Monday, April 15, 2013

Five great ways to unwind in Malaysia





Our modern-day lives are frantically busy. Stress and tensions are a daily occurrence and these can unfortunately pay havoc with your mental and physical well-being. A relaxing holiday to a beautiful land like Malaysia can help alleviate symptoms of stress and restore and rejuvenate a tired mind and body.  This vibrant South East Asian country offers many opportunities to kick back and relax, so if you are feeling frazzled and anxious, and need a break why not head to Malaysia to unwind.
How do you unwind in Malaysia?
Lie back and do nothing on a stunning Malaysian beach
The varied Malaysian coastline hosts various stunning powder sand beachfronts that provide ample opportunities for rest and relaxation at the many sumptuous beach resorts that they host. Try resorts like the Datai in Langkawi or the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu or then the Tanjong Jara resort in Terrengannu to get some much needed downtime.
Go on a well-deserved spa break
Therapeutic spas that offer a variety of traditional massages along with facial and body treatments are the perfect cure for a tired mind and body.  Malaysia is equipped with numerous spas set in stunning locales that offer much solace for those who seek it. Reserve a spot at the eco-friendly, remote Bunga Raya Island retreat on Gaya Island in Borneo or then head to Ipoh to access the  Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat  and enjoy a well-earned ‘wellness’ vacation.
Become one with nature in a Malaysian National Park
Malaysia is renowned for its rich bio-diversity. The country hosts numerous species of flora and fauna that inhabit diverse terrains and ecosystems. Many of these indigenous species are nowadays preserved within many Malaysian National Parks and Nature Reserves that have been set up by the government.  The country’s  nature enclaves like Taman Negara, the Kinabalu National Park, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park   offer a whole host of recreational activities like jungle-trekking, fishing, white-water rafting, scuba diving and snorkeling that promise to release endorphins and lift a tired body and soul.
Let loose with the endangered animals of Malaysia
Malaysia is home to several fascinating creatures, many of which are not found elsewhere on earth. However, several of these species are now endangered due to various factors like conflict with humans, rapid industrialization and deforestation. Several of these endangered species like Asian elephants, comical Proboscis Monkeys, Orangutans are today sheltered in various Malaysian sanctuaries like Kuala Gandah,  Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and  Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, . These refuges offer opportunities for much interaction with these creatures and make for a truly uplifting experience.
Open your eyes to a whole new world under the sea
The oceans and seas around Malaysia are rich with much marine life. It is estimated that these azure waters are home to more than 3000 species of fish, 1000 species of bivalves and more than 500 species of hard and soft corals. It is no wonder then Malaysia hosts some of the world’s most spectacular dive sites like Sipadan island, Pulau Redang and  Pulau Layang Layang which offer stressed visitors ample opportunities to scuba dive or even snorkel and let off steam as they marvel at a vibrant kaleidoscope of marine creatures under the sea.

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