Summary of Malaysia

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Summary of Malaysia

What we did: 20 days in Malaysia traveling overland by bus and train Where we went: 4 nights in Malacca, 6 nights on the small island in the Perhentians, 3 nights in Kota Bharu, 6 nights in Penang, and one night lost on a cramped bus ride. About Costs: Daily expenses differed dramatically from city [...]

Taman Negara

From what we can gather, ‘Taman Negara’ translates to national park. There are a number of them in Malaysia, but we can’t find whether each has a name to distinguish one from another. As a day trip from Old Town Penang, we visited the park at the other end of the island. A long bus [...]

Street Food: Penang's Passion

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Street Food: Penang’s Passion

A quick synopsis of our favorite meals in Penang: Fresh Samosas in Little India filled with curried chicken, potatoes, or tuna: Iced Penang Coffee (their coffee beans are not roasted, but fried in butter and sugar) made with sweetened condensed milk: The next two pictures are a variation of fondue of sorts. We aren’t sure [...]

Expats and Orphaned Kittens

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Expats and Orphaned Kittens

How we stumbled upon this guesthouse is a question we are still asking, but it is a true testament to how the vibe of a place can make a hostel. When you find a place as special as this, you change your plans and make effort to stay longer. For us, this meant increasing our [...]

Fort Cornwallis and the Coconut Shake

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Fort Cornwallis and the Coconut Shake

Fort Cornwallis was supposed to be the main act of the day, but like everything in Penang the food stole the show. Of all places to return to again and again, the food court outside of the fort has become a ritual. Not that the fort itself wasn’t enjoyable. This is a perfect example of [...]

Glorious Penang

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Glorious Penang

Penang is a city with countless corners and seamless alleyways. There are many paths that lead to the city center, the best of which are never found in any guidebook. It is enchanting. Walking these streets feels like being in a history book, but in a way so lively that you never feel too far [...]

Nasi Lemak

Perhaps the best version fast food ever- this meal could give any American drive through heavy competition. Healthy, flavorful and easy to pack away, Nasi Lemak can be purchased for about $0.40 a meal. While found also in Indonesia, this meal seems to be a staple in Malaysia and can be purchased at street stands [...]

Recharging in Kota Bharu

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Recharging in Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the type of place most travelers spend one night in on their way to other places. There isn’t a lot here that will interest the average backpacker, and the city does not appear to be trying to grow it’s tourism. Kota Bharu is a working city, where families live and people rush [...]