Are you ready to travel?

Check out Malaysia’s “Langkawi”, an eco-adventure, island hopping, wildlife sighting, shopping – the historical and cultural experience you surely wouldn’t want to miss

When was the last time you traveled abroad? What was your favorite destination?

For some of us, it’s been nearly two years since we traveled outside the country or even locally due to the pandemic, but now that the borders are slowly opening, where would you like to go first and why?

Twelve years ago, I promised myself to celebrate my birthday every single year by going on a trip internationally and/or locally. My first destination was Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Why there? (Read: 5 reasons why I love being single, traveling)

Visiting Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the capital and the largest city in Malaysia. It is the cultural, financial, and economic center of Malaysia.

It so happened that one of my best female buddies was working in KL as a private nurse at that time, so I promised her I’d come to see her there. So, I did. We went on a weekend trip, which was a week after my birthday tagging along with my 55-year-old mother who also loved traveling and seeing places.

As my mom loved organized tours versus random trips or backpacking as she hates missing in a foreign country or looking for places, we paid for an organized City Tour. As we arrived, the tour guide picked us up at the airport and showed us around the city and shops.

The most memorable places for me were the Petronas Tower, Little India, Brickfields, Beryl’s Chocolate Kingdom, Masjid Negara, the National Mosque Malaysia, branded shops where we got to window shop, and of course, the train ride with my buddy.

Seeing my buddy in KL was so fun that we agreed to meet again in Thailand in 2013 to see another friend who was working as a nurse in Bangkok. But that’s another story. (Read: Discovering Bangkok)

Langkawi

But if you’re up for another trip to Malaysia hopefully next year and wanted to try a new destination other than KL, Tourism Malaysia Manila has recently conducted a hybrid seminar for various travel agent associations, industry friends and partners, and members of the press to talk about Langkawi.

“Langkawi” derived from the word “helang” (eagle) and “kawi” (reddish brown) is an archipelago of 104 islands distinctly different and filled with myth and legends. It is an eco-adventure, island hopping, wildlife sighting, shopping, the historical and cultural experience you surely wouldn’t want to miss.

According to a website, the 10 best attractions in Langkawi include the Langkawi Sky Bridge, Dataran Lang (Eagle Square), Langkawi Cable Car, Underwater World Langkawi, Gunung Raya, Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Langkawi Arts in Paradise 3D Museum, Taman Lagenda Langkawi, and Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls.

Langkawi Sky Bridge Photo courtesy of Langkawi

During the seminar, Yazlina Yahya, Director of Tourism Malaysia Manila, presented the Standard Operating Procedures for all tourists entering Malaysia, which includes the following:

  • A negative COVID-19 RT PCR swab tests prior departure. This is required for all countries within 72 hours before arrival in Malaysia.
  • Upon arrival in KLIA, Malaysia-bound passengers need to undergo an addition swab test.
  • Mandatory 7 to 10 days home quarantine (to apply 7010 days prior to travelling to Malaysia)
  • Quarantine in hospitals designated by the Ministry of Health (if tested positive).

The seminar was conducted online and in person at Citadines Bay City Manila on November 24, 2021. Other presenters include Socorro Del Rosario and Alyssa Tinawin of Malaysia Airlines Philippines, Sharmini Violet, Director of Sales and Marketing, Mega Water Sports; Utami Fajar Sari, Marketing Communications Manager of Bayview Hotel Langkawi; Hasniza Suid, Sales Manager, Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa.

The seminar aims to promote greater awareness of Malaysia as an ideal holiday destination, besides fostering greater cooperation between tour operators and members of the tourism fraternity. This is in line with Malaysia’s efforts to boost arrivals from the Philippines once the borders have opened and leisure travel resumes.

For more information, kindly visit the Media Centre of Tourism Malaysia’s website.

Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at My Pope Philippines. Prior to that, she contributed to the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  She's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as a Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

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