Let Malaysia Capture Your Heart

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Malaysia has long been a favorite in terms of travel destinations for many people across the world. Why? Simply because it is so vast and beautiful. There’s so many different islands to visit. And whilst the atmosphere out there always seems to be rushed, at the same time it is so peaceful and tranquil. Yes you might be nearly hit by a crazy driver or two now and then, but you’ve also go the idyllic beaches across the road where nothing can be heard but the waves crashed against the sand. Sound amazing? Well it does to most other people as well. If you’ve never been before, then we guarantee that before the end of this article you’ll be wanting to book a flight now. Yes, for most of us the flight is pretty long, but watch a couple of films and it will be over in no time! So without further ado, here is how you can let Malaysia capture your heart.

The Islands

The islands are one of the first thing that brings people to Malaysia in the first place. There’s just so many of them it can be hard to know which one to actually visit. But, because there are so many of them it means there’s just so much to do out there! A lot of the islands are close together as well, so it means you can spend your holiday island hopping to explore all the wonders. Some of the islands are better than others, one of the best and one of the most popular of the islands is the Langkawi island. It literally feels as though you’re being transported for a holiday in Hawaii. It has the most perfect beaches you could wish for, and one of the most relaxed vibes out of all the Malaysian islands. If you’re looking to kick back and relax, then this is the island to you. The main island of Langkawi in the Pulau Langkawi. Langkawi is made up of many different islands that lie in close proximity. If you;re looking for something fun to do whilst you’re there, one of the most popular things to do is the cable car ride up the mountain of Gunung Mat Chinchang. It isn’t that expensive, and it might not feel the safest, but if you have the heart to brave it it offers some of the best views that you’ll ever see. It attracts hundreds and hundreds of tourists in the height of the season. There are some really nice hotels on the island which you shouldn’t see yourself paying too much for either. Spending money over there is extremely cheap as well, so all in all, the holiday is going to be pretty cheap overall.

Borneo is another amazing island that seems to attract a lot of people each year. Once you go, you’ll instantly fall in love with the feeling of the whole place. A lot of people head there to volunteer with building houses, schools, and teaching. But it is an ever better place to go as a holiday destination. Just like with Langkawi, there is plenty to do on the island, but it is also perfect for those days where you just want to relax by the beach. Whilst you’re in Borneo however, there is plenty to do in terms of exploration. One of the most favored things to do is Tanjung Puting. It is a beautiful national park where wild orangutans wonder around. Just make sure you have all of your belongs secured! There are a few other national parks, and a mountain to climb. It really can go either way with this holiday. You’ll either want to be sat by the beach, or climbing or walking somewhere taking in the amazing scenery.

The Culture

The culture in Malaysia is a world away from ours. You’ll be completely amazing by the difference in the way of life. The main difference being the religion. Most of the Malaysian islands are highly religious, as you’ll gather from the many temples there are. You’ll often see monks walking around who take their religions and beliefs very seriously. It is important that you don’t disrespect this whilst you’re over there. Another, one we’ve briefly touched on, is the way of life. The main islands and cities will often feel a bit rushed, but at the same time calm and peaceful. It isn’t recommended that you drive on the roads over there. They are pretty crazy. But by all means rent a ped and go up the mountains. The roads up there are a lot clearer, and you’ll get some truly stunning views without having to walk or sit on a bus to get to the top. The food is also something you’re either going to love or hate. There’s a mixture of traditional foods, Thai foods, and often some foods you’ll never even have heard of. To them, growing up and eating bugs was nothing. It would be like growing up and eating chocolate for us! But be sure to give it a go and try something you’d never usually go for!

Staying For Good?

Malaysia will truly capture your heart. The beautiful beaches with the amazing blue seas. The way of life, and the amazing scenery. It captures the heart of so many to the point where they actually don’t want to leave. But is setting up a home and a life in Malaysia really worth it? Well, yes it is. There are a few new house development areas at the minute that are just truly stunning. Can you imagine yourself in a brand new home in a country that has the most beautiful weather and surroundings? We can too! Fitting into the way of life over there really isn’t hard. It is pretty easy to start and run a successful business over there as well! So you could be making a lot of money.

So, has this article made you realize some of the wonders Malaysia has to offer? We hope it has! There’s so much more out there for you to explore, and so many different islands that we’re sure you’ll love. Do some research and see which island might be suit you!

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Koh Yao Noi, Phang Nga : Your Perfect Honeymoon Island Paradise in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most romantic countries in the world. The nation’s shimmering beaches, luscious jungle landscape, eclectic culture, and delicious cuisine make it a hotspot for vacationers around the globe. The romantic aura of the island also makes it one of the best island destinations for honeymoon.

Thailand offers a wealth of experiences and environments. The most populated beaches and locations can be found in the southern part of the country, but there are a few more private areas sprinkled throughout the nation. Koh Yao Noi is one of these hidden gems and is the perfect getaway location for honeymooners. This article will offer everything you need to know for your escape to paradise!

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Getting There

Getting to Koh Yao Noi can be a bit tricky if you’re not prepared. The island is popular for its secluded and private nature, so visitors are only able to set foot on the island after taking a ferry or speedboat from Bang Rong Pier on the popular island of Phuket. Most tourists will fly into the local airport at Phuket. From here, they’ll be transported by private vehicle to the pier where they’ll load a speed boat or ferry to Koh Yao Noi. As you plan your visit you’ll want to consider departure times from the marina as they keep a pretty consistent schedule that varies by season.

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Fun Things to Do for Couples

There are plenty of things to do in Koh Yao Noi. Since it is one of the best Thai islands for honeymoon, so there are lots of romantic couples activities. Here are a few of the most popular:

 

  1. Couples Massage – Massage has always been a Thai tradition and specialty. The island offers some of the world’s most luxurious spas and massage experiences. Consider booking a romantic couples massage at one of the many resorts on the island.

 

  1. Lagoon Kayaking – For the more adventurous couple, the island offers a large variety of kayak rentals and day tours. Lagoon kayaking is one of the more popular options for couples. It’s more laid back, but still allows you to see a large portion of some of the island’s most beautiful, private spaces.

 

  1. Snorkeling – Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities on the island. Koh Yao Noi’s crystal blue waters and elegant reefs make it a hot spot for snorkeling enthusiasts. There are a variety of companies on the island that offer full day or half day excursions to uncharted waters. These tours offer guests some of the best snorkeling in the world.

 

Best Time to Visit

The climate in Thailand varies greatly throughout the year. The months of November to May are considered the dry season while June-October experiences heavy rainfall. Generally, November-February offers the best weather and climate conditions for vacation and provides spells of dry weather perfect for all the outdoor adventures.

 

Amenities in the Area

There are many forms of accommodation in Koh Yao Noi. The island is romantic and secluded, but still offers all the amenities required for a comfortable stay. There is a 7-Eleven upon entry onto the island, but otherwise the amenities are local-based and lack the glitz and glam of flashier brand name stores. This gives visitors a more island-based vibe and provides a unique cultural experience.

The village has a variety of locally owned restaurants, a hospital, a post office, and a few ATM locations. You’ll find that most of the action and amenities are sprinkled along the southern border of the island where most of the island’s beautiful resorts are housed.

For transportation around the island, guests can catch a ride into town on one of the local tuk-tuk pick-up trucks. For the remainder of the stay, scooters are the most popular method. You can hire a driver, or rent them from one of the many local agencies. It’s a fun and unique way to cruise around beautiful Koh Yao Noi.

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Places to Stay

Lodging is a big deal in Koh Yao Noi. There are a variety of housing options suitable for any budget. Here are a few of the more popular accommodations for your romantic getaways:

  1. Six Senses -This unique resort focuses on sustainability and uses natural materials for all of their resort architecture. The resort offers private, elevated villas right off the beautiful bay. This accommodation is relaxing, romantic, and luxurious and is definitely a bit more pricey.

 

  1. Coastal Escape – This new island resort offers stunning views of Phang Nga Bay and also boasts some of the best in-house island cuisine. Guests will enjoy a delightful view, a free one-hour massage at the resort spa, and access to the resort’s activities like mountain biking and kayak rental.

 

  1. Koyao Bay Villas – This local accommodation offers visitors the opportunity to experience their trip like a native. The bungalows are equipped with dark wooden architecture and a local flavor that can’t be beat!

Overall, Koh Yao Noi is one of the best Thai islands for the honeymoon experience. The island offers the perfect balance of seclusion, romance, and activity. If you’re looking for a sweet escape after you say “I do” consider this tropical paradise!

Just finished making this video on our trip to the Islands of Malta & Gozo few years ago, hope it will inspire you to visit these islands by the Central Mediterranean.

Islands of Malta and Gozo – Thru My Lens

If you are planning to visit Malta, Gozo, & Comino, please check out these 2 following links for tips and suggestions.

Valletta and Gozo and Comino

 

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