KL takes the crown from Penang as top CNY spot for Malaysians


Travel booking data revealed that KL is top holiday spot for Malaysians during CNY this year. - AZMAN GHANI/The Star

Kuala Lumpur has taken the crown from Penang as the top destination for Malaysians this Chinese New Year, according to booking data from a digital travel platform.

The data by Agoda revealed the most popular destinations to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

Last year, Penang was the top CNY spot – a position that has been taken over by the country's capital city this year.

Melaka, Ipoh and Langkawi took third, fourth and fifth place respectively.

According to Agoda, big cities and tourist favourites are back in favour for travel this CNY.

It's a trend that was evident throughout other countries in Asia such as China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines.

"Agoda’s data continues to see trends of emerging destinations across multiple markets as travelers primarily continue to stick to domestic travel and to explore their own ‘backyard’," the company said.

The travel platform also revealed that Malaysians seek out four- and five-star hotels during their CNY holidays.

"Travellers from China, Malaysia, and Vietnam maintain their preference for 4-5 star accommodation, followed by 1-3.5 star and non-hotel accommodation," the company revealed.

Meanwhile, PLUS Malaysia Berhad has urged highway users to follow the travel time advisory to avoid congestion during the CNY festive period from Jan 28 to Feb 6.

Those leaving the Klang Valley to northern destinations like Perlis, Kedah, Penang and North Perak are advised to enter the highway before 10am.

This also applies to highway customers heading towards Johor in the south.

Motorists travelling from the north to the Klang Valley are advised to start their journey before 9am.

For destinations closer to the Klang Valley, road users are advised to plan their journey to enter highways after 1pm.

Here are the eight most popular CNY destinations for Malaysians in 2022:

1. Kuala Lumpur

2. Penang

3. Melaka

4. Ipoh

5. Langkawi

6. Port Dickson

7. Kota Kinabalu

8. Johor Baru

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