Year in Review 2019: Yahoo Malaysia readers’ most searched travel destinations

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Young traveler woman walking through the stalls in Chinatown district of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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MALAYSIA – Malaysians seem to be looking for a beach or resort getaway when it comes to deciding where to go for their holidays, with such places emerging in the top five list of most searched travel destinations.

Here are the most searched travel destinations of 2019.

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Man enjoying the Hong Kong view from the Lion rock
Lion Rock, Hong Kong. (PHOTO: Getty Images)


Hong Kong

2019 was an eventful year for Hong Kong as the country faced political unrest and turmoil. However, some travellers are taking advantage of the price drop as some hotels have slashed their prices up to 65%.

Attractions most known to travelers are Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, Lantau Island and Victoria Peak, just to name a few.

Kuala Selangor, Malaysia - 21st March 2019: Bukit Melawati is a popular tourist attraction with monuments, lighthouse and monkeys in Kuala Selangor, Malaysia
Firefly Kuala Selangor. (PHOTO: Getty Images)



Selangor, also known by its Arabic honorific Darul Ehsan, or "Abode of Sincerity", is one of the 13 states of Malaysia. Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur is located in the heart of Selangor.

Top attractions include Batu Caves, Sunway Lagoon and Kampung Kuantan Fireflies Park and locals often take one-day trips here.

Aerial panoramic cityscape view on the old town of Zurich city in Switzerland
Zurich city in Switzerland. (PHOTO: Getty Images)



Zürich or Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of Switzerland.

It is abuzz with activity day and night with its countless events, diverse museums, own food festival and nightlife. And if you are after rest and relaxation, you can be in the Swiss mountains in less than an hour.

Sunny clear Skyline of Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand. (PHOTO: Getty Images)



Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. Malaysians are drawn by Auckland’s job opportunities, good climate, stunning natural environment with beautiful harbours, beaches, and parks and its vibrant, cosmopolitan centre.

Neon ads in Dotonbori district, Osaka, Kansai region, Japan
Osaka, Kansai region, Japan. (PHOTO: Getty Images)



Without a doubt, Japan is one of the top destinations for Malaysian travellers. Osaka is Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. While Tokyo is polished and pricey, Osaka is laid back and down-to-earth. You can still enjoy the culture of Japan while in Osaka, at a lower cost.

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Famous Place, Mountain, Island of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Mount Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. (PHOTO: Getty Images)


Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. It is named after Mount Kinabalu, which is situated about 50 kilometres east-northeast of the city. Kinabalu is derived from the name Aki Nabalu meaning the "revered place of the dead."

Tourists like to do island-hopping, climb Mount Kinabalu and explore the nature Kota Kinabalu has to offer.

Aerial View of Maya Bay Paradise Beach from Krabi Thailand
Maya Bay Paradise Beach, Krabi, Thailand. (PHOTO: Getty Images)



Krabi is the perfect holiday destination for those looking for a relaxing area in southern Thailand. The province, located between Phang Nga and Trang, features stunning scenery both inland and at sea.

Island-hopping, snorkelling, rock climbing, sea kayaking, jungle trekking and scuba diving, are among the most popular activities that can be enjoyed while on holiday in Krabi.

A beautiful woman on the tropical shore of the White Sand Beach (Bias Tugel) (MR).
Padangbai, Bali. (PHOTO: Getty Images)



Padangbai is a remote coastal town area in East Bali that is best known for its bustling harbour. The waters surrounding Blue Lagoon and Bias Tugel are popular diving sites, while ancient temples can be found along the coast.

Beautiful hua hin city in Thailand with beach and sea
Hua Hun, Thailand. (PHOTO: Getty Images)


Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a seaside resort city in Thailand and a refreshing mix of city and sea with lively markets, good golf courses and water parks.

Hua Hin Beach is popular for kitesurfing and other water sports and lined with high-end hotels and seafood shacks.

Shot of Langkawi's famous landmark the Eagle square, Dataran Lang, from the sea in front of it. The blue cloudy sky and beautiful blue water show how Malaysia's beauty
Langkawi, Malaysia. (PHOTO: Getty Images)



An island located off the coast of Penang in Malaysia, Langkawi is popular as a diving location. From the expansive Underwater World Langkawi along Pantai Cenang to the soaring Cable Car in Pantai Kok, Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.

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