Malaysia is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country with amazing landmarks, from the capital city to the surrounding islands. Whether you are visiting Kuala Lumpur, Borneo or the smaller islands like Penang or Langkawi, there is a unique and unforgettable landmark for you to discover.
Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur
While you are in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur you can tick off many iconic landmarks and witness plenty of stunning architecture including the Kuala Lumpur town, the Petronas Towers (the highest twin towers in the world) and the Blue Mosque. However, our favourite landmark in Kuala Lumpur is the perfect blend of natural surroundings and man-made enhancements – plus it is home to many cheeky monkeys. There are three main caves in the famous limestone hill, each with a temple located inside. As you walk up to the caves on the brightly coloured staircase you will be greeted by the local monkeys and rewarded with the most stunning views of the surrounding areas. The other big attraction of the Batu Caves is the ginormous, golden statue that stands almost as high at the caves themselves. The Lord Murugan Statue is the largest religious devotion of Hinduism in Malaysia and the second largest in the world – it truly is a spectacular site.
Mount Kinabalu in Borneo
Standing at an impressive 4,095m, Mount Kinabula is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. This natural beauty is located in Borneo and, even though its height is staggering, no specialised mountain climbing skills are required to ascend it. Showing that this is the case, locals are known to begin climbing the mountain at just 3 years old whereas the oldest person to have reached the peak was 80 years old. That said, how enjoyable the climb is dependent on how physically fit you are and how well you acclimatise to thin air at the higher levels and, as a natural attraction, safety is always weather dependent. The surrounding landscapes of tropical rainforests in Kinabalu Park make for the most breathtaking view from the peak of the mountain. An unforgettable experience for sure.
Penang Hill in George Town, Penang
Another Malaysian landmark with incredible views is Penang hill, though this one requires a lot less effort to reach the top thanks to the Penang Hill Railway. Located at the foot of the hill, it is one of the world’s oldest funicular systems, built in 1923, and trawls up the hill for thirty minutes giving you plenty of time to take in the incredible surrounding scenery of luscious greenery and the occasional macaque. For those who would prefer a challenge, the hill is possible to walk and takes about an hour from Moon Gate at in the Botanical Gardens. The hill is the last patch of tropical rainforest in Penang and attracts many tourists with its fresh climate and unbeatable location of the stunning and cultural George Town.
The Sky Bridge in Langkawi
This brand new landmark in Malaysia is a must visit if you are in the beautiful island of Langkawi. Completed in 2004, this massive suspended bridge has already won the title of “World’s Most Spectacular Pedestrian Bridge” and with good reason. At 100m meters high, the Sky Bridge is ideal for giving visitors views of otherwise unattainable locations. The bridge itself is curved giving a unique structure and at 125m in length, balancing this bridge from a single pylon definitely had its challenges. Interestingly the entire bridge was lifted to the top of the mountain by helicopter and was later assembled in the position you see today – that takes flat pack building to a whole new level! Our favourite feature of the bridge has to be the journey to the main attraction. Firstly there are SkyCabs (similar to a ski lift) that transport you to the top of the mountain, giving you incredible views on the way up; secondly there are the SkyGlide pods which look and act like the elevators from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, making all aspects of the Sky Bridge experience fun and unique.