Screenshots of Tiffany Werner, a palace in Malaysia, and a mall in Malaysia
Tiffany Werner told Insider she pulled her kids out of school so they could travel the world with her and her husband.Tiffany Werner via TikTok
  • Tiffany went on a series of trips this year, including a $1,600 trip to Malaysia.

  • The video she posted on TikTok addressed preconceptions about Malaysia.

  • Some Americans think that some countries in Asia are not as good as they should be, she said.

Tiffany was on a trip to Malaysia when she posted a video on TikTok.

A picture of Tiffany Werner in a mall in Kuala Lumpur
Tiffany Werner visited Kuala Lumpur on a six day tripTiffany Werner via TikTok

Tiffany Werner is a mother from Mississippi who traveled to Malaysia for six days at the beginning of June.

"For all of my people in America who think I'm in some third-world country, does this look third-world?" she asked in the video she posted on June 4.

The inside of the shopping mall had multiple floors and a series of cascading escalators between them. In the video, he said, "We have nothing like this where we come from." It's something that I love.

The most-viewed video on her account is the one where she posts short videos documenting her travels with her family.

The purpose of the video was to show people what Malaysia was like.

A picture of Werner's family on a beach in Malaysia
Tiffany Werner with her family.Tiffany Werner via TikTok

She used the phrase "third world" because her friends from Mississippi have used that term to describe the places she was traveling to.

During the Cold War, the phrase "third world" was used to describe countries that were not aligned with either the Soviet Union or the US.

Many contemporary historians believe the term is outdated, and some have decided to replace it with the phrase "developing countries," although some outlets have reported that there are disagreements among academics about this term.

She explained that she made the video to show people who may not have traveled much what it was like to live in another country.

According to Forbes, 40% of Americans have never left the country. According to various reports, Americans are less likely to travel abroad than other people.

She was surprised by a lot of things about Malaysia.

Werner documents her family's travels on Instagram and TikTokTiffany Werner

After traveling with her husband and two children last year, she decided to pull her children out of school so they could visit other countries.

The family of four ended up in Malaysia in June as they were looking for a place to stay for a short time while trying to get their visas renewed for Thailand.

She filmed more than 20 videos of herself as she visited places and tried new cuisines in Kuala Lumpur.

More than 3 million people have watched her content in Malaysia.

She saw a lot of shopping malls on her trip.

Suria KLCC shopping mall.Tiffany Werner via TikTok

According to a travel website, there are over 20 malls in Kuala Lumpur.

She told Insider that she thought malls in Malaysia were designed in a better way than in the US.

I would walk into a mall and feel like I was in a horror movie. She told Insider that she was excited.

Malaysian malls, in which there are sometimes digitalized maps that give an exact route of how to get from your current location to a particular store, were particularly impressive compared to American malls.

She said that the new technology that Malaysia has just far outweighs her imagination. First class.

One mall had an indoor roller coaster for children.

Werner filmed an indoor rollercoaster in Times Square Mall, KLTiffany Werner via TikTok

During her visit to Times Square Mall in Kuala Lumpur, she was blown away by the fact that there was an indoor amusement park with a roller coaster.

The TikToker bought two tickets for her children to ride it, as there aren't many child-friendly activities for them to do in their small Mississippi town.

"If you look up where I'm from, you can see how sheltered my children were, and how much better all the fun stuff here is," she said.

Local children were playing in a giant sandpit, ball pit, and bouncy castle that was filmed and uploaded to TikTok. She said in the video that she would be crazy if she were a child.

She said she could find anything she wanted to eat at the food court.

Werner visited the Central Market food court in KL.Tiffany Werner via TikTok

There are many indoor and outdoor food courts in Malaysia.

"I was impressed by the fact that you could get whatever you wanted, really," she said when she visited the food court.

She said that if you wanted Indian food, Italian food, Chinese food, it was all there.

She told Insider that she thought there were more restaurants in the city that were open 24 hours a day.

She said that they couldn't eat enough.

It was not previously known that Malaysia has a food delivery service that is similar to the one in the US.

Grab is a food-delivery and travel service founded in Malaysia.Tiffany Werner via TikTok

She didn't know that Thailand, and other countries in South East Asia, have a delivery and car service called Grab, which works in a similar way to ride-sharing services like ride-sharing companies like ride-sharing services like ride-sharing services like ride-sharing services like ride

She filmed a picnic with her family and reviewed the service on TikTok after ordering food through Grab.

When she ordered food from Grab in Malaysia, she was impressed that it was delivered to her door within 30 minutes, even though she was still in Malaysia.

They put a lot of care into it, and it showed. She told Insider that she was surprised as she was used to feeling like half your coke is going to be all over the place and the french fries are going to be cold.

She said that she learned about history and culture from a new point of view.

Werner visited the King's palace and the National Monument in Malaysia.Tiffany Werner via TikTok.

According to the Malaysian consitution, she was surprised to learn that Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, since she thought most people would be Buddhist.

She was able to learn more about the country she didn't know about when she visited places like the National Monument and the National Palace.

She told Insider that she wanted her children to not just learn about history from an American perspective.

She spoke out against myths about Malaysia and is glad she did.

Malaysia in on the UN's index of 'developing' countries for 2022.Tiffany Werner via TikTok

Looking back on her TikTok about Malaysia, where she challenged people who might refer to Malaysia with the disputed term, "third world," she said, "I like opening up hard conversations, and I'm happy it got such a good response."

Malaysia is not on the UN's list of the least developed countries in the world. Forbes reported in 2020 that Malaysia is investing resources into becoming a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

She said that she would love to go back to Malaysia for a longer trip.

The commenters said they were happy that the video addressed some of the myths.

The Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia.Tiffany Werner via TikTok

Many commenters in the video told the TikToker that they were from Malaysia.

Some people seem to think that life in Malaysia is not as good as it could be.

Some people still think our houses are on trees.

Some commenters said it's wrong for people to refer to countries as "third world" and that people should visit the country before making decisions about it.

She would like to document her travels on TikTok.

Werner said she wants to return to Malaysia.Tiffany Werner via TikTok

Since leaving Malaysia, she has traveled back and forth between Thailand and Georgia, where she films about her experiences.

She told Insider that she hopes to encourage people to get out of their box.

She wants viewers to see different people, different places and different ways of living.

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