Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur

If anyone knows anything about me, its that I really love cities and exploring them. At home you'll find me in London at any spare time I can find! So, when we finally reached Kuala Lumpur I was super excited. I had heard so much from other travellers that we've been meeting about the place, and being the capital of Malaysia, it sure wasn't going to be a place that I'd miss along the journey! 

Kuala Lumpur is very big, so walking around from A to B isn't always the best option. Fortunately, they have a great monorail system that is quick, cheap and very easy to use. The most we paid for any journey was around the equivalent to 60p, so if you're on a budget, then this is by far the best way to get around. There really isn't any need to use a taxi (which I was pleased about because I can never be bothered to barter with their stupidly high prices). 

To see views of this incredible city, you have the option of going up either the 'KL tower' or of the course the incredible 'Petronas towers'. We chose the KL because it would give us a view of the towers instead of us just being in them, and all we would be able to see would be general skyscrapers. Most people choose the Petronas towers because they're very iconic, however you don't get to go as high as the KL tower so therefore you don't see as much. People that I have spoken to that have gone up have said that it really isn't worth it (but of course that's your decision to make). The prices are both similar at around £20 per adult to go up either of the towers, which for Asia I think is quite expensive, but it was worth it and we did really enjoy it.
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Malaysia - Cameron Highlands

Escaping the crazy heat of Malaysia was certainly very satisfying during our stay in the Cameron Highlands. As its very high up in the mountains, the temperature drops quite considerably and we actually found ourselves wearing a hoody when we went out for dinner (which was so nice for a change!) 
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Malaysia - Penang

I don't think that I've ever been so gutted to have to leave a place as I was when I left Penang. Something about that place completely stole my heart. The town has so much character and there are so many places to explore you just physically can't get bored. I loved it! 

Penang is famously known for its food and street art, something that now having visited the place, I completely 100% agree on! It's incredible. The food is just insane. I ate at some absolute cracking places that without hearing how good they are, would have probably just walked past on the street and not even considered going inside. One place that you have to check out is 'Kapitan'. It's an Indian place that is open 24 hours a day and every time I went past it was full of people. They did some of the best food I've ever eaten, and it's all so cheap. The most I paid for a whole meal was the equivalent to about £2.50! You can pick absolutely anything off of the menu and you can just trust that it's going to be incredible. Seriously, go there. It's wicked. Also, there is a wonderful coffee shop called 'Mug Shot' and they do the BEST hot bagels that I've ever tasted. I'm dribbling just thinking about them now! 

Georgetown is full of beautiful street art and it doesn't take you long wondering round until you will come across some. They're really spectacular to see. We spent a whole day just exploring the town and seeing what we came across. I loved it because everything was so well thought out and the pictures were really beautiful. They're really worth seeing if you're in Penang (not that you can avoid them anyway), as it's one of the many things that make this place so unique.
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Thailand - Tips for Thailand

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Thailand - Koh Tao & Koh Phangan

Everyone that we have met who's been to Thailand/is in Thailand, raves about the South and it's beauty... and there's no wonder why! With over tonnes of islands to choose from, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to explore! So this presented us with the first question, 'what island do we want to visit first?'. After hours of being totally useless at making a decision, we came to the conclusion that we'd visit Koh Tao on the east coast. Being one of the first islands that you come to on the descent of Thailand, this seemed like the best idea. We were right! 
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Thailand - Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has got to be one of my favourite places in Thailand so far! I was so gutted when we had to finally leave to start making our way down south. There is just so much to see and do that you physically can't get bored. The city has a wonderful atmosphere that surrounds it and you can just get lost for days on end exploring around here. 

On our first day we took a taxi up to Doi Suthep, which is an incredible Buddhist temple up in the mountains. It took us about 45 minutes to get up there and cost 50THB each which is about £1. You know you've arrived because you'll see an incredibly huge Buddha sitting on the mountain side. Trust me, it's gigantic! You then have to take the climb of about 300 steps to get up to the entrance of the temple. From the top you can look out and see the whole of Chaing Mai which is just breathtaking. The whole place is surrounded by flowers and plants, making it even more stunning than it already is. I didn't want to leave, I just felt so peaceful up there looking out onto the horizon. The thing with temples is that they're all so wonderful but they are very similar, so sometimes people don't want to visit lots because they feel like they've already seen them. However, if there is any temple that you do go and visit then make it this one. The whole place is very spectacular with its layout and location that it really shouldn't be missed. I absolutely loved it!

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