MALAYSIA – Doors do not always go open for money! (#TBT)

Malaysia - Johor Bahru
Malaysia - Johor Bahru

#TBT [ThrowBackThursday] week 39 of 2015. This week, something I remember from my visit to Malaysia, 1 of the 52 countries I visited prior to 2015.

Back in 2013 I was in Singapore for business and decided to go to Johor Bahru just across the border in Malaysia. It’s mainly an industry city but worth a day trip from Singapore and I had not been to Malaysia before. I did some Google searches to find out was I could do there and the city was home to the first glass temple in the world I found out. It’s new, but it’s a first, so a bucket list item. I planned the visit to the temple in the afternoon. My private driver had difficulty finding it but finally we made it to the temple, but it was closed!

Sometimes doors stay closed!

Malaysia - Johor Bahru
Malaysia – Johor Bahru

It was not the first time I arrived at an attraction that was closed so I asked to the people on there if they could open the door for me. They already confirmed they had keys and that they would open again only late evening which was too late for me. Unfortunately they said that they would not open the door for me earlier. Totally unhappy I decided to use an old trick that always worked before: offer them money. First, 20 dollars: no sir, sorry. Then 50 dollars: no sir, we will not open it. Once more I tried to offer 150 dollars but even that didn’t do the trick. The door did not open! That’s a first too! Disappointed I left the complex to have dinner in a nearby shopping mall and to do some tax-free shopping with the 150 dollars I saved at the temple. I will return!

Curious what I did more in Malaysia? Read it here.

Do you have similar memories? Please share them in the comments below. I love to hear from you!

Malaysia - Johor Bahru
Malaysia – Johor Bahru

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