101 Free Things to do in Malaysia

Malaysia is a culturally diverse country, even though the country is small but it has a lot to offer range from big cities to nature and wildlife. For a developing and growing country like Malaysia, a lot of tourism site, especially the popular one requires admission but that does not mean there are no free things to do here. Here are ONE HUNDRED AND ONE free things to do in Malaysia.

 

Attractions

Kuala Lumpur

  1. Take a walk in the busy China Town aka Petaling Street.
  2. Exploring the Indian community, Little India.
  3. Stand at the center of Merdeka Square and get a panorama view.
  4. See the Moorish architecture of Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
  5. Capture the whole Petronas Twin Tower into your camera.
  6. Go to the Golden Triangle at Bukit Bintang.
  7. Pay respect to Malaysia’s fallen heroes at Tugu Negara.

 

Putrajaya

  1. Come to the “White House” of Malaysia, Perdana Putra.
  2. See the huge and flamboyant bridges in Putrajaya.
  3. Watch the sunset by the Millennium Monument.

 

Malacca

  1. Go to the Duct Square that make up of red buildings.
  2. Check out The Stadthuys, the Duct colonial architecture.
  3. Visit A Famosa,a ruin by the Portuguese.
  4. Climb the St. Paul Hill and see the ruin of St. Paul Church.
  5. Visit the Malacca Sultanate Palace, a replica of 15th century’s palace.

 

Penang

  1. Take a picture of Penang Bridge during sunset.
  2. Visit the blue house, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
  3. Checkout the seafront promenade, Gurney Drive.
  4. Walk and see amazing mural and street art!

 

Ipoh

  1. Visit the Taj Mahal of Ipoh, the Ipoh Railway Station.
  2. Back to 1930s – walk in the Concubine Lane.
  3. Come to Birch Memorial Clock Tower, dedication to J.W.W. Birch.
  4. Explore the unfinished, ruined mansion – Kellie’s Castle.

 

Kelantan

  1. Get into the pentagon-shaped royal palace, Istana Jahar.

 

Kedah

  1. Enter the Birthplace of Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir.

 

Johor

  1. See the old and attractive Sultan Ibrahim Building.
  2. Resting place of Johor’s Royalty, Royal Mausoleum.
  3. Take a walk at the waterfront, Danga Bay.

 

Kuching

  1. Check out the cat statues in Kuching.
  2. See the monument of Charles Brooke, Sarawak’s white king.

 

Sabah

  1. Take a walk in the busy Gaya Street.
  2. Sunset watching at KK Esplanade.
  3. View the city at Signal Hill Observatory Platform.
  4. Visit the city of Sandakan.

 

Langkawi

  1. Visit the massive easgle statue at Dataran Lang.
  2. Visit Mahsuri’s Tomb to learn about the legend princess’s story.

 

Pangkor Island

  1. Set foor on the ruins of Duct Fort.

 

Religious Sites

Kuala Lumpur

38.Visit Masjid Jamek, the first mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Selangor

  1. Visit Malaysia’s largest mosque, Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz.

 

Putrajaya

40.Visit the pink granite mosque, Masjid Putra.

 

Malacca

  1. Masjid Tengkara – a mosque with mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indonesian elements.

 

Penang

  1. See Kek Lok Si Temple built with Burmese, Thai and Chinese architecture.
  2. Taking picture with snakes at Snake Temple.
  3. Check out the sleeping buddha at Wat Chayamangkalaram.

 

Ipoh

  1. Visit limestone cave’s temple – Kek Lok Tong and Sam Poh Tong.
  2. Visit Town Padang Mosque, the indian muslim mosque.
  3. Old churches in ipoh – St. Michael’s Church and St. John’s Church.
  4. The most beautiful mosque in Ipoh – Masjid Panglima Kinta.
  5. Check out the minaret of Masjid Sultan Idris Shah II.

 

Kuantan

  1. Visit the state mosque of Pahang, Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah.

 

Kuala Terrengganu

  1. Check out the Islamic architecture of Crystal Mosque.
  2. Capture the reflection of Masjid Tengku Zaharah aka Floating Mosque.

 

Seremban

  1. Visit Then Sze Koon, a Centipede Temple.
  2. Visit the wonderful heritage, Church of The Visitation built in 1848.

 

Kelantan

  1. Largest sitting Buddha in South East Asia, Wat Machimmaran.

 

Kedah

  1. See the beautiful moorish style mosque, Masjid Zahir.
  2. Visit Wat Nikrodharam, the thai buddhist temple.

 

Perlis

  1. View the scenery of the sea by the Al-Hussain Mosque.

 

Johor

  1. Discover the Old Chinese Temple of Malaysia’s five chinese dialect group.
  2. See the mixture of islamic and colonial architecture of Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque.

 

Kuching

  1. Visit the Deity of the North built by the Teochew immigrants.

 

Sabah

  1. Relax your mind at Kota Kinabalu City Mosque.

 

Activities

Kuala Lumpur

  1. Climb 200+ steps at Batu Caves.
  2. Hike Bukit Tabur and see the city.
  3. Sit back and enjoy the Lake Symphony at Suria KLCC.
  4. Take a selfie with “I Love KL” at KL City Gallery.
  5. Get lost under the skyscraper of Kuala Lumpur.
  6. Window shopping at the huge and massive malls.

 

Putrajaya

  1. Cycling in the cycle track of Putrajaya.

 

Malacca

  1. Cycle along the Malacca Riverside.

 

Penang

  1. Get lost in Georgetown.

 

Ipoh

  1. Taking photos of colonial buildings in Ipoh Old Town.

 

Kuala Terrengganu

  1. Immerse into the chinese community in China Town of Kuala Terrengganu.

 

Museums

Malacca

  1. Proclamation of Independence Memorial – an overview from Malay Sultanate to modern Malaysia.

 

Kelantan

  1. Learn about the Japanese Occupation of Malaya in the war museum, Bank Kerapu.

 

Johor

  1. Exhibition of Malaysian modern painting at Galeri Seni.

 

Kuching

  1. Learn about the Chinese Malaysian at Sarwak Chinese Museum.

 

Arts and Culture

Kuala Lumpur

  1. Walk through the traditional Malay village Kampung Baru.
  2. Visit Central Market, built in 1888.
  3. Go to Taman Connaught Night Market, the longest night market in Malaysia.

 

Malacca

  1. Strolling around the Jonker Street.

 

Penang

  1. Visit the water village, Clan Jetties.
  2. Enjoy the Penang street art and wall painting by Ernest Zacharevic.
  3. The oldest english school in South East Asia – Penang Free School.

 

Ipoh

  1. See the Art of Oldtown by Ernest Zacharevic (again).

 

Johor

  1. Come to the cultural street of Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.

 

Retreats

Selangor

  1. Take your best sunset shot at Jeram Beach.

 

Penang

  1. Pick up seashells at Batu Ferringhi.

 

Ipoh

  1. Have a retreat to the D.R. Seenivasagam Park.
  2. Enjoy the sun at Cherating Beach.

 

Pahang

  1. Visit Malaysia’s French village, Bukit Tinggi.

 

Terrengganu

  1. Watch sunset and sunrise at Pulau Redang.

 

Langkawi

  1. Place your feet on the black sand beach, Pantai Pasir Hitam.
  2. Sunbathe at Tanjung Rhu.

 

Into the Nature

Selangor

  1. Have an adventure to Kanching Rainforest Waterfall.

 

Malacca

  1. Explore the Botanical Garden in Ayer Keroh.

 

Kuala Terrengganu

  1. Turtle watching at Rantau Abang.
  2. Go fishing at Kenyir Lake.

 

Perlis

  1. Picnic at Melati Lake.
  2. Venture into the limestone cave, Gua Kelam.

 

Cameron Highland

  1. Tea leaves plucking at Boh tea Plantation, Cameron Highland.

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Comments

  • March 27, 2016

    I’m heading out to Malaysia for the first time in May so this list will come in very handy 🙂 I’m intrigued by the Taj Mahal of Ipoh!

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    • March 28, 2016

      Hey, that is where my hometown was. I hope you enjoy my country as there are so many places yet undiscovered by tourist.

      reply

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