How to make the most of Malaysian public holidays in 2017

We Malaysians love our public holidays and multicultural festivals. Let’s be honest – we love using them to stretch out our breaks and plan our vacations around them!

So to make it easier for you, this is our guide to making the most out of our public holidays in 2017, along with some tips on the best times to travel locally.

BEST TIMES FOR…

BEACHES

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April to October is the ideal time to visit the beach on the East Coast, such as Tioman Island, Perhentian Island and Redang Island. That way, you avoid the wet season and get to enjoy the myriad of seaside activities! Likewise, if you are thinking of heading to the beaches along the West Coast, it would be best to plan your getaway between November to February.
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Tip to go local: For a different experience by the beach, go luxury glamping on the beach in Johor.

CULTURE

Photo: Thanwan Singh
Photo: Thanwan Singh

What better way to immerse in our nation’s rich traditions than by celebrating it? You could stare in awe at the colorful Thaipusam procession at Batu Caves, have fun at the George Town Festival in Penang, watch the Merdeka Parades, and more.

Tip to go local: During festive seasons like Chinese New Year and Aidilfitri, cities like KL may be a little less crowded than usual. You can easily find plenty of walking and historical tours on LokaLocal to sight see and interact with local storytellers.

FOOD

Photo: Padmanaba01
Photo: Padmanaba01

Anytime is the best time for food! We suggest looking out for the peak seasons for local fruits. For example, June to August is typically when durians and mangosteens are readily available and cheaper than usual.

Tip to go local: Join a food crawl within a culinary hotspot like Penang, Bentong, KL, Ipoh, Muar, Kota Kinabalu. Your belly will thank you for it. Here are our some of our favorite food trails!

SHOPPING

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Malaysia is one of South East Asia’s best shopping destinations. A great time to indulge in shopping therapy would be during the epic nationwide sales, such as the Mega Sale Carnival and Raya Sales.

Tip to go local: Shopping can only buy you so much. Try something new and get yourself a gift like no other – a skill. You can learn to cook proper Malaysian food, handweave a songket, paint a batik or make a shadow puppet, all with the helpful guidance of passionate Malaysians!

ADVENTURE

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Explore the rainforest, cycle around the countryside, jump into a waterfall, go hiking – the possibilities are endless! Be sure to take note of whether your trip coincides with the wet season. Generally, unless there has been a heavy rainfall that might disrupt your plans, all you need is an umbrella or raincoat in your bag.

Tip to go local: The best adventure you can have is one that allows you to truly experience it as locals do. You can find plenty of unique local experiences to enrich your trip on LokaLocal. Check them out!

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