Malaysians will enjoy a minimum of 14 public holidays in 2015 (bonus: 6 of these days part of 5 long weekends). With almost 3 weeks of public holidays and an average of 14 days of annual leave, Malaysians will enjoy almost 6 weeks off on average!
For the adventurous, this means opportunity for getaways within the country and outside. If you are making adventure plans for 2015, have a look at Must Travel Asia’s list of short, budget friendly activities in Malaysia!
1) New Year Holiday: 1st Jan – 4th Jan (4 days | Annual Leave – 1)
Unplanned Adventures in Langkawi, Malaysia
Fly in on 1st Jan, Fly out 4th Jan (~3 days)
Known for its scenic beaches and duty-free shopping, Langkawi is a great place to unwind from 2014 and energize yourself for 2015. Instead of planning what you’re going to from every hour, consider dropping your itinerary and just go with what feels right. Unplanned adventures are often the source of surprise and self-discovery. Check out all the beautiful beaches in Langkawi here.
2) Chinese New Year Long Weekend: 19th – 23rd February (5 days | Annual Leave – 1 )
Jungle Trekking in Kuching, Sarawak
Fly in on 19th Jan, Fly out 23rd Jan (~4 days)
For those not celebrating the festive season with family, consider going jungle trekking in Kuching, Sarawak. Kuching is home to the scenic Santubong trail. The Santubong trail is challenging and boasts one of the best summit views in Kuching. Check out all the trekking routes and other info about the trail here.
Going on the trail itself does not require a permit but if you do need a guide, you can get one from Damai Holiday Resorts Inn.
While you are there, don’t forget to feed yourself on famous Sarawak Laksa!
3) Labour Day + Wesak Day Long Weekend: 1st – 5th May (5 days | Annual Leave – 1)
Island Hopping + White River Rafting in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Fly in on 1st May, Fly out 5th May (~4 days)
Spend a day White River Rafting at the Kiulu River in Kota Kinabalu and another day or two island hopping in beautiful Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Rafting: The Kiulu River is a rafting adventure that will be interesting for both first-time rafters as well as return rafters. The whole journey takes anywhere between 3 – 5 hours.
Island Hopping: After a night recovering from your rafting adventure, bring yourself to the Jesselton Jetty and go on a fast boat to any of the islands in Kota Kinabalu. You can easily spend anywhere between 4 – 6 hours on one island alone!
4) Hari Raya Long Weekend: 16th – 20th July (5 days | Annual Leave – 2)
Climb Mount Kinabalu in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Fly in on 16th July, Fly out 20th July (~4 days)
For those not celebrating the festive season with family, consider climbing Mount Kinabalu. If you are lucky enough to go when the sky is clear, you will get to see a view like no other. For fit climbers, it takes anywhere between 2 – 3 days to complete the whole journey from the bottom up and then back again.
Training before the climb: For novice climbers, all you need to do is go training 2 or 3x at your local treks six months ahead of your ascent.
Warning: You must make a booking at 6 – 8 months ahead to secure a place!
More info: There are two routes. The Mesilau route is scenic, but longer and the Timpohon route is less scenic but shorter.
5) Christmas Long Weekend: 23rh – 28th December (6 days | Annual Leave – 2)
Borneo Road Trip
Fly in on 23rd December, Fly out 28th December (~5 days)
For those not celebrating the festive season with family, consider taking a road trip in Borneo. There are many ways to plan a road trip around the culturally diverse Borneo.
You can start from Miri, home of Niah Caves and Mulu Caves, go to neigbouring country Brunei (2-3 hour car ride) and then go to Kota Kinabalu (8-10hours car ride).
Or consider going from Brunei, then Miri (2 – 3 hour car ride), then Bintulu (3 – 4 hour car ride)…
The possibilities are endless!
You can go with a plan on where exactly you want to stop by or even better, go without one and let the adventure guide itself!
There are so many possibilities of a short, budget-friendly getaway depending on what you enjoy doing. A short, relaxing getaway can do wonders for your productivity on the job.
What about you?
What are your plans for 2015? Share them in the comments below!
All photos courtesy of Flickr except Mt KK.