Official Name: Malaysia
Religions: Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Baha'i
Capital: Kuala Lumpur (population 1.3 million)
Per Capita Income: $3,272
Languages: Malay, Cantonese, Hokkienese, Mandarin Chinese, English, Tamil, indigenous
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
(~3.8 ringgit = $1.00 US)
Our Route: Malaysia was our first stop in Southeast Asia. We arrived in Kuala Lumpur after a direct flight from Mauritius on November 16. As with the rest of our travels in Southeast Asia, our itinerary was left fairly open until we landed in Malaysia.
We spent four days in the capital, Kuala Lumpur (K.L.) before heading south to check out the historic town of Malacca. From Malacca, we took a bus north again, this time to the beautiful, cool Cameron Highlands area (near Ipoh on the map above). Here, we hiked and chilled out in the nice mountain air for three days before heading back to the steamy lowlands via, yes, bus. We spent two nights on the historic island of Penang before catching a flight to Phuket, Thailand.
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