The Raya season of puasa and param has begun! Putu piring, murtabak, and kuih-muih abound amidst the Yusuf Taiyoob ads to prepare us for the celebrations ahead. During these festivities, Kuala Lumpur sees two categories of travellers – those who balik kampung and those who take the opportunity to get a long break. And most of the organised ones *ahem* would already have their time away planned out from way back in January. That’s because Malaysians understand all too well the pain of clogged up roads, bus stations, and price hikes in tickets – plus a little bit of kiasu thrown in perhaps?
If you haven’t secured a way to travel back to your hometown, consider avoiding the queue for bus and train tickets or getting stuck in giant parking lots on highways and fly over them instead on Traveloka’s discounts frmo 15-19 June! Book via Traveloka’s mobile app (available on both iOS and Android) to get a cheaper price so you can treat your family and folks to a comfortable journey this Raya without needing to dip into your duit raya stash:
Click here to book your flight now, and even a hotel if your granny’s place is getting a bit too crowded for comfort!
But if you don’t have to balik kampung, here’s our list of 4 underrated places to visit!
Raya Destination #1: Adelaide
Can someone get this city a branding consultant please – and not KL’s? Adelaide has been a victim for far too long for having the reputation of being an unremarkable, sleepy town. Adelaide isn’t called the City of Churches for nothing. Do you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur? Say hello to the wine regions of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and Clare Valley. If you prefer to be out and about in nature, take your pick from one of Australia’s most exceptional beaches – Glenelg, Brighton, Henley, and Semaphore – or head over to Adelaide Hills for a spectacular view of the city. For a bit of culture, Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement awaits you. Oh, and Adelaide is home to more restaurants per capita than any other Australian city!
Raya Destination #2: Luang Prabang
An underrated city in an equally underrated country, Luang Prabang is the former capital of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage City. Wanderlust travel magazine frequently rates Luang Prabang as one of the top cities to visit, awarding it first place just last year. It boasts a fusion of traditional Lao and European colonial architecture brimming with cultural discoveries such as the alms ceremony (a sacred Lao tradition so be sure to read up on the appropriate customs) and sunset watching at Mount Phou Si right in the middle of the city. Well-known for its Buddhist temples and monasteries, there is a whole list featuring classic Luang Prabang architecture to visit so you’ll have to pick and choose!
Raya Destination #3: Lombok
Known as ‘the new Bali’, Lombok offers a quieter version of Bali for vacationers looking for something a little less ‘touristy’. Park yourself on any of the beaches on the three popular Gili islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air – just a 20-minute boat ride away from the Senggigi township and enjoy the sunset. If you’re feeling adventurous, Mount Rinjani is a popular choice for avid hikers but beware – a minimum level of fitness is required for this multiple-day trip up Indonesia’s second highest mountain, incidentally an active volcano!
Raya Destination #4: Mulu
For somewhere closer to home, Gunung Mulu National Park is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The park is famed for its cave systems, still being mapped today after scores of expeditions since 1977. Register at the park office and buy the 5-day pass at RM15 (for Malaysians) to get access to endless caving and trekking – additional fees apply for these activities. Visitors must be accompanied by guides for most of these trips. Get bragging rights for exploring Sarawak Chamber, the world’s largest, or Clearwater Cave, the 10th longest cave in the world. For something tamer, you can opt for a canopy walk or waterfall and boat ride. You can even hop over to neighbouring Brunei for a peek!
Traveloka’s Raya deal also applies to last-minute travellers:
There’s no catch: Traveloka has no hidden fees – the price you see on the search results is exactly what you pay.
Click here to book your flight and hotel now! The offer ends on 19 June.
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