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The Must See Gems of Malaysia
Malaysia is a place of stunning natural beauty but wish so much choice it can be hard to plan a trip that incorporates all the finest landscapes, activities and attractions! So here is our selection of five locations you simply have to squeeze into your visit!

5. Kuala Lumpur - popularly known as KL within Malaysia itself, this truly is one of Asia's finest capital cities. It is steeped in tradition and culture but also boasts stunning 21st century skyscrapers contrasted with traditional hawkers, all in the same streets!

Take a city tour from an experienced local guide to ensure you see everything KL has to offer.

4. Penang - known as the Pearl of the Orient, this gem is one of Malaysia's most stunning states. Georgetown is a hive of activity and is particularly popular with Western tourists (the city itself is named after King George III of Britain!). Nonetheless, it is a relatively quaint place with lots of culture and history to offer.

One of Penang's most beautiful pieces of architecture is Kek Lok Si, a Buddhist temple with an amazingly colourful and intricate design. Another must is the Penang toy museum in Tanjung Bunga which has a collection of 100,000 toys making it the largest of its kind in the world!

3. Terengganu - this state has a stunningly beautiful natural landscape perfect for explorers (arguably the best in the country)! Redang Island is a particular highlight and isn't to be missed with its beautiful clear blue waters. It's also an adventurers' paradise with scuba diving, deep sea fishing, wind surfing and boating all on offer.

2. Melaka - tucked away in the southeast of the country you'll find the unassuming yet beautiful state of Melaka. The coastline here is stunning and holds a staggering amount of history. It is the scene of a battle between Portuguese and Dutch forces hundreds of years ago!

Malacca town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an incredible array of cultural relics including St Paul's Church. Whilst in Melaka be sure to try the Baba cuisine popular in this area. The tastes are rich and divine!

1. Langkawi - this beautiful island known as the jewel of Kedah possesses crystal clear waters and rugged rocky outcrops. It is a haven of unblemished beauty and is home to one of the world's most stunning landscapes.

Kuah is a particular must for visitors as it is Langkawi's shopping paradise with a broad range of goods at duty free prices. Langkawi has its own international airport and is therefore very accessible for foreign travellers.

Also take time to check out Berjaya beach - you won't be disappointed!
About the Author
This article was written by the tourism team at Malaysia Explorer - an independent and impartial travel guide written by a small team of local Malaysian writers based in different areas of the country. Our guides provide a truly unique insight only possible through the eyes of a native!
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