Wanderlust Instagrammy Awards: Malaysia in 20 Amazing Pictures

As a child of the Facebook generation who only let Twitter into her life reluctantly, I resisted Instagram for a long time…and immediately got hooked as soon as I gave in to the photo-sharing app! The travel pictures I see on it every day are like porn to my wanderlust and a constant source of inspiration, so I’ve decided to share the best of them with you!

Each week, the Wanderlust Instagrammy Awards will showcase the best of a different country through my choice of 15 photos submitted to Instagram #inwonderlands.

This week, I am taking you to MALAYSIA, a country I have now been twice and in which I unexpectedly found myself for two weeks recently. Although it is less visited than its South-East Asian neighbours (not a bad thing!), Malaysia has a lot to offer the adventurous traveller, from its pristine beaches, bustling multicultural cities, ethnic food and wilderness, to its world-class street art.

But a picture speaks a thousand words, so here’s the visual evidence!

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City life

1. A Kuala Lumpur street scene with an angle

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia columns

2. Infra-red: one of Kuala Lumpur’s many temples in Chinatown

Red Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, Malaysia

3. Looking up in Chinatown: a sky of umbrellas!

Umbrella installation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4. The gritty, colourful streets of Johor Bahru

Street scene in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

5. Interesting architecture in Johor Bahru: an intricate spiral fire escape

Interesting architecture in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Sightseeing landmarks

6. The mighty and unmissable Petronas Towers: straight from a science-fiction movie!

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

7. Buddha guarding the entrance to the Batu Caves: the steep climb is well-rewarded by the treasures inside!

Entrance to the Batu Caves in Malaysia

Beach life

8. Blue as can be: Penang boat pier

Penang boat pier, Mlaysia

9. No lack of sunset opportunities in Langkawi

Langkawi Malaysia beach sunset

10. Utter and complete farniente

Langkawi Beach, Malaysia

Into the wild

11. Morning mist over the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands

Green tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

12. Encounters of the elephant kind in Borneo…

Borneo Malaysia pigmy elephant

13. …and finding Nemo underwater!

Diving in Langkawi, Malaysia

Food and shopping

14. A typical Malay meal: nasi ayam, laksa, and teh

Nasi Ayam, Laksa and Teh

15. Fun food: angry birds fish bites!

Street food in Kuantan, Malaysia

16. A display of head scarves: choose your colour!

Shopping for head scarves in Kanchuan, Malaysia

Penang street art

17. Informative art is everywhere on the streets of Georgetown: black and white…

Georgetown street art

18. …or colour…

Colourful street art in Georgetown, Penang

19. …and even incredible trompe-l’oeil illusions!

Trompe-l'oeil street art in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

And to conclude: favourite shot of mine!

Tradition and modernity in Kuala Lumpur’s Merdeka Square

Kuala Lumpur Merdeka Square and banks, Malaysia

Thank you to @jacobkho, @raphdef, @passingthrucom of Passing Thru, @thetwoweektraveler of The Two Week Traveler, @sellupgotravel of Sell Up Go Travel, @thebreathingforest of The Breathing Forest, @cailinoneil of Travel Yourself, and @globetrottah of Where Sidewalks End for sharing their pictures! If you like their work, check out their accounts on Instagram and follow their adventures on their websites.

Next week’s Wanderlust Instagrammy Awards will be all about the mysterious and fascinating country of Myanmar, which I had the chance to discover in February. Tag your best Instagram pictures #inwonderlands for a chance to be featured!
Do these pictures make you want to go to Malaysia? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

Are you on Instagram? Find me at @camwonderlands.

If you would like to follow the rest of my adventures, consider also subscribing to the blog to receive all updates by email, and connecting with Camille in Wonderlands on Facebook, where I regularly post snapshots and musings that haven’t made it onto the site.


Hey, I'm Camille! I quit my life to travel the world in 2013 – and I haven’t stopped since! I have visited 40+ countries as a location-independent travel/lifestyle writer and digital marketer. I like hammocks, scooters, eating, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I was chosen as a top travel influencer by Influence.co, and have co-founded Helipad Marketing to help travel & lifestyle brands soar with killer online marketing.

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12 thoughts on “Wanderlust Instagrammy Awards: Malaysia in 20 Amazing Pictures”

  1. Toutes ces magnifiques photos donnent une idée plus précise de l’ambiance en Malaisie, dans les villes, les temples, les rues, sur les plages. J’aime bien aussi celles qui montrent le street-art. Mais la dernière photo, la tienne, n’est pas la moins belle. Très parlante…

    1. Thanks Michelle, glad you liked the selection! Actually these are not all mine, but I do have a lot more on my Instagram account – I look forward to connecting with you and checking yours out! Hope I can feature some of your pics too at some point – check back here for the weekly theme (this week: Myanmar). 🙂
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