Malaysia is located between Thailand and Singapore, the climate is always hot and humid throughout the year so there is no best time to visit Malaysia. You can visit any time throughout the year.
1. Historical trail in Bandar Malacca
- Where to stay: Hatten Hotel, Malacca, Malaysia
- Hatten Hotel Melaka, Malacca, Malaysia – Hotel Review
Only 3 hours drive from Singapore or about 1.5 hours from KL, Malacca is a must visit place if wanted to see some historical buildings.
- A’ Famosa – This is the surviving gate of the A’Farmosa fortress built by the Portuguese.
- St. Paul’s Church – located at the top of the hill, just 5 mins away from the
- A’Farmosa fortress.
- Statue of St. Francis Xavier – Marble statue only has one arm.
- Dutch Graveyard
- Pirate Adventure Melaka – Try pirate adventure with some history of Melaka.
- The Stadthuys Melaka – The Red Square built by Dutch.
- Christ Church Melaka – use to be white but now red in color.
- Melaka Trishaw – try to hop into one of the local trishaws and explore the street and alley of Melaka town with very loud pop music.
- Melaka River – A great way to experience the whole city in 45 mins.
- Jonker Street – Find the local delights here
- Visit Museums – Governor’s Museum, Stadthuys Museum, Museum Islam Melaka, Museum UMNO Melaka, Stamp Museum, The Malay and Islamic Worlds Museum – pick one to two museum of your interest to visit.
2. Malacca Shopping Trip – Bunga Raya Malacca vs Dataran Pahlawan
- Bunga Raya Malacca Shopping Place – This place used to be very popular and considered as the heart of Malaka city in the ’70s. If you like some vintage feel, come by Bunga Raya Malacca. Plenty of hidden gem and photography opportunities.
- Dataran Pahlawan Megamall – The place is so huge and full of shopping areas and restaurants, you can literally walk inside whole day to escape the heat.
3. Itinerary : Taiping-Penang-Kuala Kangsar-Ipoh-Bangi
- Where to stay: Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Penang, Malaysia & Hotel Bangi Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Senarai hotel di Seri Iskandar Perak if you are in a big group, check out the homestay here.
- Lake Taiping, Taiping
- Gurney Drive, Penang
- Zealand Bakuteh
- Evergreen Laurel Hotel
- Kek Lok Si Temple – Temple of Supreme Bliss
- Penang Peranakan Museum
- Kuala Kangsar – Royal District
- Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar
- Kenangan Palace/ Royal Museum/Muzium DiRaja
- Sungai Kangsar /Kangsar River
- Must try food in Kuala Kangsar: Laksa and Double Lion Kaya Toast
- Perak Cave Temple/Sam Poh Tong
- Hotel Bangi Putrajaya – stay in Bangi to avoid the traffic & hassle from KL
4. Cameron Highland
- Where to stay: Holiday Heritage Hill, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
- Cameron Lavender Garden
- Sam Poh Buddhist Temple
- Cactus Valley
- Boh Tea Plantation – must visit, highlight in Cameron Highland.
- Heritage Hotel – Hotel is situated at Tanah Rata, painted in black and white which has colonial housing style.
5. Cherating Kuantan – Club Med
- Arabian Bay Resort Bukit Gambang Resort City
- Kuantan River
- Club Med Cherating Kuantan Malaysia
- Kampong Style Chalet
- Open Bar at the entrance in the main resort
- Tennis Facilities
- Beach at the main resort
- Acrobat lesson – flying trapeze
- Snooker game
- Treetop Experience
- Archery lesson
- Club Med Zen Pool – Adult only
- Rembulan Restaurant – A la Carte style Fine Dining
- Secluded Pantai Beach opposite of Rembulan Restaurant
- Rock Climbing on cliff
- Kids performances in the Theater
- Final Night Party
6. Avani Sepang Gold Coast Resort
Where to stay: AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
It is a waterfront resort with a palm tree design and it is really cool if you see the picture from the birds view, similar to the concept to the Jumeirah in Dubai, only smaller version.
7. Lexis Hibiscus at Port Dickson
Where to stay: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, Port Dickson, Malaysia
Dubai has Palm Island, Port Dickson boasts a “Hibiscus Island” which has a great landscape of a hibiscus flower shape if you see from above.
8. Kukup Malaysia
Kukup is a fishing village in South Malaysia’s Johor State at Pontian district, about 2 hours drive from Singapore.
Food to try in Malaysia :
- Satay – Grill meat on bamboo skewers, served with cucumber and onion and dip with peanut sauce.
- Nasi Lemak – Rice cooked with coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaf with fried anchovies, peanut & chili.
- Mee Goreng – Spicy noodles
- Hokkien Mee – Yellow noodles braised in thick dark soy sauce with pork, squid, fish-cake, and cabbage.
- Chicken Rice Balls – Hainanese chicken rice served in a ball shape, serve well with their special chili and black sauce, mainly in Malacca.
- Keropok Lekor – Traditional fish cracker.
- Assam Laksa – Noodles in fish broth with a slightly sour taste from the asam and lime topping.
- Rojak – Fruit and Vegetable Salad mixed with shrimp paste.
- Chee Cheong Fun – Rice noodle rolls served in sweet sauce and sesame.
- Teh Tarik – Pull tea at Indian stall, usually sell Roti Canai too. You can watch them perform the “Tarik” – the pulling action. Very impressive.
- Roti Canai – Indian influence flatbread dip with curry sauce.
- Lok Lok – Dip your food, vegetables, and meat in the stick into the hot pot in the center of the table.
- Cendol – Cold dessert with green jelly made from mung bean flour, served with red bean, coconut milk, and coconut sugar.
- Ice Kacang – Bean ice with few colors
- Durian – King of fruit
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I would spend the majority of my time at the Historical Trall. I have a new found love for historical sites. I’d also like to stay at the Cherating Kuanta.
I had no idea there’s a lot more to see in Malaysia than Legoland. We’ve been planning to visit the country mostly for Legoland, and it’s great that we can add all these wonderful places to our itinerary. 🙂
I enjoyed our trip to Melaka in 2015. The historical structures are great learning sites. Unfortunately, we were not able to visit the Jonker street and grab some local delights.
Thanks for sharing. There’s a lot to see in Malaysia. I never heard of Legoland before.
Love the article, I always wanted to travel to Malaysia and visit interesting places, but I would definitely need a guide, so this is a good place to start. 🙂
I really want to check out the avani sepring! It looks like a great resort. All of the spots you mentioned seem great for different traveller preferences. Thanks for all the info!
You are a traveling queen! You truly make me see these different locations through your eyes with all the great information you provide. Some more locations added to my bucket list!
Oh how fun…it looks like you had a blast. This is definitely a place worth visiting.
Wow another truly stunning place you have visited. It sounds and looks like you had the best time exploring and that lime green dress is everything!!
This looks like an absolutely stunning place to visit! You are so blessed to be able to enjoy these amazing travels!
Lexis Hibiscus at Port Dickson- This is a place I need to go to. Look at it, Its absolutely stunning.
I love your stylish outfits and Cameron Highland looks like such an extremely beautiful place to visit! Awesome list for travelling.
I would love to visit Malaysia, looks like you had a great time! Thank for sharing these pictures, very beautiful.
Gosh you must have been tired doing all of this! What an awesome trip!
I never knew Malaysia had so many things to offer! Thank you for breaking it down. I love your pics!
Lovely shots and share! That neon dress is so gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing!
Now I’m more confident to travel alone there. Thank you for this articles.
Thanks for your kind comment. I hope you make more trip down and show us more of Malaysia through your photography 🙂