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Our epic travel sale is back! Time to make your 2019 bucket list a reality

Find yourself posting all your #throwback holiday photos on Instagram? Oh dear, you officially have a holiday hangover to cure!

The good news is, we’re back this travel sale season with another round of the irresistible Sale-abration! This time, we’re offering BIGGER and BETTER deals, as you could save up to RM300 on your next holiday. Just book your Flights with up to RM100 OFF, and you’ll get an additional discount of 10% on Hotels and 20% on Attractions & Activities.

With plenty of choices to fly, stay and play, we’re sure you’ll love our Sale-abration deals more than you thought you would. But first, let’s pick a destination of your choice. We’ve gathered some of the hottest cities to visit in 2019 for you to plan your next escapade!



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Thinking of traveling somewhere nearer to home? Fly to Kuching, Sarawak’s state capital, also known as the city of cats. See from traditional longhouses and cultural villages to nature attractions including forests, limestone caves, and mountains. In the city, you can stroll along Kuching Waterfront to visit nearby places like The Astana palace or Tua Pek Kong Temple, and grab some snacks while waiting for the sunset at the waterfront.

With over 40 sub-ethnic groups residing in Sarawak, Kuching is also a popular base for exploring more of the state’s rich culture as well as biodiversity. If you’ve seen it all in Kuching, take a day trip to other cultural villages, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Other things to do in Kuching: Visit the Cat Museum, tour the Sungai Apong Fishing Village, take a dip in Anna Rais Hotspring, make a trip to Bako National Park, explore the Bidayuh Longhouse, or stop by the Rafflesia Monument.


Kota Kinabalu

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Discover the white sandy beaches as you go on a boat tour to nearby islands including Manukan Island, Gaya Island, Mamutik Island and Sulug Island. At the shorelines of these pristine beaches, you can sunbathe for as long as you want! The northern portion of Borneo Island is also home to the highest peak in Malaysia. Even if you don’t plan to conquer Mount Kinabalu, you can still go for a light hiking adventure within the vicinity of Kinabalu Park. For the love of sightseeing, head out for an hour’s drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang and see Malaysia’s very own version of little New Zealand.

Other things to do in Kota Kinabalu: Shop at the Sunday market at Gaya Street, Snorkeling at Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, take a tour at Mari Mari Cultural Village, dine near Jesselton Point, or try white water rafting at Kiulu River.



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From classic temples to restaurants served by robots, the sprawling city in Japan has it all. Passed by at least half a million people daily, the world’s busiest crossing at Shibuya is also a must for you to experience. For fashion lovers, be sure to spend at least a day to hang out and shop at Shibuya and Harajuku districts as you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the latest fashion finds!

Tokyo is also home to plenty of themed cafes including maid cafes and kawaii animal cafes where you can sit and play with hedgehogs, cats, dogs or owls perfect for hanging out with your friends or families! If you love some action, catch a Sumo practice at one of the popular sumo stables in Tokyo.

A visit to Tokyo is incomplete without taking in the panoramic sights from the top of Tokyo Skytree on a good sunny day. At night, discover the lively streets of Shinjuku or Ueno, and get tipsy at one of the many Izakayas (Japanese style bar or gastropub).

Other things to do in Tokyo: Stop by Meiji Jingu Shrine, stroll around Ueno Park, discover the nightlife in Roppongi, enjoy free sightseeing at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, or get on fun rides at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.



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The second largest metropolitan in the world is fast becoming one of our favorite cities to visit. Seoul charms us with its lively pop culture scene as well as its rich historical remains from the past dynasty. The first thing that comes to mind is of course, shopping. Makeup addicts and fashion fanatics, go crazy at the shopping mecca of Myeongdong Street and Ewha Womans University Shopping Street. At night, continue your shopping trip to Namdaemun Market, a large traditional market where you can find everything from outdoor gears to fashionable clothing.

For some Seoul-searching, don’t forget to stop by Bongeunsa Temple to admire its beauty. If you’re coming here with your partner, be sure to seal your love at N Seoul Tower’s beautiful paradise of Love Locks after taking in the panorama of the entire city from its observation deck!

Other things to do in Seoul: Explore the Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a tour around Bukchon Hanok Village, discover family-friendly attractions at Lotte World, splurge on more food and shopping at Dongdaemun Market or chill at a local cafe in the neighborhood of Insa-dong.



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Here’s another great holiday destination to go with your loved ones. The soaring skyscrapers seen towering over you wouldn’t be the same without the first building to define Shanghai’s cityscape; the Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai is also a great place for leisure as it is filled with beautiful attractions such as ancient water towns and traditional gardens, as well as a place to have a cultural immersion  such as watching a traditional Chinese opera performance.

Find from leather goods to linen and cashmere jackets, or even customise your own clothing design with the tailors at South Bund Fabric Market. They will make anything you could ever dream of for a fraction of the designer price! Aside from the poppin’ nightlife, you could also chow down street eats and walk around Shanghai’s Former French Concession at night, or grab a drink with a view at one of the fanciest hotels, (which you can book for less with our Sale-abration deals *wink*)!

Other things to do in Shanghai: Cruise along the river at Zhujiajiao Water Town, see the old city at Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar, stroll around the Bund promenade, learn their history at Shanghai Museum, or bring home some pieces at The Propaganda Poster Art Centre.


Hong Kong

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Many would think that Hong Kong is all about impressive skylines and luxury shopping, but it’s also rich in history and culture, with a lot more to offer than just the dense collection of skyscrapers. At a height of 112 feet, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue is truly a sight to witness. To begin your adventure in Lantau, take up the Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride and stop by the cultural village, Po Lin Monastery and other nearby landmarks.

Aside from millions of people cramming into a very small space around every corner of the city, you could see the other side of the city state in Kowloon and explore traditional fishing villages, quaint beaches as well as hiking trails. A family vacation? Hong Kong is definitely a great idea!

Other things to do in Hong Kong: Sightseeing at Victoria Peak, take the TramOramic Tour, go for a hike at Dragon’s Back Hiking Trail, visit Tai O Fishing Village, enjoy good times at Hong Kong Disneyland, indulge in local food at Temple Street Night Market.



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You haven’t seen enough of the harbour city until you’ve taken the Bondi to Coogee Walk, one of the most spectacular coastlines where you can then frolic on some of Sydney’s best beaches. As it also has a rich marine life, you can take the chance to spot sea creatures at Shelly Beach, Clovelly Beach and Gordons Bay. Just be sure to bring your goggles! Another great idea if you’re traveling to Sydney in a group is to experience caravan camping at a caravan park or camp grounds around Sydney’s relaxing suburbs.

Looking for more thrilling adventures? Visit Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world to explore over 100km of walking tracks that will lead you through lush rainforests, over cliffs, and down to amazing beaches!

Other things to do in Sydney: See the Sydney Opera House, check out the Royal Botanic Gardens, catch some waves at Bondi Beach, enjoy fun rides at Luna Park Sydney, pay a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park or Wild Life Sydney Zoo.



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It’s pretty difficult not to have a good time in London. Before you start eating your way around the many food markets, make time to geek on some of the world’s famous museums and galleries here in the city too! Some of them are free, like Tate Modern’s permanent collection, where you can find works by the likes of Warhol, Dali and Hockney.

As London is simply whatever you want it to be, you’ll definitely have a great holiday here to relax at one of the many beautiful public parks or locally owned cafes, before dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Apart from the famed Oxford Street, you can also splurge on a shopping spree at Carnaby Street as it carries some cool brands too. Or, hunt for antiques at Portobello Road Market where you’re able to grab vintage items or hand-me-downs at a good bargain.

Other things to do in London: Ride the London Eye, spy on Buckingham Palace from St James’s Park, explore the sites around Westminster Abbey, hang out at Trafalgar Square, discover the exhibits at Natural History Museum, or watch a street performance at Piccadilly Circus.



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We’re completely spoilt for choice with the brilliant things to do in Taipei! The city where ancient meets modern, Taipei also attracts foodies from all over the world with its amazing street food available at night markets and hawker centres. The best place would be Shilin Night Market, but for lesser crowds, opt for Tonghua, Rahoe, Ningxia or Huaxi night markets to sample their local delicacies. Another must-see after Taipei 101 is Chiang Kai Shek memorial, a controversial figure in Taiwan’s history.

At Dadaocheng district, you can stock up on Chinese meds, teas and traditional snacks to bring home and travel back to 1980s at Bo Pi Liao district, where preserved buildings and traditional shophouses dating back to the Qing period can still be found.

Need a refreshing retreat? Take the MRT to Beitou, the base of Yangming Mountain to enjoy a soak in a hot spring at the foot of a dormant volcano. Don’t forget to check out the Hell Valley, where you can see an enormous steaming hot spring source!

Other things to do in Taipei: Go for a short hike at Elephant Mountain, get on the world’s fastest elevator at Taipei 101, visit the Lungshan Temple, see the historic Fort San Domingo, admire the greenery at Yangmingshan National Park or pay your respects at the 2/28 Peace Park.



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Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is Southern India’s gateway that is known for beaches and historical landmarks. Located outside of Fort Saint George, one can easily spot the distinctive red Indo-Saracenic structure of the massive Madras High Court. If you wish to delve into its diverse culture, make your way to the historic neighborhood of Mylapore to visit the 17th-century Kapaleeshwarar Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other than joining a temple tour, you can also attend an ashram or join the crowds for a temple parade to experience more of Chennai’s spirituality.

Other things to do in Chennai: Relax at Marina Beach, learn about Indian art and culture at Madras Museum, admire the architecture of Santhome Cathedral or see the reptiles at Chennai Snake Park


So, have you decided? If you want to enjoy the best travel deals for this year’s getaway, be sure to enjoy all the savings you can get with Sale-abration on Traveloka. Save more on your holiday bookings so you’ll have more $$$ to splurge on delicious food and some shopping too!


Don’t forget to check out our Sale-abration travel deals on Traveloka to plan for your next vacation. Start booking your Flights, Hotels, and Attractions & Activities to enjoy up to RM300 OFF!


By Farah Hanan Azahar

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