Malaysia is a great country. We visit Sarawak,on the island of Borneo, Kuching the capitol is very interesting, great shopping mall & markets. The goods there are very cheap compared to UK prices. Food is very tasty and very cheap, even to eat in restaurants. I like the local coffee shop foods, all the locals eat in them and the quality is excellent. Sibu is also a great city, both places have historical interest and lots of things to do & places to go. The people are very friendly and helpful. Weather is very warm & humid, so best to wear cotton clothes. We have made many good friends in the 30 years we have been going there. Penang is a very nice place, so if I were you I would go, I am sure you will love it there. You are young so give it a try, if you dont go you will regret not taking the opportunity. The cities are more modern than you think. Good luck.