Malaysia was a destination that surprised me. It’s a country that most backpackers skip over, so I went into it with low expectations and ended up falling in love! Here are 20 photos to inspire you to visit Malaysia.
If you are coming to Southeast Asia, you must visit Malaysia!
When I told the group of backpackers at my hostel that I was planning to overland between the Thai Islands and Singapore, they were all silent. None of the usual backpacker advice (read: trying to one-up each other’s travels) was given. Every single one of them had skipped Malaysia or just visited KL, assuming that there wasn’t much to see. Oh boy, were they wrong! Malaysia may not be firmly on the backpacker trail but it has so much to offer.
Seriously, this country was amazing! In three short weeks, I climbed mountains in Langkawi, explored the amazing street art in Penang, got ridiculously lost in Kuala Lumpur and soaked in the rich history of Melakka.
I had a jam packed visit, but there was still so much I didn’t get to see! Because it was monsoon season, I skipped the Perhentian islands and Borneo, which are said to have amazing dive sites.
Malaysia is often overlooked by travelers but has so much culture and adventure to offer!
Though what I loved most about the country was how its melting pot of culture. There is such strong influences from the Chinese, Indian, Dutch and Portuguese cultures. I l enjoyed exploring the vibrant neighborhoods in places like Georgetown, where you had the clan jetties just a few blocks away from a bustling little India.
And, of course, this mash of cultures led to an amazing array of food choices! I feasted on traditional Malay food, frequented food hawker stalls and ate my weight in chicken and rice balls! There were so many delicious options. If you visit Malaysia, you won’t go hungry!
I truly enjoyed my 3 weeks backpacking this country and can’t wait to go back someday. I hope that this post inspired you to add Malaysia to your bucket list!
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