Malaysia and Borneo

Flag of MalaysiaI just came back yesterday from my trip to Malaysia. As probably everyone coming back from holiday (unless you had a very bad experience) I have now a strange feeling. One hand it seems already like it was ages ago on another I can’t believe I’m back and have to go back to the regularity of my life.  Over the next week I will live my memories sharing them with you guys and I hope you will find them entertaining and maybe useful while planning your own trip.

Firstly I and A. left together with Etihad from Dublin to Kuala Lumpur (interchange in Abu Dhabi). After 3 days we were joined by our friends I. and D. When we were planning the trip we thought we will be travelling together and the plan was as follows:

Arrive at Kuala Lumpur, see Batu Caves, go to Kuala Selangor to see the fireflies, see Cameron Highlands and Taman Negra, then up to Langkawi, ferry to Georgetown in Penang, fly to Borneo and see Mulu National Park. Back to Kuala Lumpur and home. Our friends were supposed to go to Thailand to spend there two more weeks instead of flying with us home.

malaysia-map

In the end the trip looked like this: Kuala Lumpur and Batu Caves, train to Alor Star, ferry to Langkwai, flight to Georgetown, flight to Kota Kinabalu, bus ride to Sandakan, flight back to KK and back to Kuala Lumpur. Our friends flu from KK to Hongkong.

General information:

Malaysia consists of two parts: Peninsular Malaysia where majority of the people live and north part of Borneo. Malaysian Borneo had little to do with the Peninsula until arrival of the British. It was ruled by Brunei Sultanate. In 1841 as a reward for helping him to crush the rebellion Sultan of Brunei made James Brooke (British) the Rajah of Sarawak, the first of three White Rajahs. Sabah remained under loose control of Brunei, it was mostly rented to different people before finally in 1888 coming under British government protection together with Sarawak.

Malaysia prospers thanks to demend for its rubber, palm oil, tea and tin as well as oil and gas reserves. Malays form 51% of the country’s 28 million population. Chinese make up about 25% and people of India about 7%. Majority of Malaysians are Muslim but Sharia is not forced upon all of the citizens only those practicing Islam.

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