Located on parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo, the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia is home to biodiverse-rich tropical rainforests, a fascinating mix of cultures, as well as captivating sights, food and activities.

Malaysia has an endless list of famous tourist places to head to. Whether you are looking for a relaxing seaside getaway, or looking for a cultural adventure in a historical place, here are some top destinations in Malaysia you cannot miss:

East Malaysia: Sabah, the wonders of nature

Located in the northern regions of Borneo, Sabah is host to all things flora and fauna with captivating natural landscapes and a diverse array of unique plants and animal species. Visitors often frequent the Kinabalu National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the foot of Mount Kinabalu is located.

Sabah is also famous for its Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok, which is the perfect place to spot this magnificent endangered species that are native to Southeast Asia, learn about conservation efforts, and even play with adorable rescued baby Orangutans.

Peninsular (West Coast): Penang, the food island

Head northwest of Peninsular Malaysia and you will find the town of Georgetown in Penang—popular for its heritage preservation efforts, arts festivals, and food haven.

There’s much to explore in this historic town. Visit the many colonial-era buildings, explore the nearby hills and beaches, and feast on the uniquely flavourful mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines for a one-of-a-kind cultural experience!

Peninsular (East Coast): Cherating, the best beach paradise

For a laid-back and relaxing getaway, visit Cherating on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia—a seaside resort town with interesting cultural and historical landmarks, vast beaches, and breeding sites for sea turtles. Fill your days with an array of water sports activities like jet skiing, sailing and kayaking.

Nature lovers can explore Cherating’s vast mangrove forests and fireflies when you go on a mangrove river cruise. You’ll also find that there is much to explore with caves that have unusual rock formations that will surely intrigue you, as well as turtle conservation. Watch these endangered sea creatures lay their eggs, hatch, or even release baby turtles to the sea, and you’ll return with newfound appreciation for preserving nature.

For cultural explorers, try your hand at creating local handicrafts, making textiles, or painting, and bring these home as a memorable handmade souvenir. There are also several villages for you to explore and get a glimpse of traditional local life. In the evening, head out to the local night market, or pasar malam, where you will discover tasty local treats and goods on sale.

Guests staying at Club Med Cherating can explore these top things to do either through our curated selection of activities or planned excursions that you can join as part of your all-inclusive package. Come join us for a luxury resort escape in Cherating and enjoy the many fun-filled activities we have planned for you here. Book a package with us today or speak to our customer service consultant to find out more.