If you’re scouting for the things to do in Malaysia, then you’ve quite landed at the right spot. An exhaustive guide for Malaysia, we have compiled a list of places that you can visit and the adventure activities you can enjoy while travelling to this country.Malaysia is a culturally and historically rich country with states, cities and towns like Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching & Ipoh, that are a witness to prominent tourist attractions and serene natural locales.
From visiting the Boh Plantations in Cameron Highlands to taking up the Firefly tour in Kuala Lumpur, having a flamboyant experience at the Butterfly Farm in Penang to visiting and closely understanding about the Great Orangutan Project in Kuching, Malaysia has a lot in the kitty for the adventurous tourist to explore.
Malaysia has successfully retained its ecological beauty and the country draws cultural inspiration from diverse backgrounds like Malay, Indian, Chinese, Arabic, European and Peranakan. The country is home to bountiful rainforests, farms, museums and beaches and is truly vibrant to visit. The gorgeous places that we’ve carefully curated, and the adventure activities that have been shortlisted, these are wisely picked to delight you and give you a rich and memorable travel experience of Malaysia.
1. Tandem Skydiving | Kuala Lumpur
Majority providers of this activity provide you with equipment and videos of your adrenaline pumping flight. Keep in mind that this activity is seasonal and depends majorly on weather.
2. Helicopter Sightseeing | Kuala Lumpur
Highlights – The pilot who will steer your Robinson 44 or EC125 helicopter is highly proficient in English and trained for the job. He does the role of a tourist guide as well, sharing you some important information about the landmarks of Kuala Lumpur. Take amazing pictures while enjoying the scene from your air-conditioned choppers.
Location – 1500 feet above sea level from Kuala Lumpur.
3. Scuba Diving | Kota Kinabalu
Highlights: Explore the underwater flora and fauna and get a closer view of the coral reefs. The diving in the clear blue water is surely going to be one of the best experience for a lifetime you and your friends. If you are a beginner then there will be some professional diver who will help you dive better.
4. Sea Walking | Borneo
Highlights – Now, you can remain dry above your neck by wearing a helmet, while walking under the sea, feeling awestruck at the marine life and coral reefs that are found here in plenty. Ideal for people of all age groups (minimum of 10 years) and for people who have absolutely no idea about swimming, snorkelling, diving and other related water sports. It is ideal to take up sea walking tours along with other water sports packages, so that you get a good deal on them.
Location – Borneo Island; exactly between Manukan & Gaya Island near Kota Kinabalu.
Timing – Sea-walking tours usually takes around 15 minutes.
5. Become one Day Pilot at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport | Kuala Lumpur
Has aeronautical engineering always mesmerized you? Did you have a passion to become a pilot but couldn’t pursue it for practical reasons?
Give wings (literally) to your dreams when you visit Malaysia, as you get the chance to be pilot for a day here.
Highlights – You get to ride the airplane of your choice after getting enough instructions on the ground. Upon completion of your activity, you will get a certificate of excellence. Cessna, Robinson, and Eurocopter are some of the common designs of aircraft that are available here.
Location – Kuala Lumpur.
Timing – There are 20, 30 and 60 minutes driving programs available for you to choose from. Totally it takes about 3 hours which includes the ground briefing, theory lessons, and flying sessions.
6. Melaka Historic City |Melaka
If you want to witness history and cultural tradition in its fullest form, you have to come to Melaka Historic City.
Highlights – It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city is filled with historic cathedrals, museums, rivers, monuments, temples, heritage centres, spas, architectural wonders and many intricately built places that are hard to miss. Do not miss top attractions like Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, Jonker Street, Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, St. Paul’s Hill, Malacca River and Red Square when you come here, as they are top attractions.
Location – Just about 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur and a 4-hour bus ride from Singapore.
Timing – The historic city is blessed with many top tourist sites which operate at different timings. Have a guide or Melaka attractions map with you, so that you know about the timings of various places.
7. Penang Hill | Penang
Highlights – Do not miss Bukit Bendara, a peak which is at a height of 830m above sea level. Due to its altitude, the climate in Penang Hill is very cool, apt for tourists all through the year. Lush green plantations, colonial style bungalows, blue peaks all around and a pleasant climate all through, Penang Hill is an absolute delight for nature lovers. Some of the rare species of flora and fauna are found here in plenty.
Location – Air Itam, about 6km from the main city centre of George Town.
8. Cameron Highlands | Pahang
Highlights – This hill station is among the oldest Malaysia tourist places, as it was established during the 1930s. Sprawling tea estates, natural vegetation, pleasant climate, orchards, waterfalls, dense forests, pilgrimage & heritage centres, strawberry farms, lavender gardens, mossy forests, time tunnel gallery, museums and green farmlands are some of the highlights of this place.
Kampung Baru Pantai, Jalan Jelebu, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, MalaysiaLocation – Pahang state.
Timing – Climate is pleasant all through the year at Cameron Highlands.
9. Butterfly Farm | Penang
The Farm enjoys international repute and is dedicated to protecting the natural habitat of these organisms. Visit the Butterfly Farm in Penang for a flamboyant experience.
10. Visit Kek Lok Si Temple | Penang
11. Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour | Kota Kinabalu
12. Jonker Street |Melaka
A blend of traditional and urban attractions, it reflects Malacca‘s and Malaysia’s cultural and colourful lifestyle and history.
13. Lavender Gardens Cameron Highlands | Pahang
14. Paragliding | Kuala Kubu Baru
If you are looking for excellent adventure and thrill at the same time, you must try out paragliding in Malaysia. These can be enjoyed by beginners and trained pilots too. The foot-launched parachutes go up to at least 6000 metres, making you scream with joy. First timers can shed all their inhibitions as they are safely tied to the parachutes and well-trained pilots take control of the machines.
Highlights – You can ask for flips & flaps, cross country rides, flight techniques and be a part of flight analysis if you have the interest and experience for the same, while participating in paragliding in Malaysia.
Location – Famous paragliding spots in Malaysia are Bukit Jagra, Bukit Sendayan, Bukit Bahau and Kuala Kubu Baru.
15. Parasailing | Langkawi
Highlights – It is better to choose authorised tour operators for parasailing, because one may have to go through lots of risks when choosing illegal operators. Two to three people can travel in one ride and the ride usually takes ten minutes. The thrill that you get when you are lifted close to 500feet above sea level and when you land back safely on to the boat cannot be described in words.
Location– Langkawi Island.
16. Scuba Doo (Underwater Scooter) | Kota Kinabalu
Highlights – Here, you can breathe normally as you sit inside a dome in your scuba bike. You get to travel to a maximum depth of 10m under the sea and enjoy the rich marine life of Malaysian waters, as you feed the fishes here. This is one of the newest activities launched by many resorts in Malaysia to provide ultimate fun to tourists. No scuba diving or swimming experience is required to take up scuba doo rides.
Location – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
17. White Water Rafting | Selangor
Highlights – The views across these rivers when you undertake rafting is something that you have to see to experience. Set at the backdrop of majestic hills, with this white water rafting, you can experience some unforgettable moments in your life. Choose a package tour, because you can get to enjoy few other activities as well with these.
Location – Kampar (safe for beginners), Ulu Slim (good for first timers), Selangor (medium challenges and most famous) and Singoh (highly challenging).
18. Island Hopping
Highlights – Island hopping is highly recommended by travel experts, because this way, you will get to see many different islands and understand their cultures, thereby enriching your experience.
Location – Penang and Perhentian Island are the two most preferred choices by tourists.
19. Hot Air Ballooning | Putrajaya
Highlights – As you travel through the skies during early mornings, you will get a remarkable view of sun-rise, which is a truly majestic sight.
Location – Putrajaya.
20. Wakeboarding | Langkawi
Malaysia is home to many adventurous water sports activities. Wakeboarding is one of them. Here you can try a few tricks in water when you go up along with your wakeboard, to which you are connected to. It can be scary at first; however in Malaysia, the guides are very helpful and they take out all inhibitions from you.
Highlights – All wakeboards used by hotels & resorts in Malaysia are 100% safe. If you want to cut some costs and bring you own wakeboards here, you are allowed to do that too.
Location – Almost all the beaches are apt for wakeboarding in Malaysia. You can choose the one that is convenient for you.
21. Go for Caving in Malaysia
Highlights – The caves are completely dark; hence you need to be careful while coming here. Worms, spiders, cockroaches, centipedes and a lot of other insects are found on the cave-floors in plenty. Every evening, a large number of bats come out of the caves and leave their droppings on the floors, which forms the food for these insects. Easy, pilgrimage and adventure types caves are found here.
Location – Batu Caves, Gua Kelam, Gunung Reng, Perak Tong Cave Temple, Gua Tempurung Cave, Gua Charas and many more.
22. Taman Negara National Park Jungle Trekking | Pahang
Highlights – If you are an adventure enthusiast, you should not miss trekking at this 130 year old virgin rain forest. Apart from trekking, you can enjoy various other activities like nature trails and rock climbing, when you come here. The trekking trails in this national park are very dangerous and can be undertaken by experienced trekkers only.
Location – Taman Negara National Park, at about 3 to 4 hours’ drive from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
23. Redang Island | Terengganu
Highlights – Replete with pristine waters, palm groves, sandy beaches, tropical climate and a rich marine life, Redang Island is a haven for water sports activities. There are totally 9 small islands in this area. Do not miss the rich coral reefs here. This is one of the most beautiful and scenic islands in Peninsular Malaysia.
Location – 45km from the Terengganu coast and one hour flight from Kuala Lumpur. The island can be reached by boat ferries that are available at Kuala Terrengganu.
24. Kinabalu National Park | Kota Kinabalu
Highlights – This NationalPark houses close to 5000 different species of plants and 90 rare and endangered species of mammals. In 2000, UNESCO, recognised this park as a World Heritage Site, the first site in Malaysia to get this honour. Do not miss to see the world’s largest pitcher plant, Nepenthes Rajah and one of the rarest orchids in the entire world, Rothschild slipper orchid, in this park. You can undertake various activities like trekking, rock climbing, bird-watching, farm tours, golfing, photography, nature trails, canopy walks and others when you come here.
Location – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
25. Semenggoh Nature Reserve | Sarawak
Semenggoh Nature Reserve has been established to give ultimate care and protection to wildlife that have been abandoned, injured or orphaned.
Highlights – This nature reserve was established in 1975 and contains close to 10000 species of endangered wildlife in its premises. The animals are finally released into the forests to allow them to grow in a natural environment.
The place is known for its Orangutan preservation program. Hundreds of orang-utans have been sent back into the forest after being properly rehabilitated here.
Do not miss the orang-utans development cycle here – their rehabilitation process, feeding times (9 and 10 AM & 3 and 3.30PM) and other processes. Also, you can try out one or all of the 5 natural trekking trails, plant-walking tours, etc.
Location – Sarawak.
26. Perhentian Islands | Terengganu
Highlights – There are 2 islands here – Small & Big. The small island is known as Pulau Perhentian Kecil. It is the busier of the two, as it offers great features at affordable prices. The bigger island is known as Pulau Perhentian Besar. Water taxis are the only modes of transport to get to different places in the island. Do not miss kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, sea-turtle watching, sunbathing and other water sports activities when you come here.
Location – 10 miles off the coast of Terengganu.
27. Langkawi Cable Car | Langkawi
After reaching the Oriental Village, one can have a bird’s eye view of Mount Mat Chinchang Hill by cable car and ascend Langkawi. Rejoice the cool and gentle breeze of the highlands and then shop at the village along with savouring different cuisines for lunch at various outlets. It is amongst the popular things to do in Malaysia.
Highlights: It is only 30 minutes away from Kuah town and 15 minutes drive from the Langkawi International Airport. It is located north of Telaga Harbour, Pantai Kok and north-west of the Langkawi International Airport. Departs from a few selected Langkawi hotels at 9 am and returns to the original point.
28. Skytrex Adventure | Selangor
Highlights – You will get to enjoy various aerial adventure activities like flying, swinging, gliding, dangling and other forest adventure activities when you come here. Clear categorisation of activities based on difficulty levels – Little Adventure, Big Thrill and Extreme Challenge.
Location – Shah Alam, Selangor.
Activities – 23 not so easy challenges in the Little Adventure Club, which requires kids to be minimum 1.1m tall and a host of other sky trekking activities in the Big Thrill & Extreme Challenge Segments, which require participants be at least 1.4m tall. Kids who are younger than 12 years should definitely be accompanied by parents or relatives.
29. Petronas Twin Towers | Kuala Lumpur
Both the towers are 88 stories high and are identical to each other with a pyramid-shaped top fitted with a slender steel spire. The 41st and 42nd floor of the towers are linked through a skybridge allowing people to travel within the towers.
Apart from the headquarters of Petronas, there are various shopping malls, complexes and food courts inside the tower for the common people. They can even enjoy the skyline of the city from the towers. It is one of the best places to visit in Malaysia
30. Georgetown Heritage Walk | Penang
Georgetown is the capital of the Malaysian island Penang. This region was an important trading hub and till date, it consists of a number of Chinese shophouses. Georgetown has developed into a modern city which is still wrapped in its culture.
The Georgetown Heritage Walk is a wonderful way to explore the various attractions of the city. A self-guided tour would help the tourists experiencing the beauty of this area in the best of forms.
Highlights: During the Georgetown Heritage Walk one can visit the famous marvels of Leong San Tong Khoo Mansion, Kapitan Kelling Mosque, Pinang Peranakan Mansion and even the Town Hall. This area is a blend of culture and tradition that would surely impress the tourists.
Location: Georgetown is located on the north-eastern corner of the island Penang.
Best Time: Georgetown Heritage Walk can be availed anytime but the day hours would be the best to view the landmarks clearly.
31. Menara KL Tower | Kuala Lumpur
The tower also houses the highest McDonald’s outlet in the world. One more amazing fact about the Menara KL tower is that it is ranked as the fourth highest telecommunication towers in the world. It is a famous Malaysia tourist places to visit.
Location: The Menara Kuala Lumpur tower is located majestically on the top of Bukit Nanas, also known as the Pineapple Hill
32. Langkawi Sky Bridge | Langkawi
Hold your breath because Langkawi Sky Bridge is the longest (410 feet) free span bridge in the world, suspended from an altitude of 82 meters by a single Pylon and is 2,300 feet above the ground. Unlike any other straight bridge, the sky bridge is curved so as to give the tourists a better and more spectacular perspective of the view below – a total blood thumping expedition.
The bridge was first constructed in the ground and was then lifted by air through helicopters to its final pylon. It is one of the best places to visit in Malaysia.
Highlight: View of unclaimed and unexplored parts of the island, the tropical jungles and the pristine mountain Mat Cincang. Yes, it is definitely a photographer’s delight. To reach the sky bridge you will have to board a cable car from the cliff. On the way to the top, you will witness the second largest peak, Telaga Tuluj.
Location: Ascent from Oriental Village near Pantai Kok
33. Sunway Lagoon Theme Park | Petaling Jaya
If you are looking for an experience replete with fun and excitement, you must visit Sunway Lagoon Theme Park in Malaysia. The place is apt for tourists of all age groups as it has a wide variety of attractions.
Highlights – There are over 80 attractions in this theme park, which is set up at a sprawling area of 88 acres. Park is divided into five areas based on adventure experience – Water Park, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park and Scream Park.
Location – Petaling Jaya, about 15km southwest of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
Activities – Vuvuzela, Little Zimbabwe, Surf Beach, Captain Kids’ Candyland, Grand Canyon River Rapids, Colorado Splash, Wildlife Encounters, Go Kart, Bungee Jumping, Archery, Nights of Fright.
34. Segway Ride Lake Park |Kuala Lumpur
It is for the environment admirers who desire to partake a rejuvenating experience in and around the Lake Gardens while making stops to visit animals and scenic spots.
35. Genting Highland Skyway Cable Car | Pahang
36. Fish Spa | Kuala Lumpur
More than what a pumice stone can do, let the fishes nibble on your feet and leave them shining clean!
37. Kampong Village Tour | Kuala Lumpur
Wooden cottages amidst the mountains, catch the insights of rural Malaysia with this village tour! Bonus: The villagers offer homestays and do not shy away from conversations.
38. Bukit Tabur Hiking | Kuala Lumpur
The climb is challenging and rocky, but, the weather and the views are breathtakingly gorgeous! The locals and experts quote, the sunrise and sunset views are not to be missed from this viewpoint!
39. Ferry Ride to Butterworth |Penang
40. Dine at Tamarind Springs | Kuala Lumpur
Authentic Indochinese cuisine to tease your taste buds, the restaurant pulls you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and serves you in a serene verdant environment. The flavours are strong and we’re totally recommending!
41. Visit Penang Interactive Museum | Penang
Colourful pictures on the walls and floors are designed and require human interaction for clicking memorable pictures.
42. Climb Mt. Kinabalu |Sabah
With beautiful sceneries to drink in, this climb gives you a great workout and spectacular memories and pictures to last for a lifetime.
43.Gaya Island Jungle Trekking | Sabah
44. Batu Ferringhi Beach | Penang
With soft white sand and a beach full of the whimsical jellyfishes, travellers suggest taking light strolls on the beach and watching the sun go down. Quite magical they say.
45. Mountain Biking | Sabah
Adventure enthusiasts who wish to explore a unique mountain biking experience, this trip is for you.
46. Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre | Sabah
A popular tourist spot, you can watch the apes being fed bananas and milk here. Orphaned orangutans are housed with supervision in this rehab centre.
47. Menara Taming Sari | Melaka
See interesting sights like the St.Paul’s Hill, Independence Memorial Building, Samudra Museum, Flor De La Mar, Dataran Pahlawan, Pulau Selat Mosque, Pulau Besar and the Straits of Melaka.
48. Wild River Tubing | Kuala Lumpur
Discover this thrilling water sport in Kuala Lumpur where you’ll ride on tubes that free float in river waters and meet with water splashing and fun and nothing less!
49. Off The Eaten Track -Food Tour | Kuala Lumpur
50. Melaka Zoo & Night Safari | Melaka
A recreational activity in Malacca, enjoy an incredible zoo experience with grassy surroundings and tropical vegetation.
51. Ziplining | Sabah
Organised between two islands, ziplining offers a thrilling view of the surrounding landscapes, something you’d have never experienced before.
52. Cooking Classes at Bayan Indah | Kuala Lumpur
53. Fly Fish | Sabah
Fly fishing is different from customary fishing where an artificial fly is used to catch fishes. Partake this local sport, it’s time for fly-fishing.
54. Paragliding | Sabah
A sense of freedom, a sense of achievement, experience paragliding at its best in Kota Kinabalu.
55. Visit Melaka Crocodile Farm | Melaka
The farm is home to over 100 species of crocodiles and is a popular tourist destination.
56.Escape Adventureplay Theme park | Penang
Leisure activities that cater to every age group, the theme park is eco-conscious by design and enchants the visitors with gaming and more.
57. Firefly Tour with Dinner | Kuala Lumpur
58. Visit Melaka Sultanate Palace | Melaka
The palace is a reflectance of history and the glorious past, a must visit we say!
59. Jet-Skiing | Penang
Plan to take up a jet-skiing in Penang where you can have fun in the shimmering blue ocean waters and enjoy other water leisure activities.
60. Visit A Famosa Fort | Melaka
Built by the Portuguese and destroyed by the British, the fort is best visited during the morning time!
61. Sam Poh Temple | Cameron Highland
It is the largest Buddhist temple in the country and has a beautiful statue of Lord Buddha.
62. The Great Orangutan Project | Sarawak
The focus lies on conservation efforts for these great apes who are an endangered species.
63. Underwater World Langkawi | Langkawi
64. Bamboo Rafting | Sarawak
Floating above the water and using natural bamboo rafts are the speciality here that make this adventure activity popular.
65. Mossy Forest Hike | Cameron Highland
The forest hike can be done via multiple trails present in the forest.
66. Gopeng Rainforest White Water Rafting | Perak
A bio-diverse environment, admire the scenic rainforests and raft in the pristine river waters in Ipoh.
67. Natural Salt Water Jacuzzi | Langkawi
Langkawi is blessed with these natural saltwater springs at the Air Hangat Village which serves as a major and the only tourist attraction in the village.
68. Lost World of Tambun | Perak
With an array of attractions and rides inside its walls, this destination is a must-visit we say.
69. Trek Up Kledang Hill | Perak
Experience the thrill of trekking up this hill and discovering marvel panoramic views.
70. Mangrove Safari | Langkawi
71. Sarawak River Cruise | Sarawak
Offering a luxurious and pleasurable cruising experience, the cruise ride is purely tranquil and cruises smoothly on river waters. Experience serenity at its best with this one.
72. Pulau Payar Marine Park | Langkawi
You can experience the marine life and alluring corals, which are quite a treat to the eyes.
73. Cactus Valley | Cameron Highlands
A rich diversity of roses, calla lily impatiens, fuchsia, ananas, camellia, hibiscus, rhododendron, bird of paradise, glory bush, Clivia miniata, peaches and more can be easily spotted here.
74.Visit Kellie’s Castle | Perak
Come explore the secret exit tunnels, the wine cellar, bedrooms and scenic rooftop views from this castle.
75. Kubah National Park | Sarawak
The appeal of this place lies in its scenic rainforest views in coupled with wildlife and water streams. A refreshing getaway, the Kubah National Park can be done as an enjoyable day trip.
76. Jong’s Crocodile Farm & Zoo | Sarawak
Take a free walk among monkeys, leopard-cats, pheasants, barking deer’s, sambar deer’s, turtles and more.
77. Honey Bee Farms | Cameron Highland
Visiting the honey bee apiaries can be an educational visit and one can know more about the life cycle of bees and the process of honey production here.
78. Visit Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village | Ipoh
A manmade cultural village, the place is a great one for family gathering and outing with friends.
79. Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls | Langkawi
These waterfalls are a popular natural attraction in Langkawi and perhaps one of the best things to do in Malaysia.
80.Visit Boh Plantation | Cameron Highlands
These plantations are the largest tea plantation in Southeast Asia that is spread over 8000 acres of land.