Holiday destinations for kids this coming school holidays!
The public school holidays are just around the corner and you already know what question entails, “Where can we go as a family?”
Look no further as we highlight some interesting and unconventional outdoor destinations around Malaysia, because it’s better to show the kids what the world out there has to offer instead of the typical weekend mall visit. Get ready to embark on an adventure with your kids!
Explore the jungle at The Habitat, Penang
Located on the lush Penang Hill, the Habitat opened its doors last year in 2017, the first of its kind world-class ecotourism in Malaysia. With many attractions such as the Canopy Walk, Tree Top Walk, Fern Garden and even a Butterfly Bank, it’s bound to be a fun and eye-opening time for parents and kids alike.
The Habitat is also an advocate of being environmentally conscious, with a “no single use plastic bottle” policy - which is great for educating kids about the choices they make and the impact to the environment as you take them here.
For every last Sunday of the month in 2018, The Habitat has MyKad Day where entrance tickets for the day are all 50% off.
The Habitat is open daily from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm ( last admission at 7.00 pm ). For more info, check out their website.
Be wau-ed at Pantai Cahaya Bulan, Kelantan
This is the closest recreational beach to the city of Kota Bharu, also known as PCB by the locals here, who come here with their kids to play with kites since the winds are strong. On the road leading to PCB, there are many batik shops and workshops you can discover. A quick search on Google and you can keep a lookout for the famous wau-maker Pak Shafie , along the road leading to Pantai Cahaya Bulan.
Teach your kids the wonders of flying a kite and you may even spot a wau or two, if you’re lucky.
You can drive to this place or get here by public transport by taking bus 10 (RM 1.60) from behind Kampung Kraftangan in Kota Bharu.
Visit elephants at National Elephant Conservation Centre Kuala Gandah, Pahang
An elephant sanctuary located in Temerloh in Pahang, this conservation centre has been up and running since 1989. This place is not just a home to the translocation team and a herd of resident elephants, but is also a place for public awareness.
Visitors will be able to experience elephants roaming freely and observe mahouts (aka elephant caretakers) bathing elephants - you may even have the chance to bath an elephant too!
The journey to Kuala Gandah from Kuala Lumpur takes about 2 hours by car through the East Coast Expressway
(Lebuh Raya Pantai Timur).
From the main highway you get off at exit 816 Lanchang Interchange (Lanchang/Raub/Kuala Lipis). From there you can follow the signs to Kuala Gandah (or keep heading towards Lanchang). The sanctuary is open daily between 10.30 and about 4pm.
Set up a tent at Polumpung Melangkap View Camp Site, Kota Belud, Sabah
Finding for a perfect place for the ultimate camping experience? This place in Kota Belud, Sabah boasts a beautiful backdrop of Mount Kinabalu, which is not only great for family photos but it is a beautiful getaway for kids to enjoy the wonders of taking a dip in the river or the simple joys of stacking pebbles and being a MasterChef Junior at the barbecue pit.
For more information, check out their Facebook page.
Experience dolphin watching at Santubong, Sarawak
If you have a child who loves sea creatures and even better - dolphins, you can check out Santubong in Sarawak. A search on Google shows you would need to go through tour operators offering packages. There is no guarantee that the Irrawaddy dolphins will appear since it is after all the sightings will be in the wild, but it will be a great experience nevertheless for kids to know that animals are roaming freely in their natural habitat.
Dolphinately click here to know more deeds about where you can book a tour !
Holiday fun for all
We hope you and your family will have a great time bonding this school holidays and to create beautiful memories or even new family traditions!