Byloka’s Hidden Gems; The Golden Dunes of Malacca

Malaysia is famous for our tropical rainforest, islands, and beaches, now that’s a fact. But did you know, we also have Sand Dunes? Man-made Sand Dunes? Yeah, for this article it’s definitely going to blow your mind off, we’re going to tell about something that is rather a hidden gem and is something to be discovered about.

As a destination attraction, Pantai Klebang Melaka offers beach picnics, kite flying, varied food trucks, and coconut shakes. As of two years ago, photographers and Instagrammers have been making a beeline to Klebang Sand Dunes since the first desert-like landscape photograph went viral. Located 15 minutes from Melaka city, at the end of the Klebang peninsula, these hills of sand are the result of land reclamation activities from a decade ago. Due to stability issues, beachfront developments were abandoned, leaving many piles of sand 10m to 20m high, sitting idle on the land of emptiness.

The man-made Klebang Dunes are also popular for bridal portraits and continue to draw photography enthusiasts (professional and amateur) to experiment on its blank canvas for dramatic photoshoots against the perfect backdrop of blue skies and white dunes. Climbing the dunes is a not-to-be-missed experience as you will slide down a little with each step up, as the soft sand shifts under your feet.

Expect to work a little bit harder to cover the same amount of ground. That said, the sand is not as fine as the volcanic ash of Mount Bromo in Indonesia, and is manageable for beginners and less-experienced hikers. Most people will adjust to the slide, finding the effort totally worth it for the views and that ‘top-of-the-hill’ feeling.

Author: Adam

intern for Byloka