Can you guess where this post is going? We don’t like Malaysia… Chances are you have and you’ve come here to shout as us and tell us how wrong we are but the fact is we won’t be going back again on this trip other than to fly home.
The place has never really inspired us, when we first visited in March we were very excited to start exploring but our first impression of Kuala Lumpur wasn’t the best and we left without really ever falling in love or even really enjoying it despite hearing good thing from loads of people. I guess first impressions are everything!
I returned in October after being invited to stay in a very nice hostel in Penang, and again I was bored within a couple of days. I saw the hotspots of Georgetown in an afternoon, spent half a day in the national park and even tried out the main beach but nothing was doing it for me. Had I not met some awesome people I think I would have considered leaving early and returning home, yes Penang has great food but what are you meant to do between meals?
Finally, during the floods in Bangkok, we spent four nights on Langkawi – a place we were both looking forward to exploring after hearing great things about, and again we left feeling disappointed. We hired a car and explored most of the island, went on boat trips and tried to enjoy the nightlife but all of it just in no way compared to places we had been in the past. If anyone ever asked me where to go in South East Asia I would always tell them to explore Laos and Cambodia over the places I have seen in Malaysia.
Yes the beaches are lovely, but there are nicer ones in Thailand, the scenery is gorgeous but we’ve seen better in Laos. For me, Langkawi resembled an English seaside town which hadn’t been touched since the 80’s, everything was a little sh*t. For example, we headed to the view point, which apparently has stunning views across the rice fields and out to the sea – although we couldn’t tell you as it looked like no one had been there in years and all the trees had grown to block out the view.
I reckon we have been spoilt in our time in Asia, if this was our first country then I think we would love it, unfortunately other places have captured our hearts and this just pails into comparison!
My advice: if you want to go to Malaysia, go there first!
So you’ve read this and now you’re thinking:
“But you’ve only been to three places and you’re writing off the whole country!”
Well yeah, but that’s the beauty of travelling, we don’t have anyone else to please and if we’re not enjoying a place why would we stay there or go back. This is our journey.
Have you been anywhere you’ve wanted to love but just can’t?