For many years, Malaysia has been one of the top travel destinations in Asia for international tourists. Our country is home to a trove of cultural activities, scenic landscapes and exciting destinations.

Perhaps this year, we Malaysians should take more time to explore the amazing attractions or sites that Malaysia has to offer.

If you’re not sure where to start, you can always check out travel fairs for ideas. The Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) organises a yearly travel fair to promote travel within Malaysia.

If you’d like to get started now, here’s a list of Malaysian attractions to visit and places to travel to this year.

Squid fishing in Terengganu


Located on the east coast, Terengganu is one of many Malaysian states that boasts beautiful beaches and many water-based activities.

The traditional art of squid jigging, or candat sotong, is a unique activity in Terengganu. The best time to go is from April to July, when squids are aplenty, and tourists can join locals on their boats as they go fishing for squids.

Cruising along the Melaka River


Home to the ever famous A’Famosa and Jonker Street, Melaka is one of Malaysia’s popular destinations.

Malaysian tourists who are looking for different ways to explore the historic city will be delighted with the Melaka River Cruise. The cruise will take tourists around popular sites along the Melaka River.

If you want to escape the heat during the day, the cruise also offers the option of a night cruise where tourists can take in the view of the city with its lights.

Spelunking in Perak


Like Penang, Perak is also famous for the food it has to offer. From Ipoh Hor Fun to the must-try Ipoh White Coffee, Perak is another haven for Malaysian foodies. However, it’s also a popular destination for nature lovers.

Located in Gopeng, Gua Tempurung, serves as a popular attraction for adventurous tourists. There are a series of cave tours for that differ in length and difficulty, so if you’re a newbie testing waters, be sure to book the right course.

Walking on the sky in Selangor


During the rainy season, Salar de Uyuni, a salt lake in Bolivia, is transformed into a shallow lake that reflects the sky. The remarkable sight makes it a popular spot for tourists and photographers, but Malaysians won’t need to travel abroad just for the experience.

Located in Kuala Selangor, Sasaran Beach is Malaysia’s very own Salar de Uyuni. Although it’s not as famous, it has no problem in attracting its own group of enthusiastic tourists.

Before you rush off with your camera, keep in mind that this picturesque attraction only appears during certain periods of the month, when the tide is low.

Do note that to get to Sasaran Beach, you’ll have to make a booking in advance at a travel agency.

Taking a break in Kedah


Itching to get away for the weekend and relax by the beach? You don’t have to fly all the way to the Maldives to enjoy a day by the beach.

Instead, head on over to the gorgeous beaches of Langkawi for a relaxing holiday away from city life.

Spend your holiday indulging in the local seafood or snorkeling with the fishes. If you’re feeling courageous, take a shot at scuba diving while you’re there.

Unleashing your inner child in Johor

If you’re a family with young children, you should definitely take your kids to Legoland.

First opened in 2012, the Malaysian Legoland is the first in Asia. The amusement park is filled with a ton of fun activities and rides for both adults and kids alike.

From the roller coasters to the water slides and the adorable driving school for kids – Legoland has activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Breath-taking sights in Putrajaya


You may be wondering, just what is there to do in Putrajaya? It’s not as popular as Penang or Melaka, but it has its own charms.

Adventurous travellers who wish for new experiences can look into the hot air balloon rides in Putrajaya. Although the experience comes with a hefty price tag, the overall experience makes the price worth it.

Watching the sunrise in Pahang


Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at Teluk Chempedak in Kuantan, Pahang.

With the breathtaking sight of the sea on one side and the jungle on the other, it makes for a trendy hangout spot for families and couples. The spot is especially gorgeous during sunrises and sunsets.

Observing orangutans in Sabah


Have you ever seen an orangutan up close? If your answer is no, you can change that this year. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was set up years ago to help rehabilitate orphaned, injured or displaced orangutans before they’re returned to the wild.

The centre has since grown and now attracts a large group of visitors. At the centre, visitors have the opportunity to observe the orangutans in their natural habitat.

Flying kites in Kelantan

If you’re headed to Kelantan, do check out Pantai Cahaya Bulan. The beach is a popular destination for picnics for families and couples.

This spot is also pretty popular for kite flying and horse riding on the weekends.

Get discounted rates when you travel

Looking forward to getting away from all the hustle and bustle? If you’re looking for good deals on holiday packages, make sure to check out the MITA Travel Fair.

The fair is a great opportunity to score good deals on domestic travel packages. Selected tourism packages and services will see discounts of up to 70% at the fair, so be sure to mark the dates on your calendar!

The fair will be held from Jan 19 to 21 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre.

For more information, visit their website, Facebook page or call +603 4251 0351.

This article is brought to you by the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association.