[Updated 7 December 2020]
As we continue to fight against the pandemic, it seems like forever since we last made hotel bookings in Malaysia. Whether it's a stay at an Instagram-worthy boutique hotel
to a private pool villa
, we miss planning our weekend getaways in Malaysia
Though the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) have extended in Malaysia
, there's no harm in dreaming of your next getaway
while the situation improves. And before that time comes, we've got a list of things you should consider before booking the best hotel deals in Malaysia.
1. Stay up to date with the country's travel restrictions
If you're planning to take advantage of the best hotel deals in Malaysia right now, it's best to stay up-to-date with the latest travel restrictions in Malaysia
. As of 3 June 2020, interstate travel in Malaysia is not allowed to the general public except for married couples who are living in different states, work purposes, medical reasons or emergency cases such as the death of a family member.
Domestic flights in Malaysia are also temporarily limited to essential trips relating to medical, work and government-related services, which is something to consider if you're planning a staycation in other states in Malaysia.
2. Browse for the latest hotel deals and discounts
Domestic travel has been the talk of the town recently, and there are many reasons why every Malaysian should be a tourist in their own country first
. In a bid to increase hotel reservations among local travellers and boost the domestic travel sector, more hotels and resorts in Malaysia are promoting attractive hotel deals, discounts and packages.
3. Check the hotel's cancellation policy and date flexibilityCredit: The Danna Langkawi on Facebook
The time will come when it's safe for us to travel again, but there will always be bouts of uncertainty as the number of COVID-19 cases can fluctuate at any time once the travel restrictions are lifted.
Hotels and resorts in Malaysia are taking a great consideration of your travel plans with some even offering free cancellation and flexible date changes for hotel reservations - so remember to check the fine prints and policy before you book!
4. When booking through a third-party website, use the free cancellation filter
When booking through a third-party platform, such as Agoda, Expedia, Trivago, and Bookings.com, browse for hotels and resorts in Malaysia using the free cancellation filter. That way, you'll only find hotel and resort listings that are suitable for your flexible travel plans.
In case there's a change of plans, Agoda EasyCancel, as well as Expedia and Hotels.com's free cancellation policy lets you cancel your booking at least a few days prior to your arrival. These hotel booking websites also provide an option to book now and pay later when you arrive at the hotel.
5. Always check if there's a cancellation penalty
While it's tempting to make a room reservation using the free cancellation option, it's important to read that penalty charges that'll apply if you didn't manage to cancel before it's due.
For example, Booking.com may have a free cancellation option for hotel bookings, but a one-night charge will be deducted from your credit card if you don't cancel your reservations. Remember to check and note it down on your calendar!
6. Create a flexible travel plan
Since the travel situation in Malaysia may change at any given time, prepare a flexible travel plan that allows you to move around your dates easily when the unexpected happened. If you're planning to fly domestically, our local airlines such as Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia provide an option to reschedule your flight or request for your booking to be converted into credit - but this process may take a few weeks or months depending on the volume of requests. Alternatively, you can plan a road trip, so you can reschedule your travel plans easily.
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