Popular spots in Malaysia such as A Famosa in Melaka, Penang Hill in Penang, and Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur are to be found on many travel itineraries. There are many hidden gems to be discovered in Malaysia though, from natural reserves to an island with a fascinating history. Here are some amazing places that you didn’t know that existed in Malaysia.
Kek Lok Si Temple
The temple is one of the definitive heritage treasures of Mahayana Buddhism. Start by visiting the Tortoise Liberation Pond where you will see hundreds of tortoise swimming and relaxing in the pond by the temple entrance. Walk around the temple gardens and admire the three-tier Kek Lok Si Pagoda, with different architectural styles on each tier.
1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Together with Temenggor, Belum Rainforest has existed for more than 130 million years making this one of the world’s oldest rainforests. It is a protected rainforest next to Temenggor Lake, a home to a wide array of flora and fauna and indigenous people.
Go on an adventure by hopping on the boat cruise across the Temenggor Lake or join the Belum Adventure Camp to take part in adrenaline activities such as high rope and zip line challenge. Catch sight of the beautiful birds while birdwatching at Royal Belum or go fishing on the lake. Stay for a few nights at the Belum Rainforest Resort to become at one with nature.
Pulau Banding, 33200 Gerik, Perak, Malaysia
Located in Borneo, Semporna leads to Tun Sakaran Marine Park (an archipelago of eight islands) and Sipadan National Park where you go island-hopping and scuba diving in the beautiful coral reefs. Bajau Laut community, known as the Sea Gypsies, live their traditional lifestyle here, with their stilt houses built above the clear waters.
Drop by to say hi to the sea creatures in the beautiful coral reefs while scuba diving – including Kapikan Reef and Church Reef. Hike along the Bohey Dulang Island trail to see the panoramic island views surrounded by turquoise waters, followed by a visit to the beautiful bird sanctuary. We recommend island hopping to discover all there is on offer here. You might also have an opportunity to chat with the locals.
Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia
Chemorong Forest Reserve
Explore Terengganu’s Chemerong Forest Reserve which consists of crystal clear rivers and pools. Start taking a 1.5 hour hike through the forest, from the park entrance to the majestic waterfall.
Explore the multiple tiers of waterfall where you will catch the stunning forest views and can relax by the pools.
Camp out by the crystal clear rivers that pass through the forest and pools leading to the waterfall. Soak your feet in the pool and the little fishes will come by to tickle your feet. You’ll find various sandy and emerald pools including at Jeram Lesung and Bangan River.
Forest Chemerong, Terengganu, Malaysia
Kundansang is a quaint little town found behind Mount Kinabalu. An ideal way to explore the beautiful valley along the winding roads is hiring a car from an rental agency in Kota Kinabalu.
Visit the Desa Dairy Farm to meet the cattle, be amazed with the view of Mount Kinabalu with its green pastures, learn how dairy food and drinks are produced, and quench your thirst with local dairy products including yoghurt and ice cream. Learn about Kundasang history at the Kundasang War Memorial with beautiful gardens. Don’t miss sampling other local products, including tea, wine, and pizza, at the markets and towns in the area.
Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia
Kenyir Lake is the largest man-made lake, surrounding 340 islands, in Southeast Asia. There are 30 rivers connecting to the lake, 25 waterfalls, and it is home to about 25 fish species. The lake is near the luscious rainforests and limestone caves including Taman Negara.
There are shuttle buses that take you to the lake from Terengganu’s Sultan Mahmud Airport. Explore the lake by boat or canoe and take in the breathtaking hilltops and highland views. Challenge yourself to some jungle trekking and visit the fish farm on the lake. Admire the wondrous multi-tiered Lasir Waterfall surrounded by rainforest canopy.
Kenyir Lake, Terengganu, Malaysia
Take your next vacation here! And explore all the gems that hidden in this beautiful country of Malaysia.