Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia and is home to the most wonderful tropical forests, fascinating mix of cultures, beautiful sights and amazing food. It occupies parts of the Malay peninsula and the island of Borneo, with an endless list of sights and activities on offer for just about all types of tourists.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing seaside holiday, or want an adventure in an exotic place, here are some top tourist places in Malaysia that you should not miss:

East Malaysia: Sabah, the wonders of nature

Sabah is a melting pot of all things flora and fauna. Located in the northern part of Borneo, Sabah is host to beautiful landscapes and a diverse array of plants and animal species. Visitors to Sabah often frequent the Kinabalu National Park which is branded a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique topographical condition, as well as where the foot of Mount Kinabalu is located.

Also famous in Sabah is the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sepilok. This is a great place to visit to catch a sight of this magnificent endangered species and learn more about their conservation efforts. You may even get to play with adorable rescued baby Orangutans!

Peninsular (West Coast): Penang, the food island

In the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia, you will find Penang in which Georgetown is located. It has received an increased number of tourists in recent years for its heritage preservation efforts and for being a food haven.

There’s much to explore in Georgetown for its unique heritage and cultural features. You can visit the many colonial-era buildings, explore the hills and beaches, and feast on the flavourful mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines here!

Peninsular (East Coast): Cherating, the best beach paradise

For something more laid-back and relaxing, visit Cherating on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is a seaside resort town with many interesting landmarks, as well as famous for having great beaches and being the breeding site for leatherback and other sea turtles.

If you are looking for a peaceful holiday by the beach but also want your days to be filled with interesting activities, Cherating should definitely be at the top of your list! There is a whole array of water sports activities here like jet skiing, surfing, sailing and kayaking, but there are also caves you can explore too. Some of these caves have unusual rock formation which will surely intrigue you!

Another top thing to do in Cherating is taking part in the turtle conservation efforts. Whether it’s watching these endangered sea creatures lay their eggs, watch them hatch or be part of releasing the baby turtles to the sea, you will return with newfound appreciation for preserving nature. Cherating is also home to large mangrove areas so another top thing to do is go on a mangrove river cruise and catch a sight of fireflies!

Besides the splendid nature, there are also several cultural experiences you can take part in in Cherating. Try your hand at creating local handicrafts, making textiles or painting, which you can then bring home as a memorable souvenir. There are also several villages in this town that you can explore in to get a glimpse of the local life here. There’s also a night market in which you will find tasty local treats, fresh fruits and affordable goods to bring home!

Guests who are staying at Club Med Cherating will find that some of these top things to do are offered either as activities or excursions that you can join as part of your accommodation package. Come join us for a luxury resort escape in Cherating and enjoy the many fun-filled activities we have curated for you here. Book a package with us today or speak to our customer service consultant to find out more.