On my uni break in June 2016 I had booked an impromptu trip to Malaysian Borneo, but I decided that before I explored the region of Malaysian Borneo, I should spend a bit of time in Malaysia. I had to be back home on a particular date, so after my exams I had an extra week to spare. I decided to visit 3 Malaysian cities while I was there, and although I didn’t spend heaps of time in each city, I managed to have a pretty full week of exploring and different activities.
I flew into the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, where the mix of Chinese, Indian, and traditional Malay culture is evident. This was actually the 3rd time I’d visited KL, the first being on my first overseas trip with my family back in 2010, and the second being in 2014 when I was travelling SE Asia. Having been here before there wasn’t too much I wanted to do again, but I did take a bit of time to explore the streets, get a great view of the city, and visit one of my favourite KL attractions: Batu Caves.
From KL I flew to the city of Penang. Penang has a reputation for being a hotspot for foodies, and I can confirm that the vegan restaurants I went to were up there with some of the best cheap Asian eateries. I spent an afternoon exploring Penang Hill, where I managed to get a great view of Penang and Georgetown, and on my final day I explored Georgetown and went on a search for the city’s best street art.
Langkwai is beautiful tourist town located amongst tropical island archipelagos, not far from Penang. This was the final destination on my Malaysia trip. Although the town doesn’t offer much in terms of culture, and it’s relatively expensive compare to other parts of Malaysia because it’s mainly marketed for tourists, it was absolutely beautiful. Langkawi has a cable car system, sky bridge, and viewing decks up in the cliffs that all offer gorgeous views. The highlight of my time here was definitely a jet ski tour of some of the islands. It was my first time ever on a jet ski, and while I was pretty nervous at first, once I got the hang of it, it was such a fun way to explore Langkawi. I’d recommend anyone visiting Langkawi to give it a go.