I am flying to KL on 24th May 07. Will be starting our travels here around asia and will be staying in KL for 2-3 days before making our way up to Thailand. Planning on taking 2-3 weeks to get there and was wondering where the best beaches were and best places to see Malaysia's culture would be? Also heard that the Jungle Train is a beautiful way to travel. Is this true?
Well 2-3 days isn't really enough to take in the beauty of this place but let's see if I can help. Yes the train is a wonderful ride. You can catch it from KL Central and my advice would be to take a ride up to Butterworth which is just across the bridge from the island of Penang. Then take the trip back again. Train goes through magnificent scenery and at one point across a lake and though thick jungle either side. That way at least you can say you have seen much of Malaysia in one sense of the word instead of just spending a day or two in KL. KL itself is a very busy thriving metropolis but do not go to the Chinese markets by taxi and expect to get back in one. They are loathe to take people from the markets anywhere near town because of traffic jams etc. You can bargain in many places in Malaysia but do not be rude about it. Malaysia is very much a place of differing States and cultures within them. A trip to the Highlands is worthwhile just to see the sweeping beauty of the place. The State of Malacca is closeby which has a lot of history and wonderful seafood and you might want to slip across the border into Singapore for half a day or a day. Dollar doesn't go as far but it is a contrast with Malaysia. If you need more info let me know.
This will by first time in asia properly (spent two weeks in Thailand two years ago!) and we chose KL because it seemed the best place to start in asia and then work our way up north.
Wanted to spend up to 3 weeks in malaysia but having read books and done research wasnt sure. Is Malaysia underated??. Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have been highly recommended so was planning on spending longer there. Am spending around seven months in asia, incl. China and India so can spend longer in Malaysia if its recommended.
The plan was to fly to KL from England and then travel north to Thailand via the Jungle Train and possibly stop off at some beaches such as Langkawi, Cherating and Perhentian islands. Also wanted to go to Taman Negara National park.
Wasnt sure how long it would take but wanted to do as much of asia overland without flying as i think that is part of the fun of travelling.
Actually the jungle train runs up the east line, not the line from KL to Penang. It is scenic, but it is very slow. If you take a bus you can see similiar scenery.
The best beaches are on the east coast. From KL you could go straight to Taman Negara, have 2 or 4 days there, and then from there you can either take the junle train up north, or you can take the bus over to Cherating and then go up the coast. Perhentians are worth a visit.
Langkawi is nice but its not so cheap any more, and its also quite developed. Penang is worth a visit for the culture, also Malacca.
Thanks, i think that the east will be best as its got the the better weather in May/June. Definately want to see Taman Negara. So much to see!!!
hey... i just got off from jungle train 2 hours ago... indeed a great way to see malaysia.... its 12 hour journey but the good thing is that u can book a sleeping berth for 46RM and can have a good nights sleep... (so u save a days hotel money AND get to c real malay ... )
in the morning u can lean against the door for 3 hours and get some good pics with ur camera....
cheers & have a safe trip ...