Malaysia has so much to offer, say travel bloggers


Azmeer (right) having fun with friends diving in Sabah.

PETALING JAYA: Here’s a pop quiz. Where is the “Maldives of Asia”?That’s the moniker for the Tun Sakaran Marine Park located off Semporna. Comprising eight islands, it is known for its marine life and is a diving attraction.

“Sabah, in particular, has many picturesque islands. The Tun Sakaran Marine Park is popularly referred to as the Maldives of Asia.

“It is every nature lover’s dream vacation or dive spot,” said airline steward Azmeer Mustafa Kamal, 29.Azmeer, who blogs about his trips, is among the many tour guides and travel bloggers who are familiar with the lesser known gems in Malaysia.

He said Malaysia had much to offer people seeking domestic travel.“I love diving and nature. I think the beaches, islands and rainforests in Malaysia are a must-see,” he said.

He also encouraged Malaysians to check out Taman Negara Endau-Rompin, a protected tropical rainforest near the Pahang-Johor border.“It’s ideal for those who want to reconnect with nature and soak up the beautiful and dreamy scene,” he said, adding that Malaysians should support domestic tourism during these trying times.

Solo backpacker Mei Mei Chu said this was a good time for Malaysians to enjoy domestic holidays as the crowds were smaller.

Travelling locally would also reduce the risk of being exposed to Covid-19, she added.

She also recommended visiting the many beautiful national parks.

“There’s a Taman Negara in almost every state. For example, the Mulu national park in Sarawak is awesome,” she said.

Tour guide Chow Hoong Fai, who founded Jalan-Jalan Klang, a travel site offering tours to Klang, concurred that this was a good time for Malaysians to travel and learn more about places of interest in their own backyard.

Citing an example, Chow said Klang was not just about bak kut teh (meat in herbal broth) as it also offered delicious ci fen geng (tapioca flour noodles).

He also spoke about Kampung Baru Pandamaran, the second largest new village in the country.

“There is also Bagan Hailam, a Hainanese fishing village. Both places offer a myriad of mouth-watering food,” he said.

Other than the famous Pulau Ketam, Chow said the nearby Sungai Lima was a lesser-known sanctuary where visitors could check out the shrimp factory.

Travellers could also catch beautiful sunsets on the traditional fishing village built on stilts, he added.

“In Klang’s Little India (Jalan Tengku Kelana), visitors get to tour Hindu temples and learn fun facts from the facades of the statues,” he said. “You could also try making a thosai or a flower garland.”

“There is always something to explore in Malaysia.”

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