Looking for a more obscure travel destination to spend the Lunar New Year holiday, and not have to literally see red or hear the blare of festive Chinese music at every turn of the head.
One place that you can turn to for sanctuary is Langkawi, a Malaysian archipelago made of 99 smaller islands. In 2007, it was granted the status of a UNESCO Global Geopark to pay tribute to its rich geological history. Apart from the many geoforest parks to explore, Langkawi also boasts of powdery beaches and offers duty-free shopping. Shop away!
The most prominent attraction would probably be the Langkawi Cable Car, which is the steepest cable car in the world. During the 15-minute ride to the top of Machinchang mountain, you will enjoy stunning scenic views as you ascend 708 metres above sea level, far away from everyone else. Do note that as Langkawi does not have a public transportation service, it is best that you rent a vehicle early in advance to fully enjoy your experience here.