Malaysia - 2001
My first ever backpacking trip! After travelling only in the
western world I decided to do something completely different.
I booked the flights to KL in summer of 2001 and that's how
my first Asian adventure began. I did not quite know what to
expect but I'll never forget the feeling when I arrived in
the middle of the chaos in KL. The city is not one of my
favourites but was good crash course of Asian madness.
Check out the
(The photos are scanned from paper originals so the quality
can be poor)
- Kuala Lumpur
- Pulau Pangkor
I could not stand the
heat and traffic of KL for a long time and therefore I
headed north to the paradise island of Pangkor. That island
was such a tranquil place with its perfect sunsets that it
must have been the final thing that was needed to turn me
into backpacker. I also got lost in the jungle on a hiking
trip there - that felt really scary for a first-timer since
the terrain was really rough...
After Pangkor I visited
the island of Penang that is much more civilized. There I
experienced my first impressions of Asian temples -
including all the flavours from Buddhist to Hindu to Chinese.
I tasted Durian for the first time and bought a dragon
statue that started my small collection of Asian artifacts.
Before returning to KL I took a long bus ride to Singapore
which was once again something completely different. The
combination of old colonial buildings and the modern
skyscrapers makes Singapore one of my favourite Asian
metropolises. Even though Malaysia is fairly organized
country for an Asian one it is nothing compared to the
cleanliness of Singapore...
In general Malaysia is a
perfect country for the first-timer in Asia - after that you
can move to the less developed South Eastern destinations
like Cambodia. It was here where my passion for Asia started
and I sure would like to return to Malaysia some time in the