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Michael Turtle
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Time Travel Turtle: Global explorer and travel writer
Time Travel Turtle: Global explorer and travel writer

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One of the things you notice in Malaysia is how much diversity there is in the places of worship. It's common to see an Islamic mosque next to a Christian church across the road from a Hindu temple.
 
I've enjoyed popping in to many of them to have a quick look - like this temple in Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur.
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I've been doing some sightseeing around Kuala Lumpur today. Honestly, I don't think it's the most exciting city for tourists - there aren't lots of famous sights or unique things to do.

But, having said, I am impressed with how much I was able to see in one day. There are lots of interesting buildings and monuments (not famous, but still cool). Like this one - The National Monument.
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The historic part of Malacca here in Malaysia is really charming. But it is full of tourists! I haven't seen this many people in one place in my travels around the country this month. Perhaps it's because of the location - so easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
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Exploring the old city of Malacca, here in Malaysia. It's just south of Kuala Lumpur and has been declared a World Heritage Site. It was one of the most important trading cities in Asia and was captured by the Portuguese and then the Dutch... leaving centuries of history.
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Life on a tropical island. I can see why people stay on Malaysia's Tioman Island for a while. There's something so relaxing about the beach and the jungle meeting amongst the bungalows.
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After a couple of days of limited wifi, I'm back on the Malaysian mainland. I've been on Tioman Island, off the east coast. It's quite a large island and has a fair amount of development... but everything still feels very relaxed and local. I loved it there!
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One of the things I was really curious to see in Kuala Terengganu was a place called Taman Tamadun Islam. It's a theme park all about Islam. Basically, there are lots of miniature models of famous Islamic buildings from around the world, like Mecca, the Taj Mahal, and the Dome of the Rock.It was kind of cool... but probably aimed at local kids, not foreign tourists.
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The Crystal Mosque in the Malaysian city of Kuala Terengganu. It got the name because of the way it's been built with steel, glass and crystal. It was only opened in 2008 and sits right on the edge of the water, with not much else around. On a sunny day like this, it catches the light and appears to glow!
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There aren't too many people on Malaysia's Perhentian Islands this time of year. So it wasn't too hard to find a beach that I could have all to myself. Swimming in the crystal clear water, soaking up the sun on the golden sand, all surrounded by tropical jungle. And not another person in sight!
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Rather than catch a boat around to one of the other beaches on the Perhentian Islands, I decided to trek through the jungle to get to some secluded places. One of my rewards was this view along the way. This place really is a gem of Malaysia!
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