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We visited Malaysia for a couple of weeks in between Thailand and Philippines. Our flight from Thailand to Philippines connected at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, so we thought, why not stay in Malaysia for a couple of weeks?

Malaysia has a lot of green energy around the country. Palm and rubber plantation is the local business. I was very surprised to see most of the countryside covered by palm and rubber plants. If one day the world runs out of petrol, Malaysia can stand out with their own green energy.

In Malaysia, most of people are of Muslim religion, some of them are chinese. So I was sometimes concerned about what to do and what to wear. I didn’t want to disrespect the place or the people. Even in Kuala Lumpur I felt this.

Foreigners from many countries can enter Malaysia without having to apply for a visa. Depending on your citizenship, you could be granted a 14, 30, or 90 day visa at the airport. As far as I can tell, US citizens can enter indefinitely, as long as it’s for social, academic, or business purposes. You can check the Malaysian Immigration website for Malaysia’s visa requirements by country.

During our two weeks in Malaysia, we stayed for one week at Kuala Lumpur and one week in Penang.

Kuala Lumpur

Twin tower Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city in Malaysia by population. During our week in Kuala Lumpur, we stayed in Chinatown, and also checked out the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). Here’s more about my first trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Penang

Nice resort right on the beach

Dinner and relaxing in Penang

Penang is an island off the west coast of Malaysia. We took a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Penang bus station, which took about four or five hours. We flew back by plane. Batu Ferringhi is the place that we stayed in Penang. In Batu Ferringhi you can relax and enjoy the most beautiful sunset in Malaysia. I loved the “satay” dishes and seafood plate from the local food court.

My First Trip to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Multi cultured and “truly Asia”. Many international flights stop over here. If you find yourself on a flight to Kuala Lumpur airport, it’s a good opportunity to take a trip into Kuala Lumpur city centre.

This is my first trip to Kuala Lumpur, we catch the bus from the airport to the city. Our destination is Petaling Street, Chinatown. We book and stay in Chinatown for a week. The reason is that this place close to shopping, food and transportation.

Chinatown is the place for shopping. There is a massive amount of products such as handbags, watches, clothes, etc. And the cheap restaurants. We can sip beer and watch all the people shuffling past. Chinatown is also where we  found the “clay pot” restaurant, where they serve a delicious rice dish in a clay pot.

We walk to “central market” in the morning to have the famous Old Town White Coffee. With the special coffee beans roasted. It was a good taste.

During the daytime, we went explored the main city – Kuala Lumpur City Centre or KLCC. We wander around the world-famous “Petronas Towers” (also known as the Petronas Twin Towers). This area has good food.

We catch the MRT (train) to get there and walk all the way back to Chinatown because we want to explore the KLCC a bit more.

The Petronas Twin Towers is so beautiful and looks elegant and is surrounded by a park which is impressive to see. There is a sign in the building that reads “No Photos!!”  I only see that after I take a couple shots…

Then, we go for walk and take some pictures around the park. There is a human built lake and a swimming pool next to it.

I notice something strange – most of the kids are swimming in the pool with their clothes on (not swimwear).

We keep walking until we come to a bridge. That point is the most beautiful view of the Petronas Towers. Suddenly we hear a whistle from a distance. We look up and see security pointing at us and then to her feet, as though we are doing something wrong. We are very confused at the moment. We look down and see a sign that reads “No Shoes Allowed”. Now I get it.

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