5 Hidden Gems Yet to be Uncovered in Malaysia

Culturally and geographically diverse, Malaysia has plenty to offer visitors who plan on staying a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months. While many visitors flock to the big name attractions in Malaysia – think Melaka, Penang and Kuala Lumpur – there are still some glorious hidden gems that are yet to be discovered by the tourist masses.

Sasaran, Kuala Selangor

Ever heard of Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia? Sasaran is Malaysia’s very own version of that magnificent phenomenon – also known as the ‘world’s largest mirror’. Situated about an hour from Kuala Lumpur, the small town of Sasaran in Kuala Selangor offers boat trips out into the Straits of Malacca. There, visitors can marvel at this amazingly flat, mirrored water, stretching out as far as the eye can see. Simply walk out into the ankle-deep water, and get ready to take some truly spectacular photographs!

Girl on beach

Gem Island, Terengganu

Perfectly named, Gem Island has to be one of the most beautiful island getaways on this stretch of Malaysia’s east coast. Also known as Pulau Gemia, Gem Island is privately owned, offering visitors lush tropical forest, crystal clear waters and long stretches of pristine white sand. Still unspoilt by development, the island features only one resort, making it much quieter than its more famous neighbouring islands, Pulau Redang and Lang Tengah.

Guests can go snorkelling to discover a host of fascinating marine life, hire a boat to do some deep sea fishing, see baby turtles at the island’s hatchery, or just relax and unwind while taking advantage of the many spa treatments on offer.

Teluk Senangin, Perak

Loved by locals, Teluk Senangin offers the perfect spot for a beautiful day out by the sea. Visitors can check out the Turtle Conservation and Information Centre, try their hand at a spot of fishing, or just sit back and take in the peaceful atmosphere, the cool sea breezes, and the glorious views over the beach and ocean. Fancy some seafood? Head to Pantai Remis, just ten minutes away, for some of the freshest seafood you will ever taste!

Lake Kenyir, Terengganu

Constructed between 1978 and 1985, Lake Kenyir was created as a dam to generate electricity and reduce problems associated with yearly flooding. Now, as the biggest lake in Malaysia, Lake Kenyir provides a popular spot for locals to fish, and for visitors to explore its many wondrous caves, islands and waterfalls. With an abundance of fascinating wildlife, the area is as popular with wildlife spotters as it is with golfers.

Perhentian Islands, Terengganu

Less than an hour off the east coast of Malaysia, the Perhentian Islands are a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Relaxed and unspoilt, these islands are brimming with natural beauty. Here, you can soak up the sun while you wander along stretches of beautiful white sand, you can say hello to curious local wildlife, or you dive into the turquoise waters to explore the amazing underwater wonderland.

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