When it’s time to cuti-cuti in Malaysia, and you’re clueless on where to go, what to see and do, this practical guide tells all. It shares some of the most amazing places in Malaysia to cuti-cuti to your heart’s content. Instead of the predictable and populated places to visit, here is list of awe-inspiring attractions that are slightly off the beaten path.

  1. Bako National Park @ Kuching, Sarawak

Entrance signage to Bako National Park
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Proboscis monkeys. Bearded wild boars. Monitor lizards. It’s a safari out there at Bako National Park. As one of Malaysia’s oldest national parks, this is a fabulous opportunity to get up close and personal with Sarawak’s local wildlife and forests. It is accessible via boat ride from Bako Village. The journey to the park brings travellers past the coastline dotted with small bay, coves and private beaches.

Monkey on tree looking up
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What to expect? Up to 18 nature trails to explore, and they range from 0.5 km to 5,75 km distance. So, make sure you have good walking shoes, water supplies, sun screen and waterproofing before you start trekking.

For the off the beaten path trails, a guide would be useful. The highlight of the nature getaway is meeting the wide variety of free roaming wildlife.

From silver leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaque monkeys, huge insects of every kind, bird life, langurs, green tree snakes to happy pigs, there’s plenty to see and capture on your camera. Just heed the advice of the guides and don’t take photos that are too close-up with the creatures, for your safety.

Coastline at Bako National Park
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Bring the kids to go exploring by the mangroves to discover the variety of creatures and plant life. Or plan an overnight camp at the bay. Further, relaxing by the beach and watching the stars come out by night is the perfect ending to every day.

  • Address: Muara Tebas Peninsular, 93000, Kuching, Sarawak
  • How to get there: Bus ride from Kuching to Bako Village (RM3.50 one way). Taxis are available (RM60.00 one way) or minivan ride (RM5.00 one way). Boat ride from Bako Village to Bako National Park (RM30.00 one way)
  • Entrance fee: RM10,00 (locals), RM20.00 (foreigners)
  1. Mount Kinabalu @ Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Low's Peak with blue skies and hikers
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Heed the call of the mountain at Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s no need to travel the world to hike high mountains when the world comes to our doorstep to hike ours.

At 4,095 metres, Mount Kinabalu is no easy challenge, even for the physically fit. Training sessions, endurance, stamina and the ability to breathe well on high altitudes will make the climb much easier and more enjoyable for hikers.

What to expect? The entire hike takes 2 days. On the first day, hikers trek the 6km main route comprised of rocky stairs and trails. It takes about 5 to 6 hours to reach the mid-way point at Laban Rata. Places to stay, rest and dine are available here to prepare hikers for the next climb on the following day.

The climb to the summit, Low’s Peak starts pre-dawn to ensure hikers reach the top by sunrise to witness the wonders atop the mountain. It takes 6 to 9 hours as the route is steep and ropes at rocky surfaces aid hikers in the dark.

Wonders of Wildlife

Close-up of Rafflesia
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The misty trails resemble those in The Lord of the Rings. Further, the abundant flora and fauna from monkeys, monster-size insects, Rafflesia flower, pitcher plants to king ferns make the trek one to remember. Not for the faint-hearted, all hikers must have a licensed guide at all times during the climb. Upon completion, hikers receive a certificate of achievement worthy of the sweat and tears shed during the hike.

For non-hikers, the journey to Mount Kinabalu and staying overnight at base camp is already an experience. The cool climate and picturesque photos of the mountain make it a charming cuti-cuti worth taking.

  • Address: Ranau, Sabah
  • How to get there: Arrange for a minivan ride from city centre to Kinabalu Park entrance. The 1.5 to 2-hour journey costs about RM15 one way.
  • Entrance fee: RM15.00 (adults), RM10.00 (kids) for park visitors. RM120.00 (plus RM7.00 insurance) for climbers.
  1. Gua Kelam @ Perlis

Entrance to Gua Kelam
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Stalagmites and stalactites galore! Going caving at Gua Kelam located at Kaki Bukit in Kangar, Perlis is an unexpected adventure of the daring kind. Gua Kelam or Cave of Darkness is a 370 m long limestone cave and one of the most distinctive caves in Malaysia. Explore the dark caverns lighted by natural light and electric bulbs along the cave trails and bridge-ways. Look up and catch the bats hanging above keeping a lookout for noisy visitors who disturb their sleep. Watch out for the guano droppings too.

Interior of Gua Kelam with bridge leading in
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Good shoes are recommended as rocky surfaces can be slippery. Some cave crevices are so narrow that only one person can pass at a time. Around the cave is a well-managed recreational park with abundant greenery. Picnics and camping by the river are permitted. With a very affordable entry at RM1, the memories of cuti-cuti here are worth much more.

Recreational park with lake outside cave
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  • Address: KM2, Kaki Bukit, 02200 Kaki Bukit, Perlis
  • Entrance fee: RM1.00
  1. Siti Khadijah Market @ Kelantan

Aerial view of market with vendors
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Vibrant market. Vivid colours. Very friendly people. If you had to go marketing in Malaysia, the Siti Khadijah Market is one market worth visiting for cuti-cuti Malaysia. In fact, the local wet market is packed with fresh produce with every kind of local fruit, vegetables and food to see, touch, smell and taste. Run primarily by the local ladies, the market offers visitors the opportunity to experience Kelantanese cuisine in all its flavours. Further, try the seafood, noodles, kuih-muih, rice dishes and local made drinks.

Dome above market with multi-levels
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Even more unique is its dome above. So, the indoor market is not exposed to the elements and visitors can enjoy their tour in any type of weather. Taking insta-worthy photos from every angle captures the truly vibrant nature of Malaysia’s top market.

  • Address: Jalan Buluh Kubu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan
  • Entrance fee: Free
  1. Langkawi Sky Bridge @ Langkawi, Kedah

Far view of Langkawi Sky Bridge with green trees around
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Touching the skies and dreaming atop the clouds is what the Langkawi Sky Bridge promises visitors who fantasize about sky walking. Breathtaking views and brilliant adventures await every visitor who take a stroll across the bridge. Measuring 125m, this curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge is located about 700m above sea level. Further, visitors are greeted by panoramic landscapes and skyscapes from the peak of Gunung Mat Cincang on Langkawi Island.

Walking on Sky Bridge with mountain up front
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Why visit? Having a picnic in the skies is truly one of a kind. Stroll the entire bridge and capture snapshots of nature all around.

  • Address: 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
  • How to get there: Take the Langkawi Cable Car to the top station. Here, the inclined lift called the SkyGlide transports visitors to the bridge. Rides start from RM30.00 per person.
  • Entrance fee: RM5.00 (adults), RM3.00 (kids)
  1. Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan @ Perak

Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan by moonlight
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The closest thing to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Malaysia is the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan. Famed for its sideways tilt caused by age and gravity, this iconic landmark in Teluk Intan has captured the hearts of locals and tourists alike. In fact, the tower is open to visitors who want to climb to its top. Every step welcomes you to appreciate the beauty of its archaic architecture and views outside. Moreover, the landmark makes a great shot by day and by night.

  • Address: Lot 1 & 2, Komplex Menara Condong, Jalan Bandar, Pekan Teluk Intan, 36000 Teluk Intan, Perak
  • Entrance fee: Free. Registration at counter.

Places To Stay For Cuti-Cuti Malaysia

Family of 3 strolling in nature
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Bags packed. Family all ready. Transport settled. What’s next is booking the accommodation for your cuti-cuti in Malaysia. Great stay and play packages are available on Agoda. Look out for Agoda promo code for savings on your hotel bookings. Likewise, Trip.com makes holidays plans much easier with great promotions on accommodation. Keep your eyes peeled for Trip.com coupons for extra discounts on online bookings.

There are countless places to cuti-cuti in Malaysia. Tell us more about your favourite destination.

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Note: The info presented in the article is correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to changes without prior notice.