PHOTO - Zul Rejab, editorial manager, search content analysis, Yahoo! Malaysia.
The islands of Tioman and Langkawi top the list of the most searched travel destinations in Malaysia during 2011, according to Internet firm Yahoo Malaysia.
On 12 January 2012, Yahoo Malaysia editorial manager, search content analysis, Zul Rejab, said the company's search logs revealed the most popular spots during 2011 that Malaysians checked online on Yahoo before they made travel arrangements.
"Malaysia has some great travel spots that lure both Malaysians and international travellers, said Zul. "It has an ideal combination of islands, highlands and rainforests that provide great get-away destinations for travel seekers."
"Yahoo Search Trends consolidated the overall searches for travel for the entire year of 2011 and found that the top spot for travel was the Island of Tioman, which was the most searched in Yahoo Malaysia, followed by Langkawi and the Cameron Highlands," he said.
The Yahoo top 10 Malaysia travel destinations for 2011:
1. Pulau Tioman: A small island in the state of Pahang is 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Its coral reefs, dense forests, and sparse population have made it an increasingly popular getaway from the usual destinations.
2. Pulau Langkawi: Located 30 km off the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, this island is part of an archipelago of 104 islands. Langkawi's main attractions include numerous beaches, duty-free shopping, and a steep cable car ride.
3. Cameron Highlands: Covering an area of more than 700 sq km, the Cameron Highlands in northern Peninsular Malaysia are a famous weekend retreat for Malaysians.
4. Pulau Redang: One of the largest islands off peninsular Malaysia's eastern coast, the island is part of an archipelago rich in marine life like sea turtles. A marine park was established around Redang, aimed at protecting these animals and other species.
5. Pulau Pangkor: Pulau Pangkor, off the west coast of Perak state in peninsular Malaysia, though eight sq km in size, is known for its fishing and aquaculture industries.
6. Pulau Perhentian: The Perhentian Islands off northeastern Peninsular Malaysia are a draw because of their beaches and marine life. The whole area is protected, so only non-disruptive activities like sunbathing, swimming, and snorkelling or scuba-diving are allowed there.
7. Genting: The Genting Highlands Resort, an hour's drive from the capital Kuala Lumpur, feature six hotels, a cable car system, theme parks, and a convention centre.
8. Pulau Kapas: Kapas, an island 6 km off the east coast of the Peninsular Malaysian state of Terengganu, is best visited between April and October when the monsoon rains aren't in season and the waters are calm.
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