With lockdown restrictions lifted and as Malaysia prepares to shift into an endemic Covid-19 phase, fully vaccinated individuals can now travel for leisure again. However, strict SOPs are still in place for international travel, such as the mandatory swab tests and seven-day self-quarantine upon arrival in Malaysia. In addition, some countries' borders remain closed to incoming tourists.
Of course, travel regulations are subject to change and while you wait for the chance to hop on an international flight again after nearly two years, there are other ways to curb cabin fever and satisfy your travel urge. Exploring your own backyard can be just as rewarding (#supportlocal) and the level of familiarity (language, culture, and currency) is a major plus. You'll be a domestic tourism expert before you know it!
If you're looking for some local travel inspiration, here are five hidden gems in Malaysia for a slower-paced holiday that you can enjoy with your family or friends.
1. Selangor: Tanah Larwina Retreat
In the Hulu Langat countryside just an hour away from the bustling Kuala Lumpur city centre, the Tanah Larwina Retreat is an eco-retreat overlooking a cascading stream, with adorable farm animals roaming freely around the accommodation.
Relax in style, get up close and personal with the animals, sit by the campfire at night, or explore its natural surroundings at your leisure.