Penang, Sabah Among Malaysians’ Top Five States to Visit in 2021

With movement restrictions gradually easing, Malaysians are looking forward to resuming travel in the coming months. After an extended period of social distancing, many are no doubt eager for a getaway with their loved ones.

Airbnb’s recent Meaningful Travel Trends Survey 2021[1] found that Malaysians want to travel with family and friends, enjoy slower paced holidays and explore off-the-beaten path destinations closer to nature when travel resumes. Notably, Penang has emerged as the most popular go-to holiday destination within Malaysia among survey respondents, followed by Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu and Johor.

According to internal data, Airbnb guests globally are also looking for listings that allow them to live and work anywhere. Wireless internet is the #4 top-searched amenity when guests search for Airbnb Stays, while searches for gardens and backyards increased by 343% after the COVID-19 pandemic began. Listings with basic cooking amenities are also now booked more frequently by guests.

Whether you’re looking for a staycation within your state, or planning an upcoming holiday a little further from home as the easing of travel restrictions permit, here are unique Airbnb stays across Malaysia’s top five domestic travel destinations for your travel inspiration.


Traditional heritage decor blends effortlessly with modern comfort in these Airbnb Stays in Georgetown, Penang. Check out this shophouse studio located within a 100+ year old townhouse, and this heritage home tastefully furnished with antique furniture.


Gift yourself a digital detox at this cozy chalet perched atop a small cliff, with unrivalled views of the South China Sea. Alternatively, this luxurious holiday villa nestled amidst lush greenery may just be the perfect nature retreat.

Kuala Lumpur

Seeking some cosy hygge vibes for the entire family? Check out this chic bohemian loft house, or spend a weekend at this modern superhero safe house that kids will enjoy.


Relax and unwind at this seaside cabin where you can host a barbecue for family and friends, or escape from the crowds at this gorgeous beach villa.


Enjoy a rejuvenating getaway when you check into this nest home with a full seaview, or this artistically-decorated villa that offers an array of fun activities for guests to enjoy.

[1] Survey conducted by YouGov, with 1,140 Malaysians surveyed between 4-8 February.