Travelling around the world and seeing different places can give you a wanderlust like nothing else. It’s like a passport stamp for your feet; every now and then, you get the itch to get up and go and explore what the world has to offer.
We are very lucky to live in a time where world travel is not only a possibility, it’s a daily reality. Planes, trains, boats and cars all give us the opportunity to get out and see the parts of the world that are in the complete opposite direction.
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From Australia to Europe, there is so much to see and do that you can try and fit everything into one lifetime and still not manage to get it all done. If there’s one place in the world that is usually seriously overlooked, it’s Malaysia.
When people travel to the Asian parts of the globe, they tend to hit the popular places. The beaches of Koh Samui in Thailand, the city life in Singapore and the quiet beauty of Vietnam are all places that are a hit with tourists the world over.
But if there’s one place the needs a look, it’s Malaysia. You don’t get many people with Malaysia as their final destination, and this makes Malaysia a gem of a place to visit. Those who do end up checking out property for sale as a holiday home away from home, because it’s one of those countries that you cannot help but respect.
The lushness of the green tea plantations is a hugely stark contrast to the chance to go caving in Gunung National Park. There are so many different places to visit that you can find it hard to pack it all in over a couple of weeks.
We’ve put together for you some of the places that you should absolutely tick off when you decide to visit such a beautiful place. Trust us, you’ll never forget it.
Before You Go…
Malaysia has a huge plus in that you don’t need to be a visa holder to visit and stay for the full 90 days. It’s also a country that has an excellent level of people who speak English.
However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t learn a few choice phrases as a matter of manners. Malaysia is seen as a discount travel destination, especially by backpackers and those who trek through it.
Food and transport is rather inexpensive in comparison to other southeast Asian countries. The best bit here though is that you can budget for your trip without blowing too much cash!
The cuisine there is so diverse that you can choose between five-star establishments and the Malaysian street food vendors.
Don’t be fooled by the appearance of street food; it may look haphazardly thrown together, but it’s something to be marvelled. Don’t be afraid to try dishes from the street stalls: the food is fresh that day and delicious given that there is nowhere to store it and re-fire!
Start In The Capital
Malaysia’s capital is Kuala Lumpur, and the inspiration that you will find here is just incredible. The intricately designed mosques, Chinese temples and the Indian quarter are all contrasted against the ultra-modern Petronas Towers.
You can really see the differences between old city and new city here, which makes it all the more intriguing to explore and expand your horizons in.
Two must-see places in the capital are the mosques (girls, get your headscarves and robes) and the old railway station.
The railway station was put there during the British Colonial era and it’s a sight to behold! When you get to the central market, head over to Brickfields.
The authentic Indian cuisine will knock your socks off, especially if you like fresh spices. The last thing that Kuala Lumpur has going for it is that, unlike other Asian capitals, it is full of greenery.
It’s not unusual to walk down the street under plant frame walkways and very high palm trees!
Head Out To Nature
When you’ve had your fill of the city, head out to the Cameron Highlands. The humidity of the city will roll off your back as you dive into the cooler air and as much nature as the eyes can hungrily take in.
Check out the bus to Tanah Rata, which takes four hours to get to the Cameron Highlands. The thing is, that bus journey will allow you to see much more of the country, so it’s definitely worth the journey.
You can book tours to get into the tea plantations and see up close the natural way that tea is grown here. You also get to experience fresh tea off the plants, and you can climb to dizzy heights to see right across the plantations. Tea enthusiasts will love it!
In the northwestern part of Malaysia lies Penang, a place that celebrates both art and food in total abundance. You can get Chinese pancakes and Assam Laksa at the drop of a hat, and you can pick up a map of the city from the local tourism office, just so you don’t get lost trying all the good food.
There is so much art dotted around that you can make it a game to get pictures of all of it. There are beautiful Chinese mansions to see as well as many temples to visit.
There’s just so much for you to take in and if you want to make Malaysia count, take them all in and you will!
Malaysia has so much to offer, that when you are choosing to book your next vacation you shouldn’t discount it. Thailand is beautiful, but you could discover so much more of southeast Asia by flying to Malaysia and giving your senses a complete education in something new.
The best bit? The Malays are the friendliest, most helpful people who are always willing to show you how proud they are of their country and culture. Head out to book it today and make it count.
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Love Lucy x
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