Malaysia is one of the best travel destinations in Southeast Asia, especially if you are travelling with your family. It is bestowed with great beaches, heritage sites, mountains, pristine beaches, and National parks housing some of the most exotic animals and birds. Whatever be your family’s vacation style and interest, choices of places to visit in Malaysia are endless.
Children especially are spoiled for choice here. Numerous theme parks range from water parks to amazing performances, and exhibits that never cease to wonder. Here is a list of some of the best things to do in Malaysia with your family.
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Penang is one of the most popular places in Malaysia visited by tourists from all over the world. It’s a beautiful city where traditional culture subsists alongside modernity creating a beautiful juxtaposition of modern living. It is known for its lively streets with colourful murals and iconic landmarks like the Lok Si Temple. This hundred-year-old temple houses a seven-tiered pagoda of 1000 Buddhas and statutes of The Four Heavenly Kings, which guard the four points of the compass.
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If you are travelling with children, visit Entopia by Penang Butterfly that houses more 15,000 species of rare and indigenous butterflies & dragonflies. You can see these beautiful creatures up and close in their natural habitat here and even learn how to identify them by the park experts.
Tourists must not miss visiting the Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera), which is reachable by a funicular train. Located at 2693 ft. above sea level, it offers beautiful views of the entire city. At the summit, you will see an ancient temple, church, mosque, and even a python show.
Langkawi, one of the most popular attractions in Malaysia, is an archipelago of 100 islands known around the world for its dramatic and diverse landscape comprising of majestic mountains, lush tropical rainforests, and pristine beaches. These beaches like Pantai Tengah, PantaiKok, and Black Sand Beach are abundant with rich marine life including species of turtles, sharks, colourful coral reefs, and turtles. The beaches offer exciting activities like cable car riding, snorkelling, scuba diving, and parasailing.
You should not miss visiting the majestic Gunung Raya, the highest mountain in Langkawi at an altitude of 2890 ft. It is reachable by an easy car ride through dense rainforests where you can see exotic animals like the flying fox, leaf monkeys, mountain hawk eagles, etc.
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Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum, the second-largest 3D museum in the world, is loved by children and adults alike. Divided into 9 thematic zones like aquatic, safari, castles, Egyptian it showcases interactive 3D artworks by prominent artists.
Johor Bahru is one of the most popular places to visit in Malaysia for families traveling with children. Children love Legoland for its adventure theme parks like Miniland, Land of Adventure, and Imagination. Some of the most popular rides and attractions are Beetle Bounce, Brick Blaster, Dino Island, LEGO Studios, Pirates, and The Forestmen’s Hideout. For wildlife enthusiasts, Johor Zoo is a great place to visit. One of the oldest zoos in Malaysia, it houses more than 100 species of animals and birds like lions, gorillas, flamingos, and elephants, which can be seen roaming freely.
For a spiritual experience visit the Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple, an 18th century temple revered as an important place of worship by ancient Five Chinese Dialect Groups. The walls are adorned by tinkling prayer bells and intricate dragon murals, which is a beautiful sight to see.
No trip to Malaysia is complete without visiting Kuala Lumpur. Not to be missed are the Petronas Towers, one of the top attractions in Malaysia. Amongst one of the tallest buildings in the world, head to the 88th floor of the towers to get a bird’s eye view of the city. Let your kids indulge in exciting outdoor adventures at the Skytrex Adventure Park. Here they can have fun indulging in activities like rope climbing, sky-trekking, zip lining, tree swinging, etc.
Another must-visit place is Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia. It offers Supersonic Odyssey, Asia- Pacific’s longest multiple inverted roller coaster and other interesting adventures like Spinning Orbit, Ooorts’ Express, Dizzy Izzy, etc.
Cameron Highlands are known for their scenic beauty and vast open landscapes that will take you away from the bustle and noise of touristy cities. It is a great place for a quick family getaway. Visit the lush tea plantations to spend a day surrounded by greenery and misty clouds. Stop for a cup of tea after exploring the plantations.
Enjoy traditional Malay food like NasiKerabu, NasiLemak, and MeeGorengMamak at Tanah Rata, which is the main city centre, with rolling hills in the background. Tanah Rata has many shops from where you can pick up souvenirs and other knick-knacks.
Families who like to see traditional architecture must visit the Sri ThandayuthapaniSwamy Temple, a south-Indian temple dedicated to Chitragupta, a mythological Hindu deity. The temple is known for its intricate and colourful architecture and serene environs.
Malaysia is a wonderful destination that offers something to match everybody’s interests in the family. Besides the usual touristy options on everybody’s list like the Petronas Towers and Legoland, there are endless other choices. For the adventure junkies, there are several exciting watersport options. Nature enthusiasts should not miss seeing the rich and exotic land animals, marine life, reptiles, butterflies, and insects housed at the various zoos and nature reserves. The ancient temples and the colourful architecture top amongst the things to do during Malaysia sightseeing.
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