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What’s wrong with Malaysia?

Well, in all actuality there is really nothing wrong per say, and I do have to emphasize that I only spent around two weeks there and I only visited the northern east to west sections and I have been traveling around for way too long and seeing too much, so I guess what I am rambling on about is that there is no need for negative feedback as I know all of this is terribly biased and I do have to emphasize I did start off by saying “there was nothing wrong per say”…

In general, what I found to be was India, China, and the Middle East (Muslim emphasis), all rolled up into one. That in itself is Malaysia’s identity, but it comes off as kind of “already been done”. I mean it would be a great place if you wanted to visit China, India, and the Middle East but only had time for one, you could actually skip all three and just come to Malaysia. Hey, that could be their motto, buy one get three… Malaysia.

The others issues are similar in that Malaysia has sights, but having seen too much, they are more second rate versions of the original (blame Justin and Miriam (Nepal trekking companions)). Mosques, temples, highlands, beaches, islands, food, same same but just not as polished or impacting.

Malaysia is also what I would characterize as middle class, the asian version, but similar to the western style of average living. Cars not scooters, pretty good roads, driving standards are law abiding, work, work, work, shopaholics, brand name driven, flash your cash, life is good but it could be better, decent facilities, decent structures, decent government, decent hospitality, I think your getting it. Again, not bad things, just for the traveler looking for adventure, you just might have found your cure for homesickness.

Now for the Steve issues: First, why not fix the flat tires instead of just replacing the tubes. Freaking western disposable cultures. Second, 7-11’s mean Slurpees, fix the damn Slurpee machines. A customer who will but three a day shouldn’t have to walk to six different 7-11’s to find one with a working machine. Third, shit can the dormitory crap. It kind of relates to the fact that Nescafe sucks and all foreigners hate the crap so don’t correlate foreigners with loving to sleep in bunk beds together and drink shit coffee. You really don’t find dorms in the other SE Asia countries as normal rooms are so cheap, but somehow the Malaysians adopted the YMCA as their prototype foreigner accommodation so even expensive hotels have dorms. The coffee thing is that there are areas in the highlands where coffee is grown and is some fairly highly rated cuppas. The locals drink the home roasted, home ground, gravity filtered, sweet cream laced coffee, but somehow years ago some dumbass asked for “that coffee like substance” because how convenient it is and from then on the locals have correlated foreigner with powdered coffee, powdered cream, and sugar packets. You travel half way around the world and looking to sip the brown stuff at ground zero and you get a glass of hot water and powder shit. MMmmmm good. For being a middle class rated society (by Steve of course) the accommodations at the backpacker level is the shittiest I have seen on average. Were talking competing with India, Congo, and the Guyanas. You know that movie “The Beach” where they are in that shithole hotel in Bangkok (?) (real location was in Phuket town- FYI). Basically cut that room and half and dirty it up a bit and you have average standards for backpacker accommodations. That in itself drove me out of Malaysia. Thank god I had the moto as I was averaging 4.5 hotel stops before I found a decent room at a decent price and that was at every city I stayed. Lastly (at least off the top of my head) put some shoulders on the highways so moto people don’t have to play dodge the cars side mirror as they speed 100kms an hour trying not to get run down. Also, sidewalks in the city would be nice. God help the handicap as you ain’t going to get around much in any of the cities. And the griping ends.

So come to Malaysia where you can buy one and get three.

I finished my stay in the pleasantly cool climate of the Cameron Highlands and then did a stop over in the jungle town of Gua Musang. That is the drop off point for boats going down to a nature reserve and also the starting point for a jungle train route. For me it was the stress relieving fix of lucking out and finding a couple of shops who sold the tools I needed to fix a flat tire. It was about a 150 kms of nothing where if I had gotten a flat I was soooo screwed. Again, the moto gods chose not to punish me and I now have the added security of being able to fix a flat should the need arise.

My last stop on the Malaysia tour was Kota Bharu the district capital at about 40kms to the border. I was debating on heading south a bit and hitting the Perinthian Islands, Malaysia’s “almost” version of Thailand’s. It is summer break so the town was packed with Malaysian/Singaporean tourists so it made everything even more congested. I figured enough was enough and I headed for the border after one night.

And that is how my Malaysia tour ended. I do have to add that Borneo, that really Jungly place is Malaysia, so there is a totally different Malaysia out there, but the half I saw, I had my fill.

P.S. I forgot to add a good thing. They have a dessert there called a razzmatazz (I don’t know what the actual name is but it fits). They take a bowl and dish in a scoop of black licorice looking gummy worms, then some green ones, (neither one are candly like the actual gummies), then using a ice shaver a pile of ice shavings go on top, next is the sugary honey like syrup, followed by corn kernels, salty peanuts, some red caviar in milk gummy stuff, sweetened condensed milk, and top it all off with a small scoop of ice cream. Bam, a razzmatazz. Pretty good, but the salty peanuts throws you off a bit. Surprisingly, the corn fits. Good stuff.


2 responses to “What’s wrong with Malaysia?”

  1. Tsu Lin says:

    That so-called “Razzmatazz” is called “ais Kacang – translated as Peanut Ice (ie shaven ice with peanuts n other stuff).

    I don’t get what you mean by “even expensive hotels have dorms” – I stayed in many hotels and never encountered any dorms.

  2. snw2srf2stt says:

    Thanks Tsu Lin. The peanut part is probably the most impactful part as the saltiness stands out from all the sweets. Thailands version made with ice cream rather than shaved ice is hands down better, to me at least. Trouble is I can only find it at the beach (not so bad 300 yards away).

    I doubt five star hotels will have any but the business variety do. If you are not asking for them you probably would never know. Mainly I think it is to cater to foreigner travelers or business groups/families.


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