Tourism in Malaysia

Malaysia is a country in South-East Asia, located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly on the northern third of the island of Borneo. West Malaysia shares a border with Thailand, is connected by a causeway and a bridge (Malaysia-Singapore Second Link) to the island state of Singapore, and has coastlines on the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca. East Malaysia (Borneo) shares borders with Brunei and Indonesia.

The government agency in charge of promoting tourism in Malaysia is Tourism Malaysia or the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB)[1].

In 2005, tourism accounted for 7% of Malaysia’s economy.[1]


Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur


Teluk Cempedak Beach, Kuantan


South Beach, Perhentian Besar


  • 1 Destinations and Attractions
    • 1.1 Cities
    • 1.2 Islands and Beaches
    • 1.3 National parks and nature reserves


Destinations and Attractions


  • Kuala Lumpur – the de jure capital of Malaysia.
    • Petronas Twin Towers – World’s tallest twin towers and third and fourth tallest singular towers, standing adjacent to one of the busiest shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC.
    • Golden Triangle (Bukit Bintang and Imbi) – Kuala Lumpur’s busiest commercial district containing five-star hotels, restaurants to high-end shopping malls.
  • George Town – the political capital of Penang. George Town is one of two cultural World Heritage Sites in Malaysia.
    • Gurney Drive – a popular seafront promenade, filled with condominiums and hotels. It is one of the busiest streets in Penang.
  • Ipoh – capital of Perak, famous for its Chinese food, tin mines and limestone mountains and caves.
  • Alor Star – capital of Kedah, the state of the Paddy fields.
  • Johor Bahru – capital of Johor, and gateway to Singapore.
  • Kangar – capital of Perlis, and gateway to Thailand.
  • Kota Kinabalu – capital of Sabah, and the largest city in East Malaysia.
  • Kota Bahru – capital of Kelantan.
  • Kuala Terengganu – capital of Terengganu, famous for the penyu (turtles) and beaches.
  • Kuantan – capital of Pahang, noted for its many beaches.
  • Kuching – capital of Sarawak, the Cat City of Malaysia.
  • Melaka – a historical city in Malaysia. This is the other cultural World Heritage Site in Malaysia.
  • Miri – the resort city of Sarawak is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mulu caves and numerous magnificent tourism attractions.
  • Seremban – the capital of Negeri Sembilan, and the nearest cities to Port Dickson.
  • Putrajaya – the administrative centre of Malaysia, known for its lavish buildings, bridges and man-made lakes.
  • Petaling Jaya – a satellite city located in the state of Selangor, and is in the proximity of Kuala Lumpur. It has the most commercial complexes in Malaysia.

Beside the main cities, there other town and places in Malaysia offer some special tourist attraction. Such as in Taiping, Perak for their landscape and local attraction. Teluk Intan for their Leaning tower. Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands and Bukit Tinggi in Pahang for a cool climate. Muar in Johor is famous for its food. Miri is the official tourism-city and resort city of Sarawak and Sibu in Sarawak is famous for its landscape and parks.

Islands and Beaches

Malaysia has several tropical islands, some of which have been voted the most beautiful in the world. Some of the islands in Malaysia are:

  • Labuan
  • Langkawi
  • Pangkor
  • Penang Island, the western half of Penang, which is heavily industrialised
  • Redang Island
  • Tenggol Island
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
  • Perhentian Islands
  • Kapas Island
  • Tenggol Island
  • Lang Tengah Island
  • Rantau Abang Beach
  • Mabul
  • Sipadan

National parks and nature reserves

  • Bako National Park, Sarawak – famed for its wildlife, especially bearded pigs and proboscis monkeys
  • Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak
  • Endau Rompin National Park, Johor
  • Gunung Gading National Park, Sarawak
  • Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak
  • Kinabalu National Park, Sabah – home of 4100 metre peak Mount Kinabalu.
  • Kubah National Park, Sarawak
  • Taman Negara National Park – the self-proclaimed World’s Oldest Rainforest, spanning Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu

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