On more than one occasion, I've been a reader of listicles featuring must visit offbeat destinations. The frequency of these articles has gone up in the recent past because unlike a decade ago, travel is no longer a result of herd mentality, it's about discovering the beauty of the lesser known.
At the risk of sounding borderline naive, I'm going to confess that I wasn't sure what the fuss about the unconventional is until I met Sabah, Land Below The Wind. It is regarded with this title as its located below the Typhon belt of East Asia and never hit by any typhoons.
A Malaysian state, Sabah is a part of the beautiful Borneo island which means you spot pristine island water and a breath-taking sunset en route the airport runway. It was my maiden trip to Malaysia and I couldn't be happier about having my passport stamped at Kota Kinabalu (The airport and the state capital of Sabah)
While I could go on as to why you must meet Sabah in Malaysia, an idea offbeat vacation destination; I'm going to quickly take you through top 5 reasons, read on...
Lightning Speed Visa
As a traveller, sometimes an impatient one, naturally my first concern is the visa process. The visa for Malaysia felt like a breezy walk in the park. How you ask? Instead of accumulating a pile of physical copies of documents and spending a day at the visa office, Malaysian Tourism demands little of your time with the accuracy of details.
One can secure an e-visa (Multi-entry valid for 3 months) via an online application which takes about 2-3 working days or an eNTRI (A single entry visa valid for 15 days) I opted for latter and found myself on the receiving end of a confirmation message in 48 minutes!
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