Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the second busiest airport in Malaysia.
Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the second busiest airport in Malaysia.
Jalan Lapangan Terbang (Lama), 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
+60 88-219 081
The staff at Kota Kinabalu International Airport are very friendly and helpful. The terminal area inside the airport offers a clean and peaceful environment for travellers to relax after a journey. The newly-opened Terminal 1 offers a wide rage of facilities for travellers - including a variety of shopping and dining venues. Internet access is also available and free WiFi internet access is offered at McDonald’s on level 3 as well. Terminal 2 offers nearly every facility offered at Terminal 1. Small duty-free shops are also available in Terminal 2. Though Terminal 2 has no widespread WiFi internet access, KFC located on Level 1 offers free WiFi internet access. Forex, ATMs and Left Luggage facilities available as well.
Prayer facilities at Kota Kinabalu International Airport will be available for Muslim travellers - in the Muslim prayer room at Terminal 1. Travellers may also visit the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque which is located not too far away from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Halal food will be readily available at Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Terminal 1 in particular offers plenty of dining options such as KFC, Old Town White Coffee and Dunkin’ Donuts shops at level 1 as well as Seafood shops, Asian Delights and McDonald’s at level 3. In addition to the Halal eateries at the airport, there are several Halal restaurants - such as Yummy Chicken and Gardenia catering services - located close to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, just 10-15 minutes away by taxi.
Passengers may catch a taxi from Terminal 1 - which is the only public transport option available.
The newly-opened shopping area at Terminal 1 offers a variety of shops for all types of travellers. Duty-free shops are also available. Passengers will be able to purchase Sabah handicrafts, perfumes, cosmetics, chocolates, books, as well as diamonds and jewelry items at level 3.
Internet access, a medical clinic, Maybank and a CIMB Bank currency exchange counter with ATM are available on level 1. At level 3, there is another Maybank currency exchange with an ATM. Three sets of Forex and ATMs are available at Terminal 1. ATMs accept Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express and JCB cards.
Planning a family trip where everyone can enjoy themselves can be exciting but stressful as well. After Covid-19, it is expected that domestic travel will recover first. Why not use this time to plan for a road trip in Malaysia? Going on a road trip is a great way to bond and spend quality time with your family! Whether you are planning for a short weekend getaway or a vacation, Malaysia has so much to offer! Malaysia is ideal for family road trips as there are so many destinations that you can explore and enjoy with your family. Here are 10 best family road trips in Malaysia! via GIPHYAlso Read: Here Is What Travel Will Look Like After Covid-19 1. Kota Tinggi to Desaru Image Credit: Kota Tinggi Waterfalls Resort It will take approximately 50 mins to drive down from Kota Tinggi to Desaru, hence making it an ideal short weekend getaway to enjoy with your family. Bring your family for a picnic and take a dip in the Kota Tinggi Waterfall. This spectacular view offers serenity, allowing us to relax and unwind. If you have more time to spare in Kota Tinggi, you can also visit the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park. Participate in outdoor studies with your family and get close to nature. This can be a fun yet enriching experience for the family! Image Credit: Desaru Fruit Farm More family-fun activities await you in Desaru. Drive down to Desaru Fruit Farm and learn how to grow various kinds of fruits. On top of that, you can even do a taste testing of the fruits you have picked. You can also bring the kids to feed the ostriches at the Desaru Ostrich Farm. My best pick will be the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages - adults and kids alike. 2. Port Dickson to Malacca Image Credit: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson This trip is another ideal short getaway that you can consider. Stay for a night in Port Dickson and the following day, you can drive down to Malacca in less than 1.5 hours. Port Dickson is the best place to relax and rewind. Book one of the water chalets available like Lexis Hibiscus and enjoy a night stay. Nothing can go wrong with spending quality with the family in a private pool. Image Credit: St. Paul's Church on Lonely Planet The following day, you can take a drive to Malacca. There are many historical sites that you can visit in Malacca, which is known for its rich history. Head down to A Famosa and walk up the small hill to reach St. Paul's Church. Image Credit: Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum There are also plenty of museums around the area that you can visit too, like Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum and the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. If you happened to be in Klebang area, you must not miss the Klebang Original Coconut Shake! Nothing can beat teatime with some traditional Malay kuih (delicious!) and a cup of coconut shake topped with vanilla ice cream (yummy!). 3. Kuala Lumpur to Penang Image Credit: Wayne Chew on Unsplash No matter how long you are planning to stay in Kuala Lumpur, there are always things to see and do. It has become mandatory to take a trip to PETRONAS tower whenever one is in Kuala Lumpur. There are various things to see and do around the area like exploring Aquaria KLCC, visiting the aquarium, or shop at Suria KLCC. After spending some time sightseeing and shopping at Kuala Lumpur, continue your journey down the road for about 4 hours to reach a UNESCO heritage town, George Town in Penang. Image Credit: Dark Mansion More fun-filled activities await you in Penang. Visit Dark Mansion, a 3D trick art museum unlike the normal, because they glow in the dark! Your kids will definitely enjoy this, we promise! Image Credit: Penang Hill on Facebook One of my best take in Penang will be Penang Hill. Ride up the funicular ride to enjoy breathtaking views, learn heritage and culture, and enjoy mother nature. Make sure to feast on their local delights like Char Kuay Teow and Assam Laksa. Penang houses some affordable cafes too so be sure to check that out with your family! 4. Ipoh to Cameron Highlands Image Credit: Old Town Ipoh on Lonely Planet If you are looking for a lush greenery view on a trip, this road trip is made for you. The drive from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands takes about 2 hours. Firstly, wander down Old Town in Ipoh and discover the street arts and cute streets. You can also visit the city's gem such as Kellie's Castle and Birch Memorial Clock Tower. Once you're done exploring Ipoh's beautiful landmark and art, take a trip to Cameron Highlands. Image Credit: Strawberry Farms on visitmalaysia.info Meanwhile, at Cameron Highlands, you can bring your family out for some outdoor activities. Don't miss out on fun activities like strawberry picking in the strawberry farm, visiting the butterfly farm, and exploring the lavender garden. At the end of the day, spend some quality family time over steamboat in Cameron Highlands. 5. Johor Bahru to Mersing Image Credit: Legoland Malaysia on Facebook Our trip down to Johor Bahru will always be about the food or groceries on the usual days. How about a short getaway, let's say a 2-days 1-night trip with a detour to Mersing? In less than 2 hours drive, you can get to Mersing from Johor Bahru. Over at Johor Bahru, you can visit Legoland, a popular theme park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Spend a day with your family here; enjoy the rides and attractions it has to offer. Image Credit: Kishor on Unsplash After having some fun at Legoland, you can drive to Mersing. Mersing is all about the beautiful beaches and white sands. You can opt for snorkeling and island hopping in Mersing if your family is up for it. My best take in Mersing is to book a resort and enjoy a relaxing time at the beaches with your loved ones. 6. Sepang to Genting Highlands Image Credit: Sepang International Circuit If you think that Sepang is only home to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you are wrong. There are some fun-filled activities that you can do with your family here. In less than a 2 hours drive, you can get to Genting Highlands and the fun continues. Sepang is known for its Formula One race circuit, but if you're not in Sepang to watch one, head down to Avani Gold Coast Resort. You may choose to stay a night here or visit the Extreme Park for some activities like Go-kart, archery, and ATV jungle trail. Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Next, take a 2-hour drive to Genting Highlands. Enjoy the rides and attractions at the outdoor theme park, which caters to both kids and adults. You might also want to check the indoor theme park and video game park. Hop on the Awana Skyway; you can enjoy the spectacular view from a distance together with your loved ones. 7. Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu Image Credit: The Sungai Pandan Waterfall on Hotel Grand Continental Kuantan For me, Kuantan is an underrated city. Not many tourists visit this beautiful destination. In less than a 3-hour drive from Kuantan, you can reach your destination, Kuala Terengganu. In Kuantan, you can find several beautiful waterfalls. In my opinion, Sungai Pandan Waterfall will be an ideal spot if you are on this road trip with young kids or the elderly. Make a trip to Kula Cakes to eat the local's favorite Mango Cheesecakes. This store should be in every cheesecake lovers' list as they serve other unique flavors as well. Image Credit: Terengganu State Museum on Malaysia.travel After all that fun, drive to Kuala Terengganu for a heritage tour. Visit the Terengganu State Museum to learn about the history and culture of this place. Don't forget to also visit Pantai Batu Burok to enjoy the scenic beach view. 8. Bukit Tinggi to Kuala Selangor Image Credit: Berjaya Hills on visitmalaysia.info Another two locations that are off the beaten track should be on your list if you want to have a unique experience. It takes a 1.5-hour drive to get you to Kuala Selangor from Bukit Tinggi. The Japanese Tea House in Bukit Tinggi, also known as Berjaya Hills, offers you a soulful retreat. Explore the French-themed Colmar Tropicale and the zen-inspired Japanese garden. The rabbit farm is a must-visit for families; you can play and feed the cute little furry friends. Image Credit: Mount Melawati on The Star Next, drive to Kuala Selangor which takes about 1.5 hours. You can hike up Mount Melawati with your family and learn more about the history behind this notable hill. Also, make time to visit the Kuala Selangor Nature Park and walk through the mangroves. You can spot various species of birds here too! You should also try the Cendol Bakar. The preparation of the gula Melaka in this cendol is different from those of the normal cendol out there. 9. Banting to Sekinchan Image Credit: Tadom Hill Resorts This trip is catered to you if you're bringing along pre-teen kids or older who are adventurous and love outdoor activities. It takes 2 hours to reach Sekinchan by car from Banting. First, enjoy various adrenaline attractions in Banting. Head down to Tadom Hill Resorts, where you can enjoy activities like ATV and water swings. If you want to try some paragliding, you can hike up Bukit Jugra. Otherwise, you can just enjoy the scenic view from the peak with your family. Next, take a 2-hour drive to Sekinchan. Expect to see the lush green field of paddy in Sekinchan as it is home to the Paddy Processing Factory. Don't forget to drop by any of the small businesses selling tropical fruits nearby. The juicy giant mangoes, soursops, and guavas can quench your thirst over the hot day (Yum!). 10. Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang Image Credit: Sosodikon Hill on Facebook Located in Sabah, both Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang offers you scenic locations with fresh mountain air. Just about a 2-hour drive, you can get from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang. You don't always have to hike up Mount Kinabalu when you're in Kota Kinabalu. If you still want to enjoy some mountain views but don't want to break a sweat, visit Sosodikon Hill. Don't forget to visit the Asquare Kota Kinabalu, the first creative container night food market in Kota Kinabalu. You will be spoilt for choices with over 60 varieties of food to choose from different street vendors. Image Credit: Desa Dairy Farm on Facebook Next, take a 2-hour drive to Kundasang. You can visit Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang with the kids and feed the calves and goats while enjoying some freshly made gelato. I'm sure your kids will enjoy this activity! Also Read: 10 Tips On How To Prepare For A Road Trip There you have it, the 10 best family road trips in Malaysia. So what are you waiting for? Start planning for your next road trip to Malaysia now! via GIPHY ...
'Land below the wind', the land of Sabah is a beautiful amalgamation of forests, beaches, nature growing in its entirety. Located in the north of Borneo Island, it borders with Malaysia and Indonesia and also shares maritime borders with Vietnam and the Philippines. Thus, Sabah is a great central point for cultural experiences, tasty food adventures, nature lovers and enthusiasts. Discover Sabah’s Indigenous Culture Believed that the earliest human settlement was up to 30,000 years ago, Sabah has been continuously a territory fought over. It is believed that the Han Dynasty associated with the land as well as following dynasties. Later on the Sultanate of Brunei, then Sultanate of Sulu, and eventually Malaysia, all affiliated and created strong ties with Sabah. Credit: nyenyedzi The indigenous people of Borneo are known as the dayak but this term includes up to 200 ethnic subgroups as well as an estimated 170 languages and dialects spoken on the island. Today, only a few hundreds actively practice these dialects. This highlights on the high risk of extinction of heritage and languages hence the active efforts to preserve the culture. Mari Mari Cultural Village Credit: Owl Ting Local Experiences Located in the depths of the beautiful forests, deep in the Borneo countryside lies the Mari Mari Cultural Village which allows you to explore the traditions of the Borneo culture. The website list 5 reasons to come to the cultural village and they are incredibly enticing; 1. You get to immerse yourself in quiet tranquil nature. 2. You get to have fun and be enriched in newfound Knowledge 3. You get 5 different tribes in 1 village. 4. You get to relax and leisure sightseeing. 5. You will be supporting the preserving culture and tradition to ensure it's not forgotten. The Mari Mari Cultural Village is easily the best attraction in Sabah if you're looking for something educational and fun. Located in the forest, you're greeted with an exotic experience, exploring the village in its most authentic form. You might even be able to walk through the village on the suspension bridge, across the river. Each tribe house is unique in its own way so be sure to look out for the tour guide that'll explain the practices of each tribe. Be sure to plan your trip wisely and go when it is not raining. Address: Inanam, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MalaysiaOpening Hours: 10AM to 6PMContact: +60 13-881 4921Email: email@example.com Website Go Island and Beach Hopping The wildlife in Sabah is surrounded by a huge amount of beautiful islands and scuba diving sites, making it difficult to choose the best island to visit. Whether you want to relax on clear beaches and soak in the turquoise water or go scuba diving, these islands offer endless choices. Sipadan Island Credit: Island Travel Sipadan Island is one of the top scuba diving destinations with the view of the barracuda tornado. Bohey Dulang Credit: Tan Yilmaz on Flickr If you are looking for photographic sites, then Bohey Dulang, nicknamed as the Pearl Island, is an option for a picturesque holiday. Lankayan Credit: Diveplanit This Island is known for its wandering wildlife, such as fishes, turtles and even baby sharks. Less of a swimming destination but a thrilling contact with nature in its natural habitat. Mataking Credit: Mataking Mataking is famous for its Maldives like beaches with white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, it is the less popular alternative with the same effect. There are also options to have underwater weddings! Pulau Tiga- The filming site of the tv show “Survivor” it is special for its mud volcano and Snake Island. This island is there for the risk takers and adrenaline junkies. Hike Mount Kinabalu A world heritage site, Mount Kinabalu is also known to have similar biological species to plants of the Himalaya. Its extreme height towers to 4095 meters meaning the view from the dramatic peak are majestic. The highest point of the mountain also known as Low’s peak (irony) is considered one of the safest and rewarding treks upwards. The trail upwards is accommodated to anyone with reasonable fitness, some parts of the mountain also have stairs with rails. In addition to that, there are also rest houses where you can check into assigned rooms and recharge and huts along the way where you can chat with locals and enjoy food and hot beverages. You should give yourself at least a day to 2 to conquer the mountain. For those with Hiking and rock climbing expertise, there are other trails which require rock climbing equipment. Website Adrenaline Junkie life in Sabah For those looking to do something different or experience an adrenaline activity in Sabah, you can try Mountain Bike Expeditions in and around Sabah as a tour. Cycling is a great way to explore. Paragliding over Lohan Village is available for all levels of expertise and the experience is safe and scenic. Credit: Borneo Ultra If you find running exciting and want to satisfy that high there is also challenging terrains available at Sabah Adventure Challenge. It’s an international opportunity that unites people with a passion for running. Website | Facebook White water rafting at Liwagu River is a fun water sport that allows friends, family groups to experience water in a new exciting way. Credit: SabahEats Eat fresh and cheap seafood Sabah is renowned for its springy egg concentrated noodles, nicknamed the Gold Noodle of Sabah, it should not be missed! Make sure to taste Tuaran Noodles even if you do not visit the district. There are endless flavor combinations. Credit: Authentic World Food Due to the coastal nature of the state, seafood lovers will drown in the unlimited array of fresh seafood and most of them are fairly affordable! Some of the local options include Latok which is a type of seaweed and is eaten fresh with condiments as a salad. Your generic crab and lobsters are also available, grilled over the fire. If you are the type to try something different, sago worms known as Butod can be eaten in a variety of ways, offering nutritious protein. Sample local produce of Sabah Credit: Open Rice As for local produce, you can take back as gifts and souvenirs, Sabah does not disappoint. The Sabah chocolate comes in endless choices of exotic flavors including durian, pineapple, jackfruit, green tea, coconut oil and much more suited to your taste buds. Those not afraid of diabetes can dare to try Kuih Lidah also known as Tiriam, a beautiful cake covered in icing sugar and fried. On the salty side, if you want something unique to the island, Amplang is available which is a seafood crisp/cracker, it is a perfect representation of the state’s love for fish. But, it should come as no surprise that there are also dried-salted seafood snacks, for those who love oyster, prawns, fish, and crab. Visit Kundasang: Sabah’s New Zealand Credit: DESA Dairy Farm, Sabah If you want to experience New Zealand without breaking the bank then Kundasang is the place to be. Surrounded by immense green rolling fields and nature in the pasture, Kundasang is a cheaper version of New Zealand with not-so-obvious differences. Look out for the free-roaming cows and visit the Desa Dairy Farm and try all sorts of milk products, such as ice cream, yogurt, bottled milk, and even cheese! Address: Dr. Marcel Gisain, P.O.Box 71, 89308 Kundasang, Ranau, SabahAdmission Fee: RM5 (Adult) | RM4 (Children)Opening Hours: 8AM to 5PMContact: +60 88 889 562 Facebook Fish Foot or Body Massage Credit: Aroma Asian Enjoy Fish Massages and learn to withstand the tickle. Moroli River near Sabah Tea Garden is a river filled with the fishes that will make your skin silky smooth. You can enjoy a full body treatment or just your feet. If sitting around isn’t your thing then you can trek through the water and enjoy the nature surrounding you. Address: Kampung Luanti Baru, Ranau, Malaysia Stargazing, Sunsets, and Sunrises Credit: MySabah.com For a unique experience of stargazing, Lasau Podi is one of the best locations for stargazing, since most locations are covered with pollution preventing a clear view of the sky. If you can’t make it to Lasau Podi, try to find open spaces by beaches or fields. Sunset spots are always spectacular whether you are in a city or the countryside but pair it with beautiful surroundings the experience becomes more special. Some of the most popular destinations for viewers include KK Waterfront (right in the middle of the city) as the sun touches the edge of the water. For those who want to be away from the hustle and bustle, Mantanani Island in Kota Belud offers some of the prettiest views along the sandy white beaches. Credit: MySabah.com If you're hoping to be one of the first to do something, Pom Pom Island in Semporna is fairly new and is more of a private experience. As for those early risers that like to catch the worm, sunrise from Sabah Tea Garden is a treat alongside a piping cup of tea or coffee, overlooking the tea plantations. Soak in natural hot springs Credit: Wikipedia Poring Hot Springs is a great place to visit if you are looking for some hydrotherapy. The hot sulfur springs are formed by the volcanic rocks around the area. The springs are just a small fraction of Poring so make sure to explore the beautiful nature surrounding. There are outdoor bathtubs, as well as feet tubs and even private tubs. In addition to the hot springs, there are also cold water rock pools that are available for children and adults to swim and cool down. Finally, for more of a fun waterpark experience, there is a slide pool. Admission: RM15 (Foreigners) | RM3 (Locals)Contact: +60 88 878 801 Kinabatangan River Cruise Credit: River Junkie If Sabah hasn’t given you enough to do yet, there is always a cruise available. The Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah, reaching 560km. The cruise allows you to enjoy the rainforest and jungle experience whilst cruising peacefully. You’ll come face to face with elephants, orangutans, all sorts of tropical birds. Some biologists consider this the most easily accessible wildlife in Southeast Asia. There are many tour outlets available depending on the duration of the ride and what you want to include in it. Either way, any package you choose will be a wholesome extraordinary experience. Sabah is a beautiful state, offering almost everything a holiday goer could dream off, so what are you waiting for! Plan your next family trip, add it to your destination list or just book a spontaneous trip to Sabah....
Great food, a bustling city, idyllic villages, little island paradises, beautiful beaches, and amazing hilly rainforests, Malaysia has it all! If you are starting to plan for your honeymoon, Malaysia should be number one on your list! There are many ideal honeymoon destinations in Malaysia, and you definitely won’t be disappointed with what the country has to offer. Whether you love adventure or calm peaceful getaways, Malaysia has just the right place for you. via GIPHY Surrounded by luxury resorts, this country houses resorts that offer 5-star quality service right at your doorstep. While these may sound expensive, some high-end hotels and resorts have great honeymoon packages to offer which are affordable and are within anyone’s price range. So put away your travel blues and read our list of 5 must-visit honeymoon destinations in Malaysia! 1. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Where the old meets new — Kota Kinabalu is a mix of modern malls and expensive apartments surrounding old markets selling fresh seafood by the fishermen themselves. It is an exciting culinary scene which spans street stalls to high-end cuisine, along with burgeoning art and music culture! All while fiery sunsets watch over this exciting bustling seaside city. Activities and attractions If you are a couple who’s up for an adventure - exploring new cultures, trying out new things - then Kota Kinabalu will not disappoint! Yes, the beach is great but what if you want to try something different? Visit the Mount Kinabalu, a World UNESCO heritage site valued for its biodiversity. Along the way visit the Mountain Garden to gain insight of its many flora and fauna and then head on to the Canopy Walkway for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding rainforest. You can even enjoy a warm local lunch before taking a dip in the Poring natural hot springs. (Disclaimer: If you're feeling extra pumped up, trek the 13,435 ft Mount Kinabalu. Just note that it is not a few hour's hikes. Most trekkers have been trained beforehand prior to the hike. It definitely takes a lot of mental and physical strength.) Head over to Sepilok to pay a visit to the Wild Man, commonly referred to as the Orangutan, these great reddish-brown haired apes are peaceful and shy, living mostly in the treetops and are sadly critically endangered due to mass deforestation. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre offers a close-up view of the Orangutans in their natural habitat. Credit: Sabah Tourism Interested in exploring new cultures? Mari-Mari Cultural Village is the place to go. Mari Mari showcases the cultures and lifestyles of the various indigenous peoples of the Borneo region – the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus, and Dusun. You will witness their traditional handicrafts such as blowpipe making and tattooing, their different types of homes, and their culture as a tribe. You might even enjoy some tasty local nibbles along the way! Accommodation Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa Credit: Shangri-la's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa What better way to experience Kota Kinabalu than to stay at a nature resort, one of the best in the area is the luxurious Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa. Set amidst a nature reserve and overlooking the South China Sea, the resort offers the best of both sea and rainforest. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa’s relaxing rooms are furnished with earthy toned elegant furniture inclusive of all the standard amenities such as a flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities as well as bathroom toiletries and bathrobes. Guests can choose between the rainforest view, garden view or sea view rooms, with private balconies, offering you a private calm and relaxing view to enjoy with your partner. The hotel also offers a secluded beach area as well as an outdoor pool area which offers stunning views of the sea and hotel. With a calm and relaxed atmosphere surrounding the hotel, it is the ideal resort for a couple’s retreat. You can approach their 24-hour front desk to inquire about activities such as horse riding and jungle trekking. Address: Pantai Dalit, PO Box 600, Tuaran, Sabah, 89208 MalaysiaContact No.: (60 88) 797 888 Website | Email | Facebook Borneo Beach Villas Credit: Borneo Beach Villas If you are looking for a budget-friendly vacation, Borneo Beach Villas is definitely a great option. Offering all the basic hotel facilities such as WiFi at the lobby and cafe, pool as well as a beach area with white sands, the hotel is ideal to accommodate you for your honeymoon in Malaysia. Their Spa Suites include a private steam bath and hot tub, whilst the villas include a private lap pool, all guest rooms and villas include satellite TV along with a DVD player, inbuilt bathrooms with toiletries. The room furnishings are minimal and comfy and provide sea views. The hotel gardens are well kept and lead you towards the white beach with lazy waves lapping against the sand. All the suites and villas include a fully equipped kitchen which would be ideal if you're thinking of whipping up a meal with your partner. The hotel is surrounded by seafood restaurants and groceries, this is a great option if you are trying to stick to a budget or you could order a la carte from the hotel cafe. Address: 163, Pool Villa & Locked Bag 100, Karambunai, 88993 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MalaysiaContact number: +60 16-832 9302 / +60 16 832 9340 Website | Email 2. Penang Penang is where all Eastern cultures converge to create one big melting pot of thrills. A cosmopolitan city dappled with old world charm, Penang is a perfect romantic setting for a couple looking for adventure! Activities and attractions This city has much to offer with a thriving art scene and culinary delights at almost every street corner this island has an adventure at every turn! Make your way to George Town to witness the amazing and interactive murals and wire art. Be sure to find the legendary Bruce Lee mural and snap a few badass pics with your partner! Most of the artworks can be found along Armenian Street and Acheh Street. George Town as a whole is going to be a memorable experience, with colonial buildings and old houses as well as a myriad of hawker stalls. Some of the must-try dishes are Penang Assam Laksa, Nasi Kandar and Penang Teochew Chendul which is a sweet treat! Another popular destination is the Penang Hill which is 2733 feet above sea level, and has the steepest tunnel track in the world! Take the funicular train ride to the top of the hill and enjoy the panoramic view of George Town, the day and evening views are equally stunning, however, when dusk sets in and George Town begins to light up, it adds a sense of romance – enjoy the spectacular view of Penang at night and if you want to stay longer the last train leaves the top of the hill at 11 pm! Also, be sure to explore the 1.6km nature trail of Penang Hill. It features suspended walkways amongst the canopies and, viewing platforms as well as pocket gardens. With its exquisite flora, you and your partner will not get bored. Accommodation Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion Buildings and houses in Penang have uniquely styled architecture, so where can you get the full experience of living in the colonial times? At none other than Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion! Credit: Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion on Facebook A beautiful 1880s mansion known for its iconic blue-hued walls which are a result of an indigo-based limewash was which common in George Town at the time. The boutique hotel has 18 personalized rooms divided into four categories – the Liang Collection, Ming Collection, Tang Suites, and Han Suites. Credit: Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion on Facebook The staff are friendly and will take you through all the amenities included in the rooms, the rooms themselves are beautiful with intricate detailing and colonial era style furniture you can experience the true essence of a time gone by. All the rooms include the basic amenities such as cable TV, attached bathroom with a bathtub, air-conditioning etc. The Tang and Han suites include direct pool access. The hotel has two restaurants, the main restaurant being Indigo, which offers a west meets the east cuisine, while the Courtyard offers anything from Nutella crepes to Nasi Lemak. Spend the day lounging with a cup of coffee at the Courtyard and make a surprise dinner reservation at the Indigo restaurant for a romantic candlelit dinner with your loved one. Address: 14, Leith Street, 10200 Penang, MalaysiaContact number: +604 262 0006 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Hotel Jen Credit: Hotel Jen By Shangri-La If you want a more contemporary stay at Penang head over to Hotel Jen, located at the bustling center of George Town, close to the commercial area of the city. Their rooms include all the basic amenities, the hotel also offers a 24-hour gym and a free shuttle service to the beach. The hotel is located close to Penang’s markets and commercial shopping centers. Address: Magazine Road, George Town, Penang, 10300, MalaysiaContact number: (60 4) 262 2622 Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. Langkawi An archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is surrounded by turquoise waters with white sandy beaches lined with swaying coconut trees. The inland landscape is made up of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Activities and attractions Have your perfect romantic getaway in one of the three famous beaches in Langkawi – Pantai Cenang, if you are looking to try water sports, Tengah, Tanjung Rhu which is more secluded beach and great to take a walk along with your partner. Looking for something more thrilling? Why not go for a walk on the 124 meters long, 700 m above sea level Sky Bridge? It offers spectacular views of some of Langkawi’s main attractions, the only way to get there is by cable car! A little fun fact: a scene from the 2006 Bollywood movie ‘Don: The Chase Begins Again’ was filmed on this bridge. If you truly want to experience nature, hike Gunung Raya, the highest peak in Langkawi. Standing at 881m the hill offers panoramic views of the island; the legend behind the island is that it is the cursed form of the giant Mat Raya who once inhabited the mountain. The hill forest houses some of Malaysia’s exotic wildlife like the flying foxes, great hornbills, leaf monkey, and macaques as well as other forest dwellers. Once you have covered the land sky why not go for an underwater walk, and no, it does not involve diving. Head over to Underwater World, and take the 15m underwater tunnel where you can get a close-up view of sharks, turtles and other sea life. Why not have a fairytale ending to your stay at Langkawi? Visit Taman Lagenda, a folk-lore themed park which is an open-air garden museum that is sure to whisk you away from reality and would make a perfect setting for a nice romantic walk. Accommodation Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa To truly experience tropical tranquillity choose to stay at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa in Langkawi. Their 355 rooms are clustered into wooden chalets all including private balconies which open to stunning views of the property and island. All rooms include the basic amenities that are expected at a five-star hotel. The hotel has two restaurants; Spice Market which is the main restaurant is inspired by the ancient spice route – combining the East with the West. The second restaurant called CBA will offer you the perfect tropical dining experience. The hotel grounds are beautiful and are great for an early morning walk after breakfast, before heading to the secluded beach. Address: Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, MalaysiaContact number: +60 4 952 8888 Website | Email Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa If you are looking for a more pocket-friendly place check in at the four-star Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa located only 15mins away from Langkawi international airport. The hotel is a vast property, offering great views of the beach and surrounding islands. All the rooms include the basic hotel room amenities. Be sure to check their romantic getaway offers on their website. Address: Lot 1698, Pantai Tengah, Mukim Kedawang, Daerah Langkawi, 07000 Kedah Darulaman, MalaysiaContact number: +60 4 952 9999 Website | Email 4. Tioman The biggest and most popular island in the Eastern Peninsula of Malaysia, Tioman Island is a thrill seekers paradise! Activities and attractions Famous for Diving and snorkeling, Tioman offers the best underwater experience to tourists. Most resorts on the island have a house reef, where you can snorkel right in front of your cabana, also snorkeling is a great option for non-divers! Tioman Island almost has no roads so you’ll have to do a light trek through the jungle to get from place to another, if you are a nature lover this definitely the right spot for you. The two most popular treks are the Tekek to Juara which is two hours and the trek from Tekek all the way to Monkey Bay. For activities like kayaking, jet skiing and other water sports Tekek beach, slang beach and genting beach are your best options. Tioman also has some beautiful waterfalls and these can be accessed by a light trek or a short boat ride, one the most famous waterfalls is the Mukut Waterfall, the largest waterfall on the Island is the Asah waterfall which is a 45 minute trek away from Mukut village, if trekking isn’t your thing opt for the boat ride. Accommodation Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa on Facebook Make your Tioman Island, Malaysia, dreams come true! Choose to stay at the Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa for a luxurious tropical island experience. They also promise a great honeymoon experience so do check their honeymoon offers! They have a total of 54 villas which are built to offer the utmost privacy to their guests; you have the choice of choosing between the garden view, rainforest view and the sea view villas. The villas come equipped with all the basic hotel room amenities ensuring that you are comfortable and at home during your stay. Address: Lot 20 & 21, Sarang Burung, Kg. Mukut, 26800 Pulau Tioman, Pahang, MalaysiaContact number: +607-7668886/ 8887/8888 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Paya Beach Resort Credit: Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort on Facebook Looking for a place that offers great service for affordable prices? Opt for the Paya Beach Resort, which also offers a great romantic getaway offer for couples. The resort offers villas and chalets as well as lodges as accommodation for guests, the villas are recommended for a romantic getaway. Address: Kampong Paya, Pulau Tioman, MalaysiaContact number: +65 6733 4333 (Overseas) Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram 5. Pangkor Pangkor translates to ‘beautiful island’ in Thai, and it definitely lives up to its name. The island is mostly mountainous and has rocky history due it being a center for piracy in the past! However, these days it’s just an idyllic tropical island where the main livelihood is fishing. Activities and attractions If you are interested in water sports, head over to Bogak or Nipah beach, you can try out banana-boat rides, and jet skiing. Pangkor town is the place to go if you want to try some authentic Pangkor cuisine as many local restaurants serving the most delectable dishes can be found. Go for a jungle trek to burn off the calories after eating all that food, the best hike is the Pangkor Hill hike. If you want to do something a little more Zen pay visit to Fu Lin Kung, a Taoist temple built at the foot of Pangkor hill. You can also pay a visit to the Kali Amman temple, which is the only Hindu temple on the island. Don’t forget to check out the Dutch Fort as well, built in the 17th century to regulate tin trade form foreign ships. Another interesting historical spot is the Batu Bersurat (Tiger Rock), the large boulder has historical inscriptions referring to a child and tiger with the initials of the Dutch East India Company engraved into it as well. Book a boat ride to Pulau Jarak, a secluded island with great Marine life, and it would be a great activity to experience with your partner. You can even rent a boat for the day and explore the surrounding scenery of the island if you are more adventurous hire a canoe! Accommodation Pangkor Laut Resort Credit: Pangkor Laut Resort One of the most famous resorts in Pangkor and possibly Malaysia is the Pangkor Laut Resort, named after the island itself and ranked number 1 in the World by Condé Nast Traveller and referred to as a paradise by the late Pavarotti! Offering comfort, warmth and contemporary elegance the villas are situated amongst the hills, lush gardens and on wooden stilts over the tropical sea. The villas are fully equipped with the usual amenities found in guest rooms assuring you have all the comforts you need during your stay. They have a great honeymoon offer so be sure to check it out! Address: Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, MalaysiaContact number: +60 3 2783 1000 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Sandy Beach Resort Credit: Pangkor Sandy Beach Resort on Facebook If you want to go for a more budget-friendly option the Sandy Beach Resort will be ideal for your stay on Pangkor Island. Nestled on the golden sands of the beach you can choose between rooms or chalets, the chalets are ideal if you are looking for privacy and they face the Pasir Bogak beach, who doesn’t want to wake up to the blue waters of the sea lapping against the sandy beach? Address: 30, Jalan Pasir Bogak, 32300 Pulau Pangkor, Negeri PerakContact number: +605 6853027, +605 6853037 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Hopefully, this list gave you some insight for planning your Malaysia honeymoon itinerary. Are you excited for your Malaysia honeymoon?!...
When we speak of honeymoon, it does not necessarily have to be on the other side of the world. These destinations in Asia are perfect if you're looking forward to an exotic escape from reality. There are many beautiful Muslim-friendly honeymoon destinations you will love where your own privacy is ensured and where you can have a memorable experience. Keep reading and we'll tell you more! 1. Maldives The Maldives has always been one of the top Muslim honeymoon destinations with some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches surrounded by the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is considered as the top honeymoon destination for Muslim couples since there are many beautiful private Halal resorts and villas to choose from islands like Male. Halal honeymoon tour packages in Asia usually ensure that Halal meals and amenities will be provided. Muslim travelers on their honeymoon can enjoy a range of activities such as scuba diving, water skiing, swimming and island hopping as well while being surrounded bygorgeous ocean scenery. 2. Thailand Thailand has always been one of the top holiday and honeymoon destinations in the world, with its rich history, beautiful beaches and amazing food. It is also now one of the ideal honeymoon destinations for Muslim couples as there is an increase in Halal-friendly amenities. The city of Bangkok has plenty to offer with shopping and entertainment while islands like Phuket, Koh Yao Noi,Krabi and Koh Samui are some of the best Muslim honeymoon destinations with fun activities, sightseeing and relaxation. Most honeymoon tour packagesto Thailand and its islands have something for everyone so Muslim travelers can get some great deals in an affordable price range. 3. Sri Lanka This beautiful island is one of the Muslim-friendly honeymoon destinations you never thought ofand where the importance of Halal tourism is has become more recognized too. There are resorts and hotels that are willing to provide Halal amenities and meals for Muslim travelers on their honeymoon and Halal honeymoon tour packages to places like Galle, Yala, NuwaraEliya and more. With beautiful historical places to visit, entertainment, good cuisine and more, Sri Lanka has become a one of the ideal Muslim honeymoon destinations. 4. Malaysia A beautiful country with many sights to see, engaging activities, gorgeous beaches and great cuisine, there is something for everyone visiting Malaysia -which makes this country one of the best honeymoon destinations for Muslim couples. Malaysia is another great place to find Halal friendly resorts with Halal amenities and with beautiful islands to visit as well. Most Halal honeymoon tour packages in Asia have some reasonable offers. The city of Kuala Lumpur including places like Penang and Kota Kinabalu have different and interesting experiences to offer Muslim travelers. 5. Indonesia Indonesia is another one of the best Muslim-friendly honeymoon destinations you never thought of, and there have been more improvements to provide Halal-friendly amenities for Muslim travelers. Not only are there scenic islands and beautiful beaches but fun activities like surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and much more that Muslim travelers on their honeymoon can engage in. This making places like Bali, Lombok and Sumatra great honeymoon destinations for Muslim couples. There are Halal honeymoon tour packages on offer to Bali and Indonesia where Muslim travelers can enjoy a Halal friendly honeymoon. Check for more honeymoon destinations ...