I took my biggest trip ever and went to Malaysia (with a stop in South Korea before getting there!). The trip was wonderful and so different than anything I’ve ever experienced. Packing was also different, as I wanted to respect their culture and be more modest so I packed mostly long skirts and knee length dresses. It was very warm though so that was a little challenging. My favorite parts were taking the train everywhere, people watching, seeing the Petronas Towers and going to the Batu Caves.
The monkey on the picture below is the monkey that attacked me as I tried to make my way up to see the caves. He was trying to take my bag for food! Since my camera was inside I held on tightly to the bag until a stranger yelled at them and they let go. My heart was pounding so hard as I looked at them and realized there was a baby monkey attached to the big monkey!!! Made me smile, but I was still scared.
Here are some of my tips if you plan on going to Malaysia:
– Use the Klia Express and the trains to get around. It’s very cheap and it takes you everywhere, including malls.
– Taxis are very cheap BUT, always opt for the white or yellow taxis. The blue ones are executive cabs and will always be more expensive.
– Always ask if the taxi is metered. If it isn’t, take a different one. Taxis that run without a meter will charge you whatever they want and love to prey on tourists.
– A “lift” is actually the elevator :-).
– If you want your drink “to go” ask for “take away” instead.
– Bring a universal charger for your phone as your regular one won’t work. I have this one from Amazon.
– Don’t bother bringing you hair dryer unless it’s dual voltage or it won’t work. Most hotels will have them in the rooms.
– Always keep some toilet paper in your purse as sometimes it is not available in bathrooms.
– If you open a bathroom stall and you see there’s only a hole in the floor, try the next door until you find a regular toilet :-).
– Wear modest clothing. No cleavage or short dresses/skirts.
– Be open to trying new foods! The city of Kuala Lumpur is one of the best places to enjoy Malay, Chinese and Indian food.
That’s all I remember! I had a fantastic time! Cheers to traveling!