If you’ve been living in Malaysia for a while, you would have noticed the rather erratic nature of this country’s weather. If you haven’t, well, consider this a heads up! For colder, rainier days, a hoodie or a warm blanket usually will suffice (provided you keep the air conditioning off) but when it comes to the scorching heat of the sun, it’s a bit more difficult to get comfortable.
Ice, ice baby
To quench your thirst and sweet tooth simultaneously, have some of our local favourites, like a bowl of ais kacang, cendol, or an ais krim potong! Ais kacang is shaved ice, topped with syrups, evaporated milk, nuts, beans, and sometimes jellies. Cendol has fewer ingredients – shaved ice, coconut milk, gula melaka (palm sugar), and worm-like green rice flour jelly.
Put on that swim suit and head on over to the beach! There are several surf beaches you can check out that have pretty decent waves, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. Or better yet, take some time to explore some of the wonderful natural waterfalls in the country. There are also waterfalls that are not too far from the city centre that you can explore, within an hour drive from KL.
Theme Parks and Recreation
Need to entertain the kids on a hot day? Check out some of the water theme parks we have in the country! There are many more water parks to explore, such as the Batu Pahat Wet Land in Johor and A’Famosa Water Park in Melaka. But if that seems like too much effort a cannonball into a pool would do you great too!
Visit the Highlands
If you’re craving for a little cold air on your skin, take a trip up to Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands, depending on the kind of recreational activity you fancy. In Genting, there’s a mall and a casino, catering to more indoor related activities whereas in Camerons, you’ll be able to get back to nature with a lot of tea plantations and flower nurseries for you to visit. You can also take a day trip up to these highlands!
But the most important thing to do, as every mother would say: “Drink lots and lots of water!”
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