I loved my time in Langkawi. While the island is relatively small there are many small roads and little beaches to explore that my four days in Langkawi were quickly filled with adventures. I scootered around to beaches, local restaurants, night markets, and had a ball!
It was time to get out of the city and head to the beach ... and Langkawi was the perfect place to spend four days. I hopped on the ferry in Penang and several hours later arrived to beautiful Langkawi where I rented a scooter to get around the island for several days.
My second day on the island I scootered to the SkyCab for an amazing experience high in the island mountains. Hovering over the jungle the cable cars climb over 650 meters above sea level and the views are fantastic of the island below.
After experiencing the SkyCab I jumped back onto the scooter and headed to the beach for a cold beer and a swim!
Street art makes Georgetown, Penang an extra special city to explore in South East Asia. I loved wandering around the city and stumbling across large murals of artwork on old (and sometimes crumbling) walls.
Most of the street art was done by Ernest Zacharevic and he used everyday Malaysia life as his inspiration. I especially loved 'Boy on Motorcycle' as an actual bike was embedded into his mural design. There are many other pieces around town - from small sketches to larger pieces spread across whole buildings!
Georgetown, Penang is a very special place and I was fortunate to spend a full week wandering the streets of the colorful town. Georgetown is known by many tourists for its street art and hawker stalls - two wonderful reasons to visit this unique UNESCO city.
Penang is a foodie heaven - on every corner there is a hawker stall selling some delicious Malaysia classic done to perfection. Each stall specializes in one particular dish, which they have masted over the years of operating their stand.
I had so much fun walking around town, with a wad of $1 bills in my pocket (each dish is around $1), and trying each dish. From famous noodle dishes such as Wonton Mee and Char koay teow to local desserts like cold cendol or durian creme puffs .... Penang real has it all!
After several days in Kuala Lumpur it was time to escape the big city and head two hours south to Melaka - known on the tourist map for its UNESCO Chinatown.
I stayed in a little hotel located within Chinatown and spent 24 hours getting to know Melaka. I walked the main streets, tried the infamous chicken and dumplings, and even squeezed in a ride on the colorful rickshaws around the city. 24 hours was the perfect amount of time to explore Melaka as Chinatown is not too large and you have the ability to see the main sights in one day.
I loved the colors and liveliness of Chinatown. Antique and souvenir shops fill the streets and visitors wander around sampling pineapple tarts or cooling down with a cold drink over the canal.
There is so much to see and do in Kuala Lumpur. I am not a big city person, so to minimize the confusion and craziness of the city I created a check list of the places I wanted to see during my time in KL. Each morning I woke up and chose the sights I wanted to see, the shops to explore, and the local food to try.
My second day in the city I decided to head off to find the Petronus Towers and stop into multiple hawker stalls dotted around KL. I especially enjoyed browsing the stalls at Lot 10 - an underground hawker complex located under a large shopping center... there were so many options it was hard to choose just one dish for lunch!
I spent the whole day exploring the city on foot - many people do choose to take taxis, the metro, or the hop on hop off bus - but for me the best way to experience the true character of a big city is to wander aimlessly, taking unexpected twists and turns.
Malaysia was not initially on my travel bucket list, however I love South East Asia so much, I figured I needed to give Malaysia a fair chance. I decided to spend 10 full days in Malaysia, starting in the biggest city and the capital - Kuala Lumpur. I booked 3 nights in a 'flashpackpers' hostel dorm room in the heart of Chinatown and set out to explore KL on foot.
I enjoyed the big city, and in particular, Chinatown where I spent hours wandering around, trying bizarre street food, browsing the markets, and enjoying the lively atmosphere on every street.