The Covid-19 pandemic has affected economies worldwide drastically and disrupted everyone’s lives. While some sectors are slowly recovering, the travel and tourism industry is taking longer to pick up.
Some countries are gradually opening up their borders and welcoming visitors, but one thing is for sure – travel will not be quite the same again.
Industry experts say that it may take some 18 months to two years before international travel takes off again post-pandemic.
But why wait so long for your next travel adventure when there’re plenty of places you can explore right here in Malaysia itself?
Now that interstate travel is allowed, it’s the best time to make our way around other states to learn more about our own country and support local businesses.
Domestic tourism is even more attractive these days as you don’t have to fight with hordes of foreign tourists.
Here are five local destinations to visit.
Penang is well-known for its food, beaches and in recent years, Instagram-worthy spots.
Take in local sights and sounds while you discover pretty cafes and feast on some of the country’s best local fare.
If all you know about Melaka is in your history books, this is the perfect opportunity to visit museums and historical sites there to have a first-hand look at heritage buildings and ruins.
The whole point of travelling is to relax and rejuvenate, and what better way to do this than to chill on the beach?
You don’t have to go too far for an island getaway as Pulau Pangkor is just off the coast of Perak in peninsular Malaysia.
Nestled within the tropical forests is Pangkor Laut Resort, a luxurious abode located on a privately-owned island with secluded bays and natural greenery.
Amidst powdery white sandy beaches and blue green waters, it’s just the antidote you need after the stress of the last few months of partial lock down.
To get away from the city, head over to the East Coast where you’ll find some of the best islands and beaches.
Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Kapas and Pulau Redang are popular diving and snorkelling spots off Terengganu while the quiet coastal town of Dungun offers a glimpse into traditional Malay culture.
The jumping-off point to Pulau Tengkol, Dungun is also known for the tranquil Tanjong Jara Resort.
Facing a crescent-shaped beach of golden sand with a commanding view of the sea, the resort is a seaside sanctuary where sun, sea and tropical dreams do come true.
If you crave for an outdoor adventure but don’t want to travel too far, less than an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre is Janda Baik, a small valley surrounded by lush rainforest, hills and gurgling streams.
In the heart of the jungle, it’s quite possible to escape to nature without missing out on daily comforts at Tiarasa Escapes Glamping Resort as you get to camp in luxurious comfort and style.
If you think you need a break, Hong Leong Bank's (HLB) #DemiKitaDemiMalaysia Instagram Contest may well be your answer for that long overdue holiday.
All you need to do is snap a picture to win a 3D2N holiday at any one these three resorts – Pangkor Laut Resort, Tanjung Jara Resort, Tiarasa Escapes Glamping Resort – it’s that easy!
To participate in the contest, snap a photo depicting local travel or support for a local business. It could even be a picture of you eating at your favourite satay stall.
Post this on your Instagram Story and select the GIF search button. Search for “HLB Demi Kita” and choose one of the following stickers: Demi Kita, Sapot Lokal, Cuti Lokal or Stay Safe.
Next, save the photo and upload it as an Instagram post. Tag @hongleongbankmy along with three friends with the hashtag #DemiKitaDemiMalaysia.
Make sure that your Instagram account is set to “public".
For more details, visit https://www.instagram.com/p/CFJuAp5pnuc/
You can also check out HLB's inspiring Malaysia Day video here:
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