67% of the country is covered by forests! We flew into Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which features a natural rainforest in the middle of the terminal. Coming from the desert, I was only too elated to see so much green!
Much has happened on the personal and professional front in the last few months since Nepal in April that we deserved a mini-break early September. We chose Malaysia, and agreed on doing a Yin vacation! While initially, I wanted to make the most of the 8 days, better sense prevailed and we decided to take it easy, having a fabulous time in the process.
The itinerary was nothing out-of-the-box but enough to keep us busy the whole length:
- Flew in to KLIA and directly from there to the island of Langkawi
- Kuala Lumpur
Langkawi was as beautiful as it’s made out to be. It also helped that we were present during off-season and hence crowds were sparse.
A considerable part of Penang time was spent in search of vegetarian ‘Malay’ food which, for your information, doesn’t exist (i’m not counting Indian cuisine here, which is available in plenty). And then I discovered the small but popular world of Sino-Buddhist cuisine in Georgetown, the capital!
Kuala Lumpur was as interesting as a big city could be. We had a wonderful view of the Twin towers from our room, feasted on a widespread breakfast buffet and watched a lovely musical of the city’s history.
I loved the little I saw of Malaysia! Like many other places, a week or two just doesn’t justify taking in all that a country has to offer. If I could come again, I would – and it would be East Malaysia and perhaps a trek up Kota Kinabalu!
But overall, a much awaited detox trip. Some pictures below, more coming soon!
The eagle, that symbolizes Langkawi
Chinese quarter, Penang
Malaysia, the asian melting pot