Malaysia – a holiday of leisure and pleasure
The last time I visited Malaysia was around thirty years ago. It was more or less my first trip abroad as an adult and I remember feeling miserable every time I saw a little girl (which was almost every other minute) as I’d left my girls behind and missed them terribly. It was also a holiday spent with friends which I now realise as a seasoned traveller that this is not the best way to see a place as you often such land up seeing the things your host wants you to see rather than what you want to see. So now as an older, wiser and more experienced tourist who knows what she wants to do, I want to see it all again , this time with different eyes.
Ingredients for a perfect holiday
As a history buff, a foodie, a shopper, a trigger happy photo clicker and an old fashioned traveller, my perfect holiday will have a mix of all these ingredients and I’m sure Malaysia will not disappoint. As an older tourist, I realise that my bones are creakier and I have no stomach for adventure. I prefer some amount of luxury and a large amount of comfort. Not for me the hectic sight seeing or heart racing experience of bungee jumping. Nor would I like to count the birds and the bees and sigh at every tree. I’d just like to soak in the atmosphere of a city in a slow relaxed way. If possible I’d like to take in a cooking class or two, visit the local bazaar for a glimpse into the life of an everyday housewife.
Starting out with Langkawi
Since my everyday life is hectic, I am badly in need of relaxation and would like to fly directly to Langkawi if possible and settle in at the Ambong Ambong beach resort . I’d like to spend a day just unwinding, walking around the property, indulge in a massage or so and enjoy a sunset cocktail. A leisurely down the Kilim river and a trip to the Pekan Rabu market would offer me a perfect chance to click photos, relax and take in some local culture.
The secret pull of Penang
For some strange reason I can’t really understand, I’ve been fascinated by the word Penang. It immediately conjures visions of an exotic past bang in the middle of Trade Routes. Rooted in colonial history, this place has been designated a UNESCO world site and I would simply love to spend a day or two exploring the past in the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and Fort Cornwallis. I’d love to take the walking tours because that is truly the best way to see a place, wandering through at leisure. The street food is supposedly outstanding and I’d love to sample the culinary delights of Gurney Drive at sun down.
Melaka’s colonial past
If possible I’d like to take the train down south to Melaka and Johor. Making Melaka my base, I’d make a trip to Legoland for a quick look at the miniature world which always fascinates me. I’d then indulge in another immersion in colonial history with visits to the Portuguese fort, the Dutch statehouse and Melaka’s Chinese legacy as seen at Jonker Walk. Once again I’d like to make the train journey to my last and final destination Kuala Lumpur, a bustling metropolis that will bring me back to the present and reconnect me to my urban ways.