We arrived to Malaysia from Myanmar happy to be in a new country and excited to be nearing the end of our trip. We only had 6 days to see what we most wanted to see, so we chose to do what was recommended to us by other travellers- Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown. Kuala Lumpur (KL) was a pretty obvious one since we were there anyway, and Georgetown is probably the second most visited place that is famous for it’s street art.
We took a bus and the metro to get to our host’s house. They were a couple, Sasha was Malaysian and Olga was from Ukraine and living here for four years. We met up with them and they opened their beautiful apartment to us. It was a really modern place with a great view from the balcony, and also a gym room and a swimming pool. My kinda apartment.
Already we decided to go out and explore. We checked out the grand city, which is just as modern as any other downtown area in Canada, but maybe more beautiful with the palm trees and tropical flowers. Our first stop was the twin towers, which are really magnificent buildings. There are great viewing points in the park next to it.
Next was the viewing deck of what is their version of the Harbour centre or the Space Needle. We got a view of the whole city, which was nice, but maybe not quite as spectacular from above as some other cities. With the ticket we paid $1 extra to see the upside down house, which sounds kind of lame, but we actually had a lot of fun taking pictures in it. It’s literally a house build upside down with the furniture glued to the ceiling.
After that we checked out one of the fancy malls, which was HUGE. I’ve never seen a mall so big, but it’s very common in Malaysia as I found out near the end of the trip. From there we walked to Chinatown and the central market, which were really fun to look through. Lots of good deals around if you know how to bargain, but also lots of junk you don’t need.
Finally, in the evening we went to the somewhat hidden Heli Bar. It’s a bar on top of a heli pad that lets in anyone until 9PM when the dress code changes and it turns into a club. We just went for a (very pricy) beer to check out the view for sunset. It was really beautiful and I would recommend trying to find this place if you’re in town. It’s not advertised outside at all, you just have to map it well to the right building. But yeah, sunset was gorgeous and the view was maybe even better than the actual viewing centre.
That night we made it home still early enough to catch a movie with our hosts. They were going to see Star Wars and Harry and I went to the Avengers. Our movie times synced quite well so it was perfect, and we only had to pay $5 each for the tickets. Way cheaper than Belgium, so why not?
The next day we made our way to Georgetown. For 35 ringgit (a bit more than $10 CAD) we had a really fancy bus with super fast wifi. We watched Netflix the whole ride, it was great. We were dropped off on the island quite far from Georgetown itself, so from there we hitch hiked to the centre. We were picked up by a really nice guy picking up his daughter from swimming lessons and he took us to the central bus station in Georgetown so we could get a bus to our hosts place. From there it was an easy bus to his house (his name was Michael, Australian) and we were greeted by him and his friends and this Australian pub/restaurant in the downstairs area of his resort-style apartment, complex, whatever you want to call it. We had a great time meeting new people and eating western food, then we dropped our stuff off in his place.
I said the last host’s apartment was nice, well this place was AMAZING. Really a beautiful place, so fancy. The swimming pool was an infinite pool (we went for a dip a little while after dinner) and the gym had all of the latest equipment. Everything was very modern and was decorated with lots of palm trees and tropical flowers. And Michael was a super nice guy, really did whatever he could to make us comfortable and treat his guests well. He is someone we certainly hope to repay the favour to some day.
So Georgetown. First we went north to the beach, quite a ways outside of Georgetown. By the time we got there the weather wasn’t looking so great, so we briefly checked it out and then turned around and went to the downtown area. We spent the day just walking around and checking out all of the street art points. There are tours you can take, likely free ones as well, but we chose to do our own tour from what we found online and from good ol’ Maps.Me. There are some “ok” art pieces that are made out of wire, and they’re cool and tell a story, but not exactly what we were looking for so we tried to skip those ones since there were so many more to see. We found the best ones around the town and took a ton of photos, and even enjoyed posing with a few of them. ‘
We ended the night back at the apartment and looking for groceries to cook. We were shocked at how expensive the groceries were and ended up getting frozen pizzas for a much cheaper price. When we got back inside, there was another couchsurfer from Vancouver. We chatted about home and where we were both from and grew up; it was cool to reminisce a bit.
the next day we were really sad to leave already, but we had to. We made our way back to KL, but this time took a ferry across the water from Georgetown and hopped on a bus from Butterworth. It was a bit easier this way to go back, we figured, plus the ferry ride was free.
Several hours later we arrived and took the metro back to Sasha and Olga’s house. We arrived quite late so we said hello and everyone soon went to bed after.
The next morning was our last day. We went to check out the Batu caves, which were very close by, and Olga was nice enough to drive us to them and pick us up after. They were religious caves in the free section, and there was a paid section where you could go deep into the cave. Of course we stuck to the free part. It was nice, but I would say nothing special.
The rest of the afternoon we spent chilling out, and at 4PM we caught a GRAB (like Uber) to the airport, and that was that. Our trip was over, and we flew back to Belgium via Qatar (great airline, by the way). We had a lot of fun, now it’s time to relax our brains for a while from the travelling scene. I say this and yet in three weeks my parents are coming to visit and I’m showing them around Italy for 2.5 weeks. Anyway, ta ta for now, folks.