One of my main travels in 2018 was to my 27th country of Malaysia, where I discovered Penang on the east coast and Kuala Lumpur, it’s capital. I didn’t have much idea what it was going to be like, but it definitely exceeded all my expectations; I can’t wait to return again.
We had four days in Penang, one of the world’s most famous places for street art, and it did not disappoint. If you enjoy photography then make sure you go earlier to catch the artwork without the crowds. My favourites were the ‘kids on the swing’ and ‘boy with dinosaur.’ But Penang is much more than just artwork, with attractions such as Little India, Chew Jetty and it’s many museums, it is a place not to miss. It also has many cute cafes, bars and restaurants, so be sure to try some authentic Malay food such as Deen’s Maju.
We spent the rest of our time in KL, the most built-up city this country has. Despite the slow train network, it’s a wonderful place to visit. The landmark twin towers – Petronas Towers – are the biggest in the world and a great place to people watch as there’s a shopping centre and a pretty park opposite. The Batu Caves, which are now newly painted in ombre rainbow colours is another top tourist attraction, just be sure to cover up.
Great places to wonder include Merdeka Square where you will see the grand Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Petaling Street Market and Jamek Mosque which I found very peaceful when prayer began. One of my favourite places in Malayisa was Thean Hou Temple, a colourful worship place on the outside of town. We took a Grab taxi to get there for 8am and missed the crowds completely, it was amazing! As well, Bukit Bintang – where we were based – is a great area to explore night or day. It has many shops, vibrant buildings for photographic opportunities and amazing street food to try because Malaysian food is INCREDIBLE!
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