I would guess your answer is a resounding yes! But where can you go to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Well, it depends what you enjoy doing on your days off. So, here are some suggestions depending what you are in the mood for.
Island Holiday – Langkawi, Perhentian, and Sipadan
- Malaysia is full of beautiful islands to escape to if you want to avoid the sight of tall concrete buildings and the endless stream of cars. Among the 3 locations Langkawi Island is one of the most popular destinations for locals and tourists. If what you are looking for is crystal blue waters that’s perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving, it would be Sipadan Island in Sabah or Perhentian Island in Terengganu. Each of the islands have the perfect vibe if you just want enjoy white sandy beaches, umbrellas in coconut drinks and just relax away from the city.
Taking It Easy– Ipoh
- Ipoh, Perak has become a go-to vacation spot in recent years due to it being closer to the city and for the town’s slow & chill atmosphere. The people are friendly, the food Is delicious, there are plenty of cultural & heritage sites, recreational parks and some mesmerizing cave formations. It kind of feels like time slows down when you visit Ipoh and people love it!
The Foodie Experience – Penang
- Penang is famous for many things. It has a rich history, lovely people and its oldtown setting mixed with modern aesthetics. But ask any Malaysian what is the first thing they think of when it comes to Penang, it has to be food. Penang has some of the most delicious and affordable dishes in the country with many visitors purposefully visiting Penang to go food hunting. Penang Laksa, Nasi Kandar, Pasembor, the list of ‘what to eat’ when it comes to Penang never ends, and is something you have to experience when you are on the island.
Green Outdoors – Cameron Highlands
- The Cameron Highlands in Pahang is a region filled with lush forests that feels like an adventure. The natural greenery on the mountainous slopes and the cool chill climate helps calm the senses. The are many locations to visit such as the beautiful BOH Sungei Palas Tea Garden with its lush views and renowned tea centre, various strawberry & flower farms, and nature walk spots. At night, when the temperature drops to around 18°C, it is perfect for a pot of steamboat with friends and family. There’s also plenty of preserved colonial buildings from as far back as the 1900’s which you can visit and learn some of the history of Malaysia’s green lung region.
The History Buff – Malacca
- Malacca is one of the most historically dense locations in Malaysia. There is so much to learn about Malacca, from its foundation in the 1400’s by Parameswara and the formation of the Malacca Sultanate, to its historical impact in making Malaysia (called Malaya at the time) recognised due the Straits of Malacca maritime route, as well as the imprint of Malay, Baba Nyonya & Portuguese cultures across the state. Not to mention the melting pot of different cultures had led to delicious cuisines that you have to experience only in Malacca. It is definitely a state you have to visit.