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Malaysia Sights & Attractions

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There are various beautiful national parks in Malaysia, the most famous Taman Negara in West Malaysia and Gunung Mulu on Malaysian Borneo. There are many different types of expeditions available, ranging from those where you hardly lose sight of the hotel to those where you are fully immersed in the jungle with only the guide and yourself if you are willing to pay the money. Tours vary from about 4 days to 2 weeks or more.

It is very unlikely for you to see a tiger or an elephant as it is really likely only if you are going to be staying for a couple of weeks at least. One of the most common forms of wildlife that you will encounter in the jungle, however, are definitely leeches! In the rainforest it is very, very humid but not incredibly hot. This is because of the large amount of shade afforded by the canopy created by the interlocking trees. Shop around for deals of getting into the jungle.

If you are going to enjoy a lot of hiking without seeing any other people for days or even weeks then you can have that choice, alternatively you can have a much more 'packaged' tour in which you will probably stay in a very built up tourist town which has just grown out of the demand for people wanting to stay in the jungle.

Sungai Palas Plantation, Cameron Highlands  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

To escape from the muggy tropics, do as the English did and head up to the cooler highlands of West Malaysia, such as Cameron Highlands, or climb Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.

Malaysia is also well-known for some pristine beaches with great diving opportunities, such as Sipadan off the coast of Sabah and the Perhentian Islands, which are off the coast of northern Terengganu. Coastlines in the less industrialized parts of the country, in general, are well worth driving through for their natural beauty and relaxing seaside kampung (villages), though beware not to swim at any beach which is not protected by capes, lest you be swept away by a powerful undertow.

The beach on Redang Island - one of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

If zoological exhibits are more your thing or you are visiting with children, there are several well-maintained zoos all over Malaysia that are worth a visit or two, most notably Taiping Zoo, Kuala Lumpur 's Zoo Negara and Malacca's Zoo and Wonderland.

272 steps lead up to the Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

If you are most interested in taking the pulse of a cityKuala Lumpur's crazy quilt ultra-modern skyline, including the famous Petronas Twin Towers, is worth visiting. 

Malacca is for those who want to trace the colonial and imperial history of Malaysia several hundred years further back. 

Penang is known for its great food and relatively long-standing and institutionalized Chinese and Indian communities, who share the city with Malay and Thai communities.

For a completely different experience, consider going to Kota Bahru to discover a unique conservative Islamic regional culture influenced by Thailand, only a few kilometres away, or visit the diverse cities of East Malaysia on Borneo, like Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

Things to See in Malaysia

Mountain Mount Kinabalu
This has to be the top of the list of reasons for visiting Sabah. The 4,095m mountain is the second highest in Southeast Asia (outside Papua, which is regarded as part of Oceania) after Hkakabo Razi in Burma, but is probab... more
 1 Fans, in Sabah
Island Sipadan
Sipadan Island (Pulau Sipadan in Malay) lies off the east coast of Malaysian Borneo. The island is known above all for some of the best scuba diving anywhere in the world. Sipadan is the tip of a pinnacle rising... more
 1 Fans, in Sabah
Nature/Wildlife Sepilok
The world-famouns Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary near Sandakan is home to orphaned or captured orang utans where they are slowly readapted to the jungle environment. With a ticket you can enter the park two times a day. So i... more
 1 Fans, in Sabah
Landmark Kek Lok Si-Temple of Supreme Bliss
A sprawling hillside structure that is reputed to be the largest Buddhist temple in South-East Asia, with the khmer/thai/chinese style Ban Po Thar (Ten Thousand Buddhas Tower) (RM4 to top via stairs) and various Buddha ima... more
 1 Fans, in Penang
Viewpoint Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)
Probably has the best view of Georgetown and the Penang Bridge, especially at night. Go up via the Penang Hill Railway (Return fare: Malaysians - Adult RM8, Child RM4; foreign tourists: Adult RM30, Child RM15). Duration of... more
 1 Fans, in Penang
Landmark Fort Cornwallis
This brick-and-mortar fort was first built using bakau wood in 1786 by the British under Captain Francis Light at the site where they first landed. The fort was upgraded in 1793 to its current state. Located by the sea at ... more
 1 Fans, RM3.00 (adult) and RM1.00 (children), in Penang
Monument/Building Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion's indigo-blue outer wall makes it a very distinct building in the area. The Circa 1880s mansion built by the merchant Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of 19th century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtya... more
 1 Fans, RM10, in Penang
Monument/Building Dayabumi Complex
A towering skyscraper that blends Moorish, Byzantine and Arabic motifs with clean and simple modern lines, the Dayabumi Complex is an impressive feat of architectural imagination and one of the most incredible sights to be... more
 1 Fans, in Kuala Lumpur
Street Petaling Street
What can be said about Petaling Street that hasn't been said before? Don't expect bling or glam here; this street is in a completely different league from other shopping destinations such as Suria KLCC or Bukit Bintang Pla... more
 1 Fans, in Kuala Lumpur
Monument/Building KTM Headquarters
The KTM Headquarters, across the road from the magestic Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, is one of the most extravagant and breath-taking examples of Mughal architecture in Malaysia. Before architect Arthur Benison Hubback tr... more
 1 Fans, in Kuala Lumpur
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