Date: From 16/12/2016 to 25/12/2016
After my trip during 4 weeks in Indonesia, and from Lombok, I arrived at Kuala Lumpur airport.
After almost one hour by bus by bus from the airport to the center of the city, I arrived at the hostel in the evening.
It was already dark when I went out to see the most famous place in Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas towers. They are impressive. Its height with its illumination fused at night make these towers, as well as their surroundings, incredible beautiful.
The next day, I went to the famous Batu Caves that can be reached by train from the city center. These caves are guarded by Lord Murugan, one of the highest gold statues in the world, as well as hundreds of monkeys who climb up and down their stairs among the tourists waiting for some food.
In the afternoon and back to the city, I continued exploring the city. I do not consider that it is a city created for walking, it is made for traffic and it is difficult to walk without being aware of the cars.
By bus from Kuala Lumpur, I arrived in Penang, then took the bus and reached GeorgeTown, located in the north of this island.
I was totally unaware of this city, but I received very good recommendations about it so I decided to stop there for a couple of nights.
From the minute one I felt that the city had something special, something different. Already on the first night, after leaving the hostel to go to dinner at a night market. There I met a Californian woman with whom I would then have very interesting conversations while we were having dinner. After that, we visited the city together, watching and participating in the Chinese Christmas parade. Have I ever said that more than the places what makes a trip special is with who you live it? It was indeed this kind of moments.
Georgetown is known for its street art. For its famous graffitis that many people (including myself) have seen but never would have thought they were in Malaysia. There is a marked route to see most of them, but it is always good to get lost to discover others not so famous but of the same quality. It is for all this that this small town is a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
The last night, time to continue tasting of Malaysian food, which is one of the most I liked to date. A place not to be missed is the Red Garden Food Paradise, where different restaurants of almost all nationalities give the opportunity to have a multicultural dinner.
By ferry from GeorgeTown I arrived in Langkawi, island located in the north of Penang, being the most northerly island of Malaysia making its waters border with Thailand.
One of the experiences I enjoyed as a child in Langkawi was riding a jet ski. It was something I had always wanted to do but I had never found the right moment, and this was the right moment. An experience full of adrenaline and surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
I woke up on the morning of Christmas Eve knowing it would be different from all previous years, and it was. With another guy from the hostel we went in the morning to travel part of the island by scooter stopping at different waterfalls, beaches and to end going up by cable car to the Skybridge, bridge that is suspended more than 700m above sea level and surrounded by mountains and overlooking the sea.
At night, Christmas Eve, the people of the hostel had prepared a large dinner that we all the guests enjoyed among conversations and laughs. Without any doubt, the fact of spending the Christmas Eve with unknown people makes it different, magical. The night ended with a party on the beach. Although Malaysia is mainly a Muslim country, Christmas Eve is celebrated like any other place and is always a good excuse for a party.
The next day, Christmas day, from Langkawi airport, I was on my way to Sri Lanka with a stopover in Kuala Lumpur.