Best weekend getaways

Where to go for some time out

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Need a break? Welcome to your ultimate guide to the best weekend getaways in Malaysia: unique places to stay, the best food trails around the country (café-hopping in Johor Bahru!), a handy guide to Ipoh, and the best spots in Klang Valley for a relaxing and fun staycation. Your holiday starts now. 

Unique weekend getaways in Malaysia
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Unique weekend getaways in Malaysia

Stretch your ringgit with these local weekend getaways by checking in at one of these offbeat staycations where you can play jungle warrior, surf or go duty-free shopping. Hang on to your sunhats, your weekends are about to get cooler.

Best staycations in the Klang Valley
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Best staycations in the Klang Valley

Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway without travelling the miles? Here are some of the best places for a nice quick holiday which you can do without even leaving the Klang Valley.

Guide to Ipoh
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Guide to Ipoh

Start your Ipoh food trail at the beginning of Jalan Bandar Timah, where kopitiam institution Nam Heong is located, the origins of the much-lauded Ipoh old town white coffee. Nam Heong makes tiny delicate egg tarts (on weekends only), pretty good Ipoh-style chee cheong fun with green chillies, and an intense white coffee brew. This also means the crowd can get overwhelming. If the queue gets too much (we’ve been relegated to alley seating more than once; and that’s considered lucky), head to the lesser-known Tong Kee, where tables of well-dressed retirees slurp on homemade yong tau fu (better known as ‘yong liu’ in Ipoh) served with noodles. Order a bittersweet herbal tea egg on the side – another option is to have just the popular tong sui without hard-boiled egg. Among Jalan Bandar Timah’s various kopitiams, the nondescript Nam Chau is a local favourite for dry curry mee, served with plenty of prawns, shredded chicken and, as a final flourish, a generous topping of mint leaves. The white coffee is a pleasant surprise too – it’s thick, creamy and delivers an excellent caffeine jolt. A bit further down the street are Thean Chun and Kong Heng, neighbouring eateries best known for their silky caramel custard, pork satay and sar hor fun (kuey teow noodles with steamed kampung chicken). Be warned that a crowd materialises just as soon as these shops open for business. For lunch, take a short drive over Kinta River to Loke Wooi Kee for its sar hor fun. The sweet broth which comb

The best cafés in Johor Bahru
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The best cafés in Johor Bahru

Going to Johor Bahru for a weekend getaway? Make sure you add 'café-hopping' to your itinerary; Johor's capital city has everything from coffee shops with award-winning baristas to trendy brunch eateries. Here are five of our favourites. For more places to eat around Malaysia, see our list of best food trails.  PS: When you return to KL, head to these top KL cafés.

Food trails around Malaysia
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Food trails around Malaysia

The best way to get to know a place is through its food. Check out these top food trails and the local prides these Malaysian states have to offer.

Hotels in Malaysia for a quick staycation
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Hotels in Malaysia for a quick staycation

Thinking of taking off somewhere for the weekend? We round up five spots for a quick staycation.

Holidays abroad

Tokyo
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Tokyo

The perfect blend of chaos and calm, Tokyo makes you scratch your head and sigh with contentment in equal measure

Singapore
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Singapore

Where else can you nosh on a celebrity chef meal, party at a rooftop club and cap off the night with a hot supper of roti prata?

Hong Kong
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Hong Kong

A bustling, thriving 24-hour city with an excellent food and drink scene

Melbourne
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Melbourne

You’ll never stop discovering Melbourne. From pint-sized bars in cobbled laneways to performing arts in beautiful spaces, our cultured city rewards curiosity (and a healthy food obsession)

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