Travel in Malaysia
If I were to think of Malaysia, I would immediately think of the famous tourist slogan – „Malaysia, truly Asia”. And, indeed, Malaysia is a perfect mix of Asia – here you can find Malaysians, Chinese, Tamil Indians and communities forgotten by history on the coastlines or through the jungles of Borneo. Malaysia is made up of two parts – the continental area, a modern area with highways, skyscrapers, endless plantations of oil palm trees, and the insular area – Borneo, where you can still discover the jungle that once covered the whole region.
Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the main city of Malaysia, without being anymore the capital of the country (this was moved nearby in a city specially built to be the capital – Putrajaya), and here you can find all the aspirations and the energies of Malaysia. Here Petronas towers were built, which were the highest in the world at the time of their opening. I first saw them in 2004, when they were still the tallest building in the world (after a few months, they were surpassed by Taipei 101, Taiwan’s record building) and they impressed me not only by height, but also by architecture – they are a supermodern reflection of the traditional Islamic architecture. And, as I was saying, Kuala Lumpur is a reflection of the country, the place where you will discover three major ethnic communities – within less than one kilometer, you can pray in the National Mosque, you can discover the super-colored Tamil temples with hundreds of joyful characters high on the domes, and the Chinese temples with gigantic deities and smoke from the scented chopsticks.
Malaysia also prides itself with two classic cities, where you can discover the ancient Chinese-colonial traditional architecture. You can find this in the cities of Melacca (south of KL) or Georgetown, on the Penang Island, not far from the Thai border. Oh, and for gourmets, Georgetown is a sort of Mecca – many people say that on the Penang Island you can find the best food in whole Asia, a famous continent for gastronomy.
If you “jump” on the insular Malaysia, you will be able to discover another part of the primordial jungle, and you can also climb Kinabalu, the tallest mountain of the insular Asia, where at its base you can see orangutans and the famous Rafflesia flower (named after Sir Raffles, the founder of Singapore), probably the largest flower in the world (it can reach over 100 cm in diameter and weigh up to 10 kg).
Access to Malaysia is relatively simple – on the huge KLIA airport land airplanes all around the globe, and here it is the main base of Air Asia, the world’s largest low-cost airline, which revolutionized the travel to Southeast Asia and which flies almost anywhere in the area. All European Union citizens do not need a visa to travel to Malaysia, but, attention, drug trafficking is punished by death. At this moment, two Romanian citizens are sentenced to death, waiting for their execution or pardon.