Short Weekend Getaway Ideas From KL


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The Petronas Towers standing tall at the middle of Kuala Lumpur city

Kuala Lumpur is an amazing location, and it stands out as the Malaysian capital. However, there are plenty more places to visit when travelling in Malaysia, and you should consider planning a trip to at least one nearby area. Malaysia is also one of Asia's cheapest countries to travel around.

From gardens to beaches, every town and city surrounding KL is unique in their own way. Each spot is filled with culture, food, history, and so much more. You will discover fascinating facts about Malaysia that you may not have known before visiting, and you will love learning about and experiencing the Malaysian lifestyle.

With so many locations outside of Kuala Lumpur, it can be tough to choose which ones to travel to. Nevertheless, there is something that fits the criteria of every traveller, and these places will not fail to impress you on your trip from KL.

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Genting Highlands is a resort on a hill located in Bentong District

Bentong

Situated in West Malaysia, Bentong is only one hour away from Kuala Lumpur, providing a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the large city. Venture through the markets and food stalls that are put out every Saturday night, and take in the charm and culture of this small town.

Love eating quality (and quite flavorful) ice cream? Then head over to Kow Po and indulge in some homemade goodness. This local favourite has been in operation for over 40 years, and has an excellent reputation with many hungry locals stopping by, especially on weekends!

One of the best tourist attractions that Bentong has to offer is factory tours. Have an up-close look at the process of fermenting soybeans to create savoury soy sauce at the Kicap Bentong Soya Factory, or learn how to make tofu puffs, whose recipe has been made in Malaysia and passed down generations for over 100 years, at Bentong Tofu Puff.

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Gopeng

The magnificent town of Gopeng is approximately 2 hours away from Bentong, but it is worth the long commute since it will truly make your getaway from Kuala Lumpur a lot more special. With magnificent caves, rivers, and limestone cliffs being the main attractions, this place is an absolute must-see for travellers that adore the outdoors.

White water rafting is very popular in Gopeng, and both locals and tourists love rafting in Kampar River. Enjoy the beauty of nature as you go about the Grade I to III river rapids, and make lots of fun and exciting memories. Best of all, this attraction is beginner-friendly, and not only will you be provided with life jackets and helmets, but an experienced rafter will also be on board as you paddle through the rapids.

Caving is by far one of the best things to do in Gopeng, and it attracts a countless amount of people on the daily. Being approximately 400 million years old, Gua Tempurung is a limestone cave in Perak that offers 4 tours. It used to be used by communists during the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960, and their graffiti is still up for display today.

Gopeng Museum is a free museum that many tourists and locals visit as well. Explore what Gopeng was like in the past, and allow the displays at the museum to tell the town's story. You will find over 300 antiques in the exhibition, such as watches, clocks, radios, sewing machines, typewriters, and much more. It is the perfect place to gain some knowledge about the area, as well as plenty of history.

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Ipoh is a famous city in Malaysia because of its special white coffee

Ipoh

Loving your vacation so far? Well, you'll love it even more once you read about this city. Ipoh, the third-largest Malaysian city, has been attracting many vacationists and locals. Called home by the oh-so-popular white coffee, as well as historical architecture, Ipoh is truly worth exploring.

Operating for over 60 years, Nam Heong and its chefs have always been dedicated to making quality dishes that everyone will enjoy. One of the items that both locals and vacationists love to order is the white coffee, which is served in vintage coffee cups. You can enjoy a cup of coffee with egg tarts, which is appreciated by many, and take in the loveliness of the old-school shop.

If you love Malaysian street food, stalls, and markets, be sure to stop by the uneven street known as Concubine Lane. Built-in 1908, it was originally used by British officers and Chinese Magnate; now it is open to the public, and all of the structures and architecture are kept from back in the day as well. People also love taking photos on the 100-year-old streets, as well as shopping at the various markets this place has to offer.

Every town in Malaysia has its most popular dishes, and the Ipoh Chicken Rice and Gai Si Hor Fun, or shredded chicken noodles, are part of what makes Ipoh so special. Suppose you're in the mood to grab some chicken rice, head over to restaurants like Lou Wong and Cowan Street. The shredded chicken noodles can be found at almost every restaurant and cafe in Ipoh, and won't be hard to find since many locals appreciate it.

Halal food is also available in Ipoh, so it is the perfect destination for people who eat Halal cuisine. Not only do they have their famous Halal Chinese food, but there is a variety of Halal verified restaurants that serve other foods as well.

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Putra Mosque is a large mosque in Putrajaya Malaysia

Putrajaya

As you venture through Malaysia on your short vacation from KL, you will most definitely hear about the modern city of Putrajaya. Located south of Kuala Lumpur, buildings and other structures in this area had begun to develop in the early 1990s, which wasn't that long ago. Putrajaya's greenery is what makes it so beautiful, as well as its fascinating parks.

One of Putrajaya's top landmarks is the Putra Mosque, which can accommodate up to 15,000 people. Situated on a beautiful lake, the mosque's architecture is inspired by various Islamic styles and looks absolutely amazing both up close and afar. Visitors are welcome, but both men and women must wear clothing that covers themselves since it is a mosque. Robes are also provided when visiting.

Another great way that you can view the city is by taking a cruise known as Cruise Tasik Putrajaya. You will be able to sightsee and enjoy this relaxing ride on your choice of either an air-conditioned 76 seater boat or a gondola. Not only do you get to see the bridges and the Putra Mosque, but the knowledgable staff will also provide you with information and history on each place that you will see.

The Putrajaya Botanical Garden is the perfect place to go if you're a sucker for gardens, flowers, plants, and more things of that nature. Venture through the beautiful area as you feel the fresh air of the area as well as view the orchids and tree specimens in the garden. Walking, jogging and cycling are the three main things that people do to relax in the garden, and the times of day that they usually visit are either in the morning or evening.

With a mixture of eastern and western architecture, the Prime Minister's office holds lots of power in Malaysia. Although it is not open for tours or to the public in general, this government building, as well as its surrounding area, is very wonderful to see. Completed in 1999, the PM's office offers a beautiful view of Putrajaya, as well as his residence across the lake.

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Pantai Redang beach is one of Sekinchan's attractive beaches

Sekinchan

Being a small town on Malaysia's west coast, Sekinchan attracts many people who are craving for a break from the busy city environment. This place offers the perfect change of scenery as well as a countless number of activities that you and your family can enjoy to the fullest.

If you love greenery and nature, why not stop by Sekinchan's endless paddy fields? You can take many cool photos in the green fields since the blue sky compliments it well. You can also learn more about the paddy planting process by taking a paid tour at the Paddy Processing Factory & Gallery. You also have the option to explore the area and retail store for free.

Popular for its Wishing Tree and "I love Sekinchan" sign, Pantai Redang is a beach that you should definitely make your next stop. From seaside snack stalls to coffee shops, this place is appreciated by both locals and tourists that visit. One of the attractions that you should definitely see here is the unique N.16 Bus Cafe, which is literally a cafe on a bus!

Once you start exploring Sekinchan, you will slowly start to take in the culture and tranquillity it has to offer. Besides the outstanding restaurants and cafes that are scattered across the town, Sekinchan is also best known for its fishing villages, Bagan being the main one. The economy of Bagan depends on the fishing industry and has shops that house the scrumptious seafood restaurants. You can also buy the best snacks in the to take home since they are that good.

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A market in Seremban with its organized and colorful vegetables

Seremban

Seremban, previously called Sungai Ujong, is a very cultural and fun area to visit when taking a short vacation from KL. Seremban's main attraction is the Centipede Temple, and it is also popular for its malls, food, and beautiful architecture.

Begin your adventure in Seremban by exploring the nature of the highest peak in Negeri Sembilan; Gunung Angsi. Located in a forest, this famous hiking spot is 825 metres and attracts people from surrounding areas such as Malacca and Selangor. Although it is a large mountain (that you could get lost in without a proper tour guide), it is still a great way to appreciate nature and its beauty.

Malls are approved of by all Malaysian residents, and this mega-mall located in Seremban is not one to overlook. Palm Mall, surrounded by palm trees, offers shopping and dining at 187 retail stores and restaurants. You have many things to do here, including purchasing souvenirs to remember your trip by or buying some clothes to wear around town. Luxury goods are everywhere in this mall, and the options are endless.

Love adorable cats? Then be sure to take some time to go to Seremban's best cat cafe—Cat Town. Not only are the felines well-groomed, but this tourist favourite is also very appealing to children and families, with coffee and waffles served as well. Cat Town's owner is also very knowledgable about the residing cats and their stories, so don't hesitate to ask more about the little ball of fur you're playing with!

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Pahang River, Temerloh, Malaysia

Temerloh

Temerloh, a municipality in Central Pahang, is the second largest town in Pahang after the state capital. Loaded with Malaysian culture and history, Temerloh is a municipality with lots of spots to check out. The recent growth of this Malaysian town has allowed it to develop places such as sanctuaries, museums, reserves, and much more.

Shopping is a big part of Temerloh residents' lives, and the weekly bazaar that opens every Sunday is always packed with locals. Pekan Sehari sells products on both sides of the road and offers delicious foods and various kinds of fish. Chicken rice is also a popular delicacy, sold in Temerloh Old Town.

If you're the person that loves the idea of fishing on a hot summer day, then there is some news for you. Temerloh's visitors usually go to Pahang River, one of the best fishing grounds, to go fishing with their families, friends, and others. There are many different species of fish and water prawns, and will surely be a great highlight of your vacation. In some villages, you can even rent a motorboat or canoe to move around the river. So, bring your best fishing equipment, search for a secluded area, and begin fishing!

Along with fishing, the Pahang River is also famous for rafting. Ever since the first Pahang International River Rafting Expedition was held in 2001, many tourists and locals have been coming to experience the excitement of river rafting. This event helps in spreading the word about the river and is said to be the perfect destination for nature enthusiasts. Be sure that you take necessities, such as food, clothing, bug spray, etc., and enjoy the adventure!

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Tasik Y is a park in Batu Pahat perfect for different recreational activities

Batu Pahat

Situated in Johor, the town of Batu Pahat is a hidden gem in Malaysia that is absolutely worth exploring when going on a weekend trip from KL. Many locals like to vacation in Batu Pahat as well, and is actually a popular holiday spot. Beaches, forests, and more are what attract travellers to this peaceful town, and you should absolutely make plans to visit.

If you have a sweet spot for beaches, then you should definitely check out Pantai Minyak Beku, also called Frozen Oil Beach. This sandy beach has a unique name, but with history attached to it. Years ago, Siamese soldiers came to this very beach to dig up a well to get water. But, instead of clear water, they found rich oil. To honour this moment, there is a historical plaque located by the Tourism Ministry that provides more facts and details about this historical event. Picnicking and fishing are two of the top activities that visitors like to participate in, and there is also a ferry terminal at the village where you can hire a fisher to give you a short boat ride.

Green forests are a wonderful sight, and the Soga Perdana Amenity Forest is one that appeals to many. You can choose to trek in the beautiful forest, or you can explore the reserve and snap a couple of pictures with the fascinating wildlife that you find. Additionally, you also have the amazing opportunity to have a bird's eye view of Batu Pahat from the lookout tower, which allows you to see the beauty of the town.

Another natural area that you can visit in Batu Pahat is Taman Rekreasi Tasik Y, which is a recreational lakeside park. Join locals as they jog, cycle, walk, and socialize in this beautiful park made for the community, and appreciate the dazzling lake and cool breeze. Playgrounds, jogging tracks, and other features are also what make this park special, making it perfect for the whole family.

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A wide area of a tea plantation in Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

Greenery, farms, villages, and mountains are only a handful of attractions you will see in the Cameron Highlands. Both locals and vacationists swarm the hill station constantly, and you will never see the emptiness in this area. Dating back to the 19th century, the highlands were founded by Sir William Cameron, a British colonialist. The Cameron Highlands was created for guests to enjoy their summers and the cool climate it has to offer, and that is still its goal today.

With vigorous green terraces and a wonderful tea shop, the Boh Tea Company's plantation is the perfect attraction for tea-lovers all around. Learn how this famous Malaysian tea company harvests and grows their tea, and experience the fun that comes with it. The tea shop is also a must-visit, with signature brews available to sample.

Orang Asli, meaning 'Original People' in Malay, refers to the people that reside in the villages of the Cameron Highlands. There is a countless amount of villages scattered across the Highlands, such as near the jungles and on the main road that takes you to Tanah Rata.

Raju Hill Strawberry Farm is well-known, both by residents and tourists, for its scrumptious and juicy strawberries. Located in a foggy dale, this farm is the perfect place to visit (especially with children) to pick up to half a kilo of strawberries to eat later on. There is a small cafe that you can pick up an English cream tea from as well, or even some fresh strawberry jam and/or juice.

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Fraser's Hill is a mountain village known for its lush greenery and wildlife

Fraser's Hill

Along with the Cameron Highlands, Fraser's Hill is also famous for extraordinary peaks, greenery, and authentic English cream tea. With an old-fashioned and vintage feel, you will never get over the experience that Fraser's Hill has to offer people taking weekend trips from Kuala Lumpur.

Fraser's Hill is named after a Scottish man from the 1800s named Louis James Fraser. Running opium and gambling dens in this area, he was quite the man, and after a couple of years, he decided to turn this place into a 'little England'. Fraser's Hill has been attracting British residents and others ever since, with bungalows, pubs, and restaurants surrounding the town.

With cool air everywhere you go, Fraser's Hill is a great place to explore different types of activities, such as golf. Play a quick game of golf on this peaceful 9-hole course, and have loads of fun as you swing your golf club in the air. If you have children, however, this place isn't really the destination for you, since there is a 'no kids allowed' rule in place. You can still play golf with your kids at the mini-golf course, which is 8RM per person for half an hour.

Cream tea, a British favourite, has gained an excellent reputation in this mountain village. Usually consumed in the afternoon, this tea is part of British tradition, and also a big part of Fraser's Hill. Eat some cake as you savour the creamy tea, as well as jam, scones, clotted cream, finger sandwiches, pastries, and so much more.

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Tabur Hill offers one of Malaysia's breathtaking view of hills and greeneries

Hulu Langat

Being a small town in Malaysia, Hulu Langat is the best destination for a quick visit, since it can easily be explored in a day. Visitors love this town for making stops and having quick snacks between their trips, one of the popular stops being Ampang Point. This mall has food, drinks, grocery shops, a pharmacy, money changer, and much more. It is basically the ultimate truck stop and can cater to all of your needs without you having to go anywhere else.

Even though it is a small town, Hulu Langat's nightlife is absolutely wonderful. Locals recommend visiting Tamarind Springs, which is a night club in the district. Offering the best Thai and Indochinese food in the area, it is the perfect spot for a pleasant dinner with your significant other, a friend, or even by yourself. Tamarind Springs offers an elegant dining experience, and you won't regret stopping by.

Hulu Langat also has a zoo in the area, called Zoo Negara Malaysia. With 5,446 specimens from 476 species of birds, reptiles, fish, mammals, and amphibians, this zoo is filled with exotic animals. It is about 13km from Kuala Lumpur, and the aquarium is also popular for its display of over 80 species of aquatic animals. Children are welcome here, and it is overall a great spot for both local and foreign families and tourists.

Bukit Tabur, also called East Trail, is a quintessential place to visit, especially if you're a fan of nature. It offers tranquil hiking and rock climbing experience, as well as a stunning view of Hulu Langat's nature. Not only can you do those activities, but you can also start hiking early to watch the sunrise on the peak. Local expedition guides aren't difficult to find, and it is considered to have the best scenery in the area.

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Kuala Selangor Lighthouse is the town's most famous historical landmark

Kuala Selangor

Famous for its fireflies, Kuala Selangor is a beautiful town located in Selangor, Malaysia. The number of attractions in this area is endless, and the town is also just an hour away from the capital of Malaysia, making it the perfect spot for a short vacation from KL.

Start by exploring the Kuala Selangor Lighthouse, which is the town's most visited landmark. Built-in 1907, it is a symbol that represents the town of Kuala Selangor and is also 27m high. Its light can be seen from as far as 18 miles away, and although it isn't open to the public, it is still a beautiful spot to photograph.

The Moon Viewing Pavilion, located in front of the famous lighthouse, is a beautiful pavilion that was built to see the new moon. It was also used to know the beginning and end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, as well as other Islamic events and holidays.

Looking for a place to relax with a refreshment? Then, head over to Auntie Foo for a pleasant surprise. Being in business since 1935, Auntie Foo is one of the best cafes in town, serving the likes of homemade ice cream, dried seafood, and souvenirs for you to take back with you. Best of all, there are brochures, maps, and Wi-Fi available for use, so it's a great place to stop by when you need directions to a certain place.

After the sun goes down, locals and vacationists love to see the beautiful firefly display that Kuala Selangor is best known for. There are swamps along the banks of the Selangor River, and those swamps are where fireflies like to roam freely. You will be able to see the beauty of the fireflies as their tails glow on and turn off, and it is truly a wonderful experience.

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A'Famosa Fort is a famous ruins of a fortress that you can visit in Malacca, Malaysia

Malacca (Melaka)

Malacca also spelt Melaka, is a popular tourist spot that includes an inside look on British, Portuguese, Dutch, and Baba-Nyonya culture and heritage. This city is easy to get around by either trishaw or by walking, and also offers traditional food and lifestyle.

Visiting A'Famosa Fort is essential when it comes to travelling to Malacca. Built about 509 years ago, the great fortress used to stretch across an entire hillside. Today, all visitors see is a single gate, called Porta de Santiago. Alfonso de Albuquerque, who led the invasion on the Malacca Sultanate, had constructed this piece of architecture which sits downhill from St. Paul's Church today.

The Malacca Sultanate Palace, which is a replica of the original, is also a popular attraction amongst visitors. Constructed with no nails holding it together, this impressive structure in Malacca is a great spot for history lovers. You can view 15th-century Malaysian culture, and see the clothes of the royals and old paintings. There are hundreds of artefacts displayed across the museum, and it is a very well-known place to gain knowledge about ancient Malacca.

If you want to take a fun stroll through this city, then be sure to stop by Jonker Street. Located in the centre of Chinatown, it is well known for craft and clothing stores, as well as various restaurants and cafes. The best times to visit this busy road are Friday and Saturday nights. At night, there is everything from snacks, sweets, clothing, and so much more available for purchase.

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Redang Island is a perfect getaway for beach bums who wants to relax and unwind

Redang Island

Redang Island, filled with palm trees and pretty coral reefs, is a tropical island located on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Whether you're a fast-paced person who likes to be as active as possible or the person that likes to have a relaxing time, this beautiful isle is the perfect place for everyone. Smaller islands are also nearby, but this area is the main attraction that captivates both vacationists that are taking a weekend away from KL.

Trekking is something that many people do when they reach Redang Island, and many even believe that trekking is a bit more fun than water activities! While the marine animals are spectacular, the island also offers a wide variety of wildlife. Bright-coloured birds, giant lizards, domestic animals, and monkeys are only a few animals that call Redang Island their home, and there are many more you will see when going out for a trek.

If you enjoy learning about marine life, then you will definitely like visiting the Redang Marine Park Centre. Situated on one of Redang's small islands, this popular spot is a research centre where you can explore life underwater. The Marine Park Centre also has snorkelling activities available for visitors.

After venturing through the various places that Redang Island has to offer, you're bound to get hungry. This island has lots of shops and stalls spread across it, as well as original Malay food available to eat. Redang Laguna Food Court is also somewhere that you can grab a meal, with different kinds of cuisine for low prices.

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Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia

Serendah

Trying to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Then be sure to plan a trip to Sekeping Serendah, which is right on the edge of Kuala Lumpur. One of the best tourist attractions here is the Sekeping Serendah Retreat, which offers relaxing activities both inside and outside the area.

The Sekeping Serendah Retreat is very private and allows visitors to appreciate the nature surrounding the place. Everyone stays in sheds, which are spread out in a tropical rainforest, during the retreat and also have the options to swim, have barbecues, and explore different areas outside of it. Cascading waterfalls and the Orang Asli Villages usually receive the most retreaters.

Each shed includes Wi-Fi, bedrooms with queen-sized beds, ceiling fans, outdoor shower, cooking and barbecue equipment, CCTV, and of course, the magnificent view of the environment around you!

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Sibu Island is a popular island because of it being famous for diving and snorkeling

Sibu Island

Sibu Island, also called Pulau Sibu, is one of the most popular islands off of the coast of Johor Bahru. With jungles and plants scattered all over, there is no way you can be bored while visiting this isle. There are also walkways made of concrete that circle it at some points, which make it possible for a walk around the entire island.

Sandy beaches aren't the only thing Sibu Island has to offer. Kampung Duku, which is considered home to more than 200 people, is the only village that sits on the island. Explore the village as you see traditional Malay homes, children playing football in the afternoons, fishers, and small coffee shops. You will definitely fit right into the environment since the locals and activities will make you feel like you're right at home.

Since 1993, Pulau Sibu is a secured National Marine Park area, with corals, fish, and more living underwater. Diving and snorkelling are two of the most popular attractions here, as well as swimming and paddling. Ideal times to visit the marine park (as well as the island) are from the months April to September since most of the island closes from October to March for monsoon season.

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Taman Negara is a national park in Malaysia rich in flora and fauna

Taman Negara

Established around the late 1930s, Taman Negara is the most well-known national park in Malaysia, as well as the largest. Not only does it have some of the oldest forests, but Taman Negara also includes delightful flora, mountains, rivers, and exotic animals living in it. Its breathtaking scenery is what attracts so many people to it, and you will also be blown away by its natural beauty when taking a short vacation from KL.

Rapid shooting is one of the most popular activities in Taman Negara, and you will definitely be impressed by the amazing scenery in front of you. With the trip's starting points being Kuala Tahan or Kuala Terengganu, the feeling of navigating through seven rocky rapids and passing by the jungle and river is exciting, and you will love the experience and the memories you will make.

With over 380 species of birds residing in the abundant jungle, Taman Negara is a great place to go birdwatching. Visitors can see various kinds of birds, such as the Asian fairy-bluebird and the Rhinoceros Hornbill, without having to walk long distances, and can see even more if they choose to go further into the jungle. May and August are the best times to visit since many fruits are in season, and more birds fly over the jungle.

Nightlife in Malaysia doesn't just include partying and clubbing. Night-walking safaris in Taman Negara are also an amazing way to enjoy Malaysian nightlife, as well as appreciate the animals. With a tour guide accompanying you, you can go for a trek to see the beautiful nocturnal animals, such as deer, wild boar, and tapirs, and see them in their habitats. It is a peaceful journey, as well as a great experience.

Taman Negara has plenty of notable places to visit, but the canopy walkway is one of the spots that you cannot miss when travelling to this place. Not only is this walkway the longest one in the world, but it is also 25 to 40 meters above the ground! Walk along the bouncy bridge as you venture through the jungle and explore every part of it — having fun as you do so.

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Tioman Island is a small island in Malaysia perfect for nature explorations

Tioman Island

Being a small island in Malaysia, Tioman Island is a must-visit destination when it comes to travelling around Malaysia. The island first became famous when the movie 'South Pacific' was filmed there in 1958 and is home to white-sand beaches and clear waters. With duty-free products and lots of activities, this island is truly a dream come true for vacationists.

Looking for some relaxation? Then head over to Paya Beach to take in the beauty of the peaceful, sandy area. Many visitors like to be in a calm environment for at least a part of their trip, and this beach is the perfect place to achieve that goal. With outstanding spa services, massages, and cocktails available, you will truly feel rejuvenated when visiting. The sunset on the beach is also something you shouldn't miss since it is a beautiful sight.

Hiking is also a famed activity, and a popular spot to do that is Asah Waterfall. Not only is it one of Tioman Island's main attractions, but this grand waterfall has multiple routes to get to it. You have the option to trek through the jungle, starting from Kampung Mukut or Kampung Asah. Another choice you can make is taking a water taxi or boat to drop you off to the waterfall. Once you get to the falls, you can venture through it and see the plants, animals, and other beautiful areas that Tioman Island is famous for.

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Lang Tengah Island is a hidden beach rich in marine life and clear blue water

Lang Tengah Island

Lang Tengah Island is a truly a hidden gem. Located between Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian, the sandy and secluded beaches have incredible marine life as well as clear blue water. Unlike most of Malaysia, there are no roads on this island; only a few jungle paths. However, there are boats and canoes available to travel around the area, and you can even walk.

Like Tioman Island, Lang Tengah also has mesmerizing white sand beaches and rich underwater fauna. There are two large beaches, which attract many, but there's also a stunning small beach named Turtle Bay, which is more focused on turtle conservation. Snorkelling is a big deal here as well, and visitors can dive underwater to see the beautiful fish and coral reefs at any time of day without having to book a snorkelling trip!

Turtle Bay is a must-visit, especially for people that are fond of nature, when going to Lang Tengah Island. Not only does this beach protect sea turtles, but it also offers an easy (but fun) hike to get there. Walkthrough a jungle path surrounded by coconut and banana trees as you make your way to Turtle Bay, and be prepared to learn about turtles, their struggle, and how this organization mainly made up of volunteers saves them from extinction.

The ideal times to visit this island would be between March and October, before the monsoon season.

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Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the important Buddhist temple in Malaysia

Penang (Pulau Penang)

Malaysia has many places filled with flora, fauna, and other delightful things to see, and Penang is one of them. Penang is popular for its shimmery waters, a large amount of street food, and impressive architecture. This state is called home by many Chinese, Tamil, and Malay residents, and you will find diversity in every corner when planning a getaway from Kuala Lumpur.

Situated in an area that used to be a rubber plantation, the Tropical Spice Garden is an amazing attraction to start with when visiting Penang since it offers a breathtaking view of nature. This green garden is one of the most famed places there, and visitors from all around come to see its herbs, spices, plants, and animals. Culinary classes are also available for those that want to know how to use the spices and herbs in food, as well as guided and audio tours.

Fort Cornwallis is a historical museum in Penang that also happens to be a tourist favourite. Dating back to the 18th century, the British East India Company made it under the supervision of the founder of Penang, Captain Francis Light. You can still visit it today and see the Francis Light statue, as well as a couple of original cannons!

Being one of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si Temple is a significant pilgrimage site to Buddhists all across the globe. The place is equally sectioned into three parts, including the entrance, food and drink stalls, souvenir shops, and the turtle liberation pond. The middle of the temple is home to the gardens, the large pagoda, and a pavilion dedicated to four kings. The massive statue of the Goddess of Mercy also stands tall over the temple, and hundreds of people often come to photograph the figure.

Your trip to Penang will not be complete if you don't have a cup of creamy tea at the Suffolk House. Inspired by classic British colonial architecture, it sits in Air Itam, which is one of the many parts of Penang. It used to be owned by the founder of Penang but was closed down after his passing. But ever since its official opening to the public in 2007, travellers from all over have been taking guided historical tours at this large house. There are also restaurants here, where you will find the famous cream tea as well as sandwiches, pastries, and other delicious snacks to go along with it.

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In Summary

Hopefully this list inspires you to book a getaway to Kuala Lumpur (and many of its surrounding areas) very soon, and I definitely encourage you to check out each of the spots listed in this itinerary!

Many of these locations aren't too far from each other, so you can easily plan a multi-stop vacation so that you can visit each area.

But if you decide that you want to visit Kuala Lumpur (or any one of these places) for a short amount of time, you can surely find many things to do in one of them. Just be ready to eat loads of food, take lots of photos, and enjoy the trip, no matter how many areas you visit!

This article was edited by Loredana Elena.


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Mira Namira is a writer from the U.S. who loves the idea of exploring the world. She likes to help others see the beauty of various countries, as well as the fun experiences each of them has to offer. So, grab your suitcases, travelers, because she's about to take you on a long journey filled with surprises!


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