Malaysia is a tropical paradise of immense charm — a veritable treasure trove of diverse cultures, hospitable people, mouth-watering cuisine, fascinating festivals, quaint villages and magnificent landscapes. A long school holiday is around the corner and it’s the perfect time to bring the little ones to explore this beautiful country with a fun-filled vacation!
Especially with the recently-announced personal income tax relief and discount vouchers for domestic travel as part of the 2020 Economic Stimulus Package,there’s no better time than now. Plus, with Traveloka’s Cuti School-ah deals of up to 50% discount on hotels, flights and attractions, you can save even more! Need inspiration for where you should head to? Check out our list down below!
Langkawi Island, Kedah
Ahh… Langkawi is always a good idea. Only 45 minutes of flight from Kuala Lumpur, this northern island is the perfect family-friendly destination. There are plenty of kids attractions, outdoor activities and natural wonders for the whole family. Kids will enjoy a cool splashing time at the newly-opened Splash Out Langkawi which has 12 immersive thrilling rides. Gather your family and race them at the Ragin’ Racer. For those who want a more relaxing ride, you can float along the River of Life and be in total zen mode.
For something more thrilling, kick up the adrenaline at the Langkawi Adventure & Xtreme Park. Enjoy cardiac-pumping activities such as the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) jungle rides, flying fox, go-kart, paintball, archery, and many more. Create amazing moments when you visit this one-stop place for adventurous games!
Where to stay in Langkawi: Tanjung Rhu Resort
Rich with history and delicious food, Penang is a popular destination during school holidays. With plenty of kid-friendly attractions, you’ll never run out of things to do here. It’ll surely keep the little ones occupied! For something fun and unique, the Dark Mansion Museum is a must visit. It’s the first and only 3D glow-in-the-dark museum in Malaysia, with interactive installations and impressive art pieces. While you’re here, make sure to visit The Habitat Penang Hill and burn off those calories! Hike the 1.6km nature trail and enjoy the magnificent view.
Where to stay in Penang: Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La
Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Escape the tropical heat of Malaysia and head over to Cameron Highlands where you can enjoy sweater weather while being surrounded by the lush jungles of Banjaran Titiwangsa. Enjoy a scone or two with an amazing view of the Boh tea plantation terraces. Some of the must-dos for the children include strawberry picking, visiting the Butterfly Farm as well as the Cameron Lavender Garden. If you have time, you can squeeze in a quick hike in the enchanting Mossy Forest. The unique experience will definitely be memorable for the kiddos!
Where to stay in Cameron Highlands: Copthorne Cameron Highlands
Who says you have to go far for a beach holiday? Cherating in Pahang is a beautiful beach destination located just a short drive from Kuantan. Known for its long stretch of beaches and friendly waves, Cherating is the perfect spot for some R&R with the fam. Apart from having picnics on the beach, swimming, jet-skiing and going on a banana boat ride, you can drop by the Turtle Sanctuary Center to learn more about green turtles. If you’re lucky, you might be able to watch the release of turtle hatchlings into the sea!
If you can’t get enough of water activities, stop by the Bukit Gambang Resort City where you can enjoy a fun, thrilling experience with the fam. Complete with a wave pool with eight different wave modes, an aqua play structure for children and the longest family raft ride in Malaysia, this park has something for everyone! The natural hilly terrain and lush jungle add a relaxing ambiance to the waterpark that’ll make you feel like you’re in a tropical paradise.
Where to stay in Cherating: LaVilla by Holiday Villa Cherating
Melaka may be known to be a foodie haven, but surprisingly, there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions too! Enjoy a fun-filled day at the Melaka Wonderland where you can explore over 11 attractions, from thrilling rides to relaxing ones. Try the Kamikaze Racer and get your adrenaline pumped up as you slide down or enjoy a relaxing time at the Big Wave pool. The kids will definitely enjoy the Adventure Island which is made up of eight slides that’ll let you race each other!
If you’re looking for something indoor, take part in workshops at the Mamee Jonker House. Did you know that this popular childhood snack originated from Melaka? The more you know! Here, you can have a go at making your own Mamee snack and cup noodles. You can also enjoy local delicacies at the Mamee Cafe and stroll through the World of Good Taste Gallery, an informative mini museum that showcases Mamee’s rich history and the evolution of their products.
Where to stay in Melaka: Swiss-Garden Hotel Melaka
Kuala Selangor, Selangor
Light up your night at Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park. As the sun goes down, there’s another kind that lights up. Take a boat out in the river and enjoy an enchanting hour with the fireflies as they wake up from their afternoon slumbers and venture out to play at dusk. It’s definitely a moment to cherish with the kiddos!
Where to stay in Kuala Selangor: De Palma Resort Kuala Selangor
There are tons of activities for kids in Kuala Lumpur, so don’t worry if you have to stay in the city this school holiday. For the little scientists, they’ll enjoy a day out at Petrosains KLCC that’s notorious for their innovative STEM exhibitions and fun activities. To develop your kids’ financial literacy among other skills, head over to KidZania Kuala Lumpur and let them role-play as doctors, police officers, pilots and more. Parents can also join in the fun by “working” alongside your children or participating in interactive games, such as their life-sized board games and escape games. It’s a perfect family-day-out activity!
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur: Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
This small town in Sabah is perfect if you’re looking to be close to nature. It’s the gateway to one of the most famous attractions in Sabah, the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The center is set up to help orphaned or rescued orangutans to relearn how to care for themselves and cope in the wild. You can learn all about orangutans here and catch them during the feedings when they’ll swing in for food!
While you’re here, make sure to drop by the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre where there are currently 43 rescued ex-captive sun bears. The facility includes large forest enclosures to provide a natural environment suited to the needs and welfare of the sun bears and to facilitate their rehabilitation back into the wild. It’s truly an amazing experience to witness these majestic animals up close!
Where to stay in Sandakan: Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan
Another destination across the South China Sea, Kuching is a great place to visit with kids. If this is your first time in Kuching, start your holiday at the Sarawak Cultural Village which has all the gems to enrich and educate you and your family. Learn about the ethnic groups that live in Sarawak and visit their traditional houses to experience how the different groups live. You can also try your hand at blowpipe blowing, play musical instruments and sample local delicacies.
Where to stay in Kuching: Imperial Hotel Kuching