From worshipping various deities to splurging in mega malls, travelers can find an endless list of things to do in Kuala Lumpur. Once you feel you have experienced the best the city has to offer, take a short weekend trip to these amazing destinations nearby.
Weekend Getaway From Kuala Lumpur #1
A beautiful city in Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu has no shortage of natural scenery. Ride along the Crocker Range while taking in brilliant views of Mount Kinabalu.
Experience the local culture on an exciting Vespa tour, exploring the city and its beautiful villages. If you are fascinated by wildlife, be sure to check out cheeky orangutans in the Ria Rasa Conservation Centre.
Feeling adventurous? Head to Pulau Tiga and trek to a volcano spot in which you can bathe in mud. You can also jump into a private boat and sail to one of the tropical islands nearby with gorgeous beaches and clear waters teeming with colorful fish.
How to get there: 2¾ hours away from Kuala Lumpur, there are over 25 flights per day to Kota Kinabalu with return tickets starting at SGD 117.00
Weekend Getaway From Kuala Lumpur #2
Although slowly gaining popularity, Kuching is one of the most underrated cities in Malaysia. With beautiful attractions, scrumptious food and stunning scenery, the city certainly deserves more credit.
Aboard an adventure cruise and journey to the dolphin-filled river mouth before trekking into an impressive mangrove forest filled with exotic animals. Get a taste of Kuching on a gastronomic adventure featuring eight traditional dishes made with age-old recipes and fresh local ingredients.
How to get there: 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, there are almost 25 flights per day to Kuching with return tickets starting at SGD 125.00
Weekend Getaway From Kuala Lumpur #3
Bangkok is famous for many things, including its vibrant markets. Cruise along the famous Railway Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables.
You can also attend a Thai cooking class, purchase ingredients at the Flower Market nearby and learn to whip up delicious local dishes.
Watch a spectacular Muay Thai battle complete with astonishing stunts that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Get the best of the Bangkok nightlife on a ‘Hangover’ tour that brings you to the bars and clubs featured in the hit movie starring Bradley Cooper, as well as other happening venues in the city.
How to get there: 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, there are over 21 flights per day to Bangkok with return tickets starting at SGD 153.00
Weekend Getaway From Kuala Lumpur #4
Among the 17,000 odd islands spread across Indonesia, Bali has a unique, irreplicable charm. Start the day washing and feeding majestic elephants, after which you can enjoy a well-deserved gourmet breakfast. You can also enjoy breakfast in a hot air balloon while taking in stunning views of the island.
Turn your excitement up a notch rafting along the Ayung River with a beautiful backdrop of the rainforest and rice paddy terraces and experience 33 class II & III rapids surrounded by towering gorges.
Cycle down the stunning Mount Batur making stops along the way to witness Balinese culture in different forms. Visit an authentic traditional family home in the village and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by its owners.
How to get there: 3 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, there are over 15 flights per day to Bali with return tickets starting at SGD 137.00
Weekend Getaway From Kuala Lumpur #5
Hong Kong is a city with an interesting culture shaped by Western influences from its colonial days. Get to know the city like the back of your hand on an insightful cultural night tour. You can also explore the city’s exquisite culinary scene on a tempting food tour.
The Peak is a great vantage point from which you can admire Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline. The best point is inarguably by helicopter, peering down at some of the world’s tallest buildings. You can also take in the serene views of the countryside on an calming cable car ride on Lantau Island.
While you are in the city, don’t forget to visit the Instagram-worthy Hong Kong Disneyland where you can snap pictures with your favorite Disney characters.
How to get there: 4 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, there are over 10 flights per day to Hong Kong with return tickets starting at SGD 212.00
Weekend Getaway From Kuala Lumpur #6
Surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters and dreamy beaches, Phuket makes the perfect romantic getaway. Hop into a boat or a kayak and paddle around the beautiful island with your special one, sharing memorable moments along the way. You can also snorkel in the crystal clear waters and witness many underwater delights.
For those who love to be at one with nature and also enjoy horses, don’t forget to explore the island’s lush greenery on a beautiful horseback ride through the jungle. A one-hour guided trip with experts is a wonderful and different way to experience Phuket’s natural habitat.
If you are planning to pop the question, a beach picnic proposal would be perfect. Complete with soft sands, Tiki Torches and a picnic basket with everything from chocolates to champagne, this fairy-tale proposal will make anyone say yes.
How to get there: 1½ hours away from Kuala Lumpur, there are almost 10 flights per day to Phuket with return tickets starting at SGD 84.00
Weekend Getaway From Kuala Lumpur #7
Home to seven world heritage sites, Kathmandu is one of the most historical places in the world. Experience the Nepalese life attending religious sites, exploring local markets and cooking indigenous recipes. Learn more about the Nepalese culture on a Kathmandu Valley Tour, exploring ancient kingdoms, shrines and temples.
Tap into your adventurous side and hike to a hidden Buddhist monastery, from which you can get a stunning bird’s-eye view of the Kathmandu Valley. You can also capture some of the best of the city biking down the Chobar Hill.
Get a glimpse of Kathmandu past sunset on a rickshaw tour around beautiful, atmospheric temples and other amazing landmarks. Visiting vibrant spice markets, beautiful palaces and take in some great street food.
How to get there: 4¾ hours away from Kuala Lumpur, there are over 3 flights per day to Kathmandu with return tickets starting at SGD 668.00
Weekend Getaway From Kuala Lumpur #8
Krabi is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations located in the South with many islands and beaches nearby. Cruise to the gorgeous Phi Phi, Hong or Bamboo Islands aboard a private longtail boat. You can customize your own itinerary and visit secret swimming spots, snorkel in the beautiful waters and even enjoy an intimate sunset BBQ on a beach.
Bask in the warm sunlight and swim in the exotic beaches on Hong Islands and its surrounding sister islands. For a more thrilling experience, scuba dive in the twin islands of Phi Phi Ley and Phi Phi Don or snorkel in the Ao Nang Archipelago at night after a delicious sunset barbeque.
Learn to cook authentic local dishes in a Thai cooking class and bring a piece of Krabi back home with you. Ms. Ya is a professional Thai chef and has been providing classes that range from simple delicious dishes to more elaborate masterpieces since 1993.
How to get there: 1⅓ hours away from Kuala Lumpur, there are 3 flights per day to Krabi with return tickets starting at SGD 85.00
Weekend Getaway From Kuala Lumpur #9
Although not visited as much as Bali, Lombok has managed to keep its greenery, coastline and traditions idyllic and intact. Once there, head to the pristine beaches through off-the-beaten tracks and take in the island’s beauty along the way. Take a Land Rover trip to the hidden Pink Beach then jump aboard a boat for some secret island-hopping.
Plunge into the crystal clear waters of the Kuta beach and swim with beautiful horses. Get a rush trekking up the breathtaking Mountain Rinjani and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunrises in Indonesia from the crater rim.
Get to know the island and its culture better on a private guided tour visiting local villages and handicraft production sites. You will also get to see the ancient Mataram city and go for a swim in the stunning waters at the beautiful Kata beach.
How to get there: 3 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, there is 1 flight per day to Lombok with return tickets starting at SGD 195.00
Weekend Getaway From Kuala Lumpur #10
Siem Reap, Cambodia
When you visit Siem Reap, you cannot miss out on a Vespa ride to the Angkor Wat Temple and National Park. There is so much more to Siem Reap than its famous Angkor Wat. Take your time to explore this wonderful city, with some fun and exciting activities.
Explore the beautiful Cambodian countryside on a jeep tour around Siem Reap. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride with stunning panoramic views of the city. Cruise along the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest in Southeast Asia, and catch a glimpse of the floating villages. For a mindblowing experience, head to the Phare Circus to watch an incredible arts show that blends traditional and modern theater with acrobatics, dance and music.
Treat your taste buds to the succulent Cambodian dishes on a Tuk Tuk Street Food Tour. You can also enjoy the local cuisine in a more romantic setting at the charming and exclusive Villa Chandara sipping on delicious cocktails as the sun sets over the distant rice paddy fields.
How to get there: 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, there are 2 flights per day to Siem Reap with return tickets starting at SGD 99.00
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