Some of you in the Northern Hemisphere are dressed up like Eskimos, frost nipping at your noses and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, there are some of us living in the tropics are still dressed in t-shirts and perhaps carrying an umbrella to protect ourselves from the evening showers.
That’s Malaysia for you in the month of December 🙂
Despite the showers, all is not doom and gloom as we still have a couple of hours of sunshine and warm temperatures during the day. Other parts of Malaysia might experience heavier rains (Malaysian Borneo of Sabah & Sarawak) or out of bounds due to monsoon (east coast of Peninsular Malaysia), however, the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia have plenty of destinations available for you to enjoy sunny weather during this holiday season. And if it rains, the showers occur only for an hour or two, after which the air feels less muggy, thus it will be pleasant for you to continue your activities.
Collaborating with my fellow Malaysian travel bloggers, here are our recommendations of the best places to visit in Malaysia in December:
Danial of Dan On The Road recommends Taiping in Perak:
December in Malaysia is synonymous with the rainy season, so rather than wallow in the wetness, how about embracing the torrential downpours and cooling climate? The sleepy town of Taiping, Perak has the highest amount of rainfall annually and that makes it an ideal spot for a tranquil retreat.
Check-in at Villa Sentosa by the foothills of Bukit Larut to capture those misty mornings and take a stroll along the 100-year old Lake Gardens once the raindrops are put on hold.
Taiping is also well-known for its family-run eateries so you’ll have no problem finding comfort food to warm your tummy and soul.
RaW of Ramble and Wander recommends LEGOLAND Malaysia in Johor:
While many might think that LEGOLAND Malaysia is geared more towards kids and young adults, there are actually plenty of rides and activities for the adults (and young-at-hearts) too, out of the more than 40 options on offer, thus making it a great destination for families and even groups of friends.
What’s better, new attractions are introduced almost every year, the latest of which are ‘LEGO® NINJAGO™ The Ride’ and the upgraded Kuala Lumpur cluster at Miniland. Themed events, like Star Wars’ May the 4th and Halloween Nights, are held from time to time, and for December, in conjunction with the Christmas celebration, it’s ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’.
Combine all these with LEGOLAND Water Park just next door (go for the Combo ticket!) and a stay at the nearby LEGOLAND Hotel, everybody in the family/group is bound to have a fun and wholesome experience.
Farah of That So Farah recommends Penang:
With the monsoon season hitting the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Georgetown in Penang is the best destination to travel in December.
It is hard to go wrong in a charming eccentric old town of Penang at any time of the year. Georgetown showcases the multi-racial cultures that make up Malaysia.
From hunting for street art murals to visiting various museums to admiring colonial architecture to going on street food eating spree, there are plenty of activities to choose from. The nearby Batu Feringghi offers water sports activities such as boating, parasailing, jet-skiing etc.
And yours truly recommends her hometown Malacca (or Melaka):
The historical city of Malacca steeped in history and rich in cultures blending Peranakan, Portuguese, Dutch and British elements. Formerly a sleepy town, Malacca is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is quite popular among travellers for its quaint town square of Dutch influence, the Portuguese fort, churches, the night market Jonker Walk..and Nyonya food.
Nyonya food is an interblend of Chinese cooking style with Malay ingredients and condiments and Indian spices (chillies, coconut milk, spices, tamarind, fermented bean paste and shrimp paste), giving rise to a fusion and electic cuisine that bursts with colours and flavours. Every visitor who comes to Malacca, invariably, tries the Peranakan cuisine.
Last but not least, not forgetting our capital city, Kuala Lumpur:
Visit the famous landmark of Malaysia – the Petronas Twin Towers – in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur (KL). Formerly the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004, the building remains the tallest twin towers in the world.
Explore the heritage landmarks of KL such as the Independence Square, Central Market and Chinatown. Or if you go on the hop-on hop-off bus, do stop at the KL Bird Park which is the largest walk-in free-flight aviary in the world!
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