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Things to do in Malaysia

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Malaysia. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Malaysia attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Malaysia to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Malaysia.

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  • Coliseum Theater

    Original Debut: Built in 1921 by Chua Cheng Bok, a Chinese immigrant who’d worked himself to riches in the Malaysian tin mines, the Art Deco–style ... More
  • Darlene Ravin

    Years as agent: 14. Other specialties: Southeast Asia, North Africa, Luxury, Cruises. Consulting fee: From $100. More
  • Diane Embree

    Years as agent: 36. Specialties: Indonesia. Consulting fee: Varies. More
  • Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

  • Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens

  • Langkawi Cable Car

    The cable car runs gondolas to the top of Mat Cincang, the island’s second-highest peak. More
  • Langkawi Sky-Bridge

    Where: The top of the 500-million-year-old Mount Mat Cincang, Langkawi, Malaysia.   Stats: 2,000 feet above sea level; 410 feet long; curved; less ... More
  • Menara Kuala Lumpur

  • National Mosque

  • Petronas Twin Towers

  • Robin Turner

    For decades American Express Travel Insider Robin Turner has been a foremost expert on Hawaii, and while her personal interests include gardening a... More
  • Sandee Litwin

    Travel agency owner Sandee Litwin has nearly three decades of experience in the travel industry. With particular expertise in upscale luxury cruise... More
  • Thaipusam

    At the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam—which takes place in January or February, depending on the year—males demonstrate their faith by piercing... More
  • The Spa at the Datai

  • Thean Hou Temple

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