Masjid Selat at sunset, Malacca
I originally was inspired to visit Malaysia by many bloggers and photos I found on Instagram and Pinterest. While it is not the most popular destination for travellers in Southeast Asia, it is still beautiful nonetheless. I find that many people visit the usual countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and then skip Malaysia and head straight for Indonesia. Oddly, this was one of the reasons I was so intrigued to visit the country in February.
Malaysia is a country packed with culture from Chinese to Indian to Malay; you will find the architecture and food varies everywhere due to the multiculturalism in the country. This is what is so thrilling about visiting Malaysia, it’s like several cultures in one – you get the delicious cuisines, friendly people and historical buildings from all over Asia.
Coconut Truck, Malacca, 35mm
Penang’s Street Art
A foggy and rainy morning over the Cameron Highlands
Lepaq Lepaq ‘Rainy Day’ coffee in Kuala Lumpur – yes, that’s fairy floss!
The view from my Airbnb looking over the Malacca River
Kuala Lumpur skyline by night – view from the pool at my Airbnb
Chinese New Year in Georgetown, Penang
Tiger beers at the Yellow Cafe as the sun sets in Langkawi over Cenang Beach
Street art, Malacca
A colourful doorway, Georgetown, Penang
Breathtaking views over Langkawi through to Thailand from the SkyBridge
The coolest Airbnb in the Cameron Highlands
Cafe hopping in Malacca – Kaya Kaya Cafe
The incredible SkyBridge in Langkawi
Island hopping in Langkawi
Finding cute entryways along Jonker Street, Malacca
Sunset and Chinese New Year lanterns over Georgetown, Penang
Feeling minuscule under the famous Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
I spent two weeks here with my mother travelling by bus, ferry, taxi and plane from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur then on to the Cameron Highlands where it rained the whole time and then on to Georgetown for Chinese New Year before ending our time in Malaysia in Langkawi relaxing by the beach, sipping cocktails and island hopping.
It really couldn’t be easier travelling through Malaysia – except at Chinese New Year, which is when you MUST book ahead. In all, I found two weeks was definitely enough time to totally immerse yourself in the Malaysian culture on the peninsular side of the country. If I had more time, Borneo Malaysia would of been up next!
My favourite places were Malacca and Penang as they were definitely the most picturesque and as well had the best food and cafes!
Sadly, I wouldn’t suggest spending more than one night in Kuala Lumpur – I spent three nights and it was more than enough. Use this extra time to sip on tea and eat fresh produce in the Cameron Highlands instead!