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Short Getaway in Malaysia: 3 Stunning Places You Now Know!

Are you planning a short trip away from KL? Do you want to know where to go in Malaysia for a short trip?  Look no further, check out these short getaways in Malaysia for couples.

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Where Should I Go For A Short Getaway In Malaysia?

The Haven Resort In Ipoh

For your next short getaway in Malaysia, why not head to The Haven All-Suite Resort. This is one of Ipoh’s premier hotels. Tucked within limestone hills, forests, and a lake, this resort is all about relaxation. South China Morning Post, Marie France Asia, and Newshub have featured this resort in their publications.

The rooms at the resort are all suites. They are spacious and come with a living room, kitchenette and can easily fit 6 persons. They have studio suites for 2 persons, 2 bedroom apartments, and 3 bedroom apartments.

This resort is the only resort that boasts facilities such as tennis courts, squash courts, a jogging track, basketball, and badminton courts. The usual facilities such as gym, sauna and children’s playroom are also available.

The Lost World of Tambun which is Ipoh’s only theme park is the closest attraction to this resort. Another attraction is the Kek Long Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens. Make sure to stop by Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm as Tambun is famous for its pomelos.


The Lakehouse

Our next short getaway in Malaysia is The Lakehouse in Cameron Highlands. Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s hill stations and is about 75 miles from Kuala Lumpur. This Tudor-style boutique resort is close to the towns of Ringlet and Tanah Rata.

It was Colonel Stanley J Foster who constructed The Lakehouse in 1966 as it was his dream to venture into his own Bed & Breakfast. The Lakehouse took 4 years to complete and began operations in 1970. Colonel Foster stayed at his private residence, now the Fosters Suite at the Hilltop House.

What Is There To Do In Cameron Highlands?

There are plenty of things to do in Cameron Highlands. You can:-

  1. Visit Sungai Palas Boh Tea Plantation
  • This must-visit is an iconic landmark for its hanging balcony. This plantation was acquired in the 1950s. There is the BOH Exhibition Gallery, BOH Tea Gallery, and the instagramable BOH Tea Cafe.
  1. Hike up Mossy Forest
  • This forest is on Mount Brinchang which is the second-highest peak in Cameron Highlands. This peak has a magical aura of continuously blanketed in mist which gives an eerie feel.
  • This forest made it to Lonely Planet’s Most Instagrammable Forests In The World. It came in fifth place with 64,564 hashtags attached to it. 

There are many more things to do here. You can check out the 19 Best Things to do in Cameron Highlands or check out these tours of Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur.

Endless Possibilities

Anantara Desaru Coast & Villas in Desaru

Our last short getaway in Malaysia is in Desaru, Johor. This resort features 108 rooms, two swimming pools, and fun family activities, for adults and kids alike.

With stunning sea view rooms, pool villas, and beach residences, there is something for everyone. All rooms are equipped with complimentary free WiFi. There are also two pools on the property and restaurants which serve Malaysian, Thai, and a shisha bar.

What Can We Do In Desaru?

Some of the things we can do in Desaru include strolling by Desaru Beach, visit the Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm, take the kids to Desaru Water Park and visit the largest Ostrich Farm in Malaysia. Check out the Top Ten Things To Do In Desaru.


What is a mini-vacation?

A mini-vacation is a short break. Wisegeek gives an excellent definition of mini-vacation and how we all need one of our own.

Thriveglobal gives 8 Reasons Why We Need A Mini-Vacation. However, in this post, we will only be giving 4 reasons. The reasons are:-

Reduce Stress

Forbes gives 5 Good Reasons Why Travel Is Good. Going for a short trip and breaking away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and endless commitments have been shown to reduce stress.

Resets The Mind

Another article on Forbes states that the secrets to success lie in taking vacations. With the advancement of technology, the lines between work and personal life have blurred. The fear of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Office) can lead to excessive stress and burnout.

By taking Friday and Monday off and creating a short mini-vacation allows the brain and mind to relax. This allows new ideas and insight to develop as the mind resets and relaxes during the break.

Rewards Hard Work

Do you know Netflix has an unlimited vacation policy?

Interestingly, most of Netflix’s innovations were created by employees who had returned from vacations. Netflix learned that by empowering its people, it had increased the satisfaction of its employees.

After all, when we aren’t tracking hours worked per day, does it make sense to track vacation days?

Reconnect With Loved Ones

In our busy lives, we do not connect with our loved ones. A mini-vacation allows us to disconnect from work & technology. By reconnecting with loved ones, we strengthen our bonds.

What is the cheapest tropical place to vacation?

Bali, Indonesia

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The only Hindu majority province in Bali where at least 82% of its population are practicing Hinduism, that is Bali. Bali is located in the East of Java, West of Lombok, and West of Lesser Sunda Islands. Bali is described as a cheap tropical destination by Planet Ware, Ordinary Traveler, and Nomadic Matt.

Budget Your Trip estimates the average daily cost for a budget trip to be about $23 while a luxury trip’s average daily cost is about $205.

For hotel options in Bali, check out:

Luang Prabang, Laos

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Luang Prabang is a city about 193 miles from Vientiane. This city was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Some of the tourism sites are Kuang Si Waterfalls and Pak Ou Caves.

Budget Your Trip estimates that the average daily cost for a budget trip is $10 while a luxurious trip could set you back by $65. Check out Luang Prabang’s cheap eats on how to enjoy local food without breaking your bank.

For hotels in Luang Prabang, check out:

Cozumel, Mexico

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Cozumel is opposite Playa Del Carmen which is separated by Yucatan and Cozumel Channels. Cozumel is a Mayan term that means “Island of Swallows”.

In April 2021, a new tourism tax of $10 will be imposed on travelers as reported by The Riviera Maya Times. Although the tourism industry has rejected this tax, the government is set to impose it.

Budget Your Trip estimates that the average daily cost for a budget trip is $36 while a luxury trip would set you back by $79.

For hotel options in Cozumel, check out:

Hoi An, Vietnam

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Hoi An is a coastal town about 497 miles from Hanoi. Hoi An has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1999 for being a well-preserved example of a trading port since the 15th century.

‘Hoi-pho’ was the original name of the town which means “peaceful meeting place”. The prices in Hoi An are cheap as highlighted in Price of Travel. When in Hoi An, check out the 10 Best Cheap Eats in Hoi An.

What Is Special About Hoi An?

  1. It’s a well-preserved example of a South-East Asian Trading Port.
  2. Check out the 10 Things You Must Do In Hoi An.
  3. Check out the Japanese Covered Bridge, An Bang Beach, Old House of Tan Ky, Silk Village, and many more.

For hotels in Hoi An, check out:


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Aruba is a Caribbean island administered by the Netherlands. Aruba is part of the ABC Islands, where the other two nations are Bonaire and Curacao.

With remote working being the trend, Aruba has announced a scheme to allow US visitors to stay on the island for 3 months. Guests can enjoy the One Happy Workstation scheme. Although long considered an expensive island, a budget trip is possible.

Budget Your Trip estimates the average daily cost for a budget trip is $111 per person while a luxurious trip costs $547 per person. However, there are 12 Things You Need To Know Before Going To Aruba.

What Is The Cheapest Month To Go To Aruba?

The cheapest months to travel to Aruba is September to October. This time is perfect for those who hate crowds and enjoy travel bargains. The weather? It’s near 90°F (32°C) if you don’t mind the heat.

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