Must-Do Adventures for Every Local Traveler!

In terms of culture, lifestyle, and entertainment, Malaysia is a varied country. Malaysia, historically recognized as a place rich in natural resources and a fast-expanding nation, presents unique mix of heritage and modernity. Thousands of international tourists visit Malaysia every years, but how well do Malaysians know their own country’s tourism?

Here’s a list of activities that encapsulate the Malaysian vacation experience, from peaceful cultural experiences to full-on adrenaline thrills!

Sabah – Challenge Yourself at Mount Kinabalu.

Mount Kinabalu is Malaysia’s highest mountain. Low’s Peak, at 4095.2 metres (13,435 ft) above sea level, is the highest point on the mountain. – Credit: mountkinabalu.com

Mount Kinabalu is a great place to test yourself! Getting to the top of Mount Kinabalu appears to be the top of Malaysian travel accomplishments. That isn’t even taking into account the spectacular view from the peak! Travelers courageous enough to attempt the climb are followed at all times by a professional hiking crew and coached along the route as they summit one of Sabah’s highest mountains.

Sarawak – Spend the night in a Local Longhouse.

Experiencing indigenous Iban life and culture in Sarawak by visiting a Longhouse. – Credit: molon.de

The longhouses in Sarawak are the homes of Sarawak’s indigenous people. A longhouse is made up of a series of rooms and dwelling spaces that are all connected by a common roof. Many families traditionally occupy one longhouse at a time, and it is one of Sarawak’s most culturally significant structures. A trip to East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) is never complete without a stop at a traditional longhouse and a taste of life there. It would be a pity to miss out on one of the many homestay programs that are offered

Selangor – Pay a visit to Batu Caves

Batu Caves is known for its iconic rainbow-hued stairs and cringe in fear whenever tourist come face to face with the mischievous monkeys. – Credit: therakyatpost.com

Batu Caves is a magnificent treasure as well as one of Malaysia’s most famous Hindu temples. Thousands of worshippers go to the limestone hilltop temple throughout the year, especially during the Thaipusam holiday. Batu Caves is one of the most notable Hindu sanctuaries in the region is the sandstone hill in Selangor, which is packed with cave temples. While tourists are welcome at any time of year, the Hindu holiday of Thaipusam is extremely popular.

Penang – Fill yourself on the Finest of Street Cuisine.

On a plate, skewered on sticks or in a bowl, street food is ultra popular in Penang – Credit: penang.ws

Penang’s street cuisine is irresistible to every traveller worth his or her luggage. Every Malaysian should plan a vacation to Penang at some point in their lives, if for no other reason than to eat. Penang street food, which has regularly been named among the finest in the world, has become a brand in its own right, thanks to its affordable local and fusion delights. A visit to one of Penang’s many hawker centres and food courts would never leave you dissatisfied with the quality of the cuisine. It’s unheard of in the first place.

Putrajaya – Throw Yourself by Paragliding

You should try the freedom of paragliding to release all your stress away. – Credit: inviter.asia

Putrajaya is Malaysia’s federal administrative area, which mean the government is located there! Did you know that you may go paragliding at Putrajaya’s open space? Putrajaya is known for its magnificent open park, and it is here that tourists may try this fun and exciting pastime. And you thought you had to travel to other countries to get things like this?

Johor – Legoland is a lot of fun.

The first Lego-themed park in Asia, with over 15,000 Lego models constructed from over 60 million bricks and occupying an area comparable to over 50 soccer fields. – Credit: thestar.com.my

Legoland Malaysia is the only Legoland theme park operating in Southeast and East Asia, having opened in 2012. (the only other Legoland is located in Dubai). It includes a water park, a resort, a variety of rides and attractions, as well as eateries. Despite the fact that tickets are on the pricey side for some, Legoland Malaysia is considered as one of the greatest theme parks in the world. And, being the region’s first and only Legoland theme park, Legoland provides yet another distinctively Malaysian tourist experience, at least for the time being.

Malacca – Bargain for a Decent Deal At Jonker Street Night Market

Highly recommend you try to plan your trip here to coincide with the night market. – Credit: cktravels.com

A city rich with history. A market that is open at night. A busy street with low-cost goods. Is there anything else I can say? A good, old-fashioned bargain with a local shopkeeper brings you closer to the locals of a place than nothing else! When this market has everything from stylish items to mouth-watering local, traditional street cuisine, it’s nearly hard to leave disappointed.

Pahang – Taman Negara is a great place to go backpacking.

Taman Negara is home to indigenous people along with enough flora and fauna to keep biologists hopping. – Credit: tripsavvy.com

Pahang National Park is home to the world’s oldest tropical rainforest! Overnight camping vacations can be organised in this beautiful setting, which will appeal to all nature enthusiasts. There are also several trips and other activities available through the official website, which promise to be enjoyable for people of all ages. It’s ideal for a family vacation or a group outing.

Terengganu – Go Turtle Watching.

Newly hatched hawksbill turtles make their way to the sea for the first time. – Credit: cleanmalaysia.com

Turtle-watching is a must-do experience for anybody visiting the Malaysian East Coast. Turtle-watching is one of the most popular activities along the state’s coastline, and it needs a lot of patience, but it’s an unforgettable experience! Turtle sightings are becoming increasingly rare as a result of pollution, poaching for their shells, and egg theft, making this pastime even more precious and significant.

Kelantan – Discover the art of Wau-making.

Wau is considered as one of the traditional games in Kelantan and the game is usually played after the harvest. – Credit: tourism.kelantan.my

A wau is a traditional Malay kite that is most often found on Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast, such as in Kelantan. There’s nothing quite like seeing your own hand-crafted wau swaying in the breeze, especially when it’s decorated with lovely ornaments and draped in a stunning array of vibrant colours. The time and effort required to create these ancient handicrafts is absolutely remarkable.

It’s been said that great things come in little packages. As a traveller, I can’t think of a more perfect statement. As Malaysia develops as a tourism-driven nation, additional activities will undoubtedly be added to this list. However, for the time being, these activities are an excellent place to start.

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