Your Ultimate Guide To Celebrating The Holidays In Malaysia | Clozette

Can't decide whether to spend the holidays in the countryside, by the beach or in the city? In Malaysia, you don't have to choose. From the serene beaches of Sabah to the bustling city landscape in Kuala Lumpur, there's a celebration waiting for you in every corner of the country. Ahead, our holiday guide in Malaysia. Keep reading and find suggestions on where to eat, stay and catch the holiday action in the country.

Where to ring in the New Year

New Year's Eve is one of the most festive celebrations in Malaysia with various parties happening everywhere. If you're in Kuala Lumpur, lifestyle influencer Li Chan suggests the Skybar and Helipad Lounge Bar because they have the best spots to catch a view of the fireworks. Additionally, Clozetter Liyana shares that you can witness dance performances and live marching bands at Dataran Merdeka before the countdown.

Outside of the capital, Clozetter Suzanne suggests visiting the Straits Quay Marina Mall and the hip seafront area of Karpal Singh Drive in Penang to catch the festivities. There you'll find an assortment of Malaysian cuisines and have a magnificent view of the firework display. But for those who want to do a more low-key celebration, Li Chan recommends going to Bukit Damansara's hillsides for a more peaceful (but just as festive) NYE.

Where to find delicious food

For Malaysians, New Year's Eve is the perfect time to indulge in fancy dinners. At this time of the year, there are also many discounts and restaurant promos, so you can take advantage of those and book a table soon. For those spending the holidays in Kuala Lumpur for the first time, Clozette Features Writer Nicole recommends the Fuego at Troika. "It has a nice view of KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) and serves the best tacos in town," she says. 

If you seek quieter spots, Li Chan says that you'll find special holiday dinner selections at Jalan Bangkung where most restaurants serve good, homey food. Other dining spots that are worthy of a visit are Birch, Botanica and Co and Wizards by Tribeca

Recommended staycation spots

As for staycations, Li Chan recommends the cute Airbnb rentals in Nadi Bangsar area or if you're looking for something more luxurious, she suggests Alila boutique hotels in the vibrant neighbourhood of Brickfields.

Fun activities that you can do 

Aside from the festive New Year's Eve celebration, there are also some pocket activities that you can do during the holiday season in Malaysia. Clozetter Evon shares that Malaysians love to visit the lovely beaches at Sabah. "While in Sabah, you can also take a drive to Rumah Terbalik, which is an upside down traditional Kampong house complete with furnishings," she says. 

Cameron Highlands

If you're up for an adventure, Liyana shares you can go up the serene Cameron Highlands where you can experience the cool weather during the season and see the stunning scenery of Malaysia's countryside. You can also go to Genting and catch the Pokemon festival featuring the tallest Pokemon-themed Christmas tree and a Pikachu parade. 

Next, see our guide to celebrating the holidays in Singapore.



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