5 Famous West Malaysian Cities Worth Exploring

Malaysia is a beautiful country with a rich cultural history dating back to the Srivijaya civilization during the 6th century and onwards. In the modern age, one of the best ways to understand Malaysia’s historical past is to visit its major cities. Not only can you visit museums, but you can admire the nation’s modernization by exploring loads of attractions that have come up over the years. In this article, we’ll help you find places to go when visiting some of Malaysia’s largest cities so that you can both dip your feet in the past, and enjoy modern sightseeing spots that entice tourists to flock to the country year after year.

1. Penang

Penang is not only famous within Malaysia but throughout the world. Representing Malaysia’s gastronomical hub and featuring walking streets lined with traditional architecture that has lived on to this day, Penang is the ultimate destination for students who want to visit a city that’s internationally renowned. The capital city of Georgetown was founded in 1786 by Captain Francis Light of the British East India Company. Since then, this island has become a tourist hotspot, as much of the island features relics of its colonial past, intermingling with Chinese and Indian cultural infusions throughout the decades. The food in Penang revered by all Malaysians as being some of the best fare in the country. ‘Nasi Kandar’ restaurants, Hokkien Mee and Char Kuay Teow stalls, and some of the freshest seafood around make Penang a foodie’s dream.

How to get there from Kuala Lumpur: 4.5hr 🚌, 40min ✈️

Places to go: Fort Cornwallis, Kek Lok Si Temple, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Trishaw ride, Penang Peranakan Museum, Little India, Penang Hill, Chulia Street Night Market

2. Melaka

Melaka is one of the earliest port cities in Malaysia, tracing its history to the 15th century when the last Raja of Singapore, Parameswara, fled to the area after an attack on his home village. Melaka is the center of Peranakan culture, a historical mix of Chinese and Javanese intermarriage which has led to a fusion culture and cuisine that is celebrated to this very day. The city was also invaded by the Portugese and Dutch, and these influences can be seen in the architecture of historical sites such as Christ Church and A Famosa. In terms of food, Melaka is famous for it’s nasi impit “square rice”, Peranakan or Nyonya cuisine, and Portugese inspired fusion dishes.

How to get there from Kuala Lumpur: 2hr 🚌, 1.5hr 🚗

Places to go: Jonker Walk Night Market, Stadthuys and Christ Church, A Famosa and St. Paul’s Church, Trishaw ride, Melaka River Cruise, Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, Melaka Zoo, Portugese Settlement, Prison Museum

3. Ipoh

Ipoh was the 2nd largest city in Malaysia in the late 1800’s due to the abundant amount of tin in nearby mines causing it to become a large industrial city. Fast forward several decades and the tin is no longer there, but the city remains a bustling town with great food and sites to see. Ipoh is a great weekend destination due to its location. As the capital of the state of Perak, it is short 2 hour drive from either Kuala Lumpur or Georgetown so visitors have easy access no matter where in Malaysia they live. While you’re there, try out their famous chicken rice, dim sum, or torpedo soup (a soup made of bull’s penis) if you dare!

How to get there from Kuala Lumpur: 2hr 🚌, 1.5hr 🚗, 30min ✈️

Places to go: Kok Lok Tong Cave Temple, Lost World of Tambun, Memory Lane, D.R.Sennivasagam Park, Kellie’s Castle, Kwan Yin Tong Temple, Ipoh Heritage Trail, Gua Tempurung

4. Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru used to be a fishing village in historical times, but gradually became the 2nd largest city in Malaysia in present times. It is the capital of the state of Johor, and a stone’s throw away from Singapore. The state government has invested millions into turning Johor Bahru into a tourist destination by upgrading infrastructure and developing housing and commercial centers to attract investors. For many Singaporeans, a weekend in Johor Bahru is their favourite destination to unwind for the weekend.

How to get there from Kuala Lumpur: 5hr 🚌, 4hrs 🚗, 50min ✈️

Places to go: Legoland Theme Park, Firefly River Cruise, Ponderosa Country Club, Johor Zoo, Johor Old Chinese Temple, Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

5. Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu is a port city which lies on the eastern coast of the West Malaysian peninsula, and is the capital of the state of Terengganu. With strong islamic influences intermingled with those of countries that it has traded with over hundreds of years, Kuala Terengganu has developed a unique culture of its own. The city has plenty to do in itself, but is also a gateway to some of Malaysia’s most beautiful islands including Pulau Perhentian, Redang, and Kapas. This means that you can enjoy the sites and sounds of the city and take a relaxing stroll on the beach all in the same day.

How to get there from Kuala Lumpur: 6hr 15min 🚌, 4hr 30min 🚗, 1hr ✈️

Places to go: Batu Buruk Beach, Chinatown, Bukit Puteri, Ho Ann Kiong Buddhist Temple, Crystal Masjid

  1. Karim Ashraf 3 years ago

    Okay, update us with the SOP to explore with you.
    Ah, and we will pay too.

  2. Nasim Najafi 3 years ago

    are you crazy or something @emgs ??!?!?
    After a long time instead of news about SOP put advertise here??
    When you don’t respect internationals these views and nature be for yourself!!! You are such a perv!!!!!

  3. shams haikal 3 years ago

    What’s this? 😅

  4. SJ 3 years ago

    Read the room, oh my god

  5. Stella 3 years ago

    We were told we will be able to enter Malaysia by the 1st of January and till date there is no SOP update. STOP publishing false information. You don’t think about your students and what they’ve had to endure because of this pandemic. In fact Universities are still charging full fees even though we’re not having face to face classes which doesn’t make sense. Publish the SOP please

  6. Stella 3 years ago

    Who are the relevant government policies you’re waiting for because from what we know they allowed us to enter Malaysia. Please give us their contact details e.g. their email so our parents can contact them because what you are doing to us is totally unfair.

  7. hashem alshrey 3 years ago

    U gotta be kidding, is it time to advertise , u got job to do , not mention u have been ignoring students’ inquiries

  8. AJEWOLE SEYI 3 years ago

    God we punish EMGS I trust God have already punish you since all this day you are wasting my time for what

  9. My eval renewal application ID is 701017609, USM inchage applied on my behalf since 6th August 2021, please what is d current status of my application?

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