I love Malaysia!
I visited Malaysia for a short time in early 2016 (I visited Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, but I hope to visit Penang and Langkawi in the future!), and it has to be one of the best places I have been on my backpacking trip.
Find my 5 reasons why below.
The Malaysian population is divided by three main cultural groups. You have the Malay people, Chinese and Indian. Because of this there so much variety with the architecture, the food, and even the traditions. I visited Melaka whilst I was there, and that’s a cute little town with a lot of Portuguese influence. Whether you want to visit a temple, a museum or just take in the sights, you will never be disappointed or short of things to see.
I found Malaysian people to be so friendly and helpful. In my own experience I was overwhelmed with their kindness. I luckily managed to get in contact with a Malaysian family through a friend at home, and they welcomed me not only to their country but into their home. They let me stay with them, they offered me assistance, the gave me suggestions on things to see and took me out with them to experience Kuala Lumpur, and much more. They didn’t know a thing about me yet they did so much for me. For that I will always be grateful. I hope to return the favour some day!
On another occasion I had a bit of trouble ordering a taxi due to the language barrier, and stopped to asked some strangers for assistance in translating. They went out the way by using their own phones to call me driver and try to help me and they did it without batting an eyelid. I met another Malaysian woman in a hostel in Melbourne, and she was also incredibly kind! Overall, they are one of the friendliest nations I have met.
What can I say about this one, everyone loves a bit of sunshine! Even though Malaysia’s weather can be a bit unpredictable (que thunderstorm mid afternoon on a beautiful day!), generally when I was there it was roasting. Even though I have not explored that much of Malaysia, with so much on offer such as diving, snorkelling, hiking etc, having a good amount of sun makes everything better. In KL there are plenty of apartments or Airbnb’s you can booked with rooftop pools to make the most of it!
This one kind of ties in with the culture section. As mentioned there are many different cultures within the Malaysian population and therefore there is such a big range of things to do. In Kuala Lumpur alone you can visit the Batu Caves which is home to a Hindu Temple. You can visit Chinatown and and the Petaling Street Markets. Take a visit to one of the many Islamic Mosques. You can learn about all of these religions and races in just one place. Why not just spend your time by the pool or by shopping at one of the huge malls! Whatever tickles your fancy, you can probably find somewhere to do it here.
Due to the different nationalities within Malaysia, you can try some of the world’s best food. Try eating a curry with your hands from a banana leaf like the indians. Grab some of the street food from the hawkers markets. Furthermore, try some of the traditional Malaysian cuisine. I had BBQ chicken and rice balls when I visited Jonker Street in Melaka; they are a speciality! Malaysia is so cheap for western tourists. You can taste some really great foods for an even better price.
Let me know your thought and if you’ve been to Malaysia!
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