Before visiting Malaysia, in all honesty I had never heard of Penang. Before our trip to South East Asia, visiting Malaysia was not even close to being top of our list of places we were excited to visit or even recommended to visit. On reflection, I really do not understand why. Malaysia is a beautiful country and Penang ended up being very high on our list of places we would recommend others to visit! Georgetown is a charming, picturesque town and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and it’s not hard to see why. There are three things we particularly enjoyed while in Georgetown, and they were – you guessed it – the fantastic street art, the delicious food and the aromatic coffee.
After 3 months in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, being in Kuala Lumpur didn’t seem like we’d only crossed a border and travelled 10 hours on a coach. The city has a lot more of a western feel to it than its other South East Asian neighbours which we had previously visited. KL felt like the perfect place to have a Christmas away from home in the UK.
With Malaysia being a predominantly Muslim country, we didn’t expect Kuala Lumpur to be the most Christmassy of places. How wrong we were. For example, the mall was like stepping into a shopping centre back home, there was maybe even more decoration than back home, they definitely did not hold back. The whole mall was littered head to toe with all things Christmas.