Only having been to Asia once before, I was super excited about traveling to Malaysia and exploring another part of Asia. We planned this trip as a little 2 week vacation before our 5 month exchange program in Taiwan, and wow... it was worth it.
With my adrenaline at the highest it's been in weeks, we finally arrived to our little beach front hotel and the relaxing can begin. We stayed at the Sari Pacifica Resort and Spa, which is surrounded by dozens of other hotels along the beach. We entered the hotel from the beach, so we never really saw a front door/entrance; these hotels felt very isolated, which is something I have never experienced before-- just beach, ocean, and hotel; no roads, no cars, nothing.
The food at our hotel was not that great and very expensive for such low quality, so we always went a couple hotels over to their beach bar to have dinner. This beach bar is part of the Redang Bay Resort and is called SandFly. They have a variety of local and western dishes at a very cheap price (I got a huge plate of fried rice for 2 euros...yeah).
We left Redang with a little sunburn, tan lines, relaxed minds, sand everywhere, and lots of memories.
Want to go to Redang Island?
We spent the next four days in 📍Kuala Lumpur.
Not gonna lie, the first day we were there we just stayed at our place to plan what we will do the following couple days (and to watch Game of Thrones finale).
Getting another late start, our third day in Kuala Lumpur was dedicated to visiting the Thean Hou Temple and the Chinatown of KL. I have to say, I love temples. I don't know what it is about them, but the colors, the tranquility, the history, etc. So visiting this temple in Kuala Lumpur was a must. We took a Grab taxi to the temple, which was a very cheap ride (similar to Uber, a very handy app to have in KL). The temple itself is free and open to worshippers or people just visiting. There was a place to eat and buy little souvenirs at the bottom of the temple. There was also a garden full of statues of all the Chinese horoscopes (I am a pig🐷). The temple itself was not that big, but it was so beautiful and gave a nice view on Kuala Lumpur's skyscrapers so I really suggest going here!
Later that night, we had drinks at the craziest rooftop bar ever. The bar was located on the 30-something floor, however, you could walk up to the rooftop to have your drinks on the helicopter pad. Yes, the helicopter pad... where there are no railings or glass walls, just complete open air between you and the skyscrapers of KL. I think that this is the coolest rooftop bar I have ever been to, hands down; I loved it.