Colonized by the English, Malaysia is probably the easiest South East Asian country to travel. This is because the majority of the population speak English very well. Unlike neighboring Thailand, Malaysia also has a much more organized and user-friendly transportation system. Penang and Kuala Lumpur are known for their quality street food, and the prices are unbeatable. Indulge in a rich bowl of Laksa, the country’s traditional dish, for $2-$3. There’s lots of cheap eats to try, so don’t fill up in one place! Nightly rates for decent rooms start at just $12. Malaysia has some of the cheapest scuba diving in the world. In the Perhentian Islands, fun dives are $18! If world-class diving is what you seek, head to Borneo where you can dive at the famous Sipadan Island. Prices are higher than Perhentians, but still cheaper than western countries – and the diving is superb.
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