Why travel far and beyond for stunning landscapes when you can get them right in your own (almost) backyard?
When it comes to planning holidays, most Singaporeans tend to set their sights afar – Europe, the United States of America, Japan, Korea, or slightly closer to home – Bali, Bangkok, and so on. But why do so, when we’ve got a few postcard-perfect gems that’re in our immediate neighbour to the north? From sparkling clear waters to a riot of lush fauna and flora, here are five surreal places that’ll make you want to plan a trip across the Causeway stat.
Mulu National Park, Sarawak
Dubbed as a place that’s practically paradise on Earth, the park, surrounded by razor-sharp pinnacles, is home to the second highest mountain, Mount Mulu, in Sarawak. Should you be seeking a break from the daily stresses and hustle and bustle of city life, a challenging hike up the trek, and a gorgeous view of the surroundings, are just the remedy.
Pulau Rawa, Johor
Nestled away 16 kilometers off east coast of Johor, Pulau Rawa is an idyllic tropical island that offers clear turquoise waters and white sands to visitors. Choose to laze around in the hammocks and sip away on a refreshing cocktail or go for a snorkeling session to explore the magnificent marine life. A Maldives-like experience at a fraction of the price tag? Yes please.
Adding on to the list of pristine beaches is Sipadan, an island well-known for some of the best scuba diving sites and tales in the world. Divers can expect sightings of sea turtles and hammerhead sharks while snorkelers can expect a plethora of reef fishes and beautiful corals. It’s easy to forget you’re still in Malaysia.
Sungai Lembing, Pahang
Also known as “Rainbow Waterfall”, be prepared to be rewarded by a mystical view after an hour of adrenaline-pumping ride on the 4-wheel drive vehicle and 20 minutes of hike through waist deep river. For almost guaranteed chances of catching the rainbow, visit the waterfall from eight to 10 in the morning. Bonus: you get to catch the sunrise too if you wake up early enough!
Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, Kundasang, Sabah
Topping the list of most Instagram-worthy places to visit in Malaysia, it’s no wonder why this farm is a hotspot for wedding photoshoots. Almost like a scene out of a movie, the farm offers a majestic view of Mount Kinabalu overlooking lush greenery and groups of cattle. A destination ideal for the whole family or honeymoon goers.