It’s that season again! The holiday season. Well here in Malaysia is anytime is a good time for a vacation.
Take a look at these hidden gems in Malaysia that you probably didn’t know about.
The name of this exotic island pretty much tell you why it’s on the list. Gem Island or Pulau Gemia, a privately owned island off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia is indeed a gem with its white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, beautiful coral reefs, fascinating marine life.
It is not as touristy as the more famous neighbouring islands such as Pulau Redang or Lang Tengah. So overwhelming crowd is the last thing you need to worry about while you enjoy your long-awaited vacation at Gem Island.
Teluk Senangin is popular among the locals as a great family outing spot. Here, you can sit back and relax with the unsurpassed ocean view and the soothing sea breeze while your little ones enjoy and educate themselves at the nearby Turtle Conservation and Information Center.
Later in the evening, head to Pantai Remis, which is only 10 minutes away from Teluk Senangin, to taste the freshest seafood that you would find nowhere else. Sounds like a perfect weekend plan to nurture the parent-child bond without getting too much of planning and energy involved.
Pay a visit to Kanching Recreational Forest (located right beside the famous Templer Park) and hike your way to the gorgeous seven-tiered Kanching Waterfalls! Wash away your sweat and stress with the cooling water (so cold that you can actually chill your drinks in the water) and later enjoy a picnic amidst the forest.
So what to do in Sungai Lima? Nothing! Yes, nothing. Nothingness is the greatest happiness of all. Here at Sungai Lima, you will relax yourself all the way. Enjoy the serene natural beauty of Sungai Lima, take a cup of tea at the dock, grab some traditional snacks from the neighbourhood stalls, catch the sunset and just stay on to watch a full night sky of stars. Lazing but truly satisfying!
Although not known to many Malaysians from other states, Pantai Cahaya Bulan or Moonlight Beach is definitely a star player in the East Coast tourism industry. This is a fun and scenic place to laze off your weekend with friends and family. A few B&Bs have been opened up near the beach in recent years so you don’t have to worry about overnighting in the area.
Sunbathing, water sporting and kite-flying aside, many people also come to Moonlight Beach for a lovely picnic. Good news is, you don’t have to prepare for your own food because there are plenty of food stalls lining up like a pasar malam (in daytime though) right on the beach. Try Kelantan’s signature snacks such as keropok lekor, satar, nasi kerabu, celup tepung… you are very much guaranteed to have a blast!
So there you have it, hidden gems in Malaysia that (hopefully) can inspire and cure your wanderlust. Now that you know we have so much to see and to explore within the country, wait no more! Take your pick, pack your bag and let’s live the weekend to the fullest.