So this day has finally come. Our last main destination was Flores (you can read about it here) and after 45 hours on the way back (FORTY-FIVE, YES, THAT’S RIGHT) and a few days spent in Jakarta, we left Indonesia. It was an amazing time, almost 4 months in this beautiful country, but it was also time to go. Malaysia was the next place to visit.
Our first stop was Kuala Lumpur. Although we travel all the time, it was the first time that I felt like a tourist again. Everything was new, language was a bit different, and the surrounding changed. We found a nice cheap hotel in the middle of the center and started our Malaysian adventure.
Kuala Lumpur is soooo international. People there are a mixture of Malaysians, Indonesians, Indians, Chinese and Europeans. On the street you can hear many different languages. And you can eat soooo many different food! I love Indonesian cuisine, but I was so happy to try something else. My first curry and naan were amazing!
We decided to stay a couple of days in Malaysia, so we chose only the best things to see around Kuala Lumpur. One of them were the Batu Caves – a shelter for the first Malays that lived in this land. Nowadays it turned into some kind of a temple, where once a year almost 1 million people come to celebrate the Hindu festival Thaipusam. A huge golden Murugan statue stands in front of the caves.
The only thing I could say when I saw it was ‘O wow…’ . After many, many stairs leading up we entered the cave. It’s a beautiful creation of nature – half with a rock roof and half in the open air, with the sunlight playing inside. Monkeys were jumping on the walls and people were walking around. It’s really something you have to see!
We had a nice, easy time in KL. Going to the cinema, meeting with Kev’s cousin, and working a bit. After a few days we headed to Kota Baru – a small town situated almost on the border of Thailand. Kevin has a family there, so we spend some time with them.
Oh my God, that was great! I love learning about a new place by staying with local people. We had a chance to try traditional Malay and Kelantan food and we could see all the interesting places that are not mentioned in the travel books. Kevin’s family took us on the most amazing trips. On one day we visited a Crystal Mosque. It’s made from steel, glass and, of course, crystal. It was sooo beautiful! Inside we met two men working in there, with whom we had a small talk about Islam.
After visiting the mosque, a small boat trip around, and a few snacks on the way (oke, many snacks hihi), we went to a local kerupuk factory (kerupuk is a fish cracker). I’ve never known how it’s made and it was so interesting to see the whole process. We bought a few different kinds of kerupuk to try and went home.
When I think about our visit to Malaysia, the thing that immediately pops in my head is FOOD. Jeez, we ate so much there! All the traditional things, sweet snacks, drinks, soups, fruits… All this resulted in many new favourite meals and (in my case hehe) extra kilos.
The next day we spent with Mira, a cousin from Kev. Together with her friend we were driving around and stopping in some nice places (mostly food places :D).
Our trip in Malaysia was short, but oh, intense. We had such a great time there and we saw so many things. After saying good-bye to Kev’s auntie, uncle, and cousin, they dropped us at the Thai border. We crossed it on the motorbikes and there is where our new adventures began!