Have booked my accomodation, etc for thailand (thanks to everyone that helped!!), looking at sorting out my stuff for penang and kualar lumpar in 2nd half of april!!
Anyone any suggestions or advice on these 2 places?
I presumethe best area in penang to stay is georgetown? Any 'must do's in penang'?
What would be the best area of kualar lumpar to stay location wise? (most convenient,etc)
Looking at doing a day trip or 2 while there to other places near it! Any 'must see or do' in KL or near it?
Thanks in advance!! Looking at various websites for info, but i always think some of teh best info is given on here :-)
How much do you want to spend?
If you fancy a bit of a splash out, Cheong Fatt Tze's Mansion - it's rm250 a night, which is pricey for Malaysia, but not bad compared to home. It is rather special. In fact, it's worth going to look around even if you don't stay there.
Almost opposite, we paid rm80 per night for a double at the Cathay hotel, which has perfectly adequate rooms in a grand colonial building.
Also spent one night at the Blue Diamond Hotel, was very cheap (rm25 for a double) but I wouldn't really recommend it - it was a bit grotty - bathrooms were really quite grim.
Stayed at Hotel China Town Inn which was really good value considering it was slap-bang in the middle of KL.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 22, 2007, at 8:57 AM by magykal1 ]
Hey i just posted this on another thread about malaysia. ill paste it here for you to..........
I travelled malaysia and i thought it was great..
In Kuala Lumpar the 'star town inn' was a wicked place to stay.
just a short walk from the centre and a really nice place and quite cheap. They will also store your luggage for you if you wanna leave some (like i did for a month whilst i set off and backpacked the country)
Petaling street in Malaysia is a must...the hustle and bustle is faantasic..google it and you'll read more.
ALso is KL visit the petronas towers.....
and go up the sky towers its like the 4th tallest in the world the view is great.
Oh and take a day trip to see the ''batu caves''
again google will give you more info there.
You can travel across to The east coast of Malaysia...(white sands and palm trees) and visit the turtle sanctuary in Quantan. You dont have to pay you just go there see how they bury the eggs which are laid on the beach and when the baby turtles hatch they release them out to see when 1week old. When we went, they gave us a buketfull of baby turts to release back into the sea,they all waddled down to the sea like it was a race. Then we waited up allnight to see the incredable sight of a turtle coming on the beach to lay its eggs.
Kuala Terrenganu was also an interesting town.on the north east coast. A local woman and her husband took us out into the wild and showed us fields full of wild buffalos, and to a farmer who trains his monkeys to climb the coconut trees and bring the coconuts back down...that was cool to see.
Tourism in East malaysia i found was virtually non existant, no travel agents,NOTHING.we were just lucky to come across the local couple who took us about!
So yeah malaysia has loads to offer and thats just two places in malaysia!! busses were good and cheap between places, and easy to book, just head for the local bus station it was all quite easy.
If you want more info on anything just ask cus u wont find it when ure there! (apart from the kuala lumpur stuff)
When Malaysians speak of Penang, known as Pearl of Orient - we speak of FOOD. Penang is a heaven for food basically - you can find alot of local delicious delicacies here. You should try the local famous in Penang such as 'char kuay teow' (a type of noodle comes with cockles), 'assam laksa' (my personal recommendation - soury savour! yummy~~), 'ais kacang' (dessert after your meal..) and also not forgetting 'rojak' (mixture of vegetables and fruits in a thick black sweet sauce with sesame seeds). For sight-seeing, you can try Batu Ferringhi beach and the Kek Lok Si Temple. The latter is usually a place where you can get a lot of souvenirs at either cheap/reasonable price! Besides, night bazaar is something you have to experience too where many things can be bought as well - ranging from clothes, watches, toys, bags, caps etc.
For Kuala Lumpur - the capital city of Malaysia, the best place for to hang out especially in a day or two would be in KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center) area. Here's where you can find the two significant signatures of Malaysia - the Petronas Twin Tower and KL Tower. For the latter, you can take the bird's view of the city for a reasonable price. Also, KL is a vibrant city at night where pubs and clubs are normally travellers like you hang out. For pubs - I heard Zouk (an igloo-like 'escapade') and Luna Bar are good recommendations. Other than that, it's convenient in the city as you can travel around the area using the LRT/Monorail or cabs. *..Just a reminder to not be ripped off by the cab drivers in KL...which happens numeral times to foreign travellers..* If you have time, you can try to visit the Butterfly Farm and also the Bird Park. You can also try to take a short tour to the KLCC Aquaria to watch different types of undersea creatures.
If you have a thing for seafood in Malaysia, you can try to go Klang area where you can experience tremendous range of local (seafood) cuisine. Klang is also famous for its 'Bak Kut Teh' (pork ribs boiled with herbs) which is a must-try if you happen to drop by this area.
These are the things that I thought you can do in both Penang and KL. Hope it helps!
Can I just say thanks very much for your help!! YOu've been absolutely fabulous!! Will read a bit more on what you've said and get back to ye with any more questions if thats ok?
Quick question - you know teh way for thailand cheap hotels can be got on sawadee - any cheap accomodation websites recommended for malaysia? (bar asia rooms)
Hi Cosmo, you might want to give this site a shot:
You might be able to find what you intend to look for, I hope
For Bangkok, I am not too sure of the accomodation that I could personally recommend to you but from my own experience, I actually stayed in 'First Hotel' when I was there last September. It's quite convenient place to stay as some tourists area are within walking distance, but of course entitled to individual's perception of how far IS walking distance, as interpreted.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 28, 2007, at 9:11 PM by Gemi9bear ]
Why not this too? It's within Travellerspoint's recommendations
regarding KUL, is it a good idea to first reach there and go to some area (say Golden triangle) then look at different options available to stay... ???
i m saying this coz i went thru all the links posted abv and all of them seemed OK... so pretty confuesd....
Can't help much bout penang but gemi9bear have covered a lot about penang.My friends & I usually hang out in Feringhi everytime we go to Penang.
As for K.L (kuala lumpur), it depends on what you wanna do or looking for. Petaling Street (P.S) or chinatown is a backpackers heaven and also very-very close to the night market selling lots of stuff from watches,sunglasses,shirts,jeans and also perfumes.Bare in mind dat its all imitation products.so if u wanna shop there remember to bargain.
If you wanna go sight seeing you can go to the Petronas twin towers,KLCC,Eye of Malaysia in tasik titiwangsa (it's a big ferris wheel actually) and also the Golden triangle (all this places are close to P.S but the traffic jams will consume a lot of ur travelling time).
Dining wise gemi9bear covered about seafood in klang.You can try a lot of local chinese dishes in P.S area and if you wanna try some malay cooking go to Kampung Baru.You'll get to taste & experience a lot of local dishes in this areas.
For the night life/if you're the party people type areas that you could check out are:- 1.Bangsar-lots of pubs in this area (no go-go bars here in M'sia). Jalan P.Ramli-in this stretch of road there's like 6 big clubs/disco there namely Nouvo,Espanda,Beach club,Thai Club,Poppy etc....Hard rock cafe is also nearby this area.Planet Hollywood will be in the golden triangle area....
Just want to say thanks to everyone that has responded!! Have everything booked now bar accomodation in KL and singspore!!
Looking forward to it. My trip is:
Phi Phi islands
Cant wait, woll on good friday when i depart
Btw was reading up on penang but one things that seems to be omitted from alot of sites is its size We're staying in georgetown, staying in Cheong Fatt Tze's Mansion as resommended on here - looks mint , but how far is that actually from the resorts? Have a mpa in front of me but doesnt tell me the size of it