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  • 1

    Bako National Park

    3 reviews

    Google "proboscis monkey" and then just try to stay away from seeing the real, goofy-looking thing, not to mention the many other species of monkeys you'll encounter exploring this incredible national park. Stay over night in the cabins to hear the wildlife come alive at sundown.

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  • 2

    Mt. Kinabalu

    21 reviews

    If you saw my other review on Danum Valley, you'll see I was set up through Sticky Rice Travel in KK. I had them set me up with a 2 day 1 night climb to the top of Mt. Kinabalu, and it was epic. They made it really easy for me to get set up with the guide, the hostel ...

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  • 3

    Penang Hill

    44 reviews

    Located 6km from Georgetown, Penang Hill is one of the most popular destinations In Penang. Penang Hill is actually a complex of hills and spurs and the highest point is Western Hill which is 830 metres (2730ft) above sea level. There is a walking track up the hill. It takes 4 hours to reach the top. The most popular way ...

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  • 4

    Batu Caves

    73 reviews

    We did Batu Caves as part of a package that took us to a place with exotic animals. Batu made for some of the best photo opportunities I had on my six week backpacking adventure throughout southeast asia. You only need an hour here.

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  • 5

    Sample the hawker street food in Penang

    10 reviews

    Eating, especially at the hawker stalls, is one of the main things to do in George Town. Wan Tan Mee and Char Kuey Teow are two of my favorite and both done up very well in Penang.

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    Petaling Street

    61 reviews

    This place is great with its food and it's bargain-able products. There are caf├ęs and hotels there too.

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    3 reviews

    Despite only making up 3%/of the population, the Chinese of Kuala Terengganu's Chinatown have one of the most authentic in Malaysia. Packed with old shop house, kopi tiams, and a beautiful temple, this Chinatown makes a good introduction to the small, but tight, Chinese community of Terengganu.

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  • 8

    Petronas Twin Towers

    205 reviews

    Hands down, this is the most impressive stop in Kuala Lumpur. Amazing architecture for sure. It's beautiful day and night.

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  • 9

    Kubah National Park

    3 reviews

    Awesome. But really tiring. Should go when the weathers good or else you won't see anything except clouds at the summit.

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  • 10

    Semengoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

    13 reviews

    This is definitely one of the must-sees in Kuching! The orangutans are semi-wild, and they put out fruit for them during feeding times (9 - 10am and 2pm - 3pm) so you can see them up close. The admission fee recently went up to 10 Ringgit for non-Malaysians. It's possible to get here by public bus #6 or a taxi ...

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  • 11

    Beaches of the North Coast

    6 reviews

    The beaches of Penang - Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang offer all the scenic delights of tropical island paradise - stretches of golden sandy beaches, clear blue seas and tiny secluded coves enclosed by cluster of rocks. Along the northwestern coastline are some of the fine beaches on the island.

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  • 12

    China Town

    3 reviews

    China Town in situated in Jalan Petaling. Here you can see along the road are selling all kinds of handbags. Foodies also like to visit here because they can taste all kinds of local food. Nowadays the owner let their foreign workers to sell their products.

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  • 13

    Thean Hou Buddhist Temple

    3 reviews

    Thean Hou Buddist Temple is also called (Queen of Heaven}, one of the largest Chinese temples in South east Asia. This temple looked majestic and the art design is in Chinese style.Every year the tourists from all over the world came here to pray and admire this temple. If you are very serious and sincere, sure you will fulfilled your ...

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  • 14

    Bintang Walk

    26 reviews

    A shoppers delight, the Bintang Walk is at the heart of KL's entertainment district. Arabs tourists love this area because of all the Arabian food places popping up and hookha bars here and there. Before you drop from so much shopping and entertainment, be sure to get a massage while you're there. Heaps of parlors to help you out.

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  • 15

    Cameron Highlands

    16 reviews

    When the scorching lowland temperatures of KL have you sweating like a pig, hop on a bus up to the cool, rainy tea plantation fields of the Cameron Highlands. If you're the adventurous Lara Croft type, there are plenty of jungle hiking trails to get seriously lost on here, too.

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  • 16

    Penang National Park

    6 reviews

    The Penang National Park is one of the few natural forested areas left on the Island. It is also currently the worlds's smallest national park. It has 1181 hectares of forest and 1381 hectares of wetlands, the Park's ecosystem is a diversity of habitats will hills, sandy and rocky beaches, streams and coastal forests.

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  • 17

    Forest Research Institute of Malaysia

    6 reviews

    Forest Research Institute of Malaysia is a place to research and keep protect of Malaysia tropical plants , trees and flower. There are over 2000 species of trees, plants and flowers, ferns and precious species like Raflelsia.

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  • 18

    Jonker Street

    4 reviews

    One of the rich man's street is now a living proof of Malacca's rich Baba-Nyoya heritage. The buildings are immaculately constructed with elaborate carvings on its pillars and walls. The street is also famous for its antique shops.

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  • 19

    Tropical Fruit Farm

    5 reviews

    Nearby Teluk Bahang, you can see many sample delicious, sun-ripened aromatic fruits, freshly picked from the farm. There are over 140 types of tropical and subtropical fruit trees from local varieties to exotic specimens. Guests can try may sorts of fruits here and for nature lovers, tours of the plantation are also available.

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  • 20

    Golden Screen Cinemas Pavilion

    2 reviews

    A first class cinema just a block from KL's Time Square shopping confluence of people, shops and restaurants. And at 10 RM a pop, going to the movies is a real bargain and a genuine pleasure thanks to the upbeat, professional yet laid back employees in the Pavilion Mall branch of this GSC franchise. And if you just didn't have ...

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