With most of us stuck at home for what felt like forever, many started to find even trips to the grocery store exciting. The interstate and international travel bans were lifted for fully vaccinated people on 11 October 2021, with Malaysia ranked as one of the top 10 most completely vaccinated countries globally.
You may be one of the many who started booking their trips to Penang, Langkawi Island, and other hotspots for travel locally, with other countries still seeming like a distant dream. Little did you know, however, we can set our sights further and look to Türkiye instead for a relatively hassle-free trip!
In the country where East meets West, whether you are looking to explore archaeological sites rich with history or dive into the world’s most beautiful seas, you are sure to find what you are looking for in Türkiye.
Do a quick Google search of the country and images of sights with hot air balloons frequently pop up. This extraordinary mode of transport can be experienced at several places but Cappadocia at sunset with its ‘fairy chimneys’, majestic natural rock formations that stretch to the sky is a fascinating spot to add to your list.
Otherwise, dip into the hot springs of Pamukkale where the flowing water circles look like ‘cotton castles’ where the name of the place is derived from. With the wintry months of December to February looming on the calendar, adrenaline junkies will want to add the snow-topped mountains of Bursa to their list for a spot of skiing. For something off the beaten track, head over to the Black Sea coast where there is the Sümela Monastery that is seemingly built into the cliff that it stands upon as well as the alpine landscape of Uzungöl that looks like an idyllic European village.
For foodies, if the only thing you have tried from Türkiye is their ice cream, then their cuisine is well worth the trip on its own. Sample the unique flavours of each region like the crunchy taste of ‘simit’, a bread snack that can be found on the streets, or the freshness of ‘midye dolma’, mussels stuffed to the brim with rice, spices, onions, and currants.