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10 Reasons NOT to visit Malaysia

Being a born and bred Malaysian, I sometimes take my country for granted.
As mentioned in this post, my parents (usually my mom's initiative) used to
organize family trips during the school holidays. 

I have to say, there are so many beautiful sites I've not had the chance
 to visit yet and I hope to do so soon.

But what's with the title then? Well, thanks to a writer who decided to use
 a similar title, I was curious to learn why he felt that way only to discover
 that he was just being cheeky.

pretty much sums up the best about Malaysia in his story
which I've included below. I couldn't have written it better myself. 
Read on to find out why you should NEVER visit Malaysia. Oops, I meant absolutely SHOULD!


Why you should Never visit Malaysia
This beach is obviously not where you want to spend your vacation. Pulau Besar, Mersing.

Why you should Never visit Malaysia
An unhappy scene, also Pulau Besar, Mersing.

Why you should Never visit Malaysia
Disappointing shades of blue. Salang, Tioman Island.


Why you should Never visit Malaysia
A elderly man would rather play with boxes than work. Malacca.

Fisherman, Malaysia
Providing fish for his family and teaching his younger children his trade…Supposedly. Endau, Johor.


Why you should Never visit Malaysia
I mean, these holidaymakers aren’t even taking sunset selfies. Tekek, Tioman Island.

sunset rice field malaysia
Where is the beauty? Rice paddies in Air Papan, Johor.

sunset salang tioman island malaysia
Just an ordinary sunset from Salang, Tioman Island.


Why you should Never visit Malaysia
A sad and lonely girl in Juara, Tioman Island.

kuantan pahang sunrise TC beach
At least the water is warm enough for morning swims. Teluk Cempendak Beach, Kuantan, Pahang.

Why you should Never visit Malaysia
All alone on TC Beach, Kuantan from the Hyatt Regency.


malacca chinese temple
Morbid scenes from the oldest Chinese temple in Malacca.

st pauls melaka malacca
St Pauls in Malacca, built in 1521.

Indian wedding malaysia
Father and son at an Indian wedding ceremony.


Why you should Never visit Malaysia
Nope, not enough trees here. Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo Island.

sabah kinabatangan river
River Safari on the Kinabatagan River, Sabah, Borneo Island.


Malaysian children kids school
Hostile Malaysian youths.

tengah island
So unfriendly. Tengah Island, Johor.


alley no 5, coffee shop melaka malacca
No one serves a good coffee here. Alley no. 5, Malacca.

coffee shop malacca melaka
And there just aren’t any interesting coffee shops to spend a morning at. Limau Limau, Malacca.


petronas towers kuala lumpur, malaysia, fountains, grand hyatt
I mean look at those colourful fountains swaying to the music. Who would want to be there?

akid_one anokayer kuala lumpur malaysia
The city clearly has no street culture, no vibe or artists. Akid_One, Kuala Lumpur.


salang snorkel scuba jetty tioman island
The water just isn’t clear enough to snorkel. Salang, Tioman Island.

Why you should Never visit Malaysia
No fun was had here. Supping in Juara ,Tioman Island

rock climbing batu cave malaysia
The most terrifying experience of my life. Rock climbing behind the Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Visit Malaysia Instagrams Vaughan McShane-31.jpg
Justifiably, this kid thinks we are completely nuts. Supping on Lake Tasik Biru, Selangor (30 minutes from KL) with
 Oxbold Adventures.
Now that you’ve seen the evidence for yourself you’ll have probably realised that
 I made a HUGE mistake in the title of this post. It should read: 10 reasons why
 you SHOULD absolutely visit Malaysia.
There is so much beauty, culture and warmth here (the warmth is literal btw, I’m
talking over 30 celcius everyday) that if you are in the neighbourhood, you would be
doing yourself an injustice not to stop over and even if you aren’t, Malaysia has some
of the best islands and beaches in the world and the life underwater is just spectacular.
Scuba divers have known about Malaysia forever but the rest of you probably haven’t.
It’s not just about the island’s and beaches however, (though admittedly they are
our  favourites) the first places we fell in love with were PenangMalacca and
even Kuala Lumpur.
The above was written by 
I've decided to expand on his article and include the below:


Most Malaysians will just say "Nothing to do la" and end up visiting shopping malls on the weekends but really there is lots to do if you decide the have a weekend getaway.

1. Climb Mount Kinabalu, Sabah

I have to admit, I'm afraid of how tough it is to climb such heights but the breathtaking 
view is said to make it all worth it.
Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is the most dramatic feature in Sabah and the tallest peak between the Himalayas & the New Guinea. Towering at 4,095 metres (13,435 feet), Mount Kinabalu exerts a magical quality that is both indescribable and unbelievable. The granite peaks are constantly veiled in wisps of clouds which sometimes resemble a graceful woman peeping coyly from behind the veil. At times during a clear day, the summit reveals a distinct glacier carved pinnacles, rising from the smooth granite dome, exuberating tranquility and peacefulness.

2. Caving at Mulu Caves, Sarawak

Mulu Caves
Source: Chris Howes

Gunung Mulu National Park near Miri, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial 
rainforest setting.

3. Enjoy tea and scones at Cameron Highlands

Picture of 1-05. Landscape
Cameron Highlands
Source: Cameron Highlands Resort

You’ve been sweating through the jungles, the beaches and the lowlands of Malaysia for weeks now. Another sticky day will make your clothes unwearable. Another sweaty night and 
you’ll lose the ability to sleep. We grant you a reprieve. Come to the Cameron Highlands.
This is Malaysia’s most extensive hill station, an alpinescape of blue peaks, green humps, 
fuzzy tea plantations, small towns and white waterfalls cutting throughout. Trekking, 
tea tasting and visiting local agrotourism sites is the done thing here. And best of all, with an altitude of 1300m to 1829m, the temperature rarely drops below 10°C or climbs above 21°C; practically cool enough to make you forget you’re in Malaysia.

Though the Cameron Highlands – the colloquial name for the area that roughly encompasses the towns of Kampung Raja, Brinchang, Tanah Rata, Ringlet and environs – lie in Pahang, they’re accessed from Perak.

Cameron Highlands is a really popular destination during the school holidays so plan well and
avoid this period.

A more laid back alternative to Cameron Highlands is Fraser's Hill.

Obviously, there is so much to do in Malaysia and more options can be found here.

Have you visited Malaysia? Tell me your experience below.
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  1. lol, this is quite sarcastic, all of the picture is nicely taken. I agreed that malaysia has the nicest beach, malaysia people is hardworking, malaysia has great culture, has great coffee and great places to visit like KLCC~ XD

    1. Malaysia has many hidden and not so hidden treasures :)

  2. I am shock when I saw the title but when I continue to read it, then I realize a tricky wording behind the story. :)

    1. Yes, Vaughan McShane created a controversial title to create interest ;p

  3. LOL I tot Msia really not nice to visit, but is VICE VERSA X)

    1. It's a really good time for countries with strong currencies to visit right now since the Ringgit is so weak and yes, Malaysia is beautiful! Just need the time (and lots of patience!) to truly enjoy the culture and places.

  4. As an ex-tour guide myself, I do agree with you that Malaysia has many hidden treasure! Unfortunately some due to the bad maintenance and management, they leave bad impression to the tourists. Anyway, I hope one day I could finish visiting all the islands in Malaysia! =D

    Invest with your EPF NOW!!

    1. Yes, we have a lot to learn in terms of maintenance. Lots of great places created eg the Paya Indah Wetlands but forgotten and abandoned. We have a long way to go in terms of great customer service too

  5. I saw the original article. I opened the article with rage due to the title but found out the contents were not what I thought haha

  6. Your photos speaks a thousand words.... Love all the photos snapped!~ Truly amazing views.

    1. Vaughan McShane is a fantastic photographer (he originally wrote the article)

  7. i need a short break in those beautiful places

  8. Nice way to introduce Malaysia. Very smart using the title to attract readers :P
    I'd like to say that Pulau Redang is the best place to visit. The sand is so clean and white and the water is clear.

  9. Pulau Redang is a great place to snorkel :)

  10. never realize that malaysia is such a wonderful place for travelling..... should plan for my next trip now!!! haha

  11. Malaysia is so beautiful! I'm happy to be born here


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