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Celebrating a Wonderful Christmas in Malaysia: A Helpful Guide

Filipinos love spending the holidays in new destinations, and the usual choices include winter wonderlands like Japan and Korea. Although, a tropical paradise is never a bad idea, too.

With that said, spending Christmas in Malaysia may not be on top of mind, but it’s well worth a try—in fact, it’s something you have to experience it.

Christmas Overview

A family spending Christmas together

  • Average temperature: 23 °C to 30 °C

As a predominantly Muslim nation, you won’t find every house, and nook and cranny of this country decked out in glittery decors, Santas, snowmen, and fake snow, but check out the malls and other public spaces and you’ll find yourself marveling at the spectacular furnishings and the unmistakable scent of Christmas wafting in the air. Whether you celebrate it or not, you can always find places in Malaysia that make you feel closer to home and your own Christmas traditions.

Budget

Enjoy a three-day, two-night stay in Kuala Lumpur and other destinations in Malaysia for as low as P10,000. Of course, you have to plan it early as flight rates tend to go up when the travel date draws near.

The Zon All Suites Residences On The Park

If you’re lucky, you can book a roundtrip Manila-Kuala Lumpur flight for as low as P3,000. Hotels and lofts here are relatively budget-friendly as well—you can book a hotel with a P1,200 budget.

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Getting Around

Several options are available for travelers when it comes to transportation in Kuala Lumpur and other cities in Malaysia. The easiest and most convenient of all is by train. Most parts of the capital are connected by rail, thanks to rail services such as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), monorail, and KTM Komuter.

Streets of Kuala Lumpur at night

Getting around by bus is another comfy choice. Most buses are air-conditioned and can take you to popular travel destinations and pretty neighborhoods.

There are also a few ride-hailing options available in the city. And of course, you can always go by taxi.

If you’re coming from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you can book airport transfers within Kuala Lumpur to skip long taxi queues and travel at your own pace.

Christmas Spots

Feel the holiday vibe with people dear to you. Here are our top picks for travel destinations perfect for spending Christmas in Malaysia:

Legoland

LEGOLAND Malaysia

Think of it as Malaysia’s answer to Disneyland and Universal Studios. Especially during Christmas, Legoland Malaysia holds a vibrant festival for its guests to enjoy. You can even bring home prizes from their events!

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

Aside from having the longest and fastest cable cars in Southeast Asia, you can also go on more than 20 rides in the 400,000-sq. ft. indoor theme park called Skytropolis, and then head on to Genting Premium Outlet for the ultimate holiday shopping escapade! Experience all these and more at Genting Highlands!

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers in Malaysia

This one’s an obvious choice. Book tickets now and feel the thrill of walking on the sky bridge for stunning city views and riding a high-speed elevator that takes you to the building’s observation deck.

More Attractions

To maximize your stay, we encourage you to get the KL Pass. This serves as your ticket to Kuala Lumpur’s major attractions, such as Aquaria KLCC, KL Tower, and Sunway Lagoon. You can also enjoy access to popular national monuments and museums.

Sunway LagoonSunway Lagoon

If you’re into nature trips, experience the Kuala Lumpur Countryside and Batu Caves Tour. It includes a visit to the well-known pewter manufacturer Royal Selangor Pewter and a famous batik factory.

Quick Getaway Tips

Pulau Pangkor in PerakPulau Pangkor in Perak

Keep in mind these helpful travel points to make your trip as hassle-free as possible:

  • Since Malaysia is located near the equator, you can expect warm weather. Pack lightweight clothes for comfort. If you’re going to the highlands, bring a cozy but light sweater.
  • Been wanting to check out the unusual destinations in the country? Check this list and appreciate Malaysia’s underrated gems!
  • Satisfy your gastronomic cravings with top-notch food places in the metro. Try these local favorites and your tummy will thank you.
  • Stay conveniently connected on your holiday with a local SIM card. Purchase the Tune Talk Traveller Sim Card here.
  • If you’re looking for the perfect balance of rural and urban vibes for your getaway, then spend your Christmas in Kota Kinabalu.

Excited to hear the Christmas bells in Malaysia? Now’s the perfect time to book your holiday adventure via Traveloka!

 

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