Discovering Malaysia: Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Melaka in 11 days.

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I won’t lie: I wasn’t expecting much from my trip to Malaysia. Looking back at it now, there were some spectacular moments, but still, it left me with a rather average feeling. Thankfully, I did meet an amazing traveller along the way who made this trip a bit more special.

Where I've been:

1. Penang

Penang strengths lies in its artistic culture. While the city/island itself is huge, in reality, there isn’t much to do. You should aim to spend around two – three days here. While you’re in Penang, walk around the city to discover the different street arts. Make sure you also visit Penang Hill (easy accessible by bus) for stunning views of the city.

The Kek Lok Si Temple is also very near Penang Hill, and is certainly worth a visit for its infrastructural beauty. At the same time, I did not enjoy that this religious site was so commercialised with tacky souvenirs and food courts at its doorstep.

2. Kuala Lumpur

I didn’t feel the love for KL. This city is busy, congested and full of people (sometimes crazy people as well). There are a lot of commercial shopping centres if you want to buy anything from Western brands. Prices are the same, if not more expensive than European shops. My favourite activity was visiting the Batu Caves. While the cave itself is very impressive, it is unfortunate that they have built so many things inside it. I personally preferred Ramayana cave, even if it is not initally as impressive as the Batu caves.

3. Melaka

Melaka was undoubtedly my favourite destination in Malaysia. The bustling streets of Melaka host not only vibrant colours but also rich culture and history. From its humble beginning as a coastal village to being one of the most prominent cities in Malaysia, this place has seen it all. While its economic and industrial importance has subdued over time, this UNESCO World Heritage site has (unsurprisingly) become one of the main attractions in Malaysia.

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