6 Places in Malaysia You Should Visit with Your Family

There comes a time every year when you just feel like getting away from the city. And most likely it’s not just you who is feeling that way, your spouse and kids probably would love a break from the daily routine of work and school too. Wouldn’t it be nice to not be stuck in traffic for hours for a change? Or to breathe in cleaner air?

Well, get your GoPros, swimsuits, and selfie sticks ready, ‘cause we’re going on a vacation!

1. Pulau Tioman

The beaches and islands of Malaysia are still some of the most popular getaway destinations, to locals and foreigners alike. Although the beaches near KL like Port Dickson and Morib have seen better days, the ones on the islands have, for the most part, still maintained their attractiveness to beach-loving tourists. Pulau Tioman is one such island that offers a package complete with snorkeling, scuba diving, and numerous nature walks.

To get there, one can take a ferry in Johor, specifically from the coastal town of Mersing, to get to the island. Once there, visitors can choose to stay in beach resorts or chalets all over Tioman. Some are harder to get to than others, so choose wisely depending on your adventure needs!

2. Pulau Perhentian

Still wanna take long walks on the beach? Pulau Perhentian has that and more. Located off the coast of Terengganu, you can get there by ferry from Kuala Besut port.

Home to many scuba diving spots, it is possible to get certified to scuba dive and take advantage of all these spots, all in just one weekend! Just make sure to avoid travelling here between October and March, as the infamous east coast monsoon season affects the island during that time.

3. Taman Negara

While the first two places in this list offer some decent jungle trekking experiences, you can’t go wrong hiking in Taman Negara. Malaysia’s biggest national park is home to some of the most breathtaking geological and biological attractions in the country.

Within Taman Negara is Gunung Tahan, the highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia. If mountain-climbing isn’t your thing, then try more easygoing experiences here such as walking along the canopy walkway, birdwatching, and swimming in the river. You’ll need a visitor permit to try those though!

4. Mount Kinabalu

If you’ve conquered the highest peak in the Peninsular, why not try your luck with the highest peak in Malaysia? Situated within Kinabalu Park, Mount Kinabalu is located 88 km away from Kota Kinabalu. The park is also home to some of the rarest animals and plant species.

5. Batu Caves

Easily the most accessible option for most KL dwellers, Batu Caves has more than just natural attractions. When it is not Thaipusam festival, visitors can marvel at the cave’s fauna and ecology. There are plenty of macaques running around, so make sure you take care of your stuff!

Of course, Batu Caves is at its busiest during the aforementioned Thaipusam festival. This celebration is an opportunity for worship and reflection, and for non-Hindus, it is a great insight into one of the most colorful and vibrant festivals in Malaysia.

6. Penang Island

Home of Nasi Kandar and Penang Char Koay Teow, there is always something that can satisfy even the most well-traveled of foodies.

If you’re more inclined towards art, then Penang is the place to be as well. The world famous murals that line up the streets of Georgetown are just samples of the overall artistic flavor that Penang is known for. The annual Georgetown Festival is a celebration of art and performance from all over the globe and should be a stop on your list.

Those are the 6 places in Malaysia that you should definitely visit with your family! So free up your weekend schedules and start planning that weekend getaway now!


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