When I was still in the Philippines working in the BPO industry, the only things that came to my mind when the word Malaysia was mentioned was that television advertisement with the catchy tune “Malaysia, truly Asia” and the Petronas Towers, once the tallest structures in the world. Before I tell you about my travel adventures in Malaysia, let me give you a short history lesson first.
Once a trading junction, Malaysia was the ideal location for trades between the East and the West. Malaysia is a large country. It is the 67th largest country in the world with a total land area of 329, 847 km2. Malaysia’s population of 29.24 million is predominantly Muslim. The country’s capital is Kuala Lumpur; it covers an area of 243 km2 and has a population of almost 2 million people.
We had chosen to go to Malaysia during Chinese New Year 2012. We figured that since it was a holiday and most of the people would go out of town to celebrate with their families, we would have city to ourselves. We could never be more right and wrong, at the same time.
The good part is the streets were practically empty because people have gone on a holiday but the bad part is that some of the people who had left the city went to the highlands where we were also headed to spend their vacation there. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed all the good things which Malaysia has to offer and I will definitely be back.