Travel Malaysia Part 2: Borneo

ahh Malaysia! Not only a beautiful landscape, but called home to genuine and sweet local people that encourage a tourist to feel at home among theirs. Humble appreciations and curiosity can take you a long way in Malaysia. From big cities like Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu tailored to tourists with a big wallet for shopping or a stomach craving street food, to empty beaches in Langkawi or Sabah for the backpacker seeking peace, wild animals that can bring a tear to the eye (pygmy elephants,orang-utans, the sun bear, etc etc.), to adventure visiting longhouses along the riverside and climbing 4095 metres to the summit of Mount Kinabalu…Malaysia has it all….. travel Malaysia!

As mentioned in my first post about peninsular Malaysia the country is essentially divided into Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo Malaysia (which consists of Sabah and Sarawak states). I would suggest trying to spend a couple months to explore each. I am happy to share some of my favourite photos of Borneo, Malaysia for inspiration!

 

Niah National Park: home to a limestone cave system where 40,000 year old human remains were found. Very few tourists.

 

 

Kuching, Sabah: a fun city close to Bako National Park, longhouses, Fairy Caves and the Semengoh Orangutan Sanctuary.

 

 

Rajang River: travel up the river to small towns such as Kapit or Bintulu. Many longhouses of the native Iban people along the river.

 

 

More of our photos in Borneo.

 

 

More to come!

inconsistently.tash

Travel Malaysia Today Part 1: Peninsular Malaysia

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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inconsistently.tash