Architecture

Khoo Kongsi The most dazzling of George Town’s collection of ornate clanhouses.

Petronas Towers KL's steel-wrapped twin towers are the poster children of contemporary architecture in Malaysia.

Putrajaya A showcase for Malaysian urban planning and its vaulting architectural ambition.

Stadthuys Melaka landmark that’s believed to be the oldest Dutch building in Asia.

Istana Lama This beautiful black hardwood palace in Sri Menanti is perched on 99 pillars.

Baba House Experience old-style Peranakan life at one of Singapore's most beautiful heritage homes.

Marina Bay Sands An astonishing feature of engineering that's a Singaporean show-stopper.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Singapore icon, famous for the aluminium sunshades that clad its bulbous theatre and concert hall buildings.

Temples & Mosques

Thean Hou Temple Multilayered, highly decorated Chinese temple with splendid views of Kuala Lumpur.

Masjid Negara The modernist-style national mosque is where Malaysia’s prime ministers are buried.

Masjid Ubudiah Gold-domed jewel of Kuala Kangsar designed by colonial-era architect AB Hubback.

Masjid Selat Melaka Best viewed early morning or at dusk, this Melaka mosque appears to float on water.

Kek Lok Si Temple Penang Buddhist sanctuary watched over by a 36.5m bronze statue of the goddess of mercy.

Sultan Mosque The golden-domed hub that holds Singapore's Kampong Glam together is the stuff of story-book illustrations.

Sri Mariamman Temple Majestic gopuram (tower) and dramatic temple-meets-KL skyscraper views.

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque Bandar Seri Begawan's architecturally sublime place of worship, magically lit at night.

Scenic Vistas

Boh Sungei Palas Tea Estate Enjoy your cuppa while gazing over a verdant patchwork of hills and tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands.

Mt Kinabalu You can’t beat the view from the top of Malaysia’s tallest mountain when skies are clear.

Penang Hill Look clean across Penang and to the mainland from this cool retreat above George Town.

Menara Kuala Lumpur An open-air observation deck and revolving restaurant for 360-degree views of the city.

Panorama Langkawi Ride the cable car to the top of Gunung Machinchang for views across the island.

Southern Ridges Where concrete jungles give way to real ones, with great views of Singapore's ever-changing skyline.

Museums

Islamic Arts Museum Marvel at gorgeous works of art inspired by the Muslim faith; set in KL's Lake Gardens.

National Museum This modern KL museum covers the region's history from prehistoric times to the present day.

Ethnology Museum Kuching storehouse spotlighting Borneo’s incredibly rich indigenous cultures.

Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum Lavish Peranakan mansion with lively guided tours shining a light on Melaka’s past.

Sabah Museum Ideal introduction to Sabah’s ethnicities and environments, with good signage and clear explanations.

National Museum of Singapore Explore centuries of Singaporean highs and lows, from exiled Sumatran princes to modern independence.

Asian Civilisations Museum Packed with priceless treasures from across Asia, this Singapore museum is one of the region's best and most varied.

Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum Features amazing treasures from Brunei's most important shipwreck.

Art

Kuala Lumpur The capital is turning to street artists to brighten up its urban landscape with murals, including the country's tallest work.

Sekeping Tenggiri One of the best private collections of Malaysian contemporary art is attached to a KL guesthouse.

Melaka’s Art Galleries Browse the small galleries scattered around the Unesco World Heritage district.

Hin Bus Depot Hub for George Town’s burgeoning art scene, its open-air areas plastered with street art.

Gillman Barracks A rambling artillery of international galleries exhibiting revered names in modern and contemporary art.

SAM at 8Q While the Singapore Art Museum undergoes renovations, 8Q is where to view contemporary Asian art.

Gardens & Parks

Taman Tugu Explore the naturally landscaped trails through lush secondary forest in this major new KL park.

Perdana Botanical Garden Dating back to the 1880s, this serene KL park has sections devoted to orchids and hibiscus.

Art & Garden by Fuan Wong Weird and wonderful plants combine with contemporary art in this unique Penang garden.

Tropical Spice Garden Another Penang-based oasis, showcasing the region’s rich crop of edible botanicals.

Taman Tasik Taiping Glide in a swan-shaped boat across this lush garden crafted from an old tin mine.

Gardens by the Bay Singapore's 'City in a Garden' ambitions take another leap forward with this show-stopping city park.

Singapore Botanic Gardens Preened lawns, glassy lakes and a pocket of rare rainforest make for one very civilised natural escape.

Taman Peranginan Tasek Park on the edge of Bandar Seri Begawan with walking paths, waterfalls and a viewing tower.

Animal Encounters

Taman Negara Trek deep into Malaysia's greatest national park to have the best chance of spotting wildlife.

KL Bird Park Fabulous aviary with some 200 species flying beneath an enormous canopy.

Cherating, Pulau Tioman & Perhentians Do your bit to save the endangered turtles.

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre Mud lobsters, turtles, water monitors and a stunning variety of migratory birds.

Sepilok & Semenggoh Wildlife Centre View cute ginger orangutans.

Belum Eco Resort Remote and perched on a private island, thick with jungle and teeming with wildlife.

Singapore Zoo One of the world's most inviting, enlightening animal sanctuaries.

Ulu Temburong National Park Immerse yourself in Brunei's stretch of pristine Borneo jungle with an overnight tour.