Tag Archive for Malaysia

Taxis Around the World

Inoke, our cab driver in Taveuni, Fiji

Although we have been getting around with rental cars and trains in Italy, in Southeast Asia we took more cabs.  Here are some of the many cab drivers, pedicab peddlers and becak operators we have met along the way.                 Thanks for helping us get to where we needed to go, guys!

Meeting Tahan the Tapir in Malaysia

Tahan, day two

One of our big adventures in Malaysia was taking a three-day trip into Taman Negara National Park to try and see a Malaysian Tapir in the wild. I have been a tapir fanatic since I was about 10 years-old, and seeing one in the wild has been a goal of mine for years.  A national park on the Malay peninsula was one of my best opportunities to try and see one of these shy, nocturnal, big-nosed guys.     Taman Negara is located in the center of peninsular Malaysia, about…

Malaysia’s Petronas Towers

The view from the Traders Hotel rooftop bar

One of the must-see attractions in Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur are the enormous and striking twin skyscrapers of the Petronas Towers (you may remember them from the 1999 hit (?) film Entrapment with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.).   The headquarters of the Malaysian oil and gas company (Petro = gas; nas = national), the towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998-2004; they are still the tallest twin buildings in the world.  You can see the Petronas Towers from just about anywhere in Kuala Lumpur,…

Penang Street Art

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George Town is the capital of the Malaysian state of Penang, in the northwestern part of the country. The city’s downtown is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Area for its architectural and cultural significance, and it’s enjoyable to spend an afternoon wandering around the city’s old buildings and getting lost in the back alleys among all the different temples. Another benefit to exploring the downtown is coming across a series of murals painted by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. These are really delightful, and tourists enjoy posing with them.               In…

Stuff Southeast Asians Like

So good.

With three months of travel in this region, we are pretty much experts on all things Southeast Asia* and qualified to make sweeping judgments about the preferences of the 600+ million people who live in this part of the world.  So without further ado… Stuff Southeast Asians Like: Straws – Since we’ve arrived in this part of the world, nearly every drink we’ve ordered has come with a straw. And sometimes, if we’re ordering a smoothie (we order lots of smoothies), it comes with two: a normal straw, and one…

Election Day in Malaysia

The bird's name is Ubah, or change

We spent two weeks in Malaysia and happened to be there during the run-up to their once-every-five-years national elections.  The country’s Election Commission had set a 15-day window in which candidates could campaign, a far cry from the 2+ year election cycle that Americans have to put up with. But those 15 days were put to good use, as we saw on every street in the country. The primary means of campaigning in Malaysia appears to be blanketing the countryside in flags and banners for your party of choice.  The…