Published: October 12, 2018

MALAYSIA
MELAKA

Lay eyes on one of the most popular tourist destinations, Melaka! Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bustling atmosphere is not one to miss, especially with the renowned Jonker Street just around the corner!

MALAYSIA
MELAKA

Lay eyes on one of the most popular tourist destinations, Melaka! Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bustling atmosphere is not one to miss, especially with the renowned Jonker Street just around the corner!

Desert Surfing at Melaka, Klebang Beach

Breaking the bank for an exotic holiday? Opt for some sand-sliding fun at Melaka, Klebang Beach instead!

With nuances of the famed Gobi Desert, Klebang Beach (or Pantai Klebang) is a UNESCO Heritage Site in Melaka with an off-beaten path that leads to mesmerizing sand dunes. It’s the perfect mimic of a typical desert, right here in Southeast Asia!

The Klebang Dunes are a fascinating sight not to be missed. Although the sandy terrain can be slippery and difficult, the sceneries that greet you are definitely worth it. Many have cited that the changing colours in the sky during sunsets also transform the colours of the sand dunes, making it look like they stepped onto another planet! For this reason, increasing numbers of starry-eyed newlyweds are making Klebang Beach their wedding photoshoot destination (and maybe for a few rounds of couple sandboarding), as well as photo enthusiasts that dream for a magical scenic backdrop.

Klebang Beach is not as natural as you might first think. It is a man-made result of land reclamation activities that occurred almost a decade ago. Beachfront developments that were initiated unfortunately could not continue and developers were forced to leave piles of 10 to 20-metre-high sand behind. As the sand slides beneath your feet, you might have to work a little harder to cover ground as you hike the dunes, but we assure beginner hikers that it’s fairly manageable and the surreal white desert that greets you will be worth it!

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, go ahead and lay out a picnic spread while you watch the sun set or tick off “desert tobogganing” from your bucket list. A little off from the beachfront is a sizeable water-filled valley that makes for a mesmerizing lake. We don’t recommend swimming in it, but it’s the best spot for an insta-worthy shot. (So be sure to plan that hiking outfit!)

Getting to Klebang Dunes

Located 15 minutes from the city, the entryway to the dunes have no sign boards so use the navigation app Waze to bring you to “Pantai Klebang” by car.  Cars are not allowed due to soil instability so park them at the “unofficial” car park and take the rest of the way by foot! It’ll be about 15 minutes into your walk when you reach the first of the dunes. Already tripping over your shoes for the next flight to Melaka? Make a quick booking at The Rucksack Caratel for accommodation located in the centre of Melaka’s bustling city! Choose from the swanky Jonker Wing with a lit live stage or the peaceful Garden Wing with its lush greenery.  Be sure to pack umbrellas, sun block and plenty of drinking water for everyone as it can get quite hot – just like a real desert!
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