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2 weeks in Malaysia is the perfect amount of time to appreciate all this beautiful country has to offer. And to help with your trip planning, we have put together a 2-week itinerary for Malaysia that ensures you do not miss out on any of the highlights.
When you talk about backpacking in South East Asia, Malaysia is not a country that you hear come up very often. Naturally, this made us even more inclined to visit, and after spending a number of weeks backpacking there, we can’t help but feel Malaysia is fiercely underrated.
One of the things we love most about Malaysia is its diversity. First, it is a cultural melting pot. The multi-ethnic influence of Malay, Indian, Chinese and European concocts a culture (and cuisine) unlike no other in the region.
Not only that, but Malaysia boasts a multitude of landscapes. From wild urban cities, charming heritage towns, sweeping rainforests, and pristine islands! Combine all this with backpacker-friendly prices and endless opportunity for adventure, you are on to an absolute winner in our eyes.
With this in mind, we have taken all of our knowledge to put together a perfect itinerary for 2 weeks in Malaysia. Not only that, but we share all of our top travel tips so you can spend less time planning, and more time enjoying your travels.
After our week in Singapore we go back to Malaysia (again). Singapore was the best! We had fun meeting old friends, making new ones, exploring the city and finally getting our laptop fixed! The border crossing Singapore-Malaysia is a different story… It’s the most chaotic border crossing we have experienced so far…
CROSSING THE BORDER OF SINGAPORE – MALAYSIA
Friday-afternoon we get on a bus to Melaka, Malaysia. Quickly we notice it’s a mistake to go on a Friday afternoon; we are not the only ones.
Lots of Malay people work in Singapore, but go back home for the weekend. It’s crowded, especially at the Malaysian border. We leave Singapore by crossing a bridge, and we immediately end up in a big traffic jam. After a while we finally reach the point were they check our passports and bags. People are screaming and running to be the first in line. It’s madness.
It’s weekend, relax! For us it’s not a surprise that the Chinese people behind us ‘accidentally’ bump into us, just because they want to move one spot. At some point the woman is standing between us. Why?!
Luckily we survive it (also the big “I have visa” screaming line cutter) and continue our trip. When we arrive in Melaka we find a place to sleep and get some dinner. Then it’s time to pass out.
We only have one day, or actually one morning + afternoon, to explore Melaka. Luckily the city is not big, we have enough time to see most highlights. And we like it very much. It’s such a cute place. And the colourful rickshaws are hilarious!
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By bus we travel from Brunei to Miri, but we only stay there overnight. The next morning we catch the early bus to Kuching. It is a long bus ride of 716 kilometres (445 miles) in total. We leave Miri at 7am and we arrive in Kuching at 10:30pm, how crazy? We have lots of rain during the day, so it took longer than expected. We’ll stay in Kuching for almost a week before travelling further to Singapore. We find Kuching is a lovely city and Bako National Park, close to Kuching, is one of the highlights of our world trip so far!
ANOTHER COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE
Our new couchsurfing host Hamady arranges our pick-up at the bus station. He’s a Senegalese professor who lives in Malaysia. Upon arrival at his home we are welcomed open-armed and with pizza! After the long day we can definitely use some pizza. He lives relatively far away from the city centre, but he tells us we don’t need to worry about transportation: he will fix it for us whenever we need.
The next day we go with him to the University where he works. He researches mosquitos at the University of Kuching and we check out his laboratory. We wander around the University and see his work. Together with a friend of Hamady we go to the supermarket to do groceries, for the BBQ at night. Soon we notice we are used to the Dutch way of BBQ with lots of baquette, vegetables, fruit and different kinds of meat. Still we enjoy the BBQ very much – with lots of meat – and have a fun night together.
Last year, during my 3 months long trip around Southeast Asia, I visited the Capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. In all honesty, while the rest of Malaysia is definitely beautiful and full of charm (you have already read about my love for Pulau Langkawi, where I spent New Year’s eve 2016), Kuala Lumpur was not my favorite city. Maybe it is my fault, but I could not find the real soul of the city. Although there is one thing that impressed me very much: the way the Malay Capital celebrates the happiest time of the year, the most gay feast of them all, Christmas. In December, the whole city of Kuala Lumpur is in full swing for Christmas celebrations: a joyous triumph of lights, trees beautifully decorated, buzzing shopping malls full of Santa Clauses… the Malays know how to throw a big party in honor of Xmas! Even the gigantic airport of Kuala Lumpur, KLIA2, was full of decorations where even the Peanuts were invited to participate to this gay feast!
Every year over 2 million tourists choose to spend their holidays in the Heaven Island of Langkawi… so how could I miss out? Langkawi is a big island in the Archipelago of Malaysia (Pulau in the local language means Island) on the Andaman Sea: the archipelago counts 104 islands, of which only 2 are inhabited, one of them being Langkawi! The island received the Global Geopark status by UNESCO in 2007 for its diverse and astounding geological heritage. In all honesty I didn’t know Langkawi was a Heaven Island, so popular! It looks like in the recent few years an increasing number of Indians and Southeast Asians are choosing its heavenly beaches for celebrating marriages, Bollywood style, and in general to spend their holidays. I can confirm that without any doubt! I realized it just as soon as I arrived to the pier of Penang, where I had to wait the ferry to reach the Heaven Island of Langkawi: I was surrounded by ordes of youngsters heading to Langkawi to celebrate New Year’s Eve in this beautiful spot.
What’s it like travelling in Malaysia? It’s all about the rasa sayang or Feel the Love! And boy did we have plenty of rasa sayang moments in this awesome country. Our video highlights start with the wildlife of Borneo, especially the orang utans, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants which we saw in the wild near the Kinabatangan River in Sabbah. You can also see orang utans at the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, proboscis monkeys at the Bako National Park – both near Kuching in Sarawak. ]]>