Staycations are generally short vacays away from home, but you won’t necessarily be going far away. Well, the fun part is, you get to stay in a nice hotel and do some tourist things right in your state.
There are LOADS to do all around Malaysia! Here are a few fun things you can try out if you’re in the mood to get away from ‘reality’ for a bit.
#1 Check out your reflections at the Kuala Selangor Sky Mirror
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This natural phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the sand a certain way, causing the entire ground to look reflect like a giant mirror!
The only way you can get there is by following tour operators so make sure you book the right one for you.
Fees: RM60—RM100; Tour packages available
#2 Go for a picnic and play with kites at Pantai Morib
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Some of you who are stuck in KL might be craving for the sand and the sea and would hop on the next flight to Langkawi. But while you’re still here in the Klang Valley, get a nice place to stay in Banting and have a great afternoon with loved ones by Pantai Morib picnicking and flying colourful kites.
#3 Bird Watching at Tanjung Tuan
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Tanjung Tuan, formerly known as Cape Rachado, is a world-renowned place for bird enthusiasts during the migration season which starts around the end of July. If you’re not the biggest fan of the feathered friends, there are loads of other activities and history to check out there as well.
Psst… it is believed to be the burial site of Parameswara and that’s where the Portuguese built the first-ever lighthouse in Melaka.
Fees: RM1 entrance fee
#4 Check out the straits of Melaka on a River Cruise after sunset
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Malacca is a gorgeous heritage city filled with lots of culture and history. However, as locals, you might have become a bit jaded by the scenery. By taking the cruise, this is your chance to experience Melaka like a tourist filled with wonder once again.
Though the River Cruise lasts all day, the best view is still at night when the sun has set, and the city’s nightlife and dazzling lights come alive.
#5 Hunt for art murals at major cities across Johor
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When murals are brought up, your first thought would likely be Penang’s famous murals scattered around Georgetown. However, places around Johor like Kluang, Muar, and Pontian also host amazing artwork on the towns’ walls.
Best of all, they’re made by our local artists. So, not only are you having an adventure near home, but you’re also discovering our homegrown talents.
#6 Fish for udang galah and watch some fireflies at Kota Tinggi
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There’s an exhilarating feeling when it comes to catching your own seafood. So, you ought to give it a try at one of the many spots around Kota Tinggi to go fishing, especially for those giant freshwater prawns.
After you’ve caught them, you can cook them fresh on-site or choose to bring them home. Once it gets dark, you can check out the beautiful fireflies.
#7 Check out some sea turtles at the Turtle Sanctuary in Penang National Park
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The Penang National Park is one of the smallest forest reserves, but it’s jam-packed with lush greenery and many interesting faunae. However, many people also enjoy learning about sea turtles in-depth at the sanctuary built near Kerachut Beach.
You can take pictures and get up close and personal with live turtles (with guides, of course) and even check out some of the skeletons there.
Fees: Penang National Park – RM5; Turtle Sanctuary—FREE
#8 Fill up your Instagram with awesome pictures from Pulau Jerejak
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If you love taking photos and showing off all your cool outfits and fun travel destinations, then take a ferry over to Pulau Jerejak. From the Stairway To Heaven to colourful walls and unique birds nests, you can have a full day of photoshoot on the island.
At night, head over to the LED park for some gorgeous night views. On Saturdays at 8pm, there are super ‘hot’ people swinging around fireballs and spitting breaths of fire!
Fees: RM20 per person for ferry ride
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