Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Paz4
Thinking of visiting Malaysia?
We hadn’t thought about visiting until we were stuck with a bad apartment situation in China. We wanted to see more of South East Asia, but weren’t sure where we should visit next. After days of research and a few inquiring e-mails to families already living in Malaysia we decided it was a must see before we departed South East Asia.
We decided to spend the majority of our time in Penang and then some time in Kuala Lumpur. We chose these locations based on activities and Penang has an area called Georgetown that is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Penang is also known for it’s AMAZING food, so any place that is world known for it’s food is a must on my list. We love to eat delicious cheap food. Seriously, who doesn’t?
There are many English speaking people in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. The taxi drivers even spoke English. After spending over a year in China where the taxi drivers barely understood our Chinese or our nice translators over the phone this was an amazing discovery. We could get a taxi and tell them where we wanted to go and they understood us??? Uh…what is this wonderful thing you call communication.
Landing in Malaysia
We landed at the airport at 1 am in the morning, took out some money from the ATM, bought a SIM card for our cell phone and were at our hotel within 30 minutes. The next day we went and visited 4 apartments with two different agents and moved into our new apartment within 72 hours. The only difficult part was taking out enough money from our ATM card for one month’s rent and the deposit. Due to a daily maximum on our ATM card we had to wait 2 days to be able to take out enough cash. We signed a contract and everything felt extremely organized and simple. By our fourth day in Malaysia we were in our new apartment.
The people were amazingly friendly and hospitable. In Penang there is a large mix of people from China, India, Indonesia, and western expats. So you are bound to find someone that you connect with. The atmosphere is amazingly friendly and vibrant.
We would recommend visiting Malaysia to anyone looking for some relaxing South East Asia living and of course eating delicious food. We do wish we would have planned it so that we could have experienced some of Malaysia’s festive holidays. We enjoyed our Malaysia holiday (vacation) so much, we plan on taking more Malaysia holidays very soon, and recommend it to everyone. Since Malaysia has such a blend of cultures and religions you can experience them all in one location and eat some amazing food dishes.
Weather is important to us considering we come from the frozen tundra of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We crave warm weather due to spending the last 28 years of our lives getting sun only 3 months out of the year. You can imagine!! In general, temperatures range between 77 – 95 °F (29°C – 35) during the day and 78 – 84 °F (26°C – 29°C) during the night, June to August are the hottest months. It was an average of 78- 93 °F during our month and that was perfect. Considering we were there in April we experienced the wettest periods of the year being April to May and from October to November. We did have a Tsunami warning….on our second night. That is another post. However for the rest of our stay we would have some rain at about 4 pm for maybe 30 minutes and then that would be it for the day. This was actually very nice because everything cooled off and it was a good excuse to relax for a bit.
There are other things to do in Malaysia other than eating, and yes we experienced some of them.
Some of Penang‘s main attractions include:
- Georgetown (UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Penang Hill
- Kek Lok Si Temple
- Butterfly Farm
- Batu Ferringhi Beach
Some of Kuala Lumpur‘s main attractions include:
- Petronas Twin Towers
- KL Bird Park
- Batu caves