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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Don’t Mess With Melaka

When you first hit the ground running in Kuala Lumpur, it’s easy to get lost in feeling like you’re at home.  Most people speak English, there are American and British brands everywhere, and (save for the smell of open sewers and traffic that takes street lights as mere suggestions) the city moves along like any other major metropolitan area.

But I knew I wasn’t in familiar territory, and needed to dunk myself in the culture to get a better understanding of the ground I was walking on.

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Episode 22 – Rockin’ the Suburbs

Ever since leaving Kuala Lumpur, I’ve been finding myself staying in suburban hostels.  The first was Ramarama in Melaka, and now here at Roof Talk Theme Hostel in Johor Bahru.  I don’t mind, though – it’s neat to see how ordinary Malaysians live their daily lives.  And, with city transportation costs so low, it’s not too tough to get to see the sights despite not being in the centre of the city.

Speaking of costs – on this week’s episode of the show :

  • Looking at the cost of my trip so far here in Malaysia.  A big source of inspiration for this trip was Nomadic Matt (Kepnes’) How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.  I’m rather happy that I’ve been able to stay below that amount since arriving in Malaysia.
  • I talk a bit about my time in Melaka and Muar.  Check out the Muar photo gallery further down in the show notes.
  • Big thanks to Saskie and Big D for letting me be a guest on Maple Syrup Shots last week.  If you haven’t listened yet, check it out.

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