Offbeat Things to Do in Malaysia

Adopt a baby orangutan, Visit the Niah Caves in Sarawak, Seek Blessings at Thai Temples, Visit the Snake Temple, Explore the BOH Tea Garden and Factory, Feel religious at Crystal Mosque, and many more.

When you are searching for unique things to do in Malaysia, you can choose from many wonderful options and exclusive experiences. Whether you are an adventurous traveller or someone who likes to explore the history and culture of the place they are visiting, you are likely to find an activity in Malaysia that is going to keep you entertained. You can get unique experiences like adopting an orangutan, dining at a restaurant in the dark and even eating at a restaurant in the middle of sprawling tea gardens at BOH. 

For more insight into the beautiful culture of Malaysia, exploring places like the Crystal Mosque, the Royal Malaysian Police Museum and the Tua Pek Kong Temple are considered some of the best offbeat things to do in Malaysia. For those who love adventure can visit the Niah Caves or even the Snake Temple which has a pit of vipers on the premises. 

Here is the list of unique things to do in Malaysia:

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Adopt a Baby Orangutan

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One of the most life-changing and unique things to do in Malaysia includes adopting an orangutan. There are several world-class orangutan rehabilitation centres in Malaysia that rescue orangutans from captivity or from the wild if they are in peril and help them recover and live a fulfilling life.

When you adopt an orangutan baby, you can fund this life-changing rehabilitation process for these beautiful creatures. One of the places where you can do this is at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where they will send you regular updates and photos of your adopted orangutan throughout the year for you to keep track of their progress. 

Sabah Wildlife Department, W.D.T. 200, Sandakan, Jalan Sepilok, Sepilok, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. - 11: a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) 
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Visit the Niah Caves in Sarawak

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Another one of the most unique things to do in Malaysia includes exploring the magical natural beauty of the Niah Caves in Sarawak. These caves are located in Borneo in Malaysia and contain some of the most significant evidence left behind by prehistoric men.

The entrance of the cave is over 60 metres high and more than 250 metres in width, which leads to an even larger chamber within. Apart from the beautiful natural structure of the cave, you can also discover stalactites and stalagmites that have existed for thousands of years and animals that reside inside the caves.

98200 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia 

Saturday to Tuesday (8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.), Wednesday to Friday (8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
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Seek Blessings at Thai Temples

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Malaysia is a melting pot of various cultures and people who believe in different religions, which is why one of the most unique things to do in Malaysia is to visit the many Thai temples that have been erected here.

These temples uphold a mixture of cultures that is unique to Malaysia and are loved by tourists because of their elaborate architecture and surrounding natural beauty. One of the most famous Thai temples in Malaysia is the Wat Chetawan in the Petaling District in Selangor. 

No.24, Jalan Pantai 9/7, Seksyen 10 Petaling Jaya, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
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Visit the Snake Temple

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If you are searching for unique things to do in Malaysia that could help you discover its local culture like never before, then you can head to the famous Snake Temple in Pulau Pinang.

This Chinese temple, which is also known as the Temple of the Azure Cloud, is one of the most beautiful structures in Malaysia, constructed in authentic Chinese style with distinct Malaysian influences. The reason the temple is known as the Snake Temple is that it is full of pit viper snakes in the snake pool section of the temple. 

Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Monday to Sunday (6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) 
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Explore the BOH Tea Garden and Factory

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Covering an impressive area of over 712 square kilometres, the BOH Tea Gardens and factory is one of the most beautiful places to visit and explore in Malaysia. Here, you can walk to various viewpoints which give you a sprawling view of the surrounding landscape filled with manicured tea plants and even go on tea-tasting tours to get a taste of the unique blend that is created here.

You can watch how tea is processed and packaged at the factory as well. Eating a meal, combined with the delicious local homegrown tea at the estate’s open-air restaurant after a tour is truly one of the most unique things to do in Malaysia. 

Boh Road, Habu, 39200 Ringlet, Pahang, Malaysia 

Tuesday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 
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Feel Religious at Crystal Mosque

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There is a large population of Muslims that have made Malaysia their home which has led to the creation of various beautiful mosques in the country. If you are looking for unique things to do in Malaysia, then you can visit the Crystal Mosque in Terengganu.

It is one of the grandest structures in Malaysia, made of glass, crystal and steel and is a centre for prayer and learning. You can learn a lot about the Muslim community in Malaysia and explore the stunning architecture of the mosque. 

Pulau Wan Man, Losong Panglima Perang, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

Monday to Sunday (6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.)
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Visit the Amazing Kuching Cat Museum

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The Cat Museum in Kuching is an absolute paradise for cat lovers and exploring this museum is one of the most unique things to do in Malaysia. The museum showcases all things cat-related, including the many cat species that exist all over the world, their history, how cats first came into Malaysia, indigenous Malay cat species and other interesting facts.

You can also catch an incredible view of Kuching City from the observation deck inside the museum. Apart from cats, the museum also has several other exciting exhibits on display that showcase the history and culture of Malaysia, especially with regard to its indigenous flora and fauna.

Bangunan DBKU, Jalan Semariang, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
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Have Fun at Bamboo Playhouse

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Relive your childhood at the Bamboo Playhouse that is located inside the oldest and most beautiful park in all of Malaysia - the Perdana Botanical Gardens. Built by a Malaysian architect by the name of Eleena Jamil, the floor of the playhouse is made up of 31 elevated platforms.

The entire structure is made out of bamboo shoots bound together in an 5aesthetic way. You can climb through this structure and experience the beauty of the botanical gardens from your vantage point. It is one of the most exciting and offbeat things to do in Malaysia.

Location: Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Timing: Monday to Sunday (6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
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Dine at Dining in the Dark

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When it comes to doing offbeat things to do in Malaysia, no other experience can beat dining in total darkness in one of the most remarkable restaurants in the country - Dining in the Dark. The restaurant is located in the bustling entertainment street of Kuala Lumpur.

The focus in this restaurant is on the taste, texture and aromas of the food instead of the appearance, which creates a different sensation when you are eating it. It is the perfect place in Malaysia for adventurous foodies. 

50A, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Tuesday to Sunday (6:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) 

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Merdeka Square Flagpole

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The Merdeka Square Flagpole is one of the most recognizable structures in Malaysia. It is located in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur is the bustling Merdeka Square that is surrounded by other impressive high-rise buildings. The flagpole itself is 311 feet tall and is one of the tallest of its kind in the world.

This is the spot where originally, the Union Flag was replaced by the Malaysian Flag to signify independence, and visiting and exploring this structure is one of the most interesting and offbeat things to do in Malaysia.

Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Explore Royal Malaysian Police Museum

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If you like secrets, thrillers, mysteries, spy stories and wars, then there is no place better than the Royal Malaysian Police Museum in Kuala Lumpur. Offbeat things to do in Malaysia is the fact that it houses many unique and offbeat exhibits that could thrill people of all ages.

This includes evidence collected by the police over the years, the weapons they use, documents from many secret societies and much more. You can also see a cannon on display, along with several other exhibits that could excite people of all ages. 

5, Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tuesday to Sunday (10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
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See Gomantong Caves

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The Gomantong Caves are some of the oldest natural structures in Malaysia, and it is the perfect place for adventure enthusiasts to explore when they are in the country. The caves are known for their cathedral-like ceiling, the many small natural streams that flow through the floors.

The massive population of bats and cockroaches that reside here and the limestone cliffs that make the caves unique. It is a thrilling and adventurous experience, exploring these caves, and is not for the faint-hearted. 

9000, Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia

Monday to Thursday and Saturday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Fridays (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
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Visit Hang Jebat Mausoleum

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For history buffs, one of the must-do things in Malaysia includes paying a visit to the Hang Jebat Mausoleum in Melaka. The mausoleum belongs to one of the most famous warriors from the region who was unjustly sentenced to death.

Despite somehow managing to escape the death sentence, he was heartbroken and was ultimately slain by his closest companion in a battle. It is a wonderful piece of history that you can relive when you visit this mausoleum. 

Jalan Kampung Kuli, 75200 Melaka, 
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Tua Pek Kong Temple

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Tua Pek Kong is one of the most authentic and respected Chinese temples in Malaysia, and if you want to learn more about the large Chinese community in the country, you can definitely pay a visit to this temple.

People come here not only to pay their respects but also to observe the beautiful architecture. Some of the fixtures inside the temple have been imported directly from China or brought here by Chinese immigrants, which makes this a beautiful sanctuary for the community. 

Jalan Pasir Panjang, 32000 Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia

Monday to Sunday (7:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.) 
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A Famosa

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A Famosa is one of the oldest forts in Malaysia, built by Portuguese settlers in the 1500s. The original fort was over 5 storeys high, but today, you can only see some of the ruins that still exist to this day.

It is a brilliant example of immigrant architecture that is a vital part of Malaysian culture. The place is also known for its surrounding natural beauty which is defined by the green hills of Malaysia. 

Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia
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  1. Which are the best things to do in Malaysia?

    1. Climb the Petronius Towers in Kuala Lumpur: One of the most unique things to do in Malaysia includes catching a view of the capital city from the observation deck on top of Petronius Towers. These are the tallest twin towers in the world with restaurants, skywalks, spas and other amenities as part of the experience. 

    2. Go island hopping in Langkawi: Langkawi is one of the most beautiful international tourist destinations and island hopping on these white-sand islands is amongst some of the best offbeat things to do in Malaysia. You can play water sports, go scuba diving, kayaking and sunbathe on the private beaches on these islands. 

    3. Street food tour: The street food of Malaysia is world-famous, known for its sweets and spices and meat preparations that you can sample in many cities including Kuala Lumpur. Make sure you try local delicacies such as Nasi lemak, laksa, Lok-Lok and other traditional delicacies. 

    4. Watersports at Perhentian Islands: The Perhentian Islands is an exclusive holiday destination in Malaysia where you can swim in oceans where the water is so clear that you can see the ocean floor. It is one of the most premium destinations in the world for scuba diving and snorkelling and nightlife. 

  2. Which are the best places to visit in Malaysia?

    1. Kuala Lumpur: Some of the most unique things to do in Malaysia can be found in Kuala Lumpur - the capital city. The city has the tallest twin towers in the world, the best nightclubs and restaurants, a vibrant culture and ancient forts and temples for you to explore. 

    2. Penang: Penang is the centre of all culture and spirituality in Malaysia. There are some beautiful temples, famous street food neighbourhoods and Georgetown, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    3. Langkawi: If you are looking for the luxe tropical islands experience on a budget, then you can head to Langkawi. His collection of islands offers some of the most beautiful beaches in South-East Asia, a happening night scene, a wide range of water sports for you to enjoy and watch sunsets. 

    4. Malacca: Malacca is a colourful, historical town in Malaysia that has been awarded the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are colourful murals on the walls of the buildings, street food corners, shopping centres and other activities that you can enjoy in this quaint little village. 

  3. What is the famous food in Malaysia?

    Malaysia is very well-known for its incredible street food options. The national food of the country is Nasi Lemak which is a bowl of rice prepared in coconut milk and served with sambal along with anchovies, peanuts and cucumber. Apart from this, you also must try some of the famous local food options including mee goreng mamak, apam balik, Nasi Kerabu and other delicacies.
  4. What is Malaysia known for?

    Malaysia is most famous for its beautiful natural landscapes that consist of white sand beaches, rain forests, hills, mountains and other beautiful terrains that you can explore in many different ways. Places like Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands have some of the most well-preserved corals in the world where you can go scuba diving. Malaysia is also home to the tallest twin towers in the world and also has some of the best street food options in South East Asia.
  5. What is the best time to visit Malaysia?

    The best time to visit Malaysia is between the months of December to April. While the weather is generally hot and humid throughout the year because of the tropical climate, between December and April you can expect relatively less rainfall and pleasant weather conditions.
  6. How to reach Malaysia?

    The easiest and most convenient way to travel to Malaysia is by flight. You can book a flight to the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Kuala Lumpur, which is the capital city. There are frequent flights going back and forth from this airport to all the major cities in the world. From Kuala Lumpur, you can travel throughout the country via bus, trains, hired cabs and more.

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