Malaysia is fantastic for kids of all ages. There are endless opportunities for adventure holidays for teenagers – jungle treking in Taman Negara or in search of the worlds largest flower, volunteering at the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary, canopy walks and caves.
How about theme parks? Malaysia has some fantastic theme parks. From indoor theme parks like Cosmos World in Kuala Lumpur to theme park resort towns like Genting Highlands, the attractions are world class for a fraction of the price you’d pay elsewhere.And then there are the malls.
Malaysia has incredible malls. You’ll find familiar western fast food chains, giant bookstores like Popular and MPH that have the best range of young adult fiction I’ve come across anywhere in the world (all in English!), huge arcades and very inexpensive cinemas with movies in English.
A night time cruise through quiet rivers in search of fireflies. It might not compare to northern lights tours in search of the Aurora Borealis, but Malaysia has a number of spots where you can take boat cruises at night to see fireflies. Kuala Selangor, under 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur is one of the most popular but you’ll also find them just south of Penang at Nibong Tebal and in Sabah.
Malaysia has some of the best playgrounds we’ve seen anywhere in the world. Outside you’ll find Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur with it’s giant fairytale playground and Penang’s enormous Youth Park. Let’s not forget the giant playground sprawling across the gardens at the base of the Petronas Towers. The largest playground we’ve ever seen to accompany one of the world’s tallest buildings! Giant shopping malls can be found in most large cities, many with great indoor playgrounds. Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur, 1Borneo in Kota Kinabalu and Queensbay in Penang are some of the best. Each have fantastic indoor playgrounds at reasonable prices where kids can happiily loose themselves for half a day in tunnels, slides and jumping castles.