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Mark Moxon's Travel Writing

Malaysia: Pre-Malaysian Apathy

The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
There's an awful lot more to Malaysia than Kuala Lumpur's huge buildings

After 12 days of luxury in Singapore, I finally pulled myself out of my relaxed stupor and hopped on the bus to Johor Bahru. Before I'd had time to blink the lethargy from my eyes I'd left the city behind, and taken the bus over the Causeway and into Malaysia.

1 I wrote this paragraph before deciding to spend a week in the central jungle of Peninsula Malaysia, which would turn out to be a highlight. Funnily enough, after that week I vowed never to go on a rainforest trek again; the lack of views, the hard going and the astounding selection of creepy-crawlies is enough to wear down any resolve. I also remember making the same comment after leaving Fiordland, and Hinchinbrook and Fraser Island all came complete with rainforest... and, of course, I've happily ended up in the forest a number of times since. I obviously don't listen to myself a great deal, which is clearly a good thing.

2 I wrote this article on the way into Malaysia. I ended up loving Malaysia to bits, of course, which just goes to show that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, or a country by the guidebook.