My friend are I are travelling from Singapore up to Bangkok in September, we have 3 weeks to do it in. Is this enough, and if anyone can give us any tips or travel ideas then they are always welcome. Having never been in Malaysia or Thailand before, neither of us know what to expect! And are quite daunted by the idea!
Please can anyone give us some ideas of places to visit etc. Also, what's the best way of getting around? Plus how much money will we need?
a few days in Singapore itself, melaka, KL, Penang, Krabi - musts
around 10 pounds per day each
Your trip sounds fun!
I did this trip with a friend 3 years ago the other way around(Bangkok to Singapore). We also had 3 weeks to do it in, and although you won't get to see everything there is to see - you can certainly get a good flavour.
Our itinerary was (roughly): 2/3 nights in Bangkok, then bus to down to the East Coast to Ko Samui (4 nights), then bus across to Ko Phi Phi (4 nights), then bus down to Penang, Malasia (2 nights) then down to KL (1 night), bus to Taman Negara (jungle in central Malaysia) for 2 nights, back to KL for 3 nights, then caught the train to Singapore and stayed about 2/3 nights.
I'm now in Malaysia again, and am going to see the Peherentian Islands rather than the Taman Negqara again, and instead of going back to Ko Samui in Thailand (very touristy) am going to Ko Phan Nan and Ko Tao instead. I'll still spend time in KL and Bangkok as these places are fun! Best thing to do is turn up, make some rough plans, but then speak to other travellers about where they've been, and what's good.
In terms of cost - you'll probably spend about 10-15 pounds per day on accomodation, food and travel, etc. Take more for shopping and any special trips you might want to make. To give you SOME sort of idea, I'm currently budgeting 500-600 pounds a month.
Tips for travel: Don't be too daunted, travel in Malaysia and Thailand is pretty easy. Buy your tickets from either the train or bus station directly (will nearly always be cheaper) but you can also buy from agents near the stations which is sometimes easier (and shouldn't be much more expensive). Check long-haul coaches have Air-Con and Toilets on-board, and make sure your valuables are safe if you're going to sleep! Take a fleece jumper as air-con buses can actually get quite cold and if not, it makes a great cushion, Always ask for a discount on accomodation and it's normal to ask to look at the room before you commit.
me and my girlfriend travelled from singapore through to bangkok. althought we travelled from singapore up to to thailand just because we couldnt change our flight to fly direct to thailand, but im really glad we did it this way now.
we didnt stop at anywhere between singapore and krabi because we didnt have much money and needed to get to thailand where it was cheaper. we travelled by bus from sinagpore- KL- Ipoh-Butterworth- Hat Yai- Krabi all in one go and it was pretty intense. if you p[lan it a bit better you can get a bus pretty much straight there or with just one stop in KL or i heard that the train is good too but a little dearer. if you want to stop of and travel on your way up i cant really speak for malaysia as we travelled straight through but people told us that penang was beautiful and in thailand deff go to krabi and the capes and island, we found it the most beautiful beaches and the limestone crags are amazing.another cool place to stay near krabi is railay, not an island but a cape only accessable by long tail boat so like being on an island.
we have soem photos on our site www.planetranger.com/laurenandhelen if youd like to have a look, theres some of railay etc..
hope ive been a little help even iof not much!!!
good luck, se asia is such an amazing place and can be a little scary at times butdont let it put you off, its well worth it!!
cherry and helen xx
been in singapore since forever.
if ure on a budget , u can chk out Betel Box Backpacker Hostel, Singapore, Singapore
200 Joo Chiat Roadhttp://www.hostels.com/en/availability.php/HostelNumber.5833, saw it in the papers, looks gd n is realli cheap.
check out newton circle for supper, chinaatown food street (pagoda street) for food, orchard road (far east shopping centre, ngee ann city), bugis, toa payoh(if interested to see the real singapore).
clubbing should also be checked out.
thats all i can remember for now, msg mi if anything