20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Malaysia

Masjid Selat at sunset, Malacca

I originally was inspired to visit Malaysia by many bloggers and photos I found on Instagram and Pinterest. While it is not the most popular destination for travellers in Southeast Asia, it is still beautiful nonetheless. I find that many people visit the usual countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and then skip Malaysia and head straight for Indonesia. Oddly, this was one of the reasons I was so intrigued to visit the country in February.

Malaysia is a country packed with culture from Chinese to Indian to Malay; you will find the architecture and food varies everywhere due to the multiculturalism in the country. This is what is so thrilling about visiting Malaysia, it’s like several cultures in one – you get the delicious cuisines, friendly people and historical buildings from all over Asia.

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Coconut Truck, Malacca, 35mm
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Penang’s Street Art
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A foggy and rainy morning over the Cameron Highlands
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Lepaq Lepaq ‘Rainy Day’ coffee in Kuala Lumpur – yes, that’s fairy floss!
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The view from my Airbnb looking over the Malacca River
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Kuala Lumpur skyline by night – view from the pool at my Airbnb
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Chinese New Year in Georgetown, Penang
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Tiger beers at the Yellow Cafe as the sun sets in Langkawi over Cenang Beach
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Street art, Malacca
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A colourful doorway, Georgetown, Penang
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Breathtaking views over Langkawi through to Thailand from the SkyBridge
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The coolest Airbnb in the Cameron Highlands
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Cafe hopping in Malacca – Kaya Kaya Cafe
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The incredible SkyBridge in Langkawi
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Island hopping in Langkawi
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Finding cute entryways along Jonker Street, Malacca
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Sunset and Chinese New Year lanterns over Georgetown, Penang
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Feelingย minusculeย under the famous Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

I spent two weeks here with my mother travelling by bus, ferry, taxi and plane from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur then on to the Cameron Highlands where it rained the whole time and then on to Georgetown for Chinese New Year before ending our time in Malaysia in Langkawi relaxing by the beach, sipping cocktails and island hopping.

It really couldn’t be easier travelling through Malaysia – except at Chinese New Year, which is when you MUST book ahead. In all, I found two weeks was definitely enough time to totally immerse yourself in the Malaysian culture on the peninsular side of the country. If I had more time, Borneo Malaysia would of been up next!

Tips:

My favourite places were Malacca and Penang as they were definitely the most picturesque and as well had the best food and cafes!

Sadly, I wouldn’t suggest spending more than one night in Kuala Lumpur – I spent three nights and it was more than enough. Use this extra time to sip on tea and eat fresh produce in the Cameron Highlands instead!

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Liberty
    March 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Amazing photos, I wanna visit!! xx

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    Maddy
    March 29, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Oh my gosh, YES! All of these photos are amazing. And I’m definitely feeling inspired. I’ve heard so many amazing things about Malaysia and it’s definitely on my list. I’m mildly obsessed with these photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      sophmatters@hotmail.com
      March 29, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Thanks so much! You’re too sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a lovely place and made me want to explore more of Southeast Asia now!

  • Reply
    Wai
    March 29, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Magnificent photos. For foodies like me, you only need one photo, the famous Malaysian Durian!!

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    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    April 11, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I’m hoping to travel to Southeast Asia this fall, although I might not make it to Malaysia this time around. I’ll have it to add it to the bucket list!

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      sophmatters@hotmail.com
      April 12, 2016 at 12:33 am

      You should definitely get there one day! But, to be honest I would check out other Southeast Asian countries before I go back there anytime soon haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Monique
    September 14, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Good post, like this pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Parvesh Jain
    August 28, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Yeah it will inspire anyone. Loved the pics of nature. Seems like an exciting experience. I too wrote an article about how Malaysia is better travel destination than Singapore.
    Hope you agree with it.

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