Malaysia

Malaysia

Malacca and Genting Highlands

Yesterday and today is definitely one of the highlights of this trip. Malacca wasn’t originally in our itinerary, but with the changes made with Monday’s Merdeka celebrations, we lobbied to make a daytrip to Malacca instead. We were so glad that the Tourism Malaysia office in Kuala Lumpur granted our request. Finally, Malacca!

Dude, where's the sea?
Dude, where’s the sea?
A replica of the Portuguese ship Flora De La Mar, which sank off the coast of Malacca

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Malaysia

Happy Merdeka, Malaysia!

With more than 8 hours of sleep, we were all in good spirits today. It was made even better with our first stop: an impromptu tour of the Beryl’s Chocolate Factory in Imbi. It’s not where the chocolates are actually made, but it’s a whole store devoted to nothing but Beryl’s wide selection of chocolates.

Beryl's Chocolate Kingdom
Learning about making chocolate at Beryl’s

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Getting to know Kuala Lumpur bit by bit

Today was actually a pretty off day for all of us. The one-hour delay in the flight meant we didn’t land in Kuala Lumpur International Airport until 9pm, and inside our rooms until midnight. We were all exhausted, but there’s work to be done. The result: none of us went to bed earlier than 2am, and having to be up by 8am for breakfast.

Sayuri back in Malaysia
Sayuri is back and blurred in Malaysia.

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Malaysia, Travel Budget

Travel Expenses: Malaysia

Unlike previous post-trip accounting posts, I’ve consolidated all legs of my Malaysian trip into one spreadsheet. Admittedly, I started getting lazy listing down every expense (which is going to be hell when I start working on the Singapore leg). For a six-day trip, it still came down to a pretty decent amount, specially since I splurged for a hotel in Penang, and took all my meals in the resort in the Perhentians.
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Day 23: Leaving Paradise

I slept pretty well in my room, but I felt rather down when I woke up. There were just too many things going through my head. I got up to go to the beach, sat under the shade and watched the waves lapping gently on the shore.

Perhentian Besar 02
Beach must haves: a sarong, happy music, a good book and a box of Rocky.

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Day 22: Finding Paradise

I woke up early once more, since I need to catch that 7:30 ferry from Kuala Besut to the Perhentians. My window overlooks the Watercolours office in Kuala Besut, and I was pleased to see that they were already open at 7 in the morning. I packed up my bags once more and headed down to the office.

Kuala Besut 02
Watching the sun rise from Kuala Besut jetty

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