Malaysia, I loved you from the first day I saw you

Malaysia, I loved you from the first day I saw you

Malaysia was a very nice surprise for me. It wasn’t a country on the top of my list, it was just a country on the way and I had no expectations. And that’s sometimes better because you don’t end up disappointed, you can only be surprised in a good way. Kazakhstan was a nice surprise. And so was Singapore.

I’m not entirely sure what made me fall in love with the country. For one thing, I probably needed to finally be in a more developed country where it’s easier and more comfortable to travel. For another thing, I finally got to the seaside to take some rest after 7 months of quite intensive travelling. I’m not a beach person but I love the sea and needed to have a little bit of holiday.

Mango – my single most favourite fruit

However, I think it’s the whole adventure of travelling in Malaysia that made me love the country so much. I saw some of the most beautiful places there. I met some incredible people who either hosted me or gave me a ride when I was hitchhiking. I had amazing hosts and the drivers were also wonderful people. And unexpectedly I hitchhiked in Malaysia a lot, hitchhiking being one of the things I wanted to do more of on this trip. And when I was in Malaysia it was the country where I hitchhiked the most. I can’t forget about the delicious food because as a vegetarian I finally had so much variety. Taking all this into account I had a fantastic time in Malaysia and it’s one of my favourite countries on this trip.

Taman Negara National Park
One of the many hitchhiking escapades in Malaysia, this time on a truck

I loved the Langkawi island because of it’s beautiful beaches, warm sea, stunning landscape in the north, the sky bridge with breathtaking views and seven pool waterfall.

One of the beautiful beaches on The Langkawi island
Another beautiful beach on Langkawi
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Langkawi Sky Bridge
On the most beautiful beach on Langkawi

I loved Georgetown because of the amazing street art one can see in its streets and also because I had a fantastic host there.

Georgetown streetart
Georgetown street
Me, myself and I in Georgetown

I loved Cameron Highlands because the landscape is breathtaking there. Stunningly beautiful tea plantations, fairy-tale-like mossy forest and jungle challenging for hiking. And another fantastic host there. I almost forgot about the cool climate which was the best after having travelled in the tropics for so long. It was rejuvenating.

Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands

I loved the Perhentian Kecil island. With its turquoise and crystal clear waters it really looked liked a paradise. Stunning views, abundant monitor lizards, no roads. And more holiday from me.

The beautiful water around Perhentian Kecil
Hiking around Perhentian Kecil
The coast off Perhentian Kecil

I loved Malacca because of the fascinating street art decorating the town and also the resemblance to Dutch cities as I have a thing for the Netherlands.

The canals of Melaka
Me, myself and I in Melaka

I loved Kuala Lumpur because of its charming skyline at night and the impressive Batu Caves. And I also had two great hosts there.

Me, myself and I in Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur at night

Amazing Malaysia!

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