Beginning of January, my husband and I took our first big international trip. We went to Asia! It was our first big vacation – 2 whole weeks abroad. We’ve traveled internationally before but only to islands, beaches, and resorts. Never have we done an “exploration” trip internationally. Boy, were we nervous and excited!
Picking Singapore was completely because of Anthony Bourdain. We were watching an episode of The Layover – Singapore and my husband decides right then and there he wants to go to Singapore. Singapore is a small island so I decided to tag on Malaysia to lengthen the trip. We spent 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, 3 days in Penang, and 4 days in Singapore.
Malaysia was completely something else all together. It was welcoming, kind, and full of culture. There are three main ethic groups that call Malaysia home: Malays, Indians, and Chinese. Through centuries of sharing this land, the influences of these three cultures made Malaysia one of a kind. This is most apparent in the food. I never had a bad meal in Malaysia. The food I ate were some of the best I’ve ever eaten in my life. Go to Penang for some of the best culinary experiences of your life!
Singapore and Hong Kong shares a similar history – originally apart of the mainland, then British colonized. Singapore is comparable to a big metropolitan area here in the US. My vote: a greener, cleaner, and more organized Manhattan. It’s well developed with high rises as far as the eye can see. If you could plan a country, the result would be Singapore.
I had a wonderful time traveling through and learning from these countries. Their people, history, heritage, culture, traditions, and most importantly, food. I loved every encounter.