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Category Archives: Malaysia
Oh hey there! Its time to talk money again! Specifically, what we spent in Malaysia during our five weeks there.
Before we get into the dollars again (here’s the first budget post I wrote on our month in Indonesia), the best way to describe our travel style is not uber-cheap – we are travellers on a budget, that like good value and comfort, and I’m sure our spending reflects that.
The reason I am sharing this information is because, like I mentioned in my last budget post, if this can inspire just one reader to realise that living your travel dream is financially possible – and not as scary as it looks – then this will all be worth it!
Right, let’s get started.
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, Backpacking, budget, inspiration, life, Malaysia, Money, travel
After not loving the Perhentian Islands, I was unsure what to expect as we cruised into Kuah, Langkawi.
It was our last stop in Malaysia and we were here for 10 days, before we passed through customs once more and ferried over to our next port-of-call: Thailand. Langkawi was another place of which I had heard very mixed opinions, so I wasn’t sure whether I’d like it or not.
After ten days on this tropical island, let me put it bluntly: people who say they do not like Langkawi are either, a) CRAZY or b) LYING.
Langkawi is P-E-R-F-E-C-T.
Penang was the kind of place that I wanted to take photos of EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME.
I’m guilty of visiting some places where my camera remains untouched in my bag for days, but in Penang – Georgetown especially – I enthusiastically lugged it around pretty much constantly.
In my opinion, every street, every building, every moment, every itsy bitsy detail was worthy of being snapped into the memory bank.
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, Backpacking, food, inspiration, life, Malaysia, Penang, travel
“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” – Walter Hagen
After being in a hot climate for two months straight and feeling a little low after struggling to connect with the Perhentian Islands, I was so delighted to reach our next destination in Malaysia: The Cameron Highlands!
The Cameron Highlands is a region in northwest Malaysia, a Hill Station covering more than 700 square kilometres. Known for its expansive tea plantations, produce farms and lush forests, perhaps even more enticing was knowing that the climate hovers between a comfortable 15-22 degrees celsius, due to its altitude of more than 1000m above sea level. Though not exactly freezing by any stretch of the imagination, I still couldn’t wait to pull out a long-sleeved top and a pair of leggings from the bottom of my pack! The grass is always greener, right?
As part of the Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There promotion, I’ve been invited to share five of my favourite destinations that I’ve been before and would love to revisit. I thought this was going to be easy, but as I reminisced over wonderful travel memories, narrowing down my favourites proved to be quite the challenge!
Don’t stress guys, it sure was tough but I managed to reduce it down to my top 5…in no particular order – that would be way too hard to decide!
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, Backpacking, beach, Costa Rica, dreams, India, inspiration, life, Malaysia, New Zealand, Palawan, The Philippines, travel
I didn’t love the Perhentian Islands.
Ohmygosh I can’t believe I just divulged that to the internet!
Don’t hate me?
Seriously, what am I on about?
From Kuala Lumpur we decided to head south and make Malacca (or Melaka, in Malay), with its impressive history, the next stop on our Malaysia itinerary.
After some challenging bus rides in Indonesia we were pleased that Malacca was just a couple of hours away, on what was a straightforward, smooth and comfortable journey. We departed from Kuala Lumpur’s Terminal Bersepadu Selatan and arrived into Malacca Central station (Melaka Sentral), then jumped on the local no.17 bus to reach our guesthouse.
Malacca has a rich history and, along with Georgetown in Penang (which we would visit later in our trip), became listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
As my first ever international destination beyond Australia and the Pacific Islands, Malaysia is the magnificent country to which I credit my love for travelling Asia began, and the country in which I officially caught the travel bug at the ripe age of seven.
I was lucky enough to travel to Malaysia and Singapore on a family holiday all the way back in 1997 and couldn’t wait to explore this incredible country again as an adult. I was eager to revisit some of the same destinations, stirring childhood memories and creating exciting new ones.