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A long weekend or holiday rolls around but you haven’t had the time to plan for anything. While everyone is off on their holiday, you don’t have to stay at home and mope around. Sometimes the best things happen when you go on a spontaneous trip. Here are some places you can go that won’t cost too much money or time!
1. Kuala Selangor
About an hour’s drive away from KL, Kuala Selangor is known for being the go-to place for a seafood feast without having to travel to the seaside! Take a day trip to Kuala Selangor and visit the Sky Mirror. The blue skies can be seen reflected clearly on the giant sandbar of Sasaran Beach. Make sure to snap lots of goofy photos!
Come nighttime, the best way to spend your time in Kuala Selangor is to go for a fireflies night cruise after a seafood dinner. In this quiet and calm part of the town, watch the twinkling bugs surround you and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a rare silvered leaf monkey too.
A bit further than Kuala Selangor is the town of Sekinchan, home to fishing villages and a vast expanse of paddy fields. The old town charm of Sekinchan and picturesque scenery promises an easygoing and laidback day out.
Take a day trip to Sekinchan and run through the fields and feel the wind in your face. Visit the Nan Tian Temple, a local Buddhist complex known for its sweeping of Sekinchan’s luscious rice fields, changing colours every few months.
3. Genting Highlands
Escape the heat with a day trip to Genting Highlands, hands down a favourite short getaway destination for many. Go crazy shopping in the Premium Outlets, go on a food marathon in SkyAvenue and more.
For those wondering on what you can do, read up on what is there to do in Genting Highlands even though there’s no new theme park yet.
Just a short 2-hour drive away, the historical city of Melaka is a great place for a short and spontaneous getaway. Go on a Melaka day trip and get some refresher of the Malaysian history at the museums, attractions and more.
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If history is not your thing, there’s still plenty of things to do. From sightseeing around town to walking through the busy streets of Jonker Walk, going on a delicious food crawl or a cruise down the Melaka river. For the Muslim friends, make sure to check out these famous Halal food options in Melaka.
Discover a unique mix of history, modern art, and culture on an Ipoh day tour! Regarded as one of the 'Best in Asia' by Lonely Planet, this charming city pulls in tourists from around the world because of its colonial-style attractions, ancient temples, and impressive Old Town murals.
When in Ipoh, one must of course, eat a lot! From the smooth and silky Ipoh white chicken to the delicious white coffee, sweet egg custard, and more. If you’re looking to sit back and relax, the hot springs and Crystal Spa in Lost World of Tambun are calling your name!
Easily on the top of many people’s list for a spontaneous getaway, Penang is a blooming city on the cusp of history and modernity. Having earned the reputation of being the food capital of Malaysia (and rightfully so), the best thing to do in Penang is to go on a food crawl.
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Whether you’re going on a mural trail or a food trail, Penang has something to offer to everyone. Check out the Klook guide to Penang to discover things to do in Penang you might not have done before and the top must-eat when you’re there.
7. Janda Baik
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If you’d like to get in touch with nature without having to travel out too far, Janda Baik is a treasure trove of wonders perfect for a quick getaway. Go for a fun barbecue with your friends and family by the waterfall stream and pop in for a quick swim after.
Surrounded by the peaceful sounds of nature, and the cooling breeze of the hills and streams, city boys and girls can also have a taste of the kampung life in Janda Baik!
8. Bukit Tinggi
Take a quick trip around the world to France and Japan with a day trip to Bukit Tinggi. Located in the hills of Pahang, you can enjoy the slightly cooler weather and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
You can find a Japanese Village complete with a tea garden and even kimonos for rental! In the French village, Colmar Tropicale, you can dine in one of the restaurants or take a stroll through the place. On the way to Bukit Tinggi, there’s also a rabbit farm where you’re free to hang out with the deer, rabbits, and more.
9. Port Dickson
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A beach resort town just about 90km south from KL, Port Dickson is a good escape from the bustling city to clear your mind. Whether you’re looking for a stay at a luxurious resort or opt for a humble shack near the beach, you can something that suits you in Port Dickson.
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Take a stroll along the beach and feel the breeze in your hair. Meal times are the best in Port Dickson where you can dine like kings and queens. With so many options of seafood to choose from and cooked to your liking, it’s hard not to put on weight after a short visit there.
10. Kuala Lumpur
Sometimes what you’re searching for can be right at your doorstep. Rediscover the magic of KL by being a tourist for a day or two. Ditch the car and explore the city like how a traveler would, buy going on a KL Hop On Hop Off tour!
See Kuala Lumpur's best sights and attractions, some you might never have even visited before! With English audio commentary onboard, you can also learn more about the history and culture of Malaysia that you might have forgotten after those school days.
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