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Mark Moxon's Travel Writing

Malaysia: Thoughts on Leaving

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi clan house, Georgetown
Malaysia is a gem of a country, and is full of fascinating places to visit, like the intricate Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi clan house in Georgetown, Penang

So that was Malaysia, a very different country to the one I'd conjured up in my imagination after reading the guidebook. I spent a full 25 days on the western side of Peninsular Malaysia (as the eastern coast gets very wet during the monsoon) and it was surprisingly interesting. As with Indonesia, Malaysia is a country of contradictions, but the opposing values aren't quite as disparate as in its crazy neighbour. There are, however, some interesting observations to be made about Mahathir's Madhouse.