A Honeymoon is a time to celebrate a new beginning together, and there can be no better place in South-east Asia than Malaysia to spend one. With sun-kissed beaches and alluring sea, magnificent islands and lush green flora, Malaysia is one of the most beautiful countries in Asia, and has a right blend of naturally scenic locale, urbanized population and yet conserving their traditions and culture
Best time to visit Malaysia: With the eastern and western coasts experiencing rains at alternate times of the year, you will always find perfect beach-weather in some part of the country. Malaysia is hot humid and wet in turns throughout the year. To enjoy a cool Malaysian holiday, pick a location with a higher elevation.
Here are some locations you may pick from for your honeymoon in Malaysia:
1) Feel blessed in Flamboyant Langkawi and Sunset Cruise
Also called the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi has welcomes you with inland paddy fields, appealing scenic villages and sapphire beaches. It is home to seven waterfalls, each more spectacular than the next. Go for a sunset dinner Cruise into the Andaman Sea and be treated to breathtaking views as you savour on-board beverages and dinner. Say hello to dolphins and sea eagles, and capture pictures in paradise.
If you crave adventure pick from one of the many activities on offer including:
- Jet skiing
- Swinging through the jungle
- Riding the Gunung Matchincang cable cars.
Timings: Beaches are open all day while Sunset Dinner cruises ply from 4.30 pm-8.00 pm
2) Experience Adrenaline rush at Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a bustling city with its sumptuous food, majestic buildings, huge shopping districts, affluent art and loads of entertainment.
Here are some of the many treats Kuala Lumpur has in store:
- Architectural marvels which are sure to make your jaw drop, such as Bukit Bintang, KL Menara, and Petronas Tower. The iconic Petronas towers and KL towers are some of the most popular touristy places for a bird’s eye view of the city and photography
- Chinatown, a shoppers’ and gourmands’ delight
- Delectable Malaysian street food can be enjoyed at Jalan Alo and Changkat Bukit Bintang area which is flooded with various bars and clubs that set the nightlife on fire.
- Batu Caves- Hindu caves and cave temples carved into a limestone hill
- Perdana Botanical Garden, a small yet well laid out and pleasant space
3) Embrace the serenity of Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Located at the tip of Pahang, at a high altitude is the sprawling Cameron Highlands with gorgeous unending tea plantation slopes and splendid green hills that offer a fresh sight for your eyes away from the bustling population.
When in Pahang, do not miss the Tudor fashioned cottages and magnificent waterfalls in the area that are synonymous with its serene, unspoilt nature.
Timing: 8 am to 6 pm
4) Time travel in the Heritage City of Malacca
Declared a world heritage by UNESCO, Malacca is definitely a place to visit to seek cultural bliss. Stroll hand in hand through the streets and savour the glory of Malaysia.
Here are some of the location you must not miss:
- The Jonker Street is a bustling lane at the heart of the city close by to the Melaka River
- The Dutch town hall a museum which has a special place in Malaysian history
- The night cruise on the Melaka River which offers an awe-inspiring view of the city while simultaneously educating you about the city’s years of trade and culture
5) Visit the dazzling Tioman Island
One of the most stunning islands, the place is pristine despite the commercialization. The island is located 32 km away from the mainland coast and serves a great place to visit the tropical jungle, play golf and relax in the golden sand beaches. Steal away to this retreat to get to know each other away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Timings: Warm, welcoming sunshine lighting up the expansive beaches make June and July the best time to visit Tioman Island. You could even choose to visit in May when the island is at its tropical best.
6) Indulge in the beauty of Redang Island, Terengganu
Whether your idea of a honeymoon involves endless sunning on the beach, or participating in activities which give you an adrenaline rush, Redang island is sure to keep you engaged. One of the largest islands towards the Eastern coast, the place has lush green jungles, white sand and ample opportunities to witness corals and marine animals due to a strong emphasis on marine life conservation.
Here are a few activities you may choose from when you can tear yourself away from the lure of the beach:
- Explore life under the sea on a Snorkelling trip
- Where: Turtle Island
- What it costs: RM90 for basic gear
- Get acquainted with the local flora and fauna on picturesque hiking trails
- Where: Pasir Panjan and Teluk Dalam
- What it costs: only some effort!
- Go turtle-watching to appreciate the effort the residents of the island have put into the conservation of their home
- Where: Pasir Chagar Hutang (the beach is off-limits, but you may catch a glimpse while snorkelling
- Unwind at a Spa
- Where: At one of the many luxury beach resorts
- What it costs: while prices may vary, Redang is known to offer affordable and high-quality massages
- Go scuba diving and try your hand at underwater photography
- Where: Tanjung Tokong and Tanjung Lang among other places
- What it costs: Scuba Diving courses can cost between RM 280 to RM 3600 depending on the package chosen
Timings: The weather in Redang is at its best from April to August
7) Relax, dance and eat at Batu Ferringhi, Penang
A famous tourist destination, it is the choicest spot in Penang for honeymooners to laze in the silky sands of the beach. There are water sports in peak season, and the area offers vivid local life and is spoilt for options for resorts and nightlife.
Here are some things that might interest you at Batu Ferringhi:
- Tour the many around in the art galleries in town
- Pick up on local craft and spices in the bazaars.
- Visit George Town, another UNESCO declared world heritage site, for a slight potion of cultural revelry.
8) Explore the wilderness at Borneo
A rugged island, Borneo is home to the Kinabatangan river, where, amidst the bewildering richest ecosystem, live the proboscis monkeys, Asian elephants, Sumatran rhinos, and many more exotic wildlife marvels. Witness them while rowing through the treacherous trail with your partner in the largest river of Sabah. A river safari will definitely add zest to a couple’s honeymoon voyage.
Visit the many wildlife parks on the island, and save time to go to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where orphaned baby orangutans are rehabilitated.