The one-week march school holidays can be a conflicting time. You want to bring your family overseas, but one week seems too short. Staying at home is also not an option, which is why you should bring them to local destinations.
Just be grateful that you’re living in Malaysia, because here’s where you can go overseas without really going overseas. With that being said, here are some local holiday destinations that makes you feel like you’re in foreign land.
Berjaya Hills, Bukit Tinggi
If you’re a fan of Beauty and the Beast, visiting a French-inspired village might attract you. But you don’t have to go all the way to Europe to enjoy a provincial life. You can play as your own Disney princess right here in Malaysia, in Berjaya Hills Bukit Tinggi.
So you could perhaps bring a book next time when you visit, and walk around in a blue dress.
The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands
Recently I got caught up in a Hong Kong drama called Blue Veins (totally not because of Kevin Cheng), about vampires. But of course, hot vampires wasn’t the only reason I watched that series. It was also because they filmed some scenes overseas, like in Amsterdam, so I was intrigued by the beauty of all the scenes, hoping that I could one day visit.
And so I did. I packed up my bags and went on this vacation close to nature up halfway up Cameron Highlands, and it really satisfied both my wanderlust and my wallet. I spent 3 days there, basking in the cool breeze, and sometimes sitting by a shadowed place reading a book. It was definitely relaxing.
It made me want to plan an annual trip here, just to have some time to myself.
Island Hopping in Sabah
If you stay in the peninsula and want to at least fly somewhere, Sabah can be a good place to experience a Maldives-like environment. Sabah is home to many beautiful islands, and some even have resorts built above the water, so you can enjoy the sea right from your bedroom. One of the more famous islands is Mataking Island, where people say it resembles Maldives.
One of my favourite, though, is Kapalai, where you can stay at the Kapalai Dive Resort. Just taking in a deep breath in that environment will make you feel refreshed. The water is clear and beautiful, and in all honesty, it was a little hard to believe that I was still in Malaysia.
But I was, and this environment can be a change of air for those living in the city, especially.
Sometimes just going to a place that looks foreign isn’t really enough. You want the full experience; the food, the people, the culture, the language. And fear not, because that is still attainable within Malaysia. As we all know, Malaysia is rich with its history, and having occupied by different nations, naturally, there would be settlements built.
One particular one would be the Portuguese Settlement in Malacca, where you can still find portuguese people staying there, providing hospitality and good food to visitors. I was initially unwilling to try their food, because I’m a picky eater in general, but I’ve come to love their food.
“It feels like a desert in Malaysia!” is what we often say, but given the chance to take pictures in sandy plains, we’d probably not miss that opportunity. The good news is you don’t have to travel all the way to the Sahara Desert to do that, because Klebang Beach, or otherwise known as Padang Pasir Melaka, is a beach that’s filled with sand, making you feel like you’re in a desert.
It would be advisable to go in the evening, before the sun sets, so that the weather is not too hot to walk around. If you stay until the sun sets, perhaps you can pretend to be in a National Geography photoshoot.
So what say you? Ready to travel the world Malaysia?