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The Best of Malaysia: A Complete Travel Guide and Itinerary

December 9, 2019

If you’re planning your next Southeast Asian travel destination, Malaysia should be at the top of your list! It’s such an underrated country even if it caters to ALL things travelers crave. I mean, a rich culture, beaches, city and night life, incredible wildlife, scenic rain forests, and most of all: DELICIOUS FOOD!

I’ve been getting tons of requests to share my Malaysia Travel Guide, and I apologize for keeping you all waiting but I wanted to get it perfect for you all!

So let’s get right to it, shall we?


Travel Checklist

Before anything else, save this image on your phone or post it on your stories to remind you of your upcoming Malaysian adventure!


How to Get There

AirAsia offers direct flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur for as low as 2,950 PHP! Book a flight for your Malaysian summer getaway here!


Noteworthy attractions in Malaysia

Sunway City 

 Address: Persiaran Lagoon, Sunway City, 47500 

If there’s one place you have to go in all of Malaysia, it would be Sunway City! It’s a one-stop tourist destination for anyone and everyone including foodies, thrill-seekers, or families just looking to lounge by the pool.

Thean Hou Temple

 Address: 65 Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50460

Also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, Thean Hou is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. It was built on top of a hill in 1894 and offers some of the most beautiful views of the city! The temple is open daily from 8AM to 6PM. Best part? No entrance fees! Yay!

Kuala Lumpur Tower

Address: No. 2 Jalan Punchak Off, Jalan P Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The KL Tower is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world, but the best part is the revolving restaurant in the upper area. Delicious food plus a panoramic view of the city? Count me in! The entrance fee to the observation deck costs 49 MYR for an adult and you can book it ahead here.

Batu Caves

Address: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia

An incredibly picturesque limestone hill famous for its rainbow staircase and beautiful cave temples. It’s tough to navigate through the crowd, but with the right timing, you can have the iconic Instagram photo in your gallery! Bonus: No entrance fee!

Astaka Morocco Putrajaya

Address: Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Malaysia

Putrajaya has some of the most ethereal-looking architecture. I’m not even kidding, if it weren’t for my photos in the place, the trip would like a fever dream. One of those places is Astaka Morocco Putrajaya which was designed to look like the palaces in Morocco. It was built as a sort of cultural exchange between Malaysia and Morocco and it was one of my favorite sites to visit during the entire trip! If you’re only planing to visit the main courtyard to take photos, then you don’t have to pay anything (not even parking)! But, I do highly encourage you to check out the inside even if you can’t take photos because it is absolutely stunning. Plus, it’s like 3 MYR!

Masjid Putra

Address: Persiaran Persekutuan, Presint 1, 62502 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya, Malaysia

This iconic mosque is not only visually stunning, it can also house a grand total of 15,000 worshippers in its prayer hall. Non-muslims are welcome to enter, but take note of the proper dress code: no sleeveless tops, shorts or skirts! Worse comes to worst, you can also borrow a robe before entering the masjid. (Did I mention they have wifi?)

Petronas Twin Towers

Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur are probably the most well-known landmark in Malaysia. No trip would be complete without a photo here!


Where to Stay

Budget: (19-29 MYR/night)

  1. Masada Bed and Breakfast – a budget-friendly hostel that’s only 17 minutes from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Cute, comfortable, convenient, and not costly at only 29 MYR/night!
  2. Mari Mari Guesthouse – If you’re looking for a place that’s closer to the bus terminals than the airport, then the Mari Mari Guesthouse would be a better fit for you as it’s a few minutes away by foot from 3 different terminals! A night’s stay is a little less than 19 MYR!

Midrange (259 MYR/night)

  1. Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade – This 4-star hotel offers you the best of facilities while not being heavy on the budget at a little less than 259 MYR/night!

Luxury (371-620 MYR/night)

  1. Sunway Pyramid Tower Hotel, Bandar Sunway Selangor – This is where we stayed during the first night of our trip and it was stunning both visually and service-wise. You not only get a boatload of natural light perfect for early morning selfies, the Deluxe room (620 MYR/night) also offers a breathtaking view of the adventure-filled theme park
  2. Thistle Port Dickson – this beautiful upscale resort located along the Straits of Malacca is perfect for those looking to get a luxurious vacation (maybe even for two) for only 300 MYR/night!

How to Get Around

 

By Train: With the recent completion of their Mass Rapid Transit system, it’s become a whole lot more convenient to get around the city!

By Bus: To get around Negeri Sembilan, the Seremban Municipal Council provides free shuttle services that operates from 6:30 in the morning to 8:00 in the evening and departs every 20 minutes. Regular buses can be located at Terminal One Bus Station in Seremban heading to Kuala Pilah, Kuala Kelawang, Port Dickinson, Nilai, Tampin, and others.

Tip: If you’re staying for a couple days in Kuala Lumpur, I highly recommend purchasing a prepaid MyCity Pass from RapidKL rails. Besides, a 3-day pass offers you unlimited rides for only 35 MYR.


Malaysia Sample 3-Day Itinerary

Day 1

KL City Tour

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9:00 AM National Monument & National Palace – it only makes sense to start the day at the heart of the Federal capital to visit the National Monument (no entrance fee!) and the National Palace (10 MYR/pax for foreigners).

9:45 AM National Museum – the museum is about 20 minutes away from the monument and palace on foot so I suggest bringing out your Google maps and walk with your travel buddies to save a bit of cash. 

10:30 AM KL Tower – this stunning piece of architecture is actually the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world and is a sight to behold! Plus, it’s only about 20-30 minutes from the National Museum.

12:00 NN Batu Caves – this is less than an hour’s drive away from KL Tower and is one of the most stunning and most photographed sites in Kuala Lumpur!

— LUNCH —

2:00 PM Bukit Bintang – Less than an hour away from Batu Caves is Bukit Bintang which is the perfect place for you to spend your afternoon! You can stroll around KL’s fashion and entertainment centre and shop for little souvenirs for your friends and family

5:30 PM Petronas Towers – I highly recommend going to see the ever-famous Petronas Towers around sunset until night time for the best photos. They’re only about 10 minutes away from Bukit Bintang so you can take your leisurely time!

– DINNER –

8:00 PM Head back to the hotel

10:00 PM Lights out


Day 2

-BREAKFAST-

10:00 AM Masjid Jamek – Officially known as the Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, this beautiful place of worship is recognized as one of the oldest mosques in KL. There is no entrance fee but you may only enter after prayer times.

10:30 AM Merdeka Square – Situated at the front of the masjid is a square formerly known as the Selangor Club Padang and was previously used as a cricket green.

11:00 AM KL Gallery – A little ways from the square is the stunning Kuala Lumpur Gallery. The gallery is home to The Spectacular City Model Show: the largest and first of its kind in Malaysia! Entrance is free but there’ll be a lot of push to purchase souvenirs.

11:30 AM National Mosque – aka the Masjid Negara, the modern mosque has a gorgeous 18-point dome that signifies the 13 states of Malaysia and the 5 pillars of Islam. Non-muslims are welcome to visit the mosque (located 5 mins. away from the gallery) outside of prayer times.

— LUNCH —

1:00 PM Lake Gardens – Another afternoon stroll spot, the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park offers hours of leisurely activities and photo opportunities! 

2:00 PM Chinatown – About 15 minutes away from the Lake Gardens, is the colorful and bustling Chinatown. This is where you can spend the rest of your afternoon SHOPPING (but mostly bargaining lol).

3:30 PM Sunway City – Once you’ve had your fill of Kuala Lumpur, Sunway City will offer you everything and more. Spend the rest of your afternoon lounging by the beach, hopping on the rides, or snacking at the various food places they have available!

– DINNER –

10:00 PM Lights out


Day 3

Putrajaya

9:00 AM Putra Bridge and Putrajaya Lake – The gorgeous 3-tiered bridge inspired by Iranian architecture is best viewed in the soft light of the morning. The 4 minaret-type piers overlooking the man-made Putrajaya lake is a breathtaking sight to behold.

9:30 AM Astaka Morocco Putrajaya – This visually stunning piece of architecture was designed to look like the palaces in Morocco.

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10:00 AM Putra Mosque – The gorgeous mosque made of pink granite is definitely a must-visit before you head home. Note that they’ll be asking you to wear the traditional abaya before entering.

11:00 AM Perdana Putra – Next up, the green-domed building is a stark contrast to the previous vivid pink building but is equally beautiful. This is actually where the Prime Minister’s office complex is!

-LUNCH-

1:00 PM Head to airport

 

Budget Guide

Food: The AVG meal in Malaysia costs 26 MYR so 26 x 3 meals x 3 days = 234 MYR or 3,000 PHP (rounded up from 2,856 PHP)

Transportation: A 3-day MyCity Pass costs 35 MYR or 500 PHP (rounded up from 427.75 PHP)

Accommodation: The AVG cost of a hostel/hotel stay is 260 MYR/night so 260 x 2 nights = 520 MYR/2 pax = 260 MYR or 3,200 PHP (rounded up from 3,174 PHP)

Pocket Money and Entrance Fees (if applicable): Always have at least 90 MYR onhand in case you want to take a taxi between locations or for your own personal shopping. 90 MYR x 3 days = 270 MYR or 3,300 PHP (rounded up from 3,295 PHP)

TOTAL: 3,000 + 500 + 3,200 +3,300 = 10,000 PHP

FAQ

Do I need a Visa?

If you’re a Philippine passport-holder planning to travel to Malaysia, then do I have good news for you! You don’t need a visa to visit the country if you plan on staying for 30 days or less. For trips that are over 30 days but less than 59 days, you will need to process a visa but it will be free of charge. For trips that will last 60 days or more, you will have to get a visa with reference. Furthermore, your contact or host will have to secure a letter of approval or authorization from the Malaysian Department of Immigration.

What socket do they use?

Similar to the British socket, Malaysia uses a Type G (three pins!) socket so make sure you pack an adapter (or an extension cord, if you wanna be extra prepared).

What currency do they use?

The official currency of Malaysia is called the Ringgit. During the writing of this blog, the exchange rate of 1 Malaysian Ringgit = 12.24 Philippine Pesos or 0.24 US Dollars.

What language/s do they speak?

People mainly speak Malay but a lot of the can understand and will speak with you in English.

 

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