1. Kuala Lumpur
The Petronas Towers, formerly the world's tallest buildings.
The great diversity of Kuala Lumpur means there are many different areas to explore, and plenty of variety in foods to try. There are some fantastic religious monuments throughout the city, along with the highly impressive modern architecture of the Petronas Towers. It’s also a great city for bargains.
2. Semporna Archipelago
The Bajau people of the Semporna Archipelago.
The Semporna Archipelago is a group of island in the Borneo state of Sabah. Along with the technicolor waters and superb diving, the archipelago is famed for the Bajau people or "Sea Gypsies" who live a seaborne lifestyle. The island of Sipadan is regarded as one of the best dive spots on the planet.
3. Jungles of Borneo
There are many places to visit the jungle in Malaysian Borneo. The Bornean jungle is one of the oldest in the world and harbours some of the most unique and rare wildlife, including the Bornean orangutan, Sumatran rhinoceros and clouded leopard. 127 new species to science were discovered in the Bornean jungles in the space of just 3 years.
4. Mt Kinabalu
Mt Kinabalu from the bottom.
If climbing a mountain is on your bucket list then this is probably the best one to try. Mount Kinabalu is the planet's 20th highest mountain by peak prominence and one of the most accessible mountains in the world. No mountaineering skills are required – it’s more of a "trek and scramble", but will still take on average 2 days to climb up and back down.
Langkawi is a collection of islands near the Thai-Malay border - the largest and most visited being Pulau Langkawi. The islands offer some fantastic beaches and are a very popular entry point to Malaysia from Ko Lipe, Thailand.
6. Taman Negara
The world's oldest rainforest with a wealth of biodiversity. Taman Negara is also home to the world's largest canopy walkway, leading from tree to tree 50m above the forest floor.
Street food in Penang.
Penang is an island off Peninsular Malaysia, rich in multicultural history and known as "the food paradise of Malaysia". Like every island in Malaysia, Penang isn’t short of beaches, jungle, and fun.
8. Gunung Mulu National Park
Bats exiting a cave in Gunung Mulu.
Gunung Mulu is home to an extensive cave network, including the world's largest cave passage - Deer Cave. The limestone formations in and around the caves are spectacular, but the most impressive spectacle of all is the mass exodus of bats at dusk.
9. Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman)
Bungalows on Tioman.
Beaches, reef and jungle. Tioman has as much action, or non-action, that you wish; from spotting monkeys in the untouched rainforests to sleeping in a hammock on the beach - a perfect backpacker destination.
10. Cameron Highlands
The Bharat Tea Plantation near Tanah Rata.
The rolling hills of tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands are refreshing break from the sticky jungles normally associated with Malaysia. There are many great treks, but most people come to relax with a cuppa tea in this beautiful setting.
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