Malaysia’s IG-worthy bridges
Our country isn’t just all natural beauty - sure, we’ve got the prettiest waterfalls and stunning views from atop our hilly landscape, but we’ve also erected iconic skyscrapers and massive monuments worthy of international envy.
The bridges we’ve built have done well to forge close ties domestically and internationally - Pulau Pinang is now easily accessible from mainland and we’re well-connected to Singapore. At the same time, our bridges are iconic. Their designs, lengths, and heights surpass many bridges around the world, offering amazing views. Here are 10 bridges with sceneries worthy of a snap for your IG feed.
1. Sungai Johor Bridge
Taking the title of the longest central span of any river bridge in Malaysia, the Sungai Johor Bridge is surely one to capture your breath. Spanning from Pulau Juling near Singapore all the way to Tanjung Penyabong, you’ll get a view of the clear blue sea and skies for as far as the eye can see.
How to get there: Take the North – South Expressway heading to the Senai – Desaru Expressway/E22 towards Johor.
2. Danum Valley Canopy Walk
Suspended throughout the gigantic trees of the Danum Valley, the Danum Valley Canopy Walk is a little something for the nature lovers! The canopy walk is suspended at 15 to 26 meters above the ground and surrounded by a 360 degree view of the forests with multiple viewing platforms throughout.
The nails and rivets are not embedded into any tree’s bark so the bridges are suspended without damaging the sanctity of the forest.
Address: Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
3. Langkawi Sky Bridge
Sitting atop Manchingchang mountain, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is the world’s longest curved suspension bridge at 125 meters long. Visitors are able to get a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains and terrain as well as the sea atop this walkway. Entry tickets to the bridge cost RM5 for adults and RM3 for children.
View from atop Skybridge Langkawi Source: @_jeggers_
How to get there: Visitors are required to take a 15 minute cable car ride from Oriental Village, which is at the base of the mountain to the top of the mountain. Oriental Village is an approximately 40-minute drive from Kuah Town or 20 minutes from Langkawi International Airport.
4. Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge
Named after the fourteenth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah of Kedah, this bridge is the longest in Southeast Asia, stretching 24 KM long. It connects Bandar Cassia in Seberang Perai on the mainland of Penang to Batu Maung on Penang Island.
For the most part of the drive, depending on the weather, your view will be of the blue skies and the approaching misty, blur mountains of Penang’s hilly landscape. You’ll be able to spot Pulau Aman, Pulau Gudung and Pulau Jerejak during the drive too.
How to get there: Take the New Klang Valley Expressway towards Penang and continue straight towards Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge.
5. Seri Wawasan Bridge
Located in Putrajaya, the Seri Wawasan Bridge is one of the main tourist attractions of the area with boat tours being offered night and day. The sleek, post-modern design has the tower leaning at one side along with the suspender and suspender cable, all of which lit up in neon-like colours during the night.
How to get there: Head onto the Lebuhraya Damansara – Puchong and head straight towards Putrajaya. After that, take Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to Lebuh Wawasan.
6. Penang Bridge
Aside from Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, the Penang Bridge links Mainland Penang to Penang Island. As the fifth longest bridge in Southeast Asia at 5.8 KM in length, the Penang Bridge offers a clear sight of the Selatan Strait as you cross from the mainland to the island and vice versa.
Once a year, the bridge is closed to accommodate the Penang Bridge International Marathon with full and half marathons as well as 10km and fun run. It’s the best time of the year to step off the vehicle while on the bridge!
How to get there: Follow the New Klang Valley Expressway towards Ipoh, exit at Alor Setar. Follow directions to Perai and head straight from there.
7. Sultan Ismail Bridge
View from the bridge Source: @ahmadafiq91
Before the construction of the Sultan Ismail Bridge in Muar, Johor, locals would have to either cross the river with a boat or travel another, longer route on land. The bridge connects Bandar Maharani which is in Muar to Tanjung Agas which is located in Ledang. With the construction of this bridge in 1967, many villagers found their daily commute much easier.
How to get there: Head towards Johor on the North – South Expressway. Continue on to Jalan Kesang/ Route 5 in Muar.
8. Seri Saujana Bridge
Another one to stop by while you’re in Putrajaya, the Seri Saujana bridge puts on a stunning light show at night in which the bridge is cast with different colors and patterns. The reflection that it creates on the Putrajaya lake helps to light up the night and is a complementary sight that welcomes photographers. When it comes to bridges, Putrajaya is doing it right.
How to get there: Take the Damansara – Puchong Expressway straight following route E11 towards Putrajaya.
9. Canopy walk @ Taman Negara
The canopy walk in Taman Negara is in the midst of the forest untouched by man, spreading across three different states - Pahang, Kelantan, and Terrenganu. This canopy walk is suspended about 45 meters off the ground, spanning almost 530 meters long! Up on the bridge, you’ll be able to spot the various wildlife and species of fauna available in the national park. It costs RM5 to head up the canopy walk.
How to get there: Upon arriving at Taman Negara, visitors are able to reach the canopy walk either by trekking or by taking a short boat ride.
10. Putra Bridge
Inspired by the famous Khajiu Bridge in Esfahan, Iran, the Putra Bridge is a fine piece of architecture encompassing modern as well as old fashioned patterns and design techniques. This bridges overlooks the Putrajaya lake as well as having a view of the landscaped gardens and buildings in its surroundings. It links Putra Square with the Boulevard.
While on the magnificent-looking Putra Bridge, you’ll be able to spot Seri Wawasan Bridge light up at night!
How to get there: Take the Damansara – Puchong Expressway straight following route E11 towards Putrajaya
Bridges in Malaysia with incredible views
No doubt we have a few of the best bridges ever - from the longest bridge in Southeast Asia to the longest curved suspension bridge and even those that light up the night. Looking past their massive scale, what they offer are impressive views of the seas, hilly and forest landscapes and the urban sceneries.