Highlights of Northern Malaysia

For our journey to Malaysia we crossed the border from Thailand into Langkawi, the northernmost island in the country, via a quick ferry ride (the land crossing can be a bit dangerous). It turned out to be a great way to go because Langkawi is so beautiful! With only a day to explore we opted to take the cable car up to the top peak on the island for incredible panoramic views of the surrounding area. We spent the rest of our time exploring the town on foot and stuffing our faces with the incredible Indian food at Nasi Kandar Tomato. To this day, the meals we had there were some of the best of our entire four-month trip.

Bridge to the Langkawi Cable Car
Langkawi Cable Car from Above
Views from the Langkawi Cable Car
Apartment Buildings in Langkawi Malaysia
Sunset on the Ocean in Langkawi Malaysia

From Langkawi we moved into Penang, our first stop on the mainland part of Malaysia. This town is known for its rambling old roads and unbelievable street food. We ate our way through the city for a just few dollars a day. Handmade samosas, curry mee and every type of street meat you can imagine can be found on most corners, where one can mingle with tourists and locals alike.

Weathered Shutters in Penang Malaysia
Scooter in Penang Malaysia
Food Cart in Penang Malaysia
Street Meat in Penang Malaysia

Another highlight of Penang is the Old Protestant Cemetery where Sir Francis Light, known as the founder of the town, is buried. The overgrown, lush cemetery is an incredible place to explore with a camera and a tour book!

Old Protestant Cemetery of Penang Malaysia
Moss Covered Gravestones at the Old Protestant Cemetery of Penang Malaysia

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Ashley Kelemen is a fine art wedding & travel photographer based in Southern California. She has a passion for film, scuba diving and big adventures. Follow along over the coming weeks as we share her four-month jaunt around Southeast Asia on Entouriste! Need to catch up? Ashley started her journey in Hanoi and Laos.

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