Distinguished honour: Malaysia anointed Best Family Destination, bags Lonely Planet Award

Mr. Manoharan Periasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia, India, said, “It feels great to be honored with this recognition. We have always promoted Malaysia as a destination that has something for everyone, especially families, who look for a wholesome experience to cater to the likes of every member of the family. Lonely Planet recommendations are the most sought after by travellers and to be chosen by their readers makes this award even more prestigious,” on accepting the award. 

Mr Manoharan Periasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia, India, with the Lonely Planet Trophy
Mr Manoharan Periasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia, India, with the Lonely Planet Trophy

Malaysia was conferred as the Best Family Destination at the Lonely Planet Travel Awards 2014 event held recently in Mumbai. Hosted by the world’s leading travel and lifestyle magazine, the final winners were chosen by the readers after an expert panel shortlisted the nominees. The Lonely Planet award is a significant achievement for Malaysia, a country that prides itself for being the perfect family destination. Be it shopping, adventure, theme parks or even golf, Malaysia is one place where the preferences of every member of the family are taken care of. Besides long adventurous treks in the rainforests, Malaysia is adorned with beautiful islands and beaches befitting a family holiday.

A favorite among tourists is the Island of Langkawi with it’s duty free shopping and cable car rides. While adults can soak in the sun there is much excitement waiting for the kids back in the mainland. Theme parks like Sunway Lagoon, Hello Kitty, Legoland and iCity are bound to be a lifetime experience of absolute fun and adventure for the entire family. With their own theme-based hotel accommodations available, these parks can easily consume an entire weekend with exciting roller coasters to beautifully lit snow worlds and science museums.

While Kuala Lumpur and the famous Twin Towers gives perfect pictures for the family album, a trip to Malaysia is incomplete without shopping. From the ubiquitous street markets full of surprises to high-end luxury boutiques, the urge to splurge can be satisfied throughout Malaysia. Some of Asia’s best shopping centres like Suria KLCC, the Mid – Valley mall, are in Kuala Lumpur. The mother of all sales is the Malaysian Mega sale period, with1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival (June- September 2014) and 1Malaysia Year-end sale(November to January 2015) every year.

With all the shopping and unlimited adventure, there could be no better way to end a trip than a relaxing spa session. In Malaysia, almost every other hotel has a spa within its. This is a clear reflection that spas are no longer a luxury, but a necessity in view of our current fast-paced lifestyles. The country also has over 200 golf courses offering different ambiances to hone your game; highlands, background of passing waves, rainforests or simply down-town. The eclectic spread of Malaysian cuisine has also made Malaysia a family’s delight. A very common place where one could relish the delicacies is the “pasar- malam” or the open air night market. From these simple but solid gastronomic roots Malaysian food branches upwards into great restaurants and fine dining equal to anywhere in the world. Penang in Malaysia has been voted Lonely Planet’s Top Culinary Spot in the world for the year 2014.

Malaysia is one of those places that offer experiences through all times of the year that appeal to everyone, and more importantly, experiences that family will love having together. The country is also well connected through air from India, making it convenient to travel for a great family holiday even at short notices and quick getaways.

With the country celebrating Visit Malaysia Year VMY 2014 and hundreds of events lined up to suit different tastes, make the most of your holiday time in Malaysia. Even the last word in travel, Lonely Planet points you in that direction!


About Tourism Malaysia India
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, popularly known as Tourism Malaysia, was established to promote Malaysia as a top-of-mind tourist destination showcasing Malaysia’s unique wonders, attractions and cultures; develop domestic tourism and enhance Malaysia’s share of the market for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). Tourism Malaysia’s objective is to promote Malaysia as an outstanding tourist destination and make the tourism industry a major contributor to the socio-economic development of the nation. In India, Tourism Malaysia offices are conveniently located in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
This year, Malaysia celebrates its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. It will contribute to the Government’s target to receive 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020


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