Essay Inspiration – Tour of Malaysia
IGCSE student David wrote this essay about his home country, Malaysia, for the Queen’s Essay Competition. We feel that perhaps he should consider a career as a travel writer! He describes his journey so well with precise detail which helps you picture the scene. Enjoy reading his piece of creative writing!
OUR TOUR OF MALAYSIA
by David Hong Liang Chew
It is a regular busy day in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. There is an aroma of cooked fried rice and herbal chicken soup from the cafeteria. The airport had a ‘boardwalk’, which is a man-made jungle and there is also a waterfall! Hi everybody, today we will have a tour in a very beautiful country, Malaysia. Now, let me introduce you to an old friend of mine, Jay. Jay is from Germany and this is his first time in Malaysia and he will be joining us in our tour in Malaysia. Let the journey begin!
Our first stop will be Malacca. The reason why we chose Malacca is because it is an UNESCO world heritage site. Malacca is home to the old fort, A’ Famosa. The fort was built by the Portuguese to defend itself against enemies. There are also many places to visit in Malacca. For example, St Paul’s Church and Malacca Military Museum. We had lunch in an authentic cuisine restaurant. After that, we went around Malacca by extravagantly and brightly decorated trishaws.
Before the sun rose, we quickly rode a bus to Muar. Muar town is also known as the royal town or district in the state of Johor. When we crossed the Muar Bridge, the beautiful river was filled with fishing boats, kayaks, and also a river cruise full of tourists. We had our breakfast in a well-known ‘kopitiam’ or café. Our breakfast contained kaya butter toast bread, curry-puffs, nasi lemak (fatty rice in English), and iced coffee. Business was good because the food was cheap and delicious. There were also funny street names such as Jalan Parit Bakar which means Burned Drained Street and Jalan Parit Besar which means Big Drain Street. In Muar town, the streets are filled with inviting smells of otak-otak and sometimes also durian.
In the evening, we took another bus ride to Pahang. Along the high-way we saw many oil palm plantations owned by several different companies. When we arrived in Pahang, it was late evening and we spent the night in a hotel. There are lots of wonderful places to visit in Pahang. There is Cameron Highlands, and Cherating Turtle Sanctuary. The turtle sanctuary was established in the year 1972. There’s also a free night programme which includes turtle watching, and releasing baby turtles to the sea. In Cameron Highlands, activities like Cameron Bharat Tea Plantation and the big red strawberry farm.
The next state we are visiting is Penang. Penang is famous for its laksa noodles and there are also lots of amazing murals on the street walls. There are two Penang Bridges connecting the island to the peninsular.
After the short exploration in Penang, we went back to KL International Airport to take a flight to Sabah. Sabah is home to the tallest mountain in South-East Asia, Mount Kota Kinabalu. When we were hiking the mountain, we saw some brown, huge, and hairy orang utans down below in the green misty forests. We took a selfie at the peak and we worked our way back down. It was a very exhaustive climb but we had a great sense of achievement.
Well, that was enough for the day! We had a very good rest that night and we woke up very late and we blamed the mattresses for being too comfortable! But actually, it was because of the hiking. After that we went scuba diving in the coral reefs with many fishes. When Jay was observing the beautiful corals, an octopus got stuck to his suit! Poor Jay! He had a hard time removing the frightened octopus.
We are finally back to KL! What a long journey. Now, we are going to a last exploration in KL. The first place is the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. There, we will be able to visit the Petronas Twin Towers. They were the world’s tallest buildings until 2004. It serves both shopping mall and office space. The second popular place to visit is the KL Tower. It was opened on 23 June 1966 and gives it a 360 degrees view of the city.
We are going use to the second Kl airport, KLIA 2 which is newer than KLIA (of course) and it is time for us to send Jay home. This was Jay’s comment before he departed, “This was the best tour I’ve ever had! I’ll be definitely coming back to Malaysia.” I would like to thank everyone who joined and supported this tour and see you next time! Bye!