3 Best Places To Visit In Malaysia Outside Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia has the harmony between three ancient civilizations in Asia. Every year, Malaysia attracts a large number of tourists thanks to the diverse culture. Visiting Malaysia, tourists not only visit and shop in the busy cities of Malaysia, visit the Independence Square, the Royal Palace, the National Monument, and the National Mosque but also are fascinated by the unique cuisine of most countries (because Malaysian is likened to "Asia's culinary paradise"). So, if you are bored of visiting Kuala Lumpur over and over again, why not try these 4 best places outside of Kuala Lumpur. Let’s check it out!!!

1. Tioman - Malaysia's most beautiful and smallest island

Pulau Tioman - off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia - is one of Malaysia's most famous small islands. Acclaimed as one of the most beautiful islands in the world in the 1970s by TIME magazine, Tioman Island is famous for its sandy beaches, jungle, and ancient villages. It is one of the best places to visit in Malaysia.

About Tioman island

Tioman is the largest island on the east coast of Malaysia and known as the home of diving activities in Malaysia. About 56 km from Pahang Beach, Tioman is famous for many water sports activities. Coming here, visitors also have the opportunity to explore and see other mammals and birds in the wilderness of Tioman.

Guests can choose to stay on Tioman Island on the West Coast easily. Most Western tourists choose to stay at the popular Berjaya Tioman Golf & Spa. Tekek is the commercial and transportation center of Tioman. The town has two wharves and several duty-free shops.

Nightlife at Tioman Island

Some places to enjoy the nightlife at Tioman Island:

  • Ari's Café, located in Tekek, is a reggae bar under the mountainside
  • Meanwhile, Air Batang is a popular tourist destination for Tioman backpackers - where visitors experience the wild nature.
  • Sunset Corner is located near Nazri's Place on the southern edge of this beach. It is a great place to enjoy the sunset, suitable for guests to sip wine and relax.
  • Alternatively, you can visit the Hallo Café in the north of the pier which is located in front of the Nazri II.
  • The small bay of Salang is full of accommodation, restaurants, tourists, and sellers.
  •  The Four S Coffee Shop is the only coffee shop in the area that sells cheap beer.
  • Santai Bistro is right next to the pier and this bar/restaurant is popular with rock music.

Shopping in Tioman Island

Shopping in the island is not a problem for tourists because the people are very friendly. The shopping options at Tioman are quite limited, mainly at Tekek, which sells cigarettes, chocolates, and alcohol, as well as a limited number of fashion boutiques, swimwear, and souvenirs. The traditional village of Kampung Paya has a small shop selling duty free goods but they are imported from the mainland to the island so the prices are high. So, it is a small tip that visitors should prepare as much food as possible from the mainland.

2. Cameron Plateau – an attractively natural destination for nature lovers

The farms and plantations create interesting sights for Cameron. It is the best places to visit in Malaysia for visitors who want to experience the holiday close to the wonderful nature.

About the Cameron Plateau

At an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level, the Cameron Plateau - just 4 hours from the center of Kuala Lumpur - sits along a high mountain above the river valley. The hillside temperatures range from 22 ° C to 25 ° C during the day, and from 15 ° to 22 ° C at night, making it an ideal spot for hiking, camping and picnicking. The highland is named after William Cameron, a British government surveyor who discovered the area in 1885. The plateau has many agricultural farms and we guarantee that there is no better place in Malaysia so that visitors can enjoy the fresh and healthy products like that.

Highlights in Cameron Plateau

Boh Sungai Palas Heritage

Situated on the north hills of Brinchang, this tea plantation is a vast landscape with tea plantations, cafés, and visitor centers. When you're here, you can watch the educational videos about the real estate history as well as buy tea products from the on-site souvenir shops. Besides, do not miss the chance to enjoy some of the teas and admire the cool landscape when you look out to the tea plantation.

Opening hours: 9:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m, Tuesday to Sunday

Cactus Valley

Cameron Highlands is home to several cactus gardens found in the Tanah Rata and Tringkap areas. Cactus Valley with stairs planted with flowers, fruits, vegetables as well as cactus. In addition, to take a walk through the green space and see the world of cacti many species, you can also buy potted plants as souvenirs.

  • Opening hours: 8 a.m – 6 p.m
  • Address: Pekan Lama, Brinchang
  • Phone: +605 491 5640

Cameron Butterfly Farm

There are two butterfly farms - Butterfly Garden and Butterfly Farm on the plateau. Both are home to a collection of tropical butterflies, including the famous Raja Brooke as well as many other famous insects.

  • Opening hours: 8am - 6pm daily
  • Address: Kea Farm, Brinchang
  • Phone: +605 496 1364

Rose Garden of Mrs. Robertson

There are some flower nurseries along the main road from Ringlet to Kampung Raja. The Robertson Rose Garden is specialized in flower bouquets and it has a big tourism value because it covers a big area of the hilltop.

Orang Asli Village

Some of the unique and interesting asli villages are also the interesting features of Cameron Highlands. Here, visitors can experience and explore the everyday life of the native Malaysian. The villages are located along the road to the Highlands but there are also some villages hidden deep in the forest.

Time Tunnel Museum

As one of the most prominent attractions in the Cameron Highlands, this fun and educational local museum is the first museum in Malaysia. Describing the milestones of the plateau history, it displays over 1,000 artifacts, from photographs to traditional motorcycles.

  • Address: Jalan Sungai Burung, 39100 Brinchang
  • Phone: +6016 328 8438/+6013 524 7120

3. Genting Highlands - Las Vegas of Malaysia

Named Las Vegas of Malaysia, Genting Highlands is also known as the Entertainment City of this country.

About Genting Highlands

The Main Range - also known as the Banjaran Titiwangsa in Malaysia - is a granite mountain range forming the north-south spine of the Malaysian peninsula. The mountains of the range are over 6,000 feet and are home to the cool hill stations of the Cameron Plateau, the Fraser Plateau, and the Genting Plateau. Genting is recognized as the hillside station of Malaysia. This top resort of Kuala Lumpur is dubbed as Las Vegas of Malaysia with luxurious casinos, nightlife and hotels (for example, First World Hotel - listed as the world's largest hotel in 2006 by the Guinness Book of World Records). Known as the Entertainment City, this luxury resort town is especially popular with locals and weekend warriors from Singapore.

Highlights of the Genting Highlands

Temple in Chin Swee Cave

Situated on 28-acre forested land, Chin Swee Cave is located in the most beautiful spot in the Genting Highlands. This pagoda was built to worship Chin Swee, a famous religious character with the ability to call rain and dispelling evils. The central attraction of this temple is the black statue of Chin Swee located at the entrance.

Strawberry Farm

Known as the largest strawberry farm in Malaysia and the first resort in Genting Highlands, the Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm is a perfect way to spend the afternoon relaxing. The strawberry farm is located on the edge of the hill with a strawberry garden, a flower park as well as a strawberry-themed café on the farm.

  • Opening hours: 8: 00-18: 15
  • Address: No. 1, Lot 3707, Jalan Jati 2, Gohtong Jaya
  • Phone: + 603 6100 1121

The Arena of Stars

The Arena of Stars in Genting Plateau has led a series of international activities from Boyz II Men to Leona Lewis. The dome theater with state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems is one of Malaysia's premier music venues and one of the best places to visit in Malaysia. In here, the tourists will have the opportunity to join a show when you visit the town and enjoy the music space from the great artists not only from Malaysia but also from other countries.

Jim Liang

A young & wild Asian wanderer who love traveling, writing and sharing his travel experience to audiences who are planning to Asia. To him, life is about traveling and his journey has just started."

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