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Travel is back in full force, and if you’re making plans for your first post-lockdown holiday, these hidden gems in Malaysia are just begging to be explored

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Melaka: The Log Cabin (T) by iO Home

Located near the Unesco World Heritage city of Melaka, this picture-perfect log cabin is the perfect place for a rural getaway with family or friends. Boasting a gorgeous wooden infrastructure and classy interior, the highly Instagrammable accommodation is sure to be the envy of your followers.

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You can choose to stay in and cosy up for a 'do nothing' weekend but the stunning view is sure to draw you out onto the private deck.

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Sabah: Honeymoon Hobbit Chalet

Who would have thought that you could find Middle-Earth right here in Malaysia? Themed after J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous The Hobbit series, the Honeymoon Hobbit Chalet in Sabah faces the majestic Mount Kinabalu, offering a rustic and authentic experience for Lord of the Rings'  fans.

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Enjoy the view of the mountain range and the peaceful nights under a blanket of stars, undisturbed by civilisation. It's the perfect place to stay a night or two if you're travelling between destinations in Sabah. 

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Negeri Sembilan: Spyder Hill – Boomerang Room

Sitting on the edge of the Berembun Forest Reserve located at the end of the Titiwangsa mountain range, this charming wooden villa offers both a stunning view and a cosy atmosphere. As it is located 300m above sea level, the average temperature at night is a cool 20-degree Celcius–perfect for enjoying a hot cup of chocolate.

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Activities include jungle trekking and picnic by the stream, and whenever possible, the hosts also offer a photography and food tour to nearby small towns.

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Kedah: Bambü Getaway

Nestled between the largest rice fields in Langkawi and the highest mountain on the island, Gunung Raya, Bambü Getaway is ideal for travellers looking for a serene and peaceful tropical countryside experience. The vast valley landscape surrounding the bungalow offers stunning, postcard-worthy sunsets with magnificent views of the rice fields.

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