VISITOR’S VIEWS: Easy, safe travelling for solo woman tourist
I WAS in Malaysia from March 16 to 21 to attend a friend's wedding in Selangor. After the wedding, I decided to visit Penang.
A friend from Laos was supposed to join me but I ended travelling alone. Knowing my predicament, my Malaysian friend assured me I would be safe even if I was alone.
This visit lasted five days so I got to explore Kuala Lumpur and Penang more.
I can say Malaysia has gone a long way in many aspects. I find the country safe even for solo female travellers.
I was impressed with your road infrastructure and public transport. Pudu Sentral was a big help.
It has made travelling outside the city convenient and easier.
In Penang, I stayed in George Town. I was pleased when the hotel staff told me about the mini buses transporting passengers, including tourists, within the city for free.
I think having these buses is a thoughtful gesture.
The only thing I missed at George Town was good food. At Lebuh Chulia, I ate at Chinese food stalls but was not satisfied. They were not delicious and the prices were not low.
Having lived in Taipei, maybe I was expecting similar culinary expertise from the Chinese food sellers in Penang.
However, I must admit my instant love affair with ais kacang and teochew chendol, especially those from the stall near Komtar. Those desserts made me forget my previous disappointment over Chinese food.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed Malaysia, and when there is a chance again, I don't mind making a third trip.