On the 4th of May, we're going to Malaysia for 8 nights. This is very significant for us as a couple, because every other holiday we have had in the 6 years we have been together has been to visit family, for whatever reason. This is the first holiday we've had that is exclusively for us, to a place where there is no one else we know.
This is also very significant for me as a person, for two reasons. Firstly, because I've never been anywhere really "foreign": I've been all over the place in Oz and NZ, but the most foreign place I've been is Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, which only half counts because it's a NZ protectorate and they use NZ currency and speak English. So Malaysia, with it's strange currency, language, culture, and food, will be very scary and exciting for me. Secondly, we booked this holiday on a whim. My husband came home from work and said, "I saw in the paper today that AirAsia have super-cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur." We looked, saw they were indeed cheap (cheaper, in fact, than flying to NZ), and booked. Just like that. No planning, no discussion, no idea what we were going to do when we got there - just return flights to KL. Now, this may come as a surprise to some of you, but I'm a bit of a control freak. So that kind of random, spur-of-the-moment thing is completely out of character for me.
Luckily, my control-freak tendencies have kicked back in, and we now have a loose itinerary, as follows:
Fly from Coolangatta to KL, arriving mid-afternoon; check in at the Dorsett Regency.
Do a little shopping and exploring, check out any night markets that are open, eat somewhere.
Go to Melaka - whether we catch the bus down there and explore ourselves, or do some kind of tour, is still TBC.
Try to get our free tickets to go up Petronas Towers. If successful, do that, do shopping, do other stuff in KL. Otherwise, go to the Batu Caves.
Try again for Petronas Towers, if we missed it yesterday. Otherwise, go to the Batu Caves today.
Fly from KL to Penang, arriving late afternoon; check in at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (personal valet!). This is also TBC, because they haven't responded to my booking inquiry yet. We may have to book elsewhere.
Take ferry from Penang to Langkawi, arriving around lunchtime; check in at the Rebak Island Resort.
10 - 11 May:
Relax on the beach and explore Langkawi.
Return to KL, and then to Coolangatta, arriving back home early on the 13th of May.
Our trusty Lonely Planet Malaysia and Malaysian Phrasebook should hopefully help with fleshing this out. So far all I know in Malaysian is "thank you" and "too expensive!" but apparently that should be enough :P Any suggestions on things to do, see, or eat in any of these places are more than welcome. I'm starting to get excited now. 8 more sleeps!