It goes without question that Malaysia is filled with plenty of scenic attractions and hidden gems. From stunning lakes
to world-class national parks
, there's plenty to uncover in our country's backyard. So while we look forward to the day the pandemic is behind us, why not fuel your wanderlust by adding these film-worthy locations in Malaysia to your bucket list 😊
1. Sky Mirror, Kuala Selangor
Popular for its mirror-like reflection of the sky, Sky Mirror is known as the Salar de Uyuni
of Malaysia. Situated at Sasaran Beach, not everyone has had the chance to experience it for themselves because this natural wonder only occurs twice a month - during the full moon and new moon!
This sand bar, located off the coast of Kuala Selangor, is only visible when the tide recedes during these specific times, letting you take beautiful shots. Before you visit the Sky Mirror, check out the dates before you embark on this trip!
P.S. Johor also has its very own 'Sky Mirror located at Desaru Fruit Farm!
2. Tasik Cermin, Ipoh
A beautiful oasis that's hidden within the limestone hills of Ipoh, Tasik Cermin can be said to be a hidden gem! Enjoy the tranquil area that is perfect for
a photo opportunity with its still water and reflections of the hills and greens 😍
If you don’t already know, these limestone hills have earned the city the nickname “Guilin of Malaysia”! Tasik Cermin is situated at Gunung Rapat, a 20-minute drive from the heart of Ipoh. The neighbouring location used to be an active quarry that has thankfully minimized its operations. While it is relatively safe to visit now, you should continue to practise caution and be extra careful when making your way to the lake.You can read more about Tasik Cermin in Ipoh here
3. The Habitat, Penang Hill
Opened in 2016, The Habitat is a world-class rainforest discovery centre that enables visitors to admire our diverse 130-million years old Malaysian rainforest with minimal impact on the environment. True to its mission, the park's iconic structure was designed to not only showcase the surrounding flora and fauna but to protect it as well!
Here, you can walk on the Langur Way Canopy Walks measuring 230 meters in length, visit The Habitat's highest viewing platform at Curtis Crest Treetop Walk, and enjoy an exciting five-course zipline adventure at The Flight of the Colugo. Read more about The Habitat Penang Hill here
4. Colmar Tropicale Bukit Tinggi, Pahang
Pahang, Colmar Tropicale is where you can go to experience a weekend of cool weather. Inspired by 16th century Colmar town in France, you might be wondering what to do at Colmar Tropicale? Well, there are a number of attractions you can visit including Equestrian, Adventure Park, Rabbit Park, and Botanical Garden - but Colmar Tropicale has an attraction that'll remind you of Japan.Read more about Colmar Tropicale here
5. Penang Avatar Secret Garden, Penang
As the name indicates, the Penang Avatar Secret Garden is inspired by the Hollywood blockbuster, Avatar. Since the attractions only starts in the evening, it'll make the perfect ending to your day out in the city. Find your exploring a jaw-dropping fantasy land as you lay eyes upon the entire park that's been decorated with bright neon lights, giving it a surreal atmosphere. It truly captures the essence of the fantasy world in Avatar, so fans of the films will definitely appreciate this 😍
P.S. Continue to level up your social feed at these 12 Instagrammable spots in Penang (that aren't street art) with nearby halal eateries.
6. Pantai Senok, Kelantan
Have you ever thought of re-enacting a Korean drama, especially ‘Winter Sonata’? If yes, then you'll be glad to know that
there's no need to go all the way to Nami Island! Say hello to Pantai Senok - a much closer (and cheaper) alternative 😄 Located in Bachok, Kelantan, this enchanting beach will evoke the inner K-drama fan in you. Not only is the place popular for its scenic trees, but also for the amazing view by the beach.P.S. Once you're done exploring, fuel up with these 7 delicious nasi kerabu eateries to try in Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
7. Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Doesn't this place look like it came straight out of a Renaissance film? Also known as Taman Tasik Perdana (or Perdana Botanical Gardens), Lake Gardens is located in central KL and perfect for anyone looking for a quick escape from the concrete jungle. With a beautiful landscape, greenery, as well as the impressive yellow canopy, there are plenty of popular backdrop for OOTDs to choose from. Sometimes, you can even find couples having their wedding photoshoot here!
P.S. While you're in the area, don't miss out on these 14 stunning Insta-worthy spots in KL that are absolutely free.
8. Mossy Forest, Pahang
Known as the ‘Lord of the Rings Forest’ among local tour guides, the Mossy Forest is said to be about 200,000 years
old! Situated in Cameron Highlands, every single thing in the forest, from the ground to the tree branches are all covered in moss. When hiking at the Mossy Forest, it can get muddy and slippery. Remember to wear proper hiking footwear and be careful as you trek your way through this mystical forest!P.S. For more exciting adventures, check out our list of 10 best things to do in Cameron Highlands.
9. Pantai Klebang Sand Dusun, Melaka
You might have heard about sand dunes in Sossusvlei, Namibia and Tottori, Japan, but did you know that we have our own beautiful sand dunes in Malacca? Situated 20 minutes away from Bandar Hilir and near Pantai Klebang’s famous coconut shakes stall, it is said that a beachfront development has left hills of sand in a deserted part of the beach which has quickly became popular after pictures of this sand dune went viral on Instagram!
P.S. Wonder what else you can do in Melaka? Here are 8 best things to do for your next road trip.
10. Polumpung Melangkap, Sabah
Situated in Kota Belud, let the sweeping view of Mount Kinabalu captivate you at Polumpung Melangkap. Just a 1.5-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu, this place ranks high on every nature
lover's place to visit in Malaysia. A famous camping site with a clear view of Mount Kinabalu, tents are available for rent if you wish to spend the night here. You can also enjoy a cool dip in the nearby river, prepare a barbecue dinner, and stargaze the night away once it's dark outside.P.S. Looking to camp at Polumpung Melangkap in the future? Read all about it here!
11. Mulu National Park, Sarawak
Named after Mount Mulu, which is the second-highest mountain in Sarawak, this national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by the rainforest of Borneo, this nature spot has a unique sight. Check out the jagged limestone formations that are an amazing sight to behold. The Mulu pinnacles are just one of the reasons why locals and tourists love to hike the mountain ⛰
P.S. Here are 9 best things to do in Kuching on your next vacay to Sarawak.
With such beautiful and unique spots as these in Malaysia, you don't have to travel far in order to discover amazing places!
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