I remember taking my first cultural anthropology class in university and thinking how I wanted to experience everything for myself rather than simply reading about cultures from a textbook. Even today, years later, the main reason I love to travel is still because I love learning about cultures from my own and interacting with locals in all the countries I visit. I think ... Read More »
One united country, three separate cultures.
Malaysia is truly a remarkable country. Not only is it home to indigenous Malay people, but you’ll also find a heavy Chinese and Indian influence as well. Separated by the South China Sea, you can visit Peninsular Malaysia for colonial towns and slick skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur or head out to the island of Borneo for untouched jungles and orang-utans.
Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the Petronas Towers at night in Kuala Lumpur. A few months ago I actually used the Petronas Towers as my FotoFriday subject. So why am I posting about them again? The previous photo was based on a daytime shot, so I thought it would be ... Read More »
Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the famous Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. It’s impossible to talk about Malaysia without talking about seeing the Petronas Towers. There was a point in time where I wanted to visit Kuala Lumpur solely to see the Petronas Towers. Knowing nothing about Malaysia or ... Read More »
Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of Medan Pasar in Kuala Lumpur. Walking away from Central Market you’ll find yourself in Medan Pasar, or Market Square. This area was once the capital’s banking and shopping hub back in the 1920s, although today there is really nothing there other than a bus stop ... Read More »
I’ll admit, my first hostel stay, which was in Japan, really put me off from the idea of staying in a hostel for a long time. The place was loud, filled with mildew, and the beds were like rocks with dirty sheets. It was not at all what I expected; especially for Japan and for the price I paid. For ... Read More »
Malaysia may be the second Islamic country I’ve visited, after the Maldives, but it’s really the first time I’ve been able to explore an Islamic country. Sure, in the Maldives we heard the prayer calls when we were in Male and we saw a couple of mosques from afar, but that was really all we could experience before being whisked away ... Read More »
Located almost between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Melaka is one of Malaysia’s two historical cities alongside Georgetown in Penang. Now considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malaysia’s oldest city is steeped in multicultural influences. This port city has not been colonized once, nor twice, but three times by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Its strange colonial past is still evident through ... Read More »
Apart from eating lots of delicious food, my other favorite part about visiting Malaysia was gawking at its wonderful architecture. Malaysia is made up of so many different cultures, and has also been colonized at various points by the British, Dutch and Portuguese, so you can imagine the architecture is kind of all over the place– but I liked that. ... Read More »
Don’t be fooled into thinking Kuala Lumpur isn’t worth a long visit, as there is actually quite a lot to do there. I could have easily spent a week there if I wanted to visit all the main tourist destinations, and to explore the culture and cuisine a bit deeper. Even if you do find yourself getting a little bored ... Read More »
Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of hanging umbrellas and lanterns in Kuala Lumpur. With many people being of Chinese descent, Kuala Lumpur has a fairly large Chinatown, and Petaling Street is in the heart of it all. Locally called the “Green Dragon”, Petaling Street is filled with vendor stalls and ... Read More »