With most of our lockdown restrictions easing up, we know that most Malaysians already have their eyes on traveling somewhere for the holidays.
It’s also the end of the year, meaning that there will be a lot more days off for you to take so that you can go jalan-jalan.
Malaysia, tanah airku, is a country like no other. With a mix of wondrous city skylines, colonial architecture to lush rainforests and even pristine beaches, there is something for every traveler out there.
So, since we can all travel domestically again, where should you whisk yourself to this holiday season you ask?
Well, we’ve put together a list of 5 places you can visit in Malaysia now that you can!
Destination 1: The Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands
The Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands looks like a fairytale come to life. With its luscious greenery and misty views, you will feel like you've been transported to a whole new world.
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Cameron Highlands is famous for its tea valleys, strawberries and incredibly fresh produce but it is also home to so many wonderful hidden gems that most Malaysians do not know about.
Tucked in the highlands of Mount Brinchang, the Mossy Forest boasts an elevated position of 2,032 metres above sea level. Which means you will definitely feel the cool air surrounding you when you go there.
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There is also an observation tower that you can hike up to that allows you the 360 degree views of the forest.
The best times to visit this magical forest is in the morning when the morning mist is still there. Be sure to bring your jackets and warmer wear as it can drop to 10°c sometimes.
Do note that there is an entrance fee that you will have to pay. It is around RM 5-10 for Malaysians and RM 15-30 for non-Malaysians.
We can't wait to see the amazing Instagram photos you're going to take at the Mossy Forest!
Destination 2: Kundasang, Sabah
Widely known as the most beautiful place to visit in Malaysia, Kundasang truly is a breathtaking place. With paddy fields and mountains surrounding you wherever you look, it's hard to not want to explore this beautiful town.
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Where should you visit in Kundasang? Well, here are some fun places we think you should drop by at to fully experience the magic of Kundasang.
Sabah Tea Garden
If you are a tea lover, then this place needs to be on your list. With acres of tea plantations in the cool mountain air, you can sit back and relax while the view just takes your breath away.
You can also pay a small fee to go and visit their factories to learn more about how the tea is made. There are also some hiking trails for those avid hikers who want to go down the beaten path.
The Desa Dairy Farm
Since we can't really travel internationally yet, the Desa Dairy Farm can give you the feeling of being in places like New Zealand. The views of the rolling hills and the cows just transports you to another place.
Kinabalu National Park
With over 5,000 different species of plants and 90 different species of lowland mammals, the Kinabalu National Park is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to National Parks.
Dubbed Malaysia's first world heritage site, we think this is one place you should not skip out on if you are traveling to Kundasang. Of course, the main attraction there is Mount Kinabalu which is famous for being one of the best mountains to climb in the world.
Destination 3: Langkawi Islands
Langkawi was the first travel destination that was opened up to the people of Malaysia a few months ago and every flocked to Langkawi immediately. It was amazing to see the travel industry opening up again.
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Langkawi is a beautiful archipelago that has over 99 islands on the West Coast of Malaysia. The beautiful blue seas and the white sandy beaches is perfect for a weekend getaway after such a long time stuck at hime.
It's also a duty-free island meaning things like chocolate and alcohol are much cheaper here. Langkawi is also well-known for it's diving opportunities and history-rich islands that will keep you occupied the whole time you're there.
Destination 4: Penang Islands
Known as the foodie's paradise, Penang is not only an island that gives you beautiful beaches but also some delicious street food.
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We know many Malaysians that either drive there over the weekend or just take a quick flight just to eat and relax for the weekend.
Some awesome spots that you can head on to in Penang are:
Hiking At Penang National Park
Who doesn't love the great outdoors? Especially more so since we were all cooped up indoors for almost 2 years.
So why not go and hike at the Penang National Park. It is one of the smallest national parks in Malaysia but it has gorgeous hiking trails and a secret beach as well!
Street Food Tour
It wouldn't be a trip to Penang without all the food! With an amazing mix of all kinds of food ranging from street food to expensive cuisine, Penang has something for every palette.
Engage in a travel tour partner that could bring you to all the best places for food that you might not know about.
Destination 5: Gunung Mulu, Sarawak
Dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu is famous for it's caving, hot springs and amazing tracks. Visitors have come from all over the world to see this beauty up close.
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The main attraction of the park is the caves and the millions of bats that call it their hime. It is the longest cave system in Southeast Asia and it is the world's largest cave passage.
It is truly a magical experience to be able to hike the caves in Gunung Mulu and we recommend it highly for your next big adventure.
There you have it, the top 5 places that we think you should go to during the holiday season. But, you should also always stay safe and follow the SOPs set out by each area and wear your masks at all times. Take tests before you travel as well so that you keep yourself and those around you safe.
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