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Honeymoon in Malaysia

Preparing a honeymoon in Malaysia is easy and can be done in many different ways. For a short honeymoon trip a resort at one of the sunny islands of Malaysia is perfect. If you have more time, then you could explore cities like Kuala Lumpur or Malacca, discover the history and culture of Malaysia by visiting the authentic kampongs in the countryside or explore the beautiful jungles at the peninsula or at Borneo.

Planning a honeymoon in Malaysia means you will have to make a lot of choices. Of course you could go to Peninsular Malaysia, but you could also visit the states of Sabah and Sarawak which are on the Borneo Island. Unless you prefer a short but luxurious beach holiday, you should at least visit a few well chosen highlands to experience all that Malaysia has to offer.

For a luxurious beach holiday, Malaysia is the place to be as there are numerous wonderful islands to choose from. The islands listed are true tropical beach destinations and suitable for a honeymoon of one or two weeks. You could also plan a visit to these islands at the start of the trip, as a halfway point or as the grand finale of your trip through Malaysia.

Island surrounding the Malaysian peninsula

Penang

Penang

Penang is located on the west coast at the Malaysian peninsular. The island of Penang is one of the bigger islands of Malaysia, besides chilling at the beach or alongside the pool there is much more to do. The island can be visited throughout the year, and it is sunny most of the time. There are multiple high end resorts, but also many affordable guesthouses. Most beach resorts are located in the coastal towns Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah. You can easily combine a beach holiday with a few days of cultural heritage in the islands' capital city of Georgetown.

Langkawi

Langkawi

Langkawi is a group of about 100 islands. It lies north of Penang, in the most northwestern part of Malaysia. Langkawi too has many beautiful beaches. Besides its fantastic tropical beaches, you can also explore the countryside by rental car or motorbike. The island has many great sights and attractions to keep you occupied for at least a week. Most luxurious resorts are located in the northern regions of the island. Some of these resorts have been listed in the top10 most luxurious resorts in the world, which makes them the perfect place for a great honeymoon. If you are looking for ultimate luxury, visit The Datai, The Andaman, Tangjung Rhu or Four Seasons.

Pangkor & Pangkor Laut

Pangkor & Pangkor Laut

Pangkor is a small but beautiful island at only a three hour ride from Kuala Lumpur. Besides the idyllic beaches you will also find rain forests, bays and lagoons. Pangkor doesn't have that many upscale resorts, though there are many fine guesthouses. Right next to Pangkor you will find the tiny and very romantic island of Pangkor Laut. The very luxurious Pangkor Laut Resort is the only resort on the island and is considered the best resort in Malaysia and a perfect place to celebrate your honeymoon.

Perhentian

Perhentian

In the northeast coast of Malaysia you will find the small paradise Perhentian with many beautiful white beaches and coral reefs. Especially between March and October this is a top destination to go diving or snorkeling. Perhentian doesn't have any upscale resorts; instead there are many affordable basic resorts. However, the location is simply perfect for a honeymoon.

Redang

Redang

Redang lies nearby Perhentian. Contrary to Perhentian you can find a few luxurious resorts on the island. Redang is perfect for travelers that love to do scuba diving. Snorkeling is also possible, but Perhentian probably has better snorkeling conditions. The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is the best place if you are looking for a luxurious place to spend a few days.

Tioman

Tioman

Tioman is a group of island in the southeast of the Peninsula Malaysia. Here you will find several beautiful tropical islands with excellent possibilities for diving and snorkeling. At Tioman you will find the very luxurious Japamala Resort; perfect for the ultimate honeymoon. Most other resorts are more basic and therefore better affordable. Just like Redang and Perhentian, Tioman should be avoided between November and February.

Islands surrounding Borneo

Islands surrounding Borneo

Around Borneo there are several really idyllic islands. Especially at Sabah you will find the most beautiful tropical islands. Some islands that will fit perfectly with (the ending of) a honeymoon are Mataking Island, Kapalai Island, Lankayan Island and Pompom Island. When you decide to visit these islands it would be an advantage if you practice scuba diving as there usually is not much else to do during the days besides relaxing at the (secluded) beaches.

Popular cities and towns in Malaysia

Malaysia has a well maintained road network, so it is easy to explore the mainland by rental car (this only goes for the peninsula). Rent a car in Kuala Lumpur and discover the authentic kampongs. Popular routes are from KL to Penang Island, the roundtrip to Taman Negara National Park and Cameron Highlands, or the trip from KL to Perhentian with a visit to Cameron Highlands or Royal Belum State Park.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

The capital city of Kuala Lumpur, often referred to as KL, will in most cases be the starting point of your honeymoon to Malaysia. Staying here for a few days is recommended to explore the city and its surroundings. The city itself has many popular hotspots like the Petronas Twin Towers and Chinatown. KL is also known as a shopping heaven, with dozens of modern shopping malls along the strip (Bukit Bintang).

At a short drive just outside the city you can visit the wonderful Batu Caves, and the firefly colony at Kuala Selangor. Also worth a visit is the Elephant Sanctuary & Conservation Center at Kuala Gandah.

Though are not that many romantic hotels or resorts in Kuala Lumpur, there are many upscale luxurious hotels in the city. Many of them are located on or near Bukit Bintang, which makes them the perfect place to stay if you would fancy some nice shopping during your stay. Some hotels to consider are: Prince Hotel, Shangri-la Hotel, Traders Hotel, GTower Hotel, Grand Millennium Hotel, JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotel, Pacific Regency Hotel, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Parkroyal Hotel, Crowne Plaza Mutiara, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The Westin Hotel, The Royal Chulan Hotel, Nikko Hotel, Hilton Kuala Lumpur and the Le Meridien Hotel.

Malacca

Malacca

Malacca lies at about 2,5 hours south of Kuala Lumpur and is interesting to visit due its wonderful heritage center (UNESCO World Heritage Site). There is much to do and see in and around Malacca. Don't forget a visit to the Jonker Street night market (weekends), where you can buy nice souvenirs and more importantly; delicious local food.

Highlands

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is one of the highlands of Malaysia. Here it is much cooler compared to the rest of Malaysia. Don't be surprised if temperatures stay around 20 degrees throughout the day. There is much to do and see in Cameron Highlands. A typical Cameron Highlands tour consists of a visit to the famous BOH Tea Plantations, to Mount Brinchang, to the fruit market and the butterfly farm.

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

Another popular place to visit to escape the heat is at Genting Highlands. Contrary to Cameron Highlands is Genting more a place to visit if you are looking for some excitement. There are two amusement parks and numerous casinos at Genting Highlands, together with a few luxurious hotels. Genting is located near Kuala Lumpur (45 minutes by taxi).

Jungle and nature reserves

Taman Negara

Taman Negara

Taman Negara is the oldest rain forest of Malaysia. This national park is nearest to Kuala Lumpur at only 4 hours by car. Taman Negara is a huge national park, perfect for exploring the jungles by means of a light trek. A visit to the elevated canopy walk will probably be a highlight of your honeymoon, together with sightings of small animals, insects and birds.

Lake Kenyir

Lake Kenyir

Lake Kenyir is the biggest lake in Malaysia which can be explored during river cruise. Surrounding it you will find old caves and beautiful waterfalls. There is only one upscale resort, Lake Kenyir Resort. Kenyir is known for its tranquility; there usually are almost no tourists at all at the lake. Sightings of herds of elephants are not unheard of, though chances of spotting them are slim. There have even been sightings of black panthers (incredibly rare).

Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo

Sabah

Mount Kinabalu

The state of Sabah lies in the north of Borneo Island. This part of Malaysia is less touristic and offers some of the most beautiful nature adventures and also a few well hidden beach paradises. There are plenty of things to do when visiting Sabah. For example; you can climb Mount Kinabalu or visit the surrounding Kinabalu National Park. You could go to Sabah's capital Kota Kinabalu for its fabulous beaches and the group of tropical islands near opposite the city. At the east coast there is Sandakan, from where you can go to the famous Orangutan Rehabilitation Center near Sepilok. Trips to the famous Turtle Island also start in Sandakan, as well as a visit to the beautiful Kinabatangan River where you can enjoy adventurous river cruises.

Sarawak

Bako National Park

Sarawak is the biggest state in Malaysia and has numerous great attractions. A few hotspots here are Kuching, an authentic city in the southwest of Sarawak, or Miri which is more to the north. Near Kuching you can visit the amazing Bako National Park. You can also visit orangutans at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Near Miri probably lies the most beautiful national park of Malaysia: Mulu National Park with its great caves and pinnacles.

Only one Honeymoon

All the highlights above prove that you can see and do plenty of things when visiting Malaysia for your honeymoon. A tour through Peninsular Malaysia can be easily combined with a tour through Borneo. You can chose to spend your honeymoon at one of the luxurious beach resorts, or visit one of many adventurous destinations. You can also do both; start with some sightseeing throughout the country, and finish at one the beautiful beach resorts at one of Malaysia's beautiful islands.

You can also easily combine a trip to Malaysia by a visit to Singapore (in the south of Peninsular Malaysia). You could also add a visit to southern neighbor Indonesia to your traveling plan. North of Malaysia you also find Thailand where there are honeymoon spots all over the place (for example Phuket, Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Samui and Krabi).

There is only one time you will go on your honeymoon, make it count. Try to safe up enough money to be able to do everything Malaysia has to offer. Even if you have to cope with a budget you can still have a fantastic honeymoon. It's easy to do most of the trip low-budget, and end at one of the luxurious resorts. Often these resorts are so luxurious, that only a few nights will feel like you have been there for weeks.

More information on the perfect honeymoon or holiday in Malaysia can be found at Wonderful Malaysia.

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