First stop, Kuala Lumpur!
We stayed in Mingle @High street hostel for £10 per night in a 4 bed mixed dorm. This was a edgy hostel that kind of looked not finished but had a real cool vibe to it! We walked to China Town where we discovered the market in which we enjoyed street food for £1.50, Super cheap! There was a lot of fake branded bags, clothes & watches Etc that you could haggle for a good deal.
The Petronas towers did not disappoint! They’re amazing to see, If you wait until dark you can see them illuminated which is spectacular. Another fine attraction is the water show in the park, its pretty neat to watch. Also If you love Nandos like us you can enjoy a huge meal with a bottomless drink for just £6/£7 each!
Top tip! Taxis here are pretty expensive, download Grabb for the cheapest way to get around.
Another sight to see in KL is Batu Cave, It is free to visit and so worth the endless stairs. Watch out for the monkeys! They roam around at the top and also run around on the stairs, we didn’t have any issue with them however be careful 🐒
We had to get a Grabb from our hostel to the bus terminal which was a 30 minute drive away (£3.50 P/P). The bus took 5 hours and cost £5 each, we pre booked this online the day before. Once we arrived in Penang we had to get another Grabb from the bus terminal to our hostel in George Town (£4 P/P). Take note that the Grabb price on the app didn’t include the Toll, this was added onto the total price at the end of the journey (9 Ringgit).
We struggled to find something to do in the day so visited The Glow In the dark art museum. We booked this online and paid only £3.50 each, they were charging £10 on the door. This only took around 20 minutes to walk around however it was pretty cool.
I have been honest about our trip so far, so I will give you my honest opinion on Penang. We could not see the attraction what so ever.. it was dirty, we felt unsafe and there was hardly anything to do. We chose not to stay in Penang any longer, we stayed our second night as it was pre booked and moved onto Langkawi. Although very cheap, we did not enjoy our time In Penang. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who’s planning to backpack Malaysia.
A taxi,bus,boat & finally one last taxi.. 7 hours later we have finally reached Langkawi! The island is absolutely beautiful!
After a day or 2 of shocking weather we hired motorbikes (£6 Per day). We drove to 7 Wells waterfall, you park at the bottom and then take the 600+ steps up to the top waterfall. The top waterfall was pretty nice however there is one half the distance up which is insanely beautiful! (1st picture: Middle waterfall, 2nd picture: Top waterfall). We got caught in a huge storm so couldn’t drive to our next waterfall as the roads were dangerously slippery.
Island hopping! After making several friends in the hostel we decided to go on a 4 hour private boat trip. In total there were 10 of us each paying 30 Ringit (£6). We were taken to a private beach which was disappointingly very dirty then onto the eagle bay before finishing on another beach. We had a good day because we had good company however these boat trips never seem to be as good as they sound.
We have now moved onto the other side of Langkawi into ‘A rock Resort’. This was £13 P/P P/N for absolute luxury! The resort is in the middle of no where so without a taxi or Grabb be prepared to stay around the pool. There is a private beach however it’s not very clean so you’re best around the pool.
We went on a day trip to the cable cars, tickets were pre booked online for £11 each. The ticket included Cable car entry, 3D art museum, 6D experience & Skyrex. The 3D art museum was amazing! In fact I would’ve paid extra to visit this if it wasn’t included within our ticket. Top tip! When booking activities in Malaysia non Malaysian citizens are charged a lot more than Malaysian citizens. We found this to be a downside to Malaysia and extremely annoying.
We got a flight back to Kuala Lumpur for Pierce’s Birthday. We booked an Airbnb which was absolutely lush, we paid £20 each per night for the entire apartment. The apartment also had access to an amazing roof top infinity pool. We visited Sunway Lagoon, this was a real fun day! Sunway Lagoon is a water, theme, Adrenaline and wildlife park all in one. As mentioned before about the difference in price for foreigners, we paid 75 ringgit extra each just because we are not Malaysian citizens. We finished our evening with roof top cocktails at the top of our apartment in The Hemisphere Bar.