With its lush, breathtaking rainforests, its pristine beaches – and plenty of shopping to be done, Malaysia is a versatile and inviting honeymoon destination.
Located in South-East Asia, modern Malaysia has been heavily influenced by its Chinese, Indian and European heritage, which shows in everything from its food to its architecture.
From ocean destination such as Redang Island and Batu Ferringhi, to beautiful scenic destinations like the Cameron Highlands and Malacca, Malaysia offers honeymooners a variety of intriguing destinations to explore.
Malaysia in definitely an all-year around destination as it tends to be hot and humid most of the time, though temperatures, rainfall and humidity do vary markedly from the country’s West coast to its East Coast.
That said, there are two distinct seasons: wet and dry.
The dry season is hot and humid, but perfect for a sunny, beach-centric honeymoon.
Running from April to October, the wet season on the West coast of Malaysia consists of afternoon thunderstorms and brief downpours throughout the day which is often welcomed as it reduces the intense humidity.
On the East coast, the wet season runs from November to February and consists of heavy rainfall. It is best to avoid this area over this period of time because many beach resorts close down during this period and reopen in March.
Malaysia is home to some incredible cities, amazing beaches and tranquil mountainous regions, so no matter what type of traveller you are, there’s something for you and your new spouse to enjoy.
The Petronas Towers: For the best view of Kuala Lumpur, head to the top of these twin towers in the heart of the city. With a skywalk between the two skyscrapers, visitors can take the opportunity to snap a few photos and take in the view. The towers are also the tallest twin towers in the world and look pretty spectacular at night!
Batu Caves: Located in Gombak, Selangor, these limestone hills are home to a variety of caves and temples carved into the limestone and the giant staircase you have to climb to get into the caves are an experience all their own!
The Aquaria KLCC: :ocated beneath Kuala Lumpur’s convention centre, this stunning aquarium features ocean life from not just Malaysia but across the globe.
Gunung Mulu National Park: Located in Miri Division, Sarawak, this national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains some jaw-droppingly beautiful caves, karst formations and rainforests.
With influences from China, India and Europe, Malaysian cuisine is a heady mix of Asian and Western dishes.
From fine dining in Kuala Lumpur to your everyday street food, Malaysia has something for every palate, especially if yours is spicy! Traditionally, cuisine in Malaysia consists of eggs, vegetables, meat curry (chicken, lamb or beef. Very little pork is eaten in Malaysia as most restaurants are halal.
A few must-try dishes are Nasi lemak, a breakfast dish made with steamed rice, coconut milk and pandan leaves, as well as roti canai, a type of street food. When you’re done, be sure you’ve got enough room to down some Nyonya kuih, which are delicious bite-sized desserts!
There are various modes of transport to be found in Malaysia. In most tourist destination, taxis, rickshaws and buses are easily accessible.
If you’re in the big cities, taxis are the easiest way to get around. Most taxis are metered, but travellers need to ensure that the meter is turned on when getting into a taxi. Alternatively, you can use a bus which is the cheapest and most convenient ways to travel around the city.
Be sure to figure out how to use the bus system first before putting a foot on a bus as the system can be a little confusing to strangers.
Most popular in George Town and Melaka, bicycle rickshaws or trishaws are the preferred way of getting around. It is particularly used in older parts of towns where streets are narrower and more winding.
When in Kuala Lumpur, the commuter trains, the LRT and the monorail system, are affordable and convenient.
Whether you’re looking for a bargain or a high-end brand, Kuala Lumpur is the best place to shop in Malaysia. The capital city offers honeymooners a wide variety of shopping option including shopping malls, markets and luxury boutiques.
There are over eight major shopping malls in the city including Klang Valley, Wangsa Walk Mall, Fahrenheit88 and Lot 10.
Head to major shopping malls to find local designers, mid-range labels like H&M and Forever21, as well as high-end brands like Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton.
Smaller cities and, dotted throughout KL, are Malaysia’s famous Markets which offer travellers a huge variety of goods – as well as souvenirs and trinkets to take home as a memory of your honeymoon.
Whether you’re visiting Malaysia on your honeymoon – or just enjoying a holiday – you want it to be as hassle-free as possible, so be sure to purchase travel insurance before leaving home.
It will make your special time away even more enjoyable as you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you and your belongings are covered (within your policy’s limits, of course) should anything go wrong.
As they say in the travel industry, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!
Purchase your travel insurance when you book your trip and, depending on the policy you choose, you should be covered for theft, injury or illness.
Some travel insurance policies do not cover certain activities such as diving, hiking, parasailing, or renting a motorcycle, so ensure you read it before signing up so that you’re aware of what it does and doesn’t cover during your time away.
Be sure to take a copy of your travel insurance documents with you when travelling.
The Malaysian Ringgit is the currency of Malaysia.
With a variety of ATMs and money changers in all major cities (as well as the smaller ones), it is easy to get a cash withdrawal or exchange money in Malaysia.
Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards are accepted in most hotels, tourist shops, tour companies, car rental agencies and banks. Most hotels and restaurants also accept US Dollars.
Malaysia has a warm and humid climate which makes it essential to pack lightweight clothing which include shorts, skirts, t-shirts, blouses and dresses.
If you’d like to go out dining or partying at a nightclub, you’ll need to pack more formal clothing such as a collared shirt and smart dress.
Be sure to not forget your beachwear behind which should include thongs and swimwear. A comfortable pair of walking shoes and a light waterproof jacket will also come in handy.
A few must-have items that you should not forget at home or buy on the island are sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hand wipes, after sun lotion, headache tablets and toiletries.
Malaysia has a non-tipping culture. Restaurant may have the odd tip jar which visitors can gladly add to if they feel the desire to do so, but it is not expected.