Published on November 15th, 2016 | by Passport & Plates
17 pics of Malaysia that will make you want to go RN
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Thailand. Vietnam. Indonesia. Singapore. These are just a few of the countries in Southeast Asia that are incredibly popular destinations for travellers. Yet, Malaysia is one Southeast Asian country that rarely makes the “popular destinations” list. When I do meet the rare unicorn who has been to Malaysia, he or she has usually only visited Kuala Lumpur, the nation’s capital. In fact, up until I went on my recent Geckos Adventures trip, I was one of these unicorns. *hangs head in shame.*
So if, like many others, you haven’t been to Malaysia yet (or haven’t even considered it as a travel destination) listen up. I’m about to change your mind. All it will take are some photos: 17, to be exact. I can almost guarantee that these pics will make you want to visit.
Hugging the northwest point of Malaysia, Penang is made up of two parts: Penang Island, home to its capital Georgetown, and Seberang Perai, on the mainland. While its beaches and street art are quite beautiful, Penang is worth visiting just for the food. Fondly known as the food capital of Malaysia, it’s a place every food lover should add to his/her bucket list – and somewhere I’d return to when craving authentic street food.
The Cameron Highlands was a popular getaway with the British during the colonial period, and it’s easy to see why. Unlike many other Malaysian cities, the Highlands are lush, green and cool. In fact it was around 70°F/21°C when I was there. The delicious food, expansive plantations, and breathtaking views make it an area worth visiting and returning to. Some of my fav photos of Malaysia were taken here.
The capital city of Malaysia is best described as traditional-meets-modern. On one hand, its spectacular skyscraper-filled skyline is the epitome of a modern day commercial centre. On the other, its night markets and street stalls remind visitors that there’s plenty of culture behind the glitz and modern – if you know where to look.
Located just a few hours north of the Singapore border, Melaka was once one of the busiest port cities in Southeast Asia. Now – not so much. Instead, this UNESCO World Heritage site is known for its Dutch colonial architecture and ostentatious trishaws. This is one place you can truly get around in style.
So…have I convinced you to visit Malaysia yet? I mean seriously, these photos are making ME want to go back – and I was just there last month.
Get in on Malaysia like Sally did on our Discover Bangkok to Singapore Tour.
Photos taken by Sally Elbassir.