Penang has something for everyone; highly sought after food, white sand beaches and charming heritage buildings. With many tourists’ holiday itineraries revolving around the foods they want to eat, the top foods to try include Penang Assam Laksa and Char Koay Teow. Head to Batu Feringgi where the beach is lined with resorts and the main street comes to life at night with a market and neon lit trishaws. To take in the colonial heritage buildings of Georgetown, hop on a trishaw and look out for street art by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic, then head to the popular attractions of Khoo Clan House, Armenian Street for art galleries and shops, The Blue House museum and Eastern and Oriental Hotel, a grand century old luxury hotel.
Langkawi offers a tropical island getaway where both ultra luxury resorts such as Four Seasons Resort Langkawi and budget accommodation can be found. Besides being an excellent beach destination, Langkawi is also home to the world’s longest free span and curved bridge. Other popular recreational activities include island hopping by speed boat, kayaking through the mangrove and underwater exploration.
This Malaysian state occupying the northern part of Borneo is a nature lovers dream come true. One of the world’s best diving spots can be found in Sipadan where turtles, jack fish, reef sharks and even the odd hammerhead shark swim freely. Go from the depths of the ocean the top of a mountain with a trek up Mount Kinabalu where one can test their skills and stomach on the Via Ferrata (a cliff side climb only possible with a series of cables). You can also mix nature and luxury by staying at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa where the resort houses it’s own nature reserve and orangutan rehabilitation centre.
The state of Johor has always been a popular shopping destination for Singapore residents because of its low prices. Now with the lower Ringgit, there is no excuse to not make a trip to Johor. We recommend the new area of Nusa Jaya where one can dine along the waterfront at Puteri Harbour, shop designer goods at the Johor Premium Outlets and spend a day at the amusement parks Legoland and Hello Kitty World.
This vibrant city has everything one could want in a city getaway; rooftop bars, top notch restaurants, high fashion shopping and even a few tourist attractions including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Read where we recommend you eat, sleep and explore in Kuala Lumpur.