Gauss-Telegraph: World trip from home in 30 days – Kuala Lumpur
by Hui Lin Kong
The special feature of Malaysia
While many tourists like to travel to Thailand, Indonesia or Myanmar to start their adventure in Asian countries, I believe that Malaysia is actually the best option of all, especially if you want to experience a dream vacation that you have never imagined before. There are probably no other countries that offer such colorful mixture of cultures like Malaysia. Within only 10 minutes you may walk through an Islamic mosque, an Indian temple und eventually stand in front of a Buddhist temple. What an incredible melting pot of cultures!
The country is divided into two regions: the Malaysia Peninsula and Borneo’s East Malaysia. What does the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, have to offer? Here is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world – the Petronas Twin Towers, it is even ranked first in the list of the tallest twin towers in the world. Remember not to miss the Aquaria KLCC which is located near the Petronas Twin Towers. You could dive into the breathtaking underwater world and experience the unimaginable!
Another important attraction that one shall not miss is the Batu Caves which has imposing limestone caves with large, golden statues. The largest cave on the top of the hill has a very high ceiling and is decorated with beautiful Hindu shrines. To reach the top, visitors have to climb up 272 steps.
The Putra Mosque is located next to Perdana Putra, where the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office and the artificial Putrajaya Lake are located. Visitors can only enter the mosque when the prayers have ended and only if they are dressed appropriately. Don’t worry if you aren’t prepared for it, because you will have the chance to borrow robes and headscarves from the counter.
The Thean Hou Temple is one of the Buddhist temples in Kuala Lumpur, which is decorated with elaborate ornaments and detailed carvings, making it even more magnificent.
Malaysia is also ideal for those who enjoy nature and would like to spend their days strolling in the woods. You will be able to step on sandy white beaches, climb up cool mountains and explore the oldest rainforests on earth! A completely different encounter with nature awaits you in the other part of Malaysia: Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak).
Favorite local dish
Malaysia is definitely a heaven for gourmets wanting to fill their cravings for scrumptious delicacies. The city is a melting pot, so are the dishes in Malaysia.
My favorite local dish is always the go-to breakfast, Nasi Lemak. If you order a serving of Nasi Lemak, it comes along with a great serving of coconut rice, fried egg or hard-boiled egg, a piece of chicken (or fish, depending on personal taste), a few roasted peanuts, mini-dried fish, a few slices of cucumber and most importantly, the typical, slightly hot chili sauce (sambal).
The city is famous for its “Mamak” culture and my favorite combo is Roti Canai and Teh Tarik. Roti Canai is a typical flat bread served with some spicy red or yellow hot sauce. Teh Tarik literally translated into “pull tea” and is widely loved by Malaysians. The preparation is fun, because you will transfer the tea from one cup to another and lift it as high as possible to create a foamy layer on the top. Mouth-watering good!
Your next stop: Malaysia!