Malaysia is one of the 10 countries that consists the Southeast Asian region and one of the pioneering members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN. The country is the only Asian nation with territory on both the Asian mainland and the Malay Archipelago.
Batu Caves and Temples
One of the most popular and most visited attractions in Malaysia is the Batu Caves. The spot is a limestone hill with a series of caves and cave temples. This tourist destination is located in Gombak, Malaysia. The cave is a well-known Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Murugan. Batu Caves is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusan in the country.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Are you a bird lover? Then Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is the right place for you to visit where you can find more than 5,000 birds from more than 50 species. This 16 hectares public aviary in Kuala Lumpur, the country's capital, is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions receiving 200,000 visitors annually.
One tourist attraction that will provide you a unique panorama and experience is the Aquaria KLCC. It is an underwater park located beneath Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. This wonderful destination features a 6,000 mÂ² in two levels with a 90-metre long underwater tunnel and houses more than 250 different species. The Aquaria KLCC showcases more than 20,000 land and aquatic animals from around the world and animals endemic to Malaysia.
Are you in search of a tranquil place and wish to escape the noisy and busy life in the city, Lankayan Island is the best place you are looking for. This very small tropical coral resort island is located in the Sulu Sea adjacent to the island of Borneo. Diverse species of flora and fauna can be found in this jungle island with wonderful sights underneath the sea for scuba diving and snorkeling. The island is also noted for its whale shark sightings.
Once you get in the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur, don't forget to visit the once tallest buildings in the world â€“ Petronas Towers. Your visit to Malaysia will not be complete without visiting the world's tallest twin towers â€“ the Petronas Twin Towers. The towers are the most recognizable landmark of Kuala Lumpur.
Another popular tourist destination in Malaysia is Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the state of Sabah. Popular tourist attraction of Kota Kinabalu includes Mount Kinabalu, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Kinabalu National Park and many others. Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia.
Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu National Park, a certified beautiful tourist destination to visit, is Malaysia's most popular tourist destinations. The park is receiving an average of half a million visitors and almost 50,000 climbers every year. This park with an area of 754 sq km is the country's first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site which was declared in 2000 for its "outstanding universal values" and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world. It is also known as Taman Negara Kinabalu in Malay.
The Green Connection
One of the newest tourist attractions in Malaysia is "The Green Connection". It is an aquarium and science discovery centre in located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It opened in May 2010 and showcases the biodiversity of Borneo. The unique aquarium features more than 1,200 species from seven ecosystems and has 650,000 liters of re-circulating water. The aquarium displays 12,500 plants and animals representing 670 species.
Gunung Mulu National Park
Gunung Mulu National Park is a popular tourist destination in Malaysia located near Miri, Sarawak. Sarawak contains the spectacular Mulu Caves which is considered the world's largest cave system. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is remarkable for its incredible caves and impressive karst formations.
The above picture depicts a view of Fields and fields of Tea in Cameron Highlands, one of the most beautiful spots in Malaysia. It is regarded as the country's most extensive hill stations covering an area of 712 square kilometers.
Enjoy the crystal blue water of the Perhentian Islands located 64 km south of the Thai border. The 2 main islands are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil. These beautiful islands with astounding beaches are known in Malay as Pulau Perhentian.
Another astounding island with clean and wonderful beaches is the Redang Island. The island is called Pulau Redang in Malay. This island resort is one of Malaysia's largest islands off the east coast. The island is notable for snorkeling and scuba diving. Renang Island is also a significant conservation site for sea turtles.
Taman Negara National Park
This unique tourist destination in Malaysia is a self-proclaimed World's Oldest Rainforest. It is called Taman Negara National Park and has a total area of 4,343 kmÂ². This ecotourism destination is home to some of the rarest mammals in the world such as Malayan gaur, Indochinese Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros and many others. A canopy walkway is an added attraction in the park. Other activities that visitors can do include bird watching, spelunking, jungle trekking and others.
Blue Mosque or Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
The Blue Mosque or Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, one of the most astounding mosques in the world, is the biggest most in the country. In Southeast Asia, it is the second largest mosque. This splendid piece of architecture is state mosque of Selangor, Malaysia.