Routes Asia 2024

The route development forum for Asia

Langkawi, Malaysia
27 – 29 February 2024

Destination Guide

Rich in culture and natural beauty, there is plenty for Routes Asia delegates to explore in Langkawi and Malaysia during your stay.

Islands & Beaches


Redang Island

With turquoise blue waters and abundance of fascinating marine life, Redang is certainly one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia. Located about 45 kilometres off the coast of Kuala Terengganu, it is the largest of the group of nine islands dotting the South China Sea off the Terengganu coast.


Langkawi Island

Home to three geoforest parks and some of the oldest rock formations in Southeast Asia - from Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park – Langkawi is a dream destination for those who love to lose themselves in nature.


Sipadan Island

Internationally famous, Sipadan Island is Malaysia’s only oceanic island and one of the world's top dive sites. The late Jacques Cousteau, a world-renowned oceanographer, once described Sipadan Island as an untouched piece of art. Divers can spend the night at Mabul, another underwater paradise in the Celebes Sea.


Bohey Dulang

Located in Semporna, Sabah, Bohey Dulang Island is the second largest island in the Tun Sakaran Marine Park archipelago. With a unique lagoon-like formation created by the flooding of seawater to a crater from the remnants of an ancient volcano, the sea around Bohey Dulang Island is inhabited by lots of colourful coral reefs, providing divers and snorkelers a picturesque view.


Rawa Island

Located 16 km off the coast of Mersing, Johor, the peaceful and tranquil Rawa Island boasts white sandy beaches, clear waters, and scenic views. Owned by the Sultan of Johor, the small island is surrounded by colourful coral reefs and offers a wide variety of exciting water activities and jungle trekking adventure in its lush tropical forest.


Aur Island

Aur Island is situated in Mersing, Johor Bahru, on the east side. Aur Island is just one of five islands that make up the larger one. Pulau Dayang, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Lang, and Pulau Pemanggil are the islands in question. The Johor Marine Park includes them all.


Perhentian Island

On the east coast of Malaysia, in the South China Sea, lie the stunning tropical islands known as the Perhentian Islands. With its stunning, unspoiled beaches, clear water, abundant marine life, and wide range of activities, it makes for the ideal vacation destination. The two major islands are Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar. While Perhentian Besar is frequently referred to as the great Perhentian, Perhentian Kecil is occasionally referred to as the mini Perhentian.


Penang Island

Hailed as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is a top vacation spot with unique historical buildings and cultural landmarks. The island is famed for its international-standard resorts and exciting water sports. Popular beaches are Batu Feringgi, Teluk Bahang and Tanjung Bungah. For more seclusion and tranquillity, visit the island’s hidden gems such as Kerachut, Gertak Sanggul and Monkey Beach.

Cultural and Heritage


Terrapuri Heritage Village

Terrapuri (The Land of Palaces) is a conservation and restoration project of Terengganu Malay Classic house and palace. Its feature 29 antique hundred years old Classic Houses. The layout of the resort is inspired by the 17th century Terengganu Palace and its surrounding. 


Baba Nyonya Museum

Aside from being historically rich, Melaka is also famous for its Peranakan culture. The culture is varied and often viewed by the locals as a unique cultural blend of two ethnicities, Chinese and Malay

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Mari Mari Cultural Village

Sabah’s Mari Mari Cultural Village offers an educational, entertaining, and fun tour to explore the state’s rich cultural diversity and heritage. This village operates as a museum to share Borneo’s longstanding history, culture, tradition, and knowledge. 

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Penang Peranakan Museum

Located at Church Street in George Town, Penang, the Penang Peranakan Mansion is a museum that showcases the Peranakan’s unique cultural heritage. It was built at the end of the 19th century by Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee, a business mogul who rose to fame through the mining industry, and it was once his residence and office.


Sarawak Cultural Village

Sarawak’s rich ethnic and cultural diversity is one of the reasons that make the state such a fascinating destination to explore. To enable visitors to learn more about the diverse cultures and lifestyles of the various ethnic groups in the state, Sarawak Cultural Village was established in 1991.

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Istana Lama Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan

The Istana Lama Seri Menanti is one of the palaces that is still standing today. The palace, which is opulently distinctive and gorgeous, is regarded as the representation of the Negeri Sembilan royal dynasty. The magnificent palace maintains its ice-cold whiteness while observing the waves of progress and housing the dark past.

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Istana Kesultanan Melaka

A replica of the old Sultanate Palace, the museum depicts a vivid tale of the unique blend of cultures in Melaka. It is showcasing Malay culture and civilization from the 15th Century. Situated at the foot of St. Paul's Hill, it is the only Malay Palace from Melaka's glorious past built with such detail and refinement.

City Excitement

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Drawbridge, Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu Drawbridge is a bascule bridge in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia, which crosses the mouth of Terengganu River. The bridge is the fourth bridge in Kuala Terengganu City area that straddles the river after Sultan Mahmud Bridge, Manir Bridge, and Pulau Sekati Bridge.

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Kuala Lumpur Tower

KL Tower is one of the most prominent and distinctive landmarks in the country. This communications tower, situated atop Bukit Nanas, is the world's seventh tallest. Enjoy a magnificent view of KL from a dizzying height of 421 metres

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Petronas Twin Tower

Standing majestically at a height of 451.9 metres, Petronas Twin Towers is a world-renowned icon of Malaysia. This gleaming structure of steel and glass is the centerpiece of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre or KLCC, which consists of a shopping mall, star-rated hotels, a landscaped park and a convention centre. The highlight of a visit to the Twin Towers is the exhilaration of standing at the Skybridge on the 41st Floor and Viewing Deck on the 86th Floor



At the very end of Penang Road, KOMTAR is still Penang's tallest structure and is home to a variety of retail establishments, including handicraft shops, boutiques, sports shops, restaurants, watch shops, and duty-free electronic shops. One of the well-liked shopping areas in the center of Georgetown is Prangin Mall, which is very next to KOMTAR and offers a wide selection of dining and shopping options, including restaurants, bookstores, clothes, and shoes.

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Penang Hill

Penang Hill, sometimes lovingly referred to by the locals as Bukit Bendera, is a must-see when in Penang and is regarded as the first colonial hill station built in Peninsular Malaysia. Penang Hill, which is located 821 meters above Georgetown, offers breathtaking city views from the top as well as a frigid climate that is roughly five degrees colder than in the lowlands. It's a well-liked weekend gathering location for locals and tourists alike because of its stunning views and cool, unpolluted air!

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Saloma Bridge

Saloma Link is a 69 metres combined pedestrian and bicyclist bridge across the Klang River in Kuala Lumpur. Directed northwest to southeast it joins the districts of Kampung Baru and Kuala Lumpur City Centre.


Menara Merdeka 118

Merdeka PNB 118, also known as Merdeka 118, is the tower's official name. Merdeka, which in Malay means "Independence Day," is also the name of the tower, which will be erected on the location of the previous Merdeka Park to honor Malaysia's independence. The name of the tower's owner and the largest fund management company in Malaysia is Permodalan Nasional Berhad, or PNB.

Nature & Adventure

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Niah Cave, Sarawak

Since Niah Cave (or Gua Niah) spans an enormous 11 hectares, or 13 football fields, it is also known as The Great Cave. With a cave entrance that is 250 meters wide and 60 meters high, this amazing cave is well known for its swarm of swiftlets and bats. Through a marshy rainforest, a 3.1 km raised walkway leads to the mouth of the Great Cave.

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Cameron Highland, Pahang

Cool weather, rolling hills of scenic tea plantations, and a whole range of leisure activities make Cameron Highlands a desirable tourist destination. Among all the attractions in Cameron Highlands, tea plantations are obviously one of the defining points that distinguishes it from the rest of the hill resorts in the country.

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Lata Berkoh, Pahang

This is a gem in Taman Negara and a favored location for park visitors. Taman Negara's natural beauty can be viewed and captured on camera, just like the photos that have been used for the most advertising.

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Fraser Hill, Pahang

For its lush landscaping, forest walks, fresh air, and exotic flower gardens—not to mention its golfing amenities—Fraser's Hill is well-liked by both locals and tourists from other countries. There are numerous attractions both there and nearby. Visitors can learn about the local flora and wildlife at an environmental education center. Bird watching is a fairly common hobby, and Fraser's Hill hosts the annual Bird Race, which draws many ornithologists from abroad.


Jerai Hill, Kedah

The oldest hill resort and recreational park in Kedah is Gunung Jerai. This mythical mountain, which rises 1,200 meters above sea level, is also Kedah's highest peak. The resort lodging is situated atop the hill. The weather there is pleasant, ranging from 19 to 21 degrees Celsius. You have the option of cycling up, driving yourself up, renting a van, or hiking up. The 10-kilometer drive up the mountain was steep and risky at times because of the road's tight spots.


Bukit Keteri, Perlis

10 kilometers from Kangar, Perlis, at Kampung Bukit Keteri is where you'll find Bukit Keteri. Rock climbing is fairly prevalent on this hill. According to Perlis Climbers, the hill's 131-meter height makes it the hardest in Asia for rock climbing sports. A well-known karst limestone formation is Bukit Keteri. Bukit Keteri is special since it has a limestone tower and cave.

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The Habitat, Penang

At the edge of a spectacular rainforest, The Habitat Penang Hill is a top-notch rainforest discovery center that is conveniently close to Penang's thriving metropolis. The antique funicular railway from Ayer Itam can take you to one of the main attractions. The Habitat hopes to arouse curiosity and foster support for conservation among the thousands of visitors it receives each year with its nature trail, landmark treetop walkway, and canopy bridge that offer outstanding rainforest experiences.


Entopia Penang

Entopia is a centre for nature learning where it brings the best of the insect and plant worlds together for everyone to experience the harmony in nature. Within Entopia lies two new worlds: The Natureland and The Cocoon. The Natureland, which is a living garden vivarium, is a shared ecological space for a variety of animals from invertebrates and reptiles living in their re-created natural habitat. It is the largest butterfly and dragonfly garden in Malaysia with more than 15,000 free-flying butterflies at any one time. 


Timah Tasoh Lake, Perlis

Timah Tasoh Lake beckons with beautiful views of the surrounding greenery and undulating hills that fringe the lake area. Besides being famous for its serenity and beautiful scenery, Timah Tasoh Lake also serves several purposes to Perlis, such as improving the irrigation system of the paddy fields, supplying water to the people of the state, and preventing floods in Perlis by functioning as a catchment area. 


Mount Kinabalu, Sabah

At a height of 4,095 metres (13,435 feet) above sea level, Mount Kinabalu is Southeast Asia’s highest peak. Located in the Ranau district, West Coast Division of Sabah, Mount Kinabalu is a world-famous destination, particularly among avid mountain climbers. It’s the main attraction of the Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Top Walk Sg Sedim, Kedah

Did you know that Malaysia is home to the longest rainforest canopy walk in the world? If you ever fancy an unconventional stroll for that daily dose of fresh air, or a day of adventure with friends, then Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim is the place to be. Located in Sungai Sedim Recreational Park, about a 30-minute drive away from the town of Kulim, Kedah.


Kilim River Mangrove, Kedah

The splashing sounds of your boat, the gentle harmony of the forest’s inhabitants, and the melodic voice of chirping birds will add to a perfect ambience of a stress-free vacation. Wishing to add some serenity and greenery in your life? Let's take a sweet escape by cruising in the Kilim River!

Family Fun


Imagine a spot where your kids can play freely in a kid-sized metropolis where they can take on real-life roles like firefighters, physicians, chefs, and artists. Children develop a variety of abilities, self-awareness, and confidence. KidZania offers a progressive approach with exciting hands-on activities tailored for kids between the ages of 4 and 14. It is inspired by a child's innate urge to explore, have fun, create, and cooperate.

Sunway Lagoon

Built alongside Sunway Pyramid, a shopping and leisure complex, and the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Sunway Lagoon features a diverse mix of entertainment, retail, and hospitality, and interconnects adventurous rides, fun games, and water activities to create a wholesome theme park experience for every visitor.

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort

Visit LEGOLAND Malaysia Theme Park in Johor to experience more than 70 thrilling coasters, slides, shows, and attractions. Get on the exhilarating Splash 'n Swirl water slide or the Dragon Roller Coaster. As you construct LEGO flying machines, robots, and fire blasters, your creativity will soar.

Escape Penang

The fascinating rides and activities at ESCAPE make it a pleasant visit with a focus on the natural world. In Teluk Bahang, Penang, Malaysia, ESCAPE re-introduces outdoor play in a natural setting to help visitors have a better understanding of their surroundings and demonstrate that there is no age restriction on having fun. ESCAPE is a fun location with thrilling rides and activities held in a natural setting.

Genting Skyworld Theme Park

Genting SkyWorlds Theme Park is Southeast Asia’s most anticipated theme park. Located at 6,000 feet above sea level, the outdoor theme park is part of Resorts World Genting’s integrated entertainment offering. Developed across 26 acres and featuring 26 rides and attractions, Genting SkyWorlds will take guests on a sky-high adventure through nine movie and adventure-inspired ‘worlds’ - Eagle Mountain, Central Park, Liberty Lane, Robots Rivet Town, Andromeda Base, Ice Age, Studio Plaza, Epic and Rio.

Aquaria KLCC

Aquaria KLCC is a cutting-edge oceanarium that is housed beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's "Golden Triangle." Spanning a vast 60,000 square feet, Aquaria KLCC features over 5,000 distinct aquatic and land-based species in their native habitats. Our Living Ocean exhibit, which features a 90-meter glass tunnel pathway, allows guests to get up close and personal with over 7 distinct shark species, including Sand Tiger sharks, Giant Stingrays, Marine turtles, and shoals of other fish.

Dream Forest Langkawi

An Enchanting Rainforest Night Walk. Where legends come to life.  As night falls, travellers are invited to enter the Dream Forest Book Portal and into the magical realm of Sang Gedembai, the legendary keeper of stories and Guardian of the Forest. Stroll along a leisurely 1.2km trail to discover tales like the bittersweet love story of Dayang Bunting Lake, the fabled battle between mighty warrior Merong Mahawangsa and his nemesis Garuda, and… did you know Langkawi was once the home of GIANTS? Immerse yourself in their stories through mesmerising lights, music, projection mapping, art installations, interactive activities and narration.

Gamuda Cove

Crafting towns that stand the test of time. Gamuda Cove is blessed with natural wonders, sprawling wetlands and flanked by a vast forest reserve. We enhanced this with sustainable town-planning to create a city where you can live, work, and play in. To build a vibrant town, we mindfully selected 3 catalyst placemaking projects. SplashMania, Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands and Discovery Park to turn Gamuda Cove into a center of entertainment and vibrancy. 

Zoo Taiping Night Safari

Zoo Taiping has initiated a new concept where the animals are displayed in a naturalistic exhibit which focus on the animal’s natural habitat. The zoo has its own unique qualities as it is located in an area where nature flourishes with natural streams, tranquil lake and lush greenery. Zoo Taiping now houses around 1500 animals from 140 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fishes. In the collection are tigers, lions, hippos, rhinos, giraffe, orang utan, and many other species.

Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort

Surrounded by lush greenery and fronting one of Malaysia's largest 7,000-acre freshwater lake, the resort is only a 3 hours' drive from Kuala Lumpur and easily reached just off the Bukit Merah toll exit (Exit 150) along the North-South Expressway. Explore great times if you're here to play, stay, eat, or even work at our endless offers of facilities from the Laketown Waterpark, Laketown Ecopark, Kampung Air Water Chalet, Laketown Hotel, Halls, Convention Centres and 3 different F&B outlets.


Pangkor Laut Resort, Perak

Pangkor Laut Resort is located on a remote private island off the west coast of Malaysia. The resort, which embodies sophistication and serenity, has one of the top spas in the world and is surrounded by untamed jungle, gorgeous sandy beaches, and a pure blue sea.

Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

The Lexis Hibiscus hotel is tucked away along Port Dickson's picturesque Pasir Panjang beach and has 522 water villas and 117 tower rooms. Each of our villas in Port Dickson is roomy, stylishly furnished with contemporary conveniences, and equipped with a private plunge pool and steam room for comfort and seclusion.

Homestay Kg Lonek, Negeri Sembilan

In Kuala Pilah, guests can choose to stay at Homestay Kampung Lonek whether they are touring or passing through. To make sure you have a nice time, the homestay offers a variety of conveniences and benefits. Parking lot, family room, and tours are just a few of the amenities available.

Smokehouse, Cameron Highland

Everybody requires a place to rest their aching head. The Smokehouse Hotel Cameron Highlands is a great place to unwind and recharge for tourists in Tanah Rata. Smokehouse Hotel Cameron Highlands is renowned for its welcoming atmosphere for children as well as its close proximity to fantastic eateries and tourist destinations, which makes it simple to explore the best of Tanah Rata.

Philea Resort and Spa, Melaka

The Philea Resort and Spa is an extraordinary resort constructed using natural resources, including 8,000 pieces of abandoned railway sleepers for the staircase and more than 6,000 tons of marble from Perak as block fencing. The resort spans more than 15 acres and is strategically located in the rapidly developing Ayer Keroh in Melaka. The furniture in the lobby is made from recycled shipwreck parts.