Malaysia is truly magical in every sense of the word. A jewel of the east, Malaysia offers something for everyone.
Most of the world's major airlines fly into Kuala Lumpur where there is a myriad of hotels to choose from. I stayed at the , a very economical four-star in the very heart of KL. You can choose to have a transfer pick you up from the airport or you can do as the locals do and take the KLIA Express from the airport (which costs about R190 or about US$13). You take a high-speed train to its last stop KLCC and from there you buy a pre-paid taxi coupon to take you to your hotel. It will save you money and save you from the traffic!
People always assume that shopping is the only activity in KL worth doing but there is so much to do and much more to experience. No visit to KL is complete without visiting the Petronas Twin Towers, the world's tallest twin towers. Enjoy the sight of these iconic towers from the outside or skip the queues and pre-purchase a ticket to go inside, walk across the skywalk and enjoy the breathtaking city views.
The Batu Caves is another one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions. The Batu Caves is a limestone hill comprising of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The limestone formations are said to be over 400 million years old. The temple features idols and statues erected inside the main cave, make sure to dress respectfully, no bare arms and legs and women need to cover their hair. The Batu Caves are an important religious site, during Thaipusam thousands of Hindu devotees perform religious rites. The best part, climbing the 272 steps (yes, I counted every single one) to access the caves, was absolutely worth it!
Jalan Petaling is the most popular market in KL, this colourful Chinatown market is a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise that seemingly never sleeps. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia, and holds its own against its more glamorous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang. Chinatown is a cultural melting pot and you can find anything from Chinese Herbs to good quality imitation goods. I am not a shopper but even I shopped until I dropped in Chinatown.
I love Malaysian food! I ate traditional Malaysian food at the local restaurants and even at street stalls, Malaysia has street food like you have never seen! If you like prawns you will love chow-kuey-teow (chow- kwet- tee- yo), a traditional prawn and noodle dish that you can buy for about six or seven ringitts (about R30), all the food is amazing, they even make tofu taste good!
One of my all- time favourite dishes is Beef Rendang, I loved it so much I just had to learn how to make it, I swear it tastes better every time I make it! For your very own taste of Malaysia comment below and I will gladly send the recipe to you.
Just a 45 minute flight out of KL is Langkawi, it is one of the best kept secrets of the east!
Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills, it is green for as far as the eye can see.
Nature-lovers will love Langkawi! The shoreline is fringed by fine powdery sand and swaying coconut trees. The island is especially renowned for its amazing diving sights. Langkawi is a tropical gem! It hides a treasure trove of exotic experiences, from the expansive Underwater World Langkawi along Pantai Cenang to the soaring Cable Car in Pantai Kok, Langkawi keeps visitors coming back for more.
I stayed at the in a little bungalow on the beach, I could literally tumble out of bed onto the beach...pure bliss! This secluded resort is situated on a 400-metre stretch of soft golden sand along Pantai Tengah which is southwest of Langkawi. The Frangipani is about 15 kilometres from Langkawi Airport and within walking distance of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. The resort has just over 110 rooms, and the villas and suites are beautifully spacious, tastefully decorated to provide a calm and relaxed atmosphere. My bungalow had a private patio and a semi-outdoor shower, like I said, pure bliss!
Malaysia has something for everyone....so the question is.....who's joining me?