Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Blue Mansion

The most photographed building in George Town is this magnificent 38-room, 220-window mansion, built in the 1880s and rescued from ruin in the 1990s. Its distinctive blue-hued exterior (once common in George Town) i…
Top Choice Cafe in George Town

Kopi C

Fronting the fabulous China House complex, this cafe/bakery does excellent Western-style coffee, light meals and some of the best cakes and ice creams we’ve encountered in Southeast Asia.
Top Choice Animal Sanctuary in Sepilok

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Around 25km north of Sandakan, and covering some 40 sq km of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, this inspiring, world-famous centre welcomes orphaned and injured orangutans for rehabilitation before returning them t…
Top Choice Village in Selangor

Mah Meri Cultural Village

On Pulau Carey island, this Orang Asli village is well worth a visit to learn about the distinct culture and traditions of the Mah Meri, a subgroup of the Senoi people who live along the coast of Selangor. The Mah M…
Top Choice Museum in Kuching

Ethnology Museum

At the top of the hill, on the eastern side of Jln Tun Abang Haji Openg, the Ethnology Museum (the Old Building) – guarded by two colonial cannons – spotlights Borneo’s incredibly rich indigenous cultures. Upstairs …
Top Choice Cave in Selangor

Batu Caves

One of Malaysia’s national treasures and holiest Hindu sites, this complex of giant limestone caves, just 13km north of KL, houses temples that have been drawing pilgrims for more than 120 years. The American natura…
Top Choice Gardens in Teluk Bahang

Tropical Spice Garden

This beautifully landscaped oasis of tropical flora, more than 500 species in all, unfurls across 500 fragrant acres. Armed with an audioguide, you can wander independently among lily ponds and terraced gardens, lea…
Top Choice Area in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

Kampung Baru

In this neighbourhood of traditional Malay wooden houses, village life unfolds despite the surrounding skyscrapers. Gazetted by the British in 1899, Kampung Baru's low-slung charms are best revealed by simply wander…
Top Choice Italian in Kuching

The Junk

Filled to the brim with antiques, this is the middle of a complex of restaurants and bars – each with different names housed in three 1920s shophouses. The Junk has a busy kitchen and the food here is very good. Pas…
Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Cheah Kongsi

Looking splendid after a major restoration that ended in December 2015, Cheah Kongsi is home to the oldest Straits Chinese clan association in Penang. The ornate front of the clanhouse can be seen clearly across a g…