultures. This can also be seen in the architecture, among other things. Melaka should be visited by all sightseeing fans and holiday explorers, because a large number of sights and old sites await you here. The once important port city displays memorabilia from the colonial era, such as the oldest building in all of Asia, the Dutch Stadthuys. Basically, countless corners of the city hold new surprises, so every tourist gets to see the most diverse facets. How about the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in the old town or a ride on a junk boat? Everyone can discover the beauties of the city in a very special way.

Langkawi Island

Off the northwest coast of Malaysia is the natural idyll of Langkawi. This island convinces with a geopark where magnificent natural landscapes and beaches can be experienced. The park invites you to take part in sports activities, but also to relax. A mixture of waterfalls, jungles, mountains and mangrove forests makes the heart of holidaymakers beat faster. For athletes, there is a very special highlight every year in February, namely the Triathlon Ironman Malaysia. An absolute eye-catcher on the island is also the black sand beach, the southeastern headland, with monkeys jumping around, and the mangrove swamps. A diverse natural spectacle that will be remembered forever. For a panoramic view over the so-called Andamensee, the Langkawi Sky-Bridge is available. Impressive for every holidaymaker!

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Tioman Island

“Paradisiacal” is the right term for Tioman Island. No wonder, because the island has a lot to offer: crystal clear water, beautiful coral reefs, golden yellow shimmering fine sandy beaches, high mountains and a tropical jungle. Every visitor wants to stay here as long as possible and enjoy the magnificent landscape. The island of Tioman in the South China Sea is one of the most popular and beautiful destinations for snorkelers, nature lovers, divers, beach tourists and adventurers. By the way: The island can be reached by ferry or domestic flights.

Cherating on the east coast

The town of Cherating is relatively deserted and therefore the right destination for those looking for peace and quiet. Every tourist feels the silence and emptiness as soon as they arrive. Beachgoers seeking peace and quiet love it here and enjoy the spacious and soft sandy beach. Cherating used to be a hippie place, but today there is not much left of it. The little-visited and quiet beach town has shops, restaurants and accommodation that are very cheap. Tip: The Little Bali bar, which is located directly on the water. Pure relaxation!

Penang Island & Georgetown

Travelers who are interested in architecture and culture, but also want to swim, are in the right place on the island of Penang. Every year, water sports enthusiasts and beach lovers are drawn to the beaches of Teluk Bahang and Batu Ferringhi. If you spend time on the island of Penang, you should also plan a visit to the capital Georgetown. Impressive Chinese houses and alleys as well as colorful markets and temples await you there. One of the most magnificent temples is the Khoo Kongsi. A photo spot to dream of! In the middle of the city is also the Fort Cornwallis from the late 18th century. Worth seeing for all history fans! For an unforgettable view over the city, Penang Hill is suitable, which can be easily reached by a rustic cogwheel railway. The drive to the top is worth it!