Taking a short break is perfect for travelling to nearby destinations where you can relax and have a brief but meaningful vacation, and you can experience almost everything within a few days. With Booking.com, here are some truly Malaysian destinations you can consider visiting!

1.Kundasang, Sabah

Kundasang is a scenic highland area in Ranau, Sabah. Due to its cooler weather, it’s a popular destination for those seeking to have a refreshing holiday. Among the attractions here are hill trekking adventures, flower and strawberry farms, Fresian cow farms and waterfalls. If you’re looking for a unique place to stay, hit the Mongolian Yurt Wind Paradise Lodge to experience living in traditional Mongolian yurts.

Getting there:
If you’re travelling from Peninsula Malaysia, take a plane to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. From KK airport, take a taxi to Wawasan Terminal which is about 10 minutes away. There will be buses from Wawasan Terminal to Kundasang for RM20. The bus journey will take about 1 hour 45 minutes.

Mongolian yurt wind paradise
Image credit: Mongolian Yurt Wind Paradise Website

2. Langkawi, Kedah

Crystal clear blue waters are Langkawi’s main attraction. However, this eco-paradise also boasts other activities. You can go on a cable car ride or walk on the sky bridge. There are island hopping tours where you can visit satellite islands with pristine beaches and see local eagles in their native habitat. Langkawi is also an island with a mysterious yet interesting past, so you can delve into the story of Mahsuri and learn about the field of burnt rice. Langkawi has plenty for you to do, no matter what your interest is.

How to get there?

The fastest way to get to Langkawi is to fly there. Booking.com offers direct flights and they take less than an hour to arrive. Alternatively, you can drive or take a bus to Kuala Kedah and take a ferry to the island, but this is a long journey of about 6 -7 hrs.

Langkawi cable car
Image credit: Andrew Lawson| Flickr

3. Belum Rainforest, Perak

The Belum rainforest is at least 130 million years old, and you’ll be able to relax in its calming beauty by spending a few days at the Belum Rainforest Resort. The resort offers several packages of activities including a jungle walk, Rafflesia flower viewing and a visit to the local Orang Asli village. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our natural heritage while learning more about what we call home.

How to get there?
You can drive from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Banding where the resort is located, and the trip will take about 4 to 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Hentian Duta or Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) to Gerik and arrange with the resort for a private transfer.

Kayaking lake Temeggor
Image credit: Belum Rainforest Resort

4. Sekinchan, Selangor

The little town of Sekinchan is perfect for experiencing small-town life. The best times to visit Sekinchan are in March/April and September/October as you’ll be able to catch the local rice fields in lush green before they ripen and turn golden for harvest. Apart from the rice fields, you can visit the nearby Bagan fishing village, Redang beach, seafood restaurants, and Sekinchan wishing tree.

How to get there?

Sekinchan is about an hour and a half’s drive from Kuala Lumpur via the KL-Kuala Selangor highway. Alternatively, you can also take a bus here from Pudu Sentral.

paddy fields at Sekinchan
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5. Tusan Cliff Beach, Miri

Tusan Cliff Beach is a lesser-known attraction in Miri, Sarawak. This beach features a natural rock arch cliff which will look awe-inspiring in any photograph. The beach also has a phenomenon known as ‘Blue Tears’, whereby certain algae glow bright blue at night, making the sea look as if it’s filled with lights.

How to get there?
You can get a flight directly to Miri airport, and stay a couple of nights there. Tusan Beach is reachable via a half an hour’s drive by taxi or hired vehicle from Miri town.

Tusan Cliff Beach
Image credit: @kenyalangborneo | Instagram

6. Banjaran Hot Springs, Ipoh

For the ultimate restive experience, there’s no better alternative than to soak yourself in a hot springs spa. That’s what you’ll find at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. This impressive resort is built into the natural limestone caves so common around Ipoh and features a natural geothermal hot springs pool. You’ll also be pampered by the resort’s other offerings, like massage sessions and more.

How to get there?
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is a 2-hour drive from KL. Alternatively, you can take a bus from TBS to Ipoh bus station and take a taxi to the resort.

Banjaran Hot springs
Image credit: @suarez_titanz | Instagram

Long weekends are your perfect opportunity to explore lesser-known destinations right here in Malaysia. You don’t have to go far to have a good time, and there are hidden treasures to be found where you least expect them.


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