Penang - KL - Malaka
07.01.2015 - 17.01.2015
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From few websites, here is the best things to do in Malaysia :
1: visiting the island of Langkawi
2: Pertentian Island for snorkelling
4: Penang Island
5: Mount Kinabalu - Borneo
6 : Kinabatangan - Borneo
7: Sipadan Island - diving
8: Cameron Highlands
9: Taman Negara
10 MYR = 2.5 euros
Day 1 :
Once arrived in Penang, the rain didn’t want to stop, Tom has been around to find a good guesthouse not too expensive.
We paid 50 R a night for a double room shared bathroom. (75 travellers lodge)
One first thing good to know: free buses around George Town.
What we could notice in this city is that Coffee shops are everywhere.
After Australia, where the coffees are very good, I was surprised to see such a good quality of coffees.
I can remember a selfie one : the guy could reproduce a face on the top; an another was a shop where they sell coffee machines and the coffee was very good as well.
One on Armenian street, Coffee brew, uses different world blends.
It is on this street that you will find most of the street arts.
See below some of them, very beautiful, so close to the reality.
George town is a part of culture, history and also a shopping area where you can find 3 different malls.
We eat in a sushi train restaurant for reasonable prices.
We didn’t find any proper Malaysian brand, all of them are international ( Uniqlo,Hm..)
We went to the cinema for 11 R.
The mc Donald is cheap in Malayasia : 6R for a meal, compare to 150 baht minimum in Thailand !
It is not that we don’ t like eat country food but sometimes, a break, is enjoyable ^^.
A seat massage for 1 R for 3 min
The jetty of George town offers a good view and it is something to see for my part . It is a part of the history of this city.
Day 2 :
We rent a scooter for 20 R a day but it was very dangerous, really, we drove already in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, but Penang is a high level of traffic, lot of high way and people drive just as crasy people.
Batu Feringgi : the beach is not exceptional at all , lot of activities on the water though.
We saw a jellyfish that one local removed with his own hand lol.
The national park looks to be interesting but with the bad weather, we didn’t do it.
We discovered what the Lok Lok is : cheap street brochettes food that you boiled yourself in the bowl.
We skipped Cameron highlands due to the rain ...
picture from a cafe.
KL is a big city,we didn't expect that when we got there.
It is actually a shopping city, you can find shops everywhere especially in Bukit Bintang
The price is the same than in Europe for big brand as HM,Uniqlo,Topman etc.
There is one shopping mall different than other in the world :Berjaya Time Square: it has an attraction at the top floor.
Food is about 6 to 8 MYR.
I liked going to "Tous les jours" Korean cafe, they serve nice bakery and very good coffees.
About the nightlife, there are plenty of bars in the city, you can listen Live music, just chill in the bar,go clubbing depend on you.
For girls: Ladys night in some bars : free drinks all night long
We stayed in " Eight Guesthouse" for 50 MYR a night.
We saw a tiny kitten,took care of him and sadly,he disappeared.
Personal Info : On the 12th january, To became uncle .
Thanks to Emeline and Morgan, met in Phi Phi island, we met the couchsurfer Farid.
We had a good night in one bar and the next day he brought us Putruraya and Malaka
Things interesting to see in KL:
- Botanic garden
- Indian temple Chinatown
- Petronas tower and his park ( better to see it at night)
- Free chocolate testing at Cocoa boutique ( didn't try it )
- Helipad rooftop, beautiful view of all city ( 2 drinks for 50 )
- KL City gallery (5 per person and then you can buy souvenirs with this amount) and Merdeka neighborhood
- Genting highlands if you have more time.
Malaka is a town on the south west of Malaysia.
It is interesting to see,especially on week end as there is a market on.
There are a lot of free museums,this is one of the main reason why Malaka is famous: for its culture.
2 days stay is widely enough.
We stayed in Motel Sayang Sayang for 40 MYR a night and then Jiong House for 45 ( during the week end). Both are ok.
Food : I advise you to try a satay fondu 1 R per brochette, and the restaurant pak putra with its Tandori +naan ( 11MYR).
price: 3.5 to 6 MYR for a regular meal.
Shopping mall east city and cinema if you get bored.
I bought some artisan painting wood to a wonderful guy who is working hard and do a great job :
"Artisanal gallery" in shoppin mall dataran pahlaun,turn right,first one; here his facebook as the website doesn't work anymore : https://www.facebook.com/azmil.johani?fref=ts
In Malaka,you can also do a River cruise,Rent bike for 10MYR a day,do a trip in Tuk Tuk and visit the Fort.