WHEN planning a trip, we tend to think in terms of countries or cities. We rarely think about more specialised trips or tours for our hobbies.
There are many types of trips you can take to indulge in a hobby or interest of your choice, be it hiking, sailing, bird-watching, or even cooking. Best of all, you can take these tours almost any time of the year.
With all the amazing rainforests that we have in Malaysia, it’s so much easier for nature enthusiasts to indulge in their favourite bird-watching activities.
Bird-watching tours are very popular here and it’s not uncommon to see a number of tour operators taking groups to various sites across the country, such as Belum Rainforest, Taman Negara, Fraser’s Hill, Kuala Selangor and Kenyir Lake.
Accommodation, meals and a guide are usually provided on these tours to make it easier for you to catch sight of some of the most beautiful species of birds in the world.
If you are one for activities like swimming, white-water rafting and kayaking, you will be spoilt for choice. There are a variety of tours offering all that and more while taking care of the usual tour details like accommodation, meals, transportation and even providing a guide.
Wildlife safaris, river cruises and overland drives are a great way to immerse yourself in nature, thanks to popular destinations in Sabah, Sarawak, Langkawi and Pahang, to name a few.
Nature tours are also great for budding photographers looking to sharpen their skills and exchange photography tips with other camera-loving enthusiasts. There are specialised photography tours that can help you improve your skills based on your requirements.
Historical and heritage
These are tours catering to history buffs looking to discover more about our country. Everything from day trips covering heritage sites in Penang or Malacca to village stays with the indigenous tribes of Sarawak are popular with locals as well as tourists.
Day trips or mini tours are a great way to explore a new destination if you are short on time. Many tour operators offer a variety of morning or night tours ranging from three to five hours, giving you an option for a nice weekend trip without stressing over the details.
Malaysia and its abundant street food is certainly something to be proud of. So, why not try out a food tour or a cooking class, or both? Culinary tours are on the rise and we should really take this opportunity to try them out.
These tours come in handy if you have not visited places like George Town, Malacca or Ipoh for a while. It would be a great way to try out new street vendors and see what else is on offer at the destination of your choice.
Cooking classes, on the other hand, give you a chance to learn how to cook a traditional dish that you may never dare try on your own. Not only will you come away with a new skill, you may just make some friends along the way.
If being out at sea is your cup of tea, then diving or sailing tours are the perfect way to spend your vacation. With amazing islands at our beck and call, we are spoilt for choice in terms of diving and sailing destinations.
Since everything – from rooms to meals – is taken care of, all you need to worry about is how much sunblock you need to bring.
Malaysia has some top-rated golf courses and in good numbers, too. Apparently, there are over 200 golf courses in our country. That is a lot to choose from! Luckily for golf enthusiasts everywhere, you can include golfing in your trips and get a chance to experience all these various courses for yourself.
With golf being the ever-popular sport that it is, it’s not surprising to find golf tours on offer for both locals and foreigners. Packages usually include hotel stay, club fee and transportation.
You could even customise your golf trip with your buddies and have other activities arranged for your family if they are not interested in golf. Now, doesn’t that sound like the perfect vacation?
Who says we can’t have our favourite kind of fun when we sign up for a tour? Not only do you get to meet new people and visit a new destination; you may also unearth new skills and learn exciting techniques about your hobby.