While Malaysia doesn’t usually pop up as the number one holiday destination, there are many options for a lovely family holiday with kids.
Beat The Heat With Water
Beat the heat and have a splash at Sunway Lagoon water and theme park. It offers more than 80 fantastic attractions, including an extreme park for adventure seekers and a scream park for horror fanatics, so you will easily spend a day there.
Feed and Wash Elephants
You must not miss the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, just a short drive away from Kuala Lumpur. This ethical sanctuary is dedicated to displaced elephants whose habitat was endangered by modern development; later, they’re released into the wild in the national parks.
Your kids (and you) will enjoy bathing the elephants in the nearby river and feeding them the sugar cane and peanuts (sold in the park). The elephant riding might be available, but you’ll need to enquire at the sanctuary.
Take a Shot With Monkeys
No trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a visit to the Batu Caves north of the city. Two hundred seventy-two steps to a series of caves and cave temples are guarded by the gold statue of Hindu deity Lord Murugan and monkeys that thoroughly inspect bypassers for any food. Note that monkey feeding is prohibited, and they might get aggressive when attempting to get your food; don’t carry any in your hands to avoid the confrontation.
Feed The Hornbill and Other Tropical Birds
Just in the city center lies one of Kuala Lumpur’s hidden gems – KL Bird Park. It’s home to around 3000 birds and allows guests to feed ostriches, hornbills, and peacocks, which are well-known for being more friendly among the birds. The park also has a playground and cafe connected to the aviary (yes, you can lure the birds with some toast!).
Ready to move on? Head to Perdana Lake Garden which is a 7-minute walk from the Bird Park.
Pamper The Sweet Tooth
And let’s not forget an unusual treat to sweeten your family trip to Malaysia. Lately, Kuala Lumpur saw the upsurge of cafes offering some relatively cool and cute desserts: toast Jenga, rainbow bagels, rose-shaped gelato, or hardware-tool-shaped chocolates that will tickle your fancy!
What do you think of these short vacation ideas in Malaysia with children?