In conjunction with the International Day of Happiness that falls on every March 20th, Urban and Rural Planning Department has announced 10 happiest cities in Malaysia in 2019. The National Happiness Index Study factors in several aspects, including locals’ mental and physical well-being, financial management, community activities, services of local authorities, and environmental quality. This article will venture into the ‘happy places’ in some of these cities, from parks filled with lush greenery to sea-blue sceneries to melt those stresses away!

Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Seremban Lake Garden, photo courtesy of justrunlah.com.

After some research, it’s starting to make sense to me why such cities are the chosen ten. For starters, look at Seremban’s beautiful Lake Garden! A vast garden surrounding a big lake, complemented with beautiful landscape, historical buildings, and a 2-kilometre jogger track. Beat from work, house chores, or assignments? Let the frondescence recharge you! No plans for the weekend? Spread your picnic mats and chill by the lake! Eternalising your happiest moments (weddings, graduations…) and need a photoshoot spot? You know the answer.

Malacca City, Melaka

Melaka river at night, photo courtesy of travelog.com.

Is it just me, or is there something about having a river in the middle of the city? Something about having the element of nature in the middle of a concrete jungle, to always welcome you when you need to take it easy from the buzzing city life. Here in Malacca City, there’s a 40km-long river to complement the neighbourhood, and you can take a cruise ride across it! Here’s a tip: download Melaka’s new and polished tourism application, Melaka eXcess, to get all the deals and rewards for attractions in Melaka, including the Melaka River Cruise! Not only that, the app is also a go-to guide for tourists to enjoy a safe and peaceful travel with information and cashless transactions, all at one’s fingertips!

Kulai, Johor

Bamboo Forest in Putuo Village, photo courtesy of sgmytrips.com.

Kulai might not be the first that comes to mind when people are visiting Johor, but I think it should! There are various attractions that allow you to rejuvenate and recharge, but that might need a whole other article! This time around, let’s talk about Putuo Village. A village adopting the Buddhism concept, spanning about 40 acres of fresh air and calmness. Some of the gems you can find include temples, a bamboo pathway, and vegetarian food. The perfect trip for a short detour from the city life, that sounds like.

Taiping, Perak

Taiping Lake Gardens, photo courtesy of trekearth.com.

Let’s be honest, there is no surprise that Taiping is listed as one of the happiest cities in Malaysia. In fact, it would be more surprising if it wasn’t included! Those who are familiar with Taiping know that it is one of the coolest cities in Malaysia (temperature-wise, and can also be vibe-wise!) where hills can always be seen from almost anywhere. Similar to Seremban, Taiping is also a proud owner of its well-known Lake Gardens, home to majestic trees, some of which have aged up to hundreds of years. Locals and visitors alike often enjoy cycling, jogging, or just taking a stroll around the lake garden while in awe at the same time, from its mirroring lake and green foliage. If I’m being a bit more honest, I’d really like to retire here!

Jeli, Kelantan

Lata Kashmir, photo courtesy of My Kelantanese Facebook page.

Another road less travelled by, or in this case, city. Jeli, much like other cities in Kelantan, are home to an array of scrumptious, local delicacies and preserved greenery. However, no place in Kelantan can compare to this one-of-a-kind view that can only be found in Jeli. Named after the picturesque Kashmir, Lata Kashmir is situated in Batu Melintang, near the Pergau river. Apart from the bed of green grass, the river also contributes to providing therapeutic energy, with its cool, crystal clear waters. Pay a visit to this wonder of Jeli and come back happy, but make sure to keep our local Kashmir clean and spotless!

Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

Lang Tengah Island, photo courtesy of terengganu.attractionsinmalaysia.com.

My, oh my. I had to stop writing for a while as I was too mesmerised by the blue palette in this picture. Imagine getting to witness it in real life! Terengganu, our east coast pride, is blessed with beautiful beaches and islands, Lang Tengah Island being one of them. Diving, snorkelling, jungle trekking, and island hopping are among the many activities you can fill your time with when you are here. Situated 40km north east of Kuala Terengganu, Lang Tengah is your perfect getaway, guaranteed to return home happier than you’ve ever been. Forget Perth’s Blue Boat House or Bora Bora, everything’s here! Pictures really do speak a thousand words, because I think the picture above says it all. Need I say more?

After this short study of compiling the happy places in Malaysia, I am now itching to visit each of them myself! Only question, where do I begin? Do you have your own happy place in Malaysia? Do share with us if you don’t mind!