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Best and Unique Places to Stay in Malaysia

As they say, Malaysia is truly Asia! The best and unique places to stay in Malaysia tell you about it is two countries in one. While peninsula flaunts bustling cities, colonial architecture, misty tea plantations and chill-out islands, Malaysian Borneo hosts wild jungles of orangutans, granite peaks and remote tribes, along with some pretty spectacular diving. Throughout these two regions is an impressive variety of microcosms ranging from the space-age high-rises of Kuala Lumpur to the traditional longhouse villages of Sarawak.
If there was one thing that unites all its pockets of ethnicities, religions and landscapes, it is food. There is Chinese, Malay food and delicious Indian curries that will not let the travellers ever go hungry. Malaysia is a bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Our multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. And as per the people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and friendly.

Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia which includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan.

One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further adds to this theme of ‘diversity’. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs. Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves found in the best and unique places to stay in Malaysia.

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    Stay at Peraya Homestay in Malaysia
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    Kuching
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    About the activity: Get the chance to stay at one of Malaysia's most beautiful Borneo Rainforest; the Peraya Villa Homestays on your next holiday here.Get picked up from hotel in Kuching at around 9 AM and get transferred to Peraya villa via provided transport.After reaching get introduced to the host family and tour around the village by the local guide to know the history of the village. Tour the village and post lunch, indulge in jungle trekking through the beautiful rain-forest, visiting the ancients head house and continue your visit to waterfall. Back in the late evening, have a relaxing dinner and settle for the night.On the second day, enjoy a lip-smacking breakfast and explore the Borneo Rainforest and also get a chance to engage in some adventure sports. Indulge in a bamboo raft or traditional kayak adventure, paddling through class I and II waterDuring the rafting, acquaint yourself with the secrets of river and also get to know about its history, and fish spawning habits.Have a delicious lunch in the afternoon.Aftermath, head back to the beautiful Kuching city and get dropped off to your hotel as your experience comes to an end.

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    8 Days Malaysia and Singapore Tour (ex. Kl)
    d8 Days n7 Nights

    About the Activity: Fixed Departure: On 03-09-2016 10-09-2016, 17-09-2016, 24-09-2016,01-10-2016 and 10-10-2016 from Kuala Lumpur AirportSpend 8 days in Singapore and Malaysia and experience South East like never before.Explore the most renowned art aficionados, museums, and galleries, the cities with endless wonders of nature, island paradises, primeval rainforests, and caves.This tour takes you the most famous destinations, attractions and tours in Singapore and Malaysia, including Genting Highland, Kuala Lumpur ,Enroute Batu Caves, Indoor theme park rides, Kuala Lumpur city tour and Singapore city tour.The tour includes return airfares, breakfast, accommodation, and transport.  

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    Kuching
    d3 Days n2 Nights

    About the activity: Get the chance to stay at one of Malaysia's most beautiful Borneo Rainforest; the Peraya Villa Homestays on your next holiday here.Get picked up from hotel in Kuching at around 8 AM and get transferred to Peraya villa via local transport.After reaching get introduced to the host family and tour around the village by the local guide to know the history of the village.Tour the village and post lunch, indulge in jungle trekking through the beautiful rain-forest, visiting the ancients head house and continue to visit waterfall.Back in the late evening, have a relaxing dinner and settle for the night.On the second day, enjoy a lip-smacking breakfast and explore the Borneo Rain-forest and also get a chance to engage in some adventure sports as well. Indulge in a bamboo raft or traditional kayak, paddling through class I and II waterDuring rafting, acquaint yourself with the secrets of river and also know about its history, and fish spawning habits.On the third day, after the lip-smacking breakfast, participate in agro farming of pepper, rubber and cocoa and also indulge in small mountain trekkingGet to peek into river fish feeding activities and get a glimpse of the ways of the wild in the different parks that you will see here. Have a delicious lunch in the afternoon.Aftermath, head back to the beautiful Kuching city by getting dropped of to your hotel.

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    Kuching
    d3 Days n2 Nights

    About the Activity: Invoke in this 3 days camping at Peraya Homestay,and get a chance to experience the rain-forest by night among many other activities that will pique your interest here.Start you tour after getting picked up from your hotel in the morning (approx. 08:30 AM) and reach the tour locality - Peraya Homestay. Trek in the late evening for night bamboo rafting safari and stay overnight in the jungle camp and the Bidayuh tribe will share their legend of culture, taboos, and tradition. Engage in rafting, after you reach the Borneo Rain-forest and then embark on a jungle trekking with other sports that can make your stay here exciting experience.Enjoy some mouth watering meals while staying here. Learn from local folks the skillful arts of cooking in bamboo which still hold a story in the tribe. End your tour by returning back to the Peraya homestay and get transferred to the Kuching city. 

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    Kuala Lumpur
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity:Enthrall in this pleasant trip through Taman Negara which is a 130 million years old  tropical rainforest home to some of the most endangers wildlife species such as tigers, elephants, tapirs, rhinoceros, sun bears.Start your tour at 6.30 AM after getting picked up from your hotel in a shared vehicle from Kuala Lumpur and reach the tour locality.Arrive at 10.30 AM and enjoy a canopy walkaway at 530 metres while getting a birds's eye view of the World's Oldest Rainforest. Delight in a birding experience through this stunning rainforest that has an array of biodiversity such as 14,000 flowering plants, 300 bird species, and 238 fresh water fish.Feel your heart racing by embarking on Rapids shooting which is a take-home thrill, as the boatman negotiates and then a night walk before retiring to hotel at 10.00 PM.Engage in an interaction with a rare Batek tribe in Aborigine Village Enjoy a pleasant 45 minute boat ride from Kuala Tahan through scenic, mesmerizing landscapes.Spend the night in a Local Village Resort or Mutiara Hotel after a Night Jungle Walk.End this exciting tour after getting transfered at 6.00 PM and arrive at Kuala LumpurOptional: Cascading Waterfalls

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    Malacca City
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity:Embark on this exciting trip that provides you with an awe-inspiring experience. Start this exciting tour at 9.00 AM after getting picked up from your hotel within Kuala Lumpur.Arrive at 11.00 AM and visit ST Peter's Church-oldest Catholic Church, Stadthuys - Malacca's Historical Museum, Christ church - oldest Protestant Church of Dutch architecture and Cheng hoonteng Chinese temple.Visit the famous Joker Street which is well known for Antiquities of Malacca's rich past.At 5.30 PM return back to the hotel and delight in a refreshing swim at the pool or the beaches.You can also indulge in an array of beach activities as in Para Sailing, Banana Boat, and Jet skiing that can be availed on a prior request.End your tour next day at 12.00 PM by departing for airport or back to Kuala Lumpur.

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    Kota Kinabalu
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity:Delight in this fun adventure trip that provides you with a refreshing experience.You can select from snorkeling/ scuba diving. No matter which activity you choose-get ready to explore the aquatic life and the crystal clear water of Palm beach.Enthrall in an overnight stay, de-stress yourself and make some wonderful memories while indulging in these thrilling water adventure/s.NOTE: Type of accommodation depends upon package availed.

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Attractions

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Aquaria KLCC

The Aquaria KLCC is said to be the world’s largest aquarium, holding over 5000 freshwater and marine creatures, which include massive arapaimas, giant groupers, gar fishes and many more. Some of the major attractions of the aquarium are the scary tiger sharks, bright coral fishes, lethal sea snakes, seahorses, and blue rays. The Aquaria KLCC is one of the country’s foremost sightseeing attractions involving the real depth and complexity.


Location: The Aquaria KLCC is located on the concourse of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.

Price: The entry fee approximately starts from 64 MYR for an adult and 53 MYR for a child.



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Islamic Arts Museum

History: An art is the best way to express a thought, idea or a solution. The Islamic Arts Museum was opened to the public on 12th December, 1998. The art museum is located in Perdana Botanical Garden which is at the heart of the city. You would be surprised to know that it is the largest Islamic Art Museum in South East Asia.



About: There are around seven thousand artefacts which throws a light on the Islamic world. Altogether there are 12 galleries in this museum and they are divided into groups based on their levels. The Quran and Manuscripts gallery is at Level 3 along with Chinese gallery, Indian gallery and Islamic architecture. There are jewellery, textile, ceramic work and armour at Level 4. The Islamic glassware is also displayed at Level 4. The museum is open from morning to evening and is a must visit tourist place.




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Sin Sze Si Ya temple

History: This is a Chinese Temple in Kuala Lumpur and is dedicated to Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya. It is said to be the oldest Chinese Temple. Beautiful objects are used to decorate the Temple. The Temple was inaugurated in 1864, where 10,000 people attended the ceremony.



Speciality: Want to know your fortune? Purchase the fortune sticks and find what the number says about your life. There are staff members to translate the meaning to the devotees. There are wooden chair which are used during religious processions to carry the deity statues. Witnessing these processions is said to be holy.

Location: The Temple is located at Jln Tun HS Lee. The nearest metro is Pasar Seni. The Temple is open between 7.00 am to 5.00 pm for all the devotees. You are sure to find it very peaceful inside the Temple.


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Merdeka Square at night

Merdeka Square or the Dataran Merdeka is a very well known recreational park or the historical place situated in Kaula Lampur. In the year 1957, the Malayan flag was hoisted here. It has a wide and green field just close to the Merdeka Square. This makes it a great picnic spot with a very spacious playground for the kids.

Location: In close proximity to the Merdeka Square there are a number of historical building such as the Old KL Train Station, Galeri Kuala Lumpur, Royal Selangor Club Complex, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.


 
Highlights: The vicinity of the Merdeka Square is well lit and the cool nigh breeze there makes it an exceptionally ideal place to relax after a busy day.

Best Time: In order to actually enjoy the night life of the Merdeka Square, one must visit the place post mid night especially during the weekends.


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Cooking Classes at Bayan Indah

Bayan Indah is a rustic two-storey bungalow that doubles up as a cooking school, located in the middle of idyllic lush greenery of a Malay village. If you’re looking to mix things up while you’re in Kuala Lumpur indulge in this unique experience at Bayan Indah, a culinary retreat that offers over 70 cooking classes all different in its own special way, ranging from your typical mouth-watering Malaysian dishes to more complicated ones such as pies and tarts. Rohani Jelani, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef heads the class, with impressive skills on the chopping board and enthusiasm to match.


Location: Kampung Penchala Indah, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Timings: Classes start as early as 9:30 AM

Price: Approximate price starts from 280 MYR onwards.




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Changkat Bukit Bintang

Changkat Bukit Bintang is often associated with the London’s Piccadilly Circus and New York City’s Times Square. It is one avenue, where one can come across a number of KL’s most popular bars and restaurants. This trendy place is ideal for pub crawling. Jalan Alor happens to be an extremely busy area especially during the weekends and the public holidays.



Location: Nestled behind the Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor is very easy to get to especially if you are staying near the Golden Triangle area.

Highlights: Buildings on the Jalan Alor Street are unique. Originally the buildings belong to the pre-war, colonial shop-houses that were later remodeled and converted into the up market pubs and restaurants that usually serve the Western food. There are a number of hawker stalls and Chinese seafood restaurants too. Dining options here are endless. This street has the most vibrant scene in the downtown of KL.

Best Time: 10 PM – 3 AM in the morning.
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Petaling Street Night Market

Looking for a subtle Kuala Lumpur Chinatown nightlife experience? Head from the main road (Jalan Petaling) to the narrow side and get to the Petaling Street Night Market. The thriving street market with the stalls cluttered close to one another stock everything from the Hello Kitty watches to fake-label Gucci clutches. To get your stuff at the best price, you can stroll along doing ‘window-shopping’ first and then return back to the stall that gives you the best price. All the prices quoted by the seller are usually marked up by approx 50%.



Location: Situated along the Petaling Street at the intersection of the Jalan Hang Lekir

Highlights: Referred simply as the Petaling Street by locals this is your go to place to satiate your every need from the local handicrafts, souvenirs to batik-print shirts. You can also get a range of designer apparel, handbags, shoes, watches and even, pirated DVDs at a much cheaper price.

Best Time: 09:00 – 12:00 & 18:00 - late
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Jalan P. Ramlee

Jalan P. Ramlee is the best and the most eccentric alternative to Changkat Bukit Bintang. Famous for its glitzy cocktail lounges, tropical-themed bars and pubs and the chic nightclubs adorning the streets of bustling Kuala Lumpur city centre, Jalan P. Ramlee is always packed with backpackers, business travellers, expats, and a handful of locals.



Location: The night life district of Jalan P. Ramlee is easily accessible within a 10-minute walk from the Petronas Twin Towers as well as the five star hotels such as the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Highlights: Night life is vibrant and lively. There are a number of venues here that host events like live bands playing radio-friendly covers and DJs spinning a medley of electro, hip-hop, and retro tunes. Jalan P. Ramlee os known to be the hottest locale as it is a great place to unwind with a pint of ice-cold beer.

Best Time: Visit after 21:00 to experience the active nightlife.

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What You Should Know More About Stays in Malaysia

  • Which are the best resorts to stay in Malaysia?

     

    • Having a luxury stay just by the side of the beaches is what make the stay quite relaxing for you. You can visit the Bunga Raya which has beautiful villas on the beach make it an idyllic place for you to stay. The serene location makes the resort more appealing to tourists. If you are looking for something even better, you can also reside in Pangkor Laut Resort which comes with an extreme sense of luxury. Take a retreat to enjoy something truly exclusive and you haven't even missed out on the Banjaran Hotsprings retreat which is all worth the effort. You can also visit a smelly village which is close to this resort Tambun whose quaint ambiance is surely mesmerizing. Here are more options:

     

    • Gaya Island Resort
    • Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Resort
    • Pangkor Laut Resort
    • Four seasons Resort Langkawi
    • The Datai Langkawi
    • The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
    • Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
    • Four Points by Sheraron Sandakan
    • Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
    • Seven Terraces
    • Bunga Raya Island Resort

  • Which are the best places for camp stays in Malaysia?

     

    • The following list is extra special. Malaysia has always been blessed with many destinations which harbour the pristine beauty of nature in all its purest forms. So, from luxurious camping to bare essential living in the wild experiences, here's a list of 10 refreshing camping experiences you can have in Malaysia. This country boasts of some really interesting camp stays such as:

     

    • Canopy Tribes Johor
      Hibiscus Beach Resort, Sabah
    • Endau Rompin National Park, Johor
    • Cameron Highlands, Pahang
    • Teluk Bahang, Penang
    • Japamala, Tioman Island
    • Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Kuala Selangor
    • Kenong Rimba, Pahang
    • Open Sky Unlimited, Kuala Lumpur
    • Taman, Negara, Pahang

  • Which are the best homestays in Malaysia?

     

    • Homestays in Malaysia are scattered all over the country, offering a plethora of unique features - some stand tall above water, some are treehouses and others have a pool inside the accommodation itself! Here are 11 homestays perfect for a Malaysian getaway with your loved ones:

     

    • Secret Penang Spice
    • China Tiger Studio Apartment
    • Terra Tree House
    • The Happy 8 Kuala Sepetang
    • Sekeping Tenggiri in BAngsar
    • Templer Park Rainforest Retreat Selangor
    • The Loft

    Rimba Mac Villa Melaka Retreat Guesthouse

  • What are the best romantic resorts in Malaysia for honeymoon?

    From sandy beach resorts to chilly mountain stays and mod hotels, Malaysia's travel scene has got you covered for all your amazing vacation plans with your spouse. The Asian continent is blessed with an amazing selection of vacation spots which make it easy to forget home. Enjoy the following stays for a romantic getaway:
    The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort
    Gaya Island Resort
    Tanjong Jara Resort
    Pangkor Laut Resort
    Thistle Port Dickson Resort & Spa
    Avani Sepang Goldcoast esort
    The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
    Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa Hotel
    BuBu Long Beach Resort
    Berjaya Tioman Resort
    Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa
    Awana Hotel
    Permai Rainforest Resort

  • Which are the top family resorts in Malaysia?

     

    In the regular hustle and bustle of the city life, it becomes extremely difficult for tourists to spend some time with your family. You can visit Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa which has all the five star accommodation. It is one of the finest places to be with your family and children since it has some spacious rooms overlooking the lush forests. 

    It has Golf and Country Club which will keep the parents and the children really happy. The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa which is indeed a tropical paradise with a wide variety of rooms and suites. The place also has a western kid club which becomes a major attraction for kids. Some moreoptions below:

     

    • Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort
    • Sea Gypsy Village Resort & Dive Base
    • Holiday Inn Resort Penang
    • Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
    • Sutera Harbour Resort
    • The Andaman Parkroyal Penang Resort
    • Macalister Masnion

     

  • Which are the best budget stays in Malaysia?

    Stays in Malaysia can go down to just 3 dollar per night as well. The options vary from stays at prime location spots to even just a bed per night. Homestays let you live the local life, enjoying local cuisine, meeting locals, basically breathing in the true Asia. Here are some options:
    Le Apple Boutique
    Tune Hotel
    Chulia Heritage Hotel
    Hutton Lodge
    Hotel Sentral
    Hotel China Town Inn
    Hotel Maison Boutique
    Sama Sama Express
    Grid Hotel
    Hotel Petaling
    Swiss Inn Kuala Lumpur
    Alpha Genesis Hotel
    Hotel Geo Kuala Lumpur

  • Which are the most luxury resorts in Malaysia?

    Luxury in South East Asia known no boundaries. To getting you a personal butler for the duration of your stay, to catering to all your dietary requirements, to arranging candle light dinner to the best of the facilities at the property, Malaysia has some fabulous options. Check them out below:
    Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
    Shangri La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
    Bejaraya Tioman Resort
    Tanjong Jara Resort
    The Andaman
    The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
    The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
    Swiss Garden Beach Resort Damai Laur
    The Club Saujana Resort
    Gaya Island Resort
    The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort
    Club Med Cherating Beach Resort & Spa
    Pangkor Laut Resort
    Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island
    The Danna Langkawi
    Thistle Port Dickson Resort & Spa

  • Which are the best beach resorts to stay in Malaysia?

    Having a luxury stay just by the side of the beaches is what make the stay quite relaxing for you. You can visit the Bunga Raya which has beautiful villas on the beach make it an idyllic place for you to stay. The serene locationmakes the resort more appealing to tourists. Find some options below:
    Berjaya Tioman Resort
    Duyong Marina & Resort
    Berjaya Tioman Resort
    The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort
    The Datai Langkawi
    The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
    Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
    Four Points by Sheraron Sandakan
    Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
    Seven Terraces
    Bunga Raya Island Resort

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