If you’re looking for the perfect travel destination, look no further than our beloved capital city, Kuala Lumpur!
Joining other popular tourist cities such as Tokyo, Bangkok, Paris and Los Angeles, Kuala Lumpur earned a spot in Airbnb’s Top 50 Travel Destinations in 2020, being one of the destinations with the most guest arrivals booked for the year on Airbnb.
Based on their research, Generation Z guests (aged 24 and below) in both Malaysia as well as the Asia Pacific region, comprises the fastest-growing guest segment for Airbnb Experiences, with guest bookings in the region growing more than 3x year-over-year1.
Over the past decade, more travel trends have emerged, making Malaysia a hotspot for travellers worldwide.
Looking for an adventure? As are most travellers across the region with trekking-based Experiences trending 1,795% in Airbnb bookings.
More guests are booking unique listings that give them the opportunity to reconnect with Mother Nature, making places like Balian Treehouse in Bali, Indonesia and Saabay Home Thai or even a hike from the Penang National Park office to Kerachut Beach, where you can spend time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, as part of their adventure travels.
Many travellers are also looking to get their curiosity piqued, not just by learning about the past, but living in it. Homes on Airbnb featuring historic keywords in their titles (i.e. historic, era, WWI, etc.) have already been booked over 50,000 times this year and Malaysia, a country filled with abundance historical pasts made it on everyone’s travel list! From Chinatown to the Central Market to Little India and the Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur info fun walking tour provides a first-hand look at temples and historical buildings.
Travellers are also looking to disconnect to reconnect, with single guest bookings up 79% this year on Airbnb.
Hiking has also become increasingly popular as a weekend or holiday activity, especially amongst travellers keen to seek reprieve from hectic city life and keep one’s fitness goals on track.
Top experiences around Malaysia that will help you unwind and re-center for the year ahead include a hike in the jungle around Kerachut Beach, Penang, exploring the hidden gems of Kuala Lumpur, discovering the scenic city view with a night hike at Air Itam, Penang, and a native life and waterfall adventure right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, all available via Airbnb Experiences.
While many who travel do so for different reasons, it’s no doubt that food remains one of the biggest motivations in travel and connecting people to new places, with Food and Drink Experiences remain the most booked category by foreign travellers to a new country.
As the world becomes more conscious about its dietary habits, food Experiences are becoming more plant-based, with Experiences offering vegan options up 579% in 2019 compared to 2018.
For Malaysians looking to learn some new, vegan recipes, check out a scintillating variety of Cooking Experiences with everything from vegan burgers to vegan pandan chicken.
There is definitely a lot to do in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia overall. So, what are you waiting for?
By:Siti Farhana Sheikh Yahya