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Malaysia

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.

 

 

Experiencing Culture Like a Local in Malaysia

Experiencing Culture Like a Local in Malaysia

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 »

Foto Friday: Petronas Towers at Night, Kuala Lumpur

Foto Friday: Petronas Towers at Night, Kuala Lumpur

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 »

Foto Friday: Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Foto Friday: Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

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 »

Foto Friday: Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur

Foto Friday: Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur

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 »

Feeling Back Home at BackHome Hostel

Feeling Back Home at BackHome Hostel

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 »

The Charming City of Melaka

The Charming City of Melaka

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 »

The Many Architectural Styles of Malaysia

The Many Architectural Styles of Malaysia

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 »

5 Easy Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur

5 Easy Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur

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 »

Foto Friday: Umbrellas in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

Foto Friday: Umbrellas in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

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 »