The Atlas Obscura Guide To Malaysia
48 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Malaysia
Updated April 25, 2023
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Meet the Punk Rocker Building Life-Sized Paper Effigies for Malaysia’s Ghosts
The doom metal guitarist builds papier-mâché BMWs, iPhones, and mansions—then it all goes up in smoke.
by Marco Ferrarese
5 Colorful Stories About the Pageantry of the Lunar New Year
Go behind the scenes of celebration, from molten metal to sticky cakes.
by April White
A Botanical Mystery Solved, After 146 Years
How a young illustrator’s attention to detail—and a determined Victorian woman's legacy—led to the discovery of a new species in an old painting.
by Gemma Tarlach
In Malaysia, Recycled Fire Hoses Help Make Way for Endangered Langurs
These crossings keep them—and many other species—safe from roadway dangers.
by Kristen Pope
Malaysia Has Turned Lion Dancing Into a Gravity-Defying Extreme Sport
Meet some of the troupes taking an ancient tradition to new heights.
by Marina Wang
The Malaysian Penanggalan Haunts Pregnant Women and Newborns
These provincial specters are as gruesome as they are hungry.
by Josh Levine
The Mesmerizing Geometry of Malaysia's Most Complex Cakes
Bold colors and designs set kek lapis Sarawak apart.
by Samantha Chong