While 2016 wasn't exactly the best year for everyone, 2017 doesn't have to go the same way. It's time to ring in an awesome year and celebrate it with the best offbeat adventures!
If you're looking for the perfect companion to your spontaneous trips, the new Samsung Galaxy A Series is just what you need!
Top-notch upgrades to the 2017 A5 and A7 models include their IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, improved 16MP, f1.9 front and back camera equipped to handle low-light conditions, and a vivid Super AMOLED screen display.
1. Ride the MRT all the way from one end to the other
Some things you just gotta do once in your life so take that MRT from Sungai Buloh all the way to Kajang once the full line is ready this July. It's a great way to view Klang Valley from a whole new perspective!
Feel free to make a few pit-stops along the way: hang out at one of the many Insta-friendly cafes in Kota Damansara, try your hand at batik painting in Pasar Seni, and enjoy the best satay in Kajang.
For more information on the MRT stations, click here.
2. Try rope-swinging for the first time
This latest craze to hit the extreme sports scene in Malaysia is basically a leveled-up bungee jump. More than just free-falling, this sports takes it further by making you swing back and forth after taking the 60-metre plunge!
This new activity is currently held in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor and is managed by Rentas Adventure Group. Click here to find out more.
3. Go for a spontaneous weekend roadtrip
The great thing about being in Malaysia is that whichever kind of day you crave, there's something perfect for you just a few hours' drive away.
If you're looking to appease the sweet tooth in you, head right to Melaka to get a taste of the incredibly viral Kuih Keria Gula Melaka! These traditional sweet potato doughnuts are coated with their signature gula melaka glaze, which has inspired a nationwide craze and the well-known long queues at Kuih Keria Antarabangsa in Kampung Limbongan.
For something truly unforgettable, take a trip to Kuala Selangor. Get on the kelip-kelip tour and watch as the dark, velvety sky gets lit up by the mesmerising glow of fireflies.
It's definitely a moment worth capturing, so have your Samsung Galaxy A Series on hand - its enhanced 16MP, f1.9 front and back camera results in sharper and clearer images even in low-light conditions.
4. Swim with the sharks
If you have a diving license, try out this one-of-a-kind experience in Aquaria KLCC: dive into a 2.5-million-litre oceanarium and say hello to 5 different species of sharks along the way!
The RM424 package includes admission into Aquaria KLCC, equipment rental, an official certificate and a Dive With Sharks T-shirt as a little keepsake of your awesome adventure.
Find out more about the Dive With Sharks activity here.
5. Go sand-boarding
This unintentional attraction is becoming an increasingly popular pit-stop in Melaka. Located near Klebang Beach, the massive collection of sand dunes in the area has inspired thrill seekers to try out an activity new to Malaysia: sand-boarding!
Don't put the phone away - your Samsung Galaxy A Series can handle it. The A5 and A7 models are the first of the series to have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, which means all that sand isn't going to affect your phone ;)
6. Help the world's smallest bears
Head on over to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sabah and catch the adorable Malayan sun bears in their natural habitat. You can also join the rescue and rehabilitation's efforts in protecting this endangered species from illegal hunting and poaching by volunteering.
Find out more about the center here.
7. Ride the waves
If learning how to surf has been on your bucket list for too long now, then head over to Cherating, Pahang. The beach town is among the best places to surf in Malaysia, and plays host to international surfing competitions. Check out one of the surfing schools in Cherating to get started.
8. Try out Malaysia's first VR theme park
Put your alien-busting skills to the ultimate test at this first VR-themed park in Malaysia. Scheduled to open this year in KL, the park is developing its own virtual reality games to deliver a more unique experience for players. Strap on your VR gear and get ready for the experience of a lifetime!
Keep a lookout for the opening announcement here.
9. Jump off a cliff
...and into the beautifully blue waters at Berkelah Falls, Pahang! The 7-storey waterfall and deep river make it a popular spot in Malaysia for cliff-jumping. A trip to the waterfalls is an especially great idea on a hot day, as you can spend the day cooling off in the refreshing river.
You don't have to worry about getting your phone wet amidst all the excitement - the IP68 rating means your Samsung Galaxy A phone can withstand being immersed in 1.5 metres of water for as long as 30 minutes.
10. Travel back to prehistoric times
Live out your Ross Geller dreams by checking out Penang's Jurassic Research Centre! Located on the fifth floor of KOMTAR, the park hosts an impressive collection of more than 200 realistic, life-sized dinosaur figures that move and roar. There's also a fun section featuring archaeology digs, complete with replica dinosaur eggs and fossils.
For more about Jurassic Research Centre here.
If you're craving for more adventures, just remember: they don't always have to be grand. Sometimes, the smallest little moments end up being the biggest highlights!
If you've always been afraid of trying something new, 2017's the year to change that. Go dancing in the rain or say hello to a complete stranger; it's time to live life unplanned!
Feeling inspired already? Go forth and have an amazing, adventure-filled 2017!