Malaysia is a beautiful blend of several cultures -Malays, Chinese, Indians, Indigenous tribes and Islam. Divided into two regions – Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia – it has to offer astonishing beaches, tropical forests, marvellous architecture and great coffee!
There is a great deal to experience if you are set our to explore Malaysia. A trip to thriving financial capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL), is a must! For a taste of nightlife, shopping, local Chinese and Indian markets. A short drive from KL lies Malaka – a UNESCO world heritage site and also the birthplace of Malays. If you are in search for some peaceful time amongst the mountains and plantation – Cameroon Highland is the place to be. For the love of wildlife, adventure and pristine beaches travel all the way to East Malaysia comprising states of -Sabah, Sarawak and Borneo.
Are you ready to explore Malaysia?
With my blogs on Malaysia, I take you through my journey. Right from the ultimate guide to visiting Malaysia, which answers all your questions about planning the trip. To location-specific blogs on Kulalampur, Sabah and Cameroon Highlands. On these blogs, you will find; things to do, where to stay and how to save money while travelling to Malaysia. For all you vegan travellers out there, I have the perfect vegan food guide to Malaysia. It is also great for vegetarians travelling to Malaysia. Adding to the culinary experience, read my experience in search of the best coffee in Malaysia!
So go ahead, explore Malaysia through my words!
Best Books to Read Before Visiting Malaysia
Crossroads: A Popular History of Malaysia and Singapore by Jim Baker
is an insightful and informative book that traces the history of Malaysia and Singapore from ancient times to the present day. The book covers a wide range of topics, from the rise and fall of ancient empires to the struggles for independence and the modern era of economic growth and development. For those interested in travelling to Malaysia, Crossroads is an excellent resource for learning about the country’s rich and diverse history.
Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope
is a true story of the financial scandal involving the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB. The book provides an inside look at the corruption and greed that led to the theft of billions of dollars from the fund, and the international investigation that followed. For those travelling to Malaysia, Billion Dollar Whale offers a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked power and corruption.
The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds by Selina Sian Chin Yoke
is a novel that tells the story of a woman named Chye Hoon, who grows up in a rural village in Malaysia in the early 20th century. The book provides a fascinating portrayal of life in colonial Malaysia and explores themes of identity, family, and tradition. For those travelling to Malaysia, The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds offers a glimpse into the country’s rich cultural heritage and history.
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
is a magical realism novel that takes place in 1930s Malaysia. The book tells the story of a young houseboy named Ren and a dance hall girl named Ji Lin, whose lives become intertwined as they search for a missing finger that may be connected to a series of deaths. The Night Tiger provides a captivating and atmospheric portrayal of Malaysia, its history, and its people, making it a must-read for anyone travelling to Malaysia.
The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
is a novel that tells the story of a young man named Philip Hutton, who grows up in Penang, Malaysia during the Japanese occupation of World War II. The book provides a poignant and powerful portrayal of the complexities of identity, family, and love, against the backdrop of a tumultuous period in Malaysia’s history. For those travelling to Malaysia, The Gift of Rain offers a compelling and emotional look at the country’s past and present.