Over the past 2 years, we miss the anxiousness when our passports are not scanning properly at the auto gate, we miss the occasional turbulence on the plane, we miss waking up on a foreign bed, we miss the time spent packing till we can’t close our luggage. We all miss the freedom to fly overseas.
With the ongoing travel ban and the discovery of new Covid-19 variants, this can be pretty frustrating for 🧳travel enthusiasts like you and me. So, we tried to look for the best overseas experience within Malaysia to ease your itchy feet! Here are 8 places in Malaysia that look like Europe!
Mesdames et Messieurs (ladies and gentlemen), let us present to you a grand French-Looking Cafe that is hidden within the Klang Valley. What’s the menu? You might ask. Well, we are sorry to break it to you that there is no fine dining here. Even so, no worries, you can still flex with some instagrammable photos (we will tell you why later). This cafe serves mostly western food like pasta, chicken & beef and other western desserts, it also serves rice.
From the high ceiling with chandeliers to the white plaster wall with intricate gold embellishments to the classic European oil paintings hanging on the walls and not to mention the grand-looking cutleries and dishes, everything screams “FRENCH!” and “ATAS!”. So, this is how you can flex on your social media...😌
Currently, this cafe is in the process of getting a Halal certification. They also have a restaurant called The Ame Soeur which is also extravagant and it is Halal-certified!
A French-themed village at Bukit Tinggi, Bentong, Pahang. This place is located 2,600 feet (790 m) above sea level on an 80 acres (320,000 m2) tropical rainforest land surrounded by 🌄hills and cool temperatures (just like Europe). The design of this village is based on the design of Colmar in Alsace, France.
There is a hotel here where you can book a room to stay in. With their well-furnished rooms with classic light wood furnishings, intricate carving on the bedposts and floral printed curtains, it is as if you have teleported to France!
Visitors get to enjoy family-friendly activities like dance performances, funfair games, clowns and others. If you like to go for something more challenging, there are activities like Equestrian, Flying Fox, Paintball and many more.
The exterior architecture looks futuristic with its white organic contour lines and slightly saw-edged shape building. However, the inside is drop-dead gorgeous classic French-inspired interior design and décor! The luxe finishing with Rococo decors, marble floor, and stained glass windows are chef kiss~😘👌
If you think the interior of this hotel is all just ornate carved plaster ceilings and oil paintings then you are wrong! As you explore further, you will discover that this hotel has a psychedelic looking lounge and modern looking outdoor space.
Upon entering your room, you will feel like you have time-travelled to Marie Antoinette’s bedroom in Versailles! The dimly lit lights, Rococo furniture and floral carpets might turn you into a hermit and make you want to stay in your room 24/7.
A London bridge in Malaysia? No lah, this is actually Jambatan Angkat Terengganu or Terengganu Drawbridge in English. However, this is no doubt inspired by the London Tower Bridge in London.
Visitors can go up to the commercial areas in the sky bridges and enjoy the view of the area around them. There is also a glass floor where you can have a look at the Terengganu river (maybe you can spot a mermaid🧜♀️) plus an art gallery in the drawbridge! At night, the colourful illuminations on the bridge make it a beautiful night view to photograph.
Located in the state of Pahang, Fraser’s Hill has an average altitude of 1,200 meters high and its highest peak rises at 1,500 meters at Telekom's loop.
What makes this place look like England is not its low temperature but its Tudor Revival architecture! There are 5 types of heritage buildings. All of them were built to reflect the colonial-era buildings. Some of the heritage buildings that exist now, were built from 1919 to 1957.
Among the activities that you can do here include a visit to the strawberry farm, nature trekking, boat paddling and many more.
Here is another place with Tudor Revival architecture which is also known as mock Tudor. It is situated on a hill and surrounded by more mountains and hills. The view is spectacular, especially in the 🌄morning. The flowers in the garden are well-maintained. There are benches around and are open to everyone to sit and enjoy nature's beauty.
The brick mantle fireplace (yes, they even have an actual fireplace with firewood walao!👍), a green lawn with blooming plants and crisp air that will definitely make you feel like you are holidaying somewhere in England!
Breakfast is included in the room price and has many delicious ala carte options, along with a small buffet spread. In the afternoon, you can pretend to be some English tai-tai, by sitting at the terrace and enjoy the garden view while eating some homemade scones and gossiping about how your neighbour's female Corgi is such a bitch.
This place is Malaysia's version of Iceland’s Kerid Crater (minus the temperature). A heaven on earth, be careful when taking pictures near the edge or you will really end up in heaven 👼.
To reach the most photogenic spot, you will need to hike. It is pretty challenging, so do not bring children and elderlies along! (unless they are hiking 🥇gold medalists).
Tip: Come after 10 am on a ☀sunny day as the lake look bluer during this time.
This incomplete castle was built by William Kellie-Smith for his beloved wife Agnes in 1915 after the birth of their son (William really did set a high bar for men 😌). Construction began more than 100 years ago with Moorish style arches and windows, replicating the British Raj palaces in India. The 3-storey castle was built with bricks and ceramics imported from India and is supposed to come with the first-ever lift in Malaya. However, it did not make it in time when William Kellie-Smith passed away at the age of 56.
Do be warned that a trip to this place might end up as a chilling adventure (like really chill, 👻chill) because many people believe that the castle is haunted. This, however, also indirectly contributed to the popularity of this palace as a tourist site.
An interesting trivia for you, the famous Hollywood movie Anna and the King that starred Jodie Foster and Chow Yuen Fatt, was also filmed here.
These are the 8 compilations of places in Malaysia with European experinces that we have found for you. If you like what we have compiled for you, remember to subscribe to our newsletter, where we recommend more places with overseas experiences around Asia, Middle East, America and many more!