Kota Kinabalu is located on the northwest coast of the island of Borneo on the South China Sea. It is the capital of Sabah. It boasts bustling markets, a contemporary boardwalk, beaches, a lively arts and music scene, and culinary delights from street food and high end restaurants. Kota Kinabalu is your gateway to Kinabalu National Park with its Mount Kinabula. At 13,400 feet, it is not only Malaysia’s tallest peak but Southeast Asia’s. Other attractions include the waterfront City Mosque; Sabah State Museum which includes a museum, botanical garden, zoo and a heritage village; the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park featuring exotic and endangered species such as the Sumatran rhinoceros, the Proboscis monkeys, the Malayan tigers, the Orang Utan and more; the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a marine park with exotic unspoiled islands so close to the city.
Kuching is situated on the Sarawak River in the northwest on the island of Borneo. The city center is well preserved and compact. Most attractions can be reached on foot or by sampan floating down the Sarawak River. There are Chinese temples decorated with dragons, heritage shop houses, and a riverfront esplanade that's perfect for a warm-evening stroll and a number of interesting museums, including the historic Sarawak Museum. Kuching makes a good base from which to explore the region. Visit national parks such as Bako, home to the rare proboscis monkey; Gunung Gading, where the giant rafflesia flowers grow, Kubah, with its rare palms and orchids, and Watang Wildlife Center with their Orang Utans. Visit the longhouses of the Iban and Bidayuh.
Malacca, sometimes listed as Melaka, is in the southwestern Malaysia about 90 miles from Kuala Lumpur. This UNESCO World Heritage site has numerous heritage buildings, ancient landmarks, and colonial structures. Malacca was a strategic city on international trades routes. Today, visitors will notice the influences of the British, Dutch, and Portuguese in these historic buildings.
Penang is on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It has two parts: Penang Island, where George Town, the capital is located and Seberang Perai on the Peninsula. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Penang, known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ has beautiful sandy beaches and has the distinction of being the food capital of Malaysia. Attractions include the sandy beaches of Tanjung Bungah, the panoramic views from the summit of Penang Hill and the vipers in the Snake Temple. Visit the only spice garden in South East Asia, the Tropical Spice Garden and Penang’s many flea markets.
Sandakan is a city in the Malaysian state of Sabah situated on the northeast coast of Borneo. Sandakan is one of the primary ports for oil, tobacco, sago, coffee and timber exports. Throughout the city, you will find religious relics, British colonial mansions, and mementos from WWII. Sandakan is also known for its wide range of fresh and scrumptious seafood. In Sandakan, visitors have the possibilities to explore wildlife sanctuaries and discovery centers. At Turtle Islands Park, you can watch turtles lay their eggs. The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center helps orphaned and abandoned Orang Utan learn survival skills they will need to return to the jungles of Borneo. This is one of the best places to see the famous ‘wild men of Borneo” in their natural habitat.
Kuala Lumpur, the capital, is located on Peninsular Malaysia. It is the largest city in Malaysia and one of the fastest growing metropolitan regions in Southeast Asia, in both population and economic development. Kuala Lumpur is the cultural, economic and financial center of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur has experience rapid development in recent decades and is home to the tallest twin towers in the world, the Petronas Towers, which become the most beautiful icon of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is one of the leading cities in the world for tourism and shopping, it is the 6th most-visited city in the world in 2019. Other attractions include the KL Tower which offers the best views of the city from its three vantage points; Petaling Street flea market; beautiful Batu Caves and Eco Forest Park for a nature experience in Kuala Lumpur’s own jungle. Don’t miss out on some of the city’s best restaurants, street food and coffee shops.
The Cameron Highlands is a region in the middle of Peninsular Malaysia. Named for Sir William Cameron, a British explorer and a geologist who was commissioned to map out the area by the colonial government in 1885. Cameron offers visitors a moderate climate. Visit the many tea plantations and farms, go on a jungle safari, or look for the rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world.