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Malaysia

Curious what backpackers do in Malaysia? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • So by now we had more dirty clothes than clean. And on our mooch yesterday, we spotted a dazzling, all singing and all dancing launderette!!!! Ha! After that was all done.. We got ourselves freshened up and did a walking tour around Georgetown, that incorporated all the street art highlights and some good food too.

    We had a very smiley afternoon of taking photographs and slurping on ice balls!

    When we found the swing street art, I instantly remembered a photo my friend has had taken when she was here... see photo.

    After all the walk in the heat, we decided to go to a bar for a G and T. B@92 is a retro american bar run by a Serbian man and a Thai lady, who rustled us up some wild boar Thai stew with mash.... It. Was. Incredible.

    After our second gin, I was looking up at the buildings and saw two swallows flying in unison, (they seem to everywhere on this trip so far) and they made me think of me and Tam on this adventure... So without any time for thinking, we heading to a tattoo parlour and I had them tattoo'd on my left middle and index fingers. It was agony but totally worth it. Something to remind me of this adventure.

    Another memorable day, one of the best.

    (Mum please don't kill me)
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  • Had a smooth journey (taxi, bus and two trains) to get here. Staying in Chinatown so lots to see in this busy part of the city. Saw the old cricket ground and club house (looks a bit like Worcester club house) and other historical buildings including the victorian fountain orginally built in England. Had a lovely Chinese for dinner, after all, while in Chinatown ....

  • Joined a local tour for a morning walk around the old city, including the Dutch and British forts and public buildings. Also had a slow wander round Chinatown where the house fronts are just 12 to 16 feet wide but up to 300 feet long (due to Dutch tax laws). Local market to buy fruit then night market for dinner. Even busier and louder, karaoke even better - sequins and backing dancers! Loads of tasty street food - korean crispy chicken basket and huge chocolate waffles the highlights. Crazy themed rickshaws with music and lights keep the Asian tourists amused.....Read more

  • So we left George Town after 5 nights of incredible cuisine and stunning street art, and headed to the island of Langkawi. We took a "superfast" ferry from Penang an arrived to Langkawi for about 530 in the evening. On the journey me and Tam decided it would be best to hire a car, in order to explore the island as much as possible. Also the place we had booked to stay for the next 7 nights, is a little off the beaten track (jungle retreat).

    We met Justin Bieber at the port ( a 62 year old Malaysian version,) and i managed to get him to rent us manual (hurray), can on wheels for 50 ringgit a day, instead of 100! not bad, although after we paid Justin, we had to wait a good hour or so for the car to appear. During that time we managed to pick up a Swedish lone traveler. Sandra was very sweet and had been travelling for 4 years, and by now all she wanted was a wardrobe! ha!

    We eventually made it to Pondok Keladi, ran by a gay Malay- British couple. It is heaven and so relaxed. http://www.pondok-keladi.com/

    So far we have mostly been having lazy mornings, driving to beautiful beaches and cooking dinner, whilst drinking duty free gin in the evenings. BLISS!
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  • Both yesterday and today we thought about hiring a ricksaw but couldn't decide which design so settled on our own pedal power (for a change). Went to the coast to see the 'floating' mosque, found ice-cream on the way back and had a look around the non-tourist parts of town. Happened across some cute 1920's traditional kampung houses (wooden houses on stilts). Splashed out on a pint too - yes, that's Guinness!Read more

  • Went on an excellent Heritage walking tour all morning and learnt a lot about Malaysia and went inside many of their historic buildings including the cricket clubhouse that you should be a member of. Not sure about the male only bar... James liked it though, although didn't sample any of its delights. The two rivers merging is where KL got its name (happy to see they are going to make something of it soon). Hard to imagine this huge city began there. Found an amazing crepe stall so had to try savoury and sweet varieties. Petronus Towers looked good at night lit up and with colourful fountains.Read more

  • In keiner anderen Stadt, die wir auf unserer bisherigen Reise besucht haben, war ein so krasser Gegensatz zwischen purem Luxus und bitterer Armut zu erkennen wie in Kuala Lumpur. Zum einen gibt es luxuriöse Einkaufszentren - in einem ist sogar ein ganzer Themenpark inkl. Achterbahn zu finden - und moderne Szeneviertel, in denen es sich die Oberklasse und Geschäftsleute gemütlich machen. Zum anderen sieht man viele perspektivlose Menschen, die obdachlos sind und betteln müssen. Auffällig war zudem wie wir von etlichen Bewohnern "begafft" wurden.
    Die Stadt bietet mit dem Menara Fernsehturm und den Petronas Towers ("Twin Towers" genannt) zwei Sehenswürdigkeiten, von denen aus man einen tollen Blick auf die Stadt hat. Der Anblick der Twin Towers bei Nacht ist einfach gigantisch!!!:) Außerdem gibt es eine hübsche Altstadt, die noch aus der Kolonialzeit besteht. Ein kleiner Stadtteil wird zudem als Little India bezeichnet - keine weiteren Erläuterungen nötig...;)
    2,5 Tage reichten uns aus, um die Stadt zu erkunden und die wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten zu sehen.
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