Malaysian flag on Pulau Langkawi

8 Things I Learned Travelling in Malaysia

In January of this year, I set foot in Malaysia for the first time with a sense of adventure and a desire to go exploring.  What I found was a country which felt familiar, yet challenged my western sensibilities. I fell in love with Malaysia’s people, its natural beauty, and its unique place in history.

Not everything about Malaysia is perfect.  There are infrastructure deficits – most notably open sewers in some communities which leave you gasping for air.  There is petty crime which – like anywhere – stems from some people just not having enough to get by.  And while a variety of religions can find acceptance in Malaysia, the country’s government is decidedly regressive on social policy like LGBT rights.

Looking back on Kuala Lumpur's skyline from the grounds of the Royal Selangor Club.
Looking back on Kuala Lumpur’s skyline from the grounds of the Royal Selangor Club.

Malaysia made a big impact on me during my month criss-crossing the nation.  Here are eight of my biggest takeaways from visiting the country.

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Episode 25 – Gone to Vietnam

After being in backpacker purgatory – not sure of where I wanted to travel next – I set about making a trip to Vietnam a reality. And, as you listen to this podcast, I’ll be well on my way there!

On this episode, I talk about the decision making process and why I chose to go to Vietnam instead of Bali right now, and the steps I needed to take to make sure I could get in to the country.

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Best Bits : Malaysia

Just over a month ago, I touched down in Kuala Lumpur to begin exploring Southeast Asia.  While I was only expecting to stay a couple of weeks based on my initial planning, I’m leaving the country 32 days later with some amazing experiences under my belt, and a couple of destinations I’ve fallen in love with which I want to visit again.

I didn’t buy any souvenirs (I don’t have room in my backpack for them).  But what I am taking with me are some great memories.

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Episode 24 – Island Life Agrees With Me

This week’s episode cover photo is courtesy of my guest – Sean Curran.  It was taken at Gili Trawangan, Indonesia.  Be sure to check out his travel blog – Twenties.

Be sure to check out Sean's blog.
Sean is blogging his travels around the world.

On this week’s show :

While being on the road might feel like a series of Saturdays, I’m trying to get a handle on what day of the week it is.  (I mentioned A Map for Saturday in the show – the trailer is below.  It’s a good watch – but sadly not on iTunes or Netflix.  You’ll need to buy it from Amazon.)

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Where To Sleep – January 2016

When I spent three months in Japan, I didn’t have to worry about where I was going to sleep every night.  I had a home base at Chris’ western Tokyo apartment, and so all I needed to do was figure out what I’d get up to each day.

Being on the road means finding different places to crash in each city I visit.  It’s one the things I research the most when I decide that I’m heading off to a new destination.

There is no shortage of choices of places to stay in Southeast Asia. While you can rely on review websites, travel guide books and word of mouth, you never really know what you’re getting yourself in to until you drop your bags and check out your bunk.

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