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Fun Things to Do While Studying Abroad in Malaysia

The performance of Asian universities in the world rankings is widely recognised; recently, Malaysia with its impressive EduCity and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) taking a spot in Times Higher Education’s Top 100 Universities Under 50, it comes as no surprise that Malaysia is drawing more international attention than before. Education talks aside, let’s not forget that Malaysia is full of exciting and fun things to do. Here are some suggestions: 

Visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital 
From Chinatown, central market to the iconic PETRONAS Towers or KLCC, there are more than one hotspots for you to explore. Read more about interesting places in our previous article – in KL State of Mind
Visit Taman Negara National Park 
No experience is complete without visiting a tropical rainforest! Regarded as the oldest jungle, Taman Negara is also the largest in the country covering over 4343 square kilometres of rainforest. It is also home to the longest canopy walkway in the world. Taman Negara from Kuala Lumpur (KL) by bus: approximately 1-2 hours. 
Visit Penang, the Food Capital of Malaysia 
One of Malaysia’s most popular destinations, Penang offers a myriad of flavours:  from street food to fine dining, there is something for everyone. Foodies will be spoilt for choice or find great writing materials for your blog. Must try Asam Laksa(a famous spicy noodle soup from the local Peranakan Culture). 
KL to Penang by car: approximately 4-5 hours. 
KL to Penang by air: approximately 1 hour. 
Nearest university: University of Science, Malaysia (USM), Kdu College, Penang
Visit Sabah – Land Below the Wind 
Mount Kinabalu and Eco-Adventure
Malaysia’s second largest state - Sabah is thick with tropical rainforest and breathtaking mountains. Do something daring and conquer Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, the tallest mountain in South-East Asia, it is 13,435-feet (4095 metres) above sea level and offers the most spectacular view. 
For the adventurous, go for the challenging White Water Rafting at Padas River; or if you are seeking a milder version of the rapid Padas River, try White Water Rafting at Kiulu River, which along the way you will pass by the Kadazan Dusun Rural Community – one of the largest ethnic populations in Malaysia Borneo. Wow. 
KL to Sabah by air: approximately 2 ½ hours. 
Nearest universities: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
Note: Most universities and colleges are situated in KL or in Petaling Jaya; find out more on other universities and colleges available in Malaysia
Studying abroad in Malaysia opens doors to limitless adventures! So let’s make it happen. 
Also, you might like to read about tips on how to choose your study destination.

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