Perhaps having little idea of what to expect is the way to go. Less concerned with having a clear plan, or each day pre-determined (based off of TripAdvisor or Travel Blog suggestions) was not really an option for many parts of Malaysia. As such, each day was honestly lived through curiosity and exploration; and Malaysia has been an amazing companion to a wanderlust couple.
Although less travelled than some of the neighbouring SouthEast Asian countries, Malaysia is very welcoming to visitors (from the easy on arrival visa process to the culture, transportation options and people). A remarkable country that can accommodate many types of travellers; whether you are looking for beaches and luxury, a cultural trip and/or adventures through the jungle. My experiences tell me that you will find what you are looking for! You will be met with pleasant surprises, as well as smiling faces from locals. You will not be the only curious person on the street; you will be met with many people asking to take pictures with you (especially for white people), cheerful new friends introducing themselves and shaking your hand, and many people willing to help guide you around. Many locals I have met have this wonderful, almost child-like curiosity and humour that is so enjoyable and humbling, and I feel like these are traits that many westerners do not embody. Even in very remote places many people speak English, so be sure to let conversation and meeting locals be part of your travels.
Geographically, Malaysia is divided into the mainland or (Peninsular Malaysia between Thailand and Singapore), and Borneo Malaysia (island of Borneo). Often, you will find yourself on a beautiful beach completely alone or among a few locals. However, with all that Malaysia has to offer to tourists I cannot see this country not developing a large backpackers route soon. So, if you can make the time travel to Malaysia today before it is overrun (and for good reason). Interim to your travels, below I have shared many pictures of Peninsula Malaysia to give more of a sneak peek into this beautiful country. Please click the pictures for descriptions, and option to comment. My next blog will share more about Borneo Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur: the capital of Malaysia, a large and modern city, lots of shopping, great food, and near Batu Caves and Highlands
Ipoh: large city overlooked by tourists, but much to offer
Langkawi: beautiful island, duty free (cheapest drinks in Malaysia) where many locals and mainland Chinese vacation
Penang, fantastic island with more tourism than most parts of Malaysia, amazing street food in George Town, fun night life, and the countries smallest National Park
We were unable to make it everywhere, but everywhere we went we stayed longer than planned! As you can see, Malaysia is amazing!
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