Top 10 Things Malaysia Is Famous For

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Incorporated in itineraries of every single Southeast Asian travel and tour experience, Malaysia is recognized not only by neighboring countries but also by individuals worldwide. The country is a melting pot of people belonging to diverse ethnic groups, all of whom have influenced how Malaysia has turned out to be, evident in the food and architecture in the country. Malaysia is also comprised of a slew of famous tourist attractions that feature the perfect mix of a bustling urban jungle, a robust and progressive economy, and peaceful and well-kept natural attractions. Progressive economic growth without sacrificing culture and the environment; this is what has earned Malaysia the moniker “truly Asia”. To further understand what makes Malaysia so well known, here’s a list of the top things Malaysia is famous for.

1. Petronas Tower

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Arguably Malaysia’s most famous tourist attraction, Petronas Tower, or the Petronas Twin Towers, are twin skyscrapers that are located in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. There was a time when the Petronas Twin Towers held the title of the tallest buildings in the whole world, and although it has lost that claim, it is still an awe-inspiring sight when seen from the ground or up above. The skyscraper’s architecture is of a postmodern style, and its motif is adorned with Islamic art thar represents the Muslim majority in the country. The Petronas Tower’s main attraction is the sky bridge, which joins the two towers, and it is an amazing place to take panoramic pictures. Visitors can appreciate the amazing view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline from here.

Petronas Tower

Address: Concourse Level, Lower Ground, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Website: Petronas Tower

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 10am - 6pm; Tue - Fri: 11am - 4pm (closed on Mon)

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2. Batu Caves

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Found just outside Kuala Lumpur are the Batu Caves, which is a cascade of limestone caves and cave temples. It is also the site of a Tamil temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. Over a million pilgrims visit the caves annually, during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, to pay their respects since it is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. The Batu Caves are also well known for the rainbow steps towards the entrance of the caves, and the monkeys roaming around the trees near the caves.

Batu Caves

Address: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia

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3. Legoland Malaysia

Legoland Malaysia Resort
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Legoland Malaysia is an excellent place to visit with your family as your kids will surely have the best time of their lives. It is the first international theme park, not only in Malaysia but also in the continent of Asia as a whole. It is comprised of two separate parks within; the main Legoland theme park and a separate water park. The theme park features about 40 interactive rides, shows, and attractions, with the chance to build race cars and test them out yourself. The water park features more than 20 slides and 70 lego models, and it incorporates the different attractions found across all of the Legolands in the world.

Legoland Malaysia

Address: No 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar, 79250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Website: Legoland Malaysia

Opening hours: Thu - Tue: 10am - 5pm (closed on Wed)

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4. Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital, and at the same time, it serves as a key gateway city to the rest of what Malaysia has to offer. It is an urban jungle of colossal skyscrapers that sport a colonial architecture combined with the charming locals, and a slew of natural attractions. Aside from being acclaimed as Malaysia’s central business hub, Kuala Lumpur is also widely recognized for the numerous landmarks in the city, which include the Petronas Towers, Petaling Street flea market, and the Jamek Mosque. Lastly, Kuala Lumpur is also famous for its teeming gastronomic delights; with plenty of food stalls, cafes and restaurants that can be found all around its proximity.

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Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival 🥮 in Malaysia is an auspicious celebration!

Celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, this festival is a love story, a lantern fest and a feast all rolled into one. On this day, the full moon shines the brightest.

Beautiful lanterns are lighted to symbolise a beacon of light to peace and prosperity. Kids love to carry their lanterns around the neighbourhood during the fest.

The Chinese community feast on mooncakes, a traditional treat made of rich pastry filled with lotus seed paste, red beans or sweet and savoury meats with egg yolks. The roundness of mooncakes represent reunion and joy. Seasonal fruits like pomelo are enjoyed along with the mooncakes.

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5. Sepang International Circuit

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The Sepang International Circuit is a motorsport racetrack in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia. It is the home of the Malaysian Grand Prix and other major motorsport events held in the country, and it even hosted a couple of world championship Grand Prix up until 2017. It was designed by the German designer, Hermann Tilke, who is also the same designer of other F1 venues located in Shanghai, Sakhir, Istanbul, Valencia and Marina Bay, to name a few. Sepang International Circuit was established to be one of Asia’s finest circuits, with a hotel, golf course, and shopping center inside the complex.

Sepang International Circuit

Address: Jalan Pekeliling, 64000 KLIA, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Website: Sepang International Circuit

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6. Satay

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Satay (or Sate in Malay spelling) is a famous street food that originated from the tiny town of Kajang in Malaysia until it propagated throughout the country and was even adapted in other countries. It is a dish of seasoned chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, fish, or tofu, that is skewered, usually using bamboo sticks, and is grilled over wood or charcoal fire. It is then served with various seasonings and sauces, most commonly with a combination of peanut and soy sauce, thus peanut-soy sauce is also regarded as Satay sauce. You can come by this popular dish easily from a traveling Satay vendor, from a street food tent, or even in high-class restaurants.

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7. George Town

George Town, Penang
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Located in the Malaysian state of Penang, the city of George Town is steeped in history, and it has been enlisted as a UNESCO world heritage site since 2008. It has adapted to the contemporary world with great finesse while still preserving the quaint charm of the era it once belonged to. This serves as the enticing prospect that lures history buffs and travel photographers to visit the city. George town’s colonial heritage is evident in the surrounding preserved buildings in the city, emphasized by Fort Cornwallis, a star-shaped stronghold near the straits of Melaka.

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8. Mount Kinabalu

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Mount Kinabalu is situated in Ranau District, West Coast Division of Sabah, Malaysia. It is surrounded by Kinabalu Park, another UNESCO world heritage site recognized in the country of Malaysia. It is considered to be the highest mountain in the Malay archipelago, and also as the mountain with the highest peak in Malaysia. Mount Kinabalu is renowned globally for its incredible biodiversity, with plants of Himalayan, Australasian, and Indo-Malayan origin that are a must for nature lovers to visit and witness.

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9. Kota Kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu is a charming city that is found in the northwest coast of Borneo, facing the South China Sea, and it also serves as the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. Contrary to the bustling atmosphere of its western sibling cities, Kota Kinabalu gives off more of a rural ambiance accentuated by a lush wilderness and towering peaks. On the other hand, the city of Kota Kinabalu is similar to the other western cities in Malaysia, in the sense that it has a slew of things to do and places to visit that are highlighted by the craft markets, seafood restaurants, natural attractions, and museums.

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10. Giant Leaf Insect

Giant Leaf Insect (Phyllium giganteum) (8757147425)
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Scientifically known as Phyllum giganteum, the Giant Leaf Insect originate from the tropical forests of Cameron Highlands and Sarawak in Malaysia. It can grow up to 10 cm (3.937 in), roughly the size of an adult human hand. They are great at mimicking their surroundings as they completely blend with their environment. Their bodies have intricate veins that emulate those that can be seen on leaves such as oak, guava, and blackberry leaves.

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Dive into southeast Asian culture as you find out what makes Malaysia truly Asia. Refer to our list above to help you navigate your way and guide you on what to do on your next visit to this lovely country.

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