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Genting Highlands, Bukit Tinggi, Bukit Fraser, Cameron Highlands, Maxwell Hill, Penang Hill, Janda Baik, Gunung Tahan, Gunung Jerai, Kundasang, Tambunan, Kelabit Highlands, Gunung Ledang, Gunung Kinabalu and more.

Take a respite from the hot and humid tropical weather and opt to visit one of the coldest places in Malaysia. You will be thrilled to find several such options in the close vicinity of the city. You can head out to one of the hill stations such as Genting Highlands, Bukit Tinggi, Cameron Highlands, Penang Hill and others.

All these hill stations will enchant you with their natural beauty and the breath of fresh air. Some of these hill stations have expansive tea gardens and strawberry farms, and will surely intoxicate you with their aroma. Those with a love for forests and greenery can visit towns such as Bukit Fraser, Maxwell Hill, Kelabit Highlands and others.

Adventure seekers would surely be thrilled to visit a few of the mountain ranges which are also some of the coldest places to visit in Malaysia. You can go on hiking trips and hike up Gunung Ledang, Gunung Kinabalu, Gunang Tahan or Gunang Tahan. Enjoy the vista of the surrounding areas and stop once in a while to admire a village, a waterfall and others that you come across during your expedition.

Here is the list of coldest places in Malaysia:

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Genting Highlands

  • Go for a quick respite from the heat, and embark on an hour-long drive from Kuala Lumpur to reach Genting Highlands.
  • Genting Highlands is one of the coldest places in Malaysia which you will love visiting.
  • Reach the hill station, located on the top of Mount Ulu Kali at 1800 meters near the border between Selangor states and Pahang.
  • The place has been named the City of Entertainment and you can spend a fun-filled day with your family in this exhilarating place.
  • Enjoy a ride on the Awana SkyWay as you go up and have fun participating in various activities.
  • Shopaholics should not miss out on a shopping expedition to Genting Premium Outlets to take a look at more than 150 branded items.

    Best Time To Visit: March to September
    Location: Genting Highlands, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

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02

Bukit Tinggi

  • A perfect getaway to one of the coldest places to visit in Malaysia would be to visit Bukit Tinggi.
  • Bukit Tinggi is a small town in Pahang state and is located at a height of 1000 m above sea level.
  • The town is known to be one of the top hill stations in Malaysia.
  • Feel a sense of serenity while retreating amongst its dense forests lush with flora of intoxicating smell.
  • Take a stroll in the Zen-inspired Japanese Garden, explore the Japanese Village at Colmar Tropicale and visit the waterfall while visiting the destination.
  • Opt to rent a kimono and join a traditional Japanese tea ceremony to experience the flavours of Japan.

    Best Time To Visit: June and July
    Location: Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia

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03

Bukit Fraser

  • Located at an altitude of 1200 m is one of the coldest places to visit in Malaysia, Bukit Fraser.
  • Feel refreshed as you reach this town, located two hours away from Kuala Lumpur, and find it to be completely filled with flora and fauna.
  • Visit lush jungles and be on the lookout for migratory birds, Malayan tigers, and rare trees.
  • Also visit waterfalls such as Jeriau Waterfall, and Medang Waterfall, and make a trip to Bird Center and Allan Water Lake.
  • Bukit Fraser also has several strawberry farms where you will feel intoxicated by the smell of the flavourful fruit.

    Best Time To Visit: November to January
    Location: Titiwangsa Ridge in Raub District, Pahang

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04

Cameron Highlands

  • Cameron Highlands is one of the coldest places in Malaysia which are popular with tourists.
  • The destination, located at an elevation of 1500 m in Pahang state is known for being the best hill station in Malaysia.
  • The hill station has much on offer for its visitors with an abundance of unmatched rainforest ecosystem along with rolling hills, waterfall, rivers, a vast stretch of tea plantations, lush strawberry farms and awe-inspiring scenic beauty.
  • The highlands are the only area with aboriginal villages which you can opt to visit.
  • Enjoy spending some time in this captivating town visiting Tea Plantations, Bee farms, Parit Falls, Robinson Falls, Strawberry Farms and more.
  • Opt to take a walk on the nature trails in this hill station.

    Best Time To Visit: February – July
    Location: Pahang

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05

Maxwell Hill

  • Maxwell Hill, currently named Bukit Larut, is located at an altitude of 1,250 meters above sea level.
  • It is one of the oldest hill stations in Malaysia.
  • The beautiful hill station is surrounded by lush green forests and will greet you with a captivating view and cool fresh air.
  • Feel tantalised as you catch the sight of colourful flowers such as petunias, tulips, roses, daisies, and more.
  • Take a look at the panoramic views of the west coast from Penang to Pangkor Island and feel enchanted. Visit the various attractions of this town such as Taiping Lake Gardens, Taiping Zoo and more.
  • Opt to go on a hiking trip on the mountain trails.
  • Take the Bukit Larut Jeep Ride to explore the area completely.

    Best Time To Visit: March to October
    Location: Pegawai Penjaga Bukit Larut, Perak, 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

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06

Penang Hill

  • Penang Hill, also known as Bukit Bendera, is a hill station which is famous for its numerous peaks out of which the highest is 833 m Western Hill.
  • The destination, one of the coldest places in Malaysia, is also famed for having the only funicular railway system in Malaysia.
  • Board the train to reach the highest peak and enjoy the scenic journey.
  • Reach the top and explore the famous hill station with an abundance of natural beauty, serenity and panoramic views of the island and mainland.
  • Visit the owl museum located on the top.
  • Opt to go on a walk along the nature trail of the Habitat Penang Hill.

    Best Time To Visit: November to January
    Location: Penang Hill, Bukit Bendera, Penang

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07

Janda Baik

  • Tucked in an idyllic hamlet in the midst of lush tropical rainforest at an elevation of 600 m above sea level is the town of Janda Baik.
  • Janda Baik is a popular getaway in the Bentong district and is just 30 km away from Kuala Lumpur.
  • Rejuvenate yourself by retreating to a place with a vast network of rivers enhancing the beauty of the place.
  • Opt to go fishing or boating or go for a riverside outing or a barbeque with family or friends.
  • You can also indulge in other activities such as walking on natural trails, cycling and bird watching.
  • You can also visit some of the town’s attractions such as Gunung Nuang or Mount Nuang, Ulu Tampit waterfall, and the Elephant Conservation Center.

    Best Time To Visit: December through February
    Location: Bentong, Pahang

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08

Gunung Tahan

  • Encounter one of the most challenging and tough trekking trails in the world.
  • Gunung Tahan or Mount Tahan is a picturesque mountain that is inside the Taman Negara National Forest.
  • It is the tallest peak in Peninsular Malaysia with a height of 2187m.
  • Choose to trek from Sungai Relau to Gunung Tahan and back or go from Sungai Relau to Gunung Tahan and to Kuala Tahan.
  • Take the other option and trek from Kuala Tahan to Gunung Tahan and back to Sungai Relau.
  • Try one of the three tough trekking trails of Gunung Tahan, only if you are a pro.

    Best Time To Visit: June to September

    Location: Taman Negara National Park, Pahang, Malaysia

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09

Gunung Jerai

  • Another one of the coldest places in Malaysia which you may wish to visit is Gunung Jerai, a mountain located in Kedah.
  • Reach the foot of the mountain and be charmed by the view of swaying paddy fields.
  • Climb uphill and feel the cool breeze on your face as you admire the lovely scenic view surrounding you.
  • Reach the top to find a tranquil atmosphere surrounding you as you proceed to take a look at the Regency Jerai Hill Resort.
  • Check out other attractions such as the Jerai Forestry Museum, Gunung Jerai Botanical Park etc.
  • Get a taste of adventure by indulging in recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking and more in that area.

    Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year
    Location: Gunung Jerai, Titiwangsa Mountains

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10

Kundasang

  • Kundasang is one of the coldest places to visit in Malaysia.
  • It is a quaint town which is known as the 'New Zealand' of Malaysia.
  • The town is located in Sabah, just 6 kilometres from Mount Kinabalu Park, and has an elevation of approximately 2000 metres above sea level.
  • Kundasang is the ideal destination for those looking for a brief gateway for the weekend.
  • Feel enchanted as you reach the beautiful place and take a look at its green pastures with a gorgeous backdrop of Mount Kinabalu.
  • A few of the tourist attractions which you can visit in Kundasang include Kundasang War Memorial, Desa Cattle Farm, etc.

    Best Time To Visit: January to April
    Location: Kundasang,district Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia

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11

Tambunan

  • A hidden gem of Malaysia, located in the interior of Sabah, is Tambunan.
  • The place has been nicknamed Switzerland of the East.
  • The beautiful town with its charming terraced paddy fields surrounded by dense bamboo forests is sure to enchant you.
  • The town is also famed to be one of the coldest places in Malaysia.
  • Pay a visit to the town’s star attractions such as the Mahua waterfall and  Tambunan Rafflesia Reserve.

    Best Time To Visit: January until April and June until December
    Location: Tambunan,Tambunan District, Sabah, Malaysia.

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12

Kelabit Highlands

  • An excellent off the beat destination which you can opt for a short trip is the Kelabit Highlands.
  • Kelabit Highlands is a spectacular mountain range located on the northernmost part of Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
  • The remote destination with a  highland plateau of over 1,000 meters will simply captivate you with its miles of rolling hills, virgin jungles, small towns and longhouses.
  • Set out to explore its central town Bario and escape to a world untouched by modernisation.
  • Go for a hiking trip following the natural trails in the highland.
  • Opt to climb Mount Murud, considered to be holy by the locals.

    Best Time To Visit: February to October
    Location: The Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak, Borneo Malaysia

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13

Gunung Ledang

  • The legendary Gunung Ledang, also known as Mount Ophir, is one of the coldest places in Malaysia.
  • The mountain is located in the Gunung Ledang National Park in Tangkak District of Johor in Malaysia.
  • It is situated between the border of Muar and Malacca and is 1,276 meters tall.
  • The destination is well known for being a hiker’s paradise and is one of those places where you can visit to get a taste of adventure.
  • It is popular even with amateur hikers who can try their luck in adventure sports here.
  • Select from the variety of trails and take your time to enjoy what mother nature has bestowed upon this place.
  • Encounter beautiful waterfalls as you proceed on your hiking expedition.

    Best Time To Visit: June until September
    Location: Mount Ledang, Gunung Ledang National Park, Tangkak District, Johor, Malaysia.

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14

Gunung Kinabalu

  • Another one of the coldest places in Malaysia is Gunung Kinabalu, the country’s highest mountain.

  • It is also famed as one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. 

  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of the rolling mountains covered with white clouds while standing in front of it. 

  • Opt to ascend the magnificent mountain to reach its top and be rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding areas from the peak of the mountain.

    Best Time To Visit: March to September
    Location: Mount Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia.

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People Also Ask About Malaysia

  1. What are the best coldest places to visit in Malaysia for couples?

    1. Cameron Highlands: Couples will surely love visiting the best hill station in Malaysia, Cameron Highlands, and spend their time exploring tea plantations, strawberry farms, waterfalls and more. The adventurous couples may also love to walk on a nature trail in this beautiful town, known to be one of the coldest places to visit in Malaysia.

    2. Penang Hill: Couples would surely love to hop on the only funicular railway system in Malaysia to reach the top of Penang Hill. As you reach your destination, feel enchanted looking at the panoramic view of the mainland and the island. Opt to go for a walk on the nature trail hand in hand.

    3. Janda Baik: Couples with a love for activities would love to visit Janda Baik, one of the coldest places in Malaysia, known for being an excellent destination for having fun and adventure. You can go boat riding, fishing, cycling or bird watching while visiting this place. You can also opt to visit some of the town’s attractions or go on a nature trail walk.

    4. Gunung Ledang: Couples who want a taste of adventure can go for a hiking trip up the trails of the legendary Gunung Ledang.Even if you are an amateur, you will find the trails to be suitable for you. Feel the chilly wind and admire the surrounding views as you hike up the trail to reach your destination.

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  2. What are the tips to visit the coldest places in Malaysia?

    - Carry some warm clothes and jackets as you visit one of the coldest places in Malaysia as you might need to put them on after dusk.

    - Carry an umbrella as you may have to face a sprinkle of rain. Even if you don’t, the umbrella will protect you from sun rays.

    - Wear comfortable footwear which will not slip or skid as you ascend up a hill or mountain.

    - If you want to go on a hiking trip, ensure you select a trail which is suitable for you. Do not try to take a challenging trail if you do not have the required expertise.

    - Carry your sunscreen, sunglasses, and head cover to protect yourself from the sun.

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

    1. Genting Highlands: Visiting Kuala Lumpur and looking for a respite from the hot weather? Visit Genting Highlands, a delightful hill station, which has been named the City of Entertainment. Spend a fun-filled day at this destination, partaking in various activities on offer.

    2. Cameron Highlands: The list of best places to visit in Malaysia will surely include one of its crowning glory, its best hill station, Cameron Highlands. Delight in spending a few days in the midst of a vast expanse of tea plantations, lush strawberry fields, stunning waterfalls and more.

    3. Taman Negara: Visit the 130 million years old virgin rainforests, Taman Negara and indulge in its outdoor activities. You can experience walking on the longest canopy walkway in the world, or visit the aborigine village. You can also opt for other enjoyable activities such as caving, fishing, camping, trekking and more.

    4. Kelabit Highlands: Set out on an exploration of Kelabit Highlands, a captivating mountain range which is also one of the coldest places in Malaysia. Go through virgin jungles, admire rolling hills and visit small towns and longhouses on your way.

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  4. How is the weather in Malaysia?

    The weather in Malaysia is hot and humid throughout the year, with scattered tropical rain showers. Malaysia has an equatorial climate with high temperatures along with wet months. The temperature at the sea level usually varies between 21°C to 32°C. If you go to places at a higher elevation, you may experience temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. The best time to visit the country will be to visit between December to February which are the winter months for the country and is most comfortable.

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  5. What is Malaysia famous for?

    The fascinating country Malaysia is famous for several reasons. To start with, the country has a stunning coastal landscape being completely surrounded by water and having 99 islands. The country is also well known for its bustling capital city, Kuala Lumpur, along with its iconic landmark, the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. The country’s historical significance, multiculturalism, and incredible food scenes have added exciting layers to its popularity. Malaysia also has some popular landmarks such as Batu Caves, Malacca City and Gunung Mulu National Park which have also made the country well known.

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