Malaysia is a travellers’ paradise with idyllic islands, beautiful beaches, incredible wildlife and dynamic cities, yet, there’s much more to this terrific holiday destination waiting to be discovered.
Here’s the list of top five hidden gems of the country you should not miss while holidaying in Malaysia:
Sasaran Sky Mirror
Better known as “Mirror in the Sky”, Sasaran Beach is situated off the coast of Jeram Fishing Village. If you are a beach bum, make sure you explore this mysterious beach in the middle of the sea where the shallow waters reflect the sky and create a scenic panorama. You can reach here through an hour journey from Jeram Fishing Village including a 30-minute boat ride. Called Malaysia’s own “Salar de Uyuni”, this place is also the habitat for marine agriculture.
Gem Island, Terengganu
A private island getaway in a Marine Conservation Park, Gem Island appeals to travellers with its incredible beauty. It is built along the ridges of the coastline and has a “one island one resort” set up. You can be here after a scenic drive along the East Coast road or a quick flight. This private island resort of Gem Island is a must-visit for romance seekers where 45 sea front villas hug the coastline and scenic environs create a peaceful aura for a relaxed holiday. Besides, the resort has a restaurant where you can enjoy local, Chinese and Western cuisine with fine wine, and liquor.
One of the world’s oldest rainforests, Belum Rainforest has existed for more than 130 million years and lies next to Temenggor Lake, in the midst of a tropical paradise. It is a premier ecotourism destination offering stunning views and incredible adventure. You would love to hop on the boat cruise across the Temenggor Lake or take part in adrenaline-rushing activities such as high roping and zip lining at the Belum Adventure Camp. Bird watching at Royal Belum and fishing on the lake are some other interesting things to do here.
Kek Lok Si Temple
Situated in Penang, Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. The temple enjoys a beautiful seafront location and is an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists. The temples halls, pagodas and archways with detailed carvings, murals and sculptures are a wonderful treat for the eyes. You can learn Buddhist teachings and Chinese culture and can enjoy looking at hundreds of tortoises in the Tortoise Liberation Pond by the temple entrance. The temple gardens and the three-tier Kek Lok Si Pagoda are two other key draws of this place.
Kundasang A peaceful sanctuary away from the city, Kundasang is a quaint little town situated behind Mount Kinabalu. The best way to explore this beautiful paradise is to hire a rental car and enjoy a drive on the winding roads. The view of the valley from the roads is a treat for the sore eyes! At the Kundasang War Memorial you can learn about the Kundasang history and relax in the beautiful gardens. Besides, do not miss to visit the Desa Dairy Farm and try local dairy products. The farm presents a terrific view of Mount Kinabalu and is also where you can learn how dairy food and drinks are produced.