Oscar Wilde once said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Be one of those that looks at the stars because there’s just something magical about staring up at the vastness of the night sky dotted with twinkling lights.

It may be hard nowadays to spot stars at night due to the light pollution but did you know that there are still numerous spots in Malaysia to stargaze? Read on for the best places to add to your bucket list.

Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor

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Instead of going to the same old boring dating spots in KL, head over to the quiet town of Kuala Kubu Bharu in Hulu Selangor for a quiet time for two. Take a drive to the bridge of the Selangor River Dam for a great panoramic view of trees, still waters and a captivating night sky.

Maragang Hill, Sabah

maragang hill stargazing sabah

You can find spectacular stargazing views at various places at this East Malaysian state and one of them is at Maragang Hill. If like us, you find that climbing to the top of Mount Kinabalu to be as impossible as Mount Everest, then set off for a mere 1.6km journey to the peak of this hill.

Pitch a tent at the campsite to try and catch a glimpse of the Milky Way at one of the best stargazing sites in the country and enjoy majestic views of Mount Kinabalu up close.

Mersing, Johor

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People may usually associate Mersing with being a spot to hop onto the passenger boat jetty to numerous offshore islands daily but it’s also a great place to look out for stars!

Stargazing is an activity that will help you to reconnect with nature and this small fishing town also offers idyllic beach views so you can truly relax. We’ll add bonus points for this spot as they have reasonably-priced seafood.

Tasik Pedu, Kedah

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Kedah folks like to emphasise that their states aren’t just made up of paddy fields, thank you very much but there are some secluded areas to make the most of.

Although Alor Star may be a bustling city, a 90-minute drive away is Tasik Pedu which is the largest manmade lake in Kedah and is fairly close to the borders of Thailand. Once a spot for modern resorts, those have now been abandoned but remains a great place to stargaze.

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