Why you should add Malaysia to your Indie/RTW trip
- If you took the cultures of Southeast Asia and pureed them, the result would be something like Malaysia.
- Consisting of parts Chinese, Indian and indigenous cultures, Malaysia is at once a rich nation with many poor people and an interesting enigma of a travel destination.
- Malaysia is one of the world's most eclectic food paradises.
- It's almost like Malaysia is two separate countries - one full of culture and variety, one (Borneo) an outdoor lover's paradise.
- It's probably the easiest country in Southeast Asia to travel in.
Indie travel tips for Malaysia
- Malaysia doesn't have attractions so much as it has regions.
- Malaysia is so packed with things to do that that you're better off picking out what you have time for, rather than trying to see it all.
- For urban and architectural attractions, travel to capital city Kuala Lumpur and see the twin towers, buildings, and other examples of Malysia's incongruous commitment to industrialization.
- For more natural beauty, scuba dive on one of Malaysia's many islands. For more detailed recommendations, check different regions of Malasyia.
- Rent a motorbike in Penang and head southwest to explore the smaller villages of the island.
- Head to Teluk Bahang to experience Penang's tropical beauty. Hike along the coast to Monkey Beach.
International flights come in to Kuala Lumpur airport and a host of flights from all around Asia land there every day. Once in the country, buses and trains will cart you around Malaysia; buses are generally faster and more expensive, trains slower and cheaper. Renting a car might be the best way for you to maximize your vacation.