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It is never easy to describe something in a mere 400 words. This guide is for those who want to get a glimpse of Malaysia but don’t have the luxury of time to read.

One of the Philippines’ richest neighbors in terms of biodiversity and Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Malaysia, is a typical Southeast Asian nation with cities, beaches, rivers, forests, mountains, and caves all in one place. If you like the convenience of the city, you can choose to live in one of its high-rise apartments that give you easy access to malls and public transportation. And if you feel like you want to de-stress for the weekend, you can always take a short drive to Port Dickson, just 1.5 hours away from the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

The Petronas is a major tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur.
Image: IQ Remix on Flickr

Malaysia is one of my favorite countries for food because I love the perfect balance of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy, and tangy flavors imbued within its local meals. As a rice lover, there is no better way to enjoy Malaysian food with this rich carbohydrate source.

Some Tips on Visiting Malaysia:

  • Southeast Asian tourists are allowed, visa-free, up to 30 days in Malaysia. Long-term visa is only given to those with employment passes and for those traveling for medical reasons.
  • It is generally affordable to stay in Malaysia. It is way more affordable compared to its direct neighbors, Brunei and Singapore. For example, a private hostel room for two can go from 20-25 USD a night; while a shared one can go as low as 5 USD a night.
  • What I love most about Malaysia is its food and coffee, best enjoyed at local food joints usually situated in markets. Got 5 USD? You’ve got a long way to go, and will probably cover your breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
  • It is best to enjoy the country through its well-connected public transportation. However, if you need to take a cab, take an Uber or GrabTaxi instead because taxis are not usually metered and you have to negotiate the price with the driver.
  • As with any country in the world: eat (then walk), pray and love!

Get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂

The Durian has a peculiar, pungent smell, but it is a delicacy in Malaysia.
Image: Mohd Hafizuddin Husin on Flickr

P.S. The key to sustainable travel is universal: take public transportation, stay in accommodation where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter), walk as much as you can, wake up early, stay away from guidebooks, immerse yourself in local language, culture and history. Make sure you visit local cafés and know that the possibilities are endless if you follow your gut!


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