Selamat Siang from Malaysia


Selamat Siang from Malaysia
Nov 2008

Our first stop in Malaysia was Georgetown, Penang. We traveled by bus from Trang, Thailand to the island of Penang. The border crossing was interesting…out of Thailand (where we had a 30 day visa) and into Malaysia (where you get a 90 day visa on entry for free) which is perfect for Malaysia Holiday Packages. We took the local bus and talked to so many school children. On Friday, they go home early for prayers. The Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple is also called the temple of 1000 buddahs…dont count they are there!! It was incredible and they are building a new section with a HUGE statue. We also went to the Penang Museum and learned about the culture of Malaysia, a melting pot of Indians, Chinese and Malays.

Cameron Highlands and the BOH tea plantation

The Cameron Highlands are the largest hill resort among several hillstations in the country where they grow tea, flowers, vegetables, and bee farms. It is 6000 ft above sea level. It was beautiful and green. They have beautiful plantations. We went to the BOH Tea Estate called Sungei Palas. They have 1200 hectares of TEA PLANTS!! It was incredible to see them trimming the plants and then to go into the factory and see all the stages in making tea. Leaves are plucked, withered, rolled, fermented and dried. The “made tea” is sorted by vibrating sieves by size. It is also sorted by density. LOTS OF SCIENCE!!

Kuala Lumpur and Petronas Twin Towers

We loved the Petronas Towers. They are ENORMOUS and there is a huge shopping mall inside. George thought it looked like Beverly Hills. The Petronas Towers were the world’s tallest buildings, before being surpassed by the Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings and office building in the world. We only had one night in KL before flying to INDONESIA!!!

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Our week in Malaysia
We enjoyed our time in Malaysia as we traveled from Thailand to our flight in Kuala Lumpur to Indonesia. The Cameron Highlands were cool which was GREAT after the heat in Penang and Thailand.
Malaysia is a huge combination of so many cultures. We had a great time and plan to go back again later in our travels.
. We use internet cafes…but in Indonesia there are very few of them and they are SLOW!! SO we are sending this newsletter w/ MOST of the Malaysia photos…more to be added.
4 BOOKS for you:
3 Cups of Tea: what a great story. Change the world through EDUCATION!The World is Flat: how technology is changing the world (a great section for parents)

4 Hour WorkWeek: (not four DAYS) has great ideas to control your time!!
The Handyman by Carolyn See (thanks to Joannie.)

BY THE WAY: we just found out…our CAT, Bob Dylan, went on vacation with Dr. Jim. We are impressed that Bobby D is at a 5 star resort without us!
Thanks Dr. Jim!!!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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