With all that is going on in the world, we all could do with a relaxing getaway right now. Malaysia is a beautiful country located in Southeast Asia that is home to lush tropical rainforests, beautiful history, friendly people and the most amazing food.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday, want to go on a food and culture adventure or want to explore heritage sites, there is so much to do in Malaysia. Here are the top 3 Malaysian tourist spots for a relaxing getaway:

Malacca: food and heritage

Malacca City has been featured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 for very good reasons. This colonial city is colourful and has so much history and culture that attracts visitors from near and far. This is the first city in Malaysia that was colonised by foreign power, namely the Portuguese and Dutch, and was also home to the glorious Malay sultanate in the 15th Century.

Given its fascinating history, it’s no wonder that Malacca is a melting pot of heritage, food and culture. Come here for the beautiful architecture that is a mix of both old and new, but be amazed by the food offerings as well. Some of the top attractions here are the A Famosa Fort, Stadthuys and St Paul’s Church. Don’t forget to check out the famous Jonker Night Market for the wide array of street food and souvenirs!

Cameron Highlands: valleys of tea

This highlands was discovered in the late 19th Century by a British surveyor named William Cameron, which gives Cameron Highlands its name. Since then, this area has been used for tea plantations and vegetable farms given its altitude and cool weather. The cooler climate also attracts many visitors who are looking for a relaxing getaway in humid and hot Malaysia.

There is a lot to do in Cameron Highlands and many resorts to stay at as well. Stroll along the tea plantations and learn how tea is produced and made. You can also pick fresh strawberries and buy lots of fresh vegetables here. One of the best things to do in Cameron Highlands is sipping freshly-brewed tea and enjoying warm scones while overlooking the green valleys so be sure to do that too!

Cherating: the best beach paradise

For those looking for a beach getaway, you have to check out Cherating. Located on the east coast of Malaysia, this is a laidback seaside resort town with many interesting landmarks. The best parts of Cherating are the great beaches, watersports and it being the breeding site for leatherback and other sea turtles.

You will not get bored here as there is a whole array of water sports activities like jet skiing, surfing, sailing and kayaking. Whether you want something relaxing and easy, or something more adrenaline-pumping, there is an activity for everyone! Besides watersports, there are also caves you can explore too. Some of these caves have unusual rock formation which will surely intrigue you!

Another must-do in Cherating is taking part in the turtle conservation efforts. Whether it’s watching these endangered sea creatures lay their eggs, waiting for them to hatch or be part of releasing the baby turtles to the sea, you will return with newfound appreciation for preserving nature. Cherating is also home to large mangrove areas so be sure to take part in the mangrove river cruise and you will see flickering fireflies decorating the night sky!

Besides the wonders of nature, Cherating is also famous for having many cultural activities you can take part in. Try your hand at creating local handicrafts, making textiles or painting, which you can then bring home as a memorable souvenir. There are also several villages in this town that you can explore in to get a glimpse of the local life here. Come nightfall, stroll around the night market in which you will find tasty local treats, fresh fruits and affordable goods to bring home!

Guests who are staying at Club Med Cherating will be pleased to know that we offer some of these activities and excursions that you can join as part of your accommodation package. Come join us for a resort escapade in Cherating and enjoy the many fun-filled activities we have curated for you here. Book a package with us today or speak to our travel advisor to find out more.