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Visit a country in Southeast Asia that's known for its gorgeous beaches, mountains, minarets, jungles and cultural attractions.

Malaysia is a country of rich cultural and natural diversity, home to Malay, Chinese, Indian and several smaller ethnic groups. See this diversity in the country’s architecture, religions, festivals and cuisines. The landscape encompasses mist-shrouded mountains, unspoiled beaches and steamy tropical forests. Visit to enjoy the outdoors and discover fascinating cultures.

Many visitors’ first taste of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur. The capital is one of the most modern cities in the country, with a skyline dotted with skyscrapers. Walk along the Skybridge of the paired Petronas Twin Towers, one of the tallest buildings in the world. Dine in the revolving restaurant of the 1,380-foot (420-meter) Kuala Lumpur Tower. Beneath the tall structures are many mosques, shrines and temples. Admire the architecture of the National Mosque with its main dome the shape of an 18-point star. Visit the temples and markets of Brickfields known as “Little India” and browse the night markets of Chinatown.

Take a bus or train to the Batu Caves, 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of Kuala Lumpur. Hindus in Malaysia regard this as one of their holiest sites. Climb the more than 270 steps to tour cave temples and see ornate Hindu shrines.

Enjoy the country’s natural richness while trekking through Taman Negara National Park, one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Go on a safari along the Pahang River. Take the Jungle Railway between Gemas and Tumpat. Photograph the 150-foot (45-meter) limestone spikes known as the Pinnacles at Gunung Mulu National Park. Travel to the Northern Peninsula for its miles of beaches. While there, visit Georgetown to see its colonial buildings, fort and ancient temples.

For more of the country’s cultural treasures, head to the towns of the Southern Peninsula. Visit the churches, temples and mosques of Malacca. Explore Istana Lama Seri Menanti, an early 20th-century palace in Negeri Sembilan.

Malaysia is located just north of the equator, between Thailand and Singapore. The national language is Malay, but English is widely spoken. Enjoy Malaysia’s cultural diversity, spectacular scenery and year-round, hot subtropical climate.

Popular cities in Malaysia

KLCC Park featuring a high rise building, night scenes and a fountain
Kuala Lumpur

Known for Shopping, Dining and Family-Friendly

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Georgetown showing central business district, a high rise building and boating
George Town

Known for Dining, Shopping and Beaches

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Kota Kinabalu featuring tropical scenes and a park
Kota Kinabalu

Known for Swimming, Islands and Marinas

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Johor Bahru featuring zoo animals, a pond and watersports
Johor Bahru

Known for Shopping, Family-Friendly and Swimming

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Reasons to visit

Melaka Historical City showing outdoor art and religious elements
Malacca City

Known for Shopping, Dining and Family-Friendly

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Reasons to visit

Kuantan

Known for Family-Friendly, Rivers and Waterparks

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Popular things to do in Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy the view from the observation deck on the 86th floor, atop the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers.

KLCC Park
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KLCC Park

Kuala Lumpur

Relax by the lake as you gaze at the city skyline or wander the grounds to see statues, water features and landscaped gardens.

Batu Caves
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Batu Caves

Kuala Lumpur

Admire towering statues of Hindu gods before you climb the enormous staircase leading to temples and shrines inside these mystical caves.

Merdeka Square
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Merdeka Square

Kuala Lumpur

Admire the colonial buildings and stroll the lawns of the square where Malaysia’s independence was officially declared.

Langkawi Sky Bridge
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Langkawi Sky Bridge

Langkawi

Check out Langkawi Cable Car and Langkawi Beach—just two of the popular sights around Langkawi Sky Bridge, a city also known for its beaches and swimming.

Putra Mosque
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Putra Mosque

Kuala Lumpur

Venture to Sunway Pyramid Mall and Sepang International Circuit—just two of the top sights around Putra Mosque, a city also notable for its shopping and recreation choices.