Impressions of Malaysia and Thailand
Mis à jour : 3 déc 2019
I spent about three weeks in Malaysia and one week in Thailand. Since I mainly spent my time doing the 10 day meditation course in Malaysia and getting my diving certificate in Thailand, the rest of the time was often spent on transit. Therefore, I got to know the countries on a more superficial level, seeing mostly the touristic spots. Still I got some impressions of the countries, which I will gladly share.
After having traveled for one month in Indonesia and Timor Leste, I got used to the rubbish, the dangerous traffic and the continuous shouting and staring wherever I went. When I arrived in Malacca, Malaysia, however, I was overwhelmed by the opposite. There was an abundance of tourism, well organised infrastructure and barely any rubbish to be seen. The Malaysian language might be similar to Indonesian, but other than that, it felt like stepping into a different world. Everything was easier all of the sudden and that felt nice for a change. The convenience would remain for most of the time in Malaysia actually and soon I would miss the adventure I had experienced in Indonesia. Still I had a wonderful time in both Malaysia and Thailand. It was just different. I felt more like a tourist, surrounded by many other tourists.
Buses, trains and ferries were all reasonably comfortable and well organised. Crossing borders was surprisingly easy as well. Everything went smoothly. It was a lot easier to relax. Of course there were still reckless bikers, squatting toilets and language barriers, but way less than in Indonesia.
In both countries, the food was amazing and finding vegetarian options was way easier than in Indonesia. Most things were slightly more expensive than the country I had visited previously, but according to Western standards everything was still very cheap. Sometimes I tried restaurants, but very often I would eat street food. Because of the language barrier the name of the food I was eating often remained a mystery. Whether I understood it or not, I almost enjoyed the food very much. There is one kind of fruit that is hard to forget though. Durian, king of fruits, is loved by almost all locals and has a specific taste and smell. The texture is chewy and, to me, the taste resembled yogurt, banana, garlic and onion. In truth it was a completely new taste and it definitely intrigued me.
In the end, I had a great time in both countries without thoroughly visiting them. One day I will go back to go more off the beaten track and have a better look at the countries' nature, culture and history.