Are you coming to Malaysia for your vacation? Obviously, you want to have a great time. But it’s hard to do that when you are surrounded by crowds of tourists who had the same idea of a perfect holiday plan.
Luckily, this country has a multitude of secrets and hidden nooks not yet overcome with the people who come to explore its wonders. If you want to have a great time during your Malaysia trip and to relax while there, these are the places that should be included in your itinerary.
4 Amazing Hidden Places to Visit in Malaysia to Escape the Crowds
The Blue Mansion
The Blue Mansion is part-hotel and part-museum built in the mansion of a Chinese tycoon Cheong Fatt Tze. It’s also the place that should be first on your to-visit list in Georgetown. Not only is this a gorgeous building, a fact testified by its recognition as a UNESCO site.
It’s also a place where you can see a variety of art exhibits and shows that will allow you to discover a side of Malaysia you’ve never seen before.
If you have the funds, staying in this hotel will be a fantastic experience. But even if you don’t get a chance to do that, be sure to take a tour of the building and its courtyard. From there you can walk to the local China Town and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple.
Malaysia has dozens of fantastic diving spots, some of which are unique and rarely visited by divers. One of such places is the Derawan Islands, which are a dream come true for any diver. The underwater views you can witness here are incredible because it’s one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet.
Derawan Islands are as amazing above the water as they are under it. Instead of coral reefs, you will see gorgeously jade rainforests filled with wildlife unique to this region. On the two inhabited islands of the archipelago, you will also witness the fascinating culture of sea gypsies. Today they live in ways quite similar to their ancestors who inhabited these waters for centuries.
Kenyir Lake is not your regular body of water. It’s the largest man-made lake in South-East Asia and has about 340 islands touching its waters in some way. If that alone wasn’t enough to score a visit, you also need to consider that this place has a thriving ecosystem of local wildlife that will make an unforgettable impression on anyone.
You’ll need to not only enjoy a boat ride over the lake itself but also take a hike through the rainforests surrounding it. While at it, you should admire one of the 25 waterfalls located in the area.
Berembum Forest Reserve
Malaysia has a few gorgeous rainforest reserves and Berebum isn’t the largest or most interesting among them in terms of biodiversity. But it’s one of the places truly unspoiled by the actions of man. Therefore, visiting it is a must for everyone who wants to see the beauty of Malaysian rainforest in its purest form.
Accommodation is available in the region, so you will be able to stay in a quiet place nearby and spend your day exploring the rainforest.
While at it, you should look out for the wreckage of a B-24 liberation bomber. It’s been lying here since 1945 but discovered only in 1961. It will be quite a hike to the wreckage as it takes about four hours from the start of the trail.
You might consider staying for a few days so you can discover every little gem hidden in this amazing place. It’s located not too far from Kuala Lumpur but the region is usually very quiet.