Top ChoiceAnimal Sanctuary in Sepilok

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Around 25km north of Sandakan, and covering 40 sq km of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, this inspiring, world-famous centre welcomes orphaned and injured orangutans for rehabilitation before returning them to...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in George Town

Blue Mansion

Blue Mansion

The most photographed building in George Town, this magnificent 38-room, 220-window mansion was built in the 1880s and rescued from ruin in the 1990s. Today a lavish, antique-filled hotel, its distinctive...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Teluk Bahang

Penang National Park

Penang National Park

At 23 sq km, this is Malaysia's smallest national park, but it's beach-fringed forests are home to silvered leaf monkeys, flying lemurs, leopard cats and abundant bird, amphibian and reptile species. You can...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Eastern Sabah

Tawau Hills Park

Tawau Hills Park

This small reserve has forested hills rising dramatically from the surrounding plain. If getting into the Maliau Basin or Danum Valley feels like too much of an effort, consider Tawau Hills a user-friendly...

Top ChoiceCave in Sungai Kinabatangan

Agop Batu Tulug

Agop Batu Tulug

This hill, 2km north of the Batuh Putih bridge, features three caves housing the ancestors of local Orang Sungai (People of the River). Because the Kinabatangan has a habit of frequently flooding, the final...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Perak

Kellie’s Castle

Steeped in tragic legend, this monument to British eccentricity stands marooned by the highway, 5km east of Batu Gajah. Known as Kellie’s Folly, the Gothic- and Moorish-style castle was commissioned by wealthy...

Top ChoiceCave in Selangor

Batu Caves

Just 13km north of Kuala Lumpur rise the iconic Batu Caves, a Malaysian national treasure, Hindu pilgrimage site and wildlife-conservation zone. Behind a 42.7m statue of Hindu deity Murugan, 272 steps climb to...

Top ChoicePlantation in Cameron Highlands

Boh Sungei Palas Tea Estate

If there's time for only one tea-themed experience in the highlands, make it this spectacularly situated plantation, with its own tea interpretation centre and a cafe stunningly cantilevered over endless emerald...

Top ChoicePark in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Lake Gardens – Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park

This 70-hectare lush, beautifully landscaped park is most commonly known by its colonial-era moniker: the Lake Gardens (Tasik Perdana in Malay). This is KL's largest green space, and you can spend the better part...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in George Town

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Lovingly restored, this ostentatious, mint-green structure was one of the most stunning private residences in George Town. Every door, wall and archway is carved and gilded, and the grand rooms are furnished with...

Top ChoiceTower in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Menara KL

Menara KL

Although the Petronas Towers are taller, the 421m Menara KL, rising from the crest of Bukit Nanas, offers the best city views. The bulb at the top contains a revolving restaurant, an interior observation deck at...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Melaka City

Stadthuys

Stadthuys

This former town hall and governor's residence dates to the 1650s and is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East. It functioned as State Government offices until 1979. Erected after the Dutch...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kuala Kangsar

Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery

This former royal palace, also known as Istana Kota and Istana Hulu, is a showy mash-up of Renaissance, neoclassical and Moorish styles. Completed in 1903 its marbled hallways now host exhibitions honouring the...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Air Itam & Penang Hill

Kek Lok Si Temple

Malaysia's largest Buddhist temple is a colourful explosion of statues, pagodas and pavilions, cascading down a hillside in Air Itam, around 8km from the centre of George Town. The original temple was built...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Pulau Langkawi

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

The jetty near Tanjung Rhu is the main departure point for boat trips into the extensive mangrove forests with stunning limestone formations that edge much of the northeastern coast of Langkawi. Tours usually...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kuching

Fort Margherita

Built by Charles Brooke in 1879 and named after his wife, Ranee Margaret, this hilltop fortress long protected Kuching against surprise attack by pirates. Inside, the Brooke Gallery illustrates the remarkable...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Kuala Sepetang

Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve

Wooden boardwalks weave among the protruding, twisted tree roots of the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve. The reserve is best known for its fireflies, which glow like fairy lights after sundown, but it's also...

Top ChoiceMosque in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad

Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad

This graceful, onion-domed mosque, designed by British architect AB Hubback, borrows Mogul and Moorish styles with its brick-and-plaster banded minarets and three shapely domes. Located where the Gombak and Klang...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Sitting atop leafy Robson Heights, this vividly decorated multistorey Chinese temple, dedicated to Thean Hou, the heavenly queen, affords wonderful views over Kuala Lumpur. Opened in 1989 by the Selangor and...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kuching

Sarawak Museum

Closed at the time of writing and scheduled to reopen in mid-2020 after extensive conservation work, the Sarawak Museum was established in 1891 by Charles Brooke as a place to exhibit indigenous handicrafts and...