When I say “Malaysia” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Spices? Exotic fruits? Very tall twin towers… that you can’t remember the name of? Trust me, Malaysia is all that and more.
One month before Christmas, I decided to go on an adventure. My friend and I were pumped to stop working for a while (and escape family gatherings, to be honest) and start the new decade with fresh air. I will spare you the details of how we finally agreed on this trip, because this country was not at all an option at the time. Finally, we decided: 2 weeks in Malaysia at the end of December.
Malaysia is one of the most beautiful and modern countries in the world, with a genuine taste of multiple traditions. Whether you are traveling solo, with a friend or with your family, you can easily enjoy your time with the variety of activities offered by the country.
To motivate you for your Malaysian adventure, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know to spend 2 weeks in this magical country: Itinerary, places to visit, budget, and useful tips.
Since I have so many information to share, and to spare you the time to read a 4000-words piece, we will be having a series of articles divided as follows:
- Article 1: The one you are reading right now
- Article 2: Travel guide to Kuala Lumpur
- Article 3: Travel guide to Malacca and Cameron Highlands
- Article 4: Travel guide to Penang and Langkawi
Here are the top tips you need to know before traveling to Malaysia:
- Download the app maps.me and add Malaysia’s map. It will help you a lot!
- If you are a group of 2 or more, always use Grab or Uber, it’s much cheaper. If you are traveling alone, use public transportation. Taxis are very expensive, just avoid them!
- Buy your bus tickets online. Very time saving tip.
- For your domestic flights, think of flying with Air Aisia. They offer the best deals, not just in Malaysia, but in all Southeastern Asia.
- The best period to travel to Malaysia is between August and November.
- Rise and Shine! Get started as early as 6-7am every day for an optimal sight seeing experience.
- Watch out for the monkeys and dogs while visiting forest areas!
- Don’t do my mistake! Keep your room’s windows closed. Insects and lizards may come in.
- The beaches surrounding Langkawi island are full of jellyfish, I almost got stung by one. Ask the locals if the waters are safe for swimming before plunging in.
Stay tuned for the next articles in the upcoming weeks.