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Discover Malaysia on honeymoon

Discover Malaysia on honeymoon

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More and more newlyweds are falling in love with Malaysia as their honeymoon destination and it’s easy to see why. Malaysia offers newlyweds some of the finest honeymoon packages around, with an eclectic mix of a rich culture, an extremely biodiversity wildlife, incredible cuisine and an abundance of top tourist attractions to entertain the most discerning travellers.

Malaysia is one of the most established destinations in Asia, Malaysia offers tourists world class resorts, unspoiled rainforests and a lively capital city, and above all Malaysia is a very peaceful destination and is a favourite for honeymoons and family holidays.Malaysia is divided into two main parts, the mainland of Peninsula Malaysia including the islands of Langkawi, Penang and Pangkor, which neighbours Singapore to the south and Thailand to the north. Malaysia is a country which is very proud of its history and roots, with regions such as Penang and Kuala Lumpur boasting colourful architecture and incredible museums.

The capital of Malaysia is Kula Lumpur and is a thoroughly modern Asian city, but areas such as Taman Negara boast million year old rainforests and fishing villages on the East coast exist just as they did 100′s of years ago. What attracts most honeymooners to Malaysia is its pristine beaches, with some of the most picturesque in the world.The best time to visit Malaysia is between November and April; however the east coast of Malaysia experiences monsoons from November to January. If you’re visiting for less than 30 days to Malaysia a visa is not needed, however your passport needs to be valid for a minimum of six months.

Some of the top attractions and places to visit in Malaysia include Penang, Cameron Highland, Taman Negara, Pulau Redang, Sarawak, Melka, Langkawi and many more. Here is a small taster of what to experience in some of Malaysia’s finest regions.

A visit to the Penang region is a highlight to any trip to Malaysia with must see sites such as the Kek Lok Si temple, Penang Hill and Snake Temple. Cameron Highland is where you can take a trip put to the world famous tea plantations, sipping the local tea whilst on a local steamboat, travelling up the river whilst also enjoying some fine dining. Teman Negara is where you can embark on an elephant ride through the jungle; other attractions here include excellent fishing and the opportunity to explore the Endao Rompin National Park. Should you wish to go snorkelling the region I would suggest to do this would be in Pulau Redang; these east coast islands have excellent snorkelling, scuba diving and vibrant coral.

Some of the best honeymoon packages can be found in Asia, what makes a honeymoon to Malaysia so special is that it can easily be combined with another country in Asia such as Thailand, Hong Kong or Laos. A vacation to Malaysia can also be a great way to break up a flight to Australia or New Zealand, soaking up some Malaysian culture whilst recharging your batteries for your trip down under.

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Malaysia courting honeymoon couples from Italy

With an amazing 300,000 couples getting married every year in Italy, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia) is courting them to spend their honeymoon in Malaysia.

Tourism Malaysia Milan office director Mohd Nasir Kushairi said Malaysia must capitalise on this big and lucrative market as a survey showed that Italians spend an average of five billion Euros (RM23.3 billion) a year to get married, with the honeymoon trip an all-important part in the expenditure.

Mohd Nasir said going on honeymoon was perceived by Italians as the second-to-none way of starting up a new life, so the couple relied quite heavily on a travel agent’s professionalism.

“On the average, they spend Euro 3,000 (about RM14,000) for honeymoon, excluding air ticket. Their popular destination is the Mediterranean which has beautiful beaches and warm weather,” he told Malaysian journalists who were here to cover Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to Italy.

Mohd Nasir said Malaysia could tap the honeymoon market as it had similar attractions like the Mediterranean including beautiful islands like Pangkor, Langkawi and Tioman as well as Sabah.

He said a survey conducted by travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller showed that 76 percent of the newly-weds resorted to a travel agent’s guidance for their trip while 24 percent planned the trip on their own.

More interestingly, 37 percent chose group-tours, long-haul destinations being preferred by 51 percent with Europe attracting 40 percent, while 25 percent picked Italy.

The survey also showed that destination accounted for 91 percent of the choices, followed by the quite complex combination of stay-holiday and a tour (69 percent), price (69 percent), travel agent’s advice (60 percent), and the brand-name of the tour operator and their promotional campaign (46 percent and 40 percent respectively).

Mohd Nasir said Malaysian tourism players should not miss the opportunity as the country had began to attract Italians since Malaysia Airlines brought tourists from Milan through chartered flights from December last year to April this year.

In the first five months of this year, 8,194 Italians visited Malaysia compared to 5,257 in the same period last year while a total of 12,872 came in 2003.

“Many of the Italians like beaches and eco-tourism. That is why they like to go to Langkawi and Sabah as it offers beaches, extreme sports activities like climbing mountains, scuba and diving,” he said.

He said if the honeymoon market was capitalised, Malaysia could see year-long tourist arrivals from Italy as May was considered a wedding season while tourists also travelled during summer in July and August as well during winter between November and January.

Mohd Nasir said several activities and programmes had been lined-up by Tourism Malaysia’s Milan office to promote the country in Italy as well as surrounding countries like Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“Tourism Malaysia picks Milan as its main office for Italy due to its strategic location. Furthermore, this is the backbone of Italian economy and travellers are from this region,” he said.

Furthermore, many European companies involved in the fashion industry were based here and when the affluent travelled, they spend an average of 2,000 Euros (RM9,300), he said.

He said Malaysia’s entry into the world of Formula One and the hosting of the Le Tour de Langkawi cycling championship had generated wide publicity for the country in Italy.

“And capitalising on this, we sponsored a local cycling team who have won several championships. It brought huge mileage for us,” he said.

Mohd Nasir said Tourism Malaysia also conducted regular seminars for travel and tour operators while familiarisation trips to Malaysia for tourism players and media were held throughout the year.

He said with all the promotional activities in place, the number of tourist arrivals from Italy, with a population of 57 million, was expected to increase by 20 percent this year.

Besides that, Balkan countries which had recently joined the European Union were being targeted as they offered long term prospects, he added. – Bernama