Last day - Farewell Malaysia

Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
Trip End Dec 20, 2011

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Flag of Malaysia  , Johor,
Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 232;

Got a new black t shirt today, tescos rocks, 8ringgit and I'm sorted!!
Got a pizza hut deal today as well so happy with that! Two big proper pizzas yum yum

End of Malaysia

How to sum up Malaysia?

Rich - I think we hadn't really expected quite how wealthy a country Malaysia is and all the people in it, kids in the shopping centres, the ones in Kuala Lumpur were ridiculous, and everywhere else has been the same - imagine Christmas rush last minute shopping in Chichester or Portsmouth and that is what the shopping centres look like on a daily basis, and there all kids!!!All spending money on food and clothes and they are not cheap, the clothes seem more expensive and food costs in these places are pretty similar to home, the cars they drive, whether its brand new BMWs to old protons they all spend even more money on bodykits, alloy wheels, speaker systems, neon lights, and this is everyone young or old male or female, car modification is BIG!
You cannot find a room for less than around 10 pounds and you don't get a lot for your money,but taxi's seem reasonable, whether on meter or not they don't seem to be out to rip you of like we have found in other countries, buses are a good way to get around really cheap for long journeys extremely comfortable, and local buses a great experience with the manic driving and booming music!

Food - well for all meat eaters its a great country with a lot of choice and diversity, you can always find stalls selling a variety of meats cooked in different styles and hygiene is relatively high, for vegetarians especially fussy one's like myself it is hard work at time, when in big citys its fine as you have all the good old western food but still a struggle, they don't really understand or get vegetarians, so as long as you don't mind veggies in sauce or noodles anyone can get by, be it a little boring!

Friendly - the majority of the people we have met have been so helpful and nice, makes a country so appealing.

Variety - it has so much going on with culture, there are so many different counties all housed under one roof and as you move around the country you can see it change, from Chinese, to Indian,in the main and everything else inbetween, the different religious beliefs and ways of living its so nice to see the way they all just get along.

We have enjoyed all of our journeys its so easy to get on a train or a bus and get to where you want to be and you get to see some of the most beautiful country side, and how life is really lived out of a big city.

Off the beaten track we found some lovely places, the people so friendly and welocming even though you do get stared at quite a lot, I think we are still hardened to it after India.

We did notice there is still a kind segregation between a lot of the country they may all live as one but when you look at groups who are all together we haven't really seen groups that have people of different ethnicicity within that group, the Chinese stick to the Chinese, the Muslims to the Muslims, the Indians to the Indians and so on, and all to there areas, but still it all seems to work. A little sad to say though that its quite difficult to spot what would be a genuine Malaysian, you can, and you do see very few but seems that Malaysia is kind of made up of and influenced by, little bits of different countries from all over the world - nice in some aspects but in others your left thinking - well what exactly is Malaysian culture then???

Overall Malaysia is a country that we have really enjoyed, we haven't been able to do as much as we would have liked but the expense can really make an impact on the old budget, would definitely come back again but have more money and really get to enjoy everything it has to offer!
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