Malaysia

If you’re traveling through South East Asia and plan on viting Singapore, you will likely find yourself in Malaysia at some point. I was there for roughly ten days in October 2016 and traveled from Kuala Lumpur all the way up to Langkawi before heading to Thailand. While it hasn’t been one of my favourite destinations, there are a few places well worth the visit. Malaysia is quite similar to the western world when it comes to food, transports or architecture, but it is culturally significantly different from North America. Malaysia is a Muslim country where drinking isn’t encouraged, so much that it was prohibited in most hostels we stayed at. I personally didn’t think the four locations we visited in the country were nearly as impressive or interesting than other South East Asia destinations such as Vietnam or Indonesia, but we did have a good time wandering around the streets of Penang, relaxing in the Cameron Highlands or exploring Langkawi. One thing is sure, Malaysia had some of the greatest, most diverse food we found in South East Asia.

October 6 : Singapore > Kuala Lumpur
October 7 : Kuala Lumpur
October 8 : Kuala Lumpur > Cameron Highlands
October 9 : Cameron Highlands
October 10 : Cameron Highlands > Penang
October 11 : Penang
October 12 : Penang > Langkawi
October 13 – 14 : Langkawi
October 15 : Langkawi > Phuket 

If you’re traveling through South East Asia and plan on viting Singapore, you will likely find yourself in Malaysia at some point. I was there for roughly ten days in October 2016 and traveled from Kuala Lumpur all the way up to Langkawi before heading to Thailand. While it hasn’t been one of my favourite destinations, there are a few places well worth the visit. Malaysia is quite similar to the western world when it comes to food, transports or architecture, but it is culturally significantly different from North America. Malaysia is a Muslim country where drinking isn’t encouraged, so much that it was prohibited in most hostels we stayed at. I personally didn’t think the four locations we visited in the country were nearly as impressive or interesting than other South East Asia destinations such as Vietnam or Indonesia, but we did have a good time wandering around the streets of Penang, relaxing in the Cameron Highlands or exploring Langkawi. One thing is sure, Malaysia had some of the greatest, most diverse food we found in South East Asia.

October 6 : Singapore > Kuala Lumpur
October 7 : Kuala Lumpur
October 8 : Kuala Lumpur > Cameron Highlands
October 9 : Cameron Highlands
October 10 : Cameron Highlands > Penang
October 11 : Penang
October 12 : Penang > Langkawi
October 13 – 14 : Langkawi
October 15 : Langkawi > Phuket 

Langkawi

Langkawi is an Island off the coast of northern Malaysia near the Thai border and is significantly different from the rest of the country. It is a popular tourist destination and is tax-free, which means you’ll get alcohol and other goods for much cheaper there. The island does have some nice nature sights that you can explore on boat or on foot during the day, and has a vibrant nightlife for when the sun goes down. 

Langkawi is an Island off the coast of northern Malaysia near the Thai border and is significantly different from the rest of the country. It is a popular tourist destination and is tax-free, which means you’ll get alcohol and other goods for much cheaper there. The island does have some nice nature sights that you can explore on boat or on foot during the day, and has a vibrant nightlife for when the sun goes down. 

Penang

Penang is an island located off the Malaysian coast connected to the mainland by a 24km long bridge, the longest in South East Asia. The island is home to Georgetown, a culturally vibrant city with tons of street art, cute cafés, great restaurants and more. There are a few hikes on the west side of the island as well as a tram going up to the top of a mountain located in the middle of the city which offers great photo opportunities. 

Penang is an island located off the Malaysian coast connected to the mainland by a 24km long bridge, the longest in South East Asia. The island is home to Georgetown, a culturally vibrant city with tons of street art, cute cafés, great restaurants and more. There are a few hikes on the west side of the island as well as a tram going up to the top of a mountain located in the middle of the city which offers great photo opportunities. 

Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands are, for some reason, a major tourist destination in Malaysia. The highlands are located in the center of the mainland and are colder (around 15-20 degrees) all year-long, which is quite refreshing when you’ve been in South East Asia for a while. The main attraction there is without a doubt the tea plantations, which are everywhere, as far as the eyes can see. It is an impressive sight that makes for great pictures, but a day should be enough to get a good taste of what the area has to offer. Being a huge fan of strawberries, I must say I was in heaven and had some of the best I have ever had there!

The Cameron Highlands are, for some reason, a major tourist destination in Malaysia. The highlands are located in the center of the mainland and are colder (around 15-20 degrees) all year-long, which is quite refreshing when you’ve been in South East Asia for a while. The main attraction there is without a doubt the tea plantations, which are everywhere, as far as the eyes can see. It is an impressive sight that makes for great pictures, but a day should be enough to get a good taste of what the area has to offer. Being a huge fan of strawberries, I must say I was in heaven and had some of the best I have ever had there!

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is famous for, well, the Petronas Twin Towers, a massive international airport and… That’s pretty much it. I found the city a bit boring with not many beautiful sights or interesting things to do. It is very unconvenient to walk around since there are no sidewalks, it is insanely hot all year long and it basically look like any other big city. We did have a lot of fun going out and exploring the roftop bars, but expect to spend big money on alcohol.

Kuala Lumpur is famous for, well, the Petronas Twin Towers, a massive international airport and… That’s pretty much it. I found the city a bit boring with not many beautiful sights or interesting things to do. It is very unconvenient to walk around since there are no sidewalks, it is insanely hot all year long and it basically look like any other big city. We did have a lot of fun going out and exploring the roftop bars, but expect to spend big money on alcohol.