Wednesday, November 15, 2017

5 Tips for Travelling to Malaysia with Children

Which country do you frequently travel to? Malaysia is one of my frequently visited countries. No, not for work, those trips were only for leisure purpose! Why should you consider travelling to Malaysia? First, Malaysia is Singapore's neighbour, getting from Singapore to Malaysia is so easy, it is such a breeze to reach many destinations in Malaysia via air, for example, taking Air Asia flight. Second, there are many places in Malaysia that can meet different types of travel purposes, from shopping in dynamic city areas like Kuala Lumpur, to relaxing by the breathtaking seaside like Redang Island, you have a great variety to choose from, depending on your preference. And last but not least, shopping in Malaysia is never a disappointment, the price is so affordable!

So far, we have brought our children to Malaysia two times. Here are our 5 tips for travelling to Malaysia with children.

Tips #1. Things to do with children in Malaysia

Malaysia offers many more places for families with children. Our children's favourite place in Malaysia is LEGOLAND Malaysia, located in Johor Bahru. Some other theme parks include Sunway Lagoon in Selangor, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town in Johor Bahru, Melaka Wonderworld in Malacca, Kidzania in Kuala Lumpur, just to name a few.  

Fans of science and technology? Petrosains, the Discovery Centre in Kuala Lumpur would ignite the science sparks in you and your children! It is an educational place with hands-on interactive exhibits and science shows.

For families that are interested to be immersed in the art and culture, you should visit Penang. Famous street art at George Town provides many fantastic photo-taking opportunities. 

Have little nature lovers? Bring your little ones to Cameron Highlands for the lovely scenery! Before we have children, we visited Cameron Highlands once. It is a beautiful place where we could pick strawberries and visit tea plantation. I am sure the children would like these activities too. Another place for nature lovers that I would recommend is Batu Caves at Kuala Lumpur, it is a spectacular limestone hill. It is said to be around 400 million years old, isn't it amazing?

For sea lovers, islands like Tioman Island and Redang Island on the east coast of Malaysia Peninsular are great for sea sports, or simply chill out by the seaside.  A friend of mine shared with me that another great place is Langkawi. Getting from Singapore to Langkawi takes only 1.5 hour via Air Asia flight, it is a great place for family to have a short getaway.

If you and your children love history, then consider visiting Malacca, which was once a centre of spice trading. Observing the architecture is a great way for the children to appreciate the history of the place. 

Tips #2. Getting to Malaysia fast and cheap

Getting to Malaysia from Singapore is very easy. Other than self-driving or taking coaches, another convenient way is to take a flight. Air Asia flight offers many destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Lankawi, Penang and more! You can get the flight tickets at a reasonable rate. Look out for Air Asia airline promotion for more savings! 

Tips #3. Shopping for the family

Things in Malaysia are so much cheaper than that in Singapore (oh well, I know this is nothing new to you). After saving much money from taking Air Asia flight, you can now spend more on your shopping spree! One of the giant shopping malls in Malaysia that I visited before is Berjaya Times Square at Kuala Lumpur. It is so huge that it even houses an indoor theme park! Another one is Mid Valley Megamall, in addition to shopping, there is also a cinema. Catching a movie there, again, is so much cheaper (ok, ok, I know this is also nothing new to you)!

Tips #4. Teaching moments on understanding and respecting other's culture

Do share with the children that Muslims are prohibited to eat pork. Therefore, do remind the children that it is considered very rude to use the word "pig" on the Muslims. 

Tips #5. Relax and enjoy your trip 

Take things slowly! Relax and do not rush!

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