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You’ve heard about the 7 Wonders of the World, but before you rush off to these far-flung places, did you know that Malaysia has its very own 7 Wonders too?
Add these 7 Wonders of Malaysia to your list of places to explore
#1 Heritage gems
When it comes to rich history and culture, Melaka needs no introduction. With its beautifully preserved historic buildings and architectural wonders, it's the perfect destination for cultural heritage enthusiasts.
Christ Church Melaka. Image via Canva
A Famosa. Image via Canva
And when you’re done visiting these historical buildings, take a leisurely walk along Jonker Street or enjoy the scenic cruise along Melaka River.
Next, head north to Georgetown in Penang, where you can marvel at its famous street art and classic heritage buildings.
Street art in Georgetown. Image via Canva
Penang Town Hall. Image via Canva
Since Penang is also a food paradise, be sure not to leave the state without indulging in some food-hunting adventures!
If you’re planning a trip to Melaka or Penang and looking for a place to stay, we recommend:
#2 Scenic skylines
When it comes to Instagram-worthy skylines, one cannot discount Kuala Lumpur, the home of iconic skyscrapers such as the Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, and Merdeka 118.
Petronas Twin Towers. Image via Canva
KL Tower. Image via Canva
More than just sightseeing, the city also offers world-class shopping and a diverse range of food, from street food to upscale dining.
The next time you’re playing tourist in the city, make a staycay reservation at:
#3 Mystical folklores
Nestled in the stunning Andaman waters, Langkawi combines natural beauty, cultural heritage, and intriguing myths and legends.
For starters, Langkawi is known to have gotten part of its name from helang, the eagles that soar its skies. Other captivating folklores it holds include the legends of Mahsuri, Lake of the Pregnant Maiden (Pulau Dayang Bunting), Mount Machinchang, and Seven Wells Waterfall.
There are lots to explore in Langkawi, so you’ll need a place to recharge. How about a stay at:
#4 Beauty of biodiversity
If you're a nature lover, East Malaysia will spoil you with thriving forests and a relaxing tropical escape.
Mulu National Park, Sarawak. Image via Canva
Miri river, Sarawak. Image via Canva
Sabah and Sarawak take you away from the rush of a metropolitan life. Instead, it offers a slower pace and a getaway that’s blessed with lush rainforests, Southeast Asia's highest peak, pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, and abundant wildlife both on land and underwater.
Mount Kinabalu. Image via Canva
Teluk Likas, Kota Kinabalu. Image via Canva
Want to go to East Malaysia but don’t know where to stay? We’ve done the research for you:
#5 Architectural allure
Putrajaya houses impressive bridges and majestic buildings such as Seri Wawasan Bridge, Seri Gemilang Bridge, Seri Perdana Bridge, Seri Perdana Complex, Putra Mosque, and Tuanku Mizan Abidin Mosque.
Seri Perdana Complex and Putra Mosque in Putrajaya. Image via Canva
Seri Wawasan Bridge. Image via Canva
Catering to both leisure and business travellers, this administrative capital of the country also offers other attractions such as IOI City Mall (Malaysia’s largest mall), Putrajaya Wetlands Park, Botanic Park, and Putrajaya Lake.
Now is a good time to visit Putrajaya! There are plenty of hotel options too:
#6 Family fun escape
Discover the southernmost state of Malaysia—Johor Bahru and Desaru Coast, where you can find sandy beaches, lush green landscapes, and theme parks perfect for the family!
If you’d like a little romantic time, the state’s breathtaking sunsets over South China Sea will not disappoint either.
But what’s a good resort to take the kids and family to while in JB and Desaru? We know a few:
#7 Coastal charms
Kuantan is a small-town gem you shouldn’t miss if you love the beach but hate the crowd. You can take a leisurely walk and enjoy the breeze of Cherating beach, then pay a visit to baby turtles at the Cherating Turtle Sanctuary.
Cherating beach. Image via Canva
Don’t forget to also discover the natural beauty of Panching Caves—a limestone cave that also serves as a religious place of worship—and take a refreshing dip in Pandan Waterfall!
Pandan Waterfall in Kuantan. Image via Canva
If you’re in Selangor, check out Kuala Selangor Sky Mirror for an Instagram-worthy experience. It’s a mystery island known for its mirror-like reflection of the sky, and it's the spot where folks capture stunning selfies!
You’ll need more than a day to really discover Kuantan and Selangor, so how about a night at:
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