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1. Posted by vicks (Full Member 88 posts) 11y

Hey guys,

A friend and I are going to Malaysia in Sept/Oct this year on our way to thailand. We have done a bit of research of where to go and what to see, but we haven't got any advice from some people that have actually done it. We want to see the cultural side of Malaysia. We also want to have a bit of fun meeting new people that are doing the same thing as us - backpacking around s.e. aisa. We want to see all the touristy places but we are not scared to go off the beaten track. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

I enjoyed Melaka and Penang.

In Penang go on the observation deck of the tallest building in town to see the panorama of the island. By venicular go to the top of the Penang Hill and head to Jungle Walk

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Have you considered the Cameron Highlands?

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

I thought the Cameron Highlands were great, a bit of respite from the heat and humidity.

I also enjoyed Taman Negara, for a bit of a look at the jungle.

I liked Melaka and Penang too.

5. Posted by WonderlandT (Budding Member 40 posts) 11y

hi breevic. I'm from Malaysia. Do you start your journey from Singapore? As your interest is more to cultural, here is my suggestion. I'm sure you will love it.

Basic itinerary :
1. Entering Johore from Singapore.

2. From Johore, take west coast federal road (I don't recommend PLUS highway if you want to discover cultural side of Malaysia). At the southern part, west coast is more interesting than East Coast.

3. At Johore, you may stop at Johor Bahru (capital) or Batu Pahat (old small town).

4. From Johore you go northward to Malacca, you shld not miss Bandar Melaka. Malacca is one of the famous port in 15-16 th century

5. From Melaka (or Malacca), you may stop at Negeri Sembilan.

6. Then heading to KL (and some part of Selangor-industrial state), just to see the modern of Malaysia.

7. OK from KL, I suggest you to go to the East Coast by taking a West-East Highway. This is to go to Pahang. Before entering Kuantan (Pahang’s capital) you and your friend may stop at Taman Negara (National Park). At Pahang there’s good beaches.

8. From Pahang (remember now you are on the East Coast side because on the Northern Part, East Coast is more interesting). You will go northward to Terengganu and Kelantan (the road is along the beach and fishing villages-you will love it. Terenggannu and Kelantan is different side and view compare to Johore, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and of course Kuala Lumpur. There are a lot of villages, nice beaches and island along Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

9. from Kelantan, Don’t cross the border here to Thailand as it is not safe now. You should go to Kedah by travelling through the north of Perak. There are many paddy fields and villages here.

10. From Kedah than head to west again to Perlis. Here also we have good paddy field and scenery. And if you have more time, don’t miss Pulau Langkawi. It’s a nice and peace island.

Kedah and Perlis is a bit same as southern Thailand because here in Kedah, Perlis (and also Kelantan), you will see Thai villages in Malaysia. One of unseen places in Malaysia.

11. OK to go overland to Thailand, I suggest you to cross the border at Padang Besar (Perlis), it is safe compare to Sg Golok (Kelantan), Betong (Perak) and Bukit Kayu Hitam (Kedah – here is also safer).

I’m sure you will have a good memory here. This itinerary will show you social life of different community in Peninsular Malaysia (Malay, Chinese, Indian, Serani –in Malacca, aborigines, Thai/Siamese – in Kedah, Perlis and many more, different economy and best view in Peninsular Malaysia.

By taking this itinerary, you will visit all states of Peninsular Malysia except Penang and will miss the most visited Sabah and Sarawak on East Malasyia (East Malaysia and East Coast of Malaysia is different).

(Next time you might try Sabah and Sarawak).

You can ask me more . Free of charge :) happy travelling.

Pradis

6. Posted by vicks (Full Member 88 posts) 11y

Thanks so much Pradis, most of that we had planned already, but it is so good to have someone have the same kind of idea. But there are a few new ideas that I will look into. Thanks again.
Vic

7. Posted by WonderlandT (Budding Member 40 posts) 11y

Quoting breevic

Thanks so much Pradis, most of that we had planned already, but it is so good to have someone have the same kind of idea. But there are a few new ideas that I will look into. Thanks again.
Vic

No problem. Wish you and your friends have a nice trip to Asia.

8. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

I enjoyed Melaka and Penang.

In Penang go on the observation deck of the tallest building in town to see the panorama of the island. By venicular go to the top of the Penang Hill and head to Jungle Walk

These two places are the most historical and cultural places in malaysia you probably already know this from you research. spent 3 months in east and west malaysia, you've got to check out sabah and sarawak in borneo, basically if you like wildlife, kuching in sarawak for the best food i've had since i've been travelling. through all of this i'd recommendation going to kuala lumpur - putra jaya, you would not belief what humans can do, imagine building a government city 9 years ago they started and now not quite finished but impressive - they have PUTRAJAYA on the outshirks of KL, i used to think only romans, greeks, etc can do this, add malaysians to that list. the most honest people (an opinion of course and its comparative). i could go on but you'll be all good, in thailnd you'll be put on tourist buses and not necessarily catch buses with locals unless you get on the track, most people hire motorbike to do this, but in malaysia yopu'll travel like the locals...

happy days, oh happy days
peace

yemi

9. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

check out the perhentian islands - have yet to met anyone that didnt stay longer than expected there and it is the best island you are likely to go to in this region... thats taking into consideration most of the southern thailand islands, i would go as far as to say if i had to do it again i'd sacrifice going to any of the thai islands just to stay on the perhentian islands

boooooooooooooooooo!

peace

yemi

10. Posted by WonderlandT (Budding Member 40 posts) 11y

Hello Vic,

Keep in mind there will be a heavy rain on the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia from Sep-Oct.

Regards,
Pradis