Malaysia consists of 13 states and numerous cities. Aside from Kuala Lumpur (KL) there are places that are good for a weekend getaway. Here are the best weekend cities for expats in Malaysia
An hour away from city center is a place called Genting Highlands. What I like about this place is the weather. They recently opened the Awana cable car. Genting Premium Outlet is located in the lower terminal. First World Hotel Genting is one of the largest hotels that have at least 100 rooms available. Genting is also known for its casino.
Towards the East of Malaysia is a place called Cameron Highlands. If a casino or cable car is not your thing but would love the nice cool weather, then this is the place for you. I love spending a quiet afternoon sipping tea in a café overlooking BOH Tea Plantation.
On this plantation you can also enjoy a tour on how tea is made, from planting to production. Whenever I visit Cameron Highlands I make sure to have Lavender ice cream in Lavender Flower Park. For enthusiast of trekking and seeing exotic faunas, there is a place here called Mossy Forest which I have yet to try.
Malacca is located southwest of KL. This place is known for heritage building, red Methodist church and rickshaw. I love going here on a weekend because they close a long street called Jonker and turn it into a night market. They offer variety of food, souvenirs, dessert and everything in between. Anyone can enjoy river cruise where you will see uniquely designed houses and murals. For a night cap, there are few bars that you can hang out. Hard Rock Café is located at the end of Jonker Street.
There is an island called Penang located north of KL towards Thailand. Penang is known for food, temples, and wall art. Penang is predominantly Chinese therefore you will see a lot of Buddhist temples. Kek Lok Si is a temple facing the sea and is the biggest temple in Malaysia. There is also a Burmese temple, Snake temple and Thai temple spread across the island. ‘Kids on bicycle’ is one of the famous wall arts in Penang and it is located at the corner of Lebuh Armenian. From here you can walk around and will find a lot of murals. When you feel hungry from walking, visit Gurney Drive for a long stretch food choices. As the locals would say, your visit will not be complete without Penang Char Kway Teow.
Langkawi is another island far-fetched from KL but can be considered as weekend city. You can either take a ferry from Penang or take a low cost carrier flight from KL. Pantai Cenang is one of the famous beaches in the area. People also go to Langkawi to buy goods, myself included, because goods here are tax free. A bottle of Jack Daniels will cost 120RM in KL when I can get it for half the price in Langkawi. The 2nd cable car in Malaysia is located here too and it will bring you to the suspended bridge where you can enjoy a breathtaking view. This place has a lot to offer such as Seven Wells waterfall, Monkey forest that will lead you to a man-made lake, and Black sand beach.
You don’t have to spend your weekend in KL alone. Enjoy exploring Malaysia!
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