Malaysia Roundtrip

It´s cold here in Finland at the moment so I thought I revise a trip we had last summer. Back then we spent about a month touring Malaysia. Here are some of the shots. As usual, more photos less talk.

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First Stop – Kuala Lumpur


Kuala Lumpur turned out to be an interesting mixture of old and new. We spent there five days or so.

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Batu Caves


Batu Caves is a place just outside Kuala Lumpur. These old caves are one of the most popular hindu shrines outside India. The stairs to the main entrance don´t look too bad but believe me, in that climate it takes a toll.

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 Food Streets


In the evenings, some of the streets got crowded of people looking for something to eat. These photos are from Jalan Alor and nearby.

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A man waiting for customers.

Kota Kinabalu


From Kuala Lumpur we headed off the mainland and to Borneo. Our destination was a little town called Kota Kinabalu. It´s close to Mt. Kinabalu and we would have wanted to hike in the park around the mountain. Unfortunately though, there had just been an earthquake and we weren´t able to go further in the park.

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We wanted to do some hiking at the Mt. Kinabalu park. Unfortunately ´though, there had recently been an earthquake and the park was closed from the main parts. So had to settle for a smaller hike further away from the mountain.

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The evening market at Kota Kinabalu

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We took a trip to see proboscis monkeys which are rare and can only be seen at Borneo. Well, we didn´t see any, but got a nice sunset instead.

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Some of the other sunset seekers at the beach…

 

Pulau Perhentian


For the next few days this little island of Pulau Perhentian, a tiny island just outside the north-east coast of Malaysia, was our accomodation. I must say, after the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur this little island really felt like a paradise. No cars, not even streets. There was just one path going through the jungle from one side of the island to the other and it took about 20 minutes to walk it.

The days mainly included snorkeling, lying in a hammock and reading. While snorkeling, I had my first ever encounter with a shark. Ok, ok, it was “only” a reef shark which almost never attack people but it sounds way cooler when I leave the last part out. At least let me emphasize the ALMOST never part…

A paradise. If you are traveling that area, we highly recommend spending a few days here.

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“Our” beach…

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Divers about to leave for an evening dive.

 

Taman Negara National Park


 

After some serious relaxing we got back to mainland and headed to Taman Negara national park. We stayed in this little village called Kuala Tahan just outside the park area.

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The fish was fresh in these riverside boat restaurants. “What´s the fish of the day? Well, let´s see what the net catches.”

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Leaving Kuala Tahan and heading to Cameron Highlands. It appears we had the slower boat.

Cameron Highlands


The next stop was Cameron highlands. In my opinion, this place was different from the rest of the Malaysia we had seen so far. For one, as it was higher above the sea level, the climate was different. But it wasn’t just that.

We stayed in a little town called Tanah Rata and maybe it was just me but I found the influence of the europeans in the history very strong here or at least in this little town. Or who knows, maybe it was just that the climate was a bit cooler and I wasn´t sweating all the time and that triggered some “europeanity” thing in me .

A jungle hike climbing to a small mountain. The day was cloudy so on top you didn´t see anywhere but it was definitely worth it.

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The mossy forest, Cameron Highlands. This place was like a scene from the Lord of the Rings.

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A carnivorous plant in the mossy forest.

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Tea fields. Cameron highland is famous for tea.

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Tea pickers.

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A tea picker at work.

 

George town


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Chilling in the afternoon heat.

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Strolling around the streets we noticed that there were plenty of amazing murals. Here are some of them. I found the ones combining real things and paint the most interesting.

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We were in luck as we got to George town in the middle of UNESCO heritage celebrations. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. The historic city of George town is on the UNESCO world heritage list.

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Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house. George town was a place where many cultures met.

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We got a tip from Anthony Bourdain saying the Red Garden is where to eat when in George Town. The roasted duck in one of the places was a-ma-zing.

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After George Town we came back to Kuala Lumpur. A few more days there and then a flight back home.

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