If you are not a native of a city, it can be a challenge to decide what to see and do. Being a Malaysian, this is a short synopsis of the one thing we feel you have to do and also the local food you should try in the various cities of Malaysia. Of course, there are many more things you can do and try but the following are our recommendation:

KUALA LUMPUR – Visit the Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towers is the world-renowned icon of modern Malaysia. The skybridge, on the 41st floor and 170 metres above the ground is an excellent backdrop for photos both day & night. The towers are the centerpiece of KLCC, consisting a convention centre, Suria KLCC shopping mall, KLCC park as well as a mosque. The area is a major draw for tourists & locals. It is a great place for shopping and a nice place to socialise after an exhausting day. Limited tickets are issued daily free of charge to visitors who wish to visit the sky-bridge.

LANGKAWI – Eagle Watching
Langkawi is indeed blessed with truly fascinating sights. A great way to spend your morning or afternoon in the island will be riding a boat for eagle watching. As you cruise down the river, the boat will bring you to a very beautiful and special spot where you will have a chance to see a flock of eagles. When the boatman begin to toss some chicken meat into the sea, you will see these predators dive down to the sea for food with high speed and amazing agility. Their precision is so amazing and with a blink of an eye, the eagles will be flying off into the trees. With wingspan of over a metre, they are indeed a sight to behold. A spectacular and exciting experience for all!

PENANG – Take A Trishaw Ride in Georgetown
A trip to Penang will only be complete if you take a trishaw ride. Although much less prevalent these days, it is still a popular way to explore Georgetown in a much slower pace. It allows you to enjoy your tour in a laid back relaxing manner and stopping at a point for a quick photo or to buy souvenirs. Ride on this eco friendly mode of transportation to visit the city’s famous landmarks, unique heritage buildings. It is also an excellent way the see the narrow streets around the old corners in the city. The trishaws are easily spotted as they are usually nicely decorated with colourful flowers. It would be wise to agree on the price before you step on the trishaw.

SABAH – Visit the Orang Utan Sanctuary
Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The word orang utan comes from the Malay words orang (man) and (h)utan (forest). Hence, it is also known as man of the forest. The world’s largest Orang Utan sanctuary in Sepilok, Sandakan is a rehabilitation centre for orphaned baby Orang Utans from logging sites and plantation. Feeding times at this center are 10:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. daily where you will have the opportunity to have a close-up view of these endangered species.

SARAWAK – Visit an Iban Longhouse & Experience the Local Lifestyle
The Ibans are the largest tribe in Sarawak and they live in longhouses, which is a row of family rooms connected by a long communal verandah. A visit to the longhouses provides a fascinating glimpse of the Iban tribe where can witness how these ethnic groups go about their daily lives. During your visit, you will experience first hand the Iban culture, visit the rice fields and pepper gardens and learn how this ethnic tribe makes full use of the rainforest for their everyday needs. In the evenings, sit together with your hosts in the ruai, the verandah of the longhouse and have some casual conversation with them. Get to know their interesting style of living and take part in activities like making handicrafts and traditional weaving. This truly completes your Sarawak trip!

TAMAN NEGARA – Take A Canopy Walk
The main attraction at the Taman Negara is the canopy walk which is the longest in the world at 510 metres and more than 40 feet above the forest ground. Walking on the planks as it sways and tilts with each step might be challenging for some but the experience is incredible. You’ll be excited to know you’re at the top of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. The canopy offers you an exhilarating and panoramic view of the jungle which is breathtaking and it is worth snapping a few photos. While on the bridge, do look out for different species of exotic wildlife and admire what nature has to offer.

PANGKOR – Visit the Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort
The Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort offers you a luxury spa experience where you can pamper yourself with the wide range of treatments from around the region. The spa village provides a serene environment where you can unwind and rejuvenate under the care of the professional therapists. Your treatment begins with a special Bath House Ritual and proceeds with your choice of treatment ranging from the traditional Malay and Chinese to the ultimate full day spa experience. Once you are done, enjoy a glass of calming tea while relaxing at the peaceful surroundings enjoying the cool breeze. The Spa Village provides such a unique healing retreat that will leave you feeling fresh and renewed.