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Great Places For A Family Getaway in Malaysia

by jemi
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Traveling is a great idea for parents and kids to spend time together. If you are looking for a country with a great cultural mix as well as interesting spots suitable for family bonding, Malaysia is on the list. This country has its own beautiful attractions, luxurious resorts, and incredible wildlife that makes kids scream for excitement.
Let’s find out some great holiday ideas and fun things for family to do while traveling in Malaysia.

1. Family getaway ideas

#1: Visiting beautiful beaches

White sand and blue beach makes a perfect combination. Beaches in Malaysia are world-class and the atmosphere there is relaxing. There are also some other activities besides swimming like diving and snorkeling to explore colorful corals and marine life below the crystal clear water.

#2: Relaxing in luxurious villas

There are plenty of resorts and villas in Malaysia that have stunning view along with outside pools and comfortable places for children to play. All services from staying, eating and entertainment are available for both kids and adults, which is an ideal option for a family getaway.

#3: Seeing the Petronas Twin Towers

Known as one of the world’s tallest buildings, Petronas Twin Towers are striking buildings you must see when visiting Kuala Lumpur.

#4: Things to do in Malaysia with kids:

  • Visiting the museum

The museum is the most suitable place to discover the history of Malaysia. Due to the cultural diversity in this country, it is interesting to learn more about different traditions of Malaysia, which is a good way to educate children about history without going to school.

  • Going to the park together

As, kids love playing in the parks, some parks in Malaysia might be seen as paradises to them. There is the Legoland Park with plenty of mini building models, where fans of Lego will be extremely happy about. The National Park with beautiful limestones and cave systems is a perfect place for those who like exploring the nature. What’s more, there are more fun parks that can keep kids smiling all day long such as Sanrio Hello Kitty Theme Park, Sunway Lagoon or Desa Waterpark.

  • Going shopping

Malaysia has a lot of shopping centers and markets which bring different shopping experiences for family. From outside markets with wide spaces and varied products at reasonable prices to modern shopping centers with many brands, café and restaurants for adult as well as amusement centers for kids. All are worth visiting.

2. Family getaway destinations

#1: Kuala Lumpur

This vibrant capital of Malaysia assembles the most impressive traits of the country with city skyscrapers, shopping centers, luxurious accommodation and restaurants. It is an ideal destination for family to have a whole experience of seeing the Petronas Twin Tower and visiting the Aquaria in the day time then going shopping and dining at a famous restaurant when the sun goes down. Kuala Lumpur is a center of many historical and cultural spots and lots of leisure centers as well. Therefore, this place is on top of the list when traveling with family in Malaysia.

Below are some worth-visiting destinations in Kuala Lumpur:

  • The Petronas Twin Towers: Perfect spot to see the city’s landscape
    • Location: Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur 50088
    • Opening hours: 9:00 – 21:00
    • Ticket price: From 134 RM
  • The Petrosains Discovery Center: Science Exhibition and playground for children
    • Location: Petronas Twin Tower, Level 4, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur 50088.
    • Opening hours: 9:30 – 17:30 (Tuesday – Friday), 9:30 – 18:30 (Saturday & Sunday).
    • Ticket price: From 134 RM.
  • The Kuala Lumpur bird park: Beautiful nature scene and different kinds of birds.
    • Location: 920 Jalan Cenderawasih | Taman Tasik Perdana , Kuala Lumpur 50480.
    • Opening hours: 9:00 – 18:00.
    • Ticket price: 63 RM for adults and 42 RM for kids.

#2: Penang

Located in Northwestern coast of Malaysia, Penang has its own charm appearing through historic street arts and delicious food. Its capital city, George Town, is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site for the rich and diverse culture. It will be an exciting trip for a whole family to walk through the narrow lanes of George Town watching creative street arts or have a sightseeing on Penang hill before finishing the trip with a stomach full of tasty dishes.

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#3: Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands, situated off Malaysia’s Northwestern coast. The spectacular view of stunning beaches, rainforest with unique tropical trees and green mountains has attracted a huge number of visitors every year. Tourism here is developing with more hotels and resorts offering tourists the most comfortable experience.

#4: Cameron Highlands

Beautiful nature exploration and bonding activities are something that makes Cameron Highlands a relaxing getaway destination for family.

Being one of the most famous destination to visit in Malaysia, Cameron Highland makes a strong impression on foreigners as a must-come extensive hill. As for fans of tea, Cameron Highlands offers the chance to learn about the tea production process then enjoy a fresh cup of tea right there. Also, this destination has a lot more to discover, from green farms to the colorful rose valley and lavender flowers, not to mention to the the strawberry-picking part which kids will definitely love.

#5: Sunway Lagoon

This is a Malaysia’s premiere theme park, which is only 20 minutes to reach from Kuala Lumpur city. There are entertainments for people of all ages from babies to adults with different sections:

  • Amusement Park

Including Wild Wild West and World of Adventure areas, this section is famous for “cowboys” and “red Indians”. The kids love the wildlife zoo where they can play with giant tortoises and little hamsters while adults are attracted by the Grand Canyon Rapid Falls and the Nigara Falls Flume Ride.

World of Adventure is the exciting part with tons of fun activities including the 360-degree rotating pirate ship and many other attractions.

  • Water of Africa

Being the most popular zone of Sunway Lagoon, this place is a favorite place for both children and adults. The water slides are where surfers show their skills and have fun. Especially, it is safe for children because there is a separated playground built for them.

  • Scream Park & Extreme Park

These two places are perfect for families with teenagers. Your children will have fun time going through many horror zones such as Pontianak Theatre of Fear and a ghost house called Rumah Hantu in 3DX where some of the most popular monsters in movies are brought to life. Regarding Extreme Park, it offers some more adventurous games, in which playing bungy jumping, going karting and ziplining are activities that teenagers like most.

  • Wildlife Park

This place is home of about 150 species of animals. The star of the park is the White Tiger, which is not a zoo or a place where wild animals are raised to show for human but a friendly environment where animals are well-treated.

#6: Malacca

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For hundreds of years in the past, Malacca is where the Dutch, Portuguese and British all came over and established supremacy over the wealth of its silk and spice trade. Malacca now is not only full of history but it is also famous for the Jonker Street, Red Square and Chinatown, where the history and the culture appear to tell a story about its rich heritage.
Coming to this place, visitors can expect to explore the historic areas as well as enjoying all the famous food mentioned in every article about Malacca. There will be a lot for families to explore here for an exciting and informative trip.


These are some interesting destinations for a perfect family getaway in Malaysia, where both children and parents can have an opportunity to gather and have fun together. Of course there are many other places which are suitable for a family but these are the highlights of Malaysia that worth visiting, therefore, make sure you don’t miss them before discovering other destinations.

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