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7 places in Malaysia that will fool people into thinking you’ve gone on an exotic holiday

Scrolling through your Instagram feed, it’s understandable that sometimes you’re left thinking, “How can they afford to go to such glamorous locations when I can barely afford a cup of coffee?!”

But we’ll let you in on a secret: you don’t have to leave Malaysia in order to get envy-inducing holiday photos… You just have to know where to go. So here are our favorite spots across Malaysia where you can get photos that look like they were taken at far-flung destinations.

1. Astaka Morocco

Astaka Morocco

Inspired by the intricate Moorish architecture found in Morocco, Astaka Morocco in Putrajaya features three magnificent courtyards with impressive wooden carvings, bubbling water features and colorful mosaic tiles. It costs RM3 to enter the museum, while the grounds are free to explore. However, only certain areas allow photography, so just bring a smartphone with a good camera.

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2. Colmar Tropicale

Colmar Tropicale

Up high in the cool, forested hills of Bukit Tinggi lies Colmar Tropicale, a charming resort town built like the tiny villages you’ll find in the Alsace region of France. Cross the moat and wander down cobbled streets, where you can admire the cotton candy-hued buildings and the splashing water fountain in the square. It’s about an hour’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur, so it’s perfect for a weekend getaway.

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3. Kundasang


Proudly dubbed as the “New Zealand of Malaysia”, the highlands of Kundasang is home to Desa Dairy Farm, where you’ll find lush green pastures and black-and-white dairy cows like the ones you’ll often see in milk commercials. Go on a tour of the milk processing factory and make friends with the farm animals at the petting zoo. Oh, and don’t forget to try their freshly-made ice cream!

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4. Klebang Sand Dunes

Klebang Sand Dunes

Go on a desert adventure – right in Melaka! The Klebang Sand Dunes is actually a stretch of abandoned reclaimed sand set right next to Klebang Beach. Avoid visiting at high noon, when the sun will probably broil you alive – the best time is during golden hour in the early morning. And since you’re in the area, be sure to stop by the famous Klebang Coconut Shake for a refreshing drink and some snacks.

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5. Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

Gaze upon a dark green sea of tea plantations at Cameron Highlands, which could easily be confused with those found in India’s Darjeeling and Sri Lanka’s Nuwara Eliya regions. Savor an afternoon tea set at any of the tea houses that overlook the plantations as you enjoy the cooler temperatures and gorgeous vistas. For the best photo opportunities, pay RM2 to take a walk through the plantation.

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6. Lang Tengah Island

Lang Tengah

No need to travel to all the way to the remote islands of the Maldives to get clear, aquamarine waters and soft, powdery white sand. Simply head to Terengganu’s Lang Tengah Island, where you’ll get the same sense of peace and solitude. Just 40 minutes away from Merang Jetty by boat, Lang Tengah is smaller than the more popular Redang Island nearby, but if you’re looking to secure a corner of the beach all to yourself, this is your best bet.

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7. Sasaran Sky Mirror

Sasaran Sky Mirror
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The mesmerizing mirror reflections on the salt flats of Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni can be found near Sasaran in Kuala Selangor. At low tide during a certain part of the lunar cycle, the water recedes and leaves only a shallow pool of water on a sandy atoll, giving the mirror-like illusion. Wear your brightest, most colorful outfits for the best effect!

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So now you’ve got no excuses! These awesome Malaysian destinations await – book your trip on Traveloka today.

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