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Top Destinations for Cultural Tourism in Malaysia


Malaysia is a bustling melting pot of races and religions with many ethnic groups all living together in one of the most peaceful multicultural regions in the world. Hence, it comes as no surprise that many have regarded Malaysia as one of the top destinations for cultural tourism.

If there is one country you need to visit for inspiring and enriching culturally diverse experience, look no further than Malaysia. As a true Malaysian, there is no prouder statement to make other than how harmoniously Malaysians blend together culturally, creating an atmosphere so uniquely welcoming. It's true to say "Malaysia, Truly Asia". We've assembled a list of top cultural destinations in Malaysia where visitors can submerge in endless excitement and joy.

1. Georgetown, Penang

Penang, one of the most unique and fascinating places in Malaysia, has always topped the list of tourist's favourite destinations in terms of cultural exposure. Despite being rather up-north from the capital city of Malaysia, Penang will not disappoint its visitors with an array of century-old temples, ruins, museums, preserved forests, and irresistible beaches that make a trip here more than worthwhile. A fascinating fusion of eastern and western influences, the island manages to embrace modernity while retaining its colonial traditions. Due to its well-preserved heritage buildings Penang’s capital, Georgetown, has been accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Where to stay in Penang?


1. The Edison Georgetown

📍Address: 15 Lebuh Leith, 10200 George Town, Malaysia

☎️ Phone: 04-262 2990


Check rates on:

Official website, Booking.com




2. Eastern & Oriental Hotel

📍Address: 10, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

☎️ Phone: 04-222 2000


Check rates on:

Official website, Booking.com




3. Areca Hotel Penang

📍Address: 5, Jalan Khoo Sian Ewe, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

☎️ Phone: 04-261 0050


Check rates on:

Official website, Booking.com




4. Seven Terraces


📍Address: Stewart Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

☎️ Phone: 04-264 2333


Check rates on:

Booking.com



2. The Historic City of Malacca

Malacca has emerged as travellers' favourite cultural destination in Malaysia, thanks to its harmonious multi-racial population. While population of Malays, Chinese and Indians demonstrates the general racial composition of Malaysia, it is the Peranakan and Portuguese culture that is still in practice by a few descendant communities that makes Malacca such a remarkable attraction for visitors. The Peranakan and Portuguese descendants in Malacca today are the result of the state's long history with trading and colonisation by Oriental and Western powers.

Where to stay in Malacca?


1. Ohana House

📍Address: 34 & 36, Jalan Jawa, Kampung Jawa, 75100 Melaka

☎️ Phone: +606-281-0568


Check rates on:

Official website, Booking.com



2. Hotel Arissa


📍Address: 2, Jalan Pelanduk, Kampung Dua, 75400 Melaka

☎️ Phone: 06-288 0303


Check rates on:

Official website, Booking.com



3. Majestic Hotel Malacca

📍Address: 188, Jalan Bunga Raya, Melaka, 75100 Melaka

☎️ Phone: 06-289 8000


Check rates on:

Official website, Booking.com


3. In & Around Kuala Lumpur / Selangor

Undoubtedly, the central area of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor is bustling with visitors keen to witness with their own eyes the iconic landmarks, both natural and manmade. While these showcase some of the best attractions this capital city has to offer, let's not forget that there is a good number of cultural destinations nestled in this lively, modern city which portrays the true identity of Malaysians.


Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur / Selangor?


1. The Yard Boutique Hotel

📍Address: 51 D, Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

☎️ Phone: 03-2110 2449


Check rates on:

Official website, Booking.com




2. Templer Park Rainforest Retreat

📍Address: 22, Jalan 3/2, Templer Height, Templer Park, 48000 Rawang, Selangor

☎️ Phone: 016-203 8562


Check rates on:

Official website, Booking.com



3. Anggun Boutique Hotel & Spa


📍Address: 9, Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

☎️ Phone: 03-2145 8003


Check rates on:

Official website, Booking.com






4. Sarawak

Sarawak, the biggest state in Malaysia, is located on the Borneo Archipelago. The populace of Sarawak includes Malays, Chinese, Eurasians, Indians and different local tribes like Dayak, Iban, Melanau, Bidayuh, Kedayan, Orang Ulu and Penan.  Every clan has its typical unique language, culture, traditions, and food, which are not seen in any other areas of Malaysia. With such sophisticated societal profile, it is unsurprising that Sarawak holds an array of rich and exciting cultural destinations.

Where to stay in Sarawak?


1. Batik Boutique Hotel


📍Address: 38, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak

☎️ Phone: 082-422 845


Check rates on:

Official website, Booking.com



2. KuraKura Homestay


📍Address: 38, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak


Check rates on: Official website



3. Labang Longhouse Guesthouse


📍Address: Bario Kelabit Highlands, Bario, 98050 Miri

☎️ Phone: 019-815 5453


Check rates on: Official website




OUR SAY


The rich cultural panorama of Malaysia is defined by its diversity. This diversity becomes apparent as you travel across the country and the abundance of cultural attractions and activities is revealed. This is Malaysia, the land where culture becomes exciting.

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