So this post is going to be short and sweet as I didn’t spend much time here.
With not knowing what to expect from Malaysia I was pleasantly surprised…
Good to know:
1 GBP (British Pound) = 5.5 MYR (Malaysian Ringgit) so just divide by 5 and you get a rough price.
Eat the local food!
Getting there: I took a 6 hour luxury bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. I say luxury because it really was; my seat fully reclined, a movie playing at the front of the bus, it also had a phone charger and seat massager. Why fly when taking the bus is so much more fun? The company I booked with is called ‘StarMart Express’ which sounds like a corner shop but I promise you won’t be disappointed.
The bus drops you off at the KL bus station where you can order a Grab or Uber to your accommodation. I stayed at the ‘Reggae Mansion’ which surprisingly didn’t play any reggae music in its’ roof bar. This hostel is great, I would definitely stay here again if I were to travel to Kuala Lumpur in the future.
Luckily for me, Diwali was the day after I arrived so I went to Little India and explored the main street which was full of locals playing music and dancing. I ate at a place called ‘Seetha Ram’where I demolished the best garlic roti naan. This is a thinner version of a naan bread; they serve it with dipping curries which are absolutely delicious and not too spicy. Favourite meal of the trip…
Explore the Batu Caves. I recommend that you visit in the late afternoon when the floods of tourists have gone and the sun is starting to sink lower in the sky. There will be a man at the bottom of the stairway asking you to carry a brick up to the top as the caves are under construction and maintenance. I don’t know how many steps there are to reach the top but it felt like a lot…
Getting around is easy, there are machines at every station for you to select where you want to go. Instead of a paper ticket you receive a coloured coin which you give back to be allowed to leave the platform in which you got off the train.
Make your way to the skywalk bridges at the Kuala Lumpur Eco Park canopy walk. Here you can see a cool contrast between the jungle and skyscrapers within the city.
I spent the night wandering down the main street of Little India watching the locals celebrate by playing the loudest music, setting fireworks free on the streets just metres from our feet and dancing with their families.
I was hypnotised by their culture; the bright colours, upbeat music and vibrant traditional clothing made me smile all night long.
Next stop > Georgetown
Home to the creatively painted graffiti streets. Being a lover of expression, I was in my element when exploring this quirky town.
Need a ride?
Let’s play ball!
It’s fine, I’ll just hop on the back…
You can’t swing with us…
Row your boat.
While you’re wandering around make sure you try a freshly squeezed orange juice from a fruit cart.
Georgetown is full of nice surprises around every corner, I am a huge old building nerd so when I see a cool building I just have to stop and admire it!
When you see nice floor tiles, you have to stop and take a foot selfie…
Next stop > Langkawi
Langkawi is a small island in the north of Malaysia almost touching upon Thailand. Rent a scooter and ride through the meandering roads to explore the ‘7 well waterfall’…
Or drive down to the beach for a perfect day of beach bumming.
Here in Langkawi, my trip in Malaysia was cut short as I made a spontaneous decision to fly back to Kuala Lumpur to then jet off to my next location….
Thank you for reading, I hope that you found this post somewhat useful if you were thinking of travelling to Malaysia.
Love Thy Traveller