Southeast Asia is one of the most popular places to visit for its beauty, the awesome culture and of course the food. If you are wondering which country would be the best to visit with your kids in Southeast Asia, Malaysia would be the answer.
While the neighbouring countries are no less interesting, Malaysia offers a varied lot of places and things that children would definitely love.
While Malaysia is popular for its ultra-modern cities like Kuala Lumpur, it has also preserved its natural beauty which you can find in places like Cameron Islands, Langkawi, etc. Here, you can experience a combination of Malay, Chinese and Indian culture and at the same time enjoy all the luxuries of the modern world. Malaysia gives you the opportunity to view tall, steely structures, go mall hopping and visit amusement parks, and at the same time, it lets you go on a hike at one of the rainforests and indulge in scuba diving or snorkelling at one of the beaches. With so many options, it is finally your choice as to what you want to do as a family. Let us take a look at some of the places you can visit with kids in Malaysia.
1. Kuala Lumpur
The capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has an array of kid friendly places to see and activities to do. You can spend your entire vacation in the city and your kids would not be bored. While the Petronas Twin Towers is something that would attract the adults in the family, kids would really enjoy the Petrosains Discovery Centre located on the 4th level of this building. This museum has 11 interactive showcases mainly dedicated to petroleum science, giving your kids an opportunity to learn about global scientific issues. On the other hand, head to Aquaria KLCC where you would be able to see more than 5000 exhibits of both freshwater and marine life. Yours kids can enjoy diving with sharks or perhaps touching exotic species or even relaxing on a simulated boat. They would definitely enjoy viewing sea snakes, bright coral fish, tiger sharks, blue rays, seahorses, etc. here.
If your children want to spend some time out in the open, the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park in Petaling Jaya is the place you must visit. This park has a water park, Scream Park, Wildlife Park, amusement park and Extreme Park, all rolled into one. This park is great for people of all ages and interests. Skytrex Adventure is also a great place to go to if you want to spend time outdoors in Malaysia. You get to go on a tree canopy tour inside a forest while indulging in some adventurous activities like zip lining, balancing on tree logs, etc. The challenges are exhilarating; the view from the top is absolutely gorgeous. While this is mainly for adults and teens, Little Adventure is perfect for younger children. Some other places you can visit with kids in Kuala Lumpur are KidZania, Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, i-City Theme Park, District 21 Kuala Lumpur, KL National Zoo and Aquarium, etc.
Most people living in the city want to take a break from city life while on holiday. If you are one of them, Kuala Lumpur would not be the ideal place to visit. Instead, head to Langkawi which is one of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia and is adorned with verdant rainforests and pristine white sand beaches. Oriental Village is a place you must definitely visit with your children as there are a host of things that they would have fun doing here. The SkyDome, the Flying Fox and Imaginarium are things that your kids would love. Apart from these, Oriental Village is also home to a 3D Art Museum, SkyRex, duck tours and ATC quad bike adventures. The Langkawi Sky Bridge and Sky Car are something you must not miss. The Langkawi Sky Bridge is a floating bridge, suspended 100 meters above the rainforest, giving you an awesome view. However, it is not for the faint-hearted! But the best part is getting to the SkyBridge via the 15 minutes ride of the cable car which gives you equally fantastic view of the forest. Other than these, few things you should not miss while in Langkawi, especially with kids, include Kilim Geo Park and Mangrove Tour, Langkawi Wildlife Park, Langkawi Night Markets, Island hopping tours, etc. Moreover, there are plenty of beaches here where you can indulge in some fun water sports or just relax while your kids get busy building sandcastles.
Penang is a north-western state of Malaysia and is home to George Town, a historical city and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Georgetown has British, Indian, Chinese and Malay influences in architecture, food and culture. You would be able to visit Fort Cornwallis, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Khoo Kongsi (Chinese clan house), etc. You would also find some amazing street art here. If you have older kids, visiting George Town would be a great history lesson for them. However, this does not mean it is not meant for younger children. On the other hand, there is a range of things that you could do here with kids of all ages.
While in Penang, you must definitely visit Penang Hill. The best part about it is the funicular train journey that would take you to the top of the hill. Kids would definitely love it. Some other places that kids would enjoy in Penang are Penang National Park, ESCAPE Adventure Park, Adventure Zone, Tropical Spice Garden, Penang Municipal Park, Monkey Beach and Turtle Sanctuary, Teluk Bahang Forest, Penang Botanical Gardens. Also, do check out the hawker stalls in Penang for delicious Chinese, Malay, Indian and international cuisines.
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4. Cameron Highlands
While Malaysia is a lovely place, the climate can be really humid in the country. So, when you want to cool off, Cameron Highlands is the perfect place to visit. While this hill station is pretty laidback and there is not much for sightseeing too, there are lots of things to do here that would be fun for the kids. One of the most popular things to do in Cameron Highlands is visiting the tea plantations. There are plenty of them here which would give you a tour of the tea factory which is highly educational. Apart from this, you would also get to enjoy delicious tea and an English breakfast while enjoying the beautiful view of the tea plantations.
Other than the tea plantations, Cameron Highlands also has a lot of strawberry farms where you can indulge in plucking strawberries, an activity that would definitely interest young kids. Cameron Highlands is also home to Rose Valley, Cameron Lavender Garden and several vegetable gardens as well as bee and butterfly farms. Another thing that you must definitely do when in Cameron Highlands is go on a hiking tour. You will find are several hiking trails as well as guided tours here. The Mossy Forest is the best place to go on a hiking tour if you have young children. The path is easy to hike and the view is extraordinary.
Malaysia offers its visitors diverse range of geographical locations, right from rainforests to beaches to cities and an ample amount of tourist attractions, especially those that would interest young travelers. If you are thinking of a holiday in Malaysia, do not waste any more time. Apply for Malaysia visa from Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi or anywhere from UAE and get ready for an amazing journey!