Malaysia is a great place to visit and whether you are a first time traveller, a solo traveller, or a family, you should be aware of all the top places to see and visit in just 3 days in Malaysia. This list is great, especially when you are a bit stuck on your travel planning. This list can really help you in deciding how you should go about planning your trip.

Malaysia is filled with a lot of unique attractions that range from beaches and islands to a rich culture and history to nature reserves and adventures, as well as wonderful local cuisine. And whatever your reason for travelling to Malaysia may be, Malaysia has it all. There are lots of things to see and do, so if you have a short amount of time, the below list will help you to sort out just what attractions to see and what activities to do in your short time in Malaysia.

  1. Petronas Twin Towers – Kuala Lumpur petronas towers malaysia

The 88 story twin structure is a highlight of Kuala Lumpur. The Petronas Twin Towers were inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s vision for Malaysia to be a global player. The towers are dazzling at night and a visit must be paid to this wonderful site. It was the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004, coming in at a height of 451.9 meters. BE sure to stop at the observation deck at level 86 for breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur.

  1. KL Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) -Kuala Lumpur KL tower

KL Tower is the seventh tallest telecommunications tower in the world. It is one of the city’s most popular landmarks. Be sure to check out the observation deck, you can get a great bird’s eye view of the city. You can also enjoy a culinary experience in a revolving restaurant with a 360 degree view of the city.

  1. Batu Caves – Selangor batu caves malaysia

It is made up of three limestone caves that features temples and Hindu shrines. It attracts worshippers and tourists, especially during the Hindu festival Thaipusam. There is also a 140 feet golden statue of Lord Muruga at the entrance of the caves and if you climb up the steep 272 steps you can get a stunning skyline view of the city center.

  1. Kinabalu Park – Sabah kinabalu park malaysia

Also known as Taman Kinabalu, it is Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and also the home of Malaysia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu. This Park is also one of the most important biological sites in the world, having more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna with 326 bird and 100 mammal species. It is a great place to challenge yourself to scale the mountain or to go mountain biking.

  1. Taman Negara – Pahang taman negara

This is the premier national park of Malaysia. It has one of the world’s oldest rainforests that are estimated to be over 130 million years old. Some of the more popular activities at this site are the jungle trekking and river cruises.

  1. Cameron Highlands – Pahang cameron highlands malaysia

This is Malaysia’s largest highland resort and is located about 1,500 meters above sea level. There are many relaxing activities that you can do here. One of the must do activities at the Cameron Highlands is to visit the BOH Tea Plantation and learn about the tea making process, while also enjoying a steaming cup of tea with a view of the tea plantation.

  1. Gunung Mulu National Park – Sarawak Gunung Mulu National Park malaysia

Located near Miri, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, the National Park became listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in November 2000. It is home to the world’s largest cave chamber, Sarawak Cave, which can fit 40 Boeing 747 aircrafts. The Deer Cave, is the world’s second largest cave passage. The best thing to do here is to visit the four main caves, which are Deer, Lang, Clearwater and Wind. You can also walk along the Mulu Canopy Skywalk.

  1. Pasar Seni – Kuala Lumpur Pasar Seni malaysia

This is the center for Malaysian Culture, Heritage, Art and Craft. It is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and is close to public transportation. Located outside of the building is a covered walkway that offers even more shopping choices. There are many esteemed arts events that take place in the building. Be sure to be on the lookout for the exciting events that are being held here, such as Chinese New Year celebrations.

  1. Petaling Street – Kuala Lumpur jalan petaling street

Known to house Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, the streets are lined with a large number of heritage buildings, as well as shopping, dozens of restaurants and food stalls, which serve local favorites. In 2003, it underwent a major face lift, there was the addition of two large Chinese arches that welcome visitors and were placed at either end of the street. The street has become totally pedestrianized and is now regarded as a heritage site. It is also the best place to shop for counterfeited brands and you can haggle on the price of items. It also has a large selection of local Chinese cuisine.

  1. Tioman Island – Pahang Tioman Island malaysia

A small island located about 56 kilometers off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia in Pahang, it is hailed as one of the world’s best beach getaways. It is a densely forested island that has few inhabitants and is surrounded by coral reefs, which makes it a popular spot to go scuba diving. Make sure to try out some of the watersports on the island and attempt to go jungle trekking or island hopping.

  1. Bukit Bintang and Kuala Lumpur City Center – Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang malaysia

Located in the heart of the city, this is a shopper’s paradise. There is an abundance of fashion, food, and entertainment. Some of the best malls in Malaysia are found here. Be sure to take a walk from Bukit Bintang to the Kuala Lumpur City Center through the covered pedestrian walkway. There are nine shopping malls that host a number of options for avid shoppers that house fantastic bargains.

  1. Perhentian Island – Terengganu Perhentian Island

The names means “stopover island” and it is a site that is not to be missed. It is located about 21 kilometers off the coast of Terengganu and is covered by unspoilt jungle and windswept palms and white beaches surrounded by blue waters. It is a great place for fishermen holiday go-ers. Enjoy jungle trekking and night time diving on the island.

  1. Genting Highlands – Pahang  elephant sancutary malaysia

Also known as Resorts World Genting this is a one stop hill resort. There are theme parks, hotels, casinos and other shopping and dining options. It is located on top of Ulu Kali Mountain about 1,800 meters above sea level and in short proximity to Kuala Lumpur, which makes it great for a short getaway. It is also Malaysia’s only licensed on-land gambling spot. Be sure to check out the indoor theme parks and take a ride on the Skyway Cable Car to the top of the hill.

  1. Bako National Park – Sarawak bako national park malaysia

This is the oldest national park located in Sarawak and was established in 1957. IT is home to a thriving ecosystem with just about every plant species in Borneo located here and a panoramic rocky shoreline that has wonderful natural formations. Be sure to follow one of the 16 trials that are available to walk to discover the ecosystem. You can also go birdwatching and see about 150 species of birds that inhabit the park.

  1. Sarawak Cultural Village – Sarawak sarawak cultural village

This is the venue for the World Harvest Festival and the Rainforest World Music Festival. IT was set up to preserve and showcase Sarawak’s cultural heritage. There are costumes, handicrafts, and traditional dwellings on display, as well as a cultural performance that happens twice a day. Be sure to visit the longhouses to get a look at each ethnic tribes’ lives. You can also join an interactive music workshop at the Rainforest Music House.

  1. Thean Hou Temple – Kuala Lumpur thean hou temple kuala lumpur

An ornate Chinese temple that is dedicated to the Queen of Heaven, Thean Hou, who is the protectorate of people who make their living from the sea. The temple borrows traditions of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The trip up the hill for the panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur are worth it.

  1. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park – Kuala Lumpur KL bird park

This is the world’s largest free-flight and walk in aviary. It’s an eco-tourism park that is home to more than 3,000 birds. Some of the birds are located in cages, while others roam free. Be sure to take the time to feed the birds.

  1. Lake Chini – Pahang lake chini

Malaysia’s second largest body of freshwater that is made up of 12 interconnected lakes that lays amid 12,000 acres of lush wetland wilderness. There are two main access points to the lake, directly by road up to the Lake Chini Resort or by boat. The water is clean, calm and well stocked with fish. Beneath the surface of the lake is said to lurk a mythical creature that is dragon-like that is said to be guarding an ancient submerged Khmer city, some of the villagers have claimed to see this Loch Ness Monster equivalent. If you are fond of boating and spot fishing this may be a nice and tranquil place to visit.

  1. Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary – Pahang elephant sancutary malaysia

Also known as the National Elephant Conservation Center is dedicated to the protection of wild elephants. The Center is also home to 20 or so orphaned or injured elephants who would struggle to survive in the wild. You get to see these elephants when you visit the center. There is no entrance fee, but donations are recommended. The first 150 visitors are given yellow stickers which entitles them to a bare-back elephant ride, other visitors can feed the elephants.

  1. Labuan Museum – Sabah labuan museum

This museum takes a glossy and slightly superficial look at the island’s history and culture from colonial days through WWII to the establishment of Labuan as independent from federal territory. One of the more interesting displays are the one on the different ethnic groups, which includes a diorama of traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

  1. Tawau Hills Park – Sabah tawau hills national park

This small reserve is blanketed in forested hills that rise from surrounding plain. If the Maliau Basin or the Danum Valley are too much of a feat for you, this is a nice alternative option. There is still lots of thick jungle and the trails are much easier on your feet. The park’s peaks make for good sites too.

  1. Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary – Sarawak  Lanjak-Entimau

This wildlife sanctuary, along with the adjoining Betung Kerihun National Park in Indonesia, make up the most important biodiversity sanctuary in Borneo. It may be home to about 10% of the remaining wild population of orangutans and other rare and threatened plant and animal species, it is definitely worth a visit.

  1. Langkawi Island – Langkawi langkawi malaysia

It’s an archipelago of over a hundred islands in the Andaman Seas, only two of which is inhabited. Langkawi island is the largest with over 60,000 inhabitants. It’s also the most popular with honeymooners and backpackers flocking here and is a great place that is suitable to all budgets. It’s a great place when you want to get out of the city for a little bit.

  1. Sky Bridge – Langkawi sky bridge malaysia

The entrance for the cable car ride is located in the Oriental Village in the upper northwest of Langkawi Island. It takes visitors all the up to Mount Mat Cincang, which is Langkawi’s second highest peak. There are beautiful waterfalls to see, as well. There are gardens and shops that are also located here. Beautiful sites awaits visitors for this cable car ride.

The above list are some of the must see attractions throughout Malaysia. If you have a limited time in Malaysia, such as three days, this list will help you narrow down the important attractions and sites that you will want to see and will hopefully make planning your trip that much easier to map out. Be sure to experience the views and culture and enjoy your time in Malaysia.

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