My Personal Trip to Malaysia
When I told my friends about my travel plans at the turn of the year 2015/16, I almost always got the same reaction:
“Excuse me WHERE are you going? Malaysia? How did you come up with that? And where is it again exactly?!”
For many of us, this completely underestimated corner of South East Asia is (unfortunately) not on the list of top destinations – and I, as well, have to admit that I somewhat accidentally ended up in Malaysia. It had to be warm – and as far away as possible from the Christmas stress at home. Afterwards, it was decided by drawing lots, or rather the best (and cheapest) flight connection, between Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.
General tips for a trip to Malaysia
Without taking too much away – I am really delighted by Malaysia! So actually, it is sad that not more people think of this multifaceted country when hearing “far destinations into warm surroundings”. But in Malaysia, it is actually an advantage: even at the so-called tourist places, there is not a lot going on.
And since we are talking about advantages: it is always warm in Malaysia. ALWAYS! Even in the winter months it will not get colder than 20 degrees!
Depending on location and season, it can get a bit rainy in some areas – but the rain season can be considered while planning the own travel route and avoided!
Another point that should not be neglected is money. The euro is worth a lot in Malaysia, so we can live in the lap of luxury. Of course, you can bring your credit card to the limit here, too, but those who want, can live from a few euros a day – without skipping eating out, massages or other comfortable options.
And for all solo traveling women: Malaysia is a relatively safe country (if you stick to the usual security measures, being respectful towards other cultures and avoid secluded areas after darkness sets in).
My vacation took me up the West coast of Malaysia over Christmas and New Year’s: from Kuala Lumpur to Penang and Alor Setar up to Langkawi. This route offers a perfect mix of interesting cities and beautiful beaches, city bustling and idyll. As the rain concentrates on the East coast during the German winter, I did not have a single raindrop outside of Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia is a country that for the large part practices the Muslim religion, but also has many influences of other cultures and religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese, Indian and Tamils, and I was able to get many different impressions.
Buddhist and Hindu temples, Christian churches and mosques stand side by side and the Indian restaurant is next to the Chinese supermarket.
During my travels, I have experienced the inhabitants of Malaysia as very friendly and helpful people – without one exception!
Now there is one last, but important, question: how green can one travel in Malaysia? In my opinion, the answer to that question also always has to do with the own view and personal commitment. Because even though the Asian “consumption and disposable” culture dominates in many places – a change in mindset can be seen! The “green offers” of hotels, resorts and leisure activities is growing slowly, while environment and nature conservancy has shifted into the focus of politics.
A true gem of green destinations within Malaysia is Belum Rainforest Resort! The sustainable resort lays in the luscious rainforest, in which over 3000 flower species are at home. There are actually some that can only be seen here – quite fascinating! Hikes and excursions through the tropical forest are also offered and there are many waterfalls, animals and plants to be discovered. This comes to no surprise, as the forest is four times the size of Singapore!
My two highlights of my trip: the North Langkawis and the UNESCO world heritage George Town.
My conclusion: I can totally recommend Malaysia as a travel destination and will definitely come back myself in the future!