3 weeks with the backpack on an exploration tour in Malaysia
Published: Sep, 2020 | Travel Date: Jun - Jul 2019
In Malaysia there is nothing that does not exist. During this 3-week trip we experienced a lot: exciting metropolises, seclusion in the jungle, mountain hikes or lonely dream beaches. You can have all of this easily and cheaply in Malaysia. Another advantage is that the country is not yet as overrun by tourism as Thailand, for example. This made this vacation very relaxed and exciting at the same time. Our trip takes you from north to south and includes the most beautiful highlights and sights of Malaysia. In Malaysia you can get from A to B by bus. We can also recommend the Grab app. So you can cover longer distances very cheaply. We came from Thailand by bus across the border to Malaysia and ended up traveling on to Singapore.
George Town is without a doubt one of the highlights of our trip through Malaysia. The small town is the capital of the island of Penang, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. A wonderful mix of historical colonial buildings, impressive Chinese temples, churches and mosques and a street art scene awaits you here, which you won't find anywhere else!
BStreet hotel, Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown, George Town
Nice and new hotel in the center from which you can explore the city on foot.
Activities and Sights
Explore old town of George Town
The entire old town of George Town is a sight in itself. Go on an exploration tour and let yourself go. Armenian Street is well known here, as well as beautifully renovated colonial buildings, as well as a few nice cafés and souvenir shops. Love Lane is also very nice, with a few bars, restaurants and cafes.
Street art Georgetown
We used this map to help and did a street art tour of the city. nerdnomads.com/street-art-penang-malaysia. We also came across the "Art Lane". A building with all the walls painted inside. You should definitely stop by here.
Penang Hill, Bukit Bendera, Penang, Malaysia
We took the public bus to Penang Hill. Then take the cable car high up on the mountain. On the hill itself you not only have a great view of the island of Penang and the Malaysian mainland in the background, but also find various temples.
Kek Lok Si Temple, Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia
We came by public bus, which was really easy and cheap. The temple is very beautiful and you can take a small train up to the viewing platform.
The Jetty Food Court, Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown, Penang
By chance we came across this evening food market with live music.
Transportation to next station
Bus | 05:00 Hours | 12 USD
We took a taxi to the bus station and then took the bus straight to the Cameron Highlands. Tickets can be booked at: busonlineticket.com
- App Grab
- Google Maps
For us, Malaysia was one of the big surprises on our 5 month trip to Asia. Here you can still find dream islands with deserted beaches, great big and small cities, a religious and cultural mix that is reflected in the buildings as well as in the food and very friendly and helpful people. You can tell that mass tourism has not really arrived here yet and that is what makes the country so attractive.