Like other countries in Asia, Lunar New Year is one of the most important holiday in Malaysia as well as the occasion for family reunion, enjoy traditional foods, participate in spring festivals and give each other the best wishes. Traveling to Malaysia on the New Year, visitors will be overwhelmed with red lanterns, impressive fireworks and unique local cuisine,… So if you are planning to travel Malaysia on the upcoming New Year, what should you do? Let’s look at some our guides below:
Admire beautiful Kuala Lumpur decorated brightly with red colorKuala Lumpur in New Year (via The Baltimore Sun Darkroom)
Famous for its architecture with the harmonious blend of the East and West, the old and modern, the Kuala Lumpur capital promises to bring a lot of unforgettable experiences during your trip. Visitors will have the chance to see the tallest twin towers in the world – Petronas Twin Towers, mosques, Christian churches and Chinese temples, streets that were decorated beautifully with red lanterns and colorful lights.
Watch fireworksWatching fireworks (via The Tokyo Times)
Walking on the square around the Petronas Twin Towers is also a delightful experience for many travelers, especially in several days before New Year Festival, this area becomes more and more bustling. Firework show to welcome New Year’s Eve is also held in this area. You will be immersed in the bustling atmosphere and watch the spectacular fireworks.
Besides the Petronas Twin Towers, Penang, where the Kek Lok Si Temple located with more than 10,000 elaborately carved Buddha statues, is also an ideal spot to see fireworks.
Shopping at the commercial centersShopping Malls (via KLNOW)
It is very easy and convenient for visitors to buy a variety of handicrafts, electronic products, clothes of the famous brands,… at affordable prices due to the government's tax-free policies at many commercial centers in Malaysia. The end of the year is also occasion when many promotions and discounts offered to stimulate shopping needs of people. So if you are a shopaholic, do not miss the special opportunity.
Participate in festivalsLantern Festival (via TripSavvy)
On 4th and 5th of the first month in the new year, Chinese people living in Penang and other areas in Malaysia often hold Lantern Festival. They write wishes of luck, health, happiness on a sheet of paper to put on the lantern and then bring it to the temple to receive the blessings of God.
Besides the Lantern Festival, you also can take part in Chap Goh Meh - a festival dedicated to single girls, held in Lunar New Year. Participants will throw the mandarins written their wishes into their sea. Many visitors, especially the girls often come here to pray for love in the new year.
Visit religious sites to pray for luckBatu caves (via Thousand Wonders)
Malaysian culture is the mix of Chinese, Indian and local so it is very rich and diverse. Batu caves, about 13 km from Kuala Lumpur, is a popular destination for Hindu worshipers. From mid-January to February in lunar calendar, Thaipusam - the festival honors Muruga - attracts thousands of Hindu worshipers around the world to attend.
The mosques with impressive architecture like Malacca Straits or Crystal Cathedral at Kuala Terengganu Islamic Heritage Park,… are also great places you can take a visit.
Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere on the beautiful islandsPerhentian Islands (via TripSavvy)
Malaysia’s weather in the new year is very convenient to take a sea tour. The Perhentian and Pulau Kapas Islands, consisting of two islands Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kechil off the north-east coast of Malaysia, offer beautiful beaches and good travel services. You also should not Langkawi, a stunning island famous for wonderful beaches and eagles – a symbol of the island.
Enjoy the traditional cuisineYusheng Raw Fish Salad (via INSPIRA)
Malaysia has a rich cuisine with diverse ingredients and unique processing techniques. Yusheng Raw Fish Salad is an indispensable dish on Chinese New Year Festival of Malaysian. The dish has red color of carrot, green of cucumber and many other ingredients with the mean of bringing luck, helth, prosperity for the new year.
Otak Otak is characterized by the attractive aroma of banana leaf wrapped in fish with coconut milk and then grilled on charcoal, combined with the spicy taste of ginger pepper and yellow color of turmeric.
Satay grilled meat served with spicy sauce is also traditional dishes that visitors should enjoy in Malaysia.
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