Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or exciting adventure, there is much to experience in Malaysia with its amazing foodfare, idyllic beaches to rich cultural heritage and vibrant wildlife in lush rainforests. For ideas on travelling the world in Malaysia to embark on a fascinating local holiday uncovering hidden gems – read on.
For satisfying your travel cravings
A food lover’s paradise, the diverse food scene in Malaysia is truly a feast for the senses. From delectable street or hawker fare to exquisite fusion fine dining experiences, you could go on a gastronomic adventure and savour delightful dishes influenced by its unique multi-cultural heritage. Here are a few ideas for you:
- Visit the eclectic Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur to enjoy a vast array of delicious local hawker favourites or spend the day (or two) exploring the quirky cafes, hidden speakeasy bars and restaurants housed in beautifully restored pre-war buildings.
- Revel in the exceptional flavors and heirloom recipes of Peranakan cuisine, or Nyonya food, in Penang, one of the birthplaces of the colorful culture.
- If you are looking for a day out in “unfamiliar” terrain, head up the hills about an hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur to Colmar Tropicale. Located in the middle of a rainforest, this charming French village closely resembles the fairytale-like town of Colmar in Alsace, France and even offers dining options including haute French cuisine and a French bakery for the full experience.
For feeling far away without going too far
Home to a potpourri of cultures and ethnicity, Malaysia is rich with decades of history evident in its architectural heritage and atmospheric streets. You don’t have to travel far to find yourself at a fascinating destination within the country – here are some suggestions for that local getaway you need:
- For history buffs who miss exploring the historical sites of Portugal and Philippines, capture the beautiful ruins of the Portugese era in Malacca, a Unesco World Heritage City – and probably the only place in the world that has ruins of both Asia and Europe.
- Set off on an urban adventure in the buzzing metropolis of Kuala Lumpur – on foot. Learn more about historical landmarks, Asian traditions and multi-cultural influences at your own pace with self-guided walking tours as you roam the streets lined with a colourful blend of colonial shophouses juxtaposed against dazzling skyscrapers.
- If you have an appetite for getting off the beaten path, visit Kuching for a mystifying experience upclose with the indigenous Bidayuh tribe who were once notorious headhunters. Explore century-old longhouses interconnected by bamboo walkways and immerse yourself in the fascinating Bidayuh’s way of life.
For a sense of adventure and adrenaline
Malaysia’s infamous caves, lush rainforests boasting rich biodiversity and tropical waters offer a myriad of experiences that will not disappoint the adventure buffs, nature lovers and beach bums alike. Here are some ideas for incredible experiences in the outdoors within the country:
- Missing the instagrammable swing ride over beautiful rice terraces and forests in Ubud, Bali? Take the mega swing over breathtaking city and sunset views at Kokol Hills in Kota Kinabalu, also famous for its beaches and greenery.
- Likened to diving the Maldives and Bahamas, Pulau Rawa in Johor is a hidden gem that will delight snorkellers and scubadivers with its extremely fine white sandy beach and crystal clear waters, abundance of colourful marine life and pristine coral reefs.
- If you miss sandboarding in Perth’s Lancelin, a short 15 minutes drive out from Melaka city to the spectacular white sand dunes at Klebang will impress you – especially during the golden hour in the morning where changing hues of colours illuminate the ‘white desert’. This coastal town also provides visitors glimpses of its authentic cultures and traditions through its local Nyonya cuisines.
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