Malaysia is an amazing place, filled with many sights and sounds that are unique to this Asian country. As many newlywed couples often opt for a tropical getaway for their honeymoon, Malaysia has shown an increase in popularity as an ultimate honeymoon destination because of its warm seasons throughout the year. It definitely is a great way to spend a romantic time with your partner, sitting side by side in a tropical paradise, sipping cool drinks while basking in the warmth of the sun.
Planning a romantic getaway in Malaysia is easier and cheaper than you think, and all you will need to do is a little bit of organization, and deciding where to go and what activities you would want to do. Whether you plan to stay in the city or go to a nearby island, or simply relax at the beach, there’s something for every couple who wants to spend quality time together.
Here are the top places that you should definitely visit while you’re in Malaysia:
1. Kuala Lumpur
This bustling city is home to a lot of colonial architecture and greenery. This city is home to many shopping malls, and the famous Petronas Towers. One of the great things about staying in Malaysia is that you can get great deals on accommodation, even in Kuala Lumpur, where it’s possible to stay in a five-star hotel for under $100. If you want a luxurious experience, you could stay at the Mandarin Oriental, which is right by the Petronas Towers. Splurge on one of the club rooms so you’ll get access to the club lounge where you can enjoy complimentary snacks and cocktails.
If you and your partner want a more intimate setting, try booking a room in the Anggun Boutique Hotel. It has an old-world Malaysian feel, and it’s located just a stone’s throw away from one of KL’s best night markets where you can sample some of the city’s famous cuisine.
Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast, then do a tour of the city. Head on to the National Monument to view exhibits of local history, culture, arts and crafts, and a great bronze sculpture erected to commemorate the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War II. Then, make a quick stop at the gate of the King’s Palace to take photographs. After that you can go to the KL Tower, reputed to be the highest building in Asia and the fourth tallest telecommunications tower in the world.
For a thrilling adventure, you can go on the Kuala Lumpur Rainforest and Canopy Walk. Don’t forget to snap pictures while you’re at it.
The island of Sabah has pristine white sand beaches and magnificent views, making it the perfect place for an intimate holiday. Sabah also has different types of accommodations that will fit any budget or preference.
You can stay at the Shangri-la Rasa Rio Resort, a true international standard 5-star resort if you want a posh honeymoon experience. Set on 3 kilometers of powdery, white sand and surrounded by 400 acres of tropical rainforest, it truly is a paradise on earth. It has its own orangutan sanctuary, which you can view for an additional charge, and facilities that include a spa, golf course, tennis courts and food and beverage outlets within reach. For an even more special treat, try booking one of the suites at the Ocean Wing, where luxurious rooms come with hot tubs on the balconies overlooking the ocean. You and your partner can do activities during your stay, so take your pick and go horseback riding on the beach, cycling, or boating.
If you’re aiming for something different and you want a romantic experience without the sticker shock, try staying at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge where you can spot the local wildlife and enjoy the beauty of the Borneo rainforest. You can also try the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. It has palatial rooms and top notch facilities, and everything seems like something out of a Disney movie as you’ll see orangutans hanging from a tree outside your room and hear the sounds of rare birds as you relax in your balcony.
While in Sabah, there are plenty of things that you can do together. Adrenaline junkies and sports enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice with the variety of adventure and sporting activities available in the island. Try climbing Mount Kinabalu, or bike across dirt tracks in the Danum Valley, or white water rafting at the Kiulu and Padas Rivers. You can also do some scuba diving and snorkeling at Pulau Tiga Island, the place where the first season of the TV show Survivor was shot.
For a bit of retail therapy and for a taste of local street food, head on over to the Pasar malam, literally translated as night market. The night market comes alive once the sun sets, and as the sky gets darker, the market gets livelier and more fun. Stalls pop up in minutes, and there’s an atmosphere of merry making in the air. Here, you can shop for pearl and crystal jewelry, casual clothing, footwear and bags. Stalls selling all sorts of seafood can be found here. Make sure to try the barbecued squid and sting ray. If you don’t like seafood, there’s honey barbecued chicken that will please even the most finicky eater.
Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s best known and most popular beach destinations. Combining historical attractions, great food, exciting nightlife, awesome diving opportunities, and cheap shopping, this duty-free island is truly an amazing place for honeymooners.
You can stay at the Tanjung Rhu Resort, which stretches across 2.5 kilometers of white sand. It’s very peaceful and quiet, not at all like a party beach, so it’s definitely conducive to romance and relaxation. It has a spa, 3 swimming pools, a tennis court, and you could also request to have a private barbecue arranged for you and your partner right along the beach.
The list of things to do in Langkawi is endless, but the one thing that you should definitely do here is shop. Ever since Langkawi was given duty-free status in 1987, Kuah has been flooded with electronics, liquor and tobacco. Keep in mind that not all of them can be had at bargain prices, but they’re still worth checking out. The Jetty Point Duty Free complex is where you want to go for chocolates, perfumes, handicrafts and paintings. The Saga Shopping Center is where you’ll find ceramics and crystal ware, and for Langkawi’s trademark batik cloth, visit the Atma Alam Batik Village. For electronics and clothes, there’s the Temoyong Night Market which is open every Thursday night.
Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, you can laze around at the beach, or go snorkeling and scuba diving. There are hiking trails in the mountains of Langkawi that’s just waiting to be explored, and every trail offers you a variety of great scenery. Or, you could go to a very famous hot spring called the Telaga Air Hangat. Legend has it that two families had an enormous fight, and one day a lot of pans, pots, and hot water utensils have been flung during the fight. It is said that a jug full of hot water landed at Telaga Air Hangat, and that’s what created the hot springs.
Any of these destinations will surely delight and amuse you and your partner as you begin your life as a married couple. Have a great trip in Malaysia, and congratulations!