The memories of my visit to Malaysia are still very much in front of my eyes and it was indeed a very special trip for me, rather us. This was our Honeymoon trip and the first trip to abroad too. So it was all about nervous travellers and butterflies in the stomach. As we reached Malaysia and landed in Kuala Lumpur, with every passing day we got comfortable and started feeling at home. The city life of Kuala Lumpur or the beaches of Langkawi were so welcoming. The warmth of people and the culture were really representing the true sense of Asia. So very aptly Malaysia has got a tagline “Truly Asia”. Here am sharing our experiences and beautiful places to visit as the 5 most happening places in Malaysia.
You land in Malaysia to a huge airport with busy passengers from all over the world. The rush does not bother you as the facilities are awesome and enough to keep you comfortable through the immigration. Later you can take KLIA Bus to commute to the city as the airport is around 1.30hrs drive from the main city. It is well connected with buses and one gets an extended taxi drop to their hotels with the bus ticket.
Kuala Lumpur is one of the fastest growing cities and has great attractions like the Petronas Towers, Batu Caves, Sunway Lagoon Waterpark, Twin Tower, Independence Square etc. A day or two can easily be spent in Kuala Lumpur if you want to explore the city at leisure. The nightlife and shopping are also great but we can keep that for our visit to places like Langkawi, which is also a big duty-free zone and has excellent options for shopping.
Next stop is the beautiful highlands of Genting. Reachable by an awesome cable car providing some breathe taking views it arrives from nowhere to an enchanting hilltop. The place is buzzing with malls, restaurants, theme parks, casinos, pubs and what not. A perfect place for night outing and enjoy until your feet give up. The vibe is very vibrant and one night stay is apt to experience the madness of Genting. Hotels at Genting get very expensive, but First World is a decent option for all kind of travellers.
One hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Port Dickson boasts of some of the best attractions and beaches in Malaysia. Named after a British, the port is famous for Ore mining and the place has a charming old time feel to it. The beaches are clean and beautiful and are perfect for a weekend getaway. Numerous attractions have come around the place like Alive 3D Art Gallery, Cape Rachado, Pusat Ikan Hiasan, and they add up to make Port Dickson a place which is attractive to adults and children alike.
. Just 90kms away from Kuala Lumpur, this place is a perfect holiday retreat. It hosts a coastline of warm and calm beaches. Bagan Pinang Beach and the Blue Lagoon Beach are the must visit ones among the coastline of Port Dickson. The hotels in Port Dickson are also coming up at good locations and over great views of the beaches and lot more amnesties to make your stay pleasant and enjoyable. Grand Lexis and Thistle Port Dickson resort are some resorts which are worth a mention here.
The Island of Langkawi is again one of the gems Malaysia has with it. Thronged by tourists across the world it is a honeymooner paradise for Indian tourists. We were just amazed by the number of tourists that had come to the island for the honeymoon the time we visited the island. Pristine beaches, shopping avenues, amazing cable car, underwater world, island hopping are some of the attractions that bring plenty of tourists to Langkawi on long weekends or holidays. We personally loved the Cable car and Sky bridge experience. Apart from that spending time leisurely at the beaches was also very soothing and a treat for couples on a vacation. People visit places like Tanjung Rhu Beach, Beras Basah Island, Langkawi Archipelago as small excursions for half day tours.
Duty-free shopping is another big attraction at Langkawi. Pantai Cenang beach area hosts some great shops which provide shopping privileges at minimal prices as it’s all duty-free here. As far as hotels in Langkawi, there are hotels for every budget. We stayed in Berjaya Resort and it had a cosy forest cottage and we enjoyed being in a natural set up and also with a private beach.
The visit to Malaysia would be incomplete if you don’t happen to visit Penang and it’s capital George Town. It is one of the most visited places in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur. Popular for beaches, hills, shopping and nightlife, George Town is also in the good books of travellers as a gastronomic haven. It has been featured in many magazines as one of Asia’s top travel destinations and also has been placed as one of Asia’s best street food cities.
At Penang for 2-3 days, there is a lot to do and explore. You can visit the National Park for some exciting hiking paths leading to famous beaches. The Habitat at Penang Hill is also an interesting option to explore if travelling with kids. Escape water park and adventure park will make you fall in love with the place and even one full day will seem insufficient for the same. The kids would just not want to leave the place. Kek lok si temple is a must visit for some peace. Situated in the suburbs of George Town, it is one of the most important pilgrimages for Buddhists. There are museums and many historical sites to explore. Last but not the least so many beaches to explore and relax on your vacation.
And of course, there are many more which are worth to be explored…Do check them here:
Unseen Places in Malaysia | 41 Bucket-list-worthy Destinations. View the interactive version here
Modern Malaysia is to a great extent a reflection of its long history as Asia’s melting pot. Vibrant indigenous culture makes this place as one of Southeast Asia’s most diverse countries, which is sure to make a place in your hearts…forever..
Malaysia. Can only say “Truly Asia”