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By Victoria “NIKE” De Dios

Of course, it’s everyone’s wish to satisfy one’s wanderlust, so long as you have the budget, proper planning and realistic destinations to visit. While our minds can travel freely to a place that we imagine and desire, nothing beats the real McCoy of adventure, not just because it’s gratifying but also because it makes you feel happy and rewarded.

With the uptick desire of almost everyone to travel after being holed up during the pandemic for more than 2 years, the “revenge travel” become inevitable. But while this is true, there are many considerations to take to put a tick mark on one’s bucket list such as budget, destination, interest, proximity and a lot more.

And there’s no denying that tourism industry is definitely back on track! With more people excited to go out and see the world, the demand for cost-efficient and hassle-free travel options have been increasing.

Aware of the issues on budget and other concerns of any travelers, AirAsia MOVE recommends some curated hidden gems and must-see places in ASEAN. While it’s closer to home, it also promises wonderful sights, gastronomic delights, and rich learning adventures!

Here are some of the must-see places in Kota Kinabalu, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur.

Kota Kinabalu: Gateway to Borneo
Visit Kota Kinabalu with ZERO-base fare using AirAsia MOVE’s Asean Pass

Mount Kinabalu:


Embark on an unforgettable journey to the summit of Southeast Asia’s highest peak, Mount Kinabalu. Whether you’re an avid hiker or a nature enthusiast or an adventure seeker, the breathtaking sights will leave you awe-inspired.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park:


Be mesmerized with lush greens and dive into the crystal-clear waters of this marine park, comprising five idyllic islands just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. Explore vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life, indulge in snorkeling or diving adventures and other water sports, or simply relax on pristine white-sand beaches.

Mari Mari Cultural Village:


Thailand: The Land of Smiles
Visit Bangkok with ZERO-base fare using AirAsia MOVE’s Asean Pass

Bangkok: Check out the bustling streets of Thailand’s capital city, where ancient temples coexist with modern skyscrapers. Don’t miss the iconic Grand Palace and Wat Pho, home to the magnificent reclining Buddha.


Phuket: Indulge in sun, sea, and sand on the idyllic beaches of Phuket. From the lively Patong Beach to the tranquil shores of Kata and Karon, Phuket offers a diverse range of experiences for beach lovers and adrenaline junkies alike.

Chiang Mai: Explore the cultural heart of northern Thailand in Chiang Mai, renowned for its historic temples, vibrant markets, and lush countryside. Experience the unique charm of the Old City and embark on a culinary adventure at the renowned street food stalls.

Kuala Lumpur: A City of Contrasts and Diversity
Visit Kuala Lumpur with ZERO-base fare using AirAsia MOVE’s Asean Pass

Petronas Twin Towers: Of course, every tourist planning a trip in Malaysia couldn’t miss the iconic and architectural wonder of the Petronas Twin Towers. Ascend to the observation deck for panoramic views of the city skyline and explore the Suria KLCC shopping mall at its base.

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Batu Caves: Go beyond the city and experience the majestic Batu Caves. It is a series of limestone caves and Hindu shrines. Climb the 272 steps to reach the main cave, adorned with colorful statues and sacred temples.

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Jalan Alor: Every trip won’t be complete without trying the local delicacies each country has to offer. Jalan Alor is Kuala Lumpur’s renowned food street. Among the busiest food street in Asia, Jalan Alor offers a gastronomic delight through Malaysian cuisine whether it be on food stalls to upscale eateries.

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Visit all these places and discover more about these destinations in one year. Worried about the cost? Worry no more, because it’s going to be a lot easier and more affordable with AirAsia MOVE’s Asean Pass.

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From Super+, AirAsia MOVE brings to you the Asean Pass, it is the latest travel subscription program that offers huge savings, unlimited hotel discounts and ride perks. From Manila, travel enthusiasts can enjoy ZERO-base fares and they only need to pay for taxes and fuel costs.

Nadia Omer, AirAsia MOVE Chief Executive Officer said: “ASEAN has so much to offer. There are way too many wonderful, yet underrated destinations to visit. We hope for our subscribers and all Filipino travel enthusiasts, business travelers, and backpackers to give it a chance, and explore the wonders of ASEAN. We’re here to make this possible through the Asean Pass. One of the primary advantages of Asean Pass is its cost-effectiveness. By paying a fixed monthly or annual fee, travelers can enjoy significant savings compared to booking individual trips. On top of that, these plans also offer unparalleled flexibility, allowing subscribers to customize their travel experiences to suit their preferences.”

Based on AirAsia MOVE’s data, its subscribers redeemed more than 80,000 FREE seats through the Super+ subscription last year. This time, each subscriber is also eligible for exclusive discounts on hotel accommodation from AirAsia MOVE’s hotel inventory of 900,000 options worldwide, plus discounts on the platform’s ride-hailing arm, AirAsia Ride.

Get the Asean Pass for only PHP 14,888 from March 22 to March 31, 2024. Avail of the 5% early bird discount when you purchase from March 22 to 24, 2024.The Asean Pass is valid up to one year from the date of purchase. Travel period is from May 1, 2024 to April 30, 2025.So get ready for more adventures in your life, and stay tuned to AirAsia MOVE by following @airasiamove.ph on Instagram and AirAsia MOVE Philippines on Facebook for the latest updates. For a seamless and enhanced experience, download your AirAsia MOVE app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Huawei AppGallery.* Terms and Conditions apply.

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