First Taste of Malaysia

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Where I stayed
Stardust Guest House Georgetown
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Malaysia  , Pinang,
Friday, January 4, 2013

Malaysia seems to be an amazing mix of East meets West. So developed, it feels very 'western' to us after being away for awhile, but with a decidedly Asian flare. It also has a fantastic blend of cultures here: Malay, Chinese, Muslim, Indian.  As well as religious beliefs.  What a wonderful blend of people in such a friendly and laid back atmosphere. Tourist are here – in the plenty, but you don't feel as though you stand out as much. Tourists just fit in. Things haven't been changed as much to accommodate. No big restaurants, and few outlandish hotels (certainly not where we were). Guest houses quietly post that they can provide tours and onward transportation, but nothing is in your face or with high pressures to buy.

When we left Koh Lanta we really didn't know where we were going to go. I had a big park that I wanted to visit on the peninsula, and we knew we would have to fly out of Kuala Lumpur, but other than that?

It seemed that there was a reasonable minibus ticket to the Georgetown, on the island of Penang. So that's where we were dropped. After getting over the shock of arrival and the mingin sleep in the dorms (we quickly found a new place to stay) we had a chance to wander around
and actually enjoyed ourselves.

Georgetown centre is a cute crumbling old British colony. I loved wandering the back streets taking pictures of decaying buildings with flaking paint. We only had to shoo off Brian's paparazzi once. I don't know what it is, but that man is asked to have his photo taken by strangers more than I take his picture!

On the main streets, Brian was in a shopping paradise. It's been awhile since shops have sold any more than the bare necessities, so he was gawping into camera stores, watch stores, stores selling scuba equipment, army surplus, toys, sunglasses, and low and behold e-cigarettes! I was content just to oggle over the beautiful batik fabrics.

For our taste buds, it was a true first taste of Malaysia. Chinese street food stalls, roasted chestnuts, pickled fruits...Little India had our senses full. It amazes me how you can walk in just one street and have your ears full of bollywood music, eyes filled with glittering saris, nose full of incense - and not just hearing, seeing and smelling - it's like someone is forcefully ramming it into your orphaces! So we went with it and crammed our mouths full of naan and dahl :)

So far it looks like we're going to enjoy our time in Malaysia!

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