Malaysia. Beautiful beautiful incredible. Really one of the most? beautiful never visited.
For a long time the secret dream was to see the Batu Caves, so? plane tickets in hand and on to Malaysia. The flight ? long, more? 10 hours and one stairs but well worth it - absolutely.
I was in Malaysia for five days, excluding travel. Maybe it would take more, but love at first sight? shot the same.
During my trip to South East Asia I could not miss the Batu Caves and so on. I went straight to Kuala Lumpur.
A p? to circumvent the heat, ap? to avoid an excessive traffic jam of people as the first stop of the day we decided to visit the Batu Caves. Incredible. Majestic. To take your breath away. Destination for religious tourism,? one of the most? popular ind shrines? outside the Indian borders and? dedicated to Murugan, divinity? warrior. When we arrived in front of this rainbow of stairs we were petrified by their beauty. The god Murugan? in his gigantic statue? looks at us and we there? staring at it, astonished by its magnificence.
Almost 300 steps of all colors to divide us from the temples inside the cave, but in the end they are not difficult to climb. 5 minutes and we are at the entrance. No tickets to pay, there? only required to cover the legs with a sarong. (If you don't have one, you can rent one for a ringgit.) Many worshipers bring gifts and are blessed by priests. IS? nice to watch this procession, it almost seems to be part of it. Even if there? that will hit you? more? will be the colors and the architectures.
After that we headed to the Royal Selangor Visitor Center. I did not expect anything from a pelcro factory, quite the contrary. I wouldn't even go but orders from above brought me here. I put my hands ahead, if you decide to visit the Royal Selangor Visitor Center do it with a guide, otherwise disappointment? behind the corner. Sar? difficult to understand and appreciate this place without an explanation.
A center that from an architectural point of view? well-kept and design. Behind it denotes a concept and strong ideas. Malaysia already? before the colonial period? was a world center of tin, pewter and tin production. The brand pi? known ? the Royal Selangor based in Kuala Lumpur, but with offices and shops also in Singapore, Shanghai, London, Toronto, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Often large companies commission projects from Royal Selangor such as Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Dom Perignon, Krug, as well as? famous clients, including former US President Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart and Mel Gibson.
After this stop we move to Kuala Lumpur. Before leaving, they told me that the city? it was nothing special. Indeed, rather ugly. Well, it may have been the low expectations or the fact that I am always surprised but Kuala Lumpur left me positively satisfied.
A must: Petronas Towers. The Petronas Twin Towers or Petronas Towers are the two twin towers 452 meters high that dominate the city? of Kuala Lumpur. Built in the 90s on the project of the Argentine C? Sar Pelli, they immediately became the economic symbol of Malaysia. To make them even more? impressive? the Skybridge, the passage that joins the two buildings at 171 meters high. Any tower? drawn according to a common geometric pattern, as happens in the tradition of Islamic architecture. Two squares, symbol of the material world, rotated and superimposed to form a star inscribed in a circle that evokes the symbol of Islam.
Totally other dimensions? the Central Market. A disproportionate number of small shops of all kinds. From the small shop with Malaysian handicrafts, to the Thai clothes shop to the Chinese souvenirs. Most of my purchases I made here. In Malaysia, the prices are really low and here I have found adorable items of all kinds.
From the Market on foot we reached Independence Square, walking you can see a very beautiful part of Kuala Lumpur. Well-kept and modern. The square ? nice and if they said to you too? Kuala Lumpur? rather ugly? sar? a pleasant surprise.
For my second day in Malaysia I landed in Penang. If I had to pick my favorite place in Malaysia, this would be it.
Penang, specifically Georgetown,? the city? UNESCO world famous for its incredible street art. Who comes to Malaysia can not? do not visit its treasures. Installations and murals yes, but also temples and neighborhoods with a still strongly typical character. Before leaving I had done my homework and I knew what to look for. I knew his fame in the world of street art. Did I already know? that I would have liked but then physically be there? another account. Going around the streets of Georgetown? it was an experience that I would absolutely like to repeat.
The first day we dedicated it to the temples. With good leverage we headed to Kek Lok Si. Free entrance to the temple while the funicular costs RM 4 round trip. ? the temple pi? important of Penang. It enjoys an incredible panoramic position on the hills. Its characteristic beauty lies in the pagodas, temples and colored statues. It extends over a very large area and? developed on two levels. In the upper one c ?? a huge 30-meter bronze statue of the goddess of mercy Kuan Yin.
I was lucky enough to visit it during the Chinese New Year period, if you can do it too. The temple was even more? beautiful and you could breathe all the magic of this magical moment.
After that: Wat Dhammikarama + Wat Chaiyamangalaram. Facing each other. The Dhammikarama? one of the most? surprising of Penang, little advertised and visited but definitely worth a visit. A moment of escape from the rest of the world, a peace that only those who visit it can? understand. Wat Chaiyamangalaram? located just in front of the Dhammikarama, about 3 km from the center of Georgetown. ? famous for hosting an immense statue of the reclining Buddha 33 meters long, entirely in gold plated, reminiscent of the Buddha of Wat Pho in Bangkok.
Free entrance to the temple and? must enter barefoot.
Last visit of the day: Clan Getty. In the Weld Quay area. The Clan Jetty are a collection of typical houses on stilts in the old port. Here live the families of the Chinese clans who arrived in Penang in the last century and there are small souvenir shops. To protect them from destruction to make room for futuristic constructions? unveiled by UNESCO.
Second day in Penang, we could have been in a hurry but the city? it deserves time. It is also nice to just stop for a typical lunch or tea. Stop us one night? it was a good choice.
We have dedicated this day to LITTLE INDIA and CAMPBELL STREET. Realms of street art and street food.
To taste: char kway teow (rice noodles sauteed with vegetables and meat), laksa (spicy noodles soup with shrimp and a thousand other ingredients), kue dadar kulung (a cylinder of pandan and coconut pancakes filled with sugar) and coconut ice cream served in half? coconut with coconut ice cream, coconut jelly cubes and other ingredients that you can choose on the spot.
Walking through the center of George Town you will encounter an unknown number of murals and art installations. The graffiti that color the city? are there a bit? everywhere. The area in which those more are concentrated? photographed? between Lebuh Armenian and Lebuh Chulia. The pi? famous are those of the Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic who created a series of murals combined with installations inspired by the everyday life of Malaysians and using ordinary people as models.
As a greeting to Penang we chose to visit the Rainbow Skywalk and Observatory Deck which offers a bird's eye view of the whole city. IS? in the pi? top of George Town, on the roof of the Komtar Tower. The experience? was to walk in the air at a height of 249 m. The Observatory on the 65th floor also has a glass walkway that allows you to watch everything that happens below.
Day 4: Langkawi. The Paradise of Malaysia.
Sandy beaches, rice fields, lots of unspoiled nature and a cable car on top of the world. Is tourism here rampant but do you not even realize that it is so? many. The reason for this crowding? It is a duty-free island, a paradise for shopping too. But beyond? of shops, Langkawi remains a typically Malaysian rural island, made up of small villages, water buffaloes and mangroves.
After three days of travel ap? we needed relaxation, cos? we went to the seaside. Being in Langkawi and not going to the beach would have been a real mistake. We spread our tarp on the Chenang sand. Clean and transparent water. Soft white sand. A tree for shade. Little, very little but perfect. The beach ? super-equipped. Bars, kiosks, deckchairs to rent and water sports. Turning the corner shops, a mall and the island's aquarium.
For this last day in Langkawi we decided to enjoy the view with the Langkawi Sky Bridge. It is a pedestrian bridge completed in 2005. It is located 660 meters above sea level at the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang. IS? reachable via the cable car and once you get off, whoever wants to can? take the lift (absurd queues and biblical slowness) or can? choose to walk a few steps. I opted for the stairs. Quick, painless and above all without a row. 125 meters long and about 2 meters wide. It joins two hills. ? designed to create a changeable and sinuous perspective. Steel and concrete panels placed over an inverted triangular truss, suspended and held together by only eight cables and a single 81,5 meter pylon.
In the afternoon we went back to the beach. Last sun before returning to Italy in the cold of February. For this day we chose Pantai Kok. Fine white sand with two artificial islands that complete the panorama. Close? the Marina where can you? embark and circumnavigate the island to see the mangroves.