5 Reasons I’m Excited to Go To Malaysia

Deepavali Festival of Lights

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to Malaysia this weekend! The country has been high on my list for a while, and I just missed going there last Fall after diving in Thailand. I’ll be there for almost 3 weeks, traveling all over the country looking for the best food and cultural experiences I can find. Here are my top 5 reasons to go to Malaysia.

1) Deepavali (Diwali)

Deepavali, or Diwali, is the annual Festival of Lights (photo above). It’s an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness. I’m excited to experience this because I’ve heard that people go to great lengths preparing their outfits for the festival, and even decorate their homes for the occasion.

2) Culture Fusion

Malaysia is a mix of Malay, Indian, and Chinese cultures. Even though each group keeps their own rituals and traditions, I’m interested to find out how the cultures have fused over the years, especially in food.

Street Food Penang
Photo courtesy of Basil Strahm on Flickr










3) Street Food

Malaysia is known as a foodie hotspot (especially in Penang), and no one is more excited about this than me. I can’t wait to eat as much Chinese, Indian, and Malay street food as possible in the short time I’m in the country.

4) The Petronas Towers

Photos of the famous Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur are taken by everyone who has ever visited Malaysia. While I see pictures of them all the time, I can’t wait to stand right underneath them myself.

Orangutan Sanctuary Malaysia
Photo courtesy of Heng Hau Yeo on Flickr

5) Visiting Wildlife Sanctuaries

While I’m hoping they are environmentally conscious, I’m looking forward to visiting both an orangutan sanctuary as well as a turtle conservation center in Kuching.

Have you visited Malaysia before? If so, what were some of your highlights and recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

Nick Huggins
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  • Oooo I can’t wait to read all about it! I am headed to Malaysia in December (though only for a short time before hopping over to Indonesia) I have a feeling I am going to need to make my way back once I am there!

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