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.
Vaughan McShanepretty 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!
1. MALAYSIA HAS THE WORST BEACHES. EVER.
This beach is obviously not where you want to spend your vacation. Pulau Besar, Mersing.
An unhappy scene, also Pulau Besar, Mersing.
Disappointing shades of blue. Salang, Tioman Island.
2. MALAYSIAN PEOPLE ARE LAZY.
A elderly man would rather play with boxes than work. Malacca.
Providing fish for his family and teaching his younger children his trade…Supposedly. Endau, Johor.
3. MALAYSIA HAS THE WORST SUNSETS.
I mean, these holidaymakers aren’t even taking sunset selfies. Tekek, Tioman Island.
Where is the beauty? Rice paddies in Air Papan, Johor.
Just an ordinary sunset from Salang, Tioman Island.
4. AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THE SUNRISE’S.
A sad and lonely girl in Juara, Tioman Island.
At least the water is warm enough for morning swims. Teluk Cempendak Beach, Kuantan, Pahang.
All alone on TC Beach, Kuantan from the Hyatt Regency.
5. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CULTURE / HISTORY IN MALAYSIA.
Morbid scenes from the oldest Chinese temple in Malacca.
St Pauls in Malacca, built in 1521.
Father and son at an Indian wedding ceremony.
6. ALL THE FORESTS ARE GONE. ONLY PALM TREE PLANTATIONS REMAIN.
Nope, not enough trees here. Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo Island.
River Safari on the Kinabatagan River, Sabah, Borneo Island.
7. THE PEOPLE HERE ARE SO UNFRIENDLY.
Hostile Malaysian youths.
So unfriendly. Tengah Island, Johor.
8. MALAYSIA HAS NO COFFEE CULTURE.
No one serves a good coffee here. Alley no. 5, Malacca.
And there just aren’t any interesting coffee shops to spend a morning at. Limau Limau, Malacca.
9. KUALA LUMPUR, THE TWIN TOWERS? OVERRATED.
I mean look at those colourful fountains swaying to the music. Who would want to be there?
The city clearly has no street culture, no vibe or artists. Akid_One, Kuala Lumpur.
10. YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING OUTDOORS IN MALAYSIA.
The water just isn’t clear enough to snorkel. Salang, Tioman Island.
No fun was had here. Supping in Juara ,Tioman Island
The most terrifying experience of my life. Rock climbing behind the Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Justifiably, this kid thinks we are completely nuts. Supping on Lake Tasik Biru, Selangor (30 minutes from KL) with
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 Penang, Malacca and
even Kuala Lumpur.
The above was written by Vaughan McShane
I've decided to expand on his article and include the below: 3 OTHER THINGS TO DO IN MALAYSIA
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 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.
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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