Just as I am about to set out on another vacation, it dawned on me that I have not shared the highlights of our Malaysian Extravaganza adventure. I know that we shared photos and Fizzstah created a video blog (if you have not seen Fizzstah video blog I am going to include a couple of links below) but I promised to share a few words; so this might be late but here are my 5 highlights of our Malaysia Birthday Extravaganza.
Malaysia was once a British colony; In 1786, the British Empire established a presence in Malaysia and as a result lots of people speak English. I do like to learn a few words when I am travelling however I will say life is that much easier when you do not need to deal with communication barriers. (It also means that you can easily watch the odd television show).
2. Electricity Voltage
The British Empire colonisation means that a great deal of the countries infrastructure follows British standards as a result – you do not need to travel with adaptors. All of your electronics will work just fine. (less for you to pack). It also means that if like myself and Fizzstah you can make numerous purchases without fear as there is no need to purchase a transformer.
If like us at Fizzstah Blogs you have a passion (addiction) for retail therapy then you will not be disappointed in Malaysia. You will love Kuala Lumpur as you are never too far from a Shopping Mall. They all have a variety of stores covering everything from your regular high street brands to high-end luxury brands. We have visited Kuala Lumpur a couple of times now and our favourite shopping centres are Pavillion Kuala Lumpur and Suria KLCC. The beauty of these two malls is that you can easily walk between them. The walk will also allow you to take in the beautiful the Kuala Lumpur Conference Centre Gardens. If you are looking to purchase anything electronic then you will not want to leave Kuala Lumpur without taking a visit to Plaza Low Yat which is the largest IT / electronics mall in Malaysia and one of the largest that I have ever visited. So once you have finished in the various malls I would recommend that you take a visit to Petaling Street Night Market and start your bartering and bargaining.
4. Culture & Sightseeing
I would have to say that Malaysia is a fusion of culture because of its colonised influences which you can see in the architecture. The fusion of culture is carried over into the culinary delights that you will find. We ate at Michelangelo’s Restaurant and this was Italian food with a difference and that difference was “chilli”. The food was delicious, but we were not expecting the “chill kick”. If you looking for a traditional night out you should take a visit to Songket which offers outstanding Malay food with only the freshest ingredients in an elegant restaurant with a sophisticated ambience. In terms of sightseeing, I would recommend a visit to Petronas Twin Towers and Menara KL Tower both offer icon views across the Kuala Lumpur skyline. We have visited Kuala Lumpur twice and we would say that no visit would be complete without a visit to the place that we believe is a location of pure of peace, tranquillity Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park.
5. Kota Kinabalu Malaysia
Having visited a couple of islands in Thailand we decided that we wanted to visit an island of Malaysia and we were not disappointed when we arrived in Kota Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state in the northern part of the island of Borneo. The island is famous for the Kinabalu National Park, the home of 4,095m-high Mount Kinabalu. We stayed at Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort and we were not disappointed. The establishment offers you luxury and the perfect tranquil mix of tropical rainforest and beach resort. If you are looking to kick back and relax you will not be disappointed. If you want to add that “cherry to on top” then I would highly recommend that you visit the SPA and treat yourself to Signature In Harmony full body treatment it will be two and half hours of sheer bliss.
If you have not yet visited Malaysia I would highly recommend the country as a vacation location. If like me you are a Malaysia fan – what are your highlights and why?
Until next time.