Hi there just hoping you can give me some advice on backpacker accomodation in these two countries and things to do in Malaysia as no-one seems to spend long there. All help would be appreciated, heading there next week and havent got a clue!!
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there are a ton of things to do and see in Malaysia. the top spots to visit in my book are Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, and Langkawi
Penang has a rich and mixed history of Malay, English settlers, and Chinese immigrants. It has some great Buddhist temples, Great food, a park where you go run around and see monkeys, the snake temple, the butterfly park, Kek Lok Si temple, the sleeping Budda temple, an old island that used to be Malaysia's version of Alcatrez that you can go see, the Komtar tower where you can see for miles in every direction, and much more. In Penang I would recomend staying in Georgetown, depending on finances, I liked the Shangri-La on Magazine avenue a lot. It ran about 70 usd a night. There were PLENTY of less expensive places though, I just really liked that hotel and their staff.
Kuala Lumpur has the Petronas Towers which are currently the tallest buildings in the world.. .unless that has changed. Chinatown there is great, there is Bangsar for nightlife, Ghenting Park, there are some caves where they have religious ceremonys that I can't remember the name of, there is the F1 race in March if you are there then, some beautiful Mosques, Temples, and churches, if you like that sort of thing.
Any stop along the LRT route is going to have some great things to explore. In KL I would recomend Shahs resort and hotel which ran around 30 usd per night. It is literally two minutes away from the LRT(light rail train) stop at Taman Jaya which is a nice area and has some good resteraunts close by. There are plenty of other things in KL too, but I am forgetting all the things I did there because it's been a while since I was able to visit.
In Malacca there is an old Dutch settlement with some great old buildings from the 16th century or so, there is also a nice street market some nights and the crocodile park where people hypnotize crocodiles and climb into their mouths. That is a show they do there to help pay, the place is mostly a preserve for many different species of crocodiles though. There also was a museum there that recreats a Malaysian tribal village like what they used to have in Malaysian Borneo before Malaysia started to become a developed nation. Sadly I only vaguely remember the hotel I stayed at in Malacca so I cannot recomend any, but I payed around 30 - 35 usd per night if I recall it right.
Having been to to 40ish countries so far in life I would easily say that Malaysia was my favorite and definitely worth the trip. Singapore I didn't like as much, but if you are close by it is still worth a visit in my book.
Hope this helps at least a little bit.
Hi Mag, there are heaps of accomodation in Malaysia from USD5 and upwards; maybe double that for Singapore. No need to stress about it. I am originally from these parts now living in Australia but I still find Lonely Planet a useful guide. As a general rule, pick out a place on this Guide and head for it. In the worse case you have somewhere to stay for the one night and have all of the next day to check out other places. I won't bother booking - you will find that all backpackers and cheap hotels/brothels (it's part of the experience) are usually grouped together so there's plenty of choices. Of course ask to see the room or dorm first before deciding. It's cool. By the way, my favourite backpacking hangout is in Chulia St area on Penang Island. Good luck.