Have you always want to travel overseas but has a limited budget and do not have any paid leave left? Why not travel somewhere close to home instead? You get to enjoy the similar experience but with a much-affordable budget and just need to have a weekend free for you to travel.
Are you finding it hard to believe that there will be such a place in Malaysia? To be honest, there is no such a place in Malaysia. But wait, there are actually more than one places where you can experience the same landscape found overseas in Malaysia!
For this entry, let SINI KAKI bring you to explore the interesting Malaysian places which look a lot like those in foreign countries.
1. Kellie’s Castle, Perak
First on the list is this unique and beautiful castle once belonged to a Scottish, William Kellie Smith. This castle is built for his wife as a symbol of their love. The construction began in the year 1915 but was stopped in the year 1926 due to an infectious disease striking the workers.
Although abandoned, it is now one of the tourist attraction sites in Ipoh. Its grand splendour is still visible until today with the uncompleted indoor tennis court, rooftop courtyard and even elevator, which is supposed to be the first in Malaysia back then.
2. Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi, Pahang
Colmar Tropicale at Bukit Tinggi is built according to the architecture of an existing city Colmar, built in 16th century in Alsace, France.
Located in Berjaya Hills Resort at 2,600 feet (790 m) above sea level, it is the ideal local destination for you to bask in a French atmosphere. The best thing is, it just a short 1-hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur!
3. Macalister Mansion, Penang
This mansion is located at Jalan Macalister in Georgetown, Penang. Constructed in early 1990, it becomes one of the famous hotels in Georgetown.
Inspired by Penang’s rich colonial past, you can immerse yourself in the British environment. Join one of the bars, The Den or The Cellar for an evening drink or have your meal at The Dining Room. If you are free in the afternoon, head to The Living Room for an English afternoon tea.
Named after former British Governor of Penang, Colonel Norman Macalister, you can be sure to enjoy yourself as though you are in Great Britain itself.
4. Kundasang, Sabah
Known as Sabah version of New Zealand, it has vast mountainous green lands with cool weather. Even more interesting, there is a dairy farm which is similar to that found in New Zealand.
If you are not going to New Zealand anytime soon, then book your cheaper alternative flight ticket to Kota Kinabalu. You can then reach the picturesque New Zealand-like landscape in two hours and enjoy the lovely cool weather whilst there.
5. Sasaran Beach, Kuala Selangor
Do not misunderstand, this is not Bolivia, but in Selangor. Sasaran Beach is known as the Salar De Uyuni of Malaysia. It is the latest attraction in Malaysia. However, the phenomenon only happens twice a month, during the new moon and full moon phase.
The unique thing about Sasaran is the Sasaran Beach, which located about 1.74 nautical miles off the coast of the fishing village of Jeram, Selangor. Meaning the beach is actually in the middle of the Straits of Malacca Sea, thus it is only accessible at certain times! Be sure to book your trip early!
6. Palace of the Golden Horses, Seri Kembangan
This hotel’s architectural design is inspired by Persian and Islamic touches. With its amazing interior design, you will feel as though you are in the movie of The Great Gatsby while standing in within the ornate lakeside complex.
Adjacent to a world-class golf course, MINES Resort & Golf Club and MINES Shopping Mall, have a luxurious short stay in this upscale hotel just 15 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur City Centre and 30 minutes from the KLIA.
7. Morocco Pavillion, Putrajaya
Feel like going to Morocco but your budget is tight? Do not fret as SINI KAKI has a place to suggest you.
Morocco Pavillion in Putrajaya is constructed by the Moroccans. The incredible and unique architecture will make others think you are on a vacation over in Morocco.
It is said the remarkable construction is to symbolise the strong diplomatic ties between the two countries. Morocco Pavilion is also a replica of a Moroccan palace in Marrakesh, Morocco. You only have to pay RM3 for you to go to idyllic Morocco!
On another note, if you have bought flight tickets to Morocco, check out this article on the variety of food you can have with just 5 dirhams which is equivalent to RM2.12.
8. Crystal Mosque, Terengganu
Crystal Mosque is one of the rarest mosques in Malaysia. The great architecture is designed and constructed using materials such as steel, glass and even crystal. What is even more interesting is the mosque will seemingly change colours to golden shades when reflecting the sunlight.
Located on the island of Wan Man, the mosque is opened to the public on 8th February 2008 by the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu.
9. AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Selangor
The resort looks as if they are in the Maldives. It is a floating resort, or rather a resort over the waters located in Selangor. Not only does the resort environment is beautiful and unique, it is even cheaper than that in the Maldives.
Stretching over one kilometre of water, you will find yourself being pampered in this accessible yet secluded resort in the sheltered waters of the straits of Malacca. Vast sky and endless ocean offer perfect rejuvenation spot for you with no need to fly overseas.
10. Japanese Village, Bukit Tinggi
This Japanese Village is constructed by a Japanese engineer, Mr Kaio Ariizumi. You will find yourself fascinated by every inch of the Japanese village, including the Japanese tea house and koi fish pond.
Though it seems to be worlds apart, it is just a 5 minutes drive away from Colmar Tropicale. You can even rent and get dressed up in a Kimono to make your local Japanese getaway more memorable!
11. Klebang Beach, Malacca
Klebang Beach is known as the dunes of Malacca due to its abundance of sands. This exquisite and interesting place has many people coming to enjoy the views and take pictures of the beautiful sandy background.
The so-called dunes is actually a reclaimed land by Melaka developers. But why worry when it looks like the real thing? Drop by when you are in Melaka and enjoy a glass of refreshing original Klebang coconut milkshake nearby.
12. Senok Beach, Kelantan
Want to go to Nami Island in South Korea but do not have enough budget? Do not worry as Malaysia has a place similar to Nami Island.
Where is it? Well, the Nami Island in Malaysia is the Senok Beach, located not far from Bachok, Kelantan. It is very beautiful there as though it is in the autumn season.
Senok Beach’s rows of pine trees are actually planted by the state Forestry Department and relevant agencies in the year 2011. The hauntingly beautiful trees have now matured and thus, the beach is now an overnight famous attraction.
You will certainly experience disbelief when knowing that all these places are actually located in Malaysia until you have been to each of these places. Hope you enjoy your trip ‘overseas’ and make lots of memories and take many Insta-worthy pictures!
On another note, remember to leave only your footprints behind as any rubbish will likely mar the beauty of these wonderful places.
Original Article by Sante Ernest.